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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society movie review: the stories too painful to tell

MaryAnn’s quick take… A wonderfully old-fashioned tearjerker, with a thoroughly delightful cast, where cosy quaint Englishness is leavened by a harsh reality of World War II that pop culture has ignored. I’m “biast” (pro): love the era, and I’m desperate for women’s war stories

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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London, 1946. The war is finally over. Juliet Ashton has made a fortune as a writer of lighthearted comic essays that have kept spirits up during the years of conflict, but now she longs to turn to something more serious for her next project. A letter from Dawsey Adams, a pig farmer on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, piques her interest when, in the course of requesting her help in finding an old book,
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Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys’s The Wine Show on Ovation is a corker

What’s more delicious than a fine bottle of wine…say, in the Italian countryside? Or the beautiful south of England? Or perhaps France? It’s actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) debating the merits of said wine while cracking wise and being schooled on the intricacies of the tipple thanks to yet another schooled Brit, Joe Fattorini. Ovation’s new The Wine Show is equal parts educational, entertaining and cleverly designed to pull you into the “jolly good time” sphere of these British oeniphiles who take us all over Italy and beyond. You will learn about […]

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Film Review: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Film Review: ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’
If your first instinct upon seeing the title “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” is to say, “Well, that’s a mouthful,” rest assured that Mike Newell’s film has you covered, for a secondary character does the very same. Indeed, pretty much everyone in this crumbly oatmeal biscuit of a movie does and says exactly what you’d expect of them: based not on the logic of real life, of course, but the cozy conventions of umpteen twee heritage Britpics before it. For Sunday-afternoon comfort-viewing purposes, it’s no problem that “Guernsey” — which follows the post-wwii escapades of a winsome London writer (Lily James) on the eponymous isle — doesn’t stray from its inevitable course as a town-versus-country love triangle. That it offers no surprises as a nominal wartime mystery, however, is rather more bothersome, particularly as what should be a perky trifle trudges past the two-hour mark.
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Video Interviews: Mike Newell, Jessica Brown Findlay & Annie Barrows For ‘The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society’

The current number one contender for the longest film title of 2018 arrives in cinemas on Friday. Based on the best seller of the same name, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society puts a lesser-known corner of World War II in the spotlight, the German occupation of The Channel Islands.

Veteran director Mike Newell (Four Weddings And A Funeral) brings a story of literature, love and survival to the big screen, with Lily James as a London-based writer who is contacted by the literary society of the title after the war. It’s a correspondence that leads her to visit the group on Guernsey, thinking it might make a good story, but she forms a close bond with them, one that helps her resolve a dilemma in her own life. The film’s cast also includes Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matthew Goode.

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‘The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society’ Review: Dir. Mike Newell (2018)

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society review: Charming but predictable wartime drama.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society review by Freda Cooper.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society review

Sometimes a title leads you right up the garden path. Aside from probably being the longest film name so far this year, The Guernsey Literary Society And Potato Peel Society sounds like it should be a comedy, something akin to last year’s Their Finest. But no. The only common ground between the two is the World War II setting. After that, they’re chalk and cheese.

Mike Newell’s first feature film for six years is set partly during the War and partly in the aftermath, with author Juliet (Lily James) receiving a letter from a member of the society of the title. She’s been looking for something meaningful to write about and
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New Clip & Poster For The Upcoming ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Studiocanal has released a new clip and poster for next weeks big release, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Directed by Mike Newell and based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel.

Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

Directed by Mike Newell, the film also stars Glen Powell, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay and Katherine Parkinson with Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society opens on April 20th.

Check out the new clip below.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review

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In Nazi-occupied Guernsey, a group of friends and neighbours are caught walking home after curfew. To avoid punishment, they blag their way past the Nazi guards by saying they had a club meeting – and out of that encounter comes the bizarrely named The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The story of this rather unconventional society lands on the desk of London writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) who, having become famous during the war for light-hearted wartime fiction, is desperately searching for her next project. She wants something a little more serious this time and under her own name perhaps, not a pseudonym.

