This month we feature the third season of Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama ‘Girls’; the heart warming New Zealand doco ‘Hip hop-eration’ – in which 24 nonagenarians perform in Las Vegas – and film adaptations of best selling novels with Jonas Jonasson’s hilarious Swedish comedy ‘The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window & Disappeared’, Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ & S.J Watson’s ‘Before I Go To Sleep’.
“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
“These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie, (95) and Terri (93), the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life’s journey. Along with twenty-four other nonagenarians they defy the odds and hip-hop their way into the hearts and minds of thousands of young fans from around the world. Led by their exuberant and ‘I must have been mad’, manager Billie Jordan they learn to throw away their wheelchairs and walking sticks and push their bodies and artificial joints to the absolute limits of old age. “You’re all going …even if it’s in an urn,” she tells them. Their stories are a reminder of our history as a nation and the joy of living life to the fullest.” (Syndetics summary)
“McCall (Denzel Washington) has put his mysterious past behind him and is dedicated to living a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.” (from Editorial Reviews, www.amazon.com)
Get on up : the James Brown story.
“Nobody ever taught him the rules. So he was destined from the start to break them. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of James Brown (Chadwick Boseman),taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
Girls. The complete third season.
“All 12 episodes from the third season of the Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama following a group of 20-something women in New York. In this season, Hannah receives some disappointing news regarding her book deal and has a fall out with Adam’s sarcastic sister Caroline (Gaby Hoffmann); Jessa attempts to get over her drug addiction in rehab; Marnie struggles to cope after breaking up with her ex for the second time; and Shoshanna and Ray (Alex Karpovsky) go their separate ways.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
A long way down.
“Adapted from the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy), the heartwarming A Long Way Down follows four strangers who meet by chance on New Year’s Eve when they are each facing the same life changing decision. When Martin (Pierce Brosnan; Mama Mia!), Maureen (Toni Collette; The Way Way Back), J.J. (Aaron Paul; TV’s Breaking Bad) and Jess (Imogen Poots; Filth) find themselves at a desperate crossroads, they form an unlikely friendship in order to help one another weather the difficulties of life.” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
Vera. Series four.
“The indomitable DCI Vera Stanhope, assisted by her trusted colleague, DS Joe Ashworth, steps up for another series of challenging cases. She investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train (On Harbour Street), unearths a thirty year mystery after a brutal murder on the sands of a seaside resort (Protected), unpicks the tragic last months of a failed novelist gunned down on a remote Northumberland moor (The Deer Hunters), and delves into the tangled life of a businessman found floating in the water under the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (Death of a Family Man).” (from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
The hundred year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared.
“Swedish adventure comedy based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel. Despite having reached his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) still has a sharp mind. Keen to avoid the party that his retirement home have organised for him, Allan climbs out of his bedroom window and begins an escapade featuring criminals and a stash of drug money. Allan, however, is not new to adventure – during his lifetime he was involved with many significant events which changed the course of history and became associated with world leaders and other notable figures along the way.” (from Reviews Amazon.co.uk.)
“David Dobkin directs this Academy Award-nominated comedy drama starring Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr as an estranged father and son. Hotshot lawyer Henry ‘Hank’ Palmer (Downey Jr) receives the devastating news that his mother has died. He returns to his home town in Indiana for her funeral, meaning he must also come face-to-face with his father Judge Joseph ‘Joe’ Palmer (Duvall), with whom he has a troubled relationship. The situation becomes even more difficult when Hank learns that his father is to be put on trial for murder. Hank searches for answers while defending the judge in court against prosecutor Dwight Dickham (Billy Bob Thornton). Through the course of the trial father and son reconnect but can Hank win the case and prevent Joe from going to prison?” (Product Description from Amazon.co.uk)
Before I go to sleep.
“Christine (Nicole Kidman, The Others) wakes up next to a man (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) she does not recognise. Panic stricken, he slowly explains that he is her husband, and that she suffered a terrible accident that has given her amnesia. Every morning, Christine wakes up a stranger, and every night her memories fade into nothing. With the help of Dr Nasch (Mark Strong, The Imitation Game), Christine is trying to regain her memory. That is, until one day, when new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her, and what really happened to her on the day of her accident… (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
Peaky Blinders. Season one.
“Peaky Blinders is an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of post-war Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s. Britain in 1919 is a tumultuous mix of despair and hedonism, a nation cleaned out by the extravagances of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Thomas Shelby and his family run the most feared and powerful local gang, the Peaky Blinders. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, they make money from illegal betting, protection and the black market. But Tommy’s ambitions go beyond running the streets, and when a crate of guns goes missing from an arms factory, he recognises an opportunity to move up in the world…” (adapted from Reviews, Amazon.co.uk)
The fall. Series 2.
“BBC Two’s highest rated drama series in ten years, The Fall, returns for Series 2. Following Series 1′s gripping cliff-hanger, Gillian Anderson returns as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, on the trail of serial murderer Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan. With Gibson still in pursuit of Spector, a personal link from Spector’s past opens up some clues for Gibson but provokes Spector in a way that threatens to jeopardise the whole investigation. Gibson is forced to take ever greater risks and the closer she comes to capturing him, the more Spector trespasses into her private world, delighting in taunting and provoking her. As the net gradually tightens around him he becomes psychologically ever more dangerous and destructive.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)