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High-Rise Review

Weak

After a string of award-winning arthouse hits like Kill List and A Field in England, director Ben Wheatley and writer Amy Jump stumble with this adaptation of the 1970s J.G. Ballard novel. The satirical dystopian setting offers buckets of eye-popping visual style, plus outrageously twisted characters the A-list cast have a lot of fun sinking their teeth into. But while the themes are strong, the people on screen are so aggressively loathsome that it's not an easy movie to watch.

It's set in a brutal concrete tower within commuting distance of London, where new resident Robert (Tom Hiddleston) is learning his way around the building's modern, self-contained design. He especially enjoys flirting with his sexy upstairs neighbour Charlotte (Sienna Miller). But the building has a social structure that is creating some serious tension. Wealthy residents like the tower's architect Anthony (Jeremy Irons) live at the top, while economically struggling families like Helen and Richard (Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans) are closer to the ground, with middle-class families in between. So when the lower floors lose their supply of water and electricity, they revolt against the upper classes, waging all-out war in the hallways.

The political commentary is astute and perhaps even more timely today than it was in 1975, when the novel was written and when the film is set. And each of the characters is full of energy and anger. So it's frustrating that the choppy editing style seems to lose track of people and plot-threads as it shifts around to various angles on the action. This makes all of the violence and sex feel oddly random and excessive, as things get increasingly nasty and each of the people loses the audience's sympathy. Hiddleston has terrific presence, but the film kind of abandons him along the way. While Irons is hamming it up shamelessly, Evans is inexplicably brutal and both Moss and Miller are little more than victims.

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High-Rise Trailer


'If only we had enough money to move to a bigger house', an ongoing predicament in most households around the world. Just a little more space, just a little more comfort.  Robert Laing is a young doctor who's currently embracing the single life. 

Robert thinks that a beautiful closed off high-rise apartment is just the place for him to make a home. His flat is located on the twenty-fifth floor which is somewhere in the middle and as Robert settles in and is introduced to his new neighbours, he soon begins to realise that there's a hierarchy within the building -the higher the floor you're on, the more your life is worth. 

The higher you go in the 40-odd floored building, the more palatial your surroundings become. Somehow the man behind the design of the building appears to hold more answers than he's willing to give. Lines are soon crossed and war breaks out between the self-imposed floor class system. 

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Keeley Hawes - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at Theatre Royal - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Keeley Hawes - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 which were held at the Theatre Royal in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes - House of Fraser British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal - Afterparty. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes - The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 held at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Arrivals at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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BAFTA TV Nominations Announced! The Missing Gets The Most Nods For 2015


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The BAFTA Television Award nominations for 2015 have finally been announced, including the usual entertainment favourites, some easily predictable names and a few surprises along the way that represent the very best of British television.

James Nesbitt at BBC Broadcasting House
James Nesbitt's 'The Missing' leads the nominations

We're never tired of hearing his name at awards ceremonies; 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch is once again nominated for his exceptional performance as the modern-day sleuth on a show that the public has also put up to receive the Radio Times Audience Award. More Leading Actor nominations feature Toby Jones in 'Marvellous', which is also in the Single Drama category and Best Supporting Actress with Gemma Jones. 

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Keeley Hawes - RTS Programme Awards 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel at Grosvenor Hotel Park Lane, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th March 2015

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Tragedy, Rivalry And Mystery: JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' Finally Hits The Small Screen [Spoilers]


Jk Rowling Michael Gambon Rory Kinnear Keeley Hawes Simon McBurney

The BBC adaptation of Jk Rowling's first grown-up novel 'The Casual Vacancy' aired on Sunday night (February 15th 2015) following much anticipation from fans of the book, and it certainly wasn't a disappointment.

Rory Kinnear as Barry Fairbrother in 'The Casual Vacancy'
 Rory Kinnear plays friendly neighbour Barry Fairbrother in 'The Casual Vacancy'

Starring Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear as political rivals, the first episode of the 3-part BBC miniseries saw a mixture of respectful adherence to the novel coupled with some artistic nuances that turned up the suspense tenfold. Screenwriter Sarah Phelps ('Great Expectations', 'The Crimson Field') was seamless in her translation from book to small-screen and director Jonny Campbell ('Alien Autopsy', 'Phoenix Nights') will no doubt draw in a lot more recognition with this nail-biting series.

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Ben Miller To Face Off Against Peter Capaldi In 'Doctor Who'


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Ben Miller is to play a villain on Doctor Who, facing off against Peter Capaldi in the forthcoming season. Miller, best known for his comedy work opposite Alexander Armstrong, will appear in an episode penned by Mark Gatiss set to air later in 2014.

