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Obviously, this is the sequel to Fun in the City, which is a film I didn't like so it's fair to say my expectations were low. So, you could say I wasn't disappointed, as it met my expectations. It was awful! It was so awful, I'd rather not spend any more time on it by talking about it. But, that wouldn't be a film review and I think I owe you all a review to save you wasting your money going to see it.

So, it starts off with this big wedding scene. And, I won't go into why, but the whole scene is just there so they can make this one joke. It's not even a funny joke ... it's just, ah, it's just terrible. It's got nothing to do with the rest of the film. Anyway, it starts there. Then, instead of the characters and the plot staying in New York where the original film was set, one of them wins a ticket to India and decides to take all her friends. It's what directors do when they've run out of ideas … let's take our characters on tour!

Anyway, they gossip, cry and shop, and they repeat this until the end. No real people would ever act like this. I didn't have any sympathy for their problems or even care what happened to them. Don't go and see it, you'll only encourage them to make another sequel. The world doesn't need three of these films. Please save your money and go and see the other big film this week: Twilight Mirror.

So, if you're a fan of the book it's based on, you're probably as excited as I was about this. For everyone else, this is a film fans have been waiting ten years to see. I have to confess, I was a bit nervous. I'd seen the posters and they didn't look right. I didn't love them at all. And I wasn't sure about the actors they cast either. So I went in not sure what to expect. But … I loved it.

One thing I really liked about it was the pace. They went backwards and forwards between the real world and the computer world and it worked really well. The special effects brought the computer world to life and I totally believed in it. But, more than that, I felt emotionally connected to the story and the characters. The whole film worked on so many levels. It reminded me of going to the cinema as a child – how much fun that was. I can't recommend it enough.

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Submitted by lucianocastle on Sat, 12/06/2021 - 21:39

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The last film I saw was "The woman in the window". It's a psychological thriller. The story centers around a woman who lives in a suburban home, which is agoraphobic taking medication, and suffers from anxiety due to an unexplained trauma. She is unable to go outside her home because of her phobia. Ironically enough she used to be a child psychologist. When a new family moves into her neighborhood in front of her house, she receives a visit from the family's teen son, which shows unusual behavior. After that, she receives another visit from a strange woman! Due to her mental state, she can't help but start spying on the new strange neighbors. This causes her to observe an awful event! The movie keeps you guessing all the time if what she's seeing is real or if she is hallucinating it all. Great acting by the lead role and a superb supporting cast makes this a must for psychological thriller lovers. I loved it, and I highly recommend it!

Submitted by Antoni Luna on Mon, 17/05/2021 - 21:08

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The last film I watched was Oxygene, a drama thriller about a woman who wake up inside a capsule and doesn't have a way to get out. At a general point it doesn't look like an interesting trama, but when the story begins it encourage you to keep on there. The plot is sorprising interesting and with so much suspense on what's happening. I really recommend it.

Submitted by German on Tue, 04/05/2021 - 03:19

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The last movie that I watched was Soul (A disney movie). I had expectactative about this film because I had references that it was a good movie, but, I have to say that actually I don´t seem it so good. I think that its message is a message that is in another movies and hence for me, this movie wasn´t diferent than others.

Submitted by cesar_alex on Fri, 09/04/2021 - 05:45

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In the last sentence of the transcript, it should go "can" instead of "can't", this makes sense of the paragraph.

Hi cesar_alex,

Actually, this is a fixed phrase: I can't recommend it (highly) enough. The meaning is that the film was so good that no matter how much I recommend it, it's not sufficient to show how good the film was (i.e. the film was better than I am able to describe). It doesn't mean 'I can't recommend it' :) 

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Mari Dyrko on Sun, 07/03/2021 - 16:31

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Hello friends. The last thing I have watched is not a film but a series. I want to share with you the feelings, experiences and life of this series, which has been going on for over 15 years. I will even say more, few people are able to keep such a bar and not fall during this time ... A story about two brothers who fought against evil. Their acting struck to the depths of the soul. At first I watched him through my favorite actor - Jenson Ackles. This series was a certain mainstream. each series was filled with an interesting idea, and the realization of all the props and scenes was impressive. Its name is “Supernatural”. «Supernatural ”is a cult American TV series from 2005 to 2020, which combines elements of mysticism, drama, detective and horror. I highly recommend watching it.

Submitted by Olenka Hruba on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 19:12

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The last film I saw "The Holiday". This film is a romantic comedy. Besides this film is about two women who do not know each other, living 10,000 kilometres apart, find themselves in a similar situation. But they find each other: on the Internet, on a vacation housing exchange site. Before Christmas, Iris and Amanda decide to take a break from their problems and agree to swap continents and live in each other's house for two weeks. Iris moves to Amanda's house in a sunny California, and Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside... And each of them meets her Christmas in her new place. If you are sad on Christmas evenings I recommend you to watch this movie, it will cheer you up and the evening will not be so boring.

Submitted by iriska on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 18:46

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Frankly, I`m so obsessed with watching movies and drama is my weak spot. The last film I watched was «Last Christmas». This touched my heart, made me smile, laugh and, yes, cry of course. There are some silly as well as far-fetched moments but generally it has special atmosphere of love and Christmas. This one more Christmas Eve is going to be usual for young Kate, a frustrated and pessimistic Londoner who works as an elf in a Christmas shop. She doesn`t expect sth special for this day. But things soon take a turn for the better when she meets Tom. If you`re fond of charming Emilia Clarke and charismatic Henry Golding you here. Kate begins to realize how to live happily and not to spend her life for silly fears. She has to make a choice to give her heart to kind and weird stranger or to stay in her own grey routine. This movie is light and tough for our emotional state at the same time but it teaches us to appreciate every moment of life.

Submitted by Roma Hrytsyshyn on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 17:25

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The last film I watched was “Once upon a Time ... in Hollywood”. That was a genre of comedy and drama. From the very beginning, I didn't plan to watch the whole film in one sitting, I thought I would watch half an hour and then go to bed. But I didn't notice that a little more than an hour had passed! The story was about TV actor Rick Dalton in 1969 in Los Angeles and his backup Cliff Booth, and how they are moving through the film industry. That plot was based on real events because then the actress Sharon Tate was killed. Thus, the director of the film, Quentin Tarantino, decided to remake the ending of the real story and showed a different version of events. Acting, directing techniques, music - all at the highest level. Actors fitted their roles like never before. Besides, they were both ones of my favorites - Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt. In a nutshell, sometimes the plot of the film had a surprising twist and it was amusing and exciting at the same time. There were jaw-dropping and breathtaking pictures of the events. Especially I liked the director's style. It is a masterpiece of its kind. I definitely recommend watching this film once.

Submitted by Konsul Ann on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 16:18

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My last film that has given me the creep is "Wonder". By genre, it's a drama. The film is based on a novel by writer Palacio. This is the story of a boy named Augustus who has a congenital disease called Collins' tricher syndrome. due to this disease he underwent 27 operations. The events unfold on how he first went to school. In my opinion, this film is very instructive and sincere. He teaches us how to communicate with people. THIS film will be close to everyone, because each character has their own problems that at least one person could have. A very good film that will make you cry and think about your life.