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Recommended: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Seeing a film that moves you and keeps you thinking about it for weeks after is one of the greatest treats the silver screen serves up and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints happily falls into that category.

A truly beautiful and sprawling love story this is a lovely film that will only make you realise how sucked in you are to the story when it ends and you are as wracked as the characters.

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A love story set in the beautiful Texas, the film smoulders much like the landscape it is set in. While the set up felt rushed and i was initially unsure if enough had been done by the writers to make me interested in the characters i found my worries being forgotten as the story unravelled with a subtle intensity which made it a real treat.

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the parted lovers, Bob and Ruth, who have found themselves in this predicament thanks to their own mistakes. Both shine on screen, with Rooney Mara becoming her character to such a degree i on many occasions forgot who i was watching. Affleck can’t be overlooked either. His nonchalant and yet determined, slow burning performance paired with Mara’s onscreen show combines to be devastatingly brilliant.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints may not be a fast paced film but it has a certain something that ensures you invest in the characters journey’s and never once want to look away from the screen.

The cinematography of the landscape captures a sense of isolation felt by the characters and ensures that the viewer is taken on their journey giving us not a moments pause to jump off.

While i am a self confessed fan of these kind of love stories Ain’t Them Bodies saints instantly fell into the bracket of sprawling greats, alongside films like Legend’s of the Fall and Cold Mountain.

One of the most moving and beautiful films i’ve seen in a long while, this is not one to miss.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is released in the UK today.

 

 

 

Pain & Gain : Review

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Pain and Gain from Director Michael Bay and is based on a true story. Do keep that in mind as you read below.

The story is set in the 80′s and centres around 3 body builders who realise they will literally do anything to live their own interpretation of the American dream. Or greed and riches, as they believe it to be.

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Pi : 15th Anniversary Edition : Review

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Darren Araonofsky’s debut feature Pi is officially 15 years old and to celebrate the milestone of this Sundance, Directing award winning feature a special 15th anniversary Blur ray has been released and we revisited this amazing film. The menu on this is beautiful and impressive and the HD quality shines through in these pre screens. The resolution of the film, purposefully grainy and gritty, is highlighted in the Blu ray version.

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The movie:

The true definition of a thriller this intense, gritty character study about paranoia and obsession surrounds Max Cohen, a mathematician who is hunting for a for a numerical pattern in the stock market, and indeed the universal patterns in nature.

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Monsters University – Review

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At the time, Monsters Inc (2001) was not received lovingly by the critics, lets face it – Toy Story, A Bugs Life and Toy Story 2 were hard acts to follow. Much of its warmth has since been felt from repeat DVD viewings over the past ten years.

Well known for their family films that balance content for a young audience and humour for us adults, Pixar return to the monsters world with the story of Mike & Sulley’s past long before they were friends…
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Pacific Rim – Review

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Guillermo Del Toro is a director known for the fantasy filled worlds he creates on screen, and Pacific Rim is no different.

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When Kaiju, giant alien sea monsters, arrive to attack earth from a portal at the bottom of the ocean, humanity reacts by building giant robots, or Jager (German for Hunter) are piloted by 2 people and this is where we meet Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Known for his fighting skills Raleigh, somewhat a maverick, soon finds himself at a loss after one battle leaves him feeling alone in the world.

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The Internship – Review

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The Internship reunites Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson on screen in a comedy about 2 older guys who lose their jobs and battle to get an internship at Google and quickly realise just how out of touch they are when surrounded by younger, brighter counterparts.

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Boss: Review

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Boss, starring Kelsey Grammar comes to DVD in the UK on Monday and we’ve taken a look at it ahead of its release.

Charting the story of Mayor of Chicago Tom Kane, a man filled with corruption and an insatiable lust for power that he is ready to betray anyone at any moment to keep control of his beloved city.

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Come as You Are (Hasta La Vista) review

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Come as You Are is a small foreign film with a huge heart.

Based on a true story of 3 young men, all of whom are disabled, they plot an escape to Spain where they plan to have their first sexual experiences.

Essentially a road trip movie this film goes tells a heartwarming story of life lessons, friendships, acceptance and love.

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White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away – Review

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Today sees the release to the follow up of Paul Tanter’s The Rise and Fall of the White Collar Hooligan and picks up in life after the job.

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Mike Jacob’s (Nick Nevern) has escaped to the Costa Del Sol and started his life again, but after a frankly convenient and chance encounter with two people from his old life that recognise him his life is turned upside down when his girlfriend is kidnapped and held hostage by the man he stole from. Desperate to save her he hunts down old associates that can help.

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The Great Gatsby – Review

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‘The Great Gatsby’ follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his party giving millionaire neighbour, Jay Gatsby, who lives across the bay from his cousin Daisy. However, Nick soon bears witness to a tale of impossible love, obsession, madness and tragedy.

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