Episode 11 Film 2013


Episode 11

Film reviews. Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh cast a critical eye over the latest movie releases, which include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Parkland and Vendetta.


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. And where were you when JFK was shot?

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Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron star in Parkland.

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Plus, the revenge drama, Vendetta, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. The

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new film from Wes Anderson. We're happily joined by guess critic Chris

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Hewitt. First-up, Jennifer Lawrence recreates her role as Katniss

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Everdeen in The Hunger Games Catching Fire. Having won the Games

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first up, and Peeta are up against previous victors.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the victors of the 74th Games, Katniss and Peeta.

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We pick up when Katniss and Peeta are about to go on the victory tour

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and everything is just different after the Games and she doesn't feel

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like she belongs anywhere. She's not who they think she is. She just

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wants to save her skin - simple as that.

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She has become a beacon of hope for them. So she has to be eliminated.

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The way they won The Hunger Games is unlike any other. The first time

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that there were two victors. Help me get through the trip. This trip

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doesn't end when you get back home. What do we do? Your job is to be a

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distraction. It has such an enthusiastic fan base so I was

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energised. Because the fan base is so big, you have to make sure that

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you tell the story in the best way possible. You haven't heard people,

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Katniss. You've given them an opportunity. They have to be brave

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enough. We have to go before they kill us. They will kill us. What

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about the other families? The ones who stay? What happens to them?

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People are looking to you, Katniss. I don't want anyone looking to me. I

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can't help them. The stakes are incredibly high.

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Everything in their world has intensified inside and out of the

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arena. We get to see a broader scope of the world. See more of the

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capital, more of the districts and then you've got another danger with

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these guys. We go back in to the games. So, short stick, I would say,

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is what the characters are drawn to. This is the 75th year of The Hunger

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Games. The tributes are to be reaped on the existing pool of victors. I

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have to say goodbye. Katniss. Remember who the real enemy is.

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Katniss Everdeen in the first film is a young girl who raises her hand

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for her sister - just a gut reaction. And in this movie, she

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becomes a warrior. And we do see her start to evolve in to this... In to

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what we see as a leader of a rebellion. Go ahead. Her entire

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species must be eradicated. Her species, Sir? The other victors.

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Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all

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think they're invincible. She looks amazing in the grey there.

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What do you think? Catching Fire is the second film. Sorry, the second

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in a quadrilogy. An unglamorous place for a movie to be. And it has

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a strange job because it has to take the story from over here and put it

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over there in time for the 2-part grand finale. I think it is better

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than the first movie. It is lean and slick and relentless and

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relentlessly cynical for a movie. The message of the movie is that you

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can't trust the government, you can't trust the media and people in

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show business. I think that's a healthy message to tell the youth of

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today. It is healthier than the toxic guf I used to get from

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Twilight. To be honest, I'm 41. And so, I stand back from this and say -

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this is a well made peels of Hollywood entertainment. If I was 15

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and had to go out and bare knuckle fight 200 other kids to work in a

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call centre, this would be my favourite movie of all time. My son

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isn't that old. He's almost 11 and he's counting the minutes. He's

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literally set his timer for when he can go at the weekend. What do you

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think? I liked it. I went in to this movie as I go in to most movies as a

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position of ignorance. I didn't know anything about it. I hadn't read the

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books. I barely remembered the first movie. I remember enjoying it. There

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was one part where someone was disguised as a tree. Otherwise I was

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in a position of ignorance. This movie is better than the first, as

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far as I could tell. It is more gripping and more adult. It is not

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really aimed at kids. I think that 10-year-olds will love it. Jennifer

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Lawrence is fantastic. And it is constantly surprising as well.

