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Dad's Army Review

5 February 2016 8:59 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

The revisiting of Dad's Army some forty years after its success on British telly to the uninitiated seems oddly timed and strangely unheralded. Why now? Indeed, it seems that the British public and perhaps some Irish too were still tuning in in decent numbers to the repeats that were shown on BBC2 of a weekend. Nostalgia is one thing perhaps and though never a fan, I could see it held a certain charm and appeal for its audience. But a movie is always a tricky proposition. Having already dabbled in movies with Columbia Pictures 1971 film version with the original cast, it seemed it was time for a re-boot. The best of British have been called to action here. Toby Jones plays Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy is Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtenay is Lance Corporal Jones, while Michael Gambon is Private Godfrey. Together with Private Walker (Danny Mays) and Private Pike (Blake Harrison »

- noreply@blogger.com (Clare Daly)

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Dad's Army - video review

4 February 2016 8:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Henry Barnes review Oliver Parker’s big-screen adaptation of the much-loved 1960s sitcom, which stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, leading his Home Guard unit through their farcical trials at the tail-end of the second world war. Dad’s Army, which also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon, is released in the UK on Friday 5 February

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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Dan Susman, Adam Sich and Joan Portillo

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Dad's Army review

3 February 2016 10:13 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The new take on Dad's Army gives a standout role to Toby Jones. Here's our review of the new comedy.

Don't panic! Oliver Parker's big screen version of classic British sitcom Dad's Army (48 years old this year) is remarkably faithful to Jimmy Perry and David Croft's much-loved original and by no means the travesty that some had feared. It benefits chiefly from a note-perfect cast and a warm glow of reverential nostalgia that pervades the entire project, but it's slightly let down by a meandering script and the playing-it-safe comedy moments tend to generate amused smiles rather than out-and-out laughter.

Set in 1944, in the fictional seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea, the film stars Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, the leader of an elderly platoon of the Home Guard that comprises Oxford-educated Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), doddery Private Godfrey (Michael Gambon), excitable Lance Corporal Jones (Tom Courtenay »

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‘The Women of Walmington’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

3 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Friday, a new featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie focussing on the Women of Walmington. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls »

- Amie Cranswick

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Norman Longmate: 'Dad's Army was a strikingly accurate portrayal of the Home Guard'

2 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In his 1974 book The Real Dad’s Army, the historian Norman Longmate used the memories of ordinary people to document the impact of extraordinary events

The Home Guard was one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed – an improvised band of volunteers set up early in the second world war, which had grown, by 1942, into a conscripted, disciplined and well-equipped force of nearly 2 million men. Immortalised in the sitcom Dad’s Army, still a well-loved staple of TV’s repeat repertoire almost 40 years after its last episode was first broadcast, it is about to reach new generations through a film version of the series, with Bill Nighy and Toby Jones in the parts made famous by Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

It is a good moment to reissue my 1974 book, The Real Dad’s Army, which was originally commissioned to accompany an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. »

- Norman Longmate

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First TV Spot for Alice Through The Looking Glass Features the Late Alan Rickman

1 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new TV Spot (this could be the Super Bowl TV Spot) for their upcoming sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass, which features the late Alan Rickman. The film stars Johnny DeppMia WasikowskaAnne HathawayTimothy SpallHelena Bonham CarterStephen FryRhys IfansToby JonesSacha Baron CohenMichael SheenPaul WhitehouseEd SpeleersMatt Lucas, and Barbara Windsor

Check it out below.

It's about Time. See Alice Through the Looking Glass in theatres May 27. »

- Kellvin Chavez

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‘Legacy’ featurette for the Dad’s Army movie

29 January 2016 10:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release next week, the first featurette has arrived online for the Dad’s Army movie which see’s the cast and crew discuss the legacy of the classic TV show. Watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of »

- Amie Cranswick

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Dad's Army soldiers on – and it's still a sitcom masterclass

29 January 2016 7:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It has an antiquated look and Arthur Lowe may occasionally fluff his lines, but the historical setting of Dad’s Army has helped it endure, and rank as some of the finest British farce

The episode of Dad’s Army that goes out tomorrow on BBC2 at 8.35pm is a piece of TV with two cinematic shadows. Uninvited Guests, in which the air raid wardens are forced to share the church hall with the Home Guard platoon, was one of the shows in the fourth series (out of an eventual nine) that the cast recorded in late 1970 after a break to shoot a Dad’s Army movie for release the following year.

