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an action movie
a film with fast moving scenes, often containing violence
to be engrossed in
to be completely focused on one thing
bedtime reading
something to read in bed before you go to sleep
to be a big reader
someone who reads a lot
to be based on
to use as a modal
a box office hit
a financially successful film
to be heavy-going
difficult to read
a blockbuster
a film that is a big commercial success
to catch the latest movie
to see a film that has just come out
the central character
the main person in a film or book
a classic
of the highest quality
to come highly recommended
to be praised by another person
couldn’t put it down
wasn’t able to stop reading a book
an e-book
a digital book
an e-reader
a device for reading e-books
to flick through
to look quickly through a book
to get a good/bad review
to receive positive or negative feedback
to go on general release
when a film can be seen by the general public
hardback
a book with a rigid cover (see ‘paperback’)
a historical novel
a story set in the past
a low budget film
a film made with a small amount of money
on the big screen
at the cinema
a page turner
a book that you want to keep reading
paperback
a book with a flexible cover (see ‘hardback’)
plot
the main events in a film or book
to read something from cover to cover
to read a book from the first page to the last
sci-fi
science fiction
to see a film
to see a film at the cinema (see ‘watch a film’)
the setting
where the action takes place
showings
performances of a film
soundtrack
the music that accompanies a film
special effects
the visuals or sounds that are added to a film which are difficult to produce naturally
to take out (a book from the library)
to borrow a book from the library
to tell the story of
to outline the details of someone’s life or an event
to watch a film
to watch a film on TV (see ‘to see a film’)