Cineworld: Ricki and the Flash; American Ultra; The Visit

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Been watching a few films since the last review update came out, so there are three today and another two coming along soon – both YA adaptations. Firstly, though, three completely bonkers films, with mild spoilers lurking beyond the cut…

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Cine world: Diary of a Teenage Girl, Trainwreck, Mistress America

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Yesterday we looked at recent films telling the stories of men and today I’m following up with three films about the stories of women. I have to say, women are faring much better than their male counterparts at the moment. I don’t know whether this is just because there are still so few films with female leads that they have to be more interesting than those with male leads, if it’s a case of production companies, genres, or whether it’s simply my personal preferences coming into play.

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Now (that’s what I call) TV: Annabelle and Life Partners

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When I was still signed off work sick I tried out the free trial of Now TV movies and when I bought my TV box, I got a movie’s subscription pack with it as well. However, I’ve not actually watched that many films on the movies pack, so I’m trying to get some value for money out of it before I unsubscribe. The problem is, I’ve seen most of the films that are on there, or I can get them on other services like Netflix or Amazon. I’m trying therefore to watch ones that I haven’t seen or at least don’t have on DVD or any of the other catch-up services. I had a little bit of a mini movie marathon a few days ago in which I watched a horror (Annabelle) and a comedy (Life Partners).

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Cine world: Inside Out and Magic Mike XXL

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Inside Out is being hailed as a return to form for Pixar, following a series of sequels. I have to say, I really enjoyed it, but I do wonder if it’s a film that is aimed at adults more than children in some respects. As you probably know, the film takes place inside the head of 11-year-old Riley and its leading characters are the five emotions that control her: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. So far, so Numskulls. However, what makes this film really stand out is that it’s not simply about the interactions between the different emotions and the way they battle for control of Riley, it has a lot more to say about how our minds and emotions work in terms of other aspects, such as memories, personality formation, nostalgia and forgetting.
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