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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

20162 h 13 min
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In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations.

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Director David Yates
Runtime 2 h 13 min
Release Date 16 November 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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The CGI stuff was expertly executed, but we wouldn’t expect anything less given this film’s pedigree.  The beasts were ingenious and the small details in almost every scene were clever and smile inducing.  A couple of times I was reminded of Mary Poppins, think carpet bag and the tidying up scene.  However, the storyline was thin with too many tails and by the end it felt like an overlong trailer for the four sequels to come.   Although there was little character development maybe  this will be a slow release over the duration of the franchise if they continue with the same cast.  Overall it was average, hopefully the next one will be meatier.  Special mention for Alison Sudol for a luminous, almost Monroe-esque performance.

Sausage Party

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Sausage Party

Adventure is on the menu

20161 h 23 min
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Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

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Director Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Runtime 1 h 23 min
Release Date 11 July 2016
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Movie Rating Average
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Where do I start with Sausage Party?  Racial stereotypes and just about every religion insulted in the first 30 minutes – at least this film is an equal opportunities offender.

If you don’t like sweary films and the depiction of sex acts by animated food then this probably isn’t for you (okay, I take your point WHO does like that last one?)  The film is  weird and clever in unequal parts, one minute I was laughing at a cutting one liner and the next I was cringing at “holes” and “meat” gags.  Maybe because we’re so used to mainstream animation being cute and cuddly that an adult rated film seems cruder and ruder than if  the same lines were uttered by a live action character.  The saving grace for me was the overall concept of the movie, the analogy between the Great Beyond promised when food became the ‘chosen ones’ and were taken from the supermarket and the futility of religion.

I might have blushed watching the last ten minutes when it went into food-sex frenzy overdrive and I was grateful that I was alone at this daytime showing, I wouldn’t have wanted to catch anyone’s eye over the popcorn!

 

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!

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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Movie Rating Not rated
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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.

The Huntsman – Winter’s War

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The Huntsman Winter's War

20161 h 54 min
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As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades - Eric the Huntsman - who previously aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna, and his forbidden lover, Sara, set out to stop them.

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Runtime 1 h 54 min
Release Date 6 April 2016
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Movie Rating Not bad
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Let’s get the accents out of the way.   One of my filmic pet hates is dodgy accents.   I’m thinking Tom Cruise in Far and Away and Julia Roberts in Mary Reilly.  I’m surprised that with all the expertise employed to create some of the most technologically advanced films ever we still struggle to either get the actor some dedicated voice coaching or if that’s not successful maybe employ someone who has the ability to do the accent for real, you know, like a native of England, Scotland or Ireland.  I wonder if film producers/directors believe that their star has an authentic accent or they decide it’s not that important.  It really IS important because it can become completely distracting and ruin a film for many of us.  Back to The Huntsman and I have to admit I didn’t see the first film in this franchise so Chris Hemsworth’s wandering accent came as a surprise. Scottish by way of Ireland and Northern England..just weird!

Accents to one side I did enjoy the spectacle of this film (I splashed out the £1.60 over and above my unlimited ticket to watch it in 3D) – the effects were stunning as were the costumes and makeup.  Casting Sheridan Smith and Rob Brydon as dwarves seems crazy and controversial, visually it worked really well and their humour and obvious chemistry added a light touch, but ethically I’m not so sure.  Did they really paste their heads on to actors with dwarfism?  Hmm. .  The storyline itself left me confused – there were obvious nods to the earlier movie so maybe it’s my fault for not watching the films in order.  Overall it was like a mash up of The Snow Queen, Frozen, Game of Thrones and a touch of Lord of the Rings but none the worse for that.  Fantasy eye candy.

 

 

Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, Ravenna