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Knives Out (2019)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Director Rian Johnson Writers/Script Rian Johnson Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Tony Collett, Christopher Plummer, Riki Lindhome, Frank Oz, M. Emmet Walsh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Elevator Pitch: The family Thrombey are gathered together at … Continue reading

Downton Abbey (2019)

Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) Source of story The TV series of the same name Director Michael Engler Writers/Script Julian Fellows Starring Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Tuppence Middleton, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Imelda Staunton, Phyllis Logan, Hugh Bonneville, Geraldine James, Penelope Wilton, Mark Addy, David Haig, Jonathan Cheetham Elevator Pitch: It is 1927. … Continue reading

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) X Source of story A play of the same name by Edward Albee Director Mike Nichols Writers/Script Ernest Lehman – although it is claimed that the Burtons discarded most of his words and replaced them with Edward Albee’s. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis Elevator Pitch: An … Continue reading

Hook (1991)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) U Source of story The books and a play by J.M. Barrie, plus som earlier Peter Pan films Director Steven Spielberg Writers/Script James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo (screen story by James V. Hart Nick Castle) Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Phil Collins, Gwyneth … Continue reading

Ben is Back (2018)

Elevator Pitch A family are returning from an outing on Christmas Eve, and on arriving at their house find that there is a young man waiting in the driveway. His presence is the cause of some elation on the part of the mother and distress on the part of the husband and the elder daughter. … Continue reading

Roma (2018)

Elevator Pitch An upper class family live in the suburb of Roma in Mexico D. F. There are four children mostly looked after by the housekeeper, Cleo, who starts work before dawn and finishes well after dark. She is a rock in a family situation where the adult relationship is strained and the children are … Continue reading

The Children Act (2018 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch A family court judge with a heavy workload is faced difficulties in her marriage to an academic who is frustrated by her lack of interest in their relationship. One of the cases on which she must rule is that of a 17 year old boy with leukemia who is refusing a blood transfusion … Continue reading

The Wife (2018 in Spain)

Elevator Pitch An extremely successful American author wins the Nobel Prize in Literature and takes Concorde to Europe with his wife, who up to now has remained fairly tight-lipped and distant from the whole business. They are housed in a luxurious hotel enduring the preparations for the event while being pursued by a journalist who … Continue reading

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Elevator Pitch: A woman wakes up in bed next to a man who she does not know. What is going on?  He explains that he is her husband and that she had an accident years ago which resulted in her waking up every day with no memory of anything from the previous day or before. She … Continue reading

Tully (2018)

Elevator Pitch Marlo, a mother with two children, one of them “quirky”, has just given birth to a third and is finding life difficult, so welcomes help from her rich brother, who suggests that she will benefit from the services of a “night nanny”; Tully, the nanny, arrives after dark, and magically Marlo’s life is transformed, … Continue reading

Lady Bird (2017)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Greta Gerwig Additional Info This film was nominated for numerous awards including five Oscars. I am very pleased for Laurie Metcalf who, at the age of 62, has won a number of “Best Suporting Actress” awards. I have been a fan of … Continue reading

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Inspired (it says) by real events and a book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson. Writers/Script David Scarpa Additional Info In the future this movie may be better known for the fact that, after it … Continue reading

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book series of the same name by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Writers/Script Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles Additional Info I chose to count the visual effects people named on IMDb. There are more than 300 of them! Director Mark Waters Starring Freddie Highmore, … Continue reading

Regarding Henry (1991)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script J.J. Abrams Additional Info This is the first mention I have found of the now famous J.J Abrams and an early appearance of the quite well known John Leguizamo. Director Mike Nichols Starring Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Donald Moffat, John Leguizamo, J.J. … Continue reading

Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story Very loosely based on some aspects of the previous Jaws films, and involving some characters. Writers/Script Michael De Guzman Additional Info Jaws was originally a book by Peter Benchley. The film is well known for having inspired a quote by Michael Caine who said that he … Continue reading

Billy Elliot (2000)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Lee Hall Additional Info Nominated for multiple awards including Oscars and won some BAFTAs. The later stage musicals have all cost more to present than the film cost. Director Stephen Daldry Starring Jamie Bell, Jean Heywood, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters, Stephen Mangan, … Continue reading

The Dinner (2017)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Herman Koch Writers/Script Oren Moverman Additional Info The author of the book refused to go to the after priemer party because he thought that the film, the third to be made of the book, was easily the worst, and … Continue reading

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates Writers/Script Justin Haythe Additional Info At the time of the production Kate Winslet was married to Sam Mendes and apparently recommended the script to him. Director Sam Mendes Starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates, Michael … Continue reading

The Bookshop (2017)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) Yet to get international release. Source of story A 1978 book by Penelope Fitzgerald (died in 2000) Writers/Script Isabel Coixet Additional Info Obviously for tax reasons the interiors filmed in Barcelona and the exteriors in Northern Ireland. Director Isabel Coixet Starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber, James … Continue reading

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A computer game of the same name Writers/Script Patrick Massett, John Zinman Additional Info The story developed by Sara B Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary and adapted by Simon West Director Simon West Starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig, Richard Johnson, … Continue reading

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