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Things happened that I didn't see coming. I loved the first film. I

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think that it is... If this isn't too mean - all about her. If it was

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anybody else, it would be fine. But she is - you can't stop staring at

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her. It is interesting. One of the things about the movie that it does

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so well is that it is two movies in one. You've got this media satire

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all about the government and about society and then it turns in to an

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action movie. And the action movie is impressively weird. It takes

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place in this artificial jungle set in a dome and it is a neat trick to

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pull off. Because the thing about this science fiction is often there

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are barbaric terrible sports which is secretly really fun to watch. If

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anybody remembers the original roller ball, the sport. Which we

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were supposed to be appalled by. And I think that Catching Fire does a

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good job of that. There's a level of excitement, but it is not too

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exciting. The film belongs to Jennifer Lawrence. She elevates the

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whole thing. It is difficult for me, having said that I'm 41, a

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41-year-old man, I can't talk about Jennifer Lawrence without sounding

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like a desperate old pervert, but actually, the series as a whole is

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lucky to have her because I think what she does is that the reason

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that people fall in love with her off camera is because she seems like

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a movie star who may also be a human being. You said she was your

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favourite interviewee? She's sparky and not playing a game. She's just

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herself, essentially, and she's fantastic in the movie. One of the

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things that doesn't work about it is that there's a love triangle at the

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core between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

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And neither of those two are really good enough for her. There's a big

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pivotal kiss about halfway through and I watched this with a notable

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film critic. And when it happened he went - oh! Almost as if I was

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disapproving in some way. It is great. All of that stuff translates

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on to screen. Because the thing about Katniss Everdeen shall the

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character, and it wouldn't work with many other actresses is that she

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seems like an ordinary girl. A Hollywood actress to appear like

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she's been made up to not wear make-up. Most other young actresses,

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that's what you would get. And she's not a Ripley clone. Most action

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heroes are. She's smart and tough but also vulnerable. There are a lot

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of scenes where she's put in peril and doesn't know what's happening.

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You see it all in the face. But another reason that I think that the

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film as a whole is better than the first film, from what I can remember

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of the first film s that the cast are better. You still have Stanley

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Tucci and also Philip Seymour Hoffman who underplays everything.

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You can tell that he's professional because they introduce him and bring

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hem on the stage. He doesn't flicker for a second and gets on with it.

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But the whole supporting cast, there's really... Yes, all of them.

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The sparky characters. And nobody looks bored or resentful or too good

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for this. Nobody looks like they're sending an abusive text to their

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agent the moment they say cut. Which is rare with a movie like this.

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Good, you love it. I love it. I thought that it was long. And I

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wanted something to happen at the end rather than her just to open her

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eyes - excuse me! Rather than an ensemble for Parkland

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which recreates the chaotic events immediately surrounding the

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assassination of JFK. Are you going to be OK here? Yeah,

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it's a good program. I want everybody downstairs to see the

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President. Parkland is about the assassination

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of John F Kennedy in a way we've never seen before. It's through the

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eyes of the people who were so intimately involved. The man who

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accidentally took the home movie of the evidence of the crime. The

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brother of the killer. The FBI agent who knew about Oswald the whole

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time. It's from the point of view of people who were not witnesses,

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necessarily, but actually participants. We've got something.

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It's the President, he's coming in. I'm fascinated by stories in the

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periphery. The stories that we don't think about and which frequently

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turn out to be more powerful and interesting. And the idea of a

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rookie doctor who thought that the President was coming in because he

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had a cold and then to be covered in his blood. You can't make that up.

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It is the President. I know who it is. I need pressure right now. And

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when Oswald came in, he was treated by the same team of young doctors.

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So the murder victim and the murderer, it's shake peerian. We

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might get to keep this one. Do we want to? -- Shakespearean. What if

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he dies? We need a confession. The Kennedy assassination and 9/11

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are the two most sim inial moments in history. It rels owe nats because

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it is a part of our national mythology. I hope that people will

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experience the Kennedy assassination as if they were witnessing it unfold

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in front of them instead of something that they read 50 years

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ago. We have the assasin of the President in our office, ten days

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ago. We had him and we couldn't stop him. Jeet us Christ - this was not

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supposed to -- Jesus Christ, this was not supposed to happen.

