Review: Saving Mr. Banks

movies_saving-mr-banks-posterStarring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, B. J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Annie Buckley, Rachel Griffiths

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Everyone knows Mary Poppins, the Disney film, which stars Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, but the book series it was based on, by P. L. Travers, is not as popular, at least not anymore. Saving Mr. Banks tells the story behind how the books became the much-loved film that we all know, with Tom Hanks starring as Walt Disney himself, and Emma Thompson as British author P. L. Travers.

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Preview of The 57th BFI London Film Festival

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Today the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival was announced, which runs in the city from 9th to 20th October, mainly in Leicester Square and the BFI’s home on Southbank, but also featuring screenings all over London.

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Review: Cloud Atlas

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Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, James D’Arcy and Doona Bae.

Directed by: Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

The technology that exists in filmmaking today makes the term an ‘unfilmable novel’ practically redundant, however some do provide a greater challenge than others. David Mitchell’s genre crossing, multi-narrative book, covering past eras and times to come is nothing short of an epic, and a big screen adaptation couldn’t be either. The Wachowskis, most famous for making The Matrix Trilogy, team up with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International) to make this incredibly ambitious piece of cinema.

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