Jackie, Lion, Split Film 2017


Jackie, Lion, Split

Zoe Ball, Danny Leigh and Chris Hewitt look at Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, tear-jerking adoption drama Lion and M Night Shyamalan's latest psychological thriller, Split.


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This is the brand new sparkly series of Film 2017 and I'm Zoe Ball.

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Yes, it's late, really late, but we're live and would love

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to hear from you, so why not get in touch.

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Our big question tonight, with a whole new year of films

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coming up, what are you most looking forward to?

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Tweet and let us know, details on the screen now.

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Devastation in Dallas. I'm not the First Lady any more. Natalie Portman

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is America's first widow in Jackie. People can see through their own

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eyes. James McAvoy takes on the role of a lifetime. In twisted thriller

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Split. He'll do awful things to you. It's a long way home for Def Patel.

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He and Nicole Kidman star in Lion. Plus, Alice Lowe, star and director

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of new Brit horror, Prevenge, reveals what really,

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really makes her scared and it's not Joining me to talk movies

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is the excellent Mr Chris Hewitt from Empire Magazine and our regular

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super critic, Danny Leigh. Beautiful. When I'm excited I roll

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out the black socks the that is how it works. We will rein in that

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excitment it's early days. So many films cot coming out this year are

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you like this? There could be great films around the corner. There could

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be stinkers. Speaking of which... No. Coming up first tonight.

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With just two days until Michelle makes way for Melania,

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director Pablo Lerrain's new film, Jackie, couldn't be more timely.

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Natalie Portman stars as perhaps America's most iconic First Lady

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struggling to cope in the aftermath of JFK's assassination.

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People like to believe in fairytales. Are you ready? Of

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course. And you? I believe that the

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characters we read about on the page end up being more real than the men

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who stand beside us. Everyone knows my story. We know Jackie as an I

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con. She had this particular style. It's one of the things she's really

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remembered for. The hair, the clothes, the grace. I think

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everything in the White House should be the best. It has to be beautiful.

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The clothes are obviously very much a part of the facade that we know

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about Jackie. Her cost umm designer did a great job recreating the

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wardrobe she was wearing during particular scenes. Let them seen

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what they've done. Cut. Our story started with th incredible

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screenplay. It took a long time to find the director. I was like, why

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me? Why are you offering this pro yebth to someone from Chile south,

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South America. He didn't have the bagsage everybody else had. He said

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- let me treat her like everyone else and how she must have felt.

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That is why you're so in Jackie's world thaw forget it's Natalie. I I

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somewhere what was real, what was performance. That's nice. We tried

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to explore different layers... When men see me now, what do you think

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they feel I called my mother when I was invited to make this movie. She

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was like - son, you make that movie. It was the story of a mother, not

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the mother of those two kids, but at some point the mother of a country.

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It's our last chance. The most interesting films can come from

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someone who see it is with fresh eyes. Action. He took the project in

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an unexpected and visionary direction. They wanted to share my

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grief. So I let them. Natalie portman, she studied Jackie,

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her accent help convinced a lot of people. Has she convinced you? She

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has. I don't come at it with a Natalie Portman fan. I think here

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she is great. It's perfect casting. Jackie Kennedy was a woman who was

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brittle and mannered playing a role all the time time nails it. More

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than mimick are you. The film is more than one of those Wikipedia

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with popcorn. There issing something rich and strange going on. Are you

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not seeing her life story but how it would have responded in this mad and

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unreal moment after the world has changed and her world was turned

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upside. She was a contradiction. We think of a woman in this immaculate

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pink Chanel suit covered in the blood of her husband. Two things

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going on with her at once. The movie captures that beautifully. What did

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you think? I will defend, Natalie Portman. She deserved her Oscar. .

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May get a second one for this. She is fantastic. Pablo Larrain presents

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the movie in an interesting way. It bounces around from scenes that take

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place in the immediate aftermath of JFK's assassination she is covered

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in blood and grappling with grief and conversation she has with a

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journalist played by Billy Crudup where she is more together and in

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control of her emotions. Wonderful to go across that gamut of emotion.

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Two things going on at once. The woman is completely unhinged by

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grief. The death of her husband. Her first reaction is they will have to

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sell the furniture and she is chain smoking with a journalist. The

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journalist said, I mights mention you smoking. She goes - I don't

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smoke. She is shaping history. She is thinking, fiercely and eerily

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focus and very in control. That is fascinating. Someone who is falling

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apart and very in control. The movie reflects that. Sometimes it feels

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chaotic. Other times it it's razor-sharp. You found it

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convincing. I found it cold. The woman lost her husband in a gruesome

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way, I thought about it in a way I never thought about it before.

