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Blue Jasmine, Le Week-End, Sunshine in Leith

Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine Francis, the wife of Hal Francis, the perpetrator of a 'Ponzi-style' investment scam, in Woody Allen's latest film. Jasmine finds herself broke and forced to relocate from her posh apartment in New York to her sister's homely terraced house in San Francisco. 

Blue Jasmine

Rating 8/10  12A  98 mins

Cate Blanchett stars as Jasmine Francis, the wife of Hal Francis, the perpetrator of a 'Ponzi-style' investment scam, in Woody Allen's latest film. Jasmine finds herself broke and forced to relocate from her posh apartment in New York to her sister's homely terraced house in San Francisco. The story is told with flashbacks to Jasmine's former life and to the way in which her life unravelled. Blanchett’s performance is a tour-de-force in this tragic comedy, which is widely considered to be Woody Allen's best film for years. While not a laugh-fest like Annie Hall and Allen's early films, Blue Jasmine is a wonderfully observed look at the things that matter in life.

Le Week-End

Rating 7½/10  15  93 mins
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play Nick and Meg Burrows who are in Paris for the weekend to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. They have booked into the hotel in which they spent their honeymoon, but things have changed in 30 years…and not just at the hotel. A chance meeting with a former colleague of Nick’s (Jeff Goldblum) leads to an invitation to a party where many of the regrets and resentments of the past come to the surface. Le Week-End is a bitter-sweet rom-com, which offers a painfully realistic insight into what life between a man and a woman can become after 30 years together. Broadbent and Duncan are in top form as we share the laughter and tears of their bickering and making up.

Sunshine on Leith

Rating 8½/10  PG  100 min

Charlie and Craig Read - otherwise known as The Proclaimers - provide the music in Edinburgh’s answer to Mamma Mia. While the east coast of Scotland doesn't offer the sunny Greek scenery of the Abba musical, but Sunshine on Leith is just as warm-hearted. As in many musicals, the story is fairly slight - it concerns two squaddies who return home to Leith from their tour of duty in Afghanistan and try to pick up life where they left off. The excellent cast includes Jane Horrocks, no stranger to musicals, while Peter Mullan, her screen husband, is from the Russell Crowe school of singing. However, none of this matters and Sunshine on Leith will send you away humming the Read brothers' great tunes.

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