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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Five to watch: Monday, December 11

Our pick of today's films at the Dubai International Film Festival

Morgan Spurlock in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken. Courtesy Diff
Morgan Spurlock in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken. Courtesy Diff

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken

Oscar-nominated documentarian Morgan Spurlock gets back under the skin of the fast-food industry in this follow up to 2004’s Super Size Me, in which he existed for 30 days on nothing but McDonald’s, with terrifyingly unhealthy results. The chicken industry is the subject this time around, and it is safe to say you might not want to watch this film before you tuck into your next bucket of fried wings.

Vox 5, Mall of the Emirates, 6.15pm

Induced Labor

Clash writer Khaled Diab gets behind the camera for his debut feature, Induced Labor, a riotous comedy looking at the lengths some Egyptian families will go to in attempts to secure an elusive American visa. Here, a heavily pregnant woman and her husband storm the American Embassy in Cairo to give birth, in the hope that this will grant their unborn twins American citizenship.

Madinat Arena, 6pm

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

There is Oscar hype aplenty surrounding Bafta- and Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, following its Venice debut in September. An ensemble cast including Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Abbie Cornish tell the story of Mildred, a grieving mother who, frustrated at the glacial pace of investigation into her teenage daughter’s rape and murder, rents three huge billboards, accusing the local police chief of incompetence.

Madinat Arena, 9pm

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening stars as Hollywood ingenue Gloria Grahame in Paul McGuigan’s tear-jerker. Towards the end of her life, Grahame was reduced to acting in plays in Liverpool, and struck up a relationship with a young British man, Peter Turner, despite suffering terminal cancer. A heartbreaking, bittersweet account of the death of a faded star.

Vox 1, Mall of the Emirates, 9pm

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

There is an irony to screening a docu-drama about legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik at The Beach – sand is probably the last place surface on which to wear designer footwear. Vogue, Vanity Fair and The Sunday Times fashion guru Michael Roberts’ first foray into film-making features Blahnik as himself.

The Beach, JBR, 7.30pm

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