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�*on won the the green and yellow strip on the podium. the green and yellow strip on the odium. �* l, , , l, the green and yellow strip on the odium. , , l, podium. james lewer “ump at you finall . podium. james lewer “ump at you finally. looking h podium. james lewer “ump at you finally. looking at _ podium. james lewerjump at you finally. looking at shelley - podium. james lewerjump at you finally. looking at shelley and - finally. looking at shelley and frazier price is not designed to celebrate that silver. she came and patted elaine thompson at the end. does this make this all more watchable, the fact we have deep rivalries like this?— watchable, the fact we have deep rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great _ rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great but _ rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great but the _ rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great but the end - rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great but the end of - rivalries like this? absolutely. the race was great but the end of it. race was great but the end of it watching — race was great but the end of it watching all three of their faces was quite — watching all three of their faces was quite something. one was really happy— was quite something. one was really happy come at the other two were 'ust happy come at the other two were just sort_ happy come at the other two were just sort of— happy come at the other two were just sort of looking to see what had happenee — just sort of looking to see what had happened. we got a silver or bronze, but sometimes deep rivalries can get the best— but sometimes deep rivalries can get the best out of each other and certainly— the best out of each other and certainly within your own team as welt _ certainly within your own team as welt from — certainly within your own team as well. from that perspective it will drive _ well. from that perspective it will drive them — well. from that perspective it will drive them onto the next events because — drive them onto the next events because i— drive them onto the next events because i think some of these are in the 100 _ because i think some of these are in the 100 and — because i think some of these are in the 100 and 200 as well, so we will see more _ the 100 and 200 as well, so we will see more sparks fly in this olympics and may— see more sparks fly in this olympics and may be — see more sparks fly in this olympics and may be in future ones as well for sure — and may be in future ones as well for sure i— and may be in future ones as well for sure. , ., . , for sure. i will be watching every second of— for sure. i will be watching every second of it. _ for sure. i will be watching every
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second of it. james _ for sure. i will be watching every second of it. james lewer- for sure. i will be watching every second of it. james lewer and i for sure. i will be watching every i second of it. james lewer and sian second of it. james lewer and sian griffiths. thank you very much. that's it for the papers. goodbye for now. hello and welcome to the film review with me, mark kermode, rounding up the best new movies available for viewing in cinemas and in the home. didn't get it. hold on. come on. igot it! i don't got it. no, no, no! just leave me alone, that was a disaster! didn't go the way i planned. a couple of decades ago, disney conjured a blockbuster film franchise out of a theme park ride in the form
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of pirates of the caribbean, spawning a string of witless, turgid stinkers that have jointly grossed over $4.5 billion, proving that old hollywood adage that no one ever went broke underestimating the audience's intelligence. now we have jungle cruise, the latest big screen amusement park spin off featuring action, adventure, star names, globetrotting scenery and splashy effects. the difference is that this time, it's actually quite good. here we go. sometimes itjust needs a bit of a... nobody touches my engine but me. what did ijust... there you go. emily blunt is doctor lily houghton, an early 20th—century scientist adventurer seeking the mythical tree of life, with which she hopes to benefit mankind. dwayne "the rock" johnson is frank wolff, the steamboat skipper who agrees to provide passage through the amazon rivers, but who has an agenda of his own. my brother and i are looking for passage upriver. please go away. i have a lot of money.