Related: World Premiere Interviews: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay & more

So when Juliet learns of the society, she begins to correspond with the people there and eventually decides to take the trip down to the island to meet them face to face.
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How the Wes Anderson aesthetic took over the world

‘Your barista’s favourite director’ is back with Isle of Dogs - but with his trademark twee ubiquitous in film, TV and fashion, he never really went away

The trailer for new movie Birthmarked is a strange thing, both quirky yet teeth-grindingly banal. Over a jingly-jangly soundtrack, Matthew Goode and Toni Collette play a studiously eccentric American couple who choose to bring up their children in studiously eccentric ways. Cue tears, cue laughter, cue a whole Pinterest board full of quirky references. It wants to be The Royal Tenenbaums; it’s more The Durrells, set to the Lumineers.

There is, of course, one man to blame for all this: Wes Anderson. Over two decades, the meticulous Rushmore auteur has helped spawn an entire sub-genre of American cinema, a landfill site chocca with handlebar moustaches, melancholia and tasteful alt-folk music. He has had a boggling influence over the rest of pop culture,
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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Everything We Know About the New Era of Queen Elizabeth on Netflix

‘The Crown’ Season 3: Everything We Know About the New Era of Queen Elizabeth on Netflix
Fans of “The Crown” have likely come to appreciate the Netflix drama for different reasons. Some are drawn to the illicit romance contained within the confines of royal life. Others might tune in for the relationship drama, of the marital ups and downs behind two of the most famous people alive. The impeccable period details and costumes might be enough to snag some viewers.

Even though details are still scarce about what “The Crown” Season 3 will offer when it returns to Netflix at some point in the near future, it’s also not hard to believe that all of those components will still be there. Some notable changes are coming to this most prestige-y of prestige dramas, but the core of the show will most likely persist.

As Anglophiles, history buffs, and fans of soapy biodrama await the return of “The Crown,” we’ve assembled some of the key details
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'Birthmarked': Film Review

'Birthmarked': Film Review
Experiments in child-rearing have gone much worse than the one depicted in Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais' Birthmarked, in which two married scientists try to raise their kids to become the opposite of what genetics would predict. But the fictional accounts of such misguided ventures are usually more entertaining than this well-meaning misfire, which never sells its premise and looks shoddy when compared to fictions that had a pretty obvious influence on it. Commercial prospects are slim, though the presence of Toni Collette and Matthew Goode as the egghead parents may generate some interest on home vid.

The two play Catherine and Ben,...
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Film Review: ‘Birthmarked’

Film Review: ‘Birthmarked’
There are a few droll moments sprinkled throughout “Birthmarked,” which merely highlight the dreariness of the many, many others that are not. Ostensibly a comedy, director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ film finds little actual humor in its tale of a married couple who decide to prove the supremacy of nurture over nature by raising their three children in ways contrary to their genetic make-up. Likable turns by Toni Collette and Matthew Goode may help it attract a modest audience, but they’re not enough to compensate for the material’s innate flatness.

In 1977, scientists Ben (Goode) and Catherine (Collette) bond over the question, “Could we have been anyone other than who we are?” To address that point, they devise a project to raise their progeny as the very people one wouldn’t expect them to be — all in order to prove that human influence is of far greater importance to a child’s development than hereditary factors.
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New TV Spot & Poster Arrive For ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Ahead of its release on April 20th, Studiocanal has released a new-look 60 second TV spot for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The film is directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel of the same name.

Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

The film also stars Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some, Hidden Figures), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Victor Frankenstein, Downton Abbey) and Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Boat That Rocked) with Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor Zhivago) and Penelope Wilton (The Bfg, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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'Ordeal by Innocence' Producers Say They Received "No Pressure" From BBC When Replacing Ed Westwick

BBC miniseries Ordeal by Innocence hit the headlines last year when, just weeks after the Harvey Weinstein exposés were published, one of its leads, actor Ed Westwick, was accused of sexual assault. Despite the production — which also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor and Matthew Goode — already have been completed, the BBC decided to cancel its Christmas airdate of the Agatha Christie adaptation.

Best known for his role as Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, Westwick was accused separately by three women of sexual assault. He refuted these claims, but in the past 24 hours the actor has...
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The Wine Show: Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys Star in New Ovation TV Show

Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys are on a mission. This week, Ovation announced their new TV series The Wine Show will premiere in April.The UK docuseries follows actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys as they "set off on a new challenge in every episode, uncovering some of the best wines in the world, and telling the stories that surround them."Read More…
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TVLine Items: The Matthews Serve Wine, a Designated Russian and More

TVLine Items: The Matthews Serve Wine, a Designated Russian and More
Matthew Rhys and Matthew Goode are ready to give you a heavy pour.

