THE BEA­TLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOUR­ING YEARS

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Di­rec­tor: Ron Howard (A Beau­ti­ful Mind) Ver­dict: Al­ways stop­ping the show ... un­til the shows had to stop

DI­REC­TOR Ron Howard dashes off a cur­sory doco cov­er­ing the first half of The Bea­tles’ hit-mak­ing, youthquak­ing ca­reer.

Gen­tly tap­ping the sides of a cast-iron chronol­ogy fa­mil­iar to even ca­sual Fab Four fans, the film starts with the global out­break of in­cur­able Beatle­ma­nia (circa 1962), and ends with the de­ci­sion to never set foot on a sta­dium stage again (1966).

If you’re af­ter new rev­e­la­tions, this isn’t the place to look. Whether via fresh in­ter­views (Paul and Ringo) or sound­bites from the archives (John and Ge­orge), all four Bea­tles of­fer play-safe com­men­tary on the crazi­ness of the era.

Un­for­tu­nately, so too are an inessen­tial col­lec­tion of talk­ing heads such as Sigour­ney Weaver and Whoopi Gold­berg. The only gen­uine must-see fac­tor here is plenty of qual­ity per­for­mance footage.

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