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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Review

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Nearly 25 years after the sitcom debuted, Edina and Patsy arrive on the big screen to continue their drunken antics, although without the usual enthusiastic laugh-track everything feels eerily muted. Thankfully, there's still a lot of fun to be had, including well-aimed jabs at celebrity culture. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are still hilarious in their signature roles. And it's hard to get too worried about the limp plot when every scene is packed with amusing cameo appearances.

With her PR agency fading and her money spent on expanding her home, Edina (Saunders) discovers that her credit cards are "broken" and her champagne fridge is empty. So she and her pal Patsy (Lumley) set out to make some cash. After failing to sell her memoirs, Edina sets out to woo Kate Moss as a client. But this goes spectacularly wrong when Kate ends up falling off a balcony into the Thames. Now under investigation, Eddie and Pats flee to the South of France to find Patsy's wealthy ex (Barry Humphreys). They're chased by a detective (Robert Webb), who's the boyfriend of Edina's daughter Saffron (Julia Sawalha), whose teen daughter (Indeharna Donaldson-Holness) has run off with them.

Written by Saunders, the script is very loose, bouncing around without much focus before a series of impatient, nonsensical conclusions. Basically, it's little more than a flimsy framework that includes brief scenes for series regulars (including Jane Horrock's airhead assistant, June Whitfield's dotty mum, Celia Imrie's rival PR and Kathy Burke's bulldog editor), plus a few new characters like Chris Colfer's stylist. All of these people have their moments, but never quite emerge as much more than comedy sketch figures. On the other hand, the big-screen format allows Saunders and Lumley to give Edina and Patsy a bit of surprising emotional depth amid the usual slapstick nuttiness.

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Actress Julia Sawalha at the World Premiere of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley's new film 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' held at the Odeon Leicester Square. Julia plays Eddy's longsuffering daughter Saffy in the film. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016

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Actress Julia Sawalha at the World Premiere of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley's new film 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' held at the Odeon Leicester Square. Julia plays Eddy's long-suffering daughter Saffy in the film. London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th June 2016

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley on screen in this new comedy film that has been adapted from the television series Absolutely Fabulous. The film sees the characters of Edina and Patsy continuing to live their lavish London lifestyle partying and drinking until at one party they find themselves involved in a major incident involving the model Kate Moss. This leaves the pair being pursued by the paparazzi relentlessly and caught up in a media storm that surrounds this scandal.

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Absolutely EVERYTHING You Need To Know About ‘Ab Fab: The Movie’


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Sweetie darling! Filming for The Absolutely Fabulous Movie is underway in the south of France and the first image from the film was released earlier this week. In case you’ve been hitting the Bolly hard recently, here’s a reminder of everything you need to know about the upcoming movie.

Absolutely Fabulous MovieJoanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in the first image from the Ab Fab movie.

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Pride And Prejudice (1995) Review


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Most film adaptations of classic books are inferior to the books they are based on. This is partly because the written word allows more nuance than the camera, but also because great books don't always have enough plotting or action to make great movies, and film adaptations often overcompensate by rewriting the book in a quest to make it more cinematic. The most obvious recent example (speaking of quests) is The Lord of the Rings: Peter Jackson omitted key scenes, changed others, and generally jacked up Tolkien's fanatically-loved bestseller for no good reason.

So it's an achievement when a famous book makes it to the big screen, or the small screen, intact -- and kudos must go to the A&E/BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice for flawlessly recreating the classic Jane Austen novel. This production is as faithful to the book as Cliff notes (though at five hours long, it's not much of a time-saver -- you might as well read the book). The filmmakers fill in the off-camera scenes of the book so seamlessly that Austen might have written them herself.

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Chicken Run Review


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Since the beginning of time (or at least the domestication of animals), the chicken has been man's feathered enigma. Like so many of its feathered friends, it has fallen into the realm of the metaphor (i.e. "He's a chicken."). Unlike so many of its edible counterparts, it has survived the hassles of religious communities unscathed (no one will persecute you for eating a chicken wing). It has found its way into the realm of ontological questions (which came first: the chicken or the egg), as well as into sanguine curiosity (why does a chicken continue running around after you cut its head off?). It has become the basic standard for all foods (tastes like chicken). It has changed with the times, entering the debate about genetic engineering (see the accusations against KFC using frank-n-roosters). It has even, through its progeny, entered into the world of our children (I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am). As long as civilization has existed, the chicken has haunted our collective hubris with its often-charming idiocy.

Amongst both edible entrees and feathered friends, the chicken is the idiot God...

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Chicken Run Review


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It's always a pleasure to see an animated movie that eschews the trappings of shopworn formulas kiddie flicks, and the capriciously clever, clay-rendered "Chicken Run" is nothing if not unique.

A goof on "The Great Escape" and "Stalag 17," but set in a chicken coop kept by a tyrannical, hairpinned harpy of a farmer's wife, the picture serves up an charming self-confidence fable, refreshingly short on stock cartoony characters (no orphans or cutesy simian sidekicks) and long on the distinctive, malleable, stop-motion genius of its director, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

Park worked hand-in-hand with Peter Lord, best known for Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" video, but the film's winning visual style is unmistakably Park's. Every character is remarkably alive with verve and personality, thanks largely to his trademarks: Ridiculously wide mouths with abbreviated rows of teeth, remarkably expressive, oversized eyeballs, ledge-like foreheads and the tendency for all his characters to walk with a little waddle.

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Movie Review

Nearly 25 years after the sitcom debuted, Edina and Patsy arrive on the big screen...

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Trailer

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie reunites the pairing of Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley on screen...

Chicken Run Movie Review

Chicken Run Movie Review

Since the beginning of time (or at least the domestication of animals), the chicken has...

Chicken Run Movie Review

Chicken Run Movie Review

It's always a pleasure to see an animated movie that eschews the trappings of shopworn...

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