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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is based on the memoir of Peter Turner as he falls for high profile Academy Award winning actress of the 40s through to the 60s, Gloria Grahame. Starting off as an innocent romance, things start to heat up quickly and the two lovers must face multiple challenges that erect from dating an older leading lady.

The biographical romance drama is directed by Paul McGuigan with the screenplay written by Matt Greenhalgh. The film stars Annette Bening as Grahame and Jamie Bell as Turner. The rest of the cast includes Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Barber.

Surprisingly humorous and sweet. The running joke from mother Turner hating on Manila caused the audience to giggle throughout the film. A heartfelt story performed brilliantly by Bell and Bening.

★★★★

Reviewed by Riley Hooper