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Theatre Review: Let The Right One In

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED OVER AT HEYUGUYS ON 8TH APRIL, HERE***

When the Apollo Theatre’s roof partially collapsed last December, the Olivier Award-winning Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time had to up sticks and chase its tail elsewhere. Fast-forward four months and that same roof is very much at the forefront of your mind, but for completely different reasons. For if you gaze up to the Gods in Shaftesbury Avenue, you will be greeted by the moon and night sky; an ingenious and eerie mantle for this haunting production from the National Theatre Of Scotland.

After a sold-out run at The Royal Court, Let The Right One In reopens the Apollo with the kind of underplayed emotion that hits you right in the gut. Based on the Swedish novel and film of the same name, those familiar with the source material may constantly feel a step ahead of proceedings, but this is never an issue when taking place in a parallel world to its cinematic cousin. Seamlessly swapping Sweden for Scotland, the Scandinavian monikers remain, but central figures Eli and Oskar find their journeys fleshed out to great effect in Jack Thorne’s superb stage adaptation. Continue reading

Review: Divergent (2014)

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***THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS ON APRIL 3RD, HERE***

Director: Neil Burger.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Christian Madsen, Ansel Elgort, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ray Stevenson.

Running Time: 139 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

SynopsisBeatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) lives in a dystopian Chicago where society is divided into factions dependent on personality. When she turns sixteen, she must choose whether to stay within Abnegation for the rest of her life, or live with another faction she believes is right for her. But Beatrice is keeping a secret that puts her life – and that of her family – in serious danger.

It’s incredibly unfair to compare DIVERGENT to the YA (that’s ‘Young Adult’, to those not in the literary loop) adaptations that have come before it. But it’s almost impossible not to. Boasting a central love story, action scenes and a futuristic setting, it is considerably less saccharine than TWILIGHT, less violent than THE HUNGER GAMES and less futuristic than ENDER’S GAME. But, perhaps the most easily accessible when feeling far more of this world, it finds itself sitting rather comfortably amongst the bunch.

Opening to Beatrice’s narration (apparently a necessary YA trope), we are swiftly introduced to each of the five factions – Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent). Born into Abnegation, her family lead a modest life focused on helping the Factionless – homeless wanderers who didn’t make the grade elsewhere – and surviving on a low-calorie diet most Hollywood stars would be proud of. Continue reading

What I’m Watching – March 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry. Embargoed films get their respective star ratings when allowed.

Rock Of Ages (Dir: Adam Shankman, 2012) ***

Silver Linings Playbook (Dir: David O. Russell, 2012) ****

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (Dir: Lasse Hallström, 2011) **

Dan In Real Life (Dir: Peter Hedges, 2007) ***

Trainspotting (Dir: Danny Boyle, 1996) *****

Stoker (Dir: Park Chan-Wook, 2013) *****

Les Miserables (Dir: Tom Hooper, 2012) ****

Side Effects (Dir: Steven Soderbergh, 2013) ****

Robot & Frank (Dir: Jake Schreier, 2012) ***

Paper Man (Dir: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney, 2009) ***

Morning Glory (Dir: Roger Michell, 2010) ***

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Dir: Don Scardino, 2013) ****

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Dir: Lasse Hallström, 1993) ****

Adaptation. (Dir: Spike Jonze, 2002) ****

Raising Arizona (Dir: Joel Coen, 1987) *****

Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Dir: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, 2011) ****

Safety Not Guaranteed (Dir: Colin Trevorrow, 2012) *****

The Grey (Dir: Joe Carnahan, 2011) ***

Margin Call (Dir: J.C. Chandor, 2011) ****

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (Dir: Daniel Alfredson, 2009) ***

Oz The Great And Powerful (Dir: Sam Raimi, 2013) ***