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After a slow start I have seen ten movies this month.  They include a re-release of a modern classic and a couple of contenders for my top ten of the year.

He Named Me Malala: Documentary about an extraordinary young woman.   The narrative often loses its way but the story is compelling.  The animated sections are particularly good and the farther daughter relationship is fascinating.  Also nice to see my hometown Birmingham making a rare big screen appearance.He Named Me Malala

Brooklyn: Story of a young woman who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn in the early 50’s.  A surprisingly low key film but totally enthralling, largely thanks to Nick Hornby’s great script and another standout performance from  Saoirse Ronan.Brooklyn

Kill Your Friends: Story of an A&R man at a record studio at the height of 90’s britpop.  The film owes a huge debt to the superior American Psycho but.  Filled with totally loathsome characters the film is often funny but also quiet gruesome.  Disposable and forgettable but enjoyable while I watched it.Kill Your Friends

The Lady in the Van: True story of a lady who lived in a van on Alan Bennett’s drive.  Adapted from a play that was itself based on a memoir.  A funny and touching story largely thanks to fantastic performances from leads Alex Jennings and Maggie Smith.2015, THE LADY IN THE VAN

The Hallow: Effective and affecting Irish horror movie that evokes The Evil Dead, Straw Dogs and The Fly amongst many other classic films.  Not the most original entry to the genre but hugely enjoyable.The Hallow

The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2: The conclusion of the hugely successful film series has some good moments but is ultimately the weakest of the series, this isn’t surprising as it is based on half of the weakest  novel.  The end suffers from Return of the King syndrome not knowing when to finish.The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2

Steve Jobs: Writer Aaron Sorkin has crafted a three act play based around three product launches over fourteen years.  Director Danny Boyle makes it cinematic.Steve Jobs

Bridge of Spies: True story of a cold war soviet spy, the lawyer who defended him and the ultimate exchange in Berlin.   Director Steven Spielberg does what he does best delivering tension and suspence as well as comedy.  Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks are both on top form.  Rylance has to be a good bet for best supporting actor Oscar.Bridge Of Spies

Carol:  Shot on 16mm film to stunning effect, a beautiful film with a dreamlike quality partly thanks to the stunning photography.  Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith and containing autobiographical elements.  Cate Blanchett is as sensational as you would expect, Rooney Mara is a revelation and possibly the best she has ever been.  Borrowing a framing device from Brief Encounter that it uses to great effect.  Carol

True Romance: I didn’t see True Romance at the cinema on its original release back in 1993 so jumped at the chance to see it on the big screen thanks the BFI release.  Directed by Tony Scott based on a Quentin Tarantino script the film offers some of the best both men have to offer and has really stood the test of time well. (please note: As a re-releases I have included this in my write-up but only new releases are in contention for movie of the month)Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in True Romance

The movie of the month is: A hard choice.  Despite being a really strong month I keep going back to the second film I saw Brooklyn as the Movie of the Month, but then I saw the majesty of Spielberg on form with Bridge of Spies.  They last night I saw the stunning and beautiful Carol.  To be honest any one of the three could have been movie of the month, but I am going to give it tocarol



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In the last few weeks Fast & Furious 7 has gone over $1billion at the world box-office making it the 20th film to achieve the milestone, the others are: Titanic, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Frozen, Iron Man 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Skyfall, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Dark Knight. But it is unlikely to be the biggest film of the year.  In fact  2015 could be the biggest year for blockbusters ever.

The contenders to join the billion dollar club are:

Fast & Furious 7: $1.2billion and counting!fast and furious 7

Avengers: Age of Ultron has just been released and is brilliant.  The perfect blend of the darker tone seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (that took over $700million last year) and the fun of and the fun we have come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Given the fact The Avengers (2012)  took $1.518 billion, they will be looking for more this time.Avengers Age of Ultron

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens should be a shoe in for the $1billion club.  The original Star Wars (1977) took over $700million, when adjusted for inflation and modern ticket prices it is well over the billion mark and the second highest grossing film of all time.  It won’t be the first Star Wars film to top $1billion, the first of the prequels The Phantom Menace (1999) got there first.Star Wars Episode VII  The Force Awakens

In 2012 Skyfall became the first Bond film to top $1billion, with Sam Mendes returning as a director and Daniel Craig heading a fantastic cast, Spectre could be the second.Spectre

Jurassic Park (2003) broke the billion dollar bracket on its re-release a few years back, adjusted for inflation, it would probably have done it on fist release.  With this in mind and a $150million+ budget the makers of Jurassic World must be hoping for something approaching the billion dollar mark.Jurassic World

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 should be good for around $800million. The final Harry Potter film broke $1billion so I wouldn’t discount the possibility of Mockingjay joining the club too.mockingjay

Minions is a prequel/spin-off to Despicable Me (2010) and is will probably smash the half billion dollars the original film took.  I don’t think it will make a billion dollars but you never know.Minions

Thanks to the licences Marvel sold before Marvel Studios emerged, The Fantastic Four is described as a 20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment release.  It may not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is riding on their coattails and will be looking for something north of $750million.  The casting looks good, but it’s going to need positive reviews to come close that figure thanks to the week first attempts at Fantastic Four movies.The Fantastic Four

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