QUIZ NIGHT IS UPON US! TONIGHT!

For one night only, staff at Video City are being let out into the big wide world..! Will our eyes comprehend the world beyond the shop door? After years of sleepless nights, counting cards and filing them alphabetically (endless, endless cards!) what will we make of… THE PUB? What will the pub make of us?? Come and revel in this spectacle, come and behold VIDEO CITY QUIZ NIGHT! Point and laugh at us, test your knowledge, have a drink, warm yourself by the roaring fire and maybe even win a prize!

TONIGHT!!!!

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New Releases: 2nd December

It’s a mammoth week so make a cuppa, steady yourself, and peruse the following at you leisure…

ONLY GOD FORGIVES:

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Refn and Gosling re-team after their previous neon hit Drive.  This one concerns vengence, violence and sexual hang-ups set against the backdrop of Bangkok’s underworld. Style over substance?- Absolutely. The script is undercooked, the film doesn’t hold together, but it looks great, Gosling does a good job of wearing a suit, and Kristin Scott Thomas is fantastic as the mum you wouldn’t cross.
Cert. 18

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ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA:

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The odds were against it but Steve Coogan and co have made a properly funny big screen vehicle for Mr A. Partridge. Sour grapes at North Norfolk Digital radio station lead to a hostage situation – can Alan save the day?
Cert. 15

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LONE RANGER:

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Gargantuan budgeted adventure-comedy took a critical mauling but has had some notable defenders. From the director who bought you all the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the actor who starred in Cry Baby.
Cert. 12

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UTOPIA:

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Legendary documentary make John Pilger examines the troubled history between the Aborigine and white population in Australia.

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LOVE TOMORROW:

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Love and dance collide in this new Brit flick that won the top award at the Raindance Film Festival.
Cert. PG

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ADVENTURE TIME SEASON 1:

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Cartoon lunacy for kids and adults (but most of all, students) – massive hit in America, finally available here.

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SMURFS 2:

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HANGOVER 3:

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MAN OF STEEL:

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PLANES:

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LOOKING FOR HORTENSE:

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GROWN UPS 2:

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THE FOLLOWING SEASON 1:

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The star of possibly the most irritating adverts today decides to go back to his day job (the world shrugs)

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SIMPSON SEASON 16:

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Poster(s) of the Day: Harold & Maude (1971) + My Left Foot (1989)

Both of these films feature CYRIL CUSACK (1910-1993), whose birthday it would be today..

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harold-and-maude-italian-styleVIDEO CITY’S FAVOURITE FILM – LAUGH, CRY, LEARN THE BANJO…

“Poor Glaucus occasionally needs his memory refreshed as to the contours of the female form.”

(Cyril played Glaucus, Maude’s painter friend for whom Maude occasionally posed, in the nude.)

My_Left_FootTHE FILM THAT EARNED DANIEL DAY-LEWIS THE FIRST OF HIS THREE OSCARS

“Welcome to my humble abode.”

(Cyril played Lord Castlewellan, whose riches directly contrasted with Christy’s own background and everything he had experienced.)

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Screen tests for Rebel Without a Cause

Way before anyone had even heard of James Dean, Warner were toying around with the idea of making a film with the title Rebel Without a Cause. However, despite taking numerous shots at writing it out – and despite this 1947 Marlon Brando screen test – they never managed to come up with a satisfactory script – until Nicholas Ray took on the project in the mid 50s.

Here is a screen test from the Ray production in 1955 showing the chemistry between the principal actors (Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo) as they fool around in one of the scenes:

Meanwhile, Corey Allen who played Jim Stark’s rival, Buzz, seems reluctant to get out of his surly character in what is presumably a wardrobe test. Whilst Dean goofs about which each of the actors, Corey looks about as amused as the Queen at Christmas:

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New Releases: 25th November

ACT OF KILLING:

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One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year this documentary challenged former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. With the backing of Errol Morris and Werner Herzog this looks like something special.
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WORLD’S END:

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The final part in Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’. Five friends re-unite to take on the pub crawl challenge that defeated their younger selves. Not as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz but this comedy does have a brilliant cast and impressive fight scenes that’ll make a trip down Wetherspoon’s a strange temptation.
Cert. 15

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ARTIST AND THE MODEL:

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Yet another French film featuring cafes, rural idylls, old men, and young ladies. Looks like the sort of film you’d fall asleep to but with the director behind Chico and Rita and the face of Jean Rochefort there may be more on offer.
Cert. 12 French with English subs

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HEAVEN’S GATE:

