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Film 2014 returns for a brand new series.

Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh are joined by guest critic Antonia Quirke to look at the latest film releases. Under consideration is Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from the Coen Brothers starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan. Plus Kenneth Branagh directs Keira Knightley and Chris Pine in action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

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Wed 29 Jan 2014 00:20
BBC Two Northern Ireland

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Antonia Quirke

Antonia Quirke

Joining Claudia and Danny on the sofa this week is Antonia Quirke. Starting as a trainee reporter at the radical London freesheet The Camden New Journal she went on to write about film for the Independent on Sunday and the Evening Standard. She's presented movie reviews for ITV and introduced film seasons - anything from the Surrealists to Alien flicks - on BBC Four.

Her book about the film JAWS was one of the BFI's biggest-selling titles, and her comic memoir about life as a film critic suffering from an overwhelming obsession with various male movie stars - Madame Depardieu And The Beautiful Strangers - is being developed into a film by the team behind the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning An Education.

Also Out This Week...

August: Osage County (15)

A look into the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in.


Dark Days (R/I) (15)

A cinematic portrait of the homeless population who live permanently in the underground tunnels of New York City.


Fonzy (15)

A man discovers that he is the biological father to over 500 people after donating his sperm 20 years earlier.


The General (R/I)(U)

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. Re-release of Buster Keaton’s classic comedy.


Jai Ho (TBC)

Remake of Bollywood action drama film Stalin. The story of how an ex-army officer changes society by making people help each other.


Teenage (TBC)

Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth.


Jack Ryan Review

Jack Ryan Review

Danny: Kenneth Branagh as a director is at home with that 'Carry On Comrade' thing and you end up with something passably tense and frenetic, but also feels like the kind of movie that you can imagine yourslef dozing off to in front of the telly after Christmas dinner.


Antonia: The main problem with the character of Jack Ryan is that he is really boring. He's an incredibly boring guy. He's a financial analyst! The most interesting thing about this movie is the career of Kenneth Branagh - the guy who in the eighties was the kid in Royal Shakespeare Company and who is now directing this slop.

Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Claudia: We love him even though he makes poor decisions, that's what's so amazing.


Danny: It looks gorgeous and it sounds phenomenal, and that's not to do with the music. The script is music. Lines are being delivered perfectly. You end up just sitting there with a stupid grin on your face.


Antonia: I love this movie. It just rolls from scene to scene in this incredibly beautiful unfurling way. You get this sense that it's the end of an era - the end of the 50s.

Grudge Match Review

Grudge Match Review

Claudia: It's funny, enjoyable and there's something ridiculous about it. I enjoyed it. I think people would have a laugh.


Danny: You can watch the trailer and list all the jokes you think are going to happen, and they absolutely will - the joke about mobility scooters and the joke about erectile dysfunction - but I've encountered worse movies than Grudge Match in my life.


Antonia: This is the most gentle boxing movie ever made. It's monstrously mawkish, but there's something charming about it.


Role Contributor
PresenterClaudia Winkleman
PresenterDanny Leigh
ParticipantAntonia Quirke
Series ProducerHoward Brenner
Executive ProducerBasil Comely

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