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Chris? Can I say that this may have been rushed out in time for JFK's

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50th an veraries which is a little bit tawdry. -- anniversary, which is

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a little bit tawdry. Based on the other people involved in the

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assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald. Unfortunately, this is a little dull

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and roped. It is not Parkland. It sits there like a coat on a coat

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rack. It doesn't work. It's very samy! It is a shame because it is a

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great idea. I can't get over the idea. Chris is right. Some movies

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are inspired, most movies are I spired because someone involves

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feels very passionate and inspired and wants to bring a story to the

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world. Others are made because someone in a studio was browsing on

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WikiLeaks and said - it is -- on Wikipedia and said it is the 50th

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anniversary coming up. It is interesting to take this very over

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familiar scene and look at the secondary characters and make it new

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again. But you don't feel, I didn't feel anyway, that you learn

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anything. You don't really feel anything. And so that impulse to

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commemorate is fine. But that's what details are for. There's a line

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where a character says, "Doctor, you have nothing to work with." And that

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says it all about the fill. It is referential, which it has to be. And

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grown-up. But at other points, it becomes sort of comedy! Yeah, it is

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overbearingly sombre throughout. Which you're right, it has to be.

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But it is so in your face, it ends up tipping to to camp. There's a

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scene, Chris and I were talking about it earlier where the coffin

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had to be brought on to the plane so that it could finally escape Dallas

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ta becomes - if you are charitable, John Waters, and uncharitable, the

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Chuckle Brothers. And I hope that people over there won't see it as a

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spoiler but for most, we go in to the film knowing how this is going

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to go for Kennedy and how it is going to go for Thomas Waldrom. And

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it leaves a -- Lee Harvey Oswald. And there is an inconsequential

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moment in there. And the man who filmed the incredibly famous

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footage. The sequence of whether they can develop the footage or not.

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And you think - well, it's on YouTube. Without want be to be

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crass, we do know. I thought that it worked. There were moments and

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things in the movie that I hadn't seen or heard before about the

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assassination. But that worked for me. But there are moments when it

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felt that the movie was slightly cheap. It was a superior fwil am but

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didn't have the budget to recreate the film. There is a moment where

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Paul Giamatti is filming the famous film and he's in dal they clearly

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can't afford the procession to go past so they had the camera on her.

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We want them. But you know you're in trouble pretty much straight way

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way. Kennedy is wheeled in to the Parkland Hospital and who turns

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around only Zac Efron! If that was me, and if I'm ever in a position

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where my life depends on Zac Efron, you can wheel me straight back out

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and leave me in the car park. He manages not to burst in to song, but

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that's about it. I think that the casting with Zac Efron is

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disastrous. And Jackie Weaver, the great Jacki Weaver who plays Lee

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Harvey Oswald's mother. They pitches everything at such a level of

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cartoonishness, it's like she'll leave the funeral in the Mystery

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Machine. It capsizes the movie. I think it's a shame. There are

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moments when you get a sense of what the movie could have been. Made by a

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brilliant journalist. You might be right there, but apparently he was

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passionate about making the film and the director there and himself. And

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you can imagine himself just gathering all of the research and

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all of the information. It's not a bad movie. Just a pointless one. It

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doesn't have the department of Oliver Stone's JFK. There's an actor

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that crosses over from both, Gary Grubs. And when he walks in you're

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thinking - I may as well watch JFK now. And it is so much more detailed

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and so much more momentum behind it and so much more passion.

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Next, The Family starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as Mafia

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whistleblowers who are relocated to France with their families for

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safety. Once you turn on the mob, the mob

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turns on you. Welcome to witness protection. Try to fit in. This is a

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story about a mob family who have to keep being relocated because they

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can't quite do that. Peanut butter. After the dog food. Stupid

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Americans. How was day? Fine. My character is Bell Blake. She's pet u

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lent one moment and then kicking somebody's... I never know what I

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can say and not say? Is that swearing if you say that?

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Hey, boys, if this is your approach to women, you're not going to get

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very far! It is lawless in a way. They're making up their own rules

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and I think that that dangerous recklessness is a feeling to people.

