Tag Archives: True Story

Film Review – Fighting with My Family

Writer/director Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family is the fact-based story of Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh), and how she and her brother pursued their dreams to join World Wrestling Entertainment. For the record: I have zero interest in wrestling and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the true story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a modestly successful celebrity biographer living in New York who, after falling out of step with current tastes, turns to forgery with her loyal … Continue reading

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Film Review – Green Book

Two fine performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali elevate this otherwise fairly inconsequential Oscar-nominated road movie. Based on a true story, Green Book explores the bond that develops between refined African American classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Ali) and … Continue reading

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Film Review – First Man

First Man isn’t so much a film about landing on the moon as a film about coming to terms with grief, set against the backdrop of the space race. It shares very little DNA with previous space race films, being … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Animals

A caption at the beginning of American Animals initially informs the audience that “This film is not based on a true story”, before the words “not based on” disappear. It’s a good joke, and one that sets up the supposed … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

Immersive. Visceral. Brutal. Sweaty. These are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe A Prayer Before Dawn, the hugely compelling new film from Johnny Mad Dog director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. I suppose now is as good a time … Continue reading

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Film Review – All the Money in the World

Considering Ridley Scott reshot over twenty scenes at the eleventh hour for his new film All the Money in the World – replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer following sexual harassment allegations – it’s something of a miracle that it … Continue reading

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Film Review – Battle of the Sexes

The famous “Battle of the Sexes” 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and former champion Bobby Riggs is dramatised to very agreeable effect in this satisfying drama, co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Featuring outstanding … Continue reading

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, based on a memoir by Peter Turner, is about the brief but passionate relationship between Peter and Oscar-winning but fading Hollywood star Gloria Grahame, who had memorable supporting roles in films like It’s a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Goodbye Christopher Robin

As an author I am predisposed to like Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic about AA Milne and his son Christopher Robin, and how the huge success of Winnie the Pooh affected their relationship. Given that I too have drawn inspiration … Continue reading

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