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The Dictator: Satire doesn't quite hit despot

The first laugh comes before the film has even started. "In loving memory of Kim Jong-il" reads the dedication title. It pretty much sets the tone for The Dictator, a broad, hit-and-miss satire about an Arab tyrant's indulgence of his capricious – and murderous – will.

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Adam Deacon: Boy from the hood

Adam Deacon made his film debut parodying hoodie culture as a member of Sacha Baron Cohen ’s hapless “East Staines Massiv” in Ali G Indahouse. But unlike Baron Cohen and Ali’s absurd suburban crew, Deacon is from an inner city neighbourhood where violent street gangs are a reality.