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

David Light

Published on July 23, 2020 at 00.01

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The Personal History of David Copperfield

Finally making the UAE rounds, The Personal History Of David Copperfield was released to critical acclaim around the world at the beginning of the year and we missed it by a hair's breadth. Thankfully, as cinemas here are back in full swing, we are now able to enjoy this updated Dickens classic like everyone else. Directed by genius (and we don't use that word lightly) Armando Iannucci, the film initially gained plaudits for its colourblind casting - Dev Patel assumes the lead traditionally portrayed as Caucasian - but praise soon centred on just how strong the movie and performers were in their own right. For those unfamiliar with the story, the plot hones in on David Copperfied who enjoys an idyllic childhood in Victorian Britain. When he returns from holiday in Yarmouth, Copperfield discovers his mother (Morfydd Clark) has married the cruel Mr. Murdstone (Darren Boyd) and his life will never be the same again. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 94%
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Cross the opening act of Along Came Polly (2004) and The Exorcist (1973) and you’ve got yourself Becoming’s plot. A good old-fashioned tale of supernatural possession mixed with a couple’s holiday they would never advertise in brochures, Becoming stars Toby Kebbell and Penelope Mitchell as a newly engaged pair who take a road trip. During their adventure Kebbell encounters an evil force, which turns him from Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Splice Guy as his personality morphs into something decidedly more demonic. IMDb gives it 4.5
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Think Like A Dog

Sit. Stay. Now listen. Imagine you could hear a dog’s thoughts. Now imagine you could converse with said mutt after being made aware all canines understand humans. Sounds like fun, right? When young pet-owner Oliver Reed (Gabriel Baterman) invents a machine which facilitates just that, a lot of high jinks are indeed had. However, after demonstrating his creation on a classmate at the school science fair and a person’s inner-monologue is able to be interpreted, sinister tech billionaire Mr. Mills (Kunal Nayyar) will stop at nothing to get his hands on the device including kidnap. It is up to Henry the ‘Bark Knight’ to save his friend. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 70%
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The Bridge Curse

Spine-chilling Far East horror, this is not one to watch alone! Event the trailer had us reaching for our snuggle blanket... er... nope, no backtracking from that one. Based on a real taped ghost hunt (apparently) a group of live streamers enter a forest to search for the phantom of a woman who was reportedly snatched from a trail in the woods and now roams bout scaring hikers. They find her. IMDb gives it 5.7
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Le Mans ’66 (Ford vs. Ferrari)

A re-release, but what’s not to love? Cars: check. Based on a true story: check. Christian Bale: check. That’s three big ticks in our book, which will put us front and centre. Matt Damon joins Bale as American car designer Carroll Shelby, while ‘Batman’ plays the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles. Together the two battle corporate interference from the Ford Motor Company (who at the time disagreed with Miles’ appointment), the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car to take on the dominating speedsters of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Rotten tomatoes gives it 91%
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