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You're going to take that silverware and put it back where you found it

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nice and easy or else I'll break both your arms. I like the outlaw

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thing and going against the establishment. I'm the plumber. You

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said five minutes. That was 45 minutes ago. The idea of the family

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sticking together was one of the appeals. I didn't kill him. I took

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him to the hospital. Why did you beat him to a pulp? He's the only

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plumber within a radius of 20 minutes. He made you wait. He was

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trying to rip me off. Put yourself in my shoes. I wouldn't have beat

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him up. Who is going to fix the pipes? Who's going to rebuild the

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supermarket that burned down the day we got here. We had a good time and

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I'm sorry that we hadn't worked together earlier. What do you think

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you're doing? The idea of working with Robert De

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Niro as an actor is a little bit daunting. But one of the biggest

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surprises for me is how accessible he is. I think what's nice about

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this film is you do see how much they love each other and why they

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want to stay together. I think ultimately that's what the movie is

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about. That family bond and the lengths that people will go to to

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preserve that. Your family is the incarnation of

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evil. The clean-up operation. Get that family out of there. I've got

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to find my kids. Alright, before we ask you both your

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opinions. Let me start with a tweet. The Family is a surprisingly

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entertaining crime comedy that blurs the lines between bleep violence and

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cartoon hilarity! Not this family. It's not that movie. I wish we

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didn't even have to speak about this film. Black comedies are notoriously

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tricky to pull this off. This is done in clown shoes. There is one

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joke which is essentially that the French are all rude and

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condescending and teenage boys are all acne ridden sex pests. And

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because of that, as a nation, they should be beaten to death and

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dragged behind cars. Which seems disproportionate and grotesque. If

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you wanted to save yourself the ?10, draw yourself a cartoon of a little

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man with a moustache and a beret with a string of onions and Robert

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De Niro coming in with a chain saw. I've saved you the tenner and you

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haven't had to see him on the screen further soiling his legacy with the

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same facial expression since 1989. Michelle Pfeiffer is always

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unbelievably good. I love everything about her. I do. I know that you're

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both looking at me with sympathy. I like Michelle Pfeiffer. They do OK.

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They say their lines. No-one walks at the camera. But for me, this is

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probably the worst film of the year. I absolutely hated it. This was an

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ordeal for me watching this. And it is monumentally misjudged from frame

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one to frame eight million. And one of the reasons is that there's a

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scene towards the end where Robert De Niro has to watch Goodfellas in

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the movie and nobody points out that he looks like Jimmy Conway. We're

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watching a better movie than the one we're in. It is better because the

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director, who is French. I should point out that it is weird. I'm

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assuming that he is being chased through the streets of Paris. I

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assume in the way that he thinks that the film is edgy and dark, that

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he thinks that that scene in particular is a bit clever and a bit

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Charlie Kauffman. I don't know how much money Robert De Niro needs or

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why he's doing this movie. He might just like working? It is not that.

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South of France? I want it on record that if it is the money, I will

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donate. I will go on to the telethon and I will give pretty much to stop

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him doing this. And it is so weird with Robert De Niro because for my

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entire adult film going life, he's been doing this. He's been parodying

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the early great roles that he had for longer than he played the early

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great roles. This has been going on for some time. He owns New York.

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When does it end? He doesn't officially own New York. He owns

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areas and a restaurant! Chris is right, the tone deafness about the

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film. You realise that you're supposed to be laughing because

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Robert De Niro and people beating people to death. It is incredibly

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violent. It is partly produced by Martin Scorcese. You only know that

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you're supposed to laugh because the jaunty accordian music kicks in and

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there will be a response for me where you cower. That's what you end

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up doing. OK, he says worst film of this year.

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Next, Danny Dyer goes on a Death Wish style revenge in the low budget

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drama, Vendetta. There was a time I would have bled

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to keep the red in the Union Jack. Them days are long gone.

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Vendetta is a sort of a remake of Death Wish. A vigilante type of

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movie. I pla a character called Jimmy Vicars, SAS highly-trained

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killer. I'm going to annihilate you. His mum and dad are killed in the

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most horrific way you can possibly think. There's nothing to stop them

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doing it again. There's me. And I basically go on an urban

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safari through London torturing and killing people. Let ne go, man,

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please! One by one in the most creative ways you can possibly

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imagine. If you want to take a stand. You've

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got to be tall. Taller than you've ever been. Finish these guys a

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then... You'll vanish. It's OK to turn awe way from the

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screen every now and again, I understand. Because it can be quite

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horrific. They don't deserve to live. They need their hearts torn

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out. Where is he? We shot this in three weeks. A 6-day week. Shot it

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for ?100,000 and you would think that that is impossible. That's not

