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Hail Caesar

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Poster for the movie "Hail, Caesar!"

Hail, Caesar!

Lights. Camera. Abduction.

20161 h 46 min
Overview

Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.

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Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Runtime 1 h 46 min
Release Date 5 February 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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‘Would that it were so simple’ a line the young heartthrob Hobie Doyle is forced to repeat in the Coen brothers comedic homage to Hollywood.  I could empathise.  I came away wondering if there was a hidden storyline that was so complex it went completely over my head.  On the plus side it was beautifully stylish, sumptuous even and every actor surpassed in their portrayal of the world of movies in the 1950s.  However each role seemed like a cameo that really had little connection to the whole.  It was more pretty than plot.   There were a few funny lines but, on the whole, I came away bemused.

Dad’s Army

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Dad's Army

2016Duration unknown
Overview

A cinema remake of the classic sitcom Dad's Army (1968). The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.

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Director Oliver Parker
Runtime Duration unknown
Release Date 5 February 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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Which star will I draw for this film?  I’m totally spoilt for choice, I just hope these actors travelled separately when they made this because if there had been a terrible bus crash we would have lost half the great and the good of British acting.  Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Bill Paterson, Annette Crosby, Julia Foster and more

Okay, it was a silly predictable story but it was warm and funny in a nostalgic and bare bum sort of way.  I was hoping that there would be cameos from some of the original cast and it made me smile to see Ian Lavender in a role far removed from the original (stupid boy) Pike.  I rushed to Google after the movie to see if I had spotted correctly that the original vicar, Frank Williams was also included (in the parade scene right at the end).  Apparently they are the only two surviving cast members.

Definitely worth a watch if you can remember the original and are willing to get into the spirit of a 1970s sitcom.