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DEATH ON THE NILE (2021)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey and Dawn French. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamourous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. The sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out against an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
HOPE GAP (2020)
Starring Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O'Connor and Aiysha Hart. Directed by William Nicholson.

Grace and Edward have been married thirty-three years. When their son Jamie comes home to visit them in the fading seaside town where he grew up. Edward tells him that he plans to leave Grace, the next day.

REVIEWS Hope Gap - Enough hope, but too many gaps

THE REPORT (2019)
Starring Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Evander Duck Jr, Jon Hamm, Linda Powell, Annette Bening, Sandra Landers, John Rothman, Victor Slezak and Guy Boyd. Directed by Scott Z. Burns.

Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

REVIEWS The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state

LIFE ITSELF (2019)
Starring Oscar Isaac, Annette Bening, Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Laia Costa, Mandy Patinkin, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Àlex Monner. Directed by Dan Fogelman.

The lives of people from New York to Spain intersect over the course of different generations.
THE SEAGULL (2018)
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Annette Bening, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Mare Winningham, Brian Dennehy, Glenn Fleshler and Michael Zegen. Directed by Michael Mayer.

In the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, a group of friends who gather at a lush summer estate and the mismatched passions and tragedy that change their lives forever. The story begins when a famous actress Irina brings her younger lover Boris to the family's country home for a weekend. When Boris becomes obsessed with Irina’s son's lover Nina, all goes awry.
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (2018)
Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Graham, James Bloor, Frances Barber, Leanne Best, Kenneth Cranham and Tom Brittney. Directed by Paul McGuigan.

Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

REVIEWS Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - A Hollywood romance

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2017)
Starring Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Alia Shawkat, John Billingsley, Thea Gill, Alison Elliott and Laura Wiggins. Directed by Mike Mills.

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.

REVIEWS 20th Century Women - A gentle and magical lesson on growing up

RULES DON'T APPLY (2017)
Starring Lily Collins, Warren Beatty, Alan Ehrenreich, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Haley Bennett and Martin Sheen. Directed by Warren Beatty.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey, under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes, arrives in Los Angeles. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes, who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist. Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress. Hughes’ behaviour intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

REVIEWS Rules Don't Apply - Nostalgic nonsense

THE FACE OF LOVE (2014)
Starring Robin Williams, Annette Bening and Ed Harris. Directed by Arie Posin.

Five years after losing the love of her life, one moment suddenly changes Nikki (Bening) forever...at first sight and with one glimpse, she falls in love again. The object of her affection, Tom (Harris), is the man of her dreams – a handsome art teacher with a big heart, kind smile and zest for life. And he just happens to look exactly like Nikki’s deceased husband, Garrett.
RUBY SPARKS (2012)
Starring Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Alia Shawkat, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould and Aasif Mandvi. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

REVIEWS Ruby Sparks - The art of writing and living

GINGER AND ROSA
Starring Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening and Alice Englert. Directed by Sally Potter.

London, 1962. Two teenage girls - Ginger and Rosa - are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered - by the clash of desire and the determination to survive.
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