Season 1 of the lifestyle series The Wine Show, in which Rhys (The Americans) and Goode (The Crown) explore some of the best affordable wines Italy has to offer, will make its Stateside television debut via Ovation TV on Wednesday, April 18 at 10/9c.

Rhys’s past TV credits also include Brothers and Sisters and The Bastard Executioner, while Goode has been in Downton Abbey and The Good Wife.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* ABC’s Designated Survivor has tapped Grey’s Anatomy alum Nora Zehetner (R.
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Game of Thrones stars join Keira Knightley in Official Secrets

Casting on director Gavin Hood’s (Eye in the Sky) upcoming drama Official Secrets continues, with Deadline reporting that Game of Thrones alumni Indira Varma and Conleth Hill have joined the project.

The new additions join the previously announced Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Matt Smith (The Crown), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and Matthew Goode (The Crown), as well as Tamsin Greig (Episodes), Adam Bakri (Omar), Myanna Buring (Downton Abbey) and John Hefferman (The Crown).

Official Secrets sees Knightley as Katharine Gun, a Mandarin translator working at the British government’s communications HQ, Gchq. Gun leaked a confidential Us National Security Agency email to the Observer newspaper, revealing that she’d been asked to help the Us government spy on Un security council delegations in order to help swing favour towards an invasion of Iraq.

“When I read Katharine Gun’s deeply personal story of conscience, I felt that a
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Production Is Officially Underway On Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’

Entertainment One has announced that principal photography commenced this week in Yorkshire on Official Secrets, a new feature based on the dramatic true story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gun. Academy Award® nominee actress Keira Knightley will star alongside Matt Smith, Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode. They lead a fantastic supporting cast including Tamsin Greig, Indira Varma, Adam Bakri, John Heffernan and Myanna Buring with Conleth Hill taking on the role of legendary editor of The Observer, Roger Alton. The film will be shooting on location across the UK.

Whistle-blower Katharine Gun (Knightley) leaked a top-secret Nsa memo exposing a joint Us-uk illegal spying operation against members of the Un Security Council during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. The memo, which proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war, was leaked to Observer journalist Martin Bright who published the memo to great international uproar.
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Indira Varma & Conleth Hill Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’

‘Game Of Thrones’ Indira Varma & Conleth Hill Join Gavin Hood’s ‘Official Secrets’
Game of Thrones stars Indira Varma and Conleth Hill and Episodes' Tamsin Greig have joined the cast of Gavin Hood's spy thriller Official Secrets, which kicked off production this week. The trio will join Kiera Knightley, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode in the thriller for Entertainment One (eOne), which tells the story of British intelligence whistle-blower, Katharine Gunn. Palestinian-Israeli actor Adam Bakri, who starred in Oscar-nominated feature Omar…
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Films from Ava DuVernay, Amma Asante, and Julie Dash to Screen at Ebertfest

Asante’s “Belle

Three trailblazing directors are set to attend Ebertfest 2018. Ava DuVernay, Amma Asante, and Julie Dash will be screening films at the fest, a press release has announced. Co-founded by and hosted by Chaz Ebert, the Champaign, Il-based fest, also known as the Roger Ebert Film Festival, is celebrating its 25th year.

Ebertfest’s full slate hasn’t been announced yet, but we know that the program includes DuVernay’s “13th,” an Oscar-nominated doc exploring the relationship between slavery and mass-incarceration, Asante’s “Belle,” an interracial romance set in the 18th century, and Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust,” a drama that follows three generations of Gullah women. The latter marks the first film directed by a black woman to get a wide theatrical release.

“What an honor to have these Three Queens of Cinema grace our festival,” said Ebert. “Ava DuVernay first met Roger outside of the
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Netflix Takes ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ for U.S., Other Territories

Netflix has taken Lily James movie “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” for a raft of markets, including the U.S. Based on the Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie BarrowsNew York Times bestseller, the picture’s producers include Blueprint, which is fresh off the success of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Studiocanal and The Mazur Kaplan Company are the other production partners. Studiocanal will release the film theatrically in Australia, France, and Germany. Netflix has it in North America, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. It will have a theatrical release in other international territories.
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