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Laura Fraser - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2014 at SLS Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd August 2014

Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles TV Tea presented by BBC and Jaguar at SLS Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd August 2014

Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser - The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium - Press Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

Laura Fraser
Laura Fraser

Patrick Sane, Matthew T. Metzler, Lavell Crawford, Bryan Cranston, Steven Michael Quezada, Anna Gunn, Tait Fletcher, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, RJ Mitte and Laura Fraser - Celebrities pose with awards at 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards press room at The Shrine Auditorium. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

Patrick Sane, Matthew T. Metzler, Lavell Crawford, Bryan Cranston, Steven Michael Quezada, Anna Gunn, Tait Fletcher, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Rj Mitte and Laura Fraser
Patrick Sane, Matthew T. Metzler, Lavell Crawford, Bryan Cranston, Steven Michael Quezada, Anna Gunn, Tait Fletcher, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Rj Mitte and Laura Fraser

Cuckoo Trailer


Penny is a young medical researcher who works in a lab with her boss Professor Greengrass and his assistant Simone , as days go by Penny begins to question if this is the job she really wants to do and also takes a look at her increasingly lonely homelife. When Penny starts to hear the voice of her partner in the house - even though he's not actually in the building - Penny thinks she might be going crazy.

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The Boys Are Back Review


Good
Since it's based on true events (from the life of journalist Simon Carr), this story is rather un-cinematic, lacking a driving narrative. But it's a telling exploration of relationships, relying on a superb cast to keep us engaged.

Sports writer Joe (Owen) is left in a daze when his wife Katy (Fraser) dies suddenly, leaving him to care for 6-year-old Artie (McAnulty). Since he has spent much of Artie's life travelling with his job, they have a lot of bonding to do, so they head out on a road trip. Then Joe's 14-year-old son Harry (MacKay) arrives from England to get to know his dad. With their unconventional family arrangement, these three cause a bit of concern with Joe's in-laws (Blake and Haywood) and a neighbour (Booth).

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Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? Review


Very Good
This strange and compelling Brit-flick has two disparate tales that surprisingly intersect when the father (Harold Smith) of one boy manages to stop the pacemakers of three elderly audience members during his attempt at mentally stopping the watches in the crowd. Whoops. In his defense is a scientist he refutes such mental powers, and his daughter and the Smith boy turn out to be semi-secret lovers. Well-acted and full of droll humor, and worth a look if you can find it for rent or on cable. Unfortunately, it has perhaps the worst movie title I've ever heard (and it makes me not want to see it again, just thinking about that title!)... except, of course, for this movie.

Den Of Lions Review


Weak
I'll sit through almost anything that has Bob Hoskins in it, but lately I've come to realize that old reliable Bob hasn't made a great movie in nearly 20 years. Hell, Hoskins was in Maid in Manhattan! It's become so bad that studios are reissuing his finer work, like Mona Lisa and The Long Good Friday on DVD. Den of Lions is a predictable euro-terrorism-espionage thriller, the likes of which have been being pumped out en masse in the last ten years. The twist this time involves a Hungarian double agent, the FBI, and Stephen Dorff. Woo!

Forgive And Forget Review


Weak
Angst-ridden twentysomething Brits struggle with life, love, and homosexuality -- yet again -- in Forgive and Forget, wherein two best friends become torn apart because one of them gets a little close to his girlfriend, spending more time with her and less time with his mate.

It's happened before, sure, but this time the friend causing all the trouble turns out to be gay, and of course he's madly in love with his pal. They fight, they make up, they fight some more, and all the while no one realizes our misunderstood hero is in the closet.

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Titus Review


Weak
Titus Andronicus: One mean bastard.

Okay... I'm kinda lost. Who the hell is Titus Andronicus, you may ask? Well, Titus A. was the first play by Bill Shakespeare, about the usual themes of the mighty Bill: Revenge, hatred, a little bit of incest, honor, mental loopiness, and damn good human mincemeat pie. The hard part of trying to bring Shakespeare to life through either film or stage production is trying to cut through all of the pompous attitude of the director and making an understandable, comprehensible piece of narrative.

