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By the time George Hencken’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” finishes, audiences won’t know Spandau Ballet’s favorite breakfast cereals, but that’s about all they won’t know. A vanity production composed entirely of pre-existing footage — producers Steve Dagger and Scott Millaney are the group’s manager and producer, respectively — the documentary traces the usual pop-band trajectory, presenting Spandau Ballet as the most iconic group of the 1980s. Hmm. TV-style and desperately in need of cutting, “Soul Boys” does convincingly position its subjects as key trendsetters, and their most memorable tunes continue to be enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, the film is timed to cash in on reunion concerts, and will be a gift to their fanbase.
The background story will be familiar for those who’ve watched practically any history of U.K. bands from the era. The five members, including brothers Gary and Martin Kemp, were raised »
- Jay Weissberg
In another Thn exclusive, here’s a look at the very first poster for the upcoming British action film Age Of Kill. The film stars Martin Kemp, Nick Moran, Patrick Bergin, Dexter Fletcher, Phil Davis, Bruce Payne and Dani Dyer. Quite the cast.
Here’s the intriguing plot.
Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is running out of time. Living in the shadow of a botched mission that claimed an innocent victim, the disgraced special ops sniper is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter (Dani Dyer) is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London. As chaos reigns and the body count rises, the city’s fragile political climate is threatened. If shattered, the consequences would be catastrophic. »
- Paul Heath
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the proper franchise follow-up for which rabid fans have been waiting since back in the days when Kajagoogoo and Spandau Ballet were climbing the Billboard charts. A fresh director in J.J. Abrams will finally be bringing the band back together, firing up the Millennium Falcon, and hopefully working out any engine kinks that would disqualify the iconic vessel from repeating anything below the high standard of a 12 parsec Kessel Run. Luke, Leia, Han Chewie, R2 and 3Po are all ready to reprise their parts and show that aging only slows down nursing home nerfherders. However, if there.s one thing that we.ve learned about the Star Wars universe, is that for all its vastness with myriads of planets and star systems, it.s also of a small world for our characters and we often run into connections that the push the »
You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.
1. "Big Night" (1996) R
A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.
2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R
Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.
3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13
How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!
4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr
The movie »
- Sharon Knolle
A report in The Sun claims that the Conservative leader let his hair down at the "old school disco-style" party and that he was almost persuaded to take part in karaoke.
Cameron and his wife Samantha both attended the event in Oxfordshire, and it is described by the paper as "an off-duty night for the Pm".
An eyewitness told the paper: "Alex kept trying to get [Cameron] to sing karaoke and looked like he was almost persuaded. But that was the point he realised it was probably time to go home.
"Samantha was a great laugh and dancing around. It looked like she was playing a leg as a guitar at one point." »
5 items from 2015
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