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Pulling herself together and go through horrendous grief in the

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public eye, she was only 34. So much going on. In their own private lives

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there was a lot going on. Of course. It left me strangely cold. I found

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myself looking at her wig. It might have been Natalie Portman's hair and

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wondering off. I wanted to have empathy. I was really disappointed?

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I can see that. There is a coldness to it. A veneer. A surfaced movie.

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Than reflects what life was like for Jackie Kennedy in that moment shechl

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couldn't be the grieving widow, falling apart at home. She had to be

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this incredibly composed figure we see behind the veil famously. She

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had to... It was an act. She was so good at it. She keeps saying, "I'm

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doing my job" that is how she approached it. Very much as First

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Lady and an occupation as well. She was going through something no-one

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had gone through for a long time before that. Impossible to know the

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emotions she went through. Good performance. The camera is in her

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face and our face face for a lot of it. Interesting you didn't feel. It

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I felt the emotion come through the screen. It forces you to engage.

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It's hard to play an iconic role. People will pull it apart if it's

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not right. Imagine the weight on her. At 3.00am in the morning you

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can hear the scream of Nico Kidman playing Princess Grace of Monaco.

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The roles crush actresses. Natalie Portman runs with it. I'm devastated

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that Lady Ga Ga is not playing Cilla Black. We are all devastated.

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Writer director M Night Shyamalan first made his name 17 years ago

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with the shockingly twisty The Sixth Sense.

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Now, he's back with another high concept,

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psychological thriller, Split.

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It stars James McAvoy as a man with 24 personalities,

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some of which are good and some of which are very, very bad.

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Hey, pardon me, sir, I think you have the wrong car. Three girls that

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get abducted. What are we doing here? They are brought to this

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windowless room. Open the door! I think u think you are in a movie

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like Saw. Three people have to escape and out wit the captor and

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that stuff. The next time they see me I'm someone else. I happen to be

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a woman called Patricia. I will talk to him. I'm not the person who

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abducted them I'm a boy called Hedwig. I have red socks. They

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understand they are being held by somebody has a disorder known as

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DID. Now I see. That's clever. Three of the 23 personalities that live

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within that one body have gone back. Dennis is very unstable. I'm not

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Dennis. I've been fascinated by this condition. He's not allowed to touch

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you. He knows that. It's one that people in the field don't really

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believe in. I believe in it. I believe it does exist. I think there

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is documentationation which proves it without a doubt. It's still

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controversial I've never seen a case like this before. 23 identities live

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in Kevin's body. The trick of this film is to balance that comedy with

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the tension and you want the audience to feel frightened, laugh,

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you want them to feel sad and sympathy. You want them to hate and

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love you. We play with all of that all the way through. He's done awful

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things to people and he'll do awful things to you. Humour works against,

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tension works against. Emotion. When the audience wants to laughed and

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not, it's very difficult to do. In fact, I'm trying to do almost like

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this moment when it's really uncomfortable laughter. That's what

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I'm pushing towards. Help me get out of here. An individual with multiple

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personalities can change their body chemistry with their thoughts.

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Someone's coming for you. Who is coming? The Beast. Firstly, can I

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say I ray tore James McAvoy as an actor and human being. He is working

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his pants off here I'm glad you are saying this now. I am. As Barry,

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Dennis, Patricia, head wing. What did you make of it. A lot of roles?

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You may have a split on the sofa. We may have to divide ourselves. Let us

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not be hasty. Is it I liked this film. Danny is it with aing for a

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return to form from M Night Shyamalan.

