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Pleasant, if not completely convoluted with too many characters and not enough development with any, the family ensemble comedy Almost Christmas is well-meaning and not without its moments, as recycled as they are. Written and directed by David E. Talbert, the film is slightly more insightful than his 2013 feature Baggage Claim, even if it’s equally as trite.
Set in a Birmingham, Alabama that looks a lot like that Mecca of generous production tax incentives, Atlanta, the film leisurely strolls through the years in the life of the Meyers family and its patriarch Walter (Danny Glover). A few months after the death of his wife he finds himself alone in a large house, preparing for the holidays.
His kids include Rachel (Gabrielle Union), a divorced law student, her sister Cheryl (Kimberly Elise), who is married to a former (international) basketball star Lonnie (Jb Smoove), Christian (Romany Malco) and current college »
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Galumphing business as usual with Sir Alan, Karren and Claude. Plus: Spector is still in intensive care in The Fall, and The Weakest Link star barks at Britons
As those long evenings draw in, we can always take comfort in something that never changes: our annual hiring’n’firing-fest with the tiny pointer, his eye-rolling sentries Karren and Claude, and some of the most galumphing, self-deluded whoppers on the box. As per, Auntie’s sitting like a plump cat on the particulars, but with one contestant already stating “the only things I fear are tsunamis, volcanoes and Ebola”, it’s clearly business as usual. Ali Catterall
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- Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall,Hannah J Davies, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Paul Howlett, Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier, Jonathan Wright
2 items from 2016
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