Reel Magic: John Wick, Ouija

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Reel Magic: John Wick, Ouija

Adam Zacharias delves through the UAE’s latest cinema releases.

By Adam Zacharias (senior Reporter)

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Published: Thu 30 Oct 2014, 5:27 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:46 AM

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John Wick

Though Keanu Reeves has largely remained absent from blockbusters in recent years, he has been drawing rave reviews in the stylishly brutal John Wick.

After retiring, the titular former hitman is dragged back into the seedy New York underworld to seek revenge against the gangsters that took everything from him.

Also appearing are Willem Dafoe, Adrianna Palicki, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan and Alfie ‘brother of Lily’ Allen.

“John Wick is the kind of fired-up, ferocious B-movie fun some of us can’t get enough of,” said Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

“Reeves is wonderful here, a marvel of physicality and stern determination – he moves with the grace of an old-school swashbuckler,” said Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice.

John Wick currently has an 86 per cent rating on and an 8.2/10 rating on

Trivia: WWE wrestler Kevin Nash plays a cameo role as a nightclub bouncer.

What We Did on Our Holiday


Thanks to its humorous, semi-improvised and highly realistic depiction of family life, British sitcom Outnumbered became an award-winning hit for the BBC.

Now the show’s writers/creators/directors Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin transfer their beloved formula onto the silver screen with What We Did on Our Holiday, comprising an all-new and all-star cast.

Abi (Rosamund Pike) and Doug (David Tennant) head to the Scottish Highlands with their three young children to celebrate the 75th birthday of Doug’s father Gordie (Billy Connolly).

However, the family get-together quickly descends into chaos.

“It’s thought-provoking and unexpected, if not something to write home about in a hurry,” said Henry Fitzherbert of The Daily Telegraph.

“The film is funny, if predictable, about such subjects as motorway traffic jams, sibling rivalry and family feuding,” said Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent.

What We Did on Our Holiday currently has a 78 percent rating on and a 6.7/10 rating on

Trivia: Rosamund Pike, who also starred in the recent American hit thriller Gone Girl, will voice Lady Penelope in next year’s CGI reboot of the classic puppet TV series Thunderbirds.



Toy and board game maker Hasbro continues its hugely profitable cinematic sideline (which has seen the launch of the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises) with Ouija.

Based on the company’s supernatural board game, the horror flick cost a measly $5 million to make and opened in American cinemas last weekend with takings of almost $20 million.

Starring Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), the story sees a group of friends investigating a Ouija board following a mysterious death – unleashing supernatural terror in the process.

“A deadly dull and overly familiar movie about summoning ghosts that draws upon nearly every horror movie cliché,” said Claudia Puig of USA Today.

“Less scary than landing in jail while playing Monopoly,” said Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

Ouija currently has a 10 per cent rating on and a 4.2/10 rating on

Trivia: Blake Lively’s older half-sister Robyn plays the mother of a youngster whose life is extinguished by the Ouija board.

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