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A NEW YORK WINTERS TALE.

In 1886 an immigrant couple and their infant son are refused entry into Manhattan, deciding they want a better life for him they set him adrift in a boat. Fast forward to 1916, that little boy has grown into Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), far from having a better life Peter is a thief who was raised by a demonic gangster Pearly Soames (Russell Crowe). After an unknown disagreement Peter goes on the run with a mysterious mythical horse that persuades him to carry out one last robbery which leads to love and death. Fast forward again to 2014 and Peter finds himself with amnesia, confused he slowly unravels his past and finds himself in yet another fight to save his life from the demons that have followed him from his past.

Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, this is a story of miracles, crossed destinies and the age old battle between good and evil.  Even though this film has some fairly big names in Farrell, Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and even Will Smith this doesn’t make up for the lack of even the slightest of sensible plots. Farrell suits the common thief role but as for the sickly love story, it’s just pretty cringe worthy.  AVOID AVOID AVOID.

SEE IF YOU LIKED: The Time Travellers Wife, City of Angels.

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground vampire Musician, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic wife Eve (Tilda Swinton). Their love story has survived over several centuries but no sooner does Eve’s younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), show up their debauched idyll is soon thrown into turmoil by her wild and uncontrollable behaviour. The question is can these fragile outsiders survive as there modern world falls apart around them?

This romantic drama vampire film was nominated for the Palme D’or at the 2013 Cannes Film festival and you can see why, with its gloomy yet wry jaded sense of humour and visually poetic love story you’re sucked in and then spat out with wondering what exactly you have just experienced.

SEE IF YOU LIKED: Drive, Interview With A Vampire.

MY PICK OF THE WEEK: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

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