THE TRIP TO ITALY
2014, IFC Films, 108 min, UK, Dir: Michael Winterbottom

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles - as themselves - from the delightful THE TRIP, once again hitting the road together. This time they're on a tour of Italian restaurants, allowing director Michael Winterbottom to add visual splendor to comic absurdity as the two brainy cut-ups navigate their way through dreamy landscapes and luxe foods while serving up their own assortment of fresh celebrity impersonations.


PHILOMENA
2013, The Weinstein Company, 98 min, UK, Dir: Stephen Frears

Decades after giving up a child to nuns for adoption, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench in a tour de force performance) travels to America to try to find her son. Journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan, who also co-wrote the screenplay), sensing a great human interest story, travels with her, and both make surprising discoveries along the way. PHILOMENA gives a dark chapter of recent Irish history a human dimension thanks to director Stephen Frears’ deft blend of drama and humor.


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