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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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Movie Rating Good
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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.

Sisters

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Sisters

Big sisters don't always know best.

20151 h 58 min
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Two disconnected sisters are summoned to clean out their childhood bedrooms before their parents sell their family home.

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Director Jason Moore
Runtime 1 h 58 min
Release Date 18 December 2015
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Movie Rating Average
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Sisters is like a National Lampoon for girls.  Lots of silliness, a few genuinely funny moments, trashing a house, what’s not to love?  I adore Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, two very talented and hilarious women and I was looking forward to seeing them together in a film, but it just fell flat for me.  Rated 15 , no doubt for the ‘extreme swearing’ and lots of vagina talk which I don’t have any objection to at all but it felt gratuitous at times, as did the stereotypical depiction of gay women.  What was that all about?    I did laugh out loud several times, and I was on my own in the cinema, so I noticed!  If you do go and see it don’t jump up too quickly when the credits roll, the best bit for me were the outtakes.  Fey and Poehler au naturel would be preferable to being shoehorned into a formulaic script.