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Culture Lifestyle April 18, 2016

April | Movie Review

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SUFFRAGETTE | APRIL 10

DVD Release

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.
Rating: M Violence and offensive language.
View the trailer here.

Suffragette is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state.  Fighting for the right to vote, these women were not only from the genteel, educated classes, there were working women among them who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing.  Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier.  The story of her fight for dignity is both heart-breaking and inspirational.

 

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT | APRIL 14

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Watts.
Rating: M-Violence
Watch the trailer here.

The action-packed third instalment of the blockbuster Divergent Series, Allegiant takes Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

 

Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) and St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) in a scene from FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, directed by Stephen Frears. An Entertainment One Films release. For more information contact Claire Fromm: cfromm@entonegroup.com

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS | MAY  5

Starring: Hugh Grant & Meryl Streep
Rating: TBC
Watch the trailer here.

From acclaimed director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen), Meryl Streep stars in the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. Convinced of her own talent, the voice Florence heard in her head was beautiful, while to everyone else it was hilarious and awful. Her husband and manager, aristocratic English actor St Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), was determined to protect his beloved from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge yet. Funny, moving and featuring a brilliant lead performance by Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins is as exuberant and charming as the irrepressible diva who inspired the film.

 

 

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LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP | JULY 7

Starring: Kate Beckinsale & Chloë Sevigny
Rating: TBC
Watch the trailer here.

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica – and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

 

 

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