Charlie Lyne's Film/DVD Review
Seven Psychopaths – Certificate 15
Featuring a stellar cast including Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken, this comedy follows a washed-up screenwriter with writer’s block (Farrell) who unwittingly becomes caught up in a hare-brained scheme to extort money from a local gangster by kidnapping his beloved Shih Tzu. When the scam goes badly wrong, he finds his inspiration returns with a little help from his bizarre new associates. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).
Celeste and Jesse Forever – Certificate 15
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) married young and are growing apart. Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do - she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste realises she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.
The Man with the Iron Fists – Certificate 18
Starring Russell Crowe, Cung Le and Lucy Liu, this highly stylised and epic martial arts movie from Quentin Tarantino is directed by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and tells the tale of a band of warriors, assassins and heroes in feudal China united by a common goal; to steal a hoard of treasure protected by the residents of a small village.
DVD - Keith Lemon: The Film – Certificate 18
In this outrageous comic adventure, television’s Keith Lemon comes to London from Leeds and, just like his hero Richard Branson, becomes an overnight billionaire! Then an over day failure before finding the road to redemption.
Kiss Me, Kate!
The creative trio behind the musical's Old Vic revival: Sir Trevor Nunn, Gareth Valentine and Stephen Mear.
The Trojan Women
Louise Brearley and Roger Lloyd-Pack spoke to Claudia about The Gate Theatre's production of Euripides' play based on the Peleponnesian Wars.
Alex Heminsley's Books
1.On The Map:Why the World Looks the Way it Does – Simon Garfield
Beautifully designed hardback on the history of maps. Less geography teacher than design treasure
OUT: Published by Profile books, out now.
2.Grace – Grace Coddington
Long awaited memoir from the star of The September Issue of Vogue.
OUT: Published by Chatto, out this week
3.Leon: Food for Family & Friends – Kay Plunkett-Hogge & John Vincent
Fourth Leon cookbook, just as lovely as the others.
OUT: Published by Conran Octopus, out now
4.iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility – Aliie Esiri & Rachel Kelly
Based on the bestselling app, a hardback compendium of poetry for children with accessible introductions and gorgeous graphics.
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