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even like a catering budget on most films. This script lands on the

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floor and I pick it up and go... Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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This is what I've been waiting for. You see that this is a good piece of

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entertainment. Please, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

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?100,000. Three weeks long. It's impressive? Yeah, and it looks

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great. Danny Dyer is impressive because he has become a bit of a

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punching bag. But underneath all of the finger pointing, he's an

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underrated actor and he can deliver. And he's an effective presence in

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this movie. Having said that, it's a little bit like it wants to be Death

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Wish, but it is actually more Death Wish 4 meets a Rambo. It doesn't

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work as a thriller. But he's effective. I think that there are

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many worse things going on in cinemas than Kieron Dyer movies and

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this week, we've seen two of them. -- Danny Dyer. I think that Danny

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Dyer is underrated and I think that the way that he's treated by members

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of the critical fraternity is kind of a little bit repellent, actually.

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Not everybody goes to a nice school and has a certain background. He's

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trying to pay his mortgage and the work that he does, he brings a lot

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of commitment to the table. At least sometimes. And he is here what he

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always is, which is a talented erratic actor with, I think, a lot

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of presence on the screen. You know, who has made some fairly bad career

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choices. But you know... Look, the film is incredibly long and

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incredibly violent. Yes yeah, it is about 105 minutes, it feels about

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140. It is almost Games 2 territory. He's not helped and the cast is not

:25:25.:25:32.

helped by the fact that it looks there. But I think that it is better

:25:33.:25:36.

directed. And some of the lines here have never been said by anyone who

:25:37.:25:40.

hasn't just got off a space ship. No actor should really be asked to

:25:41.:25:44.

deliver those kinds of lines. There's at least one character whose

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final word is "bruv". Another character who compares something to

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piss rain. I don't know what it is. Everybody should try it once in

:25:57.:26:01.

their lives. And Danny Dyer himself. One scene in particular he's with

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his ex-wife and it is poignant and then he has to stay there and say -

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can I use your bathroom. Which no actor should have to do. But I think

:26:12.:26:17.

that the film itself is cliched. But no no more so than there. And

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anything that Liam Neeson has done in recent years. I wish if had more

:26:25.:26:30.

snap. It is a little bit long and pomp us at times. There's nothing

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wrong with that. There could be a sequel. Vendetta and Vendetta.

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There's a blitant appeal for a sequel halfway through the credits.

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Film of the week? The Hunger Games for me. I would say Catching Fire

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for me. There's another one? There is a film called Computer Chess

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which has a limited release. It's absolutely charming. It is strange

:26:56.:26:58.

and wonderful. It's the story set back in the early 1980s. A group of

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rival computer programmers who have rival chess programs. It starts off

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at '80s nast algia and then becomes weirder and funnier. So if you can

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see Computer Chess, I would very much recommend that you do. Thank

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you very much. That is all from us. We'll be back at the same time next

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week when we review Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and the remake of Carrie

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and Jeune Jolie. We'll leave you with a look at The Grand Budapest

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Hotel. That will be in cinemas from February. Thank you for watching.

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Goodnight. Why do you want to be a lobby boy?

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Who wouldn't? At The Grand Budapest Hotel. And so, my life began. Junior

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lobby boy in training under the strict command. Many of hotel's most

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valued and distinguished guests came for him. I love you. I love you. She

:27:52.:27:55.

wasle dynamite in the sack, by the way. She was 84. I had older. I

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became his pupil and he was my guardian and counsellor. The police

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are here. Tell them I'll be right down. She's been murdered and you

:28:08.:28:14.

think that I did it! You're looking so well, darling. You really are. I

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don't know what cream they put on you at the morgue, but I want some.

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This is the last will and test am. A painting known as Boy with Apple.

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Who is Gustav H? I'm afraid, that's me? This is in code and you might

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need a magnifying glass. I want road blocks for every train station for

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100km. Get in. I want 50 men and ten blood hounds ready in five minutes.

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Film 2013 hosts Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh take a look at this week's film releases. Jennifer Lawrence recreates her role as Katniss Everdeen in the much anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Parkland recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and soon-to-be EastEnder Danny Dyer stars in gritty British revenge drama Vendetta.


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