Foster Florence Jenkins (2016)

Meryl Streep Takes Centre Stage in a Shining Performance in comedic biography feature ‘Foster Florence Jenkins’

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Published with Starskify – 19th May 2016

Not shy from life on the stage, Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) becomes inspired to pursue the desire of urging her performances further through the exhilaration of opera singing. Always graced with a passion for music and along with her devoted husband St Clair (Hugh Grant) and accompanying pianist Cosmé McMoon (Simon Helberg), nothing will stand between her and her dream, not even her unpleasant singing talents.

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High Rise (2016)

Bound to the newly developed tower, classes collide in dramatic feature ‘High Rise’

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Written and published for Starskify – 19th April 2016

Psychology Doctor Robert Laing is new to life in the High Rise, recently moved to the 25th floor of a newly developed tower block in London. Bound to the tower by a hierarchy of class and power, Laing soon fits right at home, pushing away his somewhat enigmatic past and welcoming the conventional and totally hectic environments of the many floors. When harmony turns to chaos, the social order takes control and lower classes revolt against the forceful occupants of the higher command.

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Crimson Peak (2015)

A naive Victorian writer is brought into an mysterious ancient decaying mansion, with her past continuing to haunt her, in gothic horror “Crimson Peak”

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Determined young writer, Edith Cushing bears boundless imagination capable of envisioning ghosts due to the existence of her past haunting her. Her aspirations to be more than the typical Victorian woman are shattered after she is claimed as the wife to the mystifying Thomas Sharpe, a cryptic outsider. Soon after they are wed, the pair take accommodation in Thomas’ family mansion with his equally enigmatic sister, Lucille Sharpe. Now, she’s trapped and surrounded by secrets from the disturbing environment. Her innocence is ruptured by the ghosts of Arredale Hall and she finally sees the truth behind the mystery.

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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

The golden age of cinema is highlighted in the light-hearted Coen brother feature ‘Hail, Caesar!’

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1950’s Hollywood, home to Capitol Pictures, holding host to a number or rising stars and high class productions of entertainment and film. Eddie Mannix is in control of putting the multitude of cast and crew in their place and restore order when things don’t turn out the way they were planned. Mannix busily goes about dealing with the disappearance of a leading actor, the love life of a swimmer, the pains of an uncooperative, western thespian among others during this seemingly ordinary day in showbiz.

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Spotlight (2016)

An old investigation is brought back to attention for the Boston Globe journalist group in dramatic thriller ‘Spotlight’

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Spotlight‘, a group of four Boston Globe journalists are called upon to unearth a somewhat covered-up case surrounding allegations of child abuse and molestation caused by the Catholic Church. The initially overlooked investigation develops into a larger scandal as the sins of priests are confirmed and the team endeavours to write the story that could potentially cause controversy and change, not just for the US, but the whole world.

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The Revenant (2016)

A compelling and intense story based on true events in dramatic feature ‘The Revenant’

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 In the wild American tundra of the 1820’s, a group of animal trappers are on the journey of survival as they travel across the to their outpost following an attack from opposing Natives. With the most knowledge regading the surrounding lands, Hugh Glass leads his comrades. Soon enough, he is savagely attacted by a frantic, protective bear and abandoned by his fellows. Now, left unaided and close to death, Glass is compelled to retaliate against the harsh environements, in order to reform with his group and ultimately achieve revenge against his son’s murderer and traitorous ally.

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The Danish Girl (2016)

Eddie Redmayne depicts yet another stunning performance and transformation in dramatic, historical feature ‘The Danish Girl’

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Danish painter Einar is living is 1926 Copenhagen, together with his fellow painter wife Gerda. With a lack of new inspiration for her work, Gerda turns to her husband for a unfamiliar muse in the form of a woman persona – Lily. Dumbfounded by this unconventional transformation, Einar then finds solace in this modification to his appearance. The paintings of Lily begin to gain high recognition across in Paris, initiating unconventional contemplations over a conflicting persona within himself. Testing their six year marriage to new limits, the pair face tough decisions as Lily craves to emerge entirely through uncertain surgeries.

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