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Review: Mr. Selfridge

Mr Selfridge transports you to a world of British aristocracy and family business

Review: Mr. Selfridge

Set in the early 1900s, ‘Mr Selfridge’ transports you to a world of British aristocracy and family business. Inspired by the life of American-born retail magnate, Harry Selfridge, who moves to London to start the world-renowned department store, the series is a striking period drama, exploring both the intimate issues within a variety of relationships as well as the wider problems society had at that time. It has clearly been produced with much attention to detail; creating a programme that is visually stunning and highly convincing.

The first episode of series three is tainted with tragedy. The wife and mother Rose Selfridge has passed away, leaving a devastated widower. Harry Selfridge is played admirably by Jeremy Piven. He is a troubled character and although his life is one of luxury and unquestionable privilege, there is a heart-warming sincerity that exudes from his persona. Nine months after their bereavement, the…

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Films

Review: The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg explores the underground world of gambling.

Review: The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg is an actor who seems to choose his films with a certain pattern. For every outstanding film he is in, it’s usually followed by a film that’s not-so-good. For example, Ted in 2012 was fantastic – Broken City in 2013 wasn’t so good. Equally, Lone Survivor in 2013 wasn’t so good, but Transformers: Age of Extinction was amazing. Unfortunately, The Gambler is Wahlberg’s next film after Transformers.

In ‘The Gambler’, Mark Wahlberg plays the character of Jim Bennett, an English teacher turned high-stakes gambler who’s in a predicament when he borrows money from a gambler (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Bennett plays both sides of the coin, immersing himself in the underground world of gambling whilst gaining the attention of Frank (the outstanding John Goodman), a loan shark with interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with basketball-player and student (Brie Larson)…

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Theatre

Review: Happy Birthday Without You

Bizarre yet brilliant. A play like no other.

Review: Happy Birthday Without You

Happy Birthday Without You at the Tricycle Theatre is a one woman play that can only be described as bizarre yet brilliant. A play like no other. The audience leave confused, slightly scarred and with a belly ache from too much laughter.

Sonia Jalaly is an actress to look out for. To captivate an audience with nothing but yourself requires talent- and she's got it. Her performance paints pictures to recreate a peculiar world for us all to enjoy. Not to mention that writing a nonsensical play that an audience can follow probably makes her a genius.

The play stars fictional character Violet Fox who invites you to join her on a journey of her past tragic birthdays, usually involving a lack of cake and a drunken mother. Sound exhausting? Well spending 1 hour and 10 minutes in fits of laughter can be, especially when you feel guilty…

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