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Julie Smyth

Blink. Blink. Blink. The dreaded cursor on a blank screen scenario that all writers know and dread.

But as a passion for film is what this blog and I (Julie Smyth) are all about, the writing sometimes flows like the Mississippi. And, believe me, can be just as long.

Mainly the focus will be on Reboots, Foreign Films, Indie Films, Classic Films and new releases will make an appearance as well.

I studied Film and Video as a Minor at Uni but I'm just a big nerdy fan who likes to write about film.

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Queen Of Katwe [2016]

Indie: [David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o]
A Ugandan girl see's her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of Chess.

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A United Kingdom [2017]

Indie: [David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike]
The story of King Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Bechuanaland (which eventually becomes Botswana) and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

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Collateral Beauty [2016]

Indie: [Will Smith, Kate Winslet]
Retreating from life after a tragedy, Howard (Will Smith) questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. He receives some very unexpected answers and he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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Passengers [2016]

Indie: [Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt]
The spacecraft Avalon is transporting 5,000 colonists and 258 crewmembers, in hibernation pods, to the planet Homestead II. A journey that will take 120 years. Disaster strikes thirty years into the crossing, as Avalon passes through an asteroid field, which causes a malfunction. The fault awakens one passenger, mechanical engineer Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), 90 years early.

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The Founder [2017]

Indie: [Michael Keaton, Laura Dern]
The story of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman who turned Dick and Mac McDonald's innovative fast food eatery, into the biggest restaurant business in the World. Using only his ambition, persistence and ruthlessness.

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Table 19 [2017]

Indie: [Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow]
Eloise (Anna Kendrick), having been relieved of her maid of honour duties after being unceremoniously dumped by Teddy, the best man, via txt msg, she decides to attend the wedding anyway. A lot of thought goes into that decision as the RSVP is ticked yes, then no, yes, no, then half burned, then sent. Arriving at the Reception she finds herself seated with five fellow unwelcome guests at the dreaded Table 19. They all soon work out that this is not a table of honour.

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The Heiress [1949]

Classic: [Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift]
Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland), a young woman who will inherit her father's large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris (Montgomery Clift), who gives her the love and affection her father doesn't, and which she desperately needs. Catherine's father, Dr Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson), believing Morris is only after the money, tells Catherine she will be disinherited if she marries him. Morris' true intentions are put to the test when he finds out about the amended will.

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A Man Called Ove [2015]

Foreign: [Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars]
Ove (Lassgard) is a cantankerous, reclusive retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave. He has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours. So, basically, a drama / comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

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Charlie St. Cloud [2010]

Indie: [Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan]
Charlie St. Cloud is a 2010 American drama film based on Ben Sherwood's best-selling novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud published in 2004 by Bantam Books. The film is Directed by Burr Steers and stars; Zac Efron (Charlie), Amanda Crew (Tess) and Charlie Tahan (Sam). The story is of Charlie St. Cloud's choice between keeping a promise he made to his brother, who died in a car accident, or going after the girl he loves.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them [2016]

Films: [Eddie Redmayne]
The escapades of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards. The year is 1926, seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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The Girl On The Train [2016]

Indie: [Emily Blunt, Hayley Bennett]
Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Hayley Bennett), from the window of her train. So, one day, Rachel is an eyewitness to a shocking incident in the backyard of these strangers' home. She tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her memory, Rachel begins her own search for clues, while police suspect that she may have crossed a treacherous line.

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Lion [2017]

Films: [Dev Patel, Rooney Mara]
A five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo, gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He's too young to tell the authorities who he is or where he came from. Saroo survives many alarming confrontations before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he returns to India to find his lost family.

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Beauty And The Beast [2017]

Films: [Emma Watson, Josh Gad]
Disney's animated classic is a Musical in 2017 but the storyline is very familiar. We have a Prince who becomes captive in the form of a Beast with True Love being his only escape. We also have The Beauty, Belle, who goes to live with the Beast to save her Father. And, as she is the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted everyone is hoping true love will blossom.

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Arrival [2016]

Films: [Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner]
The Planet Earth suddenly has twelve mystifying cylindrical spacecraft hovering over selected Capital Cities. Linguistics professor Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is given the responsibility of interpreting the language of the, as yet unseen, Alien guests.

