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Austenland Review


Grim

Fans of romantic fiction may enjoy this gimmicky comedy, which cleverly plays around with Jane Austen's fiction but kind of misses its own joke. The screenwriters seem to think they're combining sudsy fantasy with darker realism. But actually everything on screen is plainly ridiculous, only livened up by a couple of the actors.

The story starts in America, where Jane (Russell) is so obsessed with Austen's novels that she's sure Mr Darcy is coming for her any day now. So she spends her savings on a holiday at Austenland in England, where Mrs Wattlesbrook (Seymour) lets her clients live as if they're in a 19th century novel. Jane's only fellow guests are Elizabeth and Amelia (Coolidge and King), both of whom flirt shamelessly with Nobley, Andrews and East (Feild, Callis and Whittle), the actors on hand to play dashing bachelors. But Jane is more interested in sexy stable boy Martin (McKenzie).

As the script strains to layer romance and fantasy into this goofy set-up, there are a few snappy one-liners that get us laughing, thanks mainly to the expert improvisation skills of Coolidge, who can make anything funny. By contrast, Russell is annoyingly naive and sulky, while King tips the opposite way into broad farce. The men are more interesting because we occasionally get to see them as the actors they really are, but none of them are very complex, and we can guess where the story is going from the start.

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Austenland Apple Store

JJ Feild - Cast of "Austenland" at Apple Soho Store - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 14th August 2013

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New York screening of 'Austenland'

JJ Feild - The Cinema Society and Alice + Olivia present the New York screening of 'Austenland' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema - NYC, NY, United States - Monday 12th August 2013

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Premiere of 'Austenland

Jane Seymour, Jennifer Coolidge, JJ Feild, Georgia King, Ricky Whittle, Keri Russell, James Callis and Bret McKenzie - Los Angeles Premiere of 'Austenland' at ArcLight Hollywood - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Thursday 8th August 2013

Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour

Austenland Los Angeles Premiere

JJ Feild and Neve Campbell - Celebrities attend "Austenland" Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood. - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Friday 9th August 2013

Jane Seymour, Keri Russell and JJ Feild
Jane Seymour, Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Georgia King, Bret McKenzie, Ricky Whittle and James Callis
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JJ Feild and Neve Campbell
JJ Feild and Neve Campbell

Captain America: The First Avenger Review


Excellent
Director Johnston once again channels Steven Spielberg, this time for a raucously entertaining Indiana Jones-style adventure. With the energetic punch of a vintage serial, it actually leaves us wanting more.In 1942 New York, Steve Rogers (Evans) is desperate to join the war in Europe with his buddy James (Stan), but is too weedy to fight. Then a scientist (Tucci) spots him, and soon he's partnered with gorgeous Agent Carter (Atwell) and put in a top-secret programme that amplifies his muscles and will-power.

But as "Captain America" he's just a propaganda tool until he gets a chance to prove himself on the front line as a key weapon against the deeply evil Nazi Schmidt (Weaving).Shot more like a rollicking adventure than a typical superhero movie, the script spends just about enough time on the origin story to grab our attention, including nifty effects that render Evans as a 90-pound weakling. Then the action kicks off, powering through one set piece after another. Refreshingly, it never bothers to deepen the story with random sideplots, superfluous characters or knowing winks. So it's a lot of fun to watch.

The action sequences are thrilling without being too suspenseful and, for the most part, the filmmakers keep the stunts and explosions within believable proportions. In fact, the film has a wonderfully dishevelled look, combining more rough-and-ready filmmaking touches with the slick 1940s clothes and architecture. Which almost makes it feel like one of the propaganda films it so cleverly recreates.

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Third Star Review


Good
A fascinating, realistic exploration of male friendship, this beautifully shot and finely acted drama will struggle to find an audience simply because its subject matter is ultimately so dark.

James (Cumberbatch) has just turned 29 and he's dying of cancer. As a birthday wish, he gets his best mates Miles, Davy and Bill (Feild, Burke and Robertson) to take him on a hike across Pembrokeshire to his favourite beach. Along the way, good-natured banter gives way to sometimes too-honest conversations as they have a series of small adventures on the vertiginous cliffs. The question is whether their friendship can survive all of the things that are finally about to be said.

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Picture - JJ Feild Chiswick, England, Friday 17th July 2009

JJ Feild and Dougray Scott Friday 17th July 2009 The Mini Master in aid of Leuka hosted by Dougray Scott held at Duke's Meadow Gold Course Chiswick, England

The Intended Review


Good
Who knew that in 1920s England, people would have thought that moving to Malaysia to hunt ivory would have been thought of as a good idea with a future that promises riches?

When Sarah (Janet McTeer) and her surveyor fiancee Hamish (JJ Feild) arrive in the jungle, they assume great things are on the way. But no sooner has Hamish completed his first expedition than they find the rules changing and the sad little village getting more and more disturbing. Money is withheld, sickness is contracted, murders are committed. Before long, Sarah is pathetically turning to prostitution to earn a little cash -- or even to get back the money that was stolen from her.

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