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

Published on October 17, 2020 at 01.01

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Antebellum

Despite emerging from the production houses that brought us Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), a stellar pedigree could not shield Antebellum from mediocre reviews when it came out in the US last month. However, we feel the lackluster reception is unjustified. This film looks interesting, thought-provoking and in the same ilk as its forebears and we'll be front and centre. Beginning in the American Civil War when slavery was still rife in the United States, Eden (Janelle Monae) works in the harsh misery of a plantation. When she wakes up in the present day as sociologist Veronica Henley, her experiences in the future inform her escape attempts when she inevitably returns to the past. IMDb gives it 5.5
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The Nest

A psychological drama, The Nest looks like another must-see. A keen study of the mental torment a dysfunctional marriage can wreak, Jude Law stars as Rory a British husband and father who initially lives in the States with his American wife and kids. Rory convinces his partner, Allison (Carrie Coon) to uproot the unit to England for new opportunities. When she arrives at the new Surrey pad, everything immediately seems off. Can the fantasist Rory really deliver all he claims? When Allison confronts him with the hard facts he cannot, the situation begins to spiral. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 88%
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Becky

Home Alone for the GTA video game generation, Becky is yet another welcome addition to this week’s line up. It looks like Friday will contain at least a triple-feature! Starring Kevin James as tough escaped convict Dominick (seriously) leading a group of his prison buddies to a lake house to retrieve a mysterious key, upon their arrival they find the dwelling already occupied. 13-year old Becky (Lulu Wilson) and her dad (Joel McHale) are seemingly on a bonding trip when, unbeknownst to Becky, dad’s new girlfriend shows up. Becky storms off into the woods just as Dominick and his gang arrives. When Dom discovers the key may be with Becky, he tortures dad in order to encourage her to return. Return she does although not before setting up more than a few painful booby traps. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 71%
 
 
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