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Sully [2016]

Films: [Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart]
The tale of "Sully", Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving the lives of the 155 people on board.

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Aftershock [2010]

Foreign: [Jingchu Zhang, Chen Li]
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976, interwoven with a fictional storyline.

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Now Voyager [1942]

Classic: [Bette Davis, Paul Henreid]
Boston heiress Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a neurotic mess, largely because of her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). She is sent to a sanatorium where she is rejuvenated and made to feel her worth by Dr Jasquith (Claude Rains). Charlotte comes out of her shell and "abandons" her Mother to go on a cruise, desperate to break free of those tight reins. Aboard ship she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid) and falls in love, despite his being married, albeit unhappily.

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All About Eve [1950]

Classic: [Bette Davis, George Sanders]
An ingenue named Eve (Anne Baxter) manoeuvres herself, by subtle manipulation, into the favour of an established but aging stage actress, Margot Channing (Bette Davis), and her circle of theatre friends.

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Victor Frankenstein [2015]

Indie: [James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe]
An interesting take on the Frankenstein genre where the focus is from Igor's perspective. He becomes enslaved as a clown in a circus and is bullied relentlessly but a saviour walks into the circus in the form of a young medical student, Victor Frankenstein.

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High-Rise [2015]

Indie: [Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons]
Class struggle becomes all too real when a young doctor (Hiddleston) moves into a futuristic apartment block in 1975 suburban London. He quickly discovers drugs, drink and debauchery is rife. Although eventually it dissolves into slaughter, pandemonium and misogyny.

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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest [2010]

Foreign: [Noomi Rapace]
"Hornet's Nest" begins the day after "Played With Fire" ends. We see Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) arrested by an inept policeman at Zalachenko's farm. But not before he patches Lisbeth Salander's wounds with duct tape. Blomkvist sends Lisbeth and her father (the unrelentingly malicious Zalachenko) to a hospital in Sweden. Salander (Rapace) is placed under arrest immediately and a Doctor removes Zalachenko's bullet from Salander's brain.

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The Lovely Bones [2009]

Films: [Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg]
Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is lured into a hidden clubhouse and is viciously murdered by her neighbour Mr Harvey (Stanley Tucci). Harvey is a predator with a deceiving ordinary appearance. All Susie can do is watch from the hereafter as her family slowly begins drifting apart while struggling to make sense of their loss. Susie bravely attempts to find her footing in her new home.

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Copacabana [2010]

Foreign: [Isabelle Huppert, Lolita Chammah]
Babou (Isabelle Huppert) is boldly eccentric and lively. She is someone who has never cared about social conventions. Then she is faced with the realization that her own daughter is ashamed of her and refuses to invite her to her wedding. This direct hit to her pride sees Babou try to regain her daughter's respect by starting anew. She accepts the challenge of selling time-sharing flats at the Belgian seaside during the off-season. And, mounts a final desperate attempt to prove her real worth and her motherly love to her daughter.

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Force Majeure [2014]

Foreign: [Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli]
Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's icily disquieting family drama, set in a ritzy ski resort in the French Alps, is a disaster movie without a disaster. This black comedy forces the major players to think seriously about family over self-preservation. It is incredibly amusing and incredibly cringe-worthy.

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Rear Window [1954]

Classic: [James Stewart, Grace Kelly]
L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (Stewart), a professional photographer, breaks his leg while taking an extreme action shot. Finding himself confined to his New York apartment he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing his neighbours. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont (Grace Kelly) and his visiting nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) to investigate.

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Disturbia [2007]

Reboot: [Shia LaBeouf, Carrie-Anne Moss]
Kale (LaBeouf) becomes an angry young man after his Father is killed in a car accident. He rebels and eventually punches a teacher. The result is he is placed under house arrest and has to wear an anklet alarm. As he is bored, he spends a lot of time watching the neighbours through his rear window and soon suspects he has uncovered a serial killer next door.

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Chalet Girl [2011]

Indie: [Felicity Jones, Bill Nighy]
Kim (Felicity Jones) used to be a champion skateboarder. Things happened and she is reduced to flipping burgers to support herself and her Dad. Out of the blue an opportunity presents itself when she lucks into a winter-long catering job in one of the plushest ski chalets in the Alps.

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Me Before You [2016]

Indie: [Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin]
Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke, Game Of Thrones) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin, The Hunger Games), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier.

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