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American Sniper – Film Review

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on Chris Kyle‘s autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, with screenplay by Jason Hall, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. But upon returning home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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Foxcatcher – Film Review

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher tells the peculiar true story of the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team, Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). As they train for the 1988 games in Seoul, the brothers join Team Foxcatcher, led by multimillionaire sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), in hope of receiving the best training and to change the face of wrestling as an Olympic sport. But their union isn’t quite as innocent as it once seemed, with the brothers’ suspicious union with Du Pont leading to unlikely circumstances.

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Birdman – Film Review

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman follows a washed-up actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton), who once played an iconic superhero. Now, as he mounts a Broadway play, led by stars Lesley (Naomi Watts) and Mike (Edward Norton), in a bid to reclaim his past glory, he must overcome his ego and family troubles and get back on track with his life and career and fix the bond with his daughter Sam (Emma Stone).

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The Theory of Everything – Film Review

Directed by James Marsh, The Theory of Everything takes a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and is in turn based on Jane’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time.

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Unbroken – Film Review

Directed by Angelina Jolie and screenplay by the Coen Brothers, Unbroken tells the harrowing true story, which is in turn based on Laura Hillenbrand‘s novel, based on the life of Olympian Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Louis and fellow crewmen Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) and Fitzgerald (Garrett Hedlund) spend a desperate 47 days in a raft, only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp run by the brutal Watanabe (Takamasa Ishihara).

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Lucy – DVD Review

Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy follows a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic, when a drug inside her body allows her to use 100% of her brain. With the help of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), Lucy needs to find out what her new ability means and if it can be stopped before it takes over completely.

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Before I Go To Sleep – DVD Review

Written and directed by Rowan Joffe and based on a novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep centres on a woman, Christine (Nicole Kidman), who wakes up every day without any memory as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. With the daily help of her husband Ben (Colin Firth) and confidant Dr. Nasch (Mark Strong), who work separately with Christine to help her piece together her past, a new terrifying truth emerges that forces her to question everyone around her.

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