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Absolutely Fabulous

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Absolutely Fabulous
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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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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
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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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Warcraft

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Warcraft
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Warcraft

Two worlds. One home.

20162 h 03 min
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The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

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Director Duncan Jones
Runtime 2 h 03 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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In spite of the dire reviews from the critics I really enjoyed seeing WoW come to life on the big screen at Hinckley Cineworld.  Full disclosure:  I’ve been a WoW player off and on for over 10 years so may be biased, but I was really curious how this would pan out and had a horrible sinking feeling after reading the professional critics reviews, but maybe they’re not gamers.  During the first couple of minutes, as we were introduced to the Orc heroes I was like hmmm…not sure I can root for the Horde.  (I’m an Alliance girl through and through) but then we switched to the sight of a familiar fortress hewn from stone.  Ironforge! my spiritual home (dwarf/hunter).  Then onto Stormwind, Goldshire, Elwyn Forest – all so familiar.  Although this has obviously been made to appeal to the widest audience there are lots of nods to WoWers – the portals, the gryphon flights (that land in the right place at Stormwind) and even the fleeting sight and sound of a Murloc!  The storyline was okay, the CGI was pretty impressive and overall a good time was had by all, well me at least.  I’ll be interested to see if non-WoWers find it entertaining but I got a kick out of it and from the ending it looks like it was set up for a sequel.

For Azeroth! For the Alliance!

As I leaving I was greeted by the manager, jokingly telling me I should be barred (I’m there so often), at least I hope it was a joke – yes, I’m sure it was a joke!

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Alice Through The Looking Glass

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Alice Through The Looking Glass
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Alice Through the Looking Glass

It's time for a little madness.

20161 h 58 min
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In the sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", Alice Kingsleigh returns to Underland and faces a new adventure in saving the Mad Hatter.

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Director James Bobin
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 25 May 2016
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This sequel to Tim Burton’s earlier foray into the world of Lewis Carroll was a visual treat.     Excellent casting in a story centered around time.  I loved all the corny ‘time’ jokes and was relieved to see Sacha Baron Cohen bouncing back from the horror that was Grimsby   We discovered that the Red Queen was a bitter and vindictive woman with an over developed sense of entitlement because of a personality change after a head injury and the Mad Hatter had never got over being a disappointment to his father.   I guess it’s good for kids to see that behind every weird and/or nasty person there is usually a reason.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

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Florence Foster Jenkins

20161 h 50 min
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The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

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Director Stephen Frears
Runtime 1 h 50 min
Release Date 6 May 2016
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I can’t make my mind up about Florence Foster Jenkins. Was she the likeable, vulnerable if eccentric character portrayed by Meryl Streep? Or was she the entitled, arrogant woman who was rich enough to surround herself with sycophants and never learned the truth until it killed her?
However, that aside and remembering that this is a film review and not an investigative report, the movie itself is great.   Meryl Streep is almost boring these days in her brilliant portrayals of a myriad of characters and FFJ is no exception.
If you’ve never heard of Mrs Jenkins, she was the rich socialite who decided she wanted to be an opera singer even though she couldn’t hold a note and eventually she sang at Carnegie Hall.  Since her death in 1944 her recordings have become classics, although for their comedic rather than their musical value.
There are many examples of her songs on the Internet and listening to them I was impressed with Meryl Streep’s accurate (if painful) renditions which must be difficult when you can actually sing.
Hugh Grant gave a charming performance as Florence’s common law husband and the relationship between them was as touching as it was unconventional. The strangely named Cosme McMoon (played by The Big Bang’s Simon Helberg) was her pianist who couldn’t believe his luck at being paid so much and couldn’t believe his ears at the noise he was being asked to accompany.
A warm and funny film but if you’re like me and need to dig deeper after watching any ‘based on a true story’ film I suggest that AFTER you’ve seen it you watch the full length documentary about Mrs Jenkins that can be found on YouTube.

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