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'Golden Years' Premiere - Arrivals

Phil Davis - 'Golden Years' Premiere - Arrivals at Odeon, Tottenham Court Road - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th April 2016

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Mr. Holmes Review

Excellent

Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of a mystery may disappoint die-hard fans, but as an astute drama it's more than worth a look because Ian McKellen is simply terrific in the title role. This is a much more complex character than he has been able to play recently either in movies (like the X-men and Lord of the Rings franchises) or television (the nutty sitcom Vicious). The film also reunites him with Bill Condon, who directed him to an Oscar nomination in Gods and Monsters 17 years ago.

It's 1947, and Sherlock is 93 years old when we meet him, living on the Sussex coast where he keeps bees and has befriended Roger (Milo Parker), the curious son of his tough-minded housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney). As Sherlock teaches Roger about both beekeeping and sleuthing, he is also trying to work out his final case some 30 years ago, which his mind simply refuses to recall. As he relives it in his mind, rather than through Watson's embellished account, all he can remember is a worried husband (Patrick Kennedy) asking him to follow his wife (Hattie Morahan). In addition, Sherlock is also still thinking about the things he discovered while recently in post-war Japan at the invitation of a fan (Hiroyuki Sanada).

The main story and the two flashback sequences are intriguingly intertwined in Sherlock's mind, offering parallel discoveries that help him piece together events that unfold in all three. It's a clever approach that allows McKellen to dig deep into the character as a man discovering that his mind is fading, perhaps into senility. His take on Sherlock is simply fascinating, a witty detective who has always resisted the fictional depiction of him in Watson's stories. And he's also an ageing man who hasn't lost his childlike curiosity, which makes his friendship with the young Roger surprisingly tender and engaging.

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The UK Premiere Of 'Mr Holmes'

Phil Davis - The UK Premiere of 'Mr Holmes' held at Odeon Kensington - Arrivals at Odeon Kensington - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 10th June 2015

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Martin Kemp Surprised By Emotion He Brought To Role


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Martin Kemp didn't want 'Age of Kill' to just be a film about ''a man running around with a gun''.

The 53-year-old actor has confessed he enjoyed being able to use his experience of acting in dramas to bring emotion to the new action film, in which he plays a black ops sniper who is blackmailed by a terrorist into killing six seemingly unrelated people in six hours.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''This was the first real action film that I've done. The first lead role in an action film. Usually I shoot dramas but I was surprised by how much emotion I could bring into it. I tried my hardest to turn it into not just a film about a man running around with a gun but a man who's bringing his own life experiences into it, and letting the audience feel his emotion was a lot of fun.''

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Private Screening Of 'Age Of Kill'

Phil Davis - Private screening of 'Age Of Kill' at Ham Yard Hotel - Red Carpet Arrivals at Ham Yard Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 1st April 2015

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UFC Pool Party At LIQUID

Phil Davis - UFC International Fight Week Official Pool Party at LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 3rd July 2014

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Birmingham MCM Comic Con - Day 1

Phil Davis - Birmingham MCM Comic Con - Day 1 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Saturday 22nd March 2014

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The Who To Play Quadrophenia On UK Tour


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The Who have announced their UK and Ireland arena tour dates, in which they will play their album 'Quadrophenia'.

The 'My Generation' rockers are set to play ten dates across June - starting in Dublin and finishing in Liverpool - and will perform their iconic 1973 record in its entirety, along with a selection of their classic tracks.

Their UK dates will see original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), John Corey (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals).

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Fast Girls Review


Good
Lively dialog and realistically played characters help make this sporting drama engaging despite a formulaic screenplay. And even if it's rather corny, the film could be genuinely inspiring to young athletes in an Olympic year.

Gifted runner Shania (Crichlow) lives in a rough London estate, where she trains with a local shopkeeper (Davis). Despite her lack of support, she's one of the fastest athletes in Britain, and qualifies for the team in the run up to the World Championships. She's facing competition from her privileged rival Lisa (Lily James), whose father (Graves) heads up Team GB. Shania is happy running solo and, despite encouragement from coach (Clarke), isn't sure about becoming a team player and joining Lisa, Trix and Belle (Burroughs and Lynch) for the relay event.

