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The Leisure Seeker [IMDb]

Francesca Archibugi cowrites this dramedy about an elderly couple on an Rv adventure. Costarring Helen Mirren. (male director)

Every Day [my review]

Angourie Rice stars as a teenager who falls in love with a soul that inhabits a different body every day. (male writer and director)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [my review]

Lily James stars as a writer who uncovers an untold story of British endurance during World War II. Costarring Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, and Penelope Wilton. (male writers and director)

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Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) [my review]

Juliette Binoche stars as a woman seeking new love at midlife. Directed by Claire Denis; written by Denis and Christine Angot.

Never Steady, Never Still [IMDb] pictured

Shirley Henderson costars in this domestic drama about a woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn.

Funny Cow [my review]

Maxine Peake stars in
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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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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.

The Hollywood News
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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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Exclusive: Jessica Brown Findlay on her role in British drama The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society is released this week, and to celebrate Mike Newell’s latest endeavour we sat down with one of its stars Jessica Brown Findlay.

We asked the talented actress what it was like to collaborate with such a revered filmmaker, while on the same subject we discuss the joy in sharing the screen with actors such as Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton. Findlay also speaks about the accidental Downton Abbey reuinion on set, what her favourite pie is – and what it means to actors when their film is shown on Netflix, which is where this project will be released in the United States (despite getting a theatrical release in the UK).

Watch the full interview below…

Synopsis

In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII. Feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts
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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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World Premiere Interviews: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay & more

This evening the film destined to win the imaginary Oscar for Strangest Name for a Film had its World Premiere in London Town. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is based on Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best-selling novel, and is directed by Four Weddings and a Funeral and Harry Potter director Mike Newell.

Attending the world premiere were Lily James (Juliet Ashton), Jessica Brown Findlay (Elizabeth Mckenna), Michiel Huisman (Dawsey Adams), Glen Powell (Mark Reynolds), Tom Courtenay (Eben Ramsey), Mike Newell (Director), Annie Barrows (Co-author and niece of author Mary Ann Shaffer), Graham Broadbent (Producer), Paula Mazur (Producer), Mitchell Kaplan (Producer), Kimi Armstrong Stein (Producer), Peter Czernin (Producer), Thomas Bezucha (Writer).

Zehra Phelan and Colin Hart were on the carpet to talk with the cast and crew, here’s how they got on.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is in UK cinemas on the 20th of April.
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Submissions open for Screen Stars of Tomorrow 2018

Screen’s annual talent portfolio is open for submissions until June 1, 2018.

Screen International is looking for new actors, writers, directors and producers from the UK and Ireland to showcase in its 15th annual Stars of Tomorrow portfolio.

Screen has a direct line for industry recommendations and submissions, which should be emailed to screenstarsoftomorrow@gmail.com.

Open from now, the final deadline for submissions is June 1, 2018.

Candidates for inclusion in Screen International Stars of Tomorrow should be professional and with a track record, albeit brief, in the film business. They should be UK or Republic of Ireland nationals, and, as this is a young talent portfolio,
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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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Lily James-Starrer “Guernsey” and Augustine Frizzell’s “Never Goin’ Back” Get Distribution

“Never Goin’ Back”

Lily James-led period piece “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” and Augustine Frizzell’s coming-of-age pic “Never Goin’ Back” have both found homes. “Guernsey” will be released via Netflix in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia later this year. A24 acquired the worldwide rights to “Never Goin’ Back” ahead of its SXSW premiere this past weekend.

“Guernsey Literary” sees James playing a frustrated journalist whose life changes when she learns about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The book club was founded during World War II in resistance to the Nazis.

Directed by Mike Newell (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), the film is based on Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer’s best-selling novel of the same name. Jessica Brown Findlay (“Harlots”) co-stars.

Per Deadline, the film will hit theaters in the UK,
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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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Netflix swoops on 'The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society' (exclusive)

SVoD service strikes deal with Studiocanal.

Netflix has taken a host of territories on Mike Newell’s Lily James-starring historical drama The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.

The SVoD service has picked up rights for Us, Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, while Studiocanal will distribute in its territories the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany. The film has now sold out worldwide and the roll-out commences with Australia on April 19, the UK on April 20 and New Zealand on April 25, followed by France on June 13 and Germany on August 9.

Produced by Studiocanal with
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Win movie merchandise with Monster Family

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Monster Family is in cinemas and on Sky Cinema now. To celebrate the release of the film, Sky Cinema is giving away a fun filled pack, that includes a T-shirt, colouring book, fidget spinner, pencil case and more!

