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Film – the Lego Batman movie

Film – the Lego Batman movie

The jokes are for the adults. The story line is for kids. This makes Lego Batman a perfect kids film with a gag – mostly funny – about 1 every 30 seconds Once the antagonism between Batman and Superman is laid out, the film pokes fun at every superhero from Iron Man to the Turtles […]

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Film: Moonlight

Film: Moonlight

I thought this would have been a tough watch but it was one of those that just went far enough with being graphic, then pulled back. I find I take more – learn more – from the story this way. It opens with the main character still a shy youngster, being picked on in Junior […]

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Film – Manchester by the Sea

Film – Manchester by the Sea

The third film about death seen so far this year (A Monster Calls, Jackie). Manchester by the Sea is more enchanting than that sounds, a bit like the title. The real story, set in a small town in Massachusetts, is about Uncle Lee and his relationship with his nephew. 16 year old Patrick has just […]

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Film: Jackie

Film: Jackie

The Funeral Planner; it’s not as much fun as the Wedding Planner. Jackie depicts the days following the assassination of JFK. The only smiles come from the interlaced clips from the filming of the ‘Inside the Whitehouse’ documentary filmed in 1962. We  see his widows poise and her meltdowns while being evicted from her home […]

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Film: Sing

Film: Sing

Another film about the world inhabited just by animals; this sounds more appealing than ever in 2017. From the people that bought us Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets, this cartoon has a koala, Buster Moon trying to keep his theatre going. He decides to organise a singing contest to put bums back […]

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Film: La La Land

Film: La La Land

So this is not my first, or indeed sixth choice of film and I would never have seen it on my own. I’m OK with musicals, really I am, but I prefer the world of musicals as it was back in the Hollywood hey day or maybe, just maybe, at the theatre. It has to […]

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Film: A Monster Calls

Film: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls deals with a subject that’s affected me recently so there are definitely tears. Not so much losing my mother, as that was some years back and I was 30 then. But what really got me in this 12A rated film is thinking about an eight-year-old I know who lost her mum to […]

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Best films of 2016

Best films of 2016

Films seen 37 (including 5 on flights to/from Hong Kong) – down from 42 last year For the first time in years, there are no films I’ve rated 9/10+ but these first two are the stand out films: Spotlight The Big Short The rest, as always, based entirely on enjoyment: Zootropolis The Accountant Sully: Miracle on the […]

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Film: Snowden

Film: Snowden

About a month before I went out to Canada, I booked tickets to ‘see’ Snowden who was ‘appearing’ in Montreal while we were there. It was unfortunate that when the confirmation came through, a seat was not guaranteed but rather it was first come first served. And queuing likely. The proverbial ‘why ask us to […]

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Film – Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Film – Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

I was there. As I tell everyone who mentions this remarkable incident, I was just a couple of streets away in New York where Captain Sullenberger landed the US Airways Flight on the Hudson River. I tell them I took one look outside my apartment on this coldest of January days and decided not to […]

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