Florence Foster Jenkins

Based on the life of the woman herself, Florence Foster Jenkins is a must see. With Meryl Streep as the title character, the world of the 1940s wealthy music patrons is opened up for us.

Everyone has their calling and Florence has found hers; although, perhaps not quite in the way she expected. Her amazing enthusiasm and brilliant courage come forth in her love of music. Meryl Streep is truly commendable in her portrayal of this wonderfully eccentric woman.Staring alongside Streep is Simon Helberg, most widely known for his role as Howard in TVs Big Bang Theory. Helberg plays Cosme McMoon, a young concert pianist who is hired to accompany Jenkins in her performances.
As is expected of the wealthy class, the costumes and jewelry shown off are quite beautiful, adding to the glitz and glamour with which these patrons of the arts enjoyed surrounding themselves. From the prestigious Verdi Club, founded by Jenkins to the exciting parties attended by some of the younger, more rambunctious characters, it all paints a rather captivating picture.
Florence Foster Jenkins will take you through many highs and lows as you laugh and cry with these uniquely interesting people.

Mother’s Day

One mum, two mums, step-mum, dad-mum, mother-in-law, new mum. There are so many different mothers out there and Mother’s Day does its best to pay homage to as many as possible.Mothers have so many different roles in life, carer, teacher, friend, not to mention their professional live. And not only do these roles impact mums and their kids, but the other people around them.

Director Garry Marshall takes us through the separate yet intertwining lives of different mothers and mother-figures. The amazing cast, including Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, and Kate Hudson, take us through their character’s lives and their triumphs and struggles in the lead up to Mother’s Day.

So take your mum, aunt, grandma, or any other mother-figure in your life and see this feel-good movie.

Eddie the Eagle

“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.” – Pierre De Coubertin, Founder of the Olympic Committee.

Director Dexter Fletcher brings the heartwarming story of British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards to the big screen.

Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Tom Egerton) has dreamed all his life of competing in the Olympic Games. Time and again, his hopes have been shot down until, one day, he discovers skiing.

Now, even after finding his niche, Eddie still has to face hurdles and ridicule. But with his mum’s support, a somewhat hesitant coach (Hugh Jackman), and a whole lot of determination, Eddie keeps movie forward.

Some of the shots showing the elevation of the jumps these skiers take on are a little gut wrenching for anyone with a fear of heights. Watching people hurdle down theses icy slopes leaves dread in the pit of your stomach, while you start to feel the build up of adrenaline as you ask yourself, “is he going to make it?”

Eddie’s determination is truly phenomenal. No matter what setback he faces, he drags himself back onto the slopes. You will laugh, cry, cheer, and cringe alongside the characters as they take you through Eddie’s journey. This is definitely a must see inspirational movie. 

Captain America: Civil War

As heroes become more powerful, so must the villains if they’re to have any chance of winning. And when battles become more intense, live are going to be lost. But is it worth it? How can this destruction be controlled? These thoughts and so much more are posed as the future of the Avengers is brought into question.Directors of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo return for this next installment, Captain America: Civil War. 

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) find themselves on different sides of the coin when it is proposed that the Avengers no longer be allowed to act as a private enterprise, but should come under the jurisdiction and control of the United Nations, only to be deployed when the UN decide it is necessary. With Iron Man and Captain America at odds with each other, the rest of the Avengers stand divided. 

With so many high powered individuals, this was never going to be a simple or easy battle. Both sides pull out all the stops, recruiting whoever they can find. The result? Some pretty quick paced and painful looking fights! 

Each character has a unique style, catering to their own individual weapons and abilities; yet, with all these differences, they still manage to move with amazing synchronicity to use and allow for the other members of their team.

After operating side-by-side for so long, people are bound to make personal connections. The banter, sarcasm and inside jokes between our heroes makes this obvious. It carries over from when they’re fighting together to when they are pitted against each other, creating an amusing juxtaposition, and reminding us that, although they may not agree with each other right now, they are fighting for and against a cause, not each other.

As far as superhero movies go, it’s fair to say that Marvel is stepping up their game with this one. Civil War has a much grittier and darker feel to it, showing us the consequences of people’s actions in the form of lives lost. And not just the lives of the bad guys. After the opening battle of the movie, King T’Chaka addressed the UN stating that live had been lost “Not only because of the actions of criminals, but by the indifference of those pledged to stop them. Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all.” 

A bit of fresh blood is added to the mix, in the form of Peter Parker (Tom Holland), the young, new hero, Spiderman. True to the comics, Spiderman is a quick talking, fast thinking, nerdy kid, who, despite having been a hero on his own for a little while, still has an innocence about him. He wants to see the positives in every situation, despite what life has already thrown at him. His quirky comments, hero-worship of the older Avengers (on both sides of the fight), and overall childish enthusiasm, bring a little more joy to the screen.

If you aren’t up to date with the rest of the Marvel cinematic works, you’ll still be able to enjoy this latest installment. If you are, you’ll find yourself connecting the dots. With so many characters and heaps of little details, you’ll find answers to one question, while asking yourself three more. 

With an ending that will leave you both satisfied at the close of one chapter and wanting to know what comes next, Civil War is another title in Marvel’s list of successes. 

Allegiant

The last installment of this dystopian series opens with one very important question. What’s the point of riding your world of evil if the new powers that be are no better? Were the people of this post apocalyptic Chicago better with the devil they knew?

Even with the factions disassembled, there are still strong rifts between the people. Eventually Tris, Four and the rest of our heroes are driven to abandon their home in the hope of finding help.

After the urban decay that is the main setting of the previous two films, we are treated to a different view; the desolation that lays outside the wall. The planet outside the wall is little more than a nuclear wasteland; giving a different angle to post-apocalyptic earth.

With such highly trained soldiers, as is expected of former members of Dauntless, the symmetry of the fight scenes is pretty spectacular. There’s no brawling with these guys and girls. It’s all well thought out action where every move counts.

In the end, this movie does leave you with a little to think about. It’s scary to see what has happened to what was once our planet and its populace. But whether it’s the repercussions of our actions and the future of our planet or the battle between good and people who think they’re doing right that you want to watch, Allegiant has something for you. 

The Boss

Melissa McCarthy is back and just as hilarious as ever! This outrageous new comedy from director Ben Falcone brings side splitting laughter with the witty one liners and physical comedy.

Michelle Darnell, the successful entrepreneur, jailed for insider trading, turns to Claire (Kristen Dunst), a single mum and ex employee of Darnell for help to put her life back together. Throw in some Girl Scouts and Peter Dinklage for some extra insanity and you get The Boss. 

While keeping up with her run of great comedies, McCarthy’s latest movie is definitely aimed towards a female audience. But don’t let that disused you. There’s plenty of different jokes to give nearly anyone a giggle. 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Mirror, mirror on the wall, your story hasn’t ended after all. The tale of the magic mirror continues as Chris Hemsworth returns to the screen as the Huntsman.

Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, The Huntsman is neither a true prequel or sequel to its predecessor (Snow White and the Huntsman, 2012), but a little of both. While we know some of the story from the first movie, there is apparently more to tell.

The narrative style in which we are introduced to this chapter is reminiscent of having a story read to you at bedtime, adding to the fairytale feel. Soon, but perhaps not soon enough, the action begins. With well choreographed fights in many styles, from bar brawls to battles between highly trained warriors there’s a little of everything.

Many people and places are recognizable from Snow White and the Huntsman, plus some new villains and unlikely allies. With lots of questioning as to who can be trusted there are plenty of twists and turns through out this quest.

If you enjoyed the first movie, this is one for you. If not, the familiar style and wrap around plot may frustrate you a little.