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A Knight's Tale Review


Very Good
I was initially skeptical, to say the least, to hear the premise of A Knight's Tale, which, for the uninitiated, is thus: Classic tale of squires and swords is set to a loud, classic rock score. Sounds like Rocky Horror at best, Evita at worst. Fortunately, A Knight's Tale comes in on the high side of would-be rock operas (would-be because there's not actually any singing in the movie, just a lot of dancing; on the high side because they usually suck) thanks to its odd mixture of silly fun with bone-crushing action scenes.

How do you mix a 1400s tale of jousting and swordplay with a load of rock music? Very carefully. It all starts as a crowd chants the opening monologue to "We Will Rock You" at the lists of a small jousting tournament, while our squire hero Will (Heath Ledger) finds that his master, a knight on the verge of winning the tourney, has just died. In a fit of passion, he straps on his master's armor and rides into the arena, winning the tournament for he and his two co-squire friends (Mark Addy and Alan Tudyk). Thrilled with the victory, Will opts not to take the money and split, but instead assumes the identity of a phony knight, rockin' and joustin' his way across France en route to "The World Championships" of jousting in London.

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Whatever Happened To Harold Smith? Review


Very Good
This strange and compelling Brit-flick has two disparate tales that surprisingly intersect when the father (Harold Smith) of one boy manages to stop the pacemakers of three elderly audience members during his attempt at mentally stopping the watches in the crowd. Whoops. In his defense is a scientist he refutes such mental powers, and his daughter and the Smith boy turn out to be semi-secret lovers. Well-acted and full of droll humor, and worth a look if you can find it for rent or on cable. Unfortunately, it has perhaps the worst movie title I've ever heard (and it makes me not want to see it again, just thinking about that title!)... except, of course, for this movie.

Titus Review


Very Good

Sumptuously and elaborately staged, steeped in powerful symbolism and bordering on absolute brilliance, Julie Taymor's sometimes pretentious "Titus" flirts with becoming among the all-time best of Shakespeare movies -- if you can endure the stomach-turning violence.

Adapted from the Bard's "Titus Andronicus," a manifold tragedy that makes "Hamlet" look like "Ozzie and Harriet," the film stars Anthony Hopkins in the title role of a loyal Roman general returning from a victorious campaign against the Goths. It has cost him a dreadful personal price: 21 of his 24 sons were killed in battle.

He brings with him their bodies and five prisoners -- Tamora (Jessica Lange), the queen of the Goths, her sons (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Raz Degan and Matthew Rhys), and Aaron (Harry Lennix), a Moor with an evil streak as deep as the ocean -- and hands them over to the newly ensconced Emperor (a Hitler-esque Alan Cumming), who also asks for Titus' daughter in marriage as a sign of allegiance.

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A Knight's Tale Review


Good

By now you've heard about the concept of "A Knight's Tale" and had the time to become justifiably dubious. A 14th Century jousting adventure set to the tune of guitar rock stadium anthems? How could that possibly be anything short of laughable?

The answer is -- well, I don't know exactly. But when, five minutes into the movie, a crowd of peasants at a jousting tournament starts stomping feet in time and bellowing "We will/We will/Rock You!" (and soon thereafter do "the wave"), I defy you not to grin an aw-what-the-heck grin and go along for the ride.

The story itself isn't much more than a dressed-up, time-warped sports underdog yarn, in which the lowborn hero ("The Patriot's" jaunty Heath Ledger) poses as a knight (only those of noble birth are allowed to compete) and becomes the toast of the jousting world. But in the hands of writer-director Brian Helgeland (who helmed "Payback" and co-wrote "L.A. Confidential"), the movie's cliché-spawn chassis is merely a jumping-off point for a jocular, undeflatable, high energy theme-park ride of action, wisecracks and romance.

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Cuckoo Trailer

Cuckoo Trailer

Penny is a young medical researcher who works in a lab with her boss Professor...

A Knight's Tale Movie Review

A Knight's Tale Movie Review

I was initially skeptical, to say the least, to hear the premise of A Knight's...

A Knight's Tale Movie Review

A Knight's Tale Movie Review

By now you've heard about the concept of "A Knight's Tale" and had the time...

Titus Movie Review

Titus Movie Review

Sumptuously and elaborately staged, steeped in powerful symbolism and bordering on absolute brilliance, Julie Taymor's...

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