This truly global family adventure features an all-star voice cast, including Emily Watson (On Chesil Beach), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin), Nick Frost (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Catherine Tate (Doctor Who).

Based on David Safier’s best-selling novel, Monster Family follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan, Frank, Emma and their kids Max and Fay – under pressure and constantly at each other’s throats.

When they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into their own monstrous party costumes, they must pull together to battle real-life beasts; reverse the curse; and prove that even a vampire, a mummy,
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Movie Review – Monster Family (2018)

Monster Family, 2018.

Directed by Holger Tappe.

Featuring the voice talents of Emily Watson, Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Catherine Tate.

Synopsis:

Count Dracula (Jason Isaacs) is lonely, with only his trio of musical bats for company, so when Emma Wishbone (Emily Watson) shows him some kindness, he puts his plans of world domination on hold to try and win her heart by turning her dysfunctional family into your favourite movie monsters; a vampire, a mummy, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman.

Being overly critical of animated fare is tough, especially when you’re not the target audience, but even with that caveat, Monster Family is a derivative bore that will fail to entertain all but those with a predilection for fart jokes.

While watching Monster Family, it’s worth noting that the genre landscape has changed. It’s not like you have to wait six months for an animated
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Red Sparrow [my review]

Jennifer Lawrence stars as a Russian spy who uses manipulation to get what she wants. (male writer and director)

Game Night [my review]

Rachel McAdams costars as one half of a game-nerd couple whose party goes awry. With Sharon Horgan and Kylie Bunbury in major supporting roles. (male writers and director)

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Erase and Forget [IMDb]

Andrea Luka Zimmerman directs and cowrites this documentary about toxic masculinity that fueled the rise of Donald Trump. Cowritten by Taina Galis.

The Valley [IMDb]

Saila Kariat writes and directs this drama about a man investigating his daughter’s suicide.

Psycho Vertical [IMDb]

Jen Randall directs this documentary about a (male) mountaineer. (male writer)

Monster Family [IMDb] pictured

Emily Watson, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, and Catherine Tate costar in the voice cast of this animated family fantasy comedy. Cowritten by Catharina Junk and Kirstie Falkous. (male director)

Hondros [IMDb]

Jenny Golden cowrites this documentary about a (male) war photojournalist.
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Check Out An Exclusive Clip From This Week’s Big Animated Feature ‘Monster Family’

To coincide with its release in cinemas and on Sky Cinema in the UK today, we have an exclusive clip from Monster Family to share. The animated adventure features the voices of Emily Watson, Nick Frost, Jessica Brown Findlay, Celia Imrie, Catherine Tate and Jason Isaacs, and is based on David Safier’s best-selling novel.

The film follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan, Frank, Emma and their kids Max and Fay – under pressure and constantly at each other’s throats.

When they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into their own monstrous party costumes, they must pull together to battle real-life beasts; reverse the curse; and prove that even a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster can eventually form one big happy family.

You can check out our exclusive clip from the film below. Catch Monster Family in cinemas and on Sky Cinema now.
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Monster Family review – hyperactive hotchpotch animation

A fine voice cast including Jason Isaacs, Nick Frost and Catherine Tate are the only saving grace for this cobbled-together Frankenstein of a film

Here’s a silly hyperactive monster animation that feels like it could’ve been scripted by a giddy six-year-old after lashings of jelly and ice-cream. (In this world Dracula straps on jet-packs and superhero latex to fly through the air. What’s wrong with bat wings?) The whole thing is exhausting, with too much slapstick, too few decent laughs and a care-y share-y message of family togetherness. It lacks even the tinge of darkness you’d expect from a movie about the stuff of bad dreams. The only treat is the voice cast of excellent British actors.

Frazzled Emma Wishbone (Emily Watson) is the owner of a failing New York bookshop and mum of two kids who can’t stand the sight of each other: stroppy
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Two clips from ‘Monster Family’

Sky Cinema have announced that original family comedy Monster Family – based on the best-selling novel by David Safier – will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 2nd March 2018, alongside a same-day premiere on Sky Cinema!

Monster Family follows the very much unhappy Wishbone clan, Frank, Emma and their kids Max and Fay – under pressure and constantly at each other’s throats. When they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into their own monstrous party costumes, they must pull together to battle real-life beasts; reverse the curse; and prove that even a vampire, a mummy, a werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster can eventually form one big happy family.

Monster Family features an all-star voice cast, including Emily Watson (On Chesil Beach), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin), Nick Frost (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and
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