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We wouldn't blame you if you'd written Brooklyn off after watching its terrible trailer. It would, however, be a shame as director John Crowley's adaptation of Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel is a genuinely heartwarming coming-of-age tale that comes out of nowhere to impress you. The story follows Eilis, a young woman who emigrates from smalltown Ireland to New York City where she struggles to settle in – until a mixture of the city's nightlife and baseball-loving plumber, Tony (Emory Cohen) sweeps her up and transforms her into a mature young woman.
Writer Nick Hornby has remarkably transitioned from writing male-centric novels (High Fidelity, Fever Pitch) to skillfully adapting screenplays led by strong female characters (he also wrote last year's Reese Witherspoon-starrer Wild). Through Eilis – played with the aptitude we've come to expect from Saoirse Ronan – you can clearly feel the emotions of someone who finds themself caught between the heady stylish heights of Fifties New York and the potential monotony of a comfortable life back in Ireland.
If that's not convinced you, see it for Julie Walter's scene-stealing role as boardhouse owner, Madge Kehoe.
Brooklyn is out on 6 November
Since 2010 single 'Night Air' and debut album Mirrorwriting, Jamie Woon – the 32-year-old British singer-songwriter who graduated from the Brit School one year after Amy Winehouse – has been championed by some of the UK's leading tastemakers, notably Gilles Peterson.
Part of the soul resurgence occurring in the music industry at the moment (see also: Kwabs and Leon Bridges), Woon's follow-up LP Making Time builds upon the R'n'B-inflected grooves of album number one. With an acute ear for a majestic melody, if you're yet to, now's the time to discover Jamie Woon.
Making Time is released on 6 November