Is the sanctity of marriage really everything it used to be? Noah and Alice are a married couple who are trying for a baby. Things aren't the same in their relationship anymore, however; they feel less connected sexually, and Alice is feeling extremely insecure about how Noah sees her glamorous younger sister Fanny. Fanny is your typical free-spirited hippy totally in love with her partner Zander and the pair of them have no qualms about spreading that love. In fact, their sexual freedom is one of the things that makes their relationship all the more strong.
Meanwhile, there's Harvey and Cybil. They've been married for decades and now they're really struggling to find things to like about each other let alone love each other. Harvey is having some kind of mid-life crisis with his motorcycle and Cybil is tired of his behaviour. But would they really have their lives any other way?
A documentarian named Vivian Prudeck is working on a new project. She's looking for paid subjects to take part in her research surrounding the big question: Will you accept that marriage is dead? She wants to interview different couples about their experiences of marriage, and learns some interesting things along the way. The only problem is, she's starting to get a little bit too involved with her subjects' lives.
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Terry Monroe and Bob Bolaño are cops who seek their own form of justice. If a criminal is making money from some illegal scheme, they the ones who will be taking at least part of the cash. Their boss is used to them coming up against various allegations such as corruption and assault but so far they've always managed to keep their badges.
Their home town of New Mexico is also home to their new target but it quickly becomes apparent that the officers might be out of their league. When the local race track is robbed, three of the robbers are found dead but the driver makes a get away with the substantial loot. Terry and Bob begin their usual undercover lines of questioning and they find out that the heist was arranged by a British man names James Mangan. Now the search is on for them to find Mangan - and more importantly the cash he stole - before he makes a getaway or the straight cops on the force find and arrest him.
War On Everyone is written and directed by John Michael McDonagh
It's hard to think of another film that leaves us quite so out of breath. Adapting his short film, first-time feature filmmaker Damien Chazelle grabs hold of the audience and never lets up, pounding us into submission with an exhilarating pace, blistering performances and never-flagging energy levels. It's an astonishing movie that reminds us of the visceral power of cinema in a story about the tenacity required to make it to the top.
At the centre of the storm is Andrew (Miles Teller), an aspiring drummer who is attending New York's most prestigious and cutthroat conservatory. His goal is to get into the elite jazz band led by Professor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), whose brutal reputation is well-earned. A demanding, often cruel teacher, he belittles students with vein-popping diatribes. And he seems to have an extra well of bile just for Andrew, who is willing to put up with anything to be in his band. The question is whether Fletcher is trying to break him or push him to achieve even more. If Andrew hopes to survive, he might not be able to maintain a relationship with his new girlfriend Nicole (Melissa Benoist). But maybe it's worth the pain.
This is the blackest comedy imaginable, so harsh that our only response is to laugh bitterly at every hideous insult Fletcher heaps on his young musicians. Chazelle directs the film with such a brisk pace that it sometimes feels difficult to hang on for the ride, and even though some of the plot turns feel rather contrived, it's moving so quickly that we don't have time to worry about that. The entire film charges forward with the rhythms and energy of a powerful jazz riff, and even though it's often terrifying the ride is so much fun that we don't want it to end.
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While zombie rom-coms aren't original (see Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies), this take on the genre has such a deadpan tone that it feels refreshingly unpredictable. While the plot sometimes seems like it's going to spin completely out of control, writer-director Jeff Baena (who wrote I Heart Huckabees) holds it together with clever twists and turns and smart, witty dialogue. And the terrific cast helps balance the humour and horror with a hint of emotional depth.
It opens as soulful teenager Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grieving about his recently deceased girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza), who was killed by a snake bite. As Zach and Beth's parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) help each other get over the shock, they are startled when she arrives back home as if nothing happened. Utterly unaware that she's undead, Beth can't understand why Zach is looking at her strangely, while her parents become super protective, refusing to let her outside for fear that someone will spot a dead girl walking around. Then Zach begins to notice that Beth isn't the only person in town who has come back to life. And when he runs into old friend Erica (Anna Kendrick), Beth's jealousy seems to trigger a full-on zombie invasion.
By focussing on the warped relationships between the characters, the film keeps the audience both involved and entertained. The humour is a mix of bone-dry dialogue and riotously nutty visual gags that escalate as the story progresses. And there are constant wrinkles in the plot, such as how Beth conveniently can't remember breaking up with Zach before she died. Or how Zach's gung-ho brother (a scene stealing Matthew Gray Gubler) reacts to the growing threat of the walking-dead. And by combining real heart with silly comedy and even some genuine scariness, filmmaker Baena manages to make some sharp observations about both love and grief.
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Andrew Neyman is a jazz drummer whose massive ambition has landed him a place at a prestigious American music academy. It's there he is picked up by Terence Fletcher; a notorious jazz composer who may be renowned for his teaching abilities, but is also feared for his unconventionally cruel methods. He is invited into his band where he is eventually given the chance to substitute the usual drummer after memorising the entire music sheet and subsequently is made to perform in the next competition. Unfortunately for Andrew, it seems Terence's faith in him has made him eager to push Andrew to the brink of insanity as he slowly turns him into a volatile obsessive with the desire to become the greatest drummer of his time. Meanwhile his father is furious at the treatment of his son and Andrew forces himself to break up with his girlfriend in order to put more time into practice.
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Andrew Neyman is an aspiring young jazz drummer who is thrilled to land a place at a prestigious American music academy. However, with amazing opportunities comes a lot of serious pressure and Andrew finds himself struggling under the ruthless instruction of his pedantic band conductor Terence Fletcher. With his decades of experience, Fletcher has an ear for music Andrew couldn't hope to emulate and yet his struggles to correct his own miniscule mistakes go totally unsympathised with. He is left flustered and on the verge of tears during one particularly heated band practice, whereby Fletcher's unsuccessful attempts to correct Andrew's tempo lead to the latter being nearly struck over the head with a chair by the volatile teacher who precedes to slap him hard around the face several times. Is Andrew strong enough to survive such fierce scrutiny, or are his dreams of musicianship almost over?
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Zach is a total mess following the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth and turns to her equally grief-stricken parents for support. However, when they stop contacting him, he becomes confused by their evasiveness and begins to suspect their daughter is still alive. Sure enough, there's a hole in the ground by her presumably previously occupied grave and she appears to have resurrected from the dead. Zach doesn't know what to think, but when he sees her looking just the same as she did before she died, he is overcome with emotion and decides to tell her everything that he wished he'd said before she passed. However, their happy ending is quickly cut short when Beth starts displaying increasingly erratic behaviour - such as biting and eating a man. Realising that she's a zombie complicates things for Zach, who'll give anything to keep her around but struggles to cope with her newfound brutality.
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Liberace was an American pianist and entertainer well-known for his flamboyant lifestyle and the sense of grandiose he carried about with him. His personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumours of homosexuality which he vehemently denied. While everyone saw him as a figure of extravagance and individuality, behind closed doors was a turbulent relationship with a young chauffeur 39 years his junior. Scott Thorson became an important figure in Liberace's life; not only as a driver, but also like a son, a brother and a best friend. They embarked on a 5 year affair that saw Liberace persuade Scott into facial surgery to resemble himself, something which led to a desperate struggle with drugs on Scott's part and many a fiery argument between them. Just what was life for Liberace like behind the glitz and glamour of his luxurious existence?
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