With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a punch in the nose, launching at full speed and never letting up. It's a funny and edgy portrait of three generations of a family stuck in a cycle of criminality and ignorance. While writer Alastair Siddons and director Adam Smith kind of lose the plot along the way, at least they aren't interested in preaching at us. Instead they create a group of unforgettable characters in a seriously messy situation.
The leader of the family is the patriarch Colby (Brendan Gleeson), who rules the community of caravans with a macho smirk and ignores the law as if it's still the good old days. His son Chad (Michael Fassbender) never learned to read, but wants his children (Georgie Smith and Kacie Anderson) to go to school. Colby thinks that's ridiculous, preferring to educate the kids by taking them along on badly planned robberies. Chad's wife Kelly (Lyndsey Marshal) wants out of this situation even more than Chad does, and she's increasingly annoyed that Colby is putting their children in danger. Will Chad have the nerve to stand up to his imperious dad?
Miraculously, the actors underplay these larger-than-life characters, creating eerily realistic, charming people whose clashes are a direct result of the changing world around them. Fassbender and Gleeson bring terrific detail to their roles and then spark off each other with such power that we don't know quite where to look. It's utterly riveting, drawing out personal grit along with darker themes. And it's not surprising that other characters are less fleshed-out. Marshal is most impressive in the scenes in which the seriously tough Kelly locks horns with Colby. And a couple of side characters register nicely: Rory Kinnear as a beleaguered cop trying to get the drop on this gang and Sean Harris as a mentally unstable family member.
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Chad Cutler is an Irish traveller who entered a life of crime at a young age, following in the footsteps of his father before him, Colby. Now that his own son Tyson is growing up, he wants to show him the ropes. Teaching him to drive a car through the fields is one thing, though, and he's starting to realise that introducing him into a world of police chases and robberies is very much another. Chad is becoming disillusioned with the lifestyle with which his family is accustomed, and wants to find a new path for both himself and his child. While his mother Kelly is supportive of his feelings, she and everyone else knows that Colby won't hear anything about it. He needs to find a way to sever ties with his father, without unleashing hell on his own family.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper shot 'Serena' before 'Silver Linings Playbook' - so what took so long?
Filmed in the Czech Republic more than two years ago, the American Depression-era drama 'Serena' took a long time to get to the big screen, during which time its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were nominated for Oscars in two other films together: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (for which Lawrence won Best Actress) and American Hustle.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper re-unite on screen with 'Serena'
Directed by Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier ('In a Better World'), the film is a sweeping romance set in the wilds of Carolina's Smoky Mountains, based on the novel by Ron Rash. It's a complicated story with plenty of subtle textures that are ideally suited to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as fine supporting players like Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans and Sean Harris. But the film's postponed release has sparked some bad buzz, as people wondered about the delay, which usually indicates some significant tinkering by the studios. And that's rarely a good thing.
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As the Great Depression begins to sweep across America, George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Shaw (Jennifer Lawrence) meet and fall in love. The whirl-wind romance soon sees the couple married, and entering into a lifelong partnership with the start of a timber empire. As Serena steadily proves herself to be more capable than any man in the company, she strongly boosts the productivity and the spirits of her husband. But soon, the house of cards crumbles to show the truth of George's hidden past, and expose the secrets he never expected Serena to find out. The Pembertons are thrown against their toughest obstacle yet - can their love truly conquer all, or is it destined to fall apart?
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1971 - The height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. When Gary's regiment is sent to Belfast in an attempt to quell rioting in the area, all hell breaks loose and the unit leaves without him. Trapped in a strange and alien world, Gary is aware that almost everyone in the city wants to kill him. From here, the gripping thriller begins, as Gary struggles to stay alive throughout the night, in a desperate attempt to find rescue and make it back home to his family. '71 has so far received rave reviews from the Berlin Film Festival, where it premiered earlier this year in February.
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It was all about Olivia Colman and Broadchurch at the BAFTAs.
ITV crime-drama Broadchurch won three television BAFTAS on Sunday, for best drama, best actress for Olivia Colman and best supporting actor for David Bradley. Colman, who won two Baftas in 2013, cried on-stage and was unable to fully deliver her speech. However, she did manage to thank co-star David Tennant for being "a joy and a treat."
Olivia Colman Won Best Actess at the BAFTAs
Elsewhere, Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd took two awards for actors Richard Ayoade and Katherine Parkinson.
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Southcliffe is an explosive new drama on Channel 4.
Remember when Sunday nights were about watching Heartbeat and worrying about having to go back to the school in the morning? The final night of the week threw up some easy-watching though pretty bad television as Britain lurched into yet another working week.
However, things have beginning to change. Across the pond, Mad Men and Breaking Bad are signature shows airing on Sundays, while UK channels are beginning to move some of their biggest and most exciting dramas to 9pm on Sundays.
Last night, Channel 4's harrowing drama Southcliffe finally hit screens after a couple of weeks of pretty eerie looking teaser promos. The show focuses on a mentally unstable local man (Sean Harris) who goes on a killing spree in a quiet British seaside town. The excellent Rory Kinnear plays a detective investigating the heinous crimes.
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When archaeologists Shaw and Holloway (Rapace and Marshall-Green) figure out that ancient civilisations share a map to a specific star system, the Weyland CEO (Pearce) funds a two-year mission to get answers about the origin of humanity. Led by Weyland crony Vickers (Theron) and Captain Janek (Elba), Shaw and Holloway are accompanied by a helpful android (Fassbender) and a team of not-so-enthusiastic scientists. But what they find on this distant moon isn't what they expected, and the remnants of this civilisation aren't as dead as they seem.
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In the future, Elizabeth Shaw leads a team of explorers into the furthest reaches of the universe, in order to discover the origins of human life. Things turn disastrous when they end up stranded on a distant planet. What the explorers discover could not only answer the question of how humans came to be but could also bring about our destruction.
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Five friends are hiking in the wilderness when they discover a young girl, Anna (Boyd), buried in a box. The most adept climbers (George and Newman) go for help following a shortcut that involves a dangerous descent, while the others (Speleers, Magowan and Sweeney) take Anna on a safer route. But they're being chased by a pair of merciless killers (Harris and McCole) who need to get Anna back so they can collect ransom money from a shady Eastern European (Roden).
And as things turn very violent, everyone gets increasingly desperate to survive.
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Pinkie Brown might be young but his reputation as a fierce and brutal criminal precedes him in many circles. When Pinkie commits a revenge killing, an innocent bystander named Rose sees Pinkie's gang take the victim away. In a ploy to learn how much Rose knows Pinkie attempts to seduce the young girl. Pinkie finds himself falling for Rose but how sure is he that she won't speak to the police and more so, how can Rose trust a murderer who might make her the next victim.
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This is a prime example of what is common referred to as a geek show. In the olden days, that meant that carnival goers were ushered into a back tent (and usually asked to cough up a few more dimes) to view a geek doing geek things, like biting the heads off chickens or swallowing worms. It was the lowest rung of entertainment, the 20th century equivalent of bear baiting.
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