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Me Before You Review

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With a story that links together every cliche from the weepy chick-flick library, this movie uses its doomed romance premise to reduce every woman in the audience into floods of tears. Adapted by author Jojo Moyes from her bestselling novel, the movie will work its trickery on its target audience, and it will just about keep others interested, thanks to engaging central performances by Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

It's set in a picture-perfect British village located next to the ruins of a picturesque castle, where the quirky Louisa (Clarke) has just lost her job as a waitress in a tearoom. But her parents (Brendan Coyle and Samantha Spiro) need her income to make ends meet, so she takes a job with the village's most prominent couple (Janet McTeer and Charles Dance), caring for their son Will (Claflin), who was a high-flying banker until he was hit by a motorbike and paralysed. Working alongside Will's nurse Nathan (Stephen Peacocke), Louisa struggles to connect with the relentlessly surly Will, who believes that there's no point with going on with his life. But Louisa is determined to help him find some hope.

Everything that happens on the way to the unnerving conclusion is deeply predictable, because we've seen it all in movies from Bridget Jones to The Fault in Our Stars. Even the gently wacky romance feels oddly by-the-book, shifting from interested sideways glances to another smiley montage sequence to contrived comedy and gloomy drama. Thankfully, Clarke and Claflin breathe life into these characters, adding personality details and a spark of chemistry that helps the audience feel the connection developing between Louisa and Will. Of the supporting cast, only Peacocke manages to give his character a sense that he has a life off the screen. And it's nice to see Downton Abbey's Coyle against type.

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Me Before You Trailer


Up until his recent accident that left him almost entirely paralysed, William Traynor has had a perfect life. He's rich, intelligent and always seeking a new adventure, though now he feels like his life has come to an end. He finds himself in the family house being nannied by his mother and staff. To put an end to his current state, Will decides that he wants to end his life in a clinic. With his mother understandably distraught over his choice, Will agrees to wait six months before committing to his decision. 

Louisa Clark is a young local woman who lives a life completely different to Will. Though she doesn't have much self-belief, she's incredibly upbeat, likes her small town ways and has never felt the need to go out and discover the world. When Louisa is left jobless, she pays a visit to the job centre (a place that she's a little too accustom to) and her advisor finds a new listing (for a care giver) that might just be a perfect job for Louisa. Louisa visits the Traynor family estate and Will's mum decides that Louisa and her positivity might just be the ray of sunshine that he needs. 

Whilst Will is initially reluctant to allow Louisa into his life, over the course of the following weeks, he can't help but be enamoured by her charm. Their relationship grows and grows but when Lousia finds out about Will's choices for the future, will she be able to convince Will that there is something to live for? 

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The White Queen Trailer


The 'sword and shield' television hype continues to grow as The White Queen celebrates its release on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 19th August 2013. 

The melodramatic television Drama based on the compelling, brutal and turbulent best-selling history novel The Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory portrays the perceptions of three passionate and equally ruthless women: Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville in their quest for power.

Set in the middle of the 15th Century, England is divided by war as The House of York and the House of Lancaster fiercely fight it out their dispute to who is the rightful king. After much dispute The House of York's young and handsome Edward is mischievously made King by Lord Warwick. All is well until Edward falls in love with Lancastrian Commoner Elizabeth Woodville, ruining Warwick's plan to control the throne. From here on it Elizabeth is put in a violent struggle where she must fight for her life and the crown to the throne. The story unravels and exposes a possible view one of the most interesting stories in British History.

Joe Coleman and Janet McTeer - 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' arrivals New York City NY USA Thursday 17th January 2013

Joe Coleman and Janet Mcteer

Albert Nobbs Review


Good
Based on a true story, this introspective film seems to suggest that these events aren't perhaps as extraordinary as they appear. But the strong premise is weakened by writing and direction that never get a grip on the story.

In 1898, Albert (Close) works at an upscale Dublin hotel, and no one suspects that he's actually a woman. Quietly going about his work while saving to open a tobacco shop, Albert is unassuming and relentlessly polite. Then he's asked to share his room with visiting painter Hubert (McTeer), who learns his secret and reveals one of his own: he's a woman too. But Hubert has managed to have a normal married life. This inspires Albert to pursue the hotel maid Helen (Wasikowska), which is complicated by her lusty relationship with handyman Joe (Johnson).

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Glenn Close and Janet McTeer - Glenn Close and Janet McTeer Wednesday 25th April 2012 Opening night of the MTC production of 'The Columnist' at the Friedman Theatre - Arrivals.

Glenn Close and Janet Mcteer
Glenn Close and Janet Mcteer
Glenn Close

The Woman In Black Review


Excellent
Based on both the Susan Hill novel and the hit stage play, this creepy ghost story is nicely translated to the screen with a growing sense of menace that keeps us constantly on edge. It's the especially strong directing and writing that bring it to life, as it were.

In early 1900s London, single dad Arthur (Radcliffe) is a young lawyer in trouble with his boss (Allam), so his next case is make-or-break. To settle an estate, he heads to an isolated Northeast village that gives him a cold-shouldered welcome. And when he gets to the abandoned seaside mansion, he sees the spectre of a woman (White) lurking in the corners. A friendly local (Hinds) is cynical about this, even though it also haunts his wife (McTeer), who is grieving over their son's death. And dying children are a theme in this village.

