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Edinburgh International Film Festival - Jurors' Photocall

Archie Panjabi, Amy Berg and Natascha McElhone - Edinburgh International Film Festival - Jurors' Photocall at Filmhouse - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th June 2015

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Archie Panjabi, Amy Berg and Natascha McElhone
Archie Panjabi, Amy Berg and Natascha McElhone

'The Moomins On The Riviera' premiere

Natascha McElhone - 'The Moomins On The Riviera' premiere at the BFI Southbank Theatre - Arrivals at BFI Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th May 2015

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International Day of the Girl - females takeover The London Eye , London, England, 10.10.14

Natascha McElhone - British female celebs took over the London eye for International Day of the Girl in London, England, 10.10.14 - London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th October 2014

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Believe Review


Good

With its heart in the right place, this charming British football drama overcomes a script that frequently drifts into sentimentality and corny plotting. But the story is involving, and the cast is particularly good. So even though it has a tendency to drift into cuteness, a fresh sense of humour and sympathetic characters help build up a swell of honest emotion as it approaches the final whistle.

It's set in 1984 Manchester, where the legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby (Brian Cox) is still haunted by the Munich plane crash in 1958 that took the lives of several of his dream-team players. In search of something to give meaning to his retirement years, he runs across a street-smart 10-year-old named Georgie (Jack Smith), who has his own issues. Georgie lives with his working-class single mum Erica (Natascha McElhone), who worries about his future and leaps at the chance of a scholarship to send him to a posh private school. Georgie isn't thrilled about studying for the entrance exam with snooty professor Farquar (Toby Stephens); he'd rather be out kicking a ball with his friends, and is secretly plotting to enter a youth competition with them. But they need an adult sponsor, so Matt and his friend Bob (Philip Jackson) agree to take them on. And the kids have no idea that they're being trained by a national icon.

Director David Scheinmann shoots the film with sundrenched charm, grounding the goofier moments by encouraging the cast to give deeply felt performances. At the centre, Cox and Jackson are an entertaining double act as old pals kickstarting their lives by taking on this young team overflowing with raw talent but no discipline. McElhone is essentially playing the standard movie mother who's too busy with the pressures of everyday life to notice much of anything that her tearaway son is doing, but she gives the role a sharp emotional centre. Stephens has more trouble in his rather wacky role, which drifts from callous nastiness to physical slapstick.

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Mental Health Nurse Marries Saturday, Wins Costa Book Award on Tuesday


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Nathan Filer, a mental health nurse who has worked on psychiatric wards for more than a decade, was the shock winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award on Tuesday evening (January 28, 2014) beating the bookies favourite Kate Atkinson with his debut novel The Shock of the Fall.

nathan Filer costa book awardsNathan Filer With His Costa Winning Book, The Shock of the Fall

The book, narrated by a Bristol boy named Matthew from the age of five to his early 20s, is a gripping account of his descent into schizophrenia following the death of his youjnger brother.

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The 2013 Costa Book Of The Year Awards

Natascha McElhone - The 2013 Costa Book Of The Year Awards winners announced, held at Quaglino's - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th January 2014

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Natascha McElhone Lands 'Fatal Attraction' Lead In Stage Production


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Natascha McElhone has been cast in a staged adaptation of 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction that will play in London this coming March. The Californication actress has won the iconic lead role of Alex Forrest, who was played most famously in the movie by Glenn Close in one of her Oscar-nominated performances.

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Natascha McElhone To Play "Bunny Boiler" Alex Forrest In A Staged Version Of 'Fatal Attraction."

The classically trained British actress will take to the boards for her portrayal of the spurned, psychotic mistress of Dan Gallagher's nightmares. Adrian Lyne's film placed Behind The Candelebra's Michael Douglas in the role of cheating attorney alongside Close. Of course, who could forget the movie's most ominous yet memorable scene during which Forrest simmers Gallagher's daughter's pet rabbit on the stove?

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Moet British Independent Film Awards

Natascha McElhone - Moet British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate Market - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th December 2013

The Kid Review


OK
Based on a true story, this gripping film features solid acting and a strong visual sensibility. And even though the plot meanders, it's an important story of someone who survived a severe failure in the British child welfare system.

