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i don't know figure astounds me, i don't know anyone _ figure astounds me, i don't know anyone who has a gun and all of these _ anyone who has a gun and all of these people who do have guns enough want to— these people who do have guns enough want to renew it, and your social media _ want to renew it, and your social media accounts would be open for checking _ media accounts would be open for checking and i wish they had checked his because _ checking and i wish they had checked his because he had lots of appalling stuff, _ his because he had lots of appalling stuff, liking loads of material about — stuff, liking loads of material about the massacre in 1987, loads of file massage and a stuff about the in cell— file massage and a stuff about the in cell movement. if police at the power— in cell movement. if police at the power to— in cell movement. if police at the power to check his accounts, there's no way— power to check his accounts, there's no way they— power to check his accounts, there's no way they would've renewed his licence _ no way they would've renewed his licence as — no way they would've renewed his licence as they did just a couple weeks _ licence as they did just a couple weeks ago. we licence as they did “ust a couple weeks «ah licence as they did “ust a couple weeks «eh licence as they did 'ust a couple weeksauo.~ .,�* . , . weeks ago. we don't have very much time left and — weeks ago. we don't have very much time left and l _ weeks ago. we don't have very much time left and i want _ weeks ago. we don't have very much time left and i want to _ weeks ago. we don't have very much time left and i want to introduce - time left and i want to introduce one story that is a little bit later, if you like. it is a small bit at the bottom in the front page of the telegraph, the unstoppable rise of the vegan menu. i love your vegetable man, how does that strike you? i vegetable man, how does that strike ou? ., ., . .,
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you? i do not have the willpower to become a vegan. _ you? i do not have the willpower to become a vegan. i _ you? i do not have the willpower to become a vegan. i don't _ you? i do not have the willpower to become a vegan. i don't think - you? i do not have the willpower to become a vegan. i don't think i'm l become a vegan. i don't think i'm quite _ become a vegan. i don't think i'm quite good — become a vegan. i don't think i'm quite good at that yet. but it's something that appeals to younger people _ something that appeals to younger people there is a lot of concerns about _ people there is a lot of concerns about it — people there is a lot of concerns about it. i'mjust people there is a lot of concerns about it. i'm just trying to do, take _ about it. i'm just trying to do, take different routes if you can avoid _ take different routes if you can avoid eating meat, or the cattle or what _ avoid eating meat, or the cattle or what they— avoid eating meat, or the cattle or what they put into the atmosphere and i_ what they put into the atmosphere and i think— what they put into the atmosphere and i think this is something that is become — and i think this is something that is become much more popular and anyone _ is become much more popular and anyone who — is become much more popular and anyone who sees more vegan restaurants pop up vegetarian restaurants pop up vegetarian restaurants and really interesting and unfortunately at this moment i would _ and unfortunately at this moment i would never roll these things out. thank— would never roll these things out. thank you — would never roll these things out. thank you very much indeed to both of you and james, thank you very much. that's it for the papers this hour. goodbye for now.
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hello and welcome to the film review with me, anna smith. i'm filling in for mark kermode to review this week's releases. there are a lot of films in cinemas this week and i'm going to start with my personal favourite. this week and i'm going to start i'm your man, a genderflip on the pygmalion myth starring downton abbey's dan stevens as a romantic robot.
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set in berlin, i'm your man is a german comedy drama with a sci—fi twist. is a german comedy drama it stars the excellent maren eggert as alma, a scientist who is taking part in a trial of humanoid robots to see if they could make realistic life partners. alma's ideal match has been created using algorithms based on her brain scans, her responses and research involving 17 million people. as it happens, alma has a soft spot forforeign men. enter dan stevens as tom, a charmer who speaks fluent german with an english accent. alma is initially sceptical, but when she starts to warm to tom, she plunges into a period of self—analysis and self—doubt. i'm your man has a very sharp sense of humour, and a pitch—perfect dan stevens
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makes the most of comical misunderstandings between humans and ai. but this also takes a serious look at identity, humanity, attraction and happiness. the set up recalls everything from blade runner to the 2013 sci—fi her. but this is inspired by a short story by emma braslavsky, and directed by maria schrader, and the female perspective makes it a distinctly different work. i'm your man is a playful intelligent conversation starter that is as fun to watch alone as it is with a real—life partner. he speaks german it's in cinemas and on curzon home cinema now. my name is guy. sunday should be warm and sunny. just a scattering of drive bys. and i live in paradise. i've got a best friend.
