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BROOKLYN (12A)

The perfect date movie…

Brooklyn has received rave reviews since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Not only is it rated at an impressive 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of writing this article) but it’s tipped for Oscar glory – with many industry pro’s believing it will be up for a Best Picture nominee. Although it’s too early to say if I think it would win, I strongly believe it deserves to be on that list.

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Brooklyn is a beautifully made coming-of-age story based on Colm Tóibín’s popular 2009 novel of the same name. It focuses on Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish girl who immigrates to Brooklyn in the 1950’s. Homesickness soon kicks in and Eilis struggles to adjust to her new life.

Whilst attending a dance, Eilis meets a handsome Italian boy (Emory Cohen) who gives her purpose outside of the store that she works in. Things are going great until she makes a brief return home and grows feelings for another man (Domhnall Gleeson). She must now choose between two countries and the lives that exist within them.

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Every character in this movie is perfectly cast. Saoirse Ronan is a brilliant choice to lead the story. Emory Cohen will leave you rooting for him, whilst Domhnall Gleeson adds another likeable kind-hearted character to his CV before turning to the dark side in Star Wars. And Julie Walters often steals the show with her laugh-out-loud moments playing the owner of Eilis’ boarding house. Together, they make this one to watch!

The best thing about Brooklyn is that it succeeds where many Romantic films fail. It is sweet throughout without making you want to reach for a sick bag. This is the perfect date movie.

See Brooklyn at Showcase Cinema, Peterborough – and find out what all the Oscar fuss is about. Visit www.showcasecinemas.co.uk for the latest up-to-date show times. You can also join the chat on Twitter @showcasecinemas or on Facebook by searching for ‘Showcase Cinemas’.

Mikey Clarke

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Genre: Drama, Romance & Comedy

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters & Jim Broadbent

Running Time: 1 hr 52 mins

Directed by: John Crowley

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