A Royal Night Out, 19 November


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Based on a true story, A Royal Night Out reveals how the queen-to-be snuck out of Buckingham Palace to join the masses in VE Day celebrations, says Guy Walters of The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/culture/a-royal-night-out/11592265/true-story.html

A Royal Night Out: as fluffy and sugary as a Victoria sponge, says Alex von Tunzelmann of The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/may/20/a-royal-night-out-as-fluffy-and-sugary-as-a-victoria-sponge

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Far From The Madding Crowd, 15 October


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Thomas (Festen) Vinterberg turns out to be a half-eccentric, half-inspired choice to direct Thomas Hardy’s rural tragedy, nearly 50 years after John Schlesinger’s classic adaptation, says Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian  http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/apr/02/far-from-the-madding-crowd-review-carey-mulligan-shines-in-hardy-perennial

Carey Mulligan’s Bathsheba is every bit as much a Hardy heroine for our times as Julie Christie’s was for the late Sixties, says Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/far-from-the-madding-crowd-2015/

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 16 July


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Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie shine in a surprisingly moving sequel to the 2012 word of mouth comedy hit, says Robbie Collin in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/11415366/The-Second-Best-Exotic-Marigold-Hotel-review-unexpected-and-rewarding.html

You’ll love these golden oldies: Dame Judi’s expats don’t overstay their welcome in a sweet, sentimental sequel, says  Brian Viner of the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-2970967/The-Second-Best-Exotic-Marigold-Hotel-review-Dame-Judi-s-expats-don-t-overstay-welcome-sweet-sentimental-sequel.html

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Selma, 18 June


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Selma: a scorching civil rights masterpiece. David Oyelowo is electrifying as Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s inspired film, says Tim Robey in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/selma/review/

Ava DuVernay’s film thrillingly contrasts the moral triumph of King’s crusade for civil rights with the agony of his marital infidelities, says Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/05/selma-review-martin-luther-king-civil-rights

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The Theory of Everything, 21 May


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Boffin biopic built on towering performances from Eddie Redmayne as the physicist and Felicity Jones as his first wife, says Catherine Shoard in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/07/theory-of-everything-review-hawking-eddie-redmayne

The Theory of Everything, review: Eddie Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking brilliantly,  says Geoffrey Macnab in The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/the-theory-of-everything-film-review-eddie-redmayne-is-brilliant-as-stephen-hawking-9951335.html

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Mr Turner, 16 April


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Mike Leigh shines a brilliant new light on the great master, says Mark Kermode in The Guardian www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/02/mr-turner-review-mike-leigh-biopic-great-master

Mr Turner, Mike Leigh’s biopic of the artist, features Timothy Spall’s finest performance since Secrets & Lies, says Robbie Collin in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/10833174/Mr-Turner-review-supremely-enjoyable.html

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The Imitation Game, 19 March


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An engrossing and poignant thriller; Benedict Cumberbatch’s excellent performance gives added complexity to a fine account of the life of codebreaker Alan Turing, says Mark Kermode in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/16/the-imitation-game-review-engrossing-thriller-benedict-cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley show flashes of genius, but the subject of this Alan Turing biopic remains an enigma, says Tim Robey in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/11077848/e-Imitation-Game-review-clever-calculated.html

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A Most Wanted Man, 12 February


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Anton Corbijn’s masterful adaptation of John Le Carré’s spy thriller will leave you missing Philip Seymour Hoffman more than ever, says Tim Robey in The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/11061443/A-Most-Wanted-Man-review-lavishly-mesmerising.html

In his final leading role as a disillusioned spymaster, Philip Seymour Hoffman resembles a hungover panda, but the power and intelligence of his performance are the perfect epitaph, Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/sep/11/a-most-wanted-man-review-philip-seymour-hoffman

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Effie Gray, 15 January 2015


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Emma Thompson’s story of John Ruskin’s wife is bleakly fascinating, says Geoffrey Macnab in The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/effie-gray-film-review-the-story-of-john-ruskins-wife-is-bleakly-fascinating-9782624.html

Dakota Fanning is remarkably good but Emma Thompson’s script makes John Ruskin out to be a sexist villain,  says David Sexton in The Daily Mail http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/effie-gray–film-review-dakota-fanning-is-remarkably-good-but-emma-thompsons-script-makes-john-ruskin-out-to-be-a-sexist-villain-9786485.html

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