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The Woman In Black Trailer


Arthur Kipps is a young yet successful lawyer who loves his work. One day, he is asked to travel to a small, remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased client. However, it does mean leaving his young son behind. Arthur is reluctant to leave his son but he does so anyway.

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The Woman in Black Trailer


Arthur Kipps is a lawyer whose work takes him to tend to the affairs of the recently deceased owner of Eel Marsh house, a building the village residents try to avoid. Leaving his infant son behind, he sets off through the snow on his horse and cart, unaware of the terror he's abnout to face.

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Island Review


Good
Dark and atmospheric, this film is worth seeing just for the way it continually pushes us around emotionally. Although the plot never quite comes into clear focus, and it refuses to let us engage with the characters.

While working on a human geography project as part of her studies, Nikki (Press) travels to an isolated Scottish island and presents herself as a prospective tenant at isolated house owned by her birth mother Phyllis (McTeer), who doesn't recognise her. As she plots her revenge against the woman who abandoned her, she's surprised to discover that she has a brother, Calum (Morgan). But her continual questions about their husband-father are blanked, and life on the island becomes increasingly intriguing as she seeks answers about her past.

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Janet McTeer Thursday 27th May 2010 Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards held at Sardi's restaurant. New York City, USA

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Douglas Hodge and Janet Mcteer

Janet McTeer Monday 26th April 2010 Opening night of the Broadway production 'August Wilson's Fences' held at the Cort Theatre - Arrivals. New York City, USA

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Janet McTeer Friday 1st May 2009 Drama Desk Nominees Cocktail Party held at Il Bastardo Ristorante New York City, USA

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Songcatcher Review


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Wonderfully chameleonic actress Janet McTeer ("The King Is Alive," "Tumbleweeds") gives another of her distinctive and deeply immersed performances in "Songcatcher" as a priggish 1900s music scholar.

A terse, obstinate, overeducated woman who is deeply resentful at having been passed up for a promotion to full professor at her university (in favor of a man), she abandons civilization for a spell to visit her sister (Jane Adams), a teacher at a very remote one-room school in the Appalachian Mountains.

McTeer's intense and austere performance serves the story well as her character makes the discovery of her professional life while reluctantly roughing it with the rustic locals: The isolated society of struggling mountain people has preserved, intact, for hundreds of years the Scots-Irish folk songs carried to the New World by their ancestors.

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Waking The Dead Review


Good

An eerie, enigmatic, intellectual romantic tragedy about a rising politician haunted by memories of his murdered love, "Waking the Dead" touches a raw nerve with its remarkably visceral emotional intensity.

Absolutely gripping from its very first frame, the film begins in 1974 with a young Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) being torn apart from the inside out as he watches news coverage of a car-bombing that killed his peace activist girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly).

Although the movie has yet to reveal anything discernible about these two people, simply watching Crudup shake uncontrollably in an eruption of tears is enough to take hold of your empathy and ride it like a rodeo mustang through the heartbreak and borderline dementia that bedevil him throughout the story's decade span.

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Me Before You Movie Review

Me Before You Movie Review

With a story that links together every cliche from the weepy chick-flick library, this movie...

Me Before You Trailer

Me Before You Trailer

Up until his recent accident that left him almost entirely paralysed, William Traynor has had...

The White Queen Trailer

The White Queen Trailer

The 'sword and shield' television hype continues to grow as The White Queen celebrates its...

Albert Nobbs Movie Review

Albert Nobbs Movie Review

Based on a true story, this introspective film seems to suggest that these events aren't...

The Woman in Black Movie Review

The Woman in Black Movie Review

Based on both the Susan Hill novel and the hit stage play, this creepy ghost...

Albert Nobbs Trailer

Albert Nobbs Trailer

Ever since the age of fifteen, Albert Nobbs has worked and lived in hotels. Thirty...

The Woman In Black Trailer

The Woman In Black Trailer

Arthur Kipps is a young yet successful lawyer who loves his work. One day, he...

The Woman in Black Trailer

The Woman in Black Trailer

Arthur Kipps is a lawyer whose work takes him to tend to the affairs of...

Island Movie Review

Island Movie Review

Dark and atmospheric, this film is worth seeing just for the way it continually pushes...

Cat Run Trailer

Cat Run Trailer

Anthony and Julian are childhood best friends who set up a detective agency, Anthony always...

Tideland Movie Review

Tideland Movie Review

It's not that there's necessarily anything wrong with a film that uses the dead gas...

Tumbleweeds Movie Review

Tumbleweeds Movie Review

Mother and daughter pack up from hillbilly land and head for California: Does it sound...

The Intended Movie Review

The Intended Movie Review

Who knew that in 1920s England, people would have thought that moving to Malaysia to...

The King Is Alive Movie Review

The King Is Alive Movie Review

The premise is irresistible, combining dark humor with existential crisis. A busload of travelers...

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