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M Will Leave You Shaken But Not Stirred (Restaurant)
Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

Described on Bookatable as a ‘James Bond-style restaurant’, one can only guess they are referring to its air of sophistication and cool because there’s not any Bond memorabilia in sight and the waitresses don’t look anything like Bond girls. This award-winning restaurant run by Gordon Ramsay protégé Michael Reid is too classy for that. And […]

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Movies & TV Shows

  • Perspectives: Bruce Forsyth On Sammy Davis Jr
    Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    ITV’s Sunday evening tribute to entertainer Sammy Davis Jr was a combination of dazzling tap dancing skills and commentary on the racial politics of 1950s and 60s America. Host Bruce Forsyth described him as the best black tap dancer ever – pointing out that the hunched shoulder style differed from the stiff, upright style of […]

  • Spotlight (Film)
    Spotlight (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Spotlight tells the true story behind one of the Boston Globe’s biggest news stories, which caused a massive public outcry still going strong today. The film goes behind how journalists at the Globe uncovered an intense year-long scandal of child molestation within the Catholic Church and the consequential decade-long cover-up. The film has been nominated […]

  • The Hateful Eight
    The Hateful Eight
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    A film that feels more like a play than a film, but with the special effects plays could never feature. The sets are minimal, a carriage and the interior of a wooden frontier hut. Not many directors can hold an audience’s attention for three hours with dialogue and blood alone, yet not many filmmakers write […]

  • The Revenant
    The Revenant
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Could 2016 be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar? Anyone who has seen his latest, The Revenant, seems to think he stands a very strong chance. The Revenant, which translates roughly as someone who returns after death or a long absence, is DiCaprio’s first collaboration with notoriously-method director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, who […]

  • Beowulf
    Beowulf
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    In a week where black actors were snubbed at the Oscars and actor Idris Elba addressed MPs over the lack of diversity on television, two black British actors stole the show in ITV’s £17million TV series Beowulf. Strangely enough, the drama is based on an Anglo-Saxon poem written in 700 AD when black numbers in […]

  • War & Peace BBC1
    War and Peace – First take
    Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia is certainly a book and a half. Renowned for being one of the longest ever written, my earliest memories are of buying a copy as a teenager and being determined to read it cover to cover. The ‘big read’ factor didn’t put me off, in fact […]

  • Youth film review
    Youth (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Quirky, yet philosophical, the film combines humour and high art all in one. Aesthetically reminiscent of Fellini’s 8½ director Sorrentino succeeds in creating a visually outstanding piece. Youth is a remarkable motion picture, whose composition grasps your attention and delight. The film is about life, aging, time passing and our change in perspective as the […]

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    The latest in the Star Wars saga is a welcome throw back to the barnstorming action of the Star Wars- ­Empire Strikes Back- ­Return Of The Jedi trilogy. Directed by J.J Abrams, whose science fiction CV includes Cloverfield and Star Trek, there was always that lingering question about whether he would be able to match […]

  • The Dressmaker (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    A revenge story set in a small town in Australia’s 1950’s outback, The Dressmaker has its highs and lows. Some comedy works, other moments seem bizarre. Yet the world this film is set in doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously anyway, which makes for good entertainment, even if it’s over the top at times. […]

  • Black Mass (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Black Mass reinstates Johnny Depp as one of the finest actors of our generation and puts him back on the map of serious actors after a few well-paid commercial disasters. The story the Director Scott Cooper and screenplay writers Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth tell is the story of the rise and fall of South […]

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