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Andy Serkis , Lorraine Ashbourne - 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice'- European Premiere held at the Odeon - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016

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Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy Serkis
Lorraine Ashbourne and Andy Serkis

Lorraine Ashbourne , Andy Serkis - Film premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016

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Lorraine Ashbourne, Andy Serkis , children - The Empire Film Awards 2016 held at Grosvenor House Hotel - Arrivals at The Empire Film Awards, Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 20th March 2016

Lorraine Ashbourne, Andy Serkis and Children
Lorraine Ashbourne, Andy Serkis and Children

Andy Serkis , Lorraine Ashbourne - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne
Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne

Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne, Sonny Serkis, Ruby Serkis and Louis George Serkis - A host of stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the Jameson Empire Film Awards 2015 which were held at Grosvenor House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th March 2015

Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne, Sonny Serkis, Ruby Serkis and Louis George Serkis
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Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne, Sonny Serkis, Ruby Serkis and Louis George Serkis
Andy Serkis, Lorraine Ashbourne, Sonny Serkis, Ruby Serkis and Louis George Serkis

The Selfish Giant Trailer


Arbor and Swifty are two young boys struggling to find purpose and identity in their impoverished Yorkshire town. They are the best of friends, but while they bond over their own home and school problems, it turns out that they don't necessarily bring out the best in each other. When Arbor is expelled from school for starting a fight while trying to defend Swifty against bullies, he finds himself with nothing to do and no purpose. He takes Swifty out of school in a bid to start making money and they meet an unprincipled scrapdealer named Kitten, who puts them to work uncovering scrap metal and cables to sell on for profit. However, friendships are tested when Arbor finds himself getting increasingly more left out of the business, while his parents are at odds with what to do about their son's latest antics.

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The Selfish Giant Review


Excellent

Inventive British filmmaker Barnard takes on Oscar Wilde's children's story with the same artistic creativity that made her previous film, the edgy drama-doc The Arbor, such a triumph. But this isn't a movie for kids; it's about them. And it's such a provocative combination of gritty reality and youthful energy that it's sometimes difficult to watch. Especially as the shattering finale approaches.

Set on the grubby edges of Bradford, the story centres on fast-talking young teen Arbor (Chapman), who always seems to be in trouble. When he drags his nice-guy pal Swifty (Thomas) into another crazy scam, they get thrown out of school. But Arbor sees this as an opportunity to use their free time to collect metal to sell to scrapyard owner Kitten (Gilder). For Arbor, his main goal is to get out of his messy house, where he lives with his mum (Manley) and bullying big brother (Tittensor). Swifty's home-life with his shouty parents (Evets and Finneran) isn't much better, and he loves spending time working with with Kitten's prized horse. On the other hand, Arbor keeps coming up with risky ideas to earn more cash.

Barnard is an expert at finding beauty in the ugliest people and places, and this film sometimes feels like it's wallowing in working-class shabbiness. But she gives her uneducated characters a sense of intelligence, artistry and integrity that makes us want to spend time with them even though no one speaks in a reasonable tone of voice. Anger boils over quickly, with screaming rants and violent outbursts, so it feels like life for these people is very difficult, not just economically but also emotionally.

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Oranges And Sunshine Review


Excellent
For his feature-directing debut, Jim Loach (son of Ken) tackles a big story with topical relevance and emotional undercurrents. It's an earnest, straightforward film that's intensely moving and never sentimental.

In 1986 Nottingham, Margaret Humphreys (Watson) stumbles into something that seems unthinkable: poor children in the 1950s were bundled onto ships and sent to Australia, where they were stripped of their identities and put into indentured service at children's homes. As she starts investigating, in order to help now-grown children find long-lost parents, she realises that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Assisted by two of these orphans (Weaving and Wenham), she uncovers a horrific system that ran for four decades with complicity from both governments.

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Distant Voices, Still Lives Review


OK
This truly stange British production looks at a sepia-toned past where memory is revisited only through song. Everybody sings, all the time, developing a wonky revision of a family's life around the turn of the century (plus a few decades before and after). It's hit and miss, failing to really generate a really coherent vision of the past. Pete Postlethwaite provides the film's only standout performance, but it's so brief as to be quite unmemorable.
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The Selfish Giant Trailer

Arbor and Swifty are two young boys struggling to find purpose and identity in their...

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The Selfish Giant Movie Review

Inventive British filmmaker Barnard takes on Oscar Wilde's children's story with the same artistic creativity...

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