Film Fact File – Who exactly is Martin McDonagh?

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With Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri poised to sweep award season there might be a fair few of you asking just who is Martin McDonagh? And how did he create one of the most original scripts we’ve seen in years?

But writing has been a lifelong love affair for McDonagh and he’s perhaps better known amongst theatre crowds than cinema goers. Let’s have a snoop around in his back catalogue and see just exactly how he honed his distinct style.

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The Shape of Water review – Del Toro’s monster ode to misfits

Rating: * * * * *

Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering is his finest work to date. The Shape of Water is a rare blend of horror, romance and comedy that feels like a B-Movie from a bygone era.

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Trailer – Arts In The Armed Forces

Adam Driver brings his passion project to the screen with the help of VICE magazine.

Bringing thought-provoking and impactful contemporary theater to US soldiers. That’s the mission of Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit organization started by Marine-turned-actor Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). VICE News followed Driver and his fellow actors (including Joanne Tucker, Natasha Lyonne, Eric Bogosian, Peter Scolari, Sasheer Zamata, and many more) as they performed for military audiences in the US and overseas who more accustomed to visits by country cover bands and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.

The End of the Tour Review

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James Ponsdolt’s The End of the Tour gives us two guys chatting for the duration of the film. It’s a beautiful, philosophical conversation that requires you to lean in and listen. If you invest in this film you will revel in the genius of its protagonist the author of the 1996 novel Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace. Ponsdolt breaks away from the feel good romantic comedies of his earlier work and creates a pensive, moving tribute to an author who left us all too soon.

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Trailer – Room

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Indie favourite Brie Larson (Short Term 12) enters into award season with ‘Room.’ Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name, the drama concerns a young woman who is taken hostage and forced to raise a child in the confines of a windowless room. It sounds like a meaty role for Larson to get stuck into, but will it convert into awards success?

The official synopsis reads “‘Room’ tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Tremblay), a spirited 5 year old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma (Larson). Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical—they are trapped—confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ‘Room.’ Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life.  But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.”

Jurassic World – Review

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Hats off to director Colin Trevorrow, who has managed to rejuvenate the Dino-franchise to somewhere close to its original former glory. Borrowing from it’s predecessor Jurassic Park (1994) it addresses the same simple premise. Just because mankind can, doesn’t mean it should. After a long wait the park is once again open for business.

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