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The film that sank United Artists, this much maligned Western has now been restored to emerge as a forgotten classic. Starring Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Walken, and John Hurt.
Cert. 15

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MILIUS:

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New doc about the self-proclaimed “zen anarchist” screenwriter and director. This is the guy who wrote Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry before directing his own stuff including Big Wednesday and Conan the Barbarian. A gun-toting outsider Milius has spent his career in stark opposition to the Hollywood liberal elite. So the story is a good-un and this movie does a decent TV-standard job of telling it with talking heads that include Scorsese, Spielberg, Coppola and Charlie Sheen (but that ongoing trend for creating moving photos may make you want to reach for your .44 Magnum).
Cert. 15

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BREAKING BAD FINAL SEASON:

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The end is nigh… Time to decide on the next series to gorge on.
Cert. 15

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Also out this week

DESPICABLE ME 2:

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THE HEAT:

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CAESAR MUST DIE:

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THE WALL:

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RED 2:

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NEW GIRL SEASON 2:

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SONS OF ANARCHY SEASON 5:

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REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE: BEHIND THE SCENES

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James Dean and Nick Ray on the set of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Cou

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FIRST EVER VIDEO CITY FILM QUIZ – Coming really quite soon…

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We’re hosting our first ever film quiz!

Come to the pub, bring some friends, have a drink, have a laugh, answer a few questions, maybe even win a prize!

As we love films and suspect you quite like them too, then what better way to pass a couple of hours on a winters eve than a FILM QUIZ in the beautiful Uxbridge Arms?

Plus, we thought since we’ve gotten to know you over the years – your names, addresses, the films you like, what you do, the names of your kids, your pets, which books you read, the arguments you have and what you’re having for dinner – then you might like to get to know us AND maybe even each other… Or just come and share a drink – or a warm fire – AND TEST YOUR FILM KNOWLEDGE!

Just turn up – teams (if you have them) will be registered at the time.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

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Staff A-Z of Film: E is For… (Pt.3)

BEN SAYS:

Empire-of-the-Sun-posterE is for: Empire of the Sun (1987)

Based on the 1984 book of the same title, with inspiration taken from author J. G. Ballard’s own personal experience, this huge war epic, directed by Spielberg, follows the story of Jamie Graham, a young boy living with his parents in Shanghai. The film follows Jamie’s plight as the Japanese forces enter and occupy the lands of Shanghai in 1941.

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During the invasion, Jamie is separated from his parents and ends up on the run trying to avoid capture and doing everything he can to survive. However after scavenging through his parent’s house he is eventually captured by the Japanese and held in a civilian holding centre. Whilst captured he makes an unlikely friend in an American sailor, Basie, and it is this moving story of friendship and courage that the films follows.

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With a fantastic blend of humour, action, compassion and friendship, its one of Spielberg’s best and with a cast featuring a young Batman (Christian Bale), John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and even a brief encounter with Ben Stiller this is one epic (and it is an epic at 2 and a half hours long) for the whole family.

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end_of_watch_ver3_xlgE is also for: End of Watch (2012):

I won’t go into too much detail on this film, as the skipper (Simon) has already recommended it.

But what I will say is that this is an unexpected dark thriller told in a simple, yet highly effective way. There’s a little bit of bro-mance in there which isn’t always a bad thing (!) but it’s definitely a must see for all those who loved films such as Heat (1995), Collateral (2004) and The Departed (2006).

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elite_squad_ver3_xlgE is also for: Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) 1 (2007) & 2 (2010):

Centred in Rio de Janeiro, this films follows the story of Brazil’s police special forces, known as BOPE. Their job is never to question who or why but simply to put down and get rid of criminal targets too dangerous for anyone else to hunt down.

The first of the two films follows a young police officer, Matias, who is assisting on a drugs bust in one of the many sprawling favelas that dominate Rio’s poorer districts. During an operation that goes horribly wrong, Matias and his colleagues are left in a ferocious fire fight which unbeknown to them has involved BOPE teams also on an operation.

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As the film progresses we see that Matias is a studious young man trying to better his life but in doing so is caught between the lines of morality and the law. After his close encounter with the BOPE, he is faced with life altering choices about his future which will lead him to not only test his own physical and mental strength but the morals he has stood by for so long…

elite_squad_1239469cThe second instalment of Elite Squad: The Enemy Within follows on 12 years later with the captain of the BOPE from the first film, Captain Nascimento who is now promoted to the rank of Lieutenant colonel, taking centre stage once again. In this instalment, (which in my opinion is the better of the two films but won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t seen the first) the story follows a prison riot in which the BOPE teams are brought in to assist in the situation. When negotiations start to fall apart and a tense stand-off leads to the death of a well-known prisoner, Nascimento becomes the centre of an investigation as to what happened and in turn becomes the scapegoat of the political corruption that sadly affects much of Brazilian life.

from-elite-squad-to-robocop-20111110032831145Although this film is a work of fiction there is a lot of real life inspiration that is drawn from to create this fantastic thriller and is definitely a film that shouldn’t be missed… especially with the football world cup looming next year in Brazil…!!

