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Swallows and Amazons movie review: a free-range kiddie adventure

Behold a time before helicopter parenting, when children roamed free, ate cake for dinner, and played with fire. A delightfully old-fashioned treat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Gather round, kiddies, and behold a time before videogames — before television, even — when children roamed free and were forced to relieve their boredom with nothing more than a couple of sticks and their imaginations… and they relished it. Gather round, parents, and marvel as a mother grants permission for her four children to go sailing and camping on their own recognizance, with no adult supervision at all, for days. Because, as that mother says, “I don’t want them frightened of the world,” so they have to learn how to deal with it on their own. Imagine that!

Not only
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25 underappreciated films to watch on Netflix UK

Ivan Radford Jun 13, 2017

More recommendations have been added to our list of Netflix UK movies you might want to try...

Ask some Netflix users and they'll tell you that Netflix UK pales in comparison to Netflix Us, that America has all the new, good stuff, while British streamers are left with the bargain bin rejects from old Blockbuster stores.

See related No Metroid Prime sequel for Wii U says series producer

Take a closer look, though, and there's a whole heap of quality there just waiting to be discovered. Whether they're unfairly maligned, or just criminally under-seen, here are 25 under-appreciated films on Netflix UK.

(We'll keep this list updated as things arrive or leave the service to make sure you don't run of new things to try. Last update: June 2017)

What We Do In The Shadows

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s horror mockumentary, which follows a group of vampire flatmates in Wellington,
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Here's What's Leaving Netflix in April 2015

If you want to watch '80s comedies "Clue," "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," or "Annie," better hurry: They're leaving Netflix on April 1. And if you want to binge on "Friday The 13th," better do it before the end of the month as Jason and his many, many victims are also checking out on April 1.

Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in April 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)

Leaving April 1

"28 Hotel Rooms" (2012)

"Annie" (1982)

"Astonishing X-­Men: Dangerous"

"Astonishing X­-Men: Torn"

"Astonishing X­-Men: Unstoppable"

"Baby Genius: A Trip to The San Diego Zoo"

"Baby Genius: Animal Adventures"

"Chalet Girl" (2011)

"Clue" (1985)

"Color Splash Collection: Collection 1"

"Coneheads" (1993)

"Friday The 13​th" (1980)

"Friday The 13th: Part 2" (1981)

"Friday The 13th: Part 3" (1982)

"Friday The 13th
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Micahel Caton-Jones set to direct The Giant Under the Snow adaptation

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Variety has learned that Scandal and Rob Roy director Michael Caton-Jones has been tapped to helm a big screen adaptation of the John Gordon fantasy children's novel The Giant Under the Snow. The planned movie will reportedly be live-action with some CGI, and it will be filmed on location in the United Kingdom, as well as at Pinewood and Shepperton studios. Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Chalet Girl scribe Tom Williams, and the plan is to start production this...
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Michael Caton-Jones to direct fantasy epic Giant Under the Snow

Michael Caton-Jones to direct fantasy epic Giant Under the Snow
Michael Caton-Jones will be directing a movie adaptation of the children's epic Giant Under the Snow.

The film will be based on the 1968 bestselling children's novel by John Gordon, Variety reports.

Giant Under the Snow follows three children who find an old, evil relic which contains powerful magical powers.

The children must return the relic to its rightful owner before they wake up the legendary giant under the snow.

Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Chalet Girl writer Tom Williams.

Filming is to start in October this year and it will be released in cinemas for Christmas 2016.

Caton-Jones's credits include City by the Sea, Beyond the Gates and Basic Instinct 2. His latest film Urban Hymn, starring Shirley Henderson, will be released later this year.
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Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’

Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’
London — Michael Caton-Jones is set to direct epic fantasy “The Giant Under the Snow,” which is budgeted at £20 million ($30.9 million).

Caton-Jones’ credits include “Scandal” (1989), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “This Boy’s Life” (1993), “Rob Roy” (1995), “The Jackal” (1997), “City by the Sea” (2002), “Beyond the Gates” (2005) and “Basic Instinct 2” (2006). His latest film is “Urban Hymn,” which is due for release this year.

“The Giant Under the Snow,” which is based on the children’s novel by John Gordon, will be a live-action film with some CGI. Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (“Chalet Girl,” “Kajaki”), with shooting expected to start in October. Pic is looking to secure a theatrical release at Christmas 2016.

The film, which will shoot at Pinewood and Shepperton studios and at U.K. locations, is produced by David Rogers, and Paul Tucker, who was Mel Gibson’s head of European production for 10 years, is an executive producer.
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Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow

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Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.

Michael Caton-Jones has been confirmed to direct $30.9m (£20m) children’s fantasy film The Giant Under The Snow.

The film will be an adaptation of a 1968 adventure novel by John Gordon, which centres on three school friends who discover an ancient treasure and become embroiled in the final act of an epic battle of good against evil.

The live-action feature is intended to act as the first in a trilogy, with shooting planned at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios as well as on location in the UK from October 2015. Theatrical release is planned for Christmas 2016.

