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Film: Arrival

Film: Arrival

   A sci-fi flick with family undertones – Arrival is this year’s Martian/Interstellar/Gravity. So there is a lot of heavy breathing from behind a mask. This one opens with Louise Banks (Amy Adams) watching her daughter grow up but then there is no sign of her- or is there? Soon Dr Banks has a visit […]

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Film: The Accountant

Film: The Accountant

  The interesting this film is learning how The Accountant, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) came to work for the world’s worst,  slickest criminal organisations. As an autistic child, he was given an opportunity to live in a research institute but his military father felt he needed to stand on his own and arranged self-defence lessons […]

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Film: Storks

Film: Storks

Once upon a time, as we all know, storks used to deliver babies. Times changed and they were no longer needed for that – who knows how babies come to be now. So the storks are now employed by Cornerstore to deliver parcels for Cornerstore.com (AKA Amazon), changing with the times – unlike Woolworths, Blockbusters […]

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Book: Why Do I Say These Things by Jonathan Ross

Book: Why Do I Say These Things by Jonathan Ross

I kept seeing this in Brewsmiths, the much missed coffee shop that sold donated books to raise money for the Big Issue Fund. Published in 2008, I finally bought it on my last visit a year ago. Frankly I was trying to get as much of Brewsmiths to hold on to it; chairs, mugs, coffee […]

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Film: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Film: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Well we did have to go back, thanks to the Cineworld app showing incorrect information, we arrived to find the only showing due was the one in 4DX: which has ‘high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents’. For someone who gets car sick when there are one […]

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Movie – Inferno

Movie – Inferno

I think I’ve seen the first two in this franchise on the telly box, or I may have just seen the same one a couple of times. It matters not. I haven’t been to the cinema all month, mainly because it was Birmingham Literature Festival which entices me to something at least every evening. There’s […]

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Book: This Boy by Alan Johnson

Book: This Boy by Alan Johnson

I’ve known about the first Alan Johnson memoir for some time but it’s taken his third one to come out to prompt me to pick it up. I’ve also known it has been particularly well-regarded, the reason for the two follow- ups. I’m sure. I gave myself 5 days to read it but read it […]

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Movie – Deepwater Horizon

Movie – Deepwater Horizon

I’m hazy about the facts of the real life oil disaster this film is based on. I remember the oil spill in America that was handled badly Shell. Deepwater Horizon is about the seemingly badly run oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. We are set up well from the off as we learn […]

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Book: The Prodigal Daughter by Prue Leith

Book: The Prodigal Daughter by Prue Leith

This is the follow-up to Food of Love, which started during WW2. The family story continues with a deeper look at the next generation. Starting in the swinging sixties, the prodigal daughter, Angelica (the character of the same name in Rug Rats crossed my mind more than once) decides to rebel against her families Italian […]

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Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings

Movie: Kubo and the Two Strings

Once I stopped asking myself why this Japanese animation is aided by American accents, I settled comfortably into my seat. Well I did once I wrapped my cardi around me and found a summer scarf in my bag to help keep more warmth in; the air-con was overused again in our local Cineworld. Similarly last […]

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