Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What's On

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What's On

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THE DICTATOR (15) Sacha Baron Cohen plays Admiral General Aladeen, tyrannical ruler of the African state of Wadiya, who is hiding the real Bin Laden in one of his opulent palace's spare rooms. During a visit to "the Devil's nest" of America to address the United Nations about his nuclear arsenal, Aladeen is usurped by his duplicitous brother Tamir (Sir Ben Kingsley) and cast adrift on the streets. Zoey (Anna Faris), the tomboyish manager of a vegan feminist non-profit co-operative, takes pity on Aladeen, who she accepts as an immigrant called Allison Burgers, but sparks of romance are continually extinguished by Aladeen's bigotry. Eventually, Zoey discovers that Aladeen is wanted for war crimes and is horrified by the truth. 8/10 THE RAID (18) Rookie cop Rama (Iko Uwais) is part of an ill-prepared SWAT team charged with infiltrating a 15-storey apartment block, which doubles as the headquarters of notorious drug lord Tama (Ray Sahetapy) and his sadistic henchmen Andi (Doni Alamsyah) and Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian). Led by Lieutenant Wahyu (Pierre Gruno) and Sergeant Jaka (Joe Taslim), the cops have one simple and admittedly difficult objective: fight their way to the top floor and destroy Tama's criminal network. Gaining access to the building, the good guys quickly realise they have stumbled into a trap. Over a loudspeaker, Tama offers residents of the block a princely sum to slay the cops outside their front doors and the drug lord watches with sadistic glee as the corridors become a sea of spent bullets and discarded blades. However, they underestimate Rama, whose tenacity and mastery of martial arts is equal to an army of gun-toting goons. 8/10 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (15) Neurotic artist Marion (Julie Delpy) is happily ensconced in New York with radio DJ Mingus (Chris Rock) and her young son Lulu (Owen Shipman), who affectionately refers to the new beau as "fake daddy". …

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