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Starfish – A True Rutland Movie

15 | | Drama | 28 October 2016 (UK)
“Starfish” tells the story of a couple whose love is tested to its limit after their perfect life falls apart in a single moment.

Directors:

Bill Clark

Writers:

Bill Clark

If ever a film was a tough watch, it is Starfish: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.

The film goes on (limited) general release on Friday, 28th October, and is well worth seeing. The hope is that it will raise a lot of money for www.sepsis.org, which is designed to offer support, and to provide awareness of the symptoms to the public and medical community, because speedy treatment can mean a full recovery with no lasting damage in many situations. Currently, in the UK, it results in more deaths per annum than road deaths and several of the major forms of cancer combined (roughly 44,000 deaths).

None of this makes it an easy film to watch, but it has moments of humour, tenderness and joy and hope for the future, and is really beautifully made so do go along and boost the audiences. For us Rutlanders, it makes us proud of where we live and the family are just amazing!

Starfish on Wikipedia

 

 

2016 Box Office Winners & Losers

What movies did you see this year? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

The reason studios and indies alike pursue Oscars — at considerable cost in time and money — is not only for prestige and bragging rights in Hollywood, but to get a box office boost from the drawn-out awards season. This year’s results follow a similar pattern from recent years, as most distributors played from an established playbook. Industry experts could look at where nominees stood in mid-January when the Oscar nominees were revealed and given each release plan, project home viewing dates and final results.

Read Indiewire’s Winners and Losers for 2016

 

 

Leonardo Wins!

Leonardo DiCaprio has finally won his first Oscar for survival epic The Revenant, after six nominations.

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He was named best actor at the 88th Academy Awards, with Brie Larson named best actress for Room.

Spotlight took home the best picture Oscar with Mad Max: Fury Road picking up the most awards of the night, with six accolades.

Mark Rylance won the best supporting actor Oscar, with fellow Briton Sam Smith winning best original song.

Read the full story on the BBC

 

 

Ridley Scott’s Mars movie is “spectacular and uplifting”

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

 

Critic reviews

Peter Debruge·Variety

An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story in which Matt Damon plays a NASA botanist stranded on the Red Planet after a sandstorm forces his crewmates to abort mission. Full review

Peter Travers·Rolling Stone

You won’t find a space epic that’s more fun to geek out at than The Martian. Full review

Joe Morgenstern·Wall Street Journal

Knowing the premise—lost in space crossed with Robinson Crusoe in lower gravity—won’t prepare you for the remarkable variety and complexity of this sci-fi extravaganza. Full review

 

 

 

Should LOVE ACTUALLY be higher up the Christmas List?

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Love Actually (2003)

15  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 November 2003 (UK)
7.7

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Reviews: 992 user | 218 critic | 41 from Metacritic.com

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director:

Richard Curtis

Writer:

Richard Curtis

Here’s 100 great Christmas movies to consider this festive season… should LOVE ACTUALLY really be higher up the list?

Nerve’s ranking of the 100 Best Christmas Films

 

 

Star Wars – What’s All the Fuss About?

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” finally opens this week amid unprecedented fanfare – and while devotees of the space-based saga may be drooling with anticipation, the average “Star Wars” layman may be curious what all the fuss is about, or even downright hostile.

“Star Wars” movies are all about pop entertainment, pure and simple; they don’t aim to address a significant sociopolitical issue. Still, the films have undeniable staying power, particularly the original trilogy. Besides ranking among the most financially successful films of all time, they have also influenced hundreds of films in the wake, inspired artists and performers in a number of mediums and permanently permeated our cultural identity. Even if you’ve never seen a “Star Wars” film, you’ve likely heard of some of its characters or lore.

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Star Wars ‘coming home’ says George Lucas at London premiere

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets rave reviews

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What’s Your Favourite Christmas Film?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we’re told, and it wouldn’t be Christmas without the Christmas movies we all know and love, which have become part of everyone’s family tradition over the last few decades. Recently, Empire readers were asked to vote for their favourite seasonal films, and here are the results – and there are a few surprises in there too! Click on the link below for the results, and Merry Christmas!

Time Out – 50 Best Christmas Movies

 

Elf (2003)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  28 November 2003 (UK)
6.9

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Reviews: 384 user | 150 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writer:

David Berenbaum

 

 

Ex Machina a MUST SEE MOVIE!!!

Science fiction has often dreamed about the concept of aritifical intelligence. But in what is likely the smartest genre movie of the year, writer-director Alex Garland happily fears it. It’s not that he doesn’t have an apocalyptic view of sentient robotic beings; he just likes them better than us.

Thus enter Ex Machina a perfectly insidious con game that gets under the skin as viewers do not know if the characters are undergoing a Turing test…or if the audience is. Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is ostensibly invited to the country estate of his CEO (Oscar Isaac) to test the AI of a robot named Ava (Alicia Vikander). But he quickly discovers that he might be the actual guinea pig in this quietly hypnotic trip into madness.