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Film review: Oz the Great and Powerful***

 

No film needs to be 130 minutes long, least of all a fantasy aimed at kids (albeit slightly scary for the very youngest kids), but at least Oz the Great and Powerful comes by it honestly. This is a kind of prequel to The Wizard of Oz, looking not at Dorothy but the world she discovered ‘somewhere over the rainbow’, and how it got to be that way. It’s old-fashioned, with some unabashedly pretty images, a Lothario hero beset by troublesome women, and a storybook rhythm that never gets too hyper (hence that 130-minute running time). I enjoyed it a lot.

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Film review: Warm Bodies**

 

Alas, poor zombies; I knew them, Horatio. Once upon a time, in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1979) – not the first films to feature zombies, but the first to place them at centre-stage – the living dead came with a political edge. The African-American hero was (wrongly, but significantly) mistaken for a zombie in Night, while zombie-dom came directly from the ghetto in Dawn – a film that also showed them standing forlornly outside the glass doors of a shopping mall, excluded and disenfranchised.

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Restaurant review: Phukhet, Paphos

Those who claim a truly authentic oriental culinary orientation will nod with recognition when I say that there is a massive difference between indigenous Chinese food and those dishes exported to satisfy less adventurous palates. The former will show an almost unbridled willingness to chew down on bits of animals we didn’t know were ever worth eating, for the latter an adventurous Chinese meal come Saturday night would be egg fried rice, lemon chicken and a dish of prawn crackers.

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Bar Review: Oti Nanai, Limassol

Oti Nanai roughly translates as whatever and according to the bar’s owner Dino Costi, the name represents the venue’s laid back and welcoming attitude. “We chose this name because we are simple and welcome everyone. Whoever you are, whatever you are, you are welcome!,” Dino explained.

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