MOTHER’S MILK

2 out of 10

Release Date: 9th November 2012

Director: Gerald Fox

Cast: Jack Davenport, Adrian Dunbar, Annabel Mullion, Thomas Underhill, Diana Quick, Annette Badland, Flora Montgomery, Robert Portal, Jane How and Margaret Tyzack

Writer: Gerald Fox / Edward St. Aubyn

Trailer: MOTHER’S MILK

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Mother’s Milk is a dreary, amateurish adaptation of Edward St.Aubyn‘s novel about a son (JACK DAVENPORT – THIS LIFE) who is about to be disinherited by his mother (MARGARET TYZACK – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY). The mother intends to leave her mansion in the south of France to a hippie, health guru (ADRIAN DUNBAR – HEAR MY SONG). The son takes his family along for one last summer holiday in an attempt to reverse his fortunes. His young son (THOMAS UNDERHILL – PAPADOPOULOS & SONS) watches from a far contributing one of two unfunny, miserable and depressing narrations. His father does the other.

The miserable pair fail miserably at having a good time or achieving the mission to get the house back from the new age hippies. The father drinks whiskey and womanises, whilst the son just observes and feels jealous of his baby brother. It’s one sad set-piece after antoher which is so wobbly of tone, you’re not sure if you’re watching a comedy or a tragedy. It’s more the latter, because any attempts at humour are met with a groan. Both leads talk as if they’re confiding in you and that you’re actually in agreement with their schemes, when everybody in sight is a money grabbing toss pot. Actually, the supposed villain of the piece (Dunbar) actually comes across most sympathetic, even though he is a charlatan. At least he’s a nice one.

The pace is funereal and the scenes are shot with a laziness that is indemic throughout the film.  Pity the decent actors who are stymied by upper middle class cliches and a lack of tasty dialogue. I’ve not read the book but I don’t think I’d get much pleasure reading about this group of self-entitled, wimps, pissheads and ingrates.

2 out of 10 – Awful film. Makes you hate people with money. It’s so cack you end up rooting for the baddie!

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Jack Davenport: The Tank, Kingsman – The Secret Service, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The Wedding Date, The Libertine, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Bunker, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Wisdom of Crocodiles
  • Adrian Dunbar: The Hollow Crown (TV), The Line of Duty (TV), Good Vibrations, Shooters, Wild About Harry, The Wedding Tackle, The General (1998), Richard III (1995), The Near Room, Innocent Lies, Widow’s Peak, The Crying Game, The Playboys, Hear My Song, My Left Foot
  • Annabel Mullion: Me Without You, Carrington
  • Thomas Underhill: Papadopoulos & Sons
  • Diana Quick: Dr Who (voice)(TV), Revenger’s Tragedy, The Affair of the Necklace, Saving Grace, Vigo, The Leading Man, Nostradamus, Wilt, Vroom, Brideshead Revisited (TV), The Big Sleep, The Duellists
  • Annette Badland: Eastenders (TV), Outlander (TV), Legacy – Black Ops, Three and Out, Cutting It (TV), Dr Who (TV), Valiant (voice), Club Le Monde, Honest, Little Voice, 24-7 – Twentyfourseven, Hollow Reed, Angels and Insects, Captives, Beyond Bedlam, Anchoress, Making Out (TV), Bergerac (TV), Jabberwocky
  • Flora Montgomery: Basic Instinct 2, When Brendan Met Trudy
  • Robert Portal: Eat Local, 6 Days, Kids In Love, United We FallMr Turner, In Your Dreams, Stiff Upper Lips, Mrs Dalloway
  • Jane How: Eastenders (TV), Dr Who (TV)
  • Margaret Tyzack: Match Point, Bright Young Things, Mrs Dalloway, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV), The King’s Whore, Prick Up Your Ears, The Quatermass Conclusion, I Claudius (TV), A Clockwork Orange, Jackanory (TV), 2001 – A Space Odyssey

HELLO CARTER

2 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 12th October 2015 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Anthony Wilcox

Cast: Charlie Cox, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Schneider, Christian Cooke, Antonia Thomas, Annabelle Wallis, Laura Donnelly, Kerry Shale with Henry LLoyd-Hughes and Judy Parfitt