VFX will be handled by London-based CineSite, which worked on the Harry Potter franchise and more recently handled Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow.

Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (Chalet Girl, Kajaki).

Ralph Kamp, former Icon Productions CEO, will likely be global sales and distribution agent through his outfit
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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now

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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now
There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees. "Chalet Girl" with Felicity Jones Felicity Jones would have more of a chance at an Oscar if she just called herself "the other Carey Mulligan" and dealt with it. Anyway, remember "Chalet Girl"? It was about Felicity Jones and Ed Westwick enjoying wonderful times on the slopes. Let us consult The New York Times' review for some insight into this cinematic journey: "'Chalet Girl' may not be particularly creative or genre busting or even a great example of a romantic comedy. But its premise might make you smile." I know I always go to the movies for
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Film Review: ‘Kajaki: The True Story’

Film Review: ‘Kajaki: The True Story’
If ever a film had no need for an in-title assertion of its fact-based nature, it’s British war pic “Kajaki: The True Story”: Few screenwriters would devise a battlefield scenario quite this spare and anxious. Covering an exceptionally grueling day in the collective life of a British army unit stationed near the eponymous Afghan dam in 2006, Paul Katis’ rigorously realized debut feature initially lulls unsuspecting viewers with its droll, authentic portrait of base camp routine, before a surprise excursion into a landmine-ridden riverbed steers matters sharply into urgent (and bloody) life-or-death territory. Comparable to Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” in its prioritization of ground-level experience over more generalized political commentary, “Kajaki’s” potential resonance is by no means limited to Blighty, where it opens theatrically on Nov. 28.

From its Afghanistan-set band-of-brothers premise to its thorough closing montage of the story’s real-life subjects, “Kajaki” may put
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Kajaki Review

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In 2006, a group of British soldiers in Afghanistan, while on a routine patrol mission, stumbled across a dry river bed that, to their horror, turned out to be a mine field. With one of their comrades already falling victim to a mine, the rest of the soldiers banded together to make sure everybody survived, even as more of them began to fall to the explosives hidden beneath their feet. Kajaki, named after the strategically important dam the soldiers are stationed, isn't concerned with the gung-ho spirit of most war movies, instead being a much more grounded, character driven affair, exploring the brotherhood and horror born from the situation this handful of soldiers find themselves in. The actual conflict is always kept at arms length, usually observed through a rifle scope. The first act is superbly crafted as director Paul Katis and screen writer Tom Williams (Chalet Girl) take their time introducing our protagonists,
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Kajaki gets charity previews

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Kajaki gets charity previews
Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities.

Afghan war thriller Kajaki. The True Story will get four preview screenings at Vue cinemas, which will raise money for four military charities supported by the production.

The film will get its London world premiere on November 12 before the filmmakers will direct-distribute the film under the banner of Alchemy Releasing.

All revenue from ticket sales for the premiere and pre-release screenings, and a portion of the profits from the film’s subsequent release, will go to military charities Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Walking With the Wounded and The Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers.

The film depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers, mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment [3 Para], who were trapped in a minefield while stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.

Paul Katis makes his feature directorial debut with the film, which
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BBC kids show set for big screen

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BBC kids show set for big screen
Movie adaptation of BBC teen magazine show Friday Download to begin shooting this week.

Friday Download, the BAFTA-winning kids TV show that begins its eighth series on Cbbc in the UK next month, is to be adapted for the big screen.

The Friday Download Movie will begin a four-week shoot on Sept 6, primarily in Wales, in and around Swansea.

It will be directed by John Henderson (The Borrowers) and the script has been written by Toby Davies, who has penned British TV series such as Yonderland, Crackanory and Sorry I’ve Got No Head.

Producers are Pilot Media directors Jules Elvins and Dan Shepherd (Chalet Girl, Mr Nice), and Jeremy Salsby of Saltbeef TV, who created the show.

The film has been fully financed by Great Point Media, run by producers Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi Jnr.

International sales will be handled by Genesis Film Sales.

The TV series, which launched in 2011, is a weekly magazine show that
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Landmine drama Kajaki begins shoot

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The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin on board British soldier drama, which will be released as troops return from Afghanistan later this year.

Shooting began last week on Kajaki, a battlefield drama based on the true story of British soldiers who became trapped in a minefield in Afghanistan. The film will shoot on location in Jordan for six weeks.

Paul Katis will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which has been written by Tom Williams (Chalet Girl), and Gareth Ellis-Unwin, producer of The King’s Speech, is executive producer for Bedlam Productions.

Based on first-hand accounts, the film depicts an incident involving a group of soldiers - mostly from the British Army’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment [3 Para] - who were trapped in a minefield while stationed at the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006.

Set on one day during their six-month tour of Afghanistan, it begins with a small unit of soldiers who are
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Breathe In

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: DVD $20.99, Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: Cohen Media

Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones fall prey to their passion in Breathe In.

