My plan to not get behind in my film reviews this year nearly worked, I have a small handful outstanding and have decided to plump for a slight cheat to get up to date rather than miss them out. Still have a few more films to see before I can do my official best of for 2013 though.
Loved, loved, loved:
Saving Mr Banks - Emma Thomson and Tom Hanks on fine form as the prickly P L Travers, writer of Mary Poppins clashes with the affable Walt Disney and his team making the film of her book. Also good to see Colin Farrell in a non-action film and doing a sterling job
Stan's rating 80%; IMDB 79%; Metascore 67%; Rotten Tomatoes 80% and RT Audience 91%
Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Second in the trilogy and they continue to do a superb job bringing the books to life retaining the somber, fearful atmosphere and deep sense of foreboding that is ingrained in the books. Superb cast, Jennifer Lawrence beautifully captures the awkwardness, conflict and emotional scars of Katniss. I'm going back to see it again.
Stan's rating 91%; IMDB 81%; Metascore 75%; Rotten Tomatoes 90% and RT Audience 92%
Philomena Based on a true story, this is moving, warm and funny and brilliantly acted by Dame Judi in the lead. I laughed and cried and this is certainly a film I'll pick up and watch again when it eventually makes it onto TV.
Stan's rating 79%; IMDB 79%; Metascore 76%; Rotten Tomatoes 91% and RT Audience 90%