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What's on at the movies in UAE this weekend?

David Light

Published on June 26, 2020 at 00.01

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Artemis Fowl

The only place to see new movies this week is on the streaming services and this is one of the biggest around. Playing on Disney+ (OSN Streaming) right now is the latest young adult caper, Artemis Fowl; hoping to capture imaginations of fans of the book series and newcomers alike. Looking to kick-start a franchise, the titular Fowl (Ferdia Shaw) is a pre-teen criminal mastermind charged with finding his kidnapped billionaire supernatural archeologist father. Fowl Sr. has been taken hostage in return for a fairy artifact possessing untold power. Fowl Jr. recruits unwitting elf secret service operative Holly Short (Lara McDonnell), butler Dom (Nonso Anozie) and giant dwarf Mulch Diggums (Josh Gad) to aid him on his quest. Helmed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, the adventure movie is a romp. IMDb gives it 4.1  
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Crazy Rich Asians

Back to the big screen and in cinemas this week you can once again catch the smash hit, Crazy Rich Asians. Based on the eponymous novel, we weren’t sure about the title to begin with, but when we learnt of the context, it all fell into place. Imagine your classic mother-in-law story and you get the picture. Chinese-American Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) from Singapore are in a serious relationship Stateside. When Nick invites Rachel back home to attend a friend’s wedding, she discovers her boyfriend’s family and friends are, you guessed it, ‘crazy rich’. On top of dealing with the revelation Nick is the ‘Asian Prince Harry’, Rachel has to face his mum (Michelle Yeoh) who has taken an instant dislike to the woman her son has chosen. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 91%
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Second Act

What if you (or a friend) slightly embellished your CV and it landed a position for which you were capable though further inspection of your qualifications would lead to instant dismissal?  Would you go through with it? Fake it until you make it? This is essentially all there is to 2018 Jennifer Lopez comedy Second Act, but that doesn’t mean it isn't fun. Lopez is a 43-year-old shop assistant who dreams of being promoted. Friend Leah Remini works a little resume magic, though instead of rising to the top of the supermarket management chain, Lopez finds herself on Wall Street. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 45%  
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Thor: Ragnarok

Not being enormous superhero movie fans, we don't normally head out for a Marvel epic, however director Taika Waititi could make any type of film and we’d go see it. Thankfully our indifference towards the genre did nothing to hamper the enjoyment of this silly, self-aware bounder of a picture. Chris Hemsworth effortlessly switches from the po-faced Norse king of the first installments to a hilarious comic lead. Mark Ruffalo as Hulk follows suit and Jeff Goldblum playing Grandmaster completes the outrageous set. The standout addition, though, has to be gladiator Korg voiced by Waititi. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 93%
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Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

Aardman Animations could produce a 30-second short featuring a dustbin as the central character (wait, did they?) and it would still be funnier than most features making it into theatres. Shaun The Sheep is one of the greatest comic creations to come out of Britain in the last 30 years. This movie is a continuation of his great legacy. In it Shaun meets an alien visitor and the two of them must outwit the dangerous Earth organisation looking to capture The Sheep’s new friend. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 96%.
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