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Regarded as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest road movie ever created, it features screen legends Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda.

I won’t go into too much detail here as many of you I’m sure have already seen this classic. But for those who have not, here is a little taste of what lies in store…

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The film follows Fonda and Hopper on a drug sale where after their aim is to ride to New Orleans to party and let loose during the famous Mardi Gras festival…. And that’s all I’m saying….

It’s defiantly not a family film, but if you’re old enough (18 rating) and you have never seen this film them what are you waiting for….?!?!

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mpaeasternpromisesbE is also for: Eastern Promises (2007):

This dark and unflinching film centres on the Russian Mafia based in London and their control on the sex trafficking trade, as well as other activities, that go on in the underbelly of a modern metropolis.

The story follows a mid-wife who finds a journal and other information upon the personal effects of a 14-year-old girl whom has died during child-birth. Her inquisitiveness and want for truth leads her to meet some unsavoury characters that plague the streets of London and for whom power and control is everything.

10_eastern_promises_blu-rayThe combination of director David Cronenberg (Crash, The Fly, Videodrome, A History of Violence) with a fantastic cast featuring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassell, whom are all on great form, has meant that this unrelenting, violent and brutal drama is something that maybe not be for everyone. Having said that, if you have the stomach for it and want something a little different then you’re in for a dark treat.

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New Releases: 18th NOVEMBER

WOLVERINE:

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The mutton chops are back, although as you’ll see in the trailer Wolverine goes through some bad times where he sports a full beard – can’t be easy shaving when those adamantium blades could pop out at any moment. Cert. 12

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HARDY BUCKS:

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Pitched as the Irish Hangover (now there’s ambition for you) this movie follows a group of lads on a road trip to Poland to support the Irish football team at the European Championships. Cert. 18

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Also out this week:

NATIVITY 2:

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STUCK IN LOVE:

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In a Shop Close, Close By…

THE FORCE IS STRONG

ea_star_wars_darth_vader.0_cinema_640.0 THE STAR WARS COLLECTION IS ONCE AGAIN AVAILABLE ON DVD!!

Having been withdrawn on DVD for a darn long time – available only to those few blue ray fans – Star Wars is back (in time to benefit from sequel hysteria? Coincidence, surely…)

Queues of eager would-be stormtroopers brave the weather at the recent open auditions

Queues of eager would-be stormtroopers brave the weather at the recent open auditions.

STAR WARS IV-VI & I-III:

Available in 2 collections and in store now (to rent and buy).

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Staff A-Z of Films: E is for… (Pt.2)

ROB SAYS:

The_Elephant_Man-135262381-largeE is for The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick, a severely deformed man who was paraded as a circus freak in turn-of-the-century England. David Lynch’s follow-up to his singular debut Eraserhead has an authentic feel for the time while also evoking the classic horror of Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon with atmospheric black and white imagery supplied by veteran cameraman Freddie Francis.
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The heavy-weight cast includes John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller and Anne Bancroft, but at the heart of the film is an unrecognisable John Hurt as Merrick and Anthony Hopkins as the doctor who tries to help him.
So much of the film is about how others react to the Elephant Man: in horror, fear, pity, confusion. Hopkin’s beautifully nuanced performance is full of conflict, love, and gentleness. He shows that true acting is all about reacting in what could be his greatest achievement.
Anthony+Hopkins+The+Elephant+Man This is a monster movie flipped on it’s head. Lynch begins by building the sense of dread around this freakish man and then shifts to take his side against the far more horrific humanity that surrounds him.
The film unfolds with a quiet power and bit by bit it will break your heart.
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ALY SAYS:

8-MileE IS FOR 8 MILE (2002)

8 Mile is an autobiographical movie directed by Curtis Hanson (Chasing Mavericks) about a young white wannabe rapper Jimmy ‘B-Rabbit’ Smith (Eminem) who tries to defy the boundaries of class and race and break into the rap industry.

8-mile-2002-06-gThe story shows how Eminem, who lives in a trailer with his mother (Kim Basinger) and younger sister, struggles to survive and how he lives only to rise above his circumstances to make it as a successful white rapper.