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Brighton Rock Review


Good
Repositioning Graham Greene's 1938 novel to 1964, screenwriter Joffe directs his first feature with a vivid visual flair. Although it's so dark and harsh that none of the characters are even remotely sympathetic.

Pinkie (Riley) is a young member of a Brighton gang that becomes rudderless when its leader is killed by rival mobster Colleoni (Serkis). Second in command Spicer (Davis) tries to take charge, but Pinkie starts escalating things, avenging his boss' death in a way that creates a violent tit-for-tat. He also becomes vulnerable to murder charges. As he romances a young witness (Riseborough) to make sure she doesn't say anything, he angers her boss (Mirren) as well as both Colleoni and his righthand man (Hurt).

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Dead Man Running Review


Weak
Yet another retread of the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, this London crime caper at least creates its setting well and has some colourful characters. But we've seen it all before.

Nick (Hassan) is an ex-criminal trying go straight so he can care for his wheelchair-bound mum (Blethyn). But New York gangster Thigo (Jackson), in the grip of the economic crisis, is calling in his loans. Now Nick has 24 hours to come up with ú100,000, or Thigo's goon (Davis) will kill both Nick and his mother. Nick's pal Bing (Dyer) offers to help, and they embark on an odyssey of underground fight clubs, fixed track-betting and drug deals in increasing desperation to round up the cash.

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Cassandra's Dream Review


Excellent
Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters culminates with a warm and fuzzy Thanksgiving dinner scene where all the inner and outer relationship problems plaguing the angst-ridden characters in the film are happily resolved and familial ties are reaffirmed; a tiny beam of light in Allen's dark and bleak tunnel of life. And ever since Hannah and Her Sisters, Allen has been renouncing that happy ending in every film he's made... but never more so than in his two recent dramas, Match Point, and now, Cassandra's Dream (Allen's 42nd film as writer/director).

Cassandra's Dream is Allen's most grim and uncomfortable film to date, surpassing even Crimes and Misdemeanors and Match Point. At least in those films the upper class criminals get away with their deeds and get on with their lives (however psychically diminished those lives may be). Not so in Cassandra's Dream, where two lower-middle-class brothers commit a dark crime (almost a British translation of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) that not only shatters their humanity but also destroys their family ties and much more.

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Vera Drake Review


Very Good
Known for developing scripts out of improvisational exercises, Mike Leigh's gift for getting incredible performances out of actors is impressive. His character-driven pieces are consistently provocative and engaging, though they may also leave you feeling depressed at their insistence on sticking with the reality of how circumstances play out versus tying together a neat, entertaining ending.

Vera Drake is no exception to this practice. Set in working-class London in the 1950s, it explores the path of a middle-aged woman who performs illegal abortions to young women in need. Vera (Imelda Staunton) is one of those truly kind-hearted souls who constantly helps out anyone and everyone around her. It's hard to imagine that someone that positive and giving may exist, but her charm and energetic encouragement easily win you over as genuine. She, her husband Stan (Phil Davis), and their two adult children share a cramped but warm apartment together.

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Staunton Boosted By Mirren's Tears


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Actress Imelda Staunton feared her film Vera Drake wouldn't be a success - until she saw DAME Helen Mirren crying at a screening of the abortion drama.

The English actress, 48, has won six British Independent Film Awards, a EUROPEAN FILM AWARD, the Golden Lion and Volpi Cup at September's (04) VENICE FILM FESTIVAL and a string of gongs from critic circles across America.

However, before the rapturous response at the Italian festival, Staunton was concerned the movie would flop.

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Dead Man's Shoes And Drake For Brit Indie Awards


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Shane Meadows' critically acclaimed thriller DEAD MAN'S SHOES is leading the way at this year's (04) British Independent Film Awards with eight nominations.

Dead Man's Shoes, which was awarded the HITCHCOCK D'OR accolade at the DINARD BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL in France earlier this month (OCT04), has been nominated for Best British Independent Film, Best Director and acting accolades for stars PADDY CONSIDINE and Gary Stretch.

Following close behind, is English director Mike Leigh's abortion drama Vera Drake which is up for seven gongs in the ceremony, including Best Performance By An Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Performance By An Actor for Phil Davis.

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