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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

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