8mile1With the urban masses at the local rap battles having booed him off stage once already, contending that rap is a black man’s world, Eminem shows that if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

A little piece of trivia that I learnt after watching the film…..The sheet of paper that Jimmy writes on the bus is the real sheet that Eminem wrote “Lose Yourself” on. The sheet of paper sold for $10,000 on an eBay auction.

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SIMON SAYS:

end_of_watch_ver3_xlgE is for End of Watch (2012)

Really original take on a cop movie – Michael Pena plays the role of the guy you expect to find in the force in south central LA – Hispanic, married with kids – yet his partner (Jake Gyllenhaal) doesn’t quite fit in. A little aloof and resented by some of his colleagues, he forms an unlikely friendship with his partner.

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What’s really original with this movie is it doesn’t just centre on the violence and carnage of this notorious district of LA – it is a very human tale of the hopes and aspirations of two regular guys set against the backdrop of a very dangerous workplace.

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Well worth the watch – no pun intended!

ANNOUNCEMENT: VIDEO CITY FILM QUIZ

COMING SOON TO A PUB NEAR US…

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YES, THE FIRST EVER ROYAL VIDEO CITY GALA MARATHON AWARDS AKA

YE OLDE PUB FILM QUIZ

MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2013 AT THE UXBRIDGE ARMS,

13 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TQ (BEHIND THE SHOP).

TIME AND DETAILS TO FOLLOW.

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New Releases: 11th November

GREAT GATSBY:

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This weeks big release. Baz Luhrman decides on a bold new interpretation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel by creating a meditative black and white film with a soundtrack made up of birdsong and the odd dripping tap. Ok, maybe not – Baz ain’t no shrinking violet. Expect more sequins than there are stars in the sky, a jukebox soundtrack that’ll include recent ear burners and DiCaprio giving his best smug expression a workout.
Cert. 12

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PACIFIC RIM:

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After walking away from The Hobbit visionary director  Guillermo del Toro brings you the latest massive robots movie. Needless to say, the world needs saving sharpish and who better to do the job but Rinko Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood) and Charlie Hunnam (one of that special elite of actors that have been in both Sons of Anarchy and Byker Grove).
Cert. 12

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EASY MONEY:

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Thriller featuring drugs, guns, cops, and the Serbian mafia, but the Scorsese indorsement ensures this is a cut above. See it before the unnecessary Hollywood remake starring Zac Effron (yes you read that right).
Cert. 15 Swedish with English subs

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THE INTERNSHIP:

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Apparently an agonisingly extended advert for Google masquerading as a comedy. Featuring a couple of guys who once did a good movie.
Cert. 12

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NIGHT OF SILENCE:

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Berlin prize-winner, this striking drama tells the story of a child bride forced to marry a man over 50 years older than her and just out of prison.
Cert. PG Turkish with English subs

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Also out this week:

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY:

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A MAGNIFICENT HAUNTING:

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TO HELL WITH THE UGLY:

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FOXFIRE:

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DOWNTON ABBEY SERIES 4:

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MYSTERY:

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THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG:

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ET TU, E.T.?

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So we’ve known for a while that Father Christmas wasn’t real… but…..???

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New Releases: 4th November

CHASING MAVERICKS:

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Based on the ‘inspirational’ true story of surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity who took on one of the biggest waves on Earth with the help of a man called Frosty. Despite Gerard Butler this might be decent with direction by Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, Wonder Boys) and support from Elizabeth Shue.

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THE VICIOUS KIND:

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American indie Comedy/Drama about two brothers, their dad, and the woman who makes everything get complicated. Looks like it might have some of the acerbic edge of Exec Producer Neil LaBute’s early work (In the Company of Men, Your Friends & Neighbors). Cert. 15

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THIS IS THE END:

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New comedy from the Judd Apatow stable. While attending a party at James Franco’s house Seth Rogen and co. come face to face with the apocalypse. Smart post-modern subversion or scraping the bottom of the creative barrel? – you decide, either way there’s some laughs to be had while finding out. Cert. 15

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ADMISSION:

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Look at this poster. Keep looking. Now go check out our recommendations shelf, there’s loads of great stuff there. Cert. 12

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SUPER BUDDIES:

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Dogs in capes! Best trailer of the week but can it surpass the other ‘Buddies’ movies? Cert. U

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Also out this week:

MAD MEN SEASON 6:

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THE WRONG MANS:

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GREY’S ANATOMY SEASON 9:

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MIRANDA SERIES 3:

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ALPHA AND OMEGA 2:

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