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This is not a good time for dealing with taxation matters, or applying for loans or refunds. Insurance
matters bring little joy. Jealousy rears its ugly head during August 28, 29 whether Aries is envious of
someone else's wealth or relationship. You tend to spend more than you should.
Gaps can be bridged, resulting in better conditions. Friction within a personal relationship or
business matter tends to spill over into the home during August 28, 29, disturbing the peace. Issues
of responsibility may trigger events.
Responsibilities seem onerous then and you'll just want to escape this situation. Try putting a creative
slant on things. Your work place is not the happiest place to be during August 28, 29, with inequalities
and tension disrupting your frame of mind. It is difficult to remain detached from these situations.
Love relationships are also problematic then. Affairs of the heart tend to be problematic during
August 28, 29, spoiling social occasions and accompanied by unsatisfactory spending patterns.
Children can also present difficulties.
Domestic situations are a little harder to balance at the moment. Domestic matters can unsettle
Leo's peaceful attitude during August 28, 29, challenging you to restore balance to routine activities
and relationships. Emotions are strong.
Remember this if you are a student or travelling. So many little things are irritating during August
28, 29, as Virgo goes about their daily life. You may be pressured into a financial disadvantage,
making you feel very uncomfortable.
Positive results await those who are prepared to negotiate. It might be a good idea not to spend up
big this week as extra bills or less in your pay packet than anticipated will contribute to difficulties
during August 27. Disagreements are likely to rise over money, possession of an item, or a pay
packet during August 28, 29. You may struggle within yourself over the best course of action.
This time causes you to pause and reflect on your life and to look at better ways to do things; you'll
be tired. There are minor disruptions from the discord that arises during August 28, 29. You feel
strong and vibrant within yourself and are not too fazed by challenges to your authority.
Sagittarians seem to lack a certain exuberance to life during August 27, likely because there are
troublesome matters on their mind: perhaps money or health. Sagittarians finds it difficult to assert
themselves during August 28, 29, as they are at a low ebb in their physical energies. Tasks are
irksome and many things are too much bother.
August 27 tends to be disappointing time in social terms. This is a time when you'd rather be alone
anyway, so trust your instincts and embrace your solitude. Your desire for success is strong but
somewhat misplaced or misdirected during August 28, 29. Don't allow envy or dissatisfaction to
distract you from fulfilling your purpose.
August 27 tends to bring disappointments and obstacles associated with a career matter, or
difficulties in accessing or obtaining the approval of an authority figure. There appears to be a
tug-of-war going on around you, as various elements of your life, or people within your life, clash.
Maintain your direction and don't allow yourself to be distracted.
Pisceans tend to lack vision during August 27, although this is but a temporary setback: might be a
good time just to chill out and let your mind wander free, as cobwebs are brushed away. The words
that are exchanged are none too pleasant and full of excessive emotion. Be careful not to allow
yourself to be pulled into this fracas, which will leave you feeling dissatisfied.
Enough of this sad geri-action
Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3
It s time to admit that the idea of The
Expendables, an action-movie
franchise where mostly ageing VHS
cassette-era stars unite to create
havoc, is amusing in concept but
sadly failing in execution. The third
instalment, directed by young
Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes,
is as creaky and rheumatic as some of
its leads. What should be crazy,
outlandish entertainment is instead
banal and uninspiring.
Led by Barney Ross (Sylvester
Stallone), these time-expired
mercenaries once more create a
country for old men, finding more
third-world enemies who are well-
equipped but seemingly incapable of
shooting straight. The plot is as fixed
as Stallone s face, this time providing
a rogue co-founder of the crew, the
maniacal Conrad Stonebanks (Mel
Gibson), as their adversary.
Each film is sold on the veteran
names roped in, but somehow
ludicrous blowhards such as Chuck
Norris have given way to the likes of
Gibson and Harrison Ford, whose
CIA spook Drummer is the employer
of the New Orleans-based
Expendables. It s one thing for
Arnold Schwarzenegger to send up
his 1980s one-liners, but it s painful
watching Ford try to give an actual
performance when he has little to
work with. Gibson, it must be said,
gets by on palpable self-loathing.
Some of the dialogue is groan-
worthy -- "How much we getting paid
for this?" "Not enough!" -- and the
gonzo excess Stallone (the creator of
the series and co-writer of each
movie) gave the original Expendables
as director has dissipated. There are
some graceful shots, but on the whole
Hughes (director of the 2010 bush
western Red Hill) can t stamp a visual
signature on the familiar over-edited
fight scenes and blossoming
You re left to ponder the oddities:
how do the Expendables get
anywhere quickly while using a
propeller plane? Why would a squad
of kill-crazy veteran mercenaries be
so upset that one of them actually got
shot? Does Wesley Snipes, as the
newly freed Doctor Death, realise his
scenery-chewing performance is
unintentionally funny? Whatever the
answers are, these corporate soldiers
definitely need restructuring.
As the story begins, dreamy-eyed
grade-schooler Mason faces
upheaval: his devoted, struggling
single mom Olivia (Patricia
Arquette) has decided to move
him and older sister Samantha
(Lorelei Linklater) to Houston --
just as their long-absent father
Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) returns
from Alaska to re-enter their
world. Thus begins life's non-
stop flux. Yet Mason emerges to
head down his own road.
College sweethearts and
songwriters Greta (Keira
Knightley) and Dave (Adam
Levine) move to New York after
he lands a deal with a major
label. When he strays,
heartbroken Greta considers
returning to Britain. But she's
spotted on stage by a down-on-
his-luck record producer (Mark
Ruffalo) who opens up an entire
new world of possibility for both
When an experiment to coun-
teract global warming causes
an ice age that kills nearly all
life on Earth, the only surviv-
ors are people travelling on a
huge train called Snowpiercer.
Powered by a perpetual-
motion engine, it travels on a
track that spans the globe. The
inhabitants of the train soon
find a class system installed,
with the poor forced to live
behind locked doors at the tail.
just a few
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