Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood – Review

This modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest centres on Felix, a once-great theatre director who was cruelly cast aside by those closest to him. 12 years later, he works as a drama teacher in a prison and plots his revenge on those who wronged him by roping in his thespian inmates.

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The Forgetting Time, Sharon Guskin – Review

A four year old boy named Noah remembers a different life in which he was a nine year old boy named Tommy. Doctors are quick to diagnose a mental illness, for what other explanation could there possibly be? A desperate mother is about to find out.

This debut mystery novel from Guskin explores the bond between mother and child, and questions what really happens to us after we die. (*mild spoilers ahead*)

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January Film Round-up

A pretty good start to my 2018 cinema experience!

The Greatest Showman – Visually stunning with an incredible soundtrack. A perfect feel-good film. Inspiring and entertaining, I left the cinema immediately wanting to see it again. Haven’t stopped listening to the soundtrack in weeks. La La Land eat your heart out! 5/5

Molly’s Game – Slick cinematography and sharp performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, but something for me just didn’t click. Was it the fact that I know very little about poker? Or the jarring scene cutting? Or the rather flimsy ‘daddy issues’ element? Not sure, but won’t be watching again in a hurry. 3/5

Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle – I wasn’t going to see this. I wasn’t. But my housemate wore me down, and for a £3 ticket with meerkat movies I didn’t have much to lose. What a pleasant surprise! While it was definitely an unnecessary sequel with very loose threads to its predecessor, it was actually entertaining as hell. Good silly fun that kept me giggling for two hours! 4/5