Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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RELEASES Still Alice (Cert 12, 101 mins, Artificial Eye, drama/ romance, also available to buy on DVD, PS19.99/ Blu-ray, PS24.99 or on demand from various streaming services) Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Shane McRae, Erin Darke, Stephen Kunken.

Celebrated linguistics professor Alice Howland (Moore) leads a charmed life. She has a husband John (Baldwin) and three grown-up children, Anna (Bosworth), Tom (Parrish) and Lydia (Kristen Stewart), who are forging divergent paths through life. During a lecture that she has rigorously prepared, Alice inexplicably loses her train of thought. "I knew I shouldn't have had that champagne," she jokes to appreciative giggles from her audience. Alice begins to forget simple vocabulary and seeks guidance from family medic Dr Benjamin (Kunken). He rules out tumours or a stroke but suspects that Alice is exhibiting the early symptoms of Alzheimer's. Tests confirm the doctor's fears and since the condition can be passed down, Alice calls together her brood. She advises her children to be tested, which poses a dilemma for Anna and her husband Charlie (McRae), who are expecting twins.

Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice is a modern family portrait which will strike an unsettling chord with anyone who has witnessed their nearest and dearest succumb to this cruel disease. Moore delivers a spellbinding, Oscarwinning performance of subtlety and raw power, while Baldwin tugs our heartstrings and Stewart offers strident support as the youngest member of the clan, who is determined to reconnect with her mother in the time that remains. Writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland treat characters with sensitivity, touching lightly on the frustrations and blind terror that will become more frequent for Alice and her inner circle as the disease progresses.

Chappie (Cert 15, 120 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, sci-fi/action/thriller, also available to buy on DVD, PS19. …

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