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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.

Daddy’s Home

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Daddy's Home

20151 h 36 min
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The story of a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids.

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Director Sean Anders, John Morris
Runtime 1 h 36 min
Release Date 25 December 2015
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I like comedy, it’s probably my favourite genre on TV. One off stand-ups, comedic panel shows like Mock The Week, and comedy series from the IT Crowd and Father Ted to Nurse Jackie and even the US version of The Office. I love them all, but when it comes to comedy films I’m either missing something or there’s an emperor’s new clothes thing going on. What is it with these comedy/family movies? Often they are same sex double handers (think Sisters) with a one joke storyline interspersed with a couple of physical stunts/CGI set pieces, everyone makes up in the end and we all live happily ever after. Maybe I’m just getting cynical in my old age but they smack of someone milking the ‘what can we do with the kids now that Christmas is over? I know – a ‘family’ movie night’. Oh and lets look at the demographic here, maybe a comedy about a ‘blended family’.

Daddy’s Home was that sort of movie, inoffensive but ploddingly predictable. Dependable, upstanding Will Ferrell as step-dad, desperate to be a good parent to his new step-kids when ‘real’ Dad returns in the shape of the much cooler and all-round rapscallion Mark Wahlberg. The tussle between the Dads to retain the affection of the kids is the main story interspersed with a few clever stunts and the easy joke of having small children issuing expletives, funny but cheap (and nothing beats this one).

The actors were all competent, the stunts were nicely done and in an almost full screening (looking good Cineworld Hinckley) there were quite a few chuckles but I wouldn’t watch it again, not even on TV.

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