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directed by jaume collet—serra, whose cv includes a string of liam neeson actioners, alongside the stripped—down shark attack thriller the shallows, jungle cruise is romping popcorn entertainment, tailor—made for the summer movie market. there are debts to the stop motion monsters of the old ray harryhausen movies and a knowing nod to the �*80s adventure romancing the stone, but it's the cast that really makes this fly. come on, lady. just as he did with the surprisingly likeablejumanji reboot, johnson once again proves himself a reliably winning blockbuster presence — mixing heroic heft with comic chops to crowd pleasing effect. as for blunt, whose recent hits range from mary poppins returns to a quiet place: part two, she continues to demonstrate why she's one of the silver screen's
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most versatile stars, with her running through the physical paces of an action sequence or relishing the wit of a verbal sparring match. in the supporting roles, jack whitehall has fun as lily's less adventurous brother, mcgregor, while paul giamatti and jesse plemons rise to the challenge of roles that call for maximum scenery chewing. oh, my god. hello! it all adds up to a whole bunch of fun — not citizen kane, perhaps, but infinitely preferable to the antics of captainjack sparrow and his insufferable crew. torpedo. jungle cruise is in cinemas and on disney+ with premier access now. # never thought it would come to this # i remember every little thing
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# like fighting in the playground # cos some good looking boy # it started to hang around... from the wilds of the amazon to the remote islands of scotland with limbo, a low—key, bittersweet comedy drama from writer—director ben sharrock. bifa nominated amir el—masry is omar, a syrian refugee who finds himself, along with other fellow asylum—seekers, placed on an isolated island while his claim is processed. omar is a musician who carries with him an oud, the instrument on which he once played the tunes of his homeland. housemate farhad, played by vikash bhai, dreams of being omar�*s agent. but, exiled to this alien nether world, omar keeps his instrument in its case, silent and unplayed. meanwhile, the detainees endure toe—curling classes preparing
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them for life in the uk — excruciating exercises that recall the tragicomic vignettes of swedish film—maker roy andersson. limbo is a beautifully poignant and brilliantly observed piece that balances deadpan comedy with heartfelt empathy to impressive effect. at times, it's laugh—out—loud funny, but other times, it's heartbreakingly sad, but crucially, it's never trite, cliched orformulaic. on the contrary, it's a drama about real people whose situation is so absurd that it can make you laugh and cry simultaneously. limbo is in cinemas now. back in 1971, luchino visconti's film death in venice made a screen icon of bjorn andresen,
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a swedish teenager whom the director famously declared to be "the most beautiful boy in the world." in the film, adapted from thomas mann's 1913 novella, andresen played the youth with whom dirk bogarde's ageing composer becomes obsessed — an obsession that was mirrored in real life when film fans around the world fell in love with the fictional figure of tadzio. yet for andresen, death in venice also turned him into a commodity, an object to be marketed around the world with little regard for his own well—being. now in the documentary the most beautiful boy in the world, andresen looks back over his life — on the struggles he endured in the wake of early fame and on the ghosts of a past filled with loss and uncertainty. from the disappearance of his mother when he was a child to his own harrowing memories of parenting, andresen�*s tale is a million miles away from the image of serene,
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self—possessed beauty projected by his overnight stardom. important questions are raised about the commodification of young bjorn, which is likened by one contributor to child abuse. but this documentary goes much further, following the strange twists and turns of andresen�*s life — including pop—culture stardom injapan, where he became a major influence on manga and anime artists, and an acting career that recently found him appearing in the folk horror hit midsommar. it's a remarkable life, and one that this sometimes disturbing but ultimately eye—opening documentary investigates with tact and sensitivity. you can find it in cinemas or online at dogwoof on demand, along with other platforms. each member is chosen for his or her own completely unique set of abilities. # i need to feel the raindrops on my head. hey, guys, sorry i'm late! had to go number two. good to know.
