Finding your feet is a lovely little film, in the English tradition of light domestic stories told with emotion and humour.
Full of British TV and Film stars, most notably Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Hayman, Celia Imrie, and Joanna Lumley.
It is produced and directed by even more of our great British talented people, including those behind the wonderful A Street Cat Named Bob just last year.
The plot encompasses loss in many forms and also survival from those losses. It also features the best death scene ever, certainly the way I would like to go.
It is told with great kindness for the characters. There are no big villains, although some are very cruel by their unthinking actions, eventually to be saved.
Happy endings for every character; a feeling of having been hugged for the audience.
I can imagine watching this film again at home over Christmas in front of a warm fire with cosy slippers and a nice glass of sherry.
A well earned 4 out of 5 stars.
Three Billboards is an intriguing tale about a mother unable to come to terms with the murder of her daughter and the failure of the local police to solve the crime.
We are given a brief history of the offence and the events surrounding it but, the true story is about a mothers drive for justice and what that costs her and her remaining family. The title refers to the method she chooses to put a firework under the local sheriff after 7 months of apparent inaction.
Casual violence and abuse of authority punctuates the various intertwined family histories to give a grim picture of modern day life in the southern United States. Life in rural Missouri is dominated by casual extreme violence, racial and gender hatred, abuse of power and ignorance.
The performances throughout this film are very belieable. The three lead actors, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, will be recognised from their previous films and television roles but their combined performances are so good you totally see them as the characters.
By the end of the film there is redemption for some and sadness for others. Nobody leaves this tale unscarred by the events.
A remarkable and enjoyable film worth 5 out of five stars.
American Made takes us on a ride into the CIA created world of Central American Drugs for Guns trade, that lead into the Iran-Contra Scandal of the 1980s.
The leading character (Tom Cruise) is not a hero. Much of his motivation is a mixture of greed and cowardice. As such, this makes a nice change from his normal roles.
It also gives him a chance to give us a semi-comic performance that he handles with some limited grace.
Most of the best humour comes from the actions of the surrounding characters and organisations.
So this was, I found, historically interesting but lacking in tension, conviction and drive.
A medium grade of 3 out of five stars so great for fans and wet Saturdays.