Writer: Anthony Wilcox

Trailer: HELLO CARTER

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Charlie Cox: Eat Local, Daredevil (TV), The Theory of Everything, Boardwalk Empire (TV), Glorious 39, Stone of Destiny, Stardust, Casanova, The Merchant of Venice (2004)
  • Jodie Whittaker: How To Live Yours, Broadchurch (TV), Get Santa, Black Sea, Ashes, Spike IslandGood Vibrations, Attack The Block, One Day, The Kid (2010), St. Trinians, Venus
  • Paul Schneider: The Daughter, Water For Elephants, Away We Go, Bright Star, Lars and the Real Girl, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Elizabethtown, The Family Stone, All The Real Girls, George Washington
  • Christian Cooke: Electricity, Love Rosie, Where The Heart Is (TV), Romeo & Juliet (2013), Cemetery Junction
  • Antonia Thomas: Firstborn, Rearview, Northern Soul, Scintilla8 Minutes IdleSunshine On Leith, Spike Island
  • Annabelle Wallis: Knights of the Roundtable – King Arthur (2016), Mine, Grimsby, Sword of Vengeance, Peaky Blinders (TV), Annabelle, The Tudors (TV)
  • Laura Donnelly: Outlander (TV), The Program, Casualty (TV), Sugar Rush (TV)
  • Kerry Shale: Blood MoonNarcopolis, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, The Trip (TV), Universal Soldier 3, Little Shop Of Horrors
  • Henry Lloyd-Hughes: Now You See Me 2, Indian Summers (TV), Weekender, Inbetweeners Movie, The Inbetweeners (TV), Unrelated, Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire
  • Judy Parfitt: Call The Midwife (TV), W/E, Dean Spanley, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Ever After, Wilde, Dolores Clairborne, King Ralph, Diamond Skulls, Maurice, The Jewel In The Crown (TV)

COMES A BRIGHT DAY

4.5 out of 10

Release Date: 12th July 2012

Director: Simon Aboud (This Beautiful Fantastic)

Cast: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Timothy Spall, Kevin McKidd, Josef Altin, Anthony Welsh and Geoff Bell

Writer: Simon Aboud

Trailer: COMES A BRIGHT DAY

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

HYSTERIA

5 out of 10

Release Date: 21st September 2012

Director: Tanya Wexler (FINDING NORTH)

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Ashley Jensen, Gemma Jones, Malcolm Rennie, Anna Chancellor, Kim Crisswell, Georgie Glen, David Ryall with Sheridan Smith and Rupert Everett

Writer: Stephen Dyer

Trailer: HYSTERIA

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal: Frank, White House Down, Nanny McPhee 2, Crazy Heart, Away We Go, The Dark Knight, Stranger Than Fiction, World Trade Center, Monster House (voice), Sherrybaby, Criminal (2004), Mona Lisa Smile, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Secretary, Riding In Cars With Boys, Donnie Darko, Cecil B Demented, A Dangerous Woman, Waterland
  • Hugh Dancy: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Adam, The Jane Austen Book Club, Evening, Savage Grace, Blood and Chocolate, Basic Instinct 2, King Arthur, Ella Enchanted, Black Hawk Down
  • Jonathan Pryce: Narcopolis, GI Joe 2, Dark Blood, GI Joe, Bedtime Stories, Leatherheads, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, The New World, Brothers of the Head, The Brother’s Grimm, De-Lovely, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Affair of the Necklace, Very Annie Mary, Stigmata, Ronin, James Bond – Tomorrow Never Dies, Evita, Carrington, Shopping, A Business Affair, The Age of Innocence, Mr Wroe’s Virgins (TV), Glengarry Glen Ross, Freddie as FRO7 (voice), The Rachel Papers, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Haunted Honeymoon, Doctor and the Devils, Brazil, A Ploughman’s Lunch, Breaking Glass
  • Felicity Jones: Autobahn, The Theory of Everything, The Invisible Woman, Amazing Spider Man 2, Breathe In, Cheerful Weather for the WeddingAlbatross, Like Crazy, Soulboy, The Tempest (2010), Chalet GirlCemetery Junction, Cheri
  • Ashley Jensen: All StarsPirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), Gnomeo & Juliet (voice), Ugly Betty (TV), How To Train Your Dragon (voice), Nativity, A Cock & Bull Story, Extras (TV)
  • Gemma Jones: Last Tango In Halifax (TV), Forget Me Not, Merlin (TV), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Bridget Jones 2, Shanghai Knights, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Bridget Jones, Captain Jack, The Winslow Boy, The Theory of Flight, Wilde, Sense and Sensibility, Feast of July, On The Black Hill, Paperhouse, The Devils
  • Malcolm Rennie: Mr Selfridge (TV), The Lenny Henry Show (TV)
  • Anna Chancellor: Pramface 2, Testament of Youth, How I Live Now, We’ll Take Manhattan, St. Trinians, Breaking and Entering, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,  Agent Cody Banks 2, The Dreamers, Crush (2001), The Man Who Knew Too Little, Princess Caraboo, Staggered, Tom & Viv, Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Georgie Glen: Waterloo Road (TV), My Week With Marilyn, Heartbeat (TV)
  • David Ryall: Quartet,The League Of Gentleman- Apocalypse, Around The World In 80 Days (2004), Blackball, Truly Madly Deeply
  • Sheridan Smith: Cilla (TV), The Harry Hill Movie, The Powder RoomQuartet, Tower BlockHow To Stop Being a Loser
  • Rupert Everett: Parade’s End (TV), Wild Target (2010), St. Trinians 2, St Trinians, Stardust, Shrek 2 & 3 (voice), The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe (voice), Seperate Lies, Stage Beauty, To Kill a King, The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002), The Next Best Thing, Inspector Gadget, An Ideal Husband, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Shakespeare In Love, B-Monkey, Dunston Checks In, The Madness Of King George III, Pret a Porter, The Comfort Of Strangers, Dance With a Stranger, Another Country