Guy Pearce (Lockout) and Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl) star in the 2013 drama-romance Breathe In, concerning a restless married man who finds his emotional life rekindled by the arrival of a young apparent soul mate.

Middle-aged high school music teacher Keith Reynolds (Pearce) lives a comfortable if unexciting life in a suburb north of New York City with his wife Megan (Amy Ryan, Escape Plan) and teenage daughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis, TV’s Halt and Catch Fire). His sleepy life is re-energized when teenage British exchange student and piano prodigy Sophie (Jones) comes to stay with the family. The mutual attraction between teacher and student is immediate – despite the fact that Sophie is the same age as Lauren. When Keith and Sophie’s shared passion for music progresses to the next level,
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Felicity Jones turned down 50 Shades of Grey over full frontal nudity?

Felicity Jones turned down 50 Shades of Grey over full frontal nudity?
Felicity Jones was reportedly one of the actresses who turned down Fifty Shades of Grey before Dakota Johnson landed the role of Anastasia Steele.

The British actress, whose film roles include Chalet Girl and Cemetery Junction, is said to have objected to the movie's scenes of full frontal nudity.

Johnson and Charlie Hunnam both landed the roles of Ana and Christian Grey after agreeing to do a video-taped "chemistry read" for director Sam Taylor-Wood, according to The Wrap.

The site's insiders also claim that Hunnam tested with several other actresses before he committed to the project with Johnson.

Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to premiere its first teaser trailer at Super Bowl Xlviii on February 2, 2014.

Sam Taylor-Wood will direct Fifty Shades of Grey based on El James's novel and the script adaptation from Kelly Marcel.

Photo gallery - Dakota Johnson in pictures:
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Felicity Jones Joins ‘Girls’

Felicity Jones has signed on to join the cast of HBO’s Girls it was revealed today by director Jesse Peretz. The actress, currently filming The Amazing Spider-man 2, will join Hannah, Marnie and Jessa in New York as they struggle with life in the big apple. It has not yet been revealed what character Jones will be playing but she’ll be joining previously announced cast newcomer Richard E. Grant in the hit show.

Girls is the creation of actress-writer-director Lena Dunham who has been heralded as the next big thing in comedy since the show debuted last year to praise of it’s realistic portrayal of 20-something women living in New York today. It’s been nominated for a whole host of awards and won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA so landing a role on the show will definitely get Jones noticed by Us audiences.

Jones’ career
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Drake Doremus on Breathe In: 'I feel a mid-life crisis coming'

The Sundance winner is a veteran director at 30, with five movies to his credit. His latest, once again starring Felicity Jones, brings a mature eye to young love

Judging by his latest movie, Drake Doremus, 30, is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. It's customary for young American directors to make their name with dazzlingly clever thrillers or droll observations on young adulthood, but Doremus's latest movie, Breathe In, is understated, reflective and nuanced – mature, you could say. It is tightly focused on the attraction between an English exchange student (Felicity Jones) and the father of the upstate New York family she is staying with, played by Guy Pearce – a music teacher nursing unfulfilled ambitions of being a concert cellist, or a rock star. If you didn't know better, you would guess it was semi-autobiographical. Doremus looks sort of boyishly mature in person. He has wild curly hair and a beard,
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'Breathe In' review: Felicity Jones is one to watch

'Breathe In' review: Felicity Jones is one to watch
Director: Drake Doremus; Screenwriters: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones; Starring: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 15

Brummie native Felicity Jones is one to watch with standout turns in low-key films like Chalet Girl and before that, Sundance favourite Like Crazy. She reteams with the American writer/director of the latter film, Drake Doremus (after both winning awards at the festival), for another intimate story of romantic longing, but this time she is paired with a much older man.

Guy Pearce delivers a finely tuned performance as the angsty mid-lifer, Keith, who teaches music at a school in upstate New York while dreaming of playing cello on the big stage. He gets a bit crabby with wife Megan (Amy Ryan) when she calls it "a hobby", otherwise they have a healthy relationship and a happy teenage daughter, Lauren (Mackenzie Davis).

Jones is Sophie, a British
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50 Shades of Grey movie 'turned down by Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky'

50 Shades of Grey movie 'turned down by Black Swan's Darren Aronofsky'
Darren Aronofsky reportedly turned down the chance to direct Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sam Taylor-Johnson was confirmed to oversee the El James adaptation today (June 19).

However, the Black Swan filmmaker was offered the role last month and declined because he is still working on Biblical epic Noah, according to The Wrap.

The report also states that Sam's husband, Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is not thought to be pursuing the role of Christian Grey.

Meanwhile, the article claims that British actress Felicity Jones is one of the frontrunners to play the part of Anastasia Steele.

Jones first found fame as Ethel Hallow in the TV series The Worst Witch. She has since gone on to star in films such as Like Crazy and Chalet Girl.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is best known for directing the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, which starred Aaron.

She said of her new project: "I am excited to
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