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He made awful films over the last few years The Happening, what

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happened there? Last year he made Visit Down and dirty horror film and

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showed signs of a return to form. This cements this. It's closer to

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The Sixth Sense. Closer to Signs, not quite there. For me it's a very

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effective, darkly comy psychological thriller than the horror film it it

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has been painted out to be. I did laugh, but the implausibility in

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places that I found frustrating. Here he is dealing with the

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character who has quite a complexent mal health issue. DID, of course,

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multiple personalities. My own thing with it, you take something like

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that at the beginning it goes to such detail of explaining why this

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happened and cases of this in the past and then takes that to slightly

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the ridiculous, I thought. That frustrated me a little bit. You can

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use mental health as a vehicle for a sort of slap stick horror/thriller

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and miss represent mental health issues if it's 1960 and you are

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making Psycho. This is not Psycho. I like it a little less than you,

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Chris. I thought it was the most slab dash grubby sub-standard films

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I've seen. Two bad films for the price of one. A thriller with no

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thrills. . Given that M Night Shyamalan is a middle-aged dude

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there is footage of teenage girls in his bras and pants. Though it is the

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bad guy who convinced them to do that. He likes to make sure we see

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it too. He moves the camera that way. On any number of levels this is

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sweaty, toxic, claptrap. disorder, I am with you. You have

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three girls and once they're locked up and removing their clothes and

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then giving a character who might fight back some predictable back

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story and slightly unnecessary I thought. It does veer into

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unexpectedly dark territory towards the end and certain things rear

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their head, but we can't talk about them. There is one thing at the end

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that bounced out of cinema with just a smile on my face. But we can't

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talk about that. There are things you would see every week in an

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episode of Law and Order. M Night Shyamalan pushed it into a darkly

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funny area and you have the great performance from James McAvoy. He is

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great. We see about eight or nine of the 23 penalties and he attacks it

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and there is, his tongue is in his cheek, but it is a wonderful

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performance. Really goes for it. I bounced out of cinema as well at the

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end. We are united in that. For very different reasons.

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She's starred as a homicidal caravanner, a criminal poet and now

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in her directorial debut, Prevenge, actress Alice Lowe stars

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as a bloodthirsty mother-to-be enjoying a pre-natal killing spree.

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Perhaps, unsurprisingly, Lowe is a big horror fan,

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so who better then to ask for her creepiest cinematic kids?

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You're this force of nature now inside you. Baby know what is to do.

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Baby will tell you what to do. It is just nature's way.

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Hi I'm Alice Lowe the direct and and star of Prevenge, a film about a

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woman who goes on a killing spree while pregnant. You're insane. I'm a

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working mother. I thought I would choose some of my favourite creepy

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kids in horror that inspired for this film. I love the stillness of

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The Innocents and the sound design is incredible and the little boy

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Mile is creepy. He has adult knowledge within him, because he is

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possessed by this ghost of this evil man. Now, you're my prisoner. Myles

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let me go. Why? You're hurting me. A classic is Don't Look Now. I'm a

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friend. About a human drama and the best horror is the drama, it is not

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the ghost that is scarry, it is what happened to the family and they have

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a child who died and the father is convinced that he sees the child in

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Venice running around the streets in this red coat. What I drew for my

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film from that film is a sense of sadness and regret and someone who

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is trapped in the past and you feel like when someone's trapped in the

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past and that it only going to be a matter o' time before they meet

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death. I don't know. When I first saw The

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Shining, it wasn't because I saw it, it was because I wasn't allowed to

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watch it and my sister enacted it for me scene by scene and it was

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chilling. Red Rum. Red Rum. Red Rum. It is an interesting meditation on

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family and the pressures of being a parent. Have you ever thought about

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my responsibilities? I'm sure it is terrifying to anyone who is

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experiencing sleep deprivation and feels they would like to chase their

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child around the house with an axe. Yes the twin girls at the end of the

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corridor, they're very creepy. They don't do anything. They don't even

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move. They just stand there. That is more scary. Come and play with us,

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Danny. Carrie I think can count as a creepy kid, because she is ra

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teenager and experiencing puberty and it unleashes these powers within

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her. She is able to kill people with her mind. There is a lot of blood

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and he was influenced by Blues and Reds and vivid colours to help show

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this hormonal intensity that arrives with this. I love the

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mother/daughter relationship. I shows the psychosis that can go on

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there. It is one you rarely see on screen. All of those films have

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something that really beds in deeply and they're all things that stay

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within you. I think it is because it goes beyond the dialogue. Kiss me

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good night. And the characters, it is actually something that...

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Getting hammered into the back of your retina.

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And we'll be reviewing Alice's new film Prevenge

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Just one of the cinematic treats on the way in 2017.

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Let's see what you're most looking forward to.

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Danny, Chris - what are you most excited about this year film wise?

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Chris as a Dorset boy and Chisil Beach and a new Cohen brothers. And

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Rose looking forward to Beauty And The Beast. Will they sing the songs?

