The Emersons are a theatrical family, of sorts - one son Samuel,17, is a street performer who recites Shakespeare while his brother Beckett, 19, picks pockets in the crowd. Their father ... See full summary »
Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going ... See full summary »
Hoping to entrap Maria von Gall, who runs a courageous underground railroad for Jews in France, the Nazis kidnap her son Thomas, a brilliant 11-year-old chess master. An exchange ... See full summary »
Klaus Maria Brandauer,
Death of a Superhero is the story of John Jameson, the alter ego of Metro City's greatest superhero, Captain Amazing. One night after a devastating battle with his arch-nemesis, Doctor ... See full summary »
Jess is a solo mother and reluctant parking warden. Tom is a self-obsessed Greetings Cards salesman with an addiction to competitions who will do anything to win. Together they are just two... See full summary »
Philip Larkin's poem "This Be The Verse" from the book Collected Poems By Philip Larkin is quoted. See more »
Why do you think you're here? Donald? Why do you think you're here?
What are you thinking, Donald? Hmm? Come on, what are you feeling? Sometimes it can be so...
What time is it?
Don't worry, plenty of time.
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Not avoiding the melodrama but keeping it not melodramatic
A year ago I wrote a review about Matching Jack, an Ausralian film about almost the same sort of story. I complained then that despite of the superb acting, the story itself followed every cliché in the book. Well this one is more or less writing the textbook of how to do it right. It doesn't avoid any of the unavoidable melodrama of such a story but it does it without ever letting it spill over. The acting is superb in this one too, but the story makes you feel like you're viewing real people and not a movie about real people, and in this case it works for the film. It's nice to see Andy Serkis for real this time
he does a wonderful job even when not hidden behind fancy CG. Also
excelling are the two young leads Thomas Brodie Sangster and Aisling Loftus. There's something in this sort of story that brings out the best from actors. In such a movie if they didn't do it properly it would've turned the film downright unwatchable.
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