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Mark Kermode and Jane Hill review the week's film and DVD releases, including Red Sparrow, A Fantastic Woman and Game Night.


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pentathlon. We will hear from Mo

Farah as he prepares for a new half

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marathon run in London. That is on

Sportsday at 6.30, but now it is

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time for the film review.

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Hello and welcome to

The Film Review on BBC News.

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To take us through this week's

cinema releases is Mark Kermode.

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So Mark, what do we have?

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Which have Red Sparrow with Jennifer

Lawrence.

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With we have the fantastic woman

which is up for Best Foreign Film

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language at the Oscars and game

night. Red Sparrow.

It is

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interesting. It is based op a book

by a former CIA operative. Jennifer

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Lawrence is is a Russian ballerina

who is violently recruited to become

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a sparrow, an understood cover

intelligence agent. She is taught

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how to seduce her prey. She meets

Joel Edgerton and we know she has to

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win her confidence. It seems they

both understand what the other is.

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Here is a clip.

Dominika.

You know my name?

You told

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me.

You stole my ID from the pool.

That would be illegal. Were you just

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looking for me

I would know where to

find you if I was.

Did you wanted me

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to know you were following me or are

you clumsy.

Clumsy. You Americans

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think we are so interested in you.

What made you want to become a

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translator.

My mother is ill. My

uncle helped me get the job.

Your

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uncle is a very powerful man.

In my

country if you do not matter to the

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men in power you don't matter.

I

would like to see you again.

Are we

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going to become friends?

Is that

what you want?

I don't have. Any.

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There is a Russian restaurant, have

dinner with me. So it is an odd

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movie. On the one hand it looks like

a mainstream glossy thriller, it is

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directed by Francis Lawrence who did

some of The Hunger Games movie, and

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it has English and American actors

speaking Russian accents like that.

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But the other side is it is nasty.

It was precut from an 18 to get a 15

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certificate, and in the very first

assignment she has. There is a

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graphic sexual assault when she is

sent to the training cap. It is

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really quite tough and distressing

and oddly explicit and then the

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violence, the outbreaks of violence

during the movie are wince inducing

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fare. I imagine that some people who

are Jennifer Lawrence fans might

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find it hard to take. It is saying

this is really rough, and nasty

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stuff. Then you think, well,

Jennifer Lawrence's fans have come

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through Mo:

She is having a run of

peculiar films. And that strange

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science fiction movie.

Like the fact

she makes bold and strange choice, I

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like the fact she doesn't play it

safe. She is the centre of movie. It

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is very changeable tonely so some

times it is high camp, sometimes it

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is people chewing the scenery and

sometimes it is really, you know,

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nasty and I mean properly nasty

gritty and I know some people have

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found that intolerable. I think it

is interesting, I think it is

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nothing like as mainstream as I

expected it to be and that is for

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the better, but it is not for

everyone.

I cannot handle violence

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at all as you know.

You are not

going to embrace it. So.

It is not

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going to happen. However.

A

Fantastic Woman. Daniela Vega who is

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brilliant as Marina. She finds

herself shut out of her own life,

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when he older partner dies and her

family, the family of her partner

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suddenly descend and said you can't

come to the funeral, the wake, you

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cannot stay in the apartment you

have been living with Orlando in,

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you need to give back the car. The

reason they find her threatening,

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not just because he is the other

woman but she is a transgender

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woman. They quest consequently think

she is a threat to their what they

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call their normal lives. Throughout

the film she says my name is Marina

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but they refuse to call her that.

One of the sons calls her Maurice.

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At one point the wife calls her

Daniel. It is about finding her own

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space, what is interesting is that

her name is echoed in the visual mow

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teaches. It opens with water fall, a

sea scape, the film itself goes from

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being classical romance, to social

realist drama, to a thriller, at one

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point it turns into a musical with

levitation sequence, I thought it

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was wonderful. I thought Daniela

Vega was wonderful. Mesmerising in

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the role. You understand and care

about her character and the

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situation she is in and I thought it

was a really good piece of work. I

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loved it so much I went straight

back and watched again a second time

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because I throughout there was so

much in it.

