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Finding Dory Review

Very Good

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker Andrew Stanton has opted to make a spin-off instead of a direct sequel, shifting the perspective to recount the life story of the forgetful blue tang. Because it centres on a personal quest, it's a very different style of movie, which makes some of the action feel rather contrived. But the characters are still vivid and likeable, and it's packed with meaningful themes.

 

The film opens with young Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) being taught by her parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) how to cope with her short-term memory problem. But she still gets lost. Then years later, after her adventure teaming up with Marlin (Albert Brooks) to help find his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence), she has a brief spark of memory and decides to find her family. Accompanied by Marlin and Nemo, Dory crosses the ocean to a California marine sanctuary, where they get separated. Dory gets help from cranky seven-tentacled Octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), the perky whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a befuddled beluga whale (Ty Burrell). Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo meet a pair of laddish sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West).

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Dominic West at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory', West voices one of the seals, Rudder, in the movie. London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016

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Dominic West and Ellen Degeneres
Dominic West and Ellen Degeneres

Dominic West at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory', West voices one of the seals, Rudder, in the movie. Odeon Leicester Square London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016

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Ellen Degeneres and Dominic West
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Dominic West posing alone and Ellen Degeneres at the European premiere of 'Finding Dory', West voices one of the seals, Rudder, in the movie. Odeon Leicester Square London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th July 2016

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Dominic West, Ellen Degeneres and Guest
Dominic West and Ellen Degeneres

Finding Dory Trailer


Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and warm heart make up for all the times she's got herself - and her friends - into trouble. Dory lives with Marlin and Nemo but now she wants to go out and find her real parents. Before she can begin her real adventure, Dory finds herself being scooped up and taken to a marine institute. Whilst in quarantine, Dory meets a whole host of new friends who instantly take to the little blue tang. Hank, the octopus, Bailey the white beluga whale and Destiny the whale shark are just a few creatures who will help her. 

For Dory, her mission is quite clear, she must escape the confines of her new home and return to the ocean to find her family - whilst hopefully finding Marlin and Nemo once again too. Dory's new friends in the institute are eager to help Dory out however they can. 

Finding Dory is the 2016 follow-up to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Like the first film, it was written and directed by Andrew Stanton but this time directorial duties are in partnership with Angus MacLane.

Money Monster Review

Excellent

A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare action movie that has something important to say. Centred around the corruption in the political and banking systems, the film is just as enlightening as The Big Short, but it's a lot more fun to watch. And it's directed by Jodie Foster as a sharp media satire that seems to be skimming along the surface but is actually taking no prisoners.

It's set on Wall Street, where TV guru Lee (George Clooney) hosts his financial advice show Money Monster, directed by his long-time friend Patty (Julia Roberts). Then in the middle of a broadcast, Lee is interrupted live on-air by Kyle (Jack O'Connell), who is consumed with anger because Lee's investment suggestion resulted in the loss of his life savings. Kyle's real target is the banking executive Walt (Dominic West), who has blamed the wipe-out of share prices on a computer glitch. But something about that story doesn't hold water. While Kyle threatens Lee live, a media storm develops around them. And Patty digs into the story with the help of hackers in Korea, Iceland and South Africa, feeding information to Lee through his earpiece.

As the situation spirals out of control, Foster maintains a terrific sense of balance between the edgy suspense and the jagged comedy. This works because, even amid the virtual globe-hopping, she keeps the focus tightly on the interaction between Lee, Patty and Kyle. Clooney and Roberts aren't hugely stretched by their roles, but they are able to add likeable moments of subtle revelation and interaction along the way. O'Connell is the heart of the film, with an impassioned performance that's surprisingly moving. And of course it's easy for everyone in the audience to sympathise with Kyle's frustration about a system in which bankers and politicians pocket billions while the average person struggles to keep their head above water.

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Jodie Foster , Dominic West - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'Money Monster' - Premiere at Palais de Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 12th May 2016

Jodie Foster and Dominic West

Dominic West , George Clooney - 69th Cannes Film Festival - 'Money Monster' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 12th May 2016

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Genius Trailer


Thomas Wolfe was a writer who was used to rejection. His constantly lengthy novels didn't seem to appeal to the vast majority of publishers out there and most editors were fazed by his compulsion to write hundreds of pages.

Not willing to give up on his talent, Wolfe send his pages to Maxwell Perkins, the man who originally published Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When Thomas is summoned to Maxwell's office, he presumes he's once again about to be told that he's been unsuccessful but the chance to meet a man who's had so much literary influence is too much to pass up. The meeting begins as Wolfe thinks it would but he's soon informed by Perkins that the company will take on Wolfe's latest book.

Wolfe and Perkins form a close relationship, Wolfe still delivering copious amounts of words and Perkins seemingly the only man capable of editing them.  As their personal and professional relationship deepens, Perkins is taken in more and more by the acclaimed genius.

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Finding Dory Trailer


Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the great barrier reef have been the best of friends but Dory keeps on finding herself questioning her past. Now, everyone's favourite forgetful fish is about to set out on a mission to find her own parents. 

As Nemo and Marlin are both all too aware of Dory's lack of oceanly experience, they feel that accompanying her on her mission is the only way to make sure she's safe. The two little clown fish and the blue tang soon find themselves in water that they're unfamiliar with. 

Dory's search takes her to new locations outside of the ocean too, whilst at the Monterey Marine Life Institute the forgetful fish meets up with some friends - new and old. 

