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A Hologram for the King

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A movie about cultures colliding, midlife crises, flailing careers, fear, hope, and love with Tom Hanks heading the cast – sounds like a winner. Unfortunately the major themes get burried deep under the Arabian sand in this mostly bland and uninspired movie.

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Spectre (6/10)

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The James Bond franchise is now 53 years old and is in its 24th movie and sixth actor. With such a weight of history it is hard for the film makers to be too bold: they have a rigid set of expectations to meet and a $300 million budget to recoup.

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Lilting (6/10)

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Junn is a Cambodian-Chinese mother who has lived in England for years but doesn’t speak any English. She is upset with her son Kai who has put her in a retirement home instead of having her live with him. But Kai is too afraid to tell her he is gay and living with his boyfriend Richard.

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