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Absolutely Fabulous

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

20161 h 31 min
Overview

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.

Star Wars

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Poster for the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Every generation has a story.

20152 h 16 min
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Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

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Director J.J. Abrams
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 15 December 2015
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Movie Rating Excellent
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My film viewing has been mediocre at best for the last few outings but that all changed today.  I am surprised to report that I absolutely loved Star Wars!  I’m not even a Star Wars fan but this was a very fine piece of entertainment.  Balletic action sequences, bright young cast with the return of a few old faces, a self-contained story which occasionally nods to the past.  Special mention for Daisy Ridley as Rey, a fabulous, feisty hero.  No plot giveaways here, suffice to say there were moments when I’m not sure if I actually clapped but if not I wanted to.  Warm, witty and non-stop.  Highly recommended.

 

 

Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The fire will burn forever.

20152 h 16 min
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With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

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Director Francis Lawrence
Runtime 2 h 16 min
Release Date 19 November 2015
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Movie Rating Excellent
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Katniss Everdeen – graphite by PJ

The fourth and final part of Hunger Games franchise is a much more robust animal than Part 1, the runt of the litter. The thin storyline in the first part could easily have been combined with this one and it smacks of spinning out the income stream.

That said however, the final film, restoring a tense narrative and stylish production, was a fitting end to what has been a stand out series. What’s not to like about a film that serves up strong roles for women AND a political message. (The universal and everlasting ‘when times are tough get the wage slaves to argue amongst themselves to distract from the real enemy, the elite’). The action sequences and effects are spectacular as Katniss and her band of commandos edge their way into the booby trapped Capitol to assassinate President Snow. As Katniss realises that one ruling elite is no different to its replacement the final outcome is flagged way in advance. I’m conflicted about the ending. Not to give too much away it seemed contrived, artificial and tagged on but on the other hand, maybe we needed that conventional reassurance?