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[GENERAL] - DO use a relatively formal register and an objective tone. Do not be too emotional. - Remember to use linking adverbials to organise your ideas and to make it easy for the reader to follow your argument. - In the exam, allow yourself time to check your grammar, spelling and punctuation thoroughly.
Ready for CAE p 76. Reviews. VocabularyUseful language for reviews
(a hard fight in which people try to obtain or achieve sth,especially sth that sb else does not want them to have. Lucha) of brilliant minds with
ˌ ɪ ʊˈ ː
/æltshaməz/ disease may not
sound like the ingredients of
an entertaining afternoon's viewing.
as mathematical genius John Nash and JudiDench's
of novelist Iris Murdoch will have you
the books on which these two films are based.It is in their thematic content that the two films
resemble each other most
(the act of moving or taking sth away or back. Retirada) of the protagonists into their own
effect this has on
long-suffering but devoted marital partners. Also common to both
films is the fact thatwe witness the two academics in their youth and old age.
Hats off here
to Crowe'smake up team- he is
as the sixty-six-year-old Nash receivinghis Nobel Prize.
A Beautiful Mind
in this respect
relying instead on
other actors toplay the
(having a lively, attractive personality) young Iris - a
Kate Winslet- and her
(having difficulty speaking because he cannot stophimself from repeating the first sound of some words several times; stammering)companion.
unlike the more linear
American film, flashbacks
are used togood effect to switch
(change from one thing to another) backwards and forwardsbetween the two contrasting stages of Murdoch's life.The
(ordinary) realism, withthe novelist seen in her
(full of a lot of things and untidy) Oxford house.
However, if, as I do
more visually appealing, but no lessplausible
A Beautiful Mind
a definite must-see.Other expressionsI would highly recommend it to
anyone who is interested in the human mind.
One particular strength/ weakness
of the film isThe design/production
is second to none
(the best).The characterization is
not its best feature
you (not) to go out and buy/see it.
Do not be put off
(to make sb lose interest in or enthusiasm for sth. Desanimar)by thetitle/critics/cover.It will have you
roaring with laughter
(laugh very loudly).I would definitely
give it a miss
(decide not to do sth.)
: full of exciting events and activity: e.g. an action-packed weekend.
: creating an exciting or emotional mood: e.g. atmospheric music
: that makes you pay attention to it because it is so interesting and exciting:e.g. Her latest book makes compelling reading. A compelling film. She gives a
performance as a village doctor.
: The acting is very convincing
Enthusiastic and vivid
descriptions of the sceneryIt's an
excellent read. It is both entertaining and educational.Exhilarating
: /zləretŋ/ very exciting and enjoyable. Emocionante: e.g. My first
ɪɡˈ ɪ ɪ ɪ
parachute jump was an exhilarating experience.
Provides a fascinating/valuable/revealing insight into
the novel provides afascinating insight (understanding,visión) into the customs in Mexico.
: exciting or interesting in a way that keeps your attention. Emocionante,
: making you feel admiration, because they are very large, good, skilful,etc.Impresionante, imponente, excelente:an impressive performance. One of the mostimpressive novels of recent years She was very impressive in the interview.
: causing you to have deep feelings of sadness or sympathy. Conmovedor: e.g.a deeply moving experience.
: extremely good; excellent. E.g. Outstanding performance.
:/klied/ used so often that it no longer has much meaning and is not
ˈ ːʃ ɪ
interesting: e.g. a clichéd view of upper-class life.
:/kskruietŋ/ extremely painful or bad.E.g. There are two versions of
ɪ ˈ ːʃ ɪ ɪ
this excruciating film.
(adv): e.g. excruciatingly boring.
: Not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince; not believable.Inverosímil. E.g. A rather implausible story.
: promoted or publicized to excess exaggerating its good qualities, in order to get a lot of public attention for it: Promoters grossly overhyped the movie.
: producing emotions such as pity, romantic love or sadness, which maybe too strong or not appropriate; feeling these emotions too much. Sensiblero: aslushy, sentimental love story
: stories, films / movies or feelings that are considered to be silly and withoutvalue because they are too emotional and romantic. Sensiblero: e.g. slushy romanticfiction
: lasting or taking too long and not interesting. Boring. E.g. A very long andtedious film.
: not seeming true or real; not making you believe that sth is true: e.g.I find the characters in the book very unconvincing.I found the plot rather
Expressions to compare and contrastBear a close/a striking/a strong/a slight/little/no resemblance to:
e.g. Her latestnovel, a tale of unrequited love,
bears little resemblance to
her earlier, morephilosophical work.
There is little to choose between
(hardly any difference between) the two CDs
quality of production.The plot of the novel
develops along very different lines from
that of the film.There are several
obvious/striking similarities between
the two films.There is a
world of difference between
the two records,
despite their shared
What sets the film apart from others
of the same genre is its ability to make uslaugh.
A considerable/huge/marked/slight differenceA close/remarkable/striking/ similarityBe dissimilar from/to: E.g. Dissimilar from other New York films.Be very much alikeBe unlike another filmDiffer fromOne thing compares (un)favourably/ well/badly with another Develop in a different way fromHave a great deal/little/nothing in common withResemble each other