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The Big Interview on Talking Pictures: Mark Ruffalo at the Spotlight Press conference

Jan 29 2016

The Big Interview on this week’s Talking Pictures goes outside the studio for the Spotlight press conference.  London Mums’ resident film critic, Freda Cooper, hears what star Mark Ruffalo has to say about working alongside the real journalists from the Boston Globe.  And the film itself gets the show’s ultimate accolade!

Also in cinemas this week is Antonio Banderas in The 33, the true story of the Chilean miners buried underground in 2010, and Michael Caine in Youth.  Mark Ruffalo is on DVD as well, in Infinitely Polar Bear, and there’s also Michael Shannon in 99 Homes.

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Film Review: Spotlight

Jan 28 2016

With the Oscars just a month away, one of the biggest contenders for the Best Picture accolade arrives in British cinemas. Spotlight is based on the true story of a group of investigative journalists in Boston who revealed crimes against children in the city’s Catholic Church – and discovered an even bigger cover-up.

London Mums’ resident film critic, Freda Cooper, looks at what could turn out to be one of the big films of 2016.

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DVD Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

Jan 25 2016

In the same week that the independent movie industry gathers for this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, a refugee from the 2014 festival arrives on DVD in the UK. A film that was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival in the same year, was released in the US last year and even earned its star a Golden Globe nomination this year. Yet it never saw the light of day in British cinemas.

London Mums’ resident film critic, Freda Cooper, checks out Infinitely Polar Bear, which arrives on DVD this week, certificate 15. And finds that the phrase “straight to DVD” doesn’t necessarily mean a bad film.

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Talking Pictures: Christian Bale on The Big Short

Jan 22 2016

It’s business as usual on the latest edition of Talking Pictures, after all those awards announcements last week. Comedy The Big Short, which is in the running for this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs, is the new release to watch out for and one of its stars, Christian Bale, talks about his role in the movie. And there’s another comedy out this week, the smaller British offering, Lost In Karastan.

London Mums’ resident film critic, Freda Cooper, also takes a look at 1959 classic, Hiroshima Mon Amour, which makes its debut on DVD and there’s true-life mountaineering drama in Everest. Plus there’s the new top five at the British box office and the week’s movie news.

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Film Review: Room

Jan 18 2016
Room

In a week packed with big new releases at the cinema – The Revenant and Creed among them – one of the smaller ones is making a big impression. Just arrived in cinemas, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, certificate 15, has already won a Golden Globe for its star, Brie Larson, and is nominated in several BAFTA and Oscar categories.  All for a film that’s set in a 10 foot by 10 foot world.

London Mums’ resident film critic, Freda Cooper, gives her verdict on a film where parent/child relationships are less than sugar-coated.

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