Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough star in this latest adaptation of a novel by Nicolas Sparks, the King of the Modern Tragic Romance. Duhamel plays Alex, a recently widowed owner of a small-town convenience store. When a beautiful woman moves into town, he finds himself drawn to her, not knowing that she’s running away from a mysterious past. Fans of Sparks’ other adaptations like The Notebook or Dear John will be enchanted by this unashamedly soapy romance.
A British suburban drama with hints of To Kill a Mockingbird, Broken tells the story of a young girl in North London whose life changes when she witnesses a violent attack in her neighbourhood. A hit on the festival circuit last year, much praise was lavished on its incredible young lead, Eloise Lawrence. She carries the film confidently without ever coming across as overly precocious, outshining veteran co-stars like Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy. In our opinion, the poster undersells what is actually a really good movie, so you must check out the trailer and get better look:
Sammy’s Great Escape (Early Digital Release)
It’s Turtle Time once more at blinkbox as we see the early digital release of Sammy’s Great Escape. A sequel to an earlier film we see our titular (or should I say… turtle-ar?) character abducted by poachers, leaving an adorable pair of newly hatched Leatherbacks with the job of rescuing him from an expensive underwater aquarium. Sure: it’s an awful lot like Finding Nemo, but are your kids seriously going to care about that?
Shell (short for Michelle) is a teenage girl who lives at a remote petrol station in the Scottish Highlands. Apart from the few motorists who stop by and the occasional advances of a local boy, her entire world revolves around her father, a quiet mechanic who suffers from epilepsy. Beautifully shot and often quite moving, Shell’s meditative pace won’t necessarily be to everyone’s liking. It does, however feature a tender leading performance from actress Chloe Pirrie, who is primed to become one of British’s brightest young stars. She has since starred in an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, in a completely different sort of role.
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