Doctor Who

"As a committed Whovian I cannot believe my luck in joining the Twelfth Doctor for one of his inaugural adventures," the actor and comic said, "My only worry is that they'll make me leave the set when I'm not filming."

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Keeley Hawes To Go Up Against Peter Capaldi's 'Doctor Who'


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Keeley Hawes will guest star in Peter Capaldi’s first season as The Doctor, Contact Music has learned. The Line of Duty actress will take on a villainous role in the popular BBC sci-fi drama, playing on the current zeitgeist of ‘evil bankers’.

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi On The Set of Doctor Who

Hawes has a deep history with The BBC, starring in dramas Ashes to Ashes and Spooks. She describes her character - Ms Delphox -in the new Dr. Who as "a powerful out of this world character with a dark secret".

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Death At A Funeral Review


Very Good
Frank Oz, better known as the voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy, has settled into the director's chair quite frequently in his career, even dabbling in comedy on occasion. At the helm of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, he paired Steve Martin and Michael Caine to comedic effect, ditto Martin and Eddie Murphy in Bowfinger. Death at a Funeral sees him working without stars, but the comedy doesn't really seem to suffer.

The film begins with a very funny gag involving the opening of a casket, not the easiest moment in life from which to wring humor. With it, we are introduced to Daniel (Matthew MacFayden), who is about to bury his father. With the aid of his wife Jane (Keeley Hawes) he must accommodate a gaggle of guests pre-loaded with neuroses.

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story Review


Very Good
At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, a film about trying to film the legendarily unfilmmable 18th century novel, Steve Coogan says to a reporter that the wonderful thing about Laurence Sterne's book (which he obviously hasn't read) is how ahead of its time it was, that it was "a postmodern novel... before there was a modernism... to be post of." It's a throwaway line in some respects, but it's an excellent example of the layered absurdist humor that abounds within its wonderfully loose format. This is a film about ego, the fatal inability of people to plan their lives, and the delirious chaos of the creative process. It's also about what utter jerks movie stars can be, God bless 'em.

Sterne's novel is a big old mess and has never been quite accepted in the literary canon. Published in nine installments over a decade, it's a subplot-mad, diversion-crazed bildungsroman where the narrator - Shandy - can't even get past describing his own birth by the end of the book, due to his tendency to go off on tangents. Along the way it packs in satires of contemporary intellectuals like Pope and Locke and plays with the novelistic form, including even having one page printed entirely black to represent sorrow at a character's death. They try that in the film, but then realize it's not quite so interesting for audience.

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Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story Review


Very Good
At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, a film about trying to film the legendarily unfilmmable 18th century novel, Steve Coogan says to a reporter that the wonderful thing about Laurence Sterne's book (which he obviously hasn't read) is how ahead of its time it was, that it was "a postmodern novel... before there was a modernism... to be post of." It's a throwaway line in some respects, but it's an excellent example of the layered absurdist humor that abounds within its wonderfully loose format. This is a film about ego, the fatal inability of people to plan their lives, and the delirious chaos of the creative process. It's also about what utter jerks movie stars can be, God bless 'em.

Sterne's novel is a big old mess and has never been quite accepted in the literary canon. Published in nine installments over a decade, it's a subplot-mad, diversion-crazed bildungsroman where the narrator - Shandy - can't even get past describing his own birth by the end of the book, due to his tendency to go off on tangents. Along the way it packs in satires of contemporary intellectuals like Pope and Locke and plays with the novelistic form, including even having one page printed entirely black to represent sorrow at a character's death. They try that in the film, but then realize it's not quite so interesting for audience.

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The Last September Review


Weak
I really wanted to like The Last September. Sunday afternoon, really in the mood for a period piece, I sat down with the promising flick... and got a tired old romantic triangle flick set in 1920s Ireland that plodded along with little regard for the audience. The setting here is elusive: The title refers obliquely to Ireland's last September before its revolution, but the backdrop of war barely registers above the genteel performances and sleepy script.
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High-Rise Movie Review

High-Rise Movie Review

After a string of award-winning arthouse hits like Kill List and A Field in England,...

High-Rise Trailer

High-Rise Trailer

'If only we had enough money to move to a bigger house', an ongoing predicament...

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Movie Review

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Movie Review

At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,...

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Movie Review

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Movie Review

At one point during Michael Winterbottom's shambolically hilarious Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,...

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