No Good Deed
'An unsuspecting Atlanta woman lets in a charming stranger to use her phone and soon believes the adage "no good deed goes unpunished" when he takes over her home and terrorizes her family.'
I love Idris Elba, but this film was just meh at times bordering on silly. 1/5
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
'The Rev. Moore is prosecuted for the wrongful death of a girl thought to be demonically possessed, because he administered the church-sanctioned exorcism that ultimately killed her. Prosecuting attorney Ethan Thomas contends that the young woman, Emily, suffered from schizophrenia and should have been medically diagnosed. Meanwhile, defense lawyer Erin Bruner argues that Emily's condition cannot be explained by science alone.'
I feel like I've seen exorcism films like this a million times before, the only difference with this that made it slightly more entertaining was that it was largely set in the courtroom. Still nothing special. 2/5
'An Irish teacher and a Boston ad exec start a relationship after their lust leads to pregnancy.'
An entertaining Amazon show that despite having mainly unlikable characters in strangely addictive and highly amusing. 3/5
Apple Tree Yard
'A provocative thriller which sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie. Based on the novel by Louise Doughty.'
A four part BBC adaption of the book of the same name this was brilliant. I loved the book when I read it a couple of years ago and this stayed faithful to the story. Everything about this was high quality and despite already knowing the story kept me gripped right until the end. 4.5/5
The Girl With All the Gifts
'In the future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into a thoughtless, flesh-eating monster. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.'
I read the book a few years ago and loved it (read it!) so was interested to see how it would be adapted. When the cast were announced I was some what irked by the fact the books protagonist (an older black woman) had been cast as the twenty something and white Arterton. That aside the film was really good and Nenua who played Melanie stole the show. Although the film didn't go as in depth or explore the really interesting themes the book delved into this is a great alternative to the usual zombie/ virus film and offers a new perspective. 4/5
David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)
'The film catches up with Brent 12 years after the airing of the BBC mockumentary "The Office" to find he is now a traveling salesman. However, he hasn't given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion.'
I am a huge fan of the original The Office tv show and have rewatched it many times- it's a classic, that also happened to have a perfect ending which tied everything together nicely. To be honest I wasn't expecting much from this unnecessary cash in and only watched it because it went on Amazon Prime. It was the most pointless film ever. It wasn't funny, it had no story and all the other characters aside from Brent were flat, shallow stereotypes there to serve a purpose to the story line and sappy happy ending. Just don't bother with it! 1/5