Tag Archives: Biopic

Review in Brief: Jackie (2016)

Natalie Portman is pretty near perfect as Jackie Kennedy. There’s nowhere to hide with her forever centre-frame and sometimes uncomfortably close up when she is at her most vulnerable. I would have preferred more scenes with the priest (sadly not … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Eddie the Eagle (2016)

EDDIE THE EAGLE does exactly what it needs to do. It’s undemanding and feelgood, and wisely doesn’t claim Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) changed sport in any lasting way (he didn’t). Eddie himself even admits that he is only allowed to … Continue reading

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Review: Legend (2015)

The first time we see Ron Kray, he’s talking animatedly about taking another man’s sausage. Over the two uneasy hours we spend with him he progresses to claiming to be able to see the future, and doesn’t seem to be … Continue reading

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Review: Get on Up (2014)

You could do a whole separate film about Mr Brown’s myriad personal issues. You could probably do a whole film based just on the impact of Brown’s music during the Vietnam War (covered in a single scene here) but as … Continue reading

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Review: Mr. Turner (2014)

Not for a single moment was I in any doubt that I was in another time, observing these real people going about their real lives. That’s Mike Leigh’s greatest strength as a filmmaker, the convincing portrayal of the world we … Continue reading

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Review: Foxcatcher (2014)

Director Bennett Miller’s movies tend to take a sideways view on real life. Everything about his filmmaking style is restrained, but the stories he chooses to tell (or re-tell) are so odd and remarkable you really couldn’t make them up. … Continue reading

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Review: The Theory of Everything (2014)

How do you sum up the life of such an extraordinary human being? Director James Marsh, writer Anthony McCarten and principle actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones prove that you have to start from a place of emotion, and THE … Continue reading

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Review: Tracks (2013)

TRACKS opens with a warning of cultural sensitivity for Aboriginal viewers that the film “may contain images and voices of deceased persons”. This statement sets the precedent for the whole story, that it’ll be dealing with real people and doing … Continue reading

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Review: Philomena (2013)

Some stories don’t need much embellishment when adapting them for drama. Martin Sixsmith’s human interest article which forms the basis for PHILOMENA is one such story, remarkable and moving, and Steve Coogan who writes and stars does a fine job … Continue reading

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Biopics: 3 of The Weirdest and Most Wonderful

Biopics have understandably remained popular throughout cinema’s history. Take a famous figure who lead an interesting life, cast a (usually) big star to play them, and half the battle is already over for any half-decent filmmaker. There are a lot … Continue reading

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