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    If the victim is choking on popcorn: stand behind the victim and wrap your arms around his waist. Place your fist with the thumb side against the victim's abdomen slightly above the navel and below the rib cage. Grasp your fist with your other hand and pull it into the victim's abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Repeat the movement several times if necessary.

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Live, Die, Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Filed under: — Helen on March 29th, 2017 10:03:13 am

Edge of Tomorrow is akin to an alien invasion version of Groundhog Day. Tom Cruise’s character Bill Cage has to live the same day over and over, but unfortunately for him, the day involves an alien assault where he dies in various painful and frigtening ways. Although it sounds morbid, the concept is dealt with humorously which prevents the repetition from getting boring.
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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Filed under: — Helen on February 7th, 2017 06:02:24 pm

Manchester by the Sea is a heartbreaking film about loss and grief. It is brilliantly acted and there are glimspes of comedy that provide relief amongst the heartache. Despite the moments of humour, this is not a film where happy endings abound. The characters are all living in pain and dealing with it in their own different ways.
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Trumbo (2015)

Filed under: — Helen on November 3rd, 2016 05:11:50 pm

trumbo_2015_film_posterTrumbo is a biopic of the late screenwriter Donald Trumbo, who in the late 1940s went from being one of Hollywood’s top screenwriters to being blacklisted due to his communist beliefs. During the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation into Communism in the Film Industry in 1947, Trumbo and other hollwood figures refused to testify and were included in a blacklist that ensured no-one in Hollywood would hire them for fear of the backlash it would create. The film covers this whole period up to the point the blacklist’s power starts to diminish, and emphasises the devastation of these events on Trumbo’s career and personal life.
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Danny Collins (2015)

Filed under: — Helen on October 14th, 2016 12:10:49 pm

danny_collins_official_posterInspired by a true story, Danny Collins tells the story of ageing hard living rock star Danny Collins (Al Pacino) who discovers that 40 years ago John Lennon wrote him a letter with advice about how to handle fame.  The letter advises him to ‘stay true’ to himself and his art, and inevitably causes Danny to reflect on how he has led his life and seek redemption before it is too late.


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Carol (2015)

Filed under: — Helen on July 27th, 2016 05:07:25 pm

carol movie posterSet in the 1950s when same sex relationships were still a rarity, Carol is a visually satisfying period romance about a forbidden love affair between two women in New York. A brief encounter in a  department store leads to a slow burning romance between shop assistant and budding photographer Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and high class socialite Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett). The relationship leads to the realisation that sometimes being yourself does come at a cost, but is  the cost worth it?
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Love and Friendship (2016)

Filed under: — Helen on July 12th, 2016 04:07:41 pm

love-friendship-poster smallLove and Friendship is an adaptation of a little known Jane Austen novella called Lady Susan. In contrast to other Austen novels which have been adapted for the screen many times, Lady Susan has hardly been touched.  A reason for this might be because the heroine is a manipulative adulteress,  rare and quite risque for a film set in the 1790s. Love and Friendship  is not afraid to stray from the usual style of Austen adaptations that centre around the romances in the stories and the effect is a refreshing take on a widely covered author and period.
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13 Cameras (2016)

Filed under: — Brandon James on July 11th, 2016 09:07:09 pm

CaptureCamerasThe advent of wireless home security and surveillance technology has certainly made homes safer. Have you ever thought what would happen if this technology were used against you? How easy would it be for someone to spy on you in your own home? This is the premise that the film 13 Cameras is built upon.
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No Emotions, No Problems? Review of Equals (2016)

Filed under: — Brandon James on June 8th, 2016 05:06:08 am

Equals1In science fiction, the line separating a “utopian” existence from a “dystopian” one is often thin. A seemingly well-ordered world may hide dark secrets. The new 2016 film, Equals, is set in a futuristic society that seems perfect on the surface, but beneath the shiny high-rise buildings and perfume-ad aesthetics is a society that’s lost its humanity.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Filed under: — Helen on May 9th, 2016 02:05:12 pm

10 cloverfield laneDespite being loosely labelled a sequel to the successful 2008 Cloverfield which was shot in found footage format and portrayed an alien invasion, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a very different experience. It is not immediately apparent that it has any connection to the previous movie, except that the title also contains the word Cloverfield. This film has only three characters who are living in a bunker due to an unexplained apocalyptic type event having taken place. Instead of the tension being created by the attack unfolding before your eyes, the tense atmosphere here is created by the confined setting  and the uncertainty of what might be waiting outside.
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The Iceman (2012)

Filed under: — Helen on March 23rd, 2016 12:03:07 pm

the icemanThe Iceman is based on the true story of New Jersey contract killer Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon) who murdered more than 100 men before he was finally arrested in 1986. As well as being a cold blooded killer, Kuklinski was a devoted husband and Father who kept his work a secret from his family. The film shows these contrasting sides of his life and how eventually as he loses control of his work / life balance, cracks starts to appear and the law slowly catches up with him.
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