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this is the greatest cup of coffee of all time. mondays, am i right, joe? now to another charming funny ai character, this time played by ryan reynolds in the disney action comedy free guy. guy is a cheerful bank teller who loves his routine life, from his morning coffee to small talk with his co—worker buddy, who is played by lil rel howery. he even shrugs off the daily raids from bank robbers. what guy doesn't realise is he is a background player in an open world video game called free city. those violent robbers wearing sun glasses, they are actually avatars of geeky real world players. when he sees molotov girl, played by killing eve'sjodie comer, he falls for her, not realising she is the real world coder and so a computer game who is trying to prove that her idea is stolen, and so a computer game comedy turns into a romantic action thriller with existential angst to spare. free guy owes a debt to more classic sci—fis than i have time to list,
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but there are clear parallels with galaxy quest, tron, groundhog day and the matrix. but its biggest influence is perhaps the truman show. likejim carrey before him, our innocent hero grapples with the knowledge he has been living a lie and is merely a pawn in a world created for the entertainment of others. this is a much busierfilm than the truman show. this central idea gives the film heart and it's helped considerably by reynolds' ability to balance deadpan comedy with sensitive boyish charm and a dash of deadpool�*s mischief. jodie comer proves her versatility as both her english avatar and the american who created her, although i was a bit disappointed that this genius coder is characterised chiefly by her love of bubble gum ice—cream and mariah carey. still, she shares good chemistry with reynolds, as well asjoe keery, who plays her former creative partner. meanwhile, taika waititi
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and channing tatum enjoy smaller roles that are amusing, if not hilarious. free guy isn't as powerful as the films it recalls, but it is an enjoyable actioner that brings a pacifist message to the genre, and for a disney film, it even takes a swipe at our sequel—obsessed culture. bring on free guy 2. meantime, free guy is in cinemas now. forgive me, i'm just a bit... sorry, james, i know you said you had an office in board of trade, but... is it possible you actually work at a different branch of her majesty's government? oh, my. this is unexpected. a salesman is recruited as a spy in the courier, a true story starring
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benedict cumberbatch. greville wynne is an ordinary british businessman who is surprised to be approached by m16 and the cia during the cold war. after some debate, he agrees to peddle his wares in the soviet union, while forming a partnership with a soviet officer, oleg penkovsky. it is a tall order keeping his work a secret from his wife, played byjessie buckley, but then there is the more pressing concern of the soviets finding him out. dominic cook's period thriller is a quiet but classy watch. and while it's a little exposition heavy, it tells a fascinating story with strong performances all round. i am volunteering to bring back the best source of soviet intelligence you've got at a time where russia and america are on the brink of nuclear war. you talk about using people. for god's sake, use me. the courier is in cinemas now. get out of here.
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johnny depp also plays a reluctant real—life hero this week, in the drama minamata. in depp's first release since his lost his libel case against the publishers of the sun newspaper, he plays life magazine photo journalist w eugene smith. smith was instrumental in documenting the devastating effects of mercury poisoning in the japanese coastal city of minamata. this follows his recruitment by aileen, who is played by the japanese actress minami, and his shocking discoveries in minamata, where afflicted families are battling for compensation. andrew levitas' film feels torn between detailing the fight for justice and exploring its alcoholic central character, and the balance doesn't feel particularly even. but once again it is a powerful and important story, and it's depp's best for some time.
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no—one has really covered it. i mean, it's in the goddamn fish. and that's all those poor people have to eat. the times has a tokyo desk. and we have deadlines literally in one hour. . so that sounds to me, bob, like, yeah, time is of the essence. and you know that the cover up is going to be as much of a story as the story itself. minimata is in cinemas now. i love a tense real time thriller, and the mexican film new order did not disappoint. the winner of the grand jury prize at last year's venice film festival, new order is not an escapist thriller.
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it's a disturbing dystopian nail—biter about escalating class warfare in mexico city. as a lavish wedding is taking place, riots are erupting in the streets and the peril spills into the festivities. meanwhile, the bride sets off on a dangerous mission to help a former member of staff. a gripping and disturbing thriller, new order is another powerful film from after lucia director michael franco, and it will stay with you long after the credits roll. it is in cinemas now.
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finally, a musical crowd—pleaser called coda, which stands for child of deaf adults. an american remake of the french film la famille belier, it stars emilia jones as ruby, a 17—year—old who is the only hearing member of her family. outside of school, her spare time is spent acting as an interpreter for her parents and brother and working on theirfishing boat. but ruby has a secret. she loves to sing. spurred on by her teacher, she considers a career in music but she fears her parents won't support her ambitions. funny and unconventional,
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ruby's parents bring wit and warmth to the story, and crucially they are played by deaf actors, troy kotsur and marlee matlin, who won an oscar for children of a lesser god in 1986. as for the hearing cast, emilia jones, who is the daughter of singer aled jones, is terrific, though eugenio derbez feels miscast as her flamboyant music teacher. still, i was prepared to forgive and forget when it came to the emotionalfinale. coda is an uplifting, inclusive tear—jerker with a flavour of the tv series glee, and it is a real step forward when it comes to the representation of deaf characters on screen. it is in cinemas, and on apple tv plus now. thanks for watching the film review with me, anna smith. i will be back next week. meantime, stay safe.
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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. taliban fighters enter the presidential palace in kabul as they retake the afghan capital — 20 years after being forced from power. their arrival sparks an exodus from the city — as afghans try to board flights out of the country — and president ghani flees. embassies are closing — diplomats are flying out — leaving afghan civilians — and former top officials fearing what lies ahead. imight i might face consequences that i might face consequences that i never even

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