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Yes. Steve sent a list. Blade Runner and alien covenant, a great year for

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sci-fi. I will go for Baby Driver, that promises to be unlike anything

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we have seen, a car chase movie and sort of musical. I'm intrigued. It

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will be a great sound track and a heist and a chase. Sold. Moonlight.

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And I will mention Elle, a revenge thriller that will blow people's

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minds and quickly Jaw bone, a British boxing movie with Jonny

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Harris. And Split Two. Now Lion, following a man's quest to finds the

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family he was separated from as a child 25 years ago. Where are you

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from? Calcutta. Which part. I'm adopted. Starting to remember. Story

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of that beautiful boy. I had forgotten. Are you OK? I had another

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family. What happened? I was lost. I have to find my way back home. How

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long were you on the train? A couple of days. A couple of days. It would

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take a lifetime to search all the stations in India. You have no idea

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what it is like. How every day my real brother screams my name. I

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thought I could teepest keep the family together. If they're not

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there. I don't have a choice. What was she like? Beautiful. Every night

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I imagine that I'm walking those streets. And I know every single

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step of the way. I whisper in her ear. I'm here. Oh, I have gone

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again. I am feeling overwhelmed and may start weeping. Not like when I

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watched Manchester by Sea. But it is very moving. Yes the second half of

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Lion I like, it is very solid with a good performance. The first half is

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extraordinary. There is barely a word in it. It is this little boy

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Saroo who is spirited away and lost in the bedlam of calve cut that.

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Calcutta. It is a bit lop sided, the second half can't keep up. But the

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first half is very good. Performances from the two boys who

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play brothers, they are incredible. Yes. He was six years old when he

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made the film and no training. His eyes are amazing. And he grows up to

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be become Dev Patel and I agree, the second half is fine. It just treads

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a lot of water. He has a decision do I look for my parents and he takes a

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long time to make it. He is should I? Maybe I should. No OK I will. You

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can see why the movie, there is no at lot of drama in the search. It is

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difficult. I like the second half a bit more than you. We see Dev Patel

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and we first met him on screen in Slumdog Millionaire, where he was a

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child himself. But here he has brawned out and he is like a grown

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man and he is still a bit overshadowed. But that is part of

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film. His character is overshadowed by his past and it makes sense. I

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still think Dev Patel is good and it is interesting when you have a role

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that calls for an actor to symbolise mental disintegration with a beard.

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You can end up with Iain Beale. But Dev Patel it is about the eyes. It

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is a subtle and difficult performance. It his best

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performance. And he is doing an Australian accents. He conveys that

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anguish and there is a good supporting cast. But the second half

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peoples it is putting scenes in to try and get to the end and to get to

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it movie length. But sorry. There a scene where Nicole Kidman has a

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dialogue and it should say, vote me for Best Supporting Actor. I did. I

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was put on holds. The first half is about momentum and motion and the

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boy going to Calcutta. The second half is about someone who is stuck.

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What is weird is it ends up it can't help being a huge slab of product

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for Google Earth. Because he is trying use that track down where he

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is from. And goggle earth seems -- Google Earth seems useful if you

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were spirited away as a small boy. Otherwise I'm sketchy on what its

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use could be. If you choose a film of the week. Split. Jackie and the

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first half of Lion. For me Lion. I loved it. That is almost it. Next

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week the brilliant Charlie Brooker is here and I leave you with a brief

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look at some of the films coming your way in 2017. Thanks for

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watching and good night. 400,000 men on this beach. There is

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no hiding from this, son. I'm home! There is my favourite. I'm putting

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together a team, people with special abilities. You see I believe enemies

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are coming. Stop right there. I'm in! That's Kong. He is king around

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here. I was the first negroe female student. It is important, you have

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got to decide for yourself who you want to be. What you looking at me

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like that for? If something welcome back to happen

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to you... I could never forgive myself. They're like any other

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machine. I did your job once. I was good at it. Things were simpler

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then. Meet the princess. What about that? What? Show time A-hole!

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Everyone! I get to keep the suit? Of course, just don't anything I would

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do and definitely don't do anything I would do. There is a grey area and

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that is where you operate.

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Zoe Ball, Danny Leigh and Chris Hewitt kick off the new year by discussing critically acclaimed biopic Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, tear-jerking adoption drama Lion and M Night Shyamalan's latest psychological thriller, Split.


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