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Mad about movies: This week's new UAE film releases

David Light

Published on June 17, 2020 at 13.55

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A Star is Born

We have even more re-releases coming at you this week, so you can catch up on a missed blockbuster or watch one of your favourites from the last couple of years on the big screen all over again. First up, it's the mammoth Lady Gaga/ Bradley Cooper hit, A Star Is Born. Do we even really need to go through the plot? We don't know anyone who hasn't seen this monster picture let alone not adore it. In short Gaga plays a struggling musician; is spotted by gruff super star in a downward spiral, Cooper, and catapulted to a life of fame and fortune complete with all the inevitable traps. Will the couple go the distance? What do you think? Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%
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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Or should this be called Spider-Man’s European Vacation? Yes, much like a long-running sitcom always has a double-episode with the gang on holiday, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) heads out on a jolly to the EU only to have to don the famous suit and fight baddies over there. Funny, light-hearted and laid-back, we can’t pour scorn on any of this particular Spidey’s exploits, so go for it. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%
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Rashid & Rajab (Arabic)

Who doesn’t love a decent body-swap comedy? Homegrown production Rashid & Rajab is directed by the creator of animated series Freej, Mohammed Saeed Harib. In it Rashid (Marwan Abdullah) is a successful Emirati businessperson who lives in Dubai with his wife, Latifa (Sheema), and daughter. Rajab (Shadi Alfons) is a carefree Egyptian delivery driver who also lives in the city with his wife, Hosniya (Doaa Ragab), and child. Rashid’s focus on his career leaves him with material wealth, but distance from his family. Rajab’s lack of motivation means the people he loves are the centre of his universe often at the expense of his job and its subsequent pay. After Rajab’s chance and somewhat mystical encounter with a fortuneteller, a road accident between himself and Rashid leads to the duo waking up having switched consciousnesses. IMDb gives it 7
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Anjaam Pathira (Malayalam)

Think back to January of this year and you’ll remember crime thriller Anjaam Pathira stormed the box office with its gritty serial killer story. Relive the story in the company of psychologist Anwar Hussain (Kunchacko Boban) and superintendent Catherine (Unnimaya Prasad) as they attempt to track down a ruthless murderer. IMDb gives it 8
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