Related: Dad's Army review: who don't you think you are kidding?

Related: Toby Jones webchat – as it happened

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- Mark Lawson

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Film Review: ‘Dad’s Army’

27 January 2016 10:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A patchy but well-meaning WWII-set British laffer, “Dad’s Army” reimagines a nearly 50-year-old BBC sitcom for 2016 theaters with mixed results. Amiable to a fault, with gags both broad and gentle, Oliver Parker’s pic prompts sporadic chuckles rather than guffaws; its main attraction is a spirited turn by Toby Jones as the leader of an elderly platoon ready to act as Blighty’s last line of defense should the Nazis invade. Flat action sequences hardly make the case that this new cinematic interpretation was altogether necessary, though it’s no more superfluous than Columbia’s largely forgotten 1971 outing involving the original sitcom cast. Nostalgia factor notwithstanding, auds seem unlikely to enlist in droves.

When showrunners Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s original BBC sitcom “Dad’s Army” debuted in 1968, the response from elements of the contemporary press was: “Too soon?” The question a 21st-century version invites is: “Too late? »

- Catherine Bray

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Toby Jones webchat – as it happened

27 January 2016 10:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Are you a Stoke fan? Were you worried about playing Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army? Do you know how to operate a metal detector? Toby Jones answered all of these questions and more. See below

6.26pm GMT

Thanks for your questions. I've enjoyed it. Sorry I didn't have a chance to answer all of them. Cheers!

6.25pm GMT

toadwhisperer asks:

Stoke City – brilliant or overrated?

Brilliant. And getting better.

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Really looking forward to seeing Dad’s Army, what were your first thoughts when you read the script? Were you apprehensive about filling the shoes of Arthur Lowe?

I was extremely apprehensive about playing Captain Mainwaring. I was extremely sceptical about the project as a whole. When I saw the script, I was really impressed with how the 25-minute format of the TV series had been adapted and extended, into 100 minutes. The script has a scale »

- Guardian Staff

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Toby Jones webchat – as it happened

27 January 2016 10:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Are you a Stoke fan? Were you worried about playing Captain Mainwaring in Dad’s Army? Do you know how to operate a metal detector? Toby Jones answered all of these questions and more. See below

6.26pm GMT

Thanks for your questions. I've enjoyed it. Sorry I didn't have a chance to answer all of them. Cheers!

6.25pm GMT

toadwhisperer asks:

Stoke City – brilliant or overrated?

Brilliant. And getting better.

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- Guardian Staff

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Dad's Army: trailer for adaptation of classic sitcom – video

27 January 2016 1:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The trailer for the film adaptation of the much-loved BBC TV sitcom Dad’s Army. The film is set at the tail-end of the second world war, with Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones and Michael Gambon as Godfrey

Dad’s Army review: who don’t you think you are kidding? Continue reading »

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Giveaway – Win a Dad’s Army merchandise pack!

22 January 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Dad’s Army on February 4th, we’ve got a merchandise pack to give away to one lucky reader courtesy of the lovely people at Universal.

It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great chance to revive spirits and reputation, that is until glamorous journalist Rose Winters arrives to write about their exploits, setting the pulses racing and putting the local women on red alert. MI5 then discover a radio signal sent direct to Berlin from Walmington-on-Sea. There’s a spy on the loose! The outcome of the war is suddenly at stake, and it falls to our unlikely heroes to stand up and be counted.

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- Gary Collinson

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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2016

11 January 2016 1:10 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting 50 films that are most certainly worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. While a multitude of 2016 previews simply regurgitate a list of dated releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a release date — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2016, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond.

It should be noted that there are a number of films we’re greatly looking forward to, but whose release we aren’t confident about, including the next features from Claire Denis and Michael Haneke. (Rest assured, however, that we’ll have updates as they come in.)

Lastly, despite not coming out last year, as was planned, Orson Welles »

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27 British films to look out for in 2016

7 January 2016 1:54 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…

While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.

2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.

A Street Cat Named Bob (dir. »

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