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

Published on September 30, 2020 at 15.22

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The War With Grandpa

An intergenerational family comedy with a cast list producers could never have possibly imagined bagging, we're not 100 per cent sure what to think about The War With Grandpa, but if you're in the mood for a couple of hours of silliness you could be in for a winner. Perhaps our minor reservations lie with the sight of Robert De Niro sat next to the word 'Grandpa' in the title after 2016's appalling Dirty Grandpa, though you have to judge each movie on its individual merits. After De Niro's character, Ed, is declared unfit to live alone, he moves in with his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman). For Ed to be accommodated grandson Peter (Oakes Fegely) must vacate his room, a decision with which young Pete profoundly disagrees. A declaration of war is written. Ed bands together his senior chums including Christopher Walken and Jane Seymour to take on Peter's kindergarten clan. IMDb gives it 5.4
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1982 (Arabic)

Setting a heartwarming tale of young love against a civil war backdrop may not be an obvious choice, but our general rule is if you put Nadine Labaki in anything it is going to work. On the outskirts of town the 1982 Lebanon War is heating up, but in the classroom teacher Yasmine (Labaki) is trying to maintain as normal and calm a situation as possible. Meanwhile Wissam (Mohamad Dalli), a boy in her class, is trying to pluck up the courage to tell his friend Joana (Gia Madi) he has a crush on her. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 90%
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The Blackout

Itís not often we have the opportunity to discuss a big budget Russian film, but that is exactly what The Blackout represents. Unknown forces have caused cities around earth to be isolated from one another. As far as Moscow knows, it is the only remaining habitation with power and survivors. It is up to them to repel the unwanted visitors. There are so far no ratings.
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The Outpost

Stuck on a remote base originally built as a centre for community outreach programmes in the middle of Afghanistanís mountainous region, 53 US coalition soldiers must defend their outpost against 400 militants looking to send them a deadly message. Scott Eastwood stars as the sergeant putting in the tough hours. IMDb gives it 6.7
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The Silencing

Thereís a psycho hunter on the loose tracking down teenage girls for sport in a rural town. An equally knowledgeable hunterís (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) daughter is missing. He teams up with local law enforcement to catch the killer, but the longer they take the more people and crucially the manís child are at risk. IMDb gives it 6.1
 
 
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