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In The Heart Of The Sea Review

Excellent

With a huge budget and a relatively small story, this is an intriguingly offbeat blockbuster that might struggle to find an audience. Basically, it's aimed at fans of more thoughtful, personal stories of tenacity and survival, but it's shot with a massive special effects budget that sometimes seems to swamp the drama. Still, it's involving and moving. And it's also fascinatingly based on the true events that inspired Moby Dick.

The story is framed in 1850 as novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) visits an ageing sailor named Tom (Brendan Gleeson) to quiz him about a momentous event in his past that he has never spoken of. Flash back to 1820 Nantucket, and Tom (Tom Holland) is a rookie crew member on the whaling ship Essex, working under the posh, privileged Captain George (Benjamin Walker) and his able but low-class first mate Owen (Chris Hemsworth). As these these two leaders clash against each other, the ship sails off for what will be a very long journey. Eventually they head into the Pacific in search of a mythical pod of whales. But when they find it, they run afoul of a gigantic white whale that takes their arrival personally, sinking their ship and pursuing the survivors in their lifeboats.

All of this is staged as an epic battle between humanity and nature, with layers of interest in the way these men strain to survive against unimaginable odds. It's a riveting story, beautifully shot and rendered with immersive effects. And the cast members create complex characters who are profoundly changed by their experience. Not only is there mammoth action, but there's plenty of barbed interaction and even some strongly emotional moments that bring the themes home to a modern audience. Sometimes this aspect feels a bit corny, as clearly whalers at the time wouldn't feel remorse about killing one of these majestic creatures. But we would.

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In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last outing of the Whaling Ship Essex. After setting sale from the port on Nantuckett the 20 man crew expect their journey to be much like the others they've been on, very long and tough but on an old but very trusty ship.

After leaving the port, almost immediately the men are hit by a powerful storm which damages the boat. knowing they must make money and make the trip profitable before returning home, the men continue with their mission. After months of good fishing, the men doc at various ports for supplies. Almost a year into their trip and the Essex is struck by a gigantic whale which causes irreparable damage to the ship's hull.

Stuck with no other choice the surviving men must board one of the incredibly small whaling boats that they have on board. The remaining crew members find themselves stuck in a life-threatening situation, 1000 miles from land, incredibly tight rations and stuck at sea for an unknown amount of time, the crew must find a way to endure - both mentally and physically.

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In The Heart of The Sea - Teaser Trailer


In August of 1819, The Essex set sail from New England. The whaling ship set out beyond the edges of the map to hunt in unknown waters. What the 21-man crew discovered, was far from what they could ever have imagined. A sperm whale - absolutely gigantic and hell-bent on destroying their comparatively tiny ship. While battling the demon of a sea beast, the ship was destroyed, and many of the crew were killed. As the few survivors struggled to find land and make their way back to South America, they faced a harrowing adventure, and fought insanity, storms, starvation and despair. All with the great whale fresh in their minds. The crew referred to it as Moby Dick.

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Michelle Fairley Will Not Return To 'Game Of Thrones' As Lady Stoneheart


Michelle Fairley Game Of Thrones

Catelyn Stark is dead. Dead as a dodo, a doornail, her son Robb, her husband Ned, Sansa's wolf, Geoffrey... We could go on but you get the idea. So why were Game Of Thrones fans (mainly those who had read the series) so irritated by the lack of one major feature in the finale of season four?

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Michelle Fairley played Catelyn Stark on GoT.

It involves zombies and resurrections so it's not all that simple to explain. It's still not entirely clear what's going on when you read the books so it would be an even greater difficulty explaining it in the series. But we shall try: 

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The Invisible Woman Review


Weak

A fascinating true story becomes a deeply repressed movie in the hands of writer Morgan (The Iron Lady) and actor-director Fiennes. It looks and feels murky and dull, and because it's trying to keep everything under the surface never quite reveals anything about the characters or situations. What's left is the intriguing story itself, some strong acting and a lush attention to period detail.

It starts in the 1850s, as Charles Dickens (Fiennes) revels in his celebrity status, adored by fans as he produces the play The Frozen Deep with his rogue buddy Wilkie Collins (Hollander). Then Charles develops a crush on 18-year-old actress Nellie (Jones), who is encouraged by her mother (Scott Thomas) to pursue the affair. But as they fall in love, there's a problem: divorce is unthinkable in Victorian society, so Charles separates from his angry wife (Scanlan) and keeps his relationship with Nellie hidden. And 30 years later, Nellie is still haunted by the experience, even though she now has a family with her loving husband George (Burke).

