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 – Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

“SAVING MR. BANKS”
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), left, and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), right, in Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013.
Ph: François Duhamel
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Saving Mr. Banks – Trailer

What did you think of last week’s Spotlight film, Wish I Was Here? For our ‘Spotlight‘ film this week, it’s one that the whole family can enjoy – Saving Mr. Banks (2013), starring two-time Academy Award-winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.

This incredibly moving biopic, charts the real life story behind the timeless classic Mary Poppins, as Walt Disney (Hanks) does everything within his power to convince author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to sell the rights to the award-winning novel.

The story focuses on the unique relationship between two truly inspiring visionaries in their quest to make one of the greatest musicals in history, and for the first time ever, showing us the turbulent and equally magical life story of one of Britains most celebrated authors. Saving Mr. Banks is one for all generations of the family and boasts an a-list cast, including Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson, who help bring the story behind the story to life.

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 – The Lucky Ones (2008)

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.

We hope you enjoyed last week’s Spotlight film, Hector and the Search for Happiness – for the second movie in Film Review UK‘s brand-new ‘Spotlight‘ series we give you The Lucky Ones (2008).

This little known, but equally brilliant drama stars Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams and Michael Pena as three stranded soldiers who’ve just arrived back on US soil for some well-earned R&R. Unfortunately when all flights are unexpectedly cancelled, the three strangers soon find themselves carpooling together in order to reach their intended destinations. All with equally pressing engagements, their time together soon proves eventful as their lives begin to unravel around them, resulting in them forging a bond just a strong as the ones they’ve built over in Iraq.

The Lucky Ones is the perfect Sunday afternoon movie that provides enough drama, comedy and bizarre weather to leave ready for the week ahead.

The Lucky Ones (2008)

115 min|Comedy, Drama, War|26 Sep 2008
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 11,719 usersMetascore: 53
The story revolves around three soldiers – Colee, TK and Cheever – who return from the war after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an …

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.

*Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Instant Video required.