Spotlight – Scrooged (1988)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Scrooged – Trailer

Continuing on from last week’s family classic, Home Alone, we thought we’d let Bill Murray take over entertainment duties this week with his highly amusing take on the classic Scrooge tale.

Frank Cross (Murray) is a high-powered TV Exec with a really bad attitude to everyone he comes across. So when a  live adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol proves to be his biggest challenge yet, Frank finds himself visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, who set out to show him the error of his ways before it’s too late.

Scrooged is a fantastic and clever re-envisioning of the classic tale and will have you laughing from start to finish on this cold, winter’s evening.

Spotlight – Home Alone (1990)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Home Alone – Trailer

It’s definitely that festive time of year now – Christmas is just around the corner, so let’s kick it off with a true classic for the whole family – none other than Home Alone (1990).

Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is very much the black sheep in the family – with countless brothers and sisters to content with, he often finds himself grounded. So when the family decide to spend Christmas in France, Kevin wakes to find his family have forgotten him and he’s home alone for the holiday’s. Perhaps every kids fantasy, but reality soon kicks in when the family home is targeted by two dimwitted burglers. As the only line of defense, Kevin decides protect his home by any means necessary, whilst trying to figure out how to become the man of the house.

Home Alone is a classic that needs to be shared with every new generation and is a great festive ‘Spotlight’ film this week.

 

Spotlight – The Internship (2013)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

The Internship – Trailer

Monday is indeed round the corner, but fear not, as we’ve got a great Spotlight film for you this week starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn – The Internship is the perfect comedy to make that upcoming week at work a little more manageable.

Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

The Internship makes great Sunday afternoon viewing and may even inspire you to reach for those goals you’ve been eyeing for sometime.

The Internship (2013)

119 min|Comedy|07 Jun 2013
6.3Rating: 6.3 / 10 from 159,556 usersMetascore: 42
Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

Spotlight – Chef (2014)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Chef – Trailer

Did you enjoy last week’s Spotlight film, Antwone Fisher? This weeks ‘Spotlight‘ will be shining on the fantastic upbeat family comedy-drama, Chef (2014), written by, directed and starring Jon Favreau.

Many of you will probably not know of this screen gem due to it’s independent film status (basically it was not a wide release) but the story follows renowned Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) who, after losing his job due to a colossal meltdown in the public eye, decides to go back to the foundations of his profession by opening up a portable food truck as he, his son, and loyal friend Martin (John Leguizamo).

It’s a real treat for the whole family that will make you fall in love with food and cooking again – not to mention it sees the box-office heavyweight Robert Downey Jr team up once again with his Iron Man franchise director – Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Sofia Vergara also lend their talents to the cast.

Make Chef your Sunday evening film – you will glad you did.

 

Spotlight – Antwone Fisher (2002)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Antwone Fisher – Trailer

We hope you enjoyed last week’s Spotlight film, Saving Mr. Banks? This week Film Review UK‘s ‘Spotlight‘ series takes a look at the biopic, Antwone Fisher. Back in 2002, Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington made his directional debut with this hard-hitting, beautifully crafted drama, based on the true story of ex-serviceman Antwone Fisher.

A US Navy serviceman, prone to violent outbursts, is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.

As well as directing, Denzel Washington also stars alongside Derek Luke (Glory Road, Captain America: The First Avenger) in this incredibly moving drama that highlights the true resilience of the human spirit. Antwone Fisher packs a punch in the way of drama but will not leave you disappointed.

Spotlight – Wish I Was Here (2014)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Wish I Was Here – Trailer

Hopefully you enjoyed last week’s Spotlight film, The Lucky Ones – this week’s film choice in Film Review UK‘s brand-new ‘Spotlight‘ series is the independent family drama Wish I Was Here (2014) written, directed by and starring Scrubs very own Zach Braff.

Co-starring Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons and Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin, Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

Despite Zach Braff having somewhat of a rocky transition into the filmmaking side of Hollywood over the last several years, Wish I Was Here is a warm, funny and thought provoking story of family and the struggles we all face in life.

 

Spotlight – Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Hector and the Search for Happiness – Trailer

For the first movie in Film Review UK‘s brand-new ‘Spotlight‘ series we give you Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014).

Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer and Jean Reno, Hector and the Search for Happiness follows, you guessed it, Hector (Pegg), a psychiatrist, who starts to find his ability to help his patients severely compromised due to a fundamental lack in understanding of the key human emotion, happiness. How can you possibly help people in desperate need of happiness when you yourself are unhappy.

So what else can Hector do but embark on an epic journey to find this often illusive emotion – though what he finds along the way he surely could never have expected.

Available now on Netflix UK

Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)

114 min|Adventure, Comedy, Drama|14 Aug 2014
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 31,504 usersMetascore: 29
A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.

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