Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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BROOKLYN (12A) EILIS LACEY (Saoirse Ronan) is a shrinking violet living with her mother and older sister Rose, and earning a meagre crust - and withering rebukes - at the local shop run by the imperious Miss Kelly. Thanks to Rose, Eilis secures a one-way ticket to a brighter future in New York.

Eilis' homesickness gradually fades and she excels as a salesgirl at a department store under stylish floor manager Miss Fortini (Jessica Pare). She also sparks a tender romance with a handsome plumber called Tony (Emory Cohen).

Painfully innocent to courtship rituals, Eilis turns to the other girls at the boarding house for advice.

In Brooklyn love: Eilis and The lovebirds marry in secret, but when Eilis returns home to Enniscorthy, local boy Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson) unexpectedly turns her head and makes her hanker for small-town life.

Brooklyn is a classic, old-fashioned love triangle, which combines elegant storytelling, strong performances and swoonsome visuals. Rating.....

BURNT (15) AT his peak, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was a rock star of the culinary scene at a restaurant in Paris led by legendary chef Jean-Pierre. Then he threw it all away, wrecking relationships with many of the people who helped him to ascend those dizzy heights including Jean-Pierre's Bravely Malala Yousafzai daughter, Anne Marie (Alicia Vikander).

Adam eventually heads to London, where he forces his way into the kitchen of a failing restaurant owned by the father of his old maitre d', Tony (Daniel Bruhl).

Arrogant as usual, Adam promises to turn the eaterie around and recruits a talented team including Helene (Sienna Miller) and former Parisian colleagues.

Demons of the past return to haunt Adam and he contends with self-doubt as well as loan sharks and the people he gleefully offended including sharp-tongued food critic Simone Forth (Uma Thurman).

Burnt has all of the ingredients of a tasty yarn, but the finished dish is simplistic and bland, lacking any surprising flavours to keep us engaged. …

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