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A Hologram for the King review – sappy midlife strife

Even Tom Hanks’s reliable hassled everyman act can’t lift this tale of an It salesman adrift in the Saudi desert

“And you may ask yourself: how did I get here?” After a heavily trailed Once in a Lifetime opening which promises snappy, sassy, satirical thrills, this midlife crisis movie (from Dave Eggers’s bestselling novel) settles into an altogether more sappy stride. Tom Hanks is Alan, an It salesman in the wake of a messy divorce, dispatched to Saudi to sell a virtual-reality system in a city that hasn’t yet been built by a king notable by his absence. Stranded in the desert, penning plaintive missives to his daughter, Alan starts to unravel, blaming his woes on a growing lump on his back, which comes to symbolise his inner sickness. Flashbacks to his home life rub shoulders with a more general malaise about outsourcing home industries to
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FEARnet Announces Its December Holiday Programming Schedule

Wondering where you can get your holiday horror TV fix? FEARnet is the place to be! Read on for all of the network's December highlights, which include a "Tales from the Crypt" marathon on New Year's Eve!

From the Press Release:

FEARnet will have you stalkin’ around the Christmas tree all month long with a variety of world and network premieres, frightful features, and holiday marathons capped off by a New Year’s Shockin’ Eve “Tales from the Crypt” Marathon.

· District 9 (Network Premiere) - Sunday, December 9 (10 p.m. Et/7 p.m. Pt)

Years after landing in South Africa, alien lifeforms, known as prawns, now find themselves living in persecution and squalor. A routine inspection of a prawn village leads to unexpected consequences, giving one government agent (Sharlto Copley, Open Grave) a change of heart—and body—in this hit science-fiction thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp (Elysium) and produced by
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