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The Lobster

The-Lobster-posterDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Michael Smiley, Angeliki Papoulia, Ashley Jensen, Oliva Colman, Jessica Barden

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2015


 


The lowdown: The crazy little thing called love has meat in its claws in The Lobster. Colin Farrell is David, a resident of The City, where singlehood is outlawed. Recently divorced, he has 45 days to find another partner in a luxury hotel or be transformed into an animal of his choosing (the eponymous lobster). Funny and disturbing, sometimes simultaneously, think Being John Malkovich meets The Notebook with script notes by Franz Kafka.

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The full verdict: The Lobster opens with an act of donkeycide. By the end of the film you’ll understand why, if

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Hyde Park on Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson - posterDirector: Roger Michell

Writer: Richard Nelson

Cast: Bill Murray, Samuel West, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams

Cert: 12

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: It’s Downton USA in this frothy account of King George VI’s audience with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the eve of WW2, when Britain requested America’s help in fighting the Nazis. Bill Murray is clearly enjoying himself as the eccentric, polio stricken Commander-in-Chief, while West plays the same stuttering monarch Colin Firth portrayed to Oscar winning effect in that King’s Speech movie. Rising national treasure Olivia Colman is on prim, mildly unamused form as Queen Elizabeth (aka, the Queen Mum).

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The full verdict: You have to admire Samuel West’s bravery, being all trousers and no talk as King G...

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