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Promising Young Woman – my review

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Carey Mulligan is a modern Woman in Black

I was intrigued by Promising Young Woman. It won a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film. The writer-director is London-born, Oxford-educated actress Emerald Fennell (Camilla from The Crown), while fellow Brit Carey Mulligan stars.

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The latest cinema releases I watched this Christmas

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As it’s a new year, Slow to the Party would like to swiftly wish everyone a Happy 2020!

The weather is depressing, but I’ve bravely left the safety of my bed to catch up with the sorta-latest flicks! Here are my smallish reviews. I’m not calling ’em mini reviews anymore.

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Catherine the Great’s open relationship

TV & Netflix

In Catherine the Great – HBO and Sky’s new four-parter – the cast talk like they’re in The Crown (Jason Clarke does his own thing – more on him later). Luckily the big fur hats let you know you’re in RUSSIA.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review

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You’d imagine J.K. Rowling had earned enough goodwill that people might give her the benefit of the doubt. Yet even before the Fantastic Beasts sequel started filming, there was controversy over her support for tabloid-stricken star Johnny Depp, prompting director David Yates to release a statement via his agents Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs…

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Annihilation UK review – future cult classic or subpar sci-fi?

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A meteorite streaks past the camera. It carries an alien mineral, and it ain’t Vibranium. It smashes to Earth; the invasion of the planet has begun. Ground zero is covered by an iridescent dome called the Shimmer, which looks like a soap bubble, or a gigantic blister.

Those who enter don’t return.

Personal Shopper review – Kristen Stewart as a stylish psychic

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It’s 2007, before teen audiences would learn that Kristen Stewart was to be their Bella Swan. There’s so much acclaim for her tiny role in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, you’d be forgiven for thinking the former child actress was being prepped for major stardom.

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From page to screen: coming to cinemas soon?

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Earlier this year I read Lion, the true story of a little boy who survives the streets of Kolkata before being adopted by an Australian family. Years later, he tracks down his mother in rural India using Google Earth.  It became a hit movie, which inspired me to get cracking with more novels destined to reach our screens!

To the Bone review – not much meat on it

TV & Netflix

To the Bone opens with two alien stick figures walking down a bright corridor. It’s peaceful, as the beings glide from the light towards the camera….and into a group therapy session/art class, where a girl is feigning righteous anger at magazines for promoting thinness.

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Victoria episodes one to five – Melbourne does the morally & historically right thing

TV & Netflix

Soap actress and Doctor Who sidekick Jenna Coleman made her bow as Queen Victoria in ITV’s new eight-part series about the monarch’s reign. The first two episodes were screened together as a feature-length debut at the end of August.  

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Miss Peregrine’s Eva Green talks social media & roles for women with The Edit

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As soon as I started writing about Eva Green, I find myself changing the font to ‘Century Gothic’.

The otherworldly Miss Eva covers the latest issue of The Edit, Net-A-Porter’s online magazine. She is promoting her new movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, directed by Tim Burton. She will be leading a strong cast, including Samuel L. Jackson and Judi Dench.