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Money Monster Trailer


If you're looking for news on what stocks to buy, you switch on the TV and watch Lee Gate's show - he's the most popular presenter on the Financial News Network and is full of good tips for his viewers but what happens when one the stocks he hypes up mysteriously crashes out it leaves some of his ex-viewers penniless.

Kyle Budwell was one of those people when Kyle believes he has no other option, he takes Lee and his production team hostage live on TV. Between the presenter and his producer (Patty Fenn) they must find a way to satisfy both their captor and the special forces put on standby who are ready to storm the set.

Money Monster sees Julia Roberts and George Clooney team up once again and also sees Jodie Foster make a return to directing after her 2011 film The Beaver.

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer


Dory, everyones favourite forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back and it looks like she might have finally remembered something! In the long-awaited follow-up to the 2003 animated classic, Dory takes center stage as she sets off on an adventure of a lifetime, with some familiar friends in tow.

Set six months after Finding Nemo, amnesiac blue tang Dory is suffering from a case of sleep swimming that leads her to a life-changing revelation. For the first time in her life, Dory begins to recall her childhood memories and even her long-lost parents.

With a faint recollection of something about "the jewel of Monterey, California”, Dory sets out to finally find her family, accompanied by her friend Nemo and his father Marlin. Travelling to the Monterey Marine Life Institute, Dory soon finds some new companions, Bailey, a white beluga whale, Destiny, a whale shark and Hank the octopus, who become her guides as she sets out to discover her past.

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Is 'The Affair' The Best New Drama On TV?


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The Affair, the Showtime drama starring  Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson, has received stunning reviews following its premiere in the UK this week. The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama and Ruth Wilson won the award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in 2015.

Dominic WestDominic West excels in Showtime's critically acclaimed drama The Affair

It tells the story of a Hamptons waitress (Wilson) who tries to recover from a personal tragedy while her husband Cole (Jackson) struggles to keep the family ranch and their marriage together. The consequences of Alison's affair with Noah (West), a New York City teacher, is explored from each character's perspective. 

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Testament Of Youth Review


Very Good

A classic British memoir gets the full costume drama treatment with this beautifully crafted World War I drama, although it never quite transcends the "beloved book" tone, remaining so worthy that it only rarely springs to life. The acting is sharp, as is the filmmaking, so it's frustrating that there's so little in the film that resonates with present-day audiences. And as the story sinks into a murky gloom, it's difficult for audiences to stay engaged.

Based on Vera Brittain's iconic memoir, the story opens in 1914, as Vera (Alicia Vikander) begs her parents (Emily Watson and Dominic West) to let her sit entrance exams at Oxford, which simply isn't the done thing for a proper young woman. She also has to convince them to let her brother Edward (Taron Egerton) sign up for military service in response to the conflict breaking out in Europe. But Vera is shocked when her sweetheart Roland (Kit Harington) also decides to enlist along with two close friends (Colin Morgan and Jonathan Bailey). Suddenly the war seems far too close to home for her. So she's provoked to leave university and volunteer as a nurse, serving in both England and France while the war rages around her.

The film's opening section contains a beautiful spark of hopefulness as these young people face the possibilities ahead of them, revelling in their education and then deciding to do their duty for their country. The rising-star cast packs the characters with cheeky humour, high energy and, yes, suitably repressed Britishness. But of course the realities of WWI change everything. Vikander handles this mood-swing very nicely, conveying Vera's resilience as she is bombarded with intense emotions. Her chemistry with Harington is strong, packed with passion. And the surrounding cast is terrific, even if most of the roles are relatively slight. The stand-outs are Richardson as a prickly Oxford professor and Atwell as a feisty fellow nurse.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Descend On London, While New Trailers Premiere For The Edward Snowden Doc And Films With Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lopez And Chris Hemsworth


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Whiplash

Everyone who's anyone was in London this week for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, which held gala premieres for the likes of Wild (with Reese Witherspoon in attendance), Sundance winner Whiplash (Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons), Rosewater (comic-turned-filmmaker Jon Stewart), Electricity (model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn) and Mr Turner (Cannes winner Timothy Spall).

Photos - BFI London Film Festival - 'Wild' - Gala screening - Arrivals

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Dominic West

Date of birth

15th October, 1969

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Actor

Sex

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Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and...

Money Monster Movie Review

Money Monster Movie Review

A sleekly made thriller with a sparky sense of humour, this is also a rare...

Genius Trailer

Genius Trailer

Thomas Wolfe was a writer who was used to rejection. His constantly lengthy novels didn't...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the...

Money Monster Trailer

Money Monster Trailer

If you're looking for news on what stocks to buy, you switch on the TV...

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

Dory, everyones favourite forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back and it looks like she...

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Testament of Youth Movie Review

Testament of Youth Movie Review

A classic British memoir gets the full costume drama treatment with this beautifully crafted World...

Pride Movie Review

Pride Movie Review

Based on a true story, this crowd-pleasing comedy-drama is such a joy to watch that...

Testament of Youth Trailer

Testament of Youth Trailer

Vera Brittain is an extraordinarily talented young woman who battles the odds to land herself...

Pride Trailer

Pride Trailer

During the UK miners strike between 1984 and 1985, working families are in desperate need...

John Carter Movie Review

John Carter Movie Review

While trailers make this look like an effects-heavy sci-fi mess, the film is actually a...

Arthur Christmas Movie Review

Arthur Christmas Movie Review

This lively holiday romp has a steady stream of sharp verbal and visual gags that...

The Awakening Movie Review

The Awakening Movie Review

A nifty twist on the standard ghost story, this British period drama starts extremely well...

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