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meanwhile, back in blockbuster land, we have the suicide squad, the latest addition to the dc extended universe which previously gave us the dismal suicide squad, to which this stand—alone sequel — whatever that means — adds an all—important definite article. it's all about the "the". margo robbie's harley quinn is back, alongside the likes of idris elba's bloodsport and john cena's peacemaker, all part of a ragtag team sent in by tough—as—nails viola davis to do battle with project starfish, a project that does exactly what it says on the tin. really. uh-huh. written and directed byjames gunn, the suicide squad is notable primarily for the fact that sylvester stallone voicing a talking shark doesn't even come close to being the most bonkers thing on screen. hand! yes, that is your hand. very good. we're all going to die. i hope so. well, this is a world in which a giant weasel
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is just another passenger on the plane and polka—dot man, a character who shoots polka—dots and whom gunn himself called the dumbest dc character of all time, gets ample tragicomic screen time. the result is a huge splurge of post—deadpool sweary splatter, in which limbs and logic get rent asunder and everything gets turned up to eleventy—stupid. starfish is a slang term for a butthole. think there's any connection? no. it's kind of fun in a shambolic, post—howard the duck way, and it's definitely better than suicide squad, without the the, although that's kind of like saying it's definitely better than slamming yourthumb in the cardoor. it's a very low bar. peter capaldi gives it some welly as a villain with a head full of electrical appliances, and daniela melchior does her best to inject some heart and soul into the piece as the rodent—wrangling
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ratcatcher, too. if it sounds like your cup of tea, then my advice would be to see it on the biggest screen possible, where the sheer size and volume of it all can simply batter your brain into stupefied submission. the suicide squad is in cinemas now. throughout all the years that i've been making music, if you get on a tour bus with a bunch of musicians... ..eventually, the conversation will go to sparks. i'll leave you with news of another new documentary, this one from edgar wright, director of shaun of the dead, baby driver and the forthcoming last night in soho. in the sparks brothers, wright charts the stranger than fiction tale of ron and russell mael... we are sparks. dude. ..joint creators of one of pop's most enduringly indefinable and hugely influential enigmas. from experimental american art rock projects to breakthrough uk chart hits, outlandish
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film dreams and insanely challenging concert tours, wright's energetic ode to sparks marries exhaustively researched archaeology with the sugar rush thrill of a heady teenage fan letter. aided by a bewildering array of interviewees from sex pistols' stevejones to weird al yankovic and richly illustrated with stills, clips and stop motion animation, wright lovingly documents sparks's century—straddling career, that has spawned 25 albums and seen the maels, whose musical annette recently opened the cannes film festival, crossed paths with everyone from todd rundgren to jacques tati. with such rich history to mind, it's unsurprising that this documentary seems at time to be a grand work of comic fantasy — an elaborate hoax by a film—maker with a sharp eye for a gag and a keen ear for a well—placed pop tune — a perfect fit for ron and russell. but what's most impressive is that the sparks brothers manages both to unpack and to preserve
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the air of mystery that's long surrounded the duo, creating a film that's every bit as dazzling as its subjects. the sparks brothers is in cinemas now. that's it for this week. thanks for watching the film review. i'm off for a few weeks now, but anna smith will be your host for next friday. there they are! frank, follow me! stop her! god, sorry, frank! it's all right, strong form. hello there. although a lot of the showers have been fading away through the night, sunday is another sunny—spells—and—showers day with the added complication that this cold weather front is introducing some cooler air further south as well and also providing the moisture for those showers. they're still around in eastern and north—eastern areas first thing drifting southwards. still got that moisture
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and humidity further south. it could be that the showers, the heavy slow—moving downpours with hail and thunder, are more limited to southern and eastern areas compared with recent days but really, nowhere is exempt from one of those downpours but they'll be longer, drier sunny spells elsewhere, but temperatures are down — just 13 or 1a in the north, perhaps 20—21 still in southern areas. but those showers and thunderstorms will rumble on into the evening again before fading away for most parts overnight. a fairly cool start to monday as we'll see — actually this morning particularly across the northern half of the country — but monday's another day of sunny spells and showers. particularly in the south, it looks a little bit drier to start the week further north.
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this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru—murthy with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. fierce fighting in afghanistan — three cities are battling the taliban. the taliban already control vast swathes of rural territory in afghanistan. now they're really pushing in on a number of cities, advancing right to the heart of lashkar gah, capital of helmand province. more than a dozen aid trucks have reached the capital of ethiopia's war—torn tigray region. borisjohnson and his wife, carrie, have announced they are expecting a second child. their first child, wilfred, was born in april last year. and as jamaica's elaine thompson—herah takes gold in the olympic hundred—metre final, we'll look ahead to day nine of the tokyo games.

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