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Trailer: Carol

26 September 2015 7:37 AM, PDT

Cate Blanchett plays an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.  As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt, adapted by Emmy nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, Carol stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Sarah Paulson and is set for release on 27 November. »

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Review: She’s Funny That Way

24 September 2015 12:19 PM, PDT

This is the Pure Movies review of She's Funny That Way, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans and Will Forte. Reviewed by Dr. Garth Twa. Let’s not dwell on the bad stuff. It’s a good thing to share a planet with Peter Bogdanovich. He’s made it slightly better. He was an integral part of that bubble of filmmaking— late ‘60s, early ‘70s—when American films became an art form, comparable to great American novels, comparable to the redefinition of drama by the post-war playwrights. (Sort of like what cable television is doing now.) In the late 1960s the old, classic studios were moribund: anti-trust violations had decimated the monopolistic structure of Hollywood and television had hacked the audience in half almost overnight. Also, the studios were pretty much finished after the disintegration of the Star System, where studios outright »

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Trailer: Zootropolis

24 September 2015 8:38 AM, PDT

The modern mammal metropolis is a city like no other.

Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. »

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Review: 45 Years

24 September 2015 8:20 AM, PDT

This is the Pure Movies reviews of 45 Years directed by Andrew Haigh and starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells and David Sibley. By Camilla Brown. Life expectancy in the UK is 82 for women and 78 for men. While the exact length of any given mortal coil is uncertain, whichever way you look at it 45 years is the best part of a lifetime. What if you were to sacrifice and dedicate those years, your life, to a partner, only to discover that beneath all your carefully constructed contentment is a tumultuous pit of loss and regret? What if you built your major relationship on a foundation of ice, and it’s melting fast? »

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