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  • The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl

    ★★½

    The first big success from novelist Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl famously retells the story of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn from the perspective of Anne’s sister Mary, an older girl who was Henry’s mistress before he became entangled with Anne but who history has forgotten in the wake of Anne’s infamous fall from grace. Given its popularity (Gregory has produced a string of historical novels about little known historical women in its wake) it…

  • Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist

    ★★★★

    The most famous of the many versions of Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist, David Lean’s adaptation expertly fillets the author’s complex and rambling plot to create a simpler but more cinematic storyline that sits nicely within the hour and forty-five minute running time. Thus the opening section of Oliver’s story in the workhouse with Mr Bumble and the now legendary ‘Please Sir, I want some more!’ are covered in careful detail but then once he (John Howard Davies) escapes…

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  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    ★★★★

    Coming off the back of the tremendously successful comic-book adaptations 300 and Watchmen, an animated feature may seem an unusual next move but proved to be an apt fit for the talents of director Zack Snyder. Adapted from the popular series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians pitches the audience into a world of stunning natural beauty where an epic conflict rages between two different races of owls – the power mad fascistic Pure Ones and…

  • Four Rooms

    Four Rooms

    ★★

    The merits of anthology films – where different directors contribute linking short films in order to make up a feature length movie – are always debatable since without any seeming overall quality control there are always bad segments that drag the film down and Four Rooms is no exception. Based on an original idea by Alexandre Rockwell, four independent directors were given a room each in a fading hotel but with results varying from stodgy comedy to self-indulgent nonsense it’s…