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Hyde Park on Hudson Review


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The breezy, entertaining tone of this historical comedy-drama kind of undermines the fact that it centres on one of the most pivotal moments in US-British history. Director Michell (Notting Hill) knows how to keep an audience engaged, and yet he indulges in both tawdry innuendo and silly cliches, never giving the real-life events a proper sense of perspective. Even so, some terrific performances make it enjoyable.

The events in question take place in 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) invites Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (West and Colman) to visit Hyde Park, the upstate New York residence he shares with his mother (Wilson), while his wife Eleanor (Williams) lives down the road with her "she-male" friends. Roosevelt knows that George is here to ask for help against the growing threat of Hitler's Germany, and as a result of their talks a "special relationship" develops between America and Britain. Meanwhile, the womanising Roosevelt is not-so-quietly having an affair with his distant cousin and confidant Daisy (Linney).

Essentially there are two films here fighting for our attention. Much of the story is seen through Daisy's eyes, complete with an annoyingly mousy voiceover that never tells us anything we can't see on screen. Linney underplays the character to the point where we barely notice that she's in the room, and the depiction of Daisy's romance with FDR is often squirm-inducing. By contrast, the other aspect of the plot is fascinating, with West and especially Colman shining in their roles as witty, nervous Brits trying to make the most of the first ever visit of a British monarch to America. Their steely resolve is brilliantly undermined by their brittle nerves and endless curiosity. 

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Cassie Beck; Elizabeth Marvel; Maddie Corman The opening night after party for ‘Picnic’ at the American Airlines Theatre Featuring: Cassie Beck, Elizabeth Marvel, Maddie Corman Where: New York City, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Elizabeth Marvel The opening night after party for ‘Picnic’ at the American Airlines Theatre Featuring: Elizabeth Marvel Where: New York City, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Elizabeth Marvel Opening night of 'Picnic' at the American Airlines Theatre - Arrivals Featuring: Elizabeth Marvel Where: New York, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Ben Rappaport; Madeleine Martin; Maggie Grace; Sebastian Stan; Mare Winningham; Ellen Burstyn; Elizabeth Marvel; Reed Birney; Maddie Corman; Cassie Beck The opening night curtain call for ‘Picnic’ at the American Airlines Theatre Featuring: Ben Rappaport, Madeleine Martin, Maggie Grace, Sebastian Stan, Mare Winningham, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Marvel, Reed Birney, Maddie Corman, Cassie Beck Where: New York City, NY, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

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Maggie Grace; Sebastian Stan; Mare Winningham; Ellen Burstyn; Elizabeth Marvel The opening night curtain call for ‘Picnic’ at the American Airlines Theatre Featuring: Maggie Grace, Sebastian Stan, Mare Winningham, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Marvel Where: New York City, NY, United States When: 13 Jan 2013

Hyde Park On Hudson Trailer


'Hyde Park On Hudson' is the story of the 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his growing love affair with his soon to be mistress Daisy. In the summer of 1949, Roosevelt decides to invite the reigning monarchs of England King George VI and Queen Elizabeth over to America for their first ever trans-Atlantic trip - incidentally, the first trip to America any English monarch has ever made. The President's friends, colleagues and family rally together to create a fun and interesting weekend for the Royals despite their unfamiliarity with proper royal protocol such as knowing the proper way to address the King and Queen. Nonetheless, the royals remain polite and do their best to cover up their nervousness and lack of experience of American culture as war with Germany is imminent and they may need someone to turn to.

This partially biographical and downright comical drama has been told in the shoes of Daisy and takes place only months before World War II broke out. 'Hyde Park on Hudson' has been directed by Roger Michell ('Notting Hill', 'Changing Lanes', 'Morning Glory') and written by Richard Nelson ('Ethan Frome') and is set to hit cinemas from February 1st 2013.

Starring:Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron, Olivia Williams, Blake Ritson, Jonathan Brewer, Martin McDougall & Tim Beckmann.

The Bourne Legacy Trailer


The CIA is confronted with the consequences of previous events that have taken place involving Jason Bourne. They decide that they must shut down Operation Outcome (the subsequent operation to Operation Treadstone) which will involve the assassination of Outcome agent Aaron Cross and Doctor Stephanie Snyder who helped produce the agents. They must find an escape or be killed.

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Holy Rollers Review


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Inspired by true events, this darkly involving drug-ring drama holds our interest mainly because we have no idea what will happen to the central character, a smart nice guy played by Eisenberg with a huge dose of charming naivete.

In the Hasidic community in 1998 Brooklyn, Sam (Eisenberg) is clearly struggling to find his place, working for his dad (Ivanir) and betrothed to be married. Then his neighbour Yosef (Bartha), older brother of his best friend Leon (Fuchs), suggests that he could do something on his own, make more money and get more women. So Sam and Leon head to Amsterdam, flying home with a case full of "medicine". When Sam objects, Yosef reminds him that the Jews have been smuggling for thousands of years. And of course the cash helps ease his conscience.

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True Grit Trailer


True Grit is a 1968 Western book by author Charles Portis, Ethan & Joel Coen now lend the story and re-work it into a film adaptation. They are not the first directors to turn this book into a film as it was also attempted by Henry Hathaway in 1969 and starred John Wayne.

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Holy Rollers Trailer


Sam Gold is a good guy, he and his family live in a Jewish Orthodox community in Brooklyn and he's about to marry the woman his family have chosen for him whilst studying to become a Rabbi. His life path has already been set for him, but his neighbor Yosef senses Sam isn't totally happy with the direction his life is taking; he offers Sam a solution to his problems. Yosef introduces Sam to Jackie a man who needs certain 'medicine' transported from Europe to the US. Sam soon realizes that the medication he's transporting is actually Ecstasy pills, even though it's against his way of life, Sam accepts Jackie's offer.

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