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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
Overview

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.

The BFG

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The BFG

The world is more giant than you can imagine.

20162 h 00 min
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The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

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Director Steven Spielberg
Runtime 2 h 00 min
Release Date 28 June 2016
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Movie Rating Very good
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I’m beginning to suffer from CGI overload but even my jaded cynicism was won over by this fabulous film.  Okay, there were holes in the plot and it was a little overlong but it was sweet, heartwarming and funny, beautifully directed and the CGI stunning.   Ruby Barnhill was a believable, down-to-earth and brave Sophie and the voice of Mark Rylance was just perfect for the BFG.  Penelope Wilton was super as the Queen and fun that it was set sometime in the 70s (the Queen phoning ‘Ronnie and Nancy’).  Good family fun and not just for the kids.

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.

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.