FILMS AND BOOKS Defiance. Set in the eastern area of Poland, this new war film captures the Jewish perspective on World War II. Defiance stars James Bond star, Daniel Craig, a man who can provide us with fantastic stunts and full on action, alongside Liev Schrieber, Jamie Bell and George MacKay. The film is an adaptation of Nechama Tec’s book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, which is based on the true story of the Bielski Partisans telling how Polish Jews came together for safety and protection against the intrusion of Germans on their homeland. Craig, Schrieber, Bell and MacKay star as the Bielski brothers, jews who escaped from Nazi-occupied Poland to go on and form a famous partisan army in the forest of Belarus, taking on any challenge or danger that may come their way.
Another brilliant novel from the famous John Grisham. The Associate looks at the character Kyle McAvoy, a successful editor-in-chief with limitless future potential. Yet he comes with a secret, which falls into the hands of the wrong sort of people which consequences in Kyle having to take a job he most definitely does not want. He becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world, where in addition to law he is expected to cheat, lie, steal and take part in a scheme which could send him to prison, or potentially get him killed. The Associate is another thrilling and exciting Grisham read.
Jamal Malik is an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who gets the chance to take part in India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” although when the show breaks for the night, the police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a poor kid from the streets have so much knowledge? Jamal goes on to tell the story of his life in the slums where him and his brother grew up with each chapter revealing the key to the answer to one of the famous game show’s questions. Starts off quite dramatic but has a heart warming ending
The Bodies Left Behind is set in a small town in Wisconsin beginning with a call to police emergency from a distant lake house being cut short resulting in the brave female off-duty police officer driving up to the lake to investigate. She stumbles upon the scene of a horrific murder, yet before she can call for backup, she finds herself being the next potential victim. Deprived of any form of communication, she comes across a survivor of the carnage, who becomes an ally to help her amidst this horrific situation.
SEVEN POUNDS. Will Smith stars as a man with a perfect life; he has an ideal job, loving wife and a beautiful beach house. But whilst driving on the phone, his car wanders across lanes and he becomes responsible for the deaths of 7 people, one of them being his beloved wife. Unable to forgive himself for what he caused, Tim Thomas (Will Smith) sets out to give new life to seven deserving individuals to make up for those that he destroyed. He intends to kill himself in order to give away his organs to these worthy people. The film is very thought provoking, moving and a definite tearjerker.
This publication is sure to become an instant collector’s item, with TIME marking Obama’s rise to presidency in this illustrated book. It showcases the unrivalled, intimate behind the scenes photography of campaign photographer Callie Shell, the lady who has visually documented Obama’s journey since he began his run for President. The book provides readers with a concise and interesting account of how Obama rose to power, beginning from his early years, giving us an insight into the new presidents life. A very personal and intriguing read.
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