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Collateral Beauty (2016)

Duration 1h 37m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 7  Source of story An original screenplay Director David Frankel Writers/Script Allan Loeb Starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña , Helen Mirren, Naomi Harris, Keira Knightly, Jacob Latimore, Ann Dowd,  Ratings IMDb: 6.7/10 by 99.131 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 14% by 183 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10. … Continue reading

Downton Abbey: The New Era (2022)

Duration 2h 5m Ratings UK: PG  Source of story The characters and loction from five TV series and the previous film. Director Simon Curtis Writers/Script Julian Fellows Starring Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Hugh Dancy, Eliabeth McGovern, Dominic West, Laura Haddock, Imelda Staunton, Joanne Froggatt, Samantha Bond, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton, Jim Carter, Ratings … Continue reading

Belfast (2022)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: PG-13, USA: PG-13, Denmark:11  Source of story An original screenplay based on the author’s childhood in Belfast. Director Kenneth Branagh Writers/Script Kenneth Branagh Starring Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Cairian Hinds, Lara McDonnell,  Ratings IMDb: 7.3/10 by 41,094 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 87% by 292 reviewers. Review2view: 8/10 Elevator … Continue reading

Brad’s Status (2017)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Brazil: 12 R2V: VERY BORING Source of story An original screenplay Director Mike White Writers/Script Mike White Starring Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer, Michael Sheen, Jemaine Clement, Luke Wilson, Shazi Raja, Mike White,  Ratings IMDb: 6.5 by 17k people .  Rotten Tomatoes: 80% by 172 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

Duration 1h 57m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story An original screenplay Director Mike Newell Writers/Script Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal Starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, Terence Rigby, Topher Grace,   Ratings IMDb: 6.5 by 80,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 34% by 152 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Katherine Ann … Continue reading

Stillwater (2021)

Duration 2h 19m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12  Source of story Said to be loosely based on the Amanda Knox story. Director Tom McCarthy Writers/Script Tom McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré Starring Matt Damon, Camille Cottim, Abigail Breslin, Lilou Siauvaud, Deanna Dunagan,  Ratings IMDb: 6.9 by 3600 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 75% by … Continue reading

Gosford Park (2001)

Duration 2h 11m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG, Denmark  Source of story Based on an idea by Bob Balaban and Robert Altman Director Robert Altman Writers/Script Julian Fellowes Starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Camilla Rutherford, Charlea Dance, Geraldine Somerville, Jeremy Northam, Tom Hollander, Bob Balaban, James Wilby, Lawrence Fox, Ryan Phillipe, Stephen Fry, … Continue reading

The Last Bus (2021)

Duration 1h 26m Ratings Spain: Yet to be released nearly everywhere  Source of story An original screenplay Director Gillies MacKinnon Writers/Script Joe Ainsworth Starring Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan and a load of British actors you will recognise but be unable to name. Ratings IMDb:7.6 by 22 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 100% by 2 reviewers . Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Contagion (2011)

Duration 1h 46m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Steven Soderbergh Writers/Script Scott Z. Burns Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Elliot Gould, Bryan Cranston,  Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by 284,025 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 85% by 272 critics. Elevator Pitch: It is … Continue reading

Hugo (2011)

Duration 2h 6m in 3D Ratings UK: U, USA: PG India: U. Source of story A book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Seiznick Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script John Logan Starring Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la … Continue reading

Manchester by the Sea (2017)

Duration 2h 17m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Kenneth Lonergan Writers/Script Kenneth Lonergan Starring Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges,  Ratings IMDb: 7.8 by 248,220 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 96% by 350 critics. Elevator Pitch: Lee is working as a janitor and maintenance man in a block of … Continue reading

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13,  Source of story An original screenplay Director Woody Allen Writers/Script Woody Allen Starring Woody Allen, Barbara Hershey, Carrie Fisher, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Maureen O’Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, J.T. Walsh, John Turturo, Richard Jenkins, Max von Sydow, Sam Waterston,  Ratings IMDb: 7.9 by 66,646 people. Rotten … Continue reading

Philomena (2013)

Duration 1h 38m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, most countries 12 or 13 Source of story A book of the same name by Martin Sixsmith Director Stephen Frears Writers/Script Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Barbara Jefford, Peter Hermann, Charlie Murphy, Anna Maxwell Martin Ratings IMDb: 7.6 by 92,997 … Continue reading

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Duration 2h 15m Ratings UK: 12, USA:  Source of story Inspired by real events and a book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar Director Ron Howard Writers/Script Akiva Goldsman Starring Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Judd Hirsch, Russell Gibson Ratings IMDb: 8.2 by 829, 790 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 75% … Continue reading

Eat Pray Love (2010)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert Director Ryan Murphy Writers/Script Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt Starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Viola Davis, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem, Elevator Pitch: Thirty-something journalist Elizabeth Gilbert gives up on an unsatisfactory marriage, and then on an … Continue reading

An Education (2009)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A memoir by journalist Lynn Barber – still available complete on the Guardian website. Director Lone Scherfig Writers/Script Nick Hornby Starring Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson, Sally Hawkins, Elevator Pitch: A sixteen year old schoolgirl, … Continue reading

The Goldfinch (2019)

Duration 2h 29m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A very long book of the same name by Donna Tartt Director John Crowley Writers/Script Peter Straughan Starring Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson, Elevator Pitch: When a terrorist bomb goes off in the Metripolitan Museum of  Art Theo Decker … Continue reading

Rain Man (1988)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be developed from the actual experience of the writer Barry Morrow, who had kidnapped someone to save them from being incarcerated. Director Barry Levinson Writers/Script Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Elevator Pitch: Sharp car dealer Charlie Babbitt is … Continue reading

The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A book of the same name by Jacquelyn Mitchard Director Ulu Grosbard Writers/Script Stephen Schiff Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, John Kapelos Elevator Pitch: Beth Cappadora goes to a college reunion in a large hotel, briefly leaving her eldest son Vincent with his younger … Continue reading

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

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

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

Gulliver’s Travels (2010)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Loosely based on the Jonathan Swift novels Writer/s Script Joe Stillman, Nicholas Stoller Director Rob Letterman Starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Chris O’Dowd, James Corden, Catherine Tate Elevator Pitch Gulliver, a no hope mailroom assistant in a newspaper, blaggs his … Continue reading

King Kong (2005)

Duration 3h 7m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The 1933 film of the same name scripted by James Creelman and Ruth Rose. Writer/s Script Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson Writer/s Story In 1933 – Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper Director Peter Jackson Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy … Continue reading

St Vincent (2014)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Theodore Melfi Director Theodore Melfi Starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Jaeden Lieberher, Kimberly Quinn Elevator Pitch A Vietnam war veteran who leads a desolute existence, gambling, drinking and consorting with a Russian prostitute accidentally becomes a baby … Continue reading

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