12. How I Live Now (2013)
IMDB Rating : 6.5/10
Synopsis : An American girl, sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives, finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Writers: Meg Rosoff (based on the novel by), Jeremy Brock (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George MacKay
This was a beautiful and artistic movie. I loved all the scenes especially at the beginning. The country house, the animals, the kids everything in perfect balance. Even a Series IIA Land Rover, what more could you ask for. I was hoping to see a friendly badger, but I guess they read the tea leaves correctly. This movie reminded me a little bit of the "Lord of the Flies" a movie made during a time of political insanity where nuclear war hung over everyone's head. They say that artists see things long before anyone does, so hopefully this movie is a warning of a potential future outcome which does not have to happen. The acting was superb, Piper was so brave. Imagine if you could have your first love!
11. City of Ember (2008)
IMDB Rating : 6.5/10
Synopsis : For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.
Director: Gil Kenan
Writers: Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Jeanne Duprau (book)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Toby Jones, Bill Murray
I wasn't expecting much from this film, but I ended up loving it quite a bit. It's a great kid's adventure, lots of mystery and action, good character development, and plenty of cool settings.
Bill Murray and Tim Robbins do a fine job in their roles, but they are mostly supporting cast. It's the two kids who are the real heart of the story. I also love how the filmmakers created an entirely plausible distant future where beauty still thrived despite crumbling infrastructure. Above all, this is a movie about hope for the future.
10. Byzantium (2013)
IMBD Rating : 6.5/10
Synopsis : Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.
Director: Neil Jordan
Writers: Moira Buffini (screenplay), Moira Buffini (play)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley
If you are expecting fangs, crucifixes, coffins and garlic prepare to be surprised! These vampires are a new take on a familiar theme. Much of the film is shot on location in the seaside town of Hastings which gives it a fabulously grungy and stark atmosphere. I have to admit that I didn't really want to go and see "another" vampire film. Believe me when I say that this is not just "another" vampire film.
9. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)
IMDB Rating : 6.7
Synopsis : When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, ... See full summary »
Director: Bill Clark
Writers: Bill Clark, Susan Wojciechowski (book)
Stars: Tom Berenger, Sarah Wildor, Thomas Briggs
The cinematography is nice in many places, especially the idealistic scenes of the country village. The outside of the Toomey house looks very much like a studio set, shot from the immediate front, but this somehow adds to the overall feeling of separation and is in no way a problem. Aside from the issue of death, there are no disturbing scenes, "colourful" language, or issues not suitable for youngsters and this makes for a very enjoyable, slow paced, experience.