GINGER AND ROSA

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 19th October 2012

Director: Sally Potter (Rage / Yes / The Man Who Cried / The Tango Lesson / Orlando)

Cast: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christine Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May, Andrew Hawley, Oliver Milburn with Annette Bening and Oliver Platt

Writer: Sally Potter

Trailer: GINGER AND ROSA

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Elle Fanning: Maleficent, We Bought a Zoo, Twixt, Super 8, Somewhere, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Phoebe In Wonderland, Babel
  • Alice Englert: In Fear, Beautiful Creatures (2013)
  • Alessandro Nivola: Howl, Coco Before Chanel, Goal 2, Junebug, Laurel Canyon, Jurassic Park 3, Goal, Timecode 2000, Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000), Mansfield Park, Best Laid Plans (1999), I Want You, Face/Off, Inventing The Abbots
  • Christina Hendricks: Mad Men (TV), Drive, I Don’t Know How She Does It
  • Timothy Spall: Love Bite, Comes a Bright Day, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter – parts 3 – 8, Wake Wood, Reuniting The Rubins, Heartless,  Alice In Wonderland (2011) (voice), Apaloosa, The Damned Utd, Sweeney Todd, Pierrepoint, Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samurai, Nicholas Nickleby (2002),  All Or Nothing, Vanilla Sky, Rock Star, Lucky Break, Chicken Run (voice), Loves Labours Lost,  Topsy Turvy, Still Crazy, Wisdom Of Crocodiles, Hamlet (1996), Secrets & Lies, Life Is Sweet, The Sheltering Sky, White Hunter Black Heart, To Kill a Priest, The Missionary, Auf Wierdesen Pet (TV), Quadrophenia
  • Jodhi May: I Anna, Defiance, Flashbacks Of a Fool, Nightwatching, On a Clear Day, The House Of Mirth, The Woodlanders, The Gambler, Sister My Sister, Second Best, The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
  • Andrew Hawley: Life Is Just, A Night In The Woods
  • Oliver Milburn: Wuthering Heights (2011), Driving Lessons, Green Wing (TV), The Descent, Me Without You, The Browning Version (1994), Loaded
  • Annette Bening: Ruby Sparks, The Kids Are All Right, The Women, Being Julia, Open Range, American Beauty, In Dreams, The Siege, Mars Attacks, The American President, Richard III, Love Affair, Bugsy, Regarding Henry, Guilty By Suspicion, The Grifters, Postcards From The Edge, Valmont, The Great Outdoors
  • Oliver Platt: The Oranges, X Men- First Class, Love and Other Drugs, Letters To Juliet, Please Give, 2012, Year One, Frost/Nixon, Casanova (2005), Kinsey, Pieces Of April, Don’t Say a Word, Ready To Rumble, Gun Shy, Bicentennial Man, Three To Tango, Lake Placid, Doctor Dolittle, The Imposters, Bulworth, A Time To Kill, Executive Decision, Funny Bones, The Three Musketeers (1994), Benny & Joon, Indecent Proposal, Beethoven, Postcards From The Edge, Flatliners, Working Girl, Married To The Mob

GRABBERS

5 out of 10

UK/Irish co-production

Release Date: 26th December 2012

Director: Jon Wright (Robot Overlords / Tormented)

Cast: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Bronagh Gallagher, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Pascal Scott with Stuart Graham and Ned Dennehy

Writer: Kevin Lehane

Trailer: GRABBERS

Review below by Matt Usher

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

TRISHNA

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 9th March 2012

Director: Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy (TV) / The Face of An Angel / The Look Of Love Everyday /The Trip (TV) / The Killer Inside Me / Genova / A Mighty Heart / The Road To Guantanamo / A Cock And Bull Story / 9 Songs / Code 46 / In This World / The Claim (2000) / Wonderland (1999) / I Want You / Welcome To Sarajevo / Jude / Butterfly Kiss)

Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth, Anurag Kashyap, Poonam Kaskar, Amit Trivedi and Neet Mohan

Writer: Michael Winterbottom / Thomas Hardy

Trailer: TRISHNA

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Freida Pinto: Jungle Book – Origins (voice), Desert Dancer, Knight Of Cups, Yamasong (voice), Blunt Force Trauma, Black Gold, Immortals, The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Miral, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Slumdog Millionnaire
  • Riz Ahmed: Bourne 5, City of Tiny Lights, Una, Star Wars – Rogue One, Nightcrawler, Closed Circuit, The Reluctant FundamentalistIll Manors, Black Gold, CenturionFour Lions, Shifty, The Road To Guantanemo
  • Roshan Seth: City of Tiny Lights, Indian Summers (TV), Proof (2005), Frozen (2005), South West 9, Monsoon Wedding, Vertical Limit, Such a Long Journey, Solitaire For 2, Street Fighter, Electric Moon, London Kills Me, Mississippi Masala, Not Without My Daughter, Mountains Of The Moon, Slipstream (1989), My Beautiful Laundrette, A Passage To India, Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom, Gandhi, Juggernaut
  • Neet Mohan: Desert Dancer, The Magnificent ElevenAll In Good TimeEverywhere + Nowhere