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A film that is set entirely (save for about 30 seconds at the very beginning) set in one man’s car with him as the sole occupant, having various telephone conversations sounds like it should be dull. But this film is mesmerising. Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke, a successful construction manager who on the eve of the one of the most important contracts of his career, receives a phone call that changes everything. As he drives through the night, we witness his life crumbling through his various conversations.

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Year of release: 2013

Director: Steven Knight

Writer: Steven Knight

Main cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman (voice), Ruth Wilson (voice) Andrew Scott (voice), Ben Daniels (voice)

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Genre: Drama

Highlights: Tom Hardy – as the only visible character, he has a lot of responsibility to pull this off successfully, but he absolutely does it

Lowlights: None, seriously

Overall: If action and noise is your thing, then you probably won’t want to watch this. But if you like slow burning drama, with a simmering tension (Locke’s growing frustration is almost palpable) then definitely give this one a go

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In this romcom (actually it’s more of an unrom-com, in that it has the comedy but is not romantic!), struggling writer Josh (Rafe Spall) and high-flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) have a whirlwind romance and get married after seven months. Only then does reality set in and they begin to realise that they don’t know each other that well, and may not be at all compatible. Further complications arise in the shape of Josh’s ex-girlfriend Chloe (Anna Faris) who clearly still loves him, and American businessman Guy (Simon Baker) who has immediate chemistry with Rose when he hires her firm to do some work for him.

There are laughs-a-plenty in this film – and as a warning, if you don’t like crude humour then I’d recommend you avoid this, as there is a lot of crudeness and toilet humour – but as alluded to above, not a whole lot of romance, at least not between the two leads. I did think the main four actors all played their parts remarkably well, even if there was not much chemistry between Josh and Nat. Or maybe that was the point – they seemed to click with other people but not with each other.

Stephen Merchant plays Danny, Josh’s best friend and best man, whose speech at the wedding made me wince with embarrassment, and who always seemed to know exactly the wrong thing to say! Because of this, his scenes were amongst the funniest for me, although possibly amongst the most annoying for some viewers. It’s also worth mentioning Minnie Driver and Jason Flenyng as unhappily married – or are they? – friends of Nat. Minnie Driver has a real talent for comedy and it shows in her acerbic character here. Olivia Colman also shines in her small role as marriage counsellor who obviously has problems in her own relationship!

I won’t spoil the ending but I will say that it was unexpected, and I liked that. Overall, if you are looking for some good belly laughs and an undemanding storyline, then give this a try.

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Year of release: 2013

Director: Dan Mazer

Writer: Dan Mazer

Main cast: Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, Anna Faris, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant

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