Battle of the Sexes (2017). New balls please for this tennis gender war drama.

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Film review by Jason Day of Battle of the Sexes, an account of the real-life battle between tennis champs Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. 

Sport

star rating 3 out of 5 worth watching

 

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Only the Brave (2017). 3/5 stars for this solid, traditional, manly disaster drama.

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Film review by Jason Day of Only the Brave, a disaster drama about a team of ‘hot shots’  training for accreditation to fight forest and bush fires in the USA. Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly. 

Disaster

star rating 3 out of 5 worth watching

 

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017). A lavish, well-cast but clunkily staged whodunnit remake.

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Film review by Jason Day of Murder on the Orient Express, based on the classic Agatha Christie whodunnit about a murder on the most luxurious train of all, with the great and the good of society amongst the suspects. Starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Crime

image four star rating very good lots to enjoy

 

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Geostorm (2017). Big, bigger, biggest in this crazy but fun disaster drama

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Film review by Jason Day of Geostorm, the disaster drama about a weather protection system located in space that is used to destroy the Earth. Starring Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess.

Disaster

star rating 3 out of 5 worth watching

 

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Breathe (2017). A moving drama about a polio survivor starring Andrew Garfield.

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Film review by Jason Day of Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield as real life polio survivor Robin Cavendish and the breakthroughs in palliative care made by him and his wife Diane (Claire Foy). Directed by Andy Serkis.

Drama

star rating 3 out of 5 worth watching

 

 

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017). 4/5 stars for this fun Marvel comic adapted fantasy action film.

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Film review by Claire Durrant of Thor: Ragnarok, the latest instalment in the Marvel comic cinematic universe, starring Chris Hemsworth as the hero of Norse myth Thor and co-starring Cate Blanchett.

Action/adventure/fantasy

image four star rating very good lots to enjoy

 

 

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The Good Earth (1937). 4/5 stars for this haunting, emotional Chinese epic.

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Film review by Jason Day of The Good Earth, based on the novel by Pearl Buck, about turn of the century peasants in China. Starring Paul Muni and Oscar winning Luise Rainer.

Historical/Period/Epic

4 star rating very good lots to enjoy

 

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