Fiennes makes the odd decision not to age Nellie at all: Jones looks the same in 1850 as she does in 1880, so the scenes set three decades later don't quite make sense. And there's also the problem that the affair between Charles and Nellie feels like it lasted about two years, when in reality it was 13. These things leave us perplexed about pretty much everything on-screen, unable to engage with the characters or their emotions. It doesn't help that the relationship is clearly doomed from the start, so Fiennes and Jones can never generate any real chemistry or emotion. In fact, they seem barely able to stand each other. Much better are the feisty supporting turns from Hollander, Scanlan and especially Scott Thomas.

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The Invisible Woman - Clips


At the height of his career, Charles Dickens finds himself embroiled in one of the biggest personal struggles of his life. While working on a stage play, he meets a beautiful young actress named Nelly Ternan who is in deep admiration of all his works. Fascinated by her personality and smitten by her beauty, he takes the time to make regular visits to her home in London - a secret that he is desperate to keep from his wife of 20 years Catherine Thomson. Though having a profound respect for Dickens, Nelly's mother makes it plain that she does not want their relationship to develop into something that could mar her reputation. However, Dickens is happy to suffer the shame of an unusual separation if it means he can be with his new lover forever, but just how damaging could it be to his career?

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Ralph Fiennes' 'The Invisible Woman' Garners Positive Reviews


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Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient) and Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction) star in The Invisible Woman, a period drama based on the personal life of Charles Dickens. Fiennes directs the largely British cast which includes his former English Patient co-star Kristen Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander (Valkyrie), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones).

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Ralph Fiennes at the UK premiere of The Invisible Woman.

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Charles Dickens may be famous for having written some of history's greatest stories, but his own life story is probably one of the most touching of all. During a major peak in his career, he finds himself madly in love with actress Nelly Ternan who deeply admires all his literary works. He takes regular trips to London to visit her despite already being married to Catherine Thomson for more than 20 years, and Nelly's mother Frances regularly voices her concerns about what the relationship could mean for her 18-year-old daughter's future. Despite all odds, Dickens is determined to spend the rest of his life with his new lover even if that means a scandalous separation from his wife. In a bid to lower the impact it might have on his career, he vows to keep his new relationship a secret from the public.

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Michelle Fairley - Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere at One Marleybone - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 26th March 2013

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Michelle Fairley

Rose Leslie, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Michelle Fairley - San Francisco premiere of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' season 3 held at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre - San Francisco, California, United States - Wednesday 20th March 2013

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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
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Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner

Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Haringston, George R.R. Martin, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Heady, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss - "An Evening with The Game of Thrones" hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Chinese Theater hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Chinese Theater - Los Angeles, CA, United States - Tuesday 19th March 2013

Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Haringston, George R.r. Martin, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-waldau, Lena Heady, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Michelle Fairley
Michelle Fairley
Michelle Fairley
Michelle Fairley
Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Haringston, George R.r. Martin, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-waldau, Lena Heady, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss

Michelle Fairley - "An Evening with The Game of Thrones" hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Chinese Theater hosted by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the Chinese Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th March 2013

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The Game and Maisie Williams
The Game and Maisie Williams
The Game and George R.r. Martin
The Game and Maisie Williams
The Game and Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley - Premiere of the third season of HBO Series 'Game of Thrones' - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 18th March 2013

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Chatroom Review


Weak
There's a great idea here, but this awkward and dated film struggles to bring the cyberspace experience to life in the form of a gritty teen thriller. The result is intriguing but never as scary or emotional as it's trying to be.

William (Johnson) is a troubled rich kid in North London who strains against the success of his novelist mother (Dodds). Obsessed with suicide, he spends his hours in online chatrooms, creating one that attracts four members: equally bored rich kid Eva (Poots), shy and lonely Jim (Beard), needy Emily (Murray) and Mo (Kaluuya), who struggles with unwanted urges. But it soon becomes clear that William is a predator who's out to unsettle and derail everyone around him. Will they catch on soon enough to stop his nefarious plan?

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In the Heart of the Sea Movie Review

In the Heart of the Sea Movie Review

With a huge budget and a relatively small story, this is an intriguingly offbeat blockbuster...

In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart Of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart Of The Sea is the true seaman's tale based on the last...

In The Heart of The Sea Trailer

In The Heart of The Sea Trailer

In August of 1819, The Essex set sail from New England. The whaling ship set...

The Invisible Woman Movie Review

The Invisible Woman Movie Review

A fascinating true story becomes a deeply repressed movie in the hands of writer Morgan...

The Invisible Woman Trailer

The Invisible Woman Trailer

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens finds himself embroiled in one of the...

The Invisible Woman Trailer

The Invisible Woman Trailer

Charles Dickens may be famous for having written some of history's greatest stories, but his...

Chatroom Movie Review

Chatroom Movie Review

There's a great idea here, but this awkward and dated film struggles to bring the...

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