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Movie reviews – from Oct 10 to 24

October 10, 15 and 16 DIANA The last two years of the Princess of Wales’ life apparently featured an affair with a heart surgeon. Anyone remotely interested in this tiresome and unnecessary premise will likely warm to Naomi Watts’ insipid impersonation of Diana (yet balk at Naveen Andrews&

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Movie reviews – from Sept 26 to Oct 10

September 27–October 2 THE BLING RING If you can’t be famous, be infamous. From a true story, a posse of celebrity-culture-addicted teenagers track their idols to able to rob them and thus own a piece of their ‘bling.’ A commentary on the

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Movie reviews – from Sept 12 to 26

Sept 12–16 THE SPIRIT OF ’45 Ken Loach’s documentary shows how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, was carried through to the post-war period in ...

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Movie reviews – July 2013

July 11–14, 23–26 THE LONE RANGER   Disney, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are reunited post-Pirates in this reshaping of the stories of the legendary masked hero. Sidekick Tonto tells ...

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Movie reviews – from June 20 to July 10

Odeon: June 21, 22, 23, 24 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS In our darkest hour, when our leaders have fallen, a hero will rise. After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within its own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world

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Movie reviews – from June 6 to 20

Odeon: Until June 8 THE GREAT GATSBY   Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated (and possibly much dreaded) adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘unfilmable’ Jazz Age classic tale of impossible romance and the delusions of the American Dream has had mixed reviews. Luhrmann’s MTV aesthetic

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Movie reviews – May 23 to June 6

THE GREAT GATSBY Odeon: June 2-7 Opening this year’s Cannes Festival Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated (and possibly much dreaded) adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘unfilmable’ Jazz Age classic tale of impossible romance and the delusions of the American Dream has had mixed

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Movie reviews – May 9 to 23

IRON MAN 3 Odeon: May 10–12 Prepare for a heavy metal! Tony Stark is up against an enemy, the Mandarin, whose reach knows no bounds. With his back to the wall Stark embarks on a harrowing quest for retribution. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the

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Movie reviews – from April 24 to May 9

NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON Odeon: April 29–May 5 You can change your life in an instant. Raimund Gregorius, a stuck-in-a rut Latin teacher in Berne changes his life when an ...

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Movie reviews – April 11 to 25

Movie reviews by James Douglas   SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Odeon: April 9–11   David O. Russell’s wonderfully unconventional ‘bipolar’ romantic comedy has a lot of interesting things to say about this disorder, cleverly wrapping its traumas in a frothy off-beat comedy that is

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Movie reviews – March 28 to April 11

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK  Odeon: April 9-11 David O. Russell’s wonderfully unconventional ‘bipolar’ romantic comedy has a lot of interesting things to say about this disorder, cleverly wrapping its traumas in a frothy off-beat comedy that is pitch perfect, compassionate and sharp. Jennifer Lawrence&

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Movie reviews – March 14 to 28

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Odeon: March 14 An extraordinary and affecting movie that will stay in the memory for a long time. Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading ...

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Movie reviews – Feb 28 to March 14

SIBERIAN EDUCATION  Odeon: March 1–6   A drama based on the bestselling memoir by the Moldovan Nicolai Lilin, now living in Italy, about growing up as a member of the ...

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Movie reviews – Feb 14 to 28

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Odeon: February 14, 15, 16, 17, 20   An adaptation of the modern classic that explores rather more quirkily than usual the trauma of adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Fifteen-year-old Charlie is a cute, naïve outsider coping with first

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Movie reviews – Jan 31 to Feb 14

LES MISÉRABLES Odeon: February 1 to 3 and 6 to 10   A stirring, ambitious but cinematically uneven adaptation of the world's favourite stage musical from the director of The King's Speech. Set in early nineteenth-century France, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is

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Movie reviews – Jan 17 to 31

THE MASTER ODEON: January 17 P. T. Anderson's masterly movie may or may not be about Scientology, but its vision of a charismatic new post-World War II religion and the allure and then disillusion in the interplay between ambitious leader and vulnerable follower is profound and gripping. ‘

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Movie reviews – Nov 22 to Dec 13

ARGO Astra 2: November 26, 27 Based on real events, the dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans that unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played-information that was

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Movie reviews – Nov 8 to 21

SKYFALL Astra 2: November 12, 13 Daniel Craig is back for the third time as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to

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Movie reviews – Oct 25 to Nov 7

SAVAGES Fulgor: Oct 25 to 31   Oliver Stone, indulging his dark side, takes a look at the horrors of the Mexican drug trade: Cartels versus individual producers with a shared girlfriend in the middle, not to mention the FBI. ‘Savages is Oliver Stone doing what he should have

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Movie reviews – Oct 11 to Oct 25

TED Odeon: Oct 11   Seth MacFarlanes' teddy bear comedy is not as cute and cuddly as it may seem. Ted comes to life for his owner John Bennett and a certain amount of outrageous chaos ensues. ‘A fabulous first live-action effort, combining R-rated hilarity with skilled

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The don’t miss list – Oct 11 to Oct 25

TF EVENT/ TuttoTondo October 23, 7:30 to 9:30pm, via il Prato 63 (Conti Ingrosso Ortofrutta), Florence   TF has teamed up with Yelp (famous in the States but new in town) to offer a fully rounded event: Panino Tondo will be providing tasters of vegan sandwiches, hamburgers and

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Movie reviews – Sept 21 to Oct 11

THE CAMPAIGN Fulgor: Sept 21 - Oct 3   Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as two Southerners comically vying for a seat in Congress. ‘The election-year release is timely, but an all-star comedy cast can't save director Jay Roach's political satire.' (The Hollywood Reporter) ‘

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Movie Reviews – September 14 to 27

THE BOURNE LEGACY   Not a traditional sequel, this fourth instalment of the Bourne franchise introduces a new character and a new storyline different from Robert Ludlum's, although the Matt Damon original hovers in the background. Generally considered not a meaningful addition, but the absence of Matt Damon is

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Movie Reviews – June 15 to July 5,

ALL GOOD THINGS, June 15     A true crime drama inspired by the real-life case of Robert Durst, who was suspected of murdering his wife, Kathie, after she vanished without a trace in 1982, one of New York's most sensational unsolved crimes. Warned by his father that

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