Kevin Lewis (Miller, Prew, then Friend) was born in South London into a violent home in which his sharp wit sparks extra physical abuse from his mother (McElhone), while his drunken father (O'Neill) either watches helplessly or is bullied into taking part. But along the way Kevin finds compassion from a care home manager (Hill), an alert teacher (Gruffudd), a compassionate foster father (Fox) and a supportive girlfriend (Whittaker). But all of this could be undone by his dodgy business decisions.

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Ronin Review


Excellent
Ronin is one of the few action movies that I can chew on without having to regurgitate. Normally, the action film fills me with a sort of dread. In fact, per my recollection, Ronin filled me with a sort of dread the first time around (despite Robert De Niro being in the film). You see, the action film is a sort of black hole for the industry. Money gets sucked into the film but it passes a sort of event horizon, at which point no matter how much money is poured in, the movie is still terrible. Sure, it is so absolutely dumb that you can sit back and enjoy it anyway, but the fact of the matter is that by the time the action movie has passed this point of no return you know you are watching trash.

Every year, millions get sucked into this vortex and all we get out of it are surgically enhanced chest shots of women who have just been bumped up from doing soft core. Of the three dozen odd action flicks that come out in any given year, only ten are worth viewing again. Of those ten, only two or three are actually good films. Ronin was actually good.

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Killing Me Softly Review


Weak
Hey, remember when Joseph Fiennes was a big artsy star after Shakespeare in Love? No. Well, neither does he. Today you're more likely to find him in a film like this, a bizarre erotic thriller from Chen Kaige, best known as the director of a variety of Chinese historical epics. Killing Me Softly features Fiennes as a maybe-he's-a-creepy-rapist/maybe-he's-not kinda fellow, and Heather Graham is the woman who falls in love with him at first sight. What develops is a story about a lost mountain expedition (which Fiennes was part of), missing ex-girlfriends, and lots of blind clues (think typewritten letters shoved under the door) that suggest Fiennes is a really bad dude. In the end the film comes across like a kind of cheap knockoff of Basic Instinct, right down to the string-heavy score. Fiennes even has a taste for kinky sex, and as a fearful Graham is tied to the kitchen table she says, "Sometimes I feel like I don't know you." It's pretty campy-silly, but it's surprisingly watchable for some reason, maybe because of the name-brand actors sleazing it in this Skinemax would-be classic. Who knows. Just check out the unrated edition for extra fun.

Love's Labour's Lost Review


OK
Film musicals are a tough sell these days. It's either the annual Disney animation vehicle or it's Edward Norton dancing to swing music. I could probably count the last five years worth of decent musicals on my left hand. The juxtaposition of dialogue with song and dance always seems to remind me of the tragedies of my high school drama days. Those damn tights. The bad pancake makeup.

Kenneth Branagh's latest Shakespearean opus, Love's Labour's Lost, falls into the category of an ingenious experiment gone horrible wrong. Like a bartender with one too many vodka-tonics on his breath, Branagh mixes one of Shakespeare's lesser-known comedies with the music of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and places everything in 1939 France. Think the Rat Pack in some bad 1960s film.

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Feardotcom Review


Unbearable
After the first hour of the celluloid atrocity so cleverly named FearDotCom, I awoke from a dreadful nightmare: a nightmare chock full of bad acting, goofy makeup, a ridiculous story, and blatant plot thievery from David Cronenberg flicks. In a cold sweat, I shuddered and realized that I couldn't wake up from my nightmare. It wasn't a dream at all; it was playing out right in front of my face on a movie screen.

FearDotCom is easily in the running for worst film of the year. The whole mess is a painfully dull ripoff of much better films - namely Poltergeist, Videodrome, and 8MM (okay, so that one's not much better). Full of grotesque imagery of sadistic tortures and killings and a plethora of asinine characters and pathetic attempts at acting, FearDotCom is a prime example of just how bad a bad movie can be.

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Surviving Picasso Review


Grim
If you learn only one thing while watching Surviving Picasso, it will probably be this: Pablo Picasso was a big fat jerk.

Unfortunately, that's about all you'll learn, as Merchant-Ivory's latest exercise in excess sheds little light on the great artiste and leaves the viewer with even less of an understanding as to why Picasso was the man he was.

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Mrs. Dalloway Review


Grim
Proof that period pieces often live up to their reputation as dry, droll, dull, and witless pictures. This retelling of the Virginia Woolf novel is heavy on the voice over, and light on just about everything else. McElhone as the young Mrs. D is mildly interesting... but that's about it.
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