Absolute Cinema Guide with Bill Murray

Paddington Bear (Out 28th November in all UK cinemas)
Paddington Bear, the polite bear with his old hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and love of marmalade is coming on screens. Produced by David Heyman, the man behind the Harry Potter films, Paddington Bear is a successful filming of the popular children’s book.

Paddington has grown up in deep dark Peru with his Aunt Lucy and a passion for all things British. When their home gets destroyed, Lucy smuggles her nephew on board a boat bound for England. As he finds himself alone at Paddington Station, he realises the big city life is not all he had imagined – until the Brown family finds him and offer him a temporary place to stay. Finally Paddington seems to be lucky, but then he catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist…

For everybody who loved the books, Paddington Bear is a must-see and also for families who enjoy spending an entertaining afternoon in the cinema. The film stars big names such as Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi and Julie Walters, Paddington is a great computer animation spoken by Ben Whishaw.

It’s 3/5 from me for this wonderful children’s film which can also be enjoyed by adults – definitely worth a visit.

The Imitation Game (Out 14th November 2014 in UK cinemas)
Based on a true story, “The Imitation Game” is the thrilling story of Alan Turing, an extraordinary mathematician who worked during WWII to break the elusive German code Enigma. Taking you through Turing’s life, this film welcomes you to delve into the mind of this highly complex and socially-awkward character; sharing experiences of being bullied at school, to working tirelessly alongside cryptographer Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley, to break the code nobody though could be broken.

But despite its already strong plot, with this film comes an even deeper theme of Turing’s struggle with his own sexuality, delivered perfectly by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek), and his timeless end prosecuted by the very society he worked so hard to serve.

Directed by Morten Tydlum (Headhunters) in his English-language debut and written by first-time feature film screenwriter Graham Moor, this film is fantastic and certainly not one to be missed. With its hidden codes and incredible performances, this film will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you unfold one the greatest mysteries of WWII.

It’s 4/5 from me for this gripping triumphant tale. Definitely worth a visit!


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (Out 20th November in all UK cinemas)

The third instalment in “The Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay Part I” is an all-action blockbuster that is sure to be a hit. Following the fall of the games, we join Katniss Everdeen once more as she discovers the secrets of District 13 and becomes a symbol of hope for a nation inspired by revolution. Ready to fight for freedom against the Capitol, Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, faces a tough decision as she struggles to save fellow competitor Peeta from the Capitol’s clutches whilst being reunited with old friend Gale, and beginning the battle to win the war.

This film is absolutely fantastic and has something for all ages. Directed by Francis Lawrence and with a captivating screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, this science fiction phenomenon brings Suzanne Collins’ novel to life like no other. From big explosions to more intimate storylines, prepare to be amazed and inspired as you fight alongside our heroine and become immersed in the story of the Mockingjay.

A big 5/5 – a must see for everyone. I can’t wait for the final instalment already!