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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tomas Alfredson came to attention in 2008 after his atmospheric thriller, the acclaimed 'Let The Right One In', about a young boy who befriends a vampire. The Swedish director now takes his chills-making expertise and coolly applies it to a John le Carré spy thriller adaptation of 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'. He also adds a spectacular cast of seasoned actors at the peak of their careers, including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Ciarán Hinds, to produce a powerhouse spectacle of acting prowess. Set in the bleak days of the Cold War (1970s), espionage veteran...

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The King’s Speech

If royalty is good for nothing else, it’s certainly good for making films. The King’s Speech is no exception and cements Colin Firth’s reputation as one of Britain’s best actors but more than that, it’s is a superbly written historical tour de force, a moving personal story set against the background of a country undergoing dramatic change. It tells the story of Prince Albert (Bertie to his nearest and dearest), the second son of King George V, who suffers from a devastating speech impediment which makes his public duties as a prince next to impossible. After a succession of ineffective...

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A Christmas Carol 3D

A sophisticated and uncompromising festive classic that might not be to everyones taste but cannot be faulted for its authenticity. Charles Dickens' timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet-to-Come, as they help to bring kindness to his otherwise cold heart. The Ghosts remind him of the man he used to be, the hard truth of what the world is today, and what will happen if he does not strive to be a better man. The miserly Scrooge is intent on spending another penny-pinching Yule on his own. Its a very familiar story, one that as been retold and adapted...

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LFF Review: A Single Man

Tom Ford will be more familiar to the fashionistas out there than the film buffs as hes the saviour of Gucci and a brand name in his own right. With that in mind, youd be forgiven for thinking that his debut film, A Single Man, would be a triumph of style over substance. But while the film is certainly polished to a high sheen, to say that its shallow would be to do an injustice to an achingly delicate, beautiful and intimate portrayal of a mans grief. George (Colin Firth) is an English Professor anguished by the death of his soul mate and partner Jim, who has been killed in a car accident....

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Dorian Gray

Many of you out there will already know the story of Oscar Wildes Dorian Gray from send ups in The Simpsons and the bastardised character seen in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But for those who dont young Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) arrives in back in Victorian London after his grandfather has died and left him his estate and home. He soon befriends an artist Basil Hallward (Ben Chaplin) who is struck by his stunning good looks and proposes to paint a portrait of him. Later together at a party they meet the cad and bounder Henry Wotton (Colin Firth) who sees the opportunity to fully corrupt...

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Genova

Director Michael Winterbottom has always been an interesting one to watch as over the last 10 years he has made some of the most intelligent and exciting films and despite this new film being criminally overlooked at the cinema it is well worth checking out now on DVD.The story follows dad Joe (Colin Firth) who after losing his wife in a tragic car accident in the states decides to take up the offer of teaching work from a friend Barbara (Catherine Keener) to bring his two daughters to work in Italy in Genova. He travels there with his two girls Kelly (Willa Holland) and Mary (Perla Haney-Jardine)...

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