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Dom 5As the award season hots up, its time for the third annual groovers awards. All awards are chosen by me and the criteria for eligibility is decided by me. Most of the awards are self explanatory: Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actor and Actress, Best Screenplay (original or adapted), Best Foreign Language Film. The Best Looking Movie is just as it sounds, the movie that looks best, a combination of design and photography. The Fandango Award; Fandango was writer/director Kevin Reynolds debut (and best) feature, and the first notable movie for star Kevin Costner. The Fandango award goes to a writer, director of star for a debut or breakthrough movie.

Best Movie: StokerStoker

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for GravityAlfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue JasmineCate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers ClubMatthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke for Before Midnight Richard Linklater Julie Delpy Ethan Hawke for Before Midnight

Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle BreakdownThe Broken Circle Breakdown

Best Looking Movie: GravityGRAVITY

Fandango Award:  The award goes to Jeremy Lovering and Alice Englert for In Fear. Although his debut movie, Jeremy Lovering has been directing for TV for 20 years. Although this is rising star Alice Englert third movie, it was actually shot before the other two. Jeremy Lovering and Alice Englert for In FearA special mention to Dustin Hoffman who at the age of 75 and after more than 50 years in the business decided to turn his hand to directing with Quartet but he didn’t win.Dom 5

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This months contenders include a comic book sequel, a young adult adaptation sequel and acouple of original movies, but which is the movie of the month?

Thor: The Dark World: Thor and co restored order to the nine realms but the peace doesn’t last long. A race of Dark Elves are on the hunt for a MacGuffin that could bring the end of the world(s). Thor is on hand to save the day but not without the help of his treacherous brother Loki. Following the Iron Man blueprint, it is well balanced and paced with just enough humour. A fun movie that does what it is intended to do, makes me want to watch the next Marvel Movie.Thor The Dark World

Philomena: True story of a woman’s search for her son who was taken from her fifty years earlier when she was sent to a convent/forced labour laundry. Billed as a serious Steve Coogan movie, but it is actually very funny in places. Coogan and Judi Dench are both fantastic and play off each other really well making a film you just can’t help liking.Philomena

Gravity: After a collision in space astronauts George Clooney and Sandra Bullock have to try and find a way home. Generally I hate 3D but once in a will it works, once in a very long while, it really, really works, this is that film. To call it stunning is an understatement. My one reservation, it just won’t be the same on TV as it was in IMAX 3D.GRAVITY

In Fear: Ultra low budget British horror thriller about a couple who get lost in rural Ireland. There isn’t anything particularly original about the plot and there aren’t many scary moments but there is a real sense of dread and fantastic building tension. The real reason the movie works so well is the fantastic and believable performances from the young cast.in-fear Alice Englert

The Counsellor: Crime thriller directed by Ridley Scott, from Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay. The Counsellor of the title gets mixed up in drug trafficking and his seemingly perfect lifestyle enders a downward spiral. A sumptuous looking movie with a subtle plot and a fantastic performance from Michael Fassbender.  I can understand the negative reviews, they just happen to be wrong!The Counselor

Flu: Korean disaster thriller about a mystery virus that envelopes Bundang (a suburb of Seoul). The film doesn’t know if it wants to be a by the numbers disaster movie a or a satire on human nature. The comedy aspect of the movie doesn’t really work but the rest of it does. Not as hard hitting as Contagion but worth seeing.Flu

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: A year after the events of The Hunger Games and revolution is in the air. A new variation on The Hunger Games is devised to try and quash the thoughts of rebellion. Like the first movie, every character is perfectly cast. Bigger bolder and in some ways better than the first film despite weaker source material.The Hunger Games Catching Fire

The Movie of the Month is: Gravity; see it in IMAX 3D if you can.Gravity-poster

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With Thor: The Dark World and Gravity opening in the last couple of weeks their has been no let up from the summer blockbusters before the big autumn/winter movies come out. During this time it is often hard to find smaller releases, but they are often worth hunting out. I am not just talking about documentaries and art house movies, but low budget genre movies that have failed to receive a wide release. One such film is Jeremy Lovering’s micro budget In Fear. Shot two years ago before star Alice Englert’s mainstream debut Beautiful Creatures, it premiered at Sundance “Spotlight, Park City at Midnight” and has just received a limited UK release.

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Two weeks after meeting Tom (Iain De Caestecker) invites Lucy (Alice Englert) to a music festival in Ireland. On their way to meet friends Tom announces that he has booked a hotel for the night before the festival starts. Lucy is a little unsure at first but is won over by the romantic gesture. On the way to the hotel the pair get lost in maze of country roads. There really isn’t any more I can say without revealing too much of the plot.

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There aren’t that many really scary moments. Instead the movie is full of tension that gradually builds as the movie develops. The story is beautifully simple, it is the audacity of this simplicity that makes it a rare treat for horror fans. The cynical may dismiss it as something they have seen before and those who aren’t fans of the genre just won’t get it. For the rest of us it is a perfectly executed movie made with the confidence to know when to show its hand without being tempted to dilute its central idea. Both in themes and visuals it is full of cues to other movies that I won’t name through fear of giving too much away.

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You could describe the way the movie was shot as experimental, writer director Jeremy Lovering kept the script and story from the cast only telling them what they would be filming a day at a time. The scenes were then often improvised to capture genuine shock and surprise from the young cast. On the whole this works well and the cast is excellent: Alice Englert (Daughter of Jane Campion recently seen in Beautiful Creatures (2013) and Ginger & Rosa Ginger & Rosa (2012)), Iain De Caestecker (who can currently be seen on TV in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey). They are all the perfect blend of relatively unknown but vaguely recognisable actors. They let us as an audience invest just enough in the characters to care what is happening to them but keeping them at just enough of a distance to let the filmmakers push all the right buttons.in-fear Alice Englert

There isn’t anything new or original about the plot, but that really isn’t a problem. There are times when the Irish (although shot in England) setting is reminiscent of the American backwoods so often used in American movies. To see this idea played out in a familiar setting closer to home is both refreshing and unnerving. Horror fans please make an effort to check it out. The more people who watch smaller movies like this at the cinema, the easier it will be for them to get funding and distribution.

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