There is a

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recommendation. Fantastic. I look

forward to that. Game night. I have

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read quite a lot about this film and

I still don't understand what it is

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about.

OK so it is, basically here

is the best way of describing it.

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Game night. It lifts its rifts from

the game, the movie and date night.

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Hence game night. There are two

characters who are obsessed with

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games, they agree to take part in a

murder mystery but when it starts

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off maybe it is not a game. Maybe it

is real. Maybe this loaded gun is

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not a prop. That is the thrill. It

is a kind of, an idea we have seen

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done before, if you think about

films Like Afterhours or Into the

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Night, however it begins with them

having game night with their

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friends. Here is a clip.

Come on. And go, go, go.

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Ey, famous actor we meed about eight

years ago.

Who?

The only actor we

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have met at an airport? He was in

front of us. We wondered why he

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wasn't in the first class lounge?

Yes, yes... Who that was?

God dam

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it.

There is a room of people to

helps you out.

He was Incredible

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Hulk

Richard Gere never played the

Incredible Hulk.

Ed Norton. That is

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why the games are so annoying.

You

laughed all the way through that. A

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comedy can only count if it makes

you laugh more than six times. You

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laughed more than six times. I

looked at the trailer and thought it

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is going to be that movie we have

seen umpteen versions of but I got

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away with it because the cast gave

it their best, the gags are funny, I

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think that gag about Richard Gere,

that is a good, and that standard of

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gag is kept up all the way through.

These very sort of conFried set ups,

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they bump into people they think are

being criminals, but they are real

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criminals, or are they? I kept

laughing. It kept me laughing and

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nobody was more surprised than I was

that that was the case.

OK. I am

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still 100% sure. OK.

Fantastic Woman

is one you will love.

I am sure

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about the Shape of Water.

I love it.

It is wonderful. Do you feel as

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strongly as I do?

I loved it in a

curious way but I enjoyed every

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moment.

It is great it has been

nominated. If it looks wonderful,

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brilliant score, fantastic

performances and I have seen it

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three times and I will watch it

again, it is a lovely fairy tale. It

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is Splash meets the creature from

the black lagoon.

Should I say see

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it on a big screen, visually it is

so impressive. When it comes out on

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DVD I will tell you, I will lie. You

will have it in the best DVD

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category.

That for this week is

Florida project. It is a shame it

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wasn't more represented at the

awards. Willem Dafoe is the only one

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who has been represented. I think it

is great. It is a humanist,

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wonderful modern version of Our Gang

from the director of Tangerine. A

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shame it has falling into one nod.

That tells you what you need to know

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about awards, they are nonsense.

It

is beautifully made and it is

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starring some people, some of the

people in it have not had formal

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acting training alongside like

people like realm Defoe.

You get

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someone who is a seasoned

professional against a first timer

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and it work, there is no sense of

having an imbalance between the

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performances because actually it is

because the director does a

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brilliant job of putting everyone

right in the space and you know, the

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whole film takes place just beyond

the boundaries of Disney World so it

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is like you have been cast out of

the magic kingdom into a nether

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world.

Into people in real American

poverty. Alongside Disney World.

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Living in a hotel designed as a

resort hotel but has become a hotel

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for people who are in poverty, who

are homeless, yet there is vibe sip,

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life, the characters are wonderful.

I thought it was terrific. I thought

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it was going to be an awards

contender, get everything and that

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shows...

To be fair you did say that

I wasn't going to remind you.

Am the

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first to admit I can't predict

awards. It should have been

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nominated for more.

Should have been

a contender. More next week. Before

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we go, there are all the film news

and reviews from across the BBC

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online, you know the address I am

sure.

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All our previous programmes are on

the iPlayer as well.

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That is it for this week, enjoy your

cinema going. See you next time.

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Goodbye.

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cinema going. See you next time.

Goodbye.

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Mark Kermode and Jane Hill review the week's film and DVD releases, including Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence, A Fantastic Woman with Daniela Vega, and Game Night with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.