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David Brent: Life on the Road

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David Brent: Life on the Road
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David Brent: Life on the Road

2016Duration unknown
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A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, "The Office" as he now fancies himself a rockstar on the road.

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Director Ricky Gervais
Runtime Duration unknown
Release Date 19 August 2016
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Starring: Ricky Gervais, Rebecca Gethings

I hate even writing it but this movie was all wrong.  First let me say I was a huge fan of The Office, it was a game changer in TV comedy and deserved every accolade thrown at it and when I heard there was to be a movie of how life has moved on for the hapless Brent I was excited.  But this was a monotone movie, one level, one joke with no development of supporting characters.  In the TV series the pathos of Brent and the exposure of his vulnerability was beautifully revealed as the series progressed and the relationship of the rest of the cast, both with him and each other was exquisite.    There was none of that finesse in the movie and we jumped straight from the tediously annoying middle aged man with a fashionable beard who played it big by throwing money at everything and everyone to the vulnerable, lovable man who might just have a chance at a real relationship.  There were a few laughs but generally it was overdone, outdated and should have left well alone.  Disappointed.

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The BFG

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The BFG
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The BFG

The world is more giant than you can imagine.

20162 h 00 min
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The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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Director Steven Spielberg
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 28 June 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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I’m beginning to suffer from CGI overload but even my jaded cynicism was won over by this fabulous film.  Okay, there were holes in the plot and it was a little overlong but it was sweet, heartwarming and funny, beautifully directed and the CGI stunning.   Ruby Barnhill was a believable, down-to-earth and brave Sophie and the voice of Mark Rylance was just perfect for the BFG.  Penelope Wilton was super as the Queen and fun that it was set sometime in the 70s (the Queen phoning ‘Ronnie and Nancy’).  Good family fun and not just for the kids.

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Now You See Me 2

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Now You See Me 2
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Now You See Me 2

You Haven't Seen Anything Yet

20161 h 55 min
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One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me: The Second Act only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.

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Director Jon M. Chu
Runtime 1 h 55 min
Release Date 9 June 2016
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Oh dear, I should really stop going to see sequels.  I may even have fallen asleep at some point as I lost the plot quite early.  What a pity that Daniel Radcliffe looks like he’s going to feature highly in the worst movies of my year.  Pointless and boring.

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Absolutely Fabulous

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Absolutely Fabulous
© 2016 Fox Searchlight Pictures − All right reserved.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

20161 h 31 min
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Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamor, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hot-spots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

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Director Mandie Fletcher
Runtime 1 h 31 min
Release Date 1 July 2016
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Movie Rating Good
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Absolutely Ridiculous if you only want to concentrate on the plotline.  Really, very silly but a lot of fun if only to play ‘spot the Brit actor that you haven’t seen in ages’ but don’t blink because many were incredibly fleeting cameos and looking down the cast list I can see I missed quite a few.   Barry Humphries turned up twice, once as Patsy’s potential meal-ticket and a very brief moment as Edna Everage.  Rebel Wilson and Rylan Clark were air stewards?  The indomitable June Whitfield at 90 years old was amazing as ever as Edina’s dotty Mum.  Emma Bunton and Lulu played themselves – I was disappointed Lulu didn’t sing, but special mention to Jane Horrocks for her awesome rendition of a Shirley Bassey song.  If you can forgive the script and need a bit of light relief in your life it’s definitely worth a shot.

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The Secret Life of Pets

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The Secret Life of Pets

Think this is what they do all day?

20161 h 31 min
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The action comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment building. After the two-legged residents head for work and school, their pets gather to start their day, which consists of hanging out, trading humiliating stories about their owners, and helping each other work up adorable looks that will lead to more snacks. The head hound is a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.), whose position at the epicenter of his master’s universe is suddenly threatened when she comes home with Duke (Stonestreet), a sloppy mongrel with no polish. The two soon find themselves on the mean streets of New York, where they meet the adorable white bunny Snowball (Hart). It turns out that Snowball is the leader of an army of pets that were abandoned and are determined to get back at humanity and every owner-loving pet. The dogs must thwart this plot and make it back in time for dinner.

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Director Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Runtime 1 h 31 min
Release Date 24 June 2016
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I rarely go to kid’s films, but I love Louis C.K. and the trailers were hilarious.  The full film was not SO hilarious but still a fun way of passing 90 minutes.  It’s a bit like Toy Story but with pets, lots of very different characters including a crazed bunny who leads an army of abandoned pets. Fantastic artwork in the gorgeous sweeping vistas of New York city.  There’s a very funny ‘dogs in sausage factory heaven’ scene and the best bit for me was the final shots where the owners come home from work to be greeted by their enthusiastic pets to the dulcet tones of Bill Withers, Lovely Day.

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