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beau­ti­ful, daz­zling and as­ton­ish­ingly loud, but, alas, it is a mess at the level of the script. The sci­ence is screwy. The meta­physics – now Dar­winian, now new age – are all over the place. The di­a­logue is weighed down with te­dious ex­po­si­tion. A pulp ad­ven­ture with ideas way above its lowly sta­tion. 12A, gen re­lease, 168 min NEW RE­LEASE MANKAKAMANA See re­view, page 10 MEN, WOM­E­NAND CHIL­DREN

Don­ald Clarke

Which film se­ries will, we learnt last week, con­tinue next year with SPEC­TRE? Who has this year ex­celled as Sa­man­tha, Lucy and a vo­ra­cious alien? Who has been played (or is about to be played) by Charl­ton He­ston, Christian Bale and Mel Brooks? Which Hol­ly­wood legend was born as Fred­er­ick Auster­litz in Omaha, Ne­braska? Name the late di­rec­tor in the pho­to­graph. adap­ta­tion of Michael Bond’s fa­mous sto­ries about a friendly bear is an ab­so­lute de­light. The plot is com­mend­ably sim­ple: Padding­ton is pur­sued by a wicked Cruella de Vil-style taxi­der­mist (Kid­man), who, ini­tially, is in ca­hoots with nosy neigh­bour Mr Curry (Ca­pa­lidi). Fans of Harry Pot­ter’s brand of English­ness will find plenty to savour. But the film equally seeks to cel­e­brate in­clu­siv­ity. Smaller peo­ple, in par­tic­u­lar, will love the may­hem. G cert, gen re­lease, 95min PEN­GUINS OF MADA­GAS­CAR


Awards sea­son is once more upon us and so we’d like to present The Pyra­mid’s crummy CGI Anu­bis – the Jackal-headed god thingy – with a spe­cial gong for Worst Movie Mon­ster. He’s not even the weak­est link in the movie. That hon­our falls to Hin­shaw’s Nora, the sure­fire win­ner of Worst Fi­nal Girl of 2014 (and pos­si­bly ever). If ev­ery­thing else were equally ter­ri­ble, the film might, at least, qual­ify as a guilty plea­sure. But it’s mostly dull. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 88 min


A Bri­tish sol­dier seeks to es­cape West Belfast dur­ing the dark­est days of the Trou­bles. ’71 is ex­hil­a­rat­ing. O’Con­nell of­fers a per­fect por­trait of a man who, though pass­ing among work­ing­class streets very like his own, feels him­self stranded on a hos­tile planet. First-rate pur­suit thriller. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 99 min


Wel­come reis­sue of a film that for all its prob­lems – that an­ti­sep­tic noth­ing­ness – still stands as among the most au­da­cious ever made. Whereas In­ter­stel­lar clat­tered chaot­i­cally from do­mes­tic drama to bad sci­ence, Kubrick man­ages the ex­tra­or­di­nary feat of im­pos­ing con­ci­sion on a story that stretches over four mil­lion years. The fi­nal hal­lu­ci­na­tory melt­down may have de­lighted con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous chem­i­cal users, but there is not a hint of groovi­ness to the sharp sur­faces and pre­cise pat­terns. G cert, lim re­lease, 142 min WHAT WE DO IN THE SHAD­OWS Very funny, rather sad New Zealand com­edy con­cern­ing a group of squab­bling vam­pires in a run-down Wellington house. Nod­ding vig­or­ously to The Young Ones, the film has enor­mous fun ad­dress­ing mun­dane con­cerns through the vam­pires’ warped lenses. Vi­cious, but rather sweet, the gang strug­gle to main­tain deco­rum while keep­ing the blood flow­ing. “Are you, erm, pre­de­ceased?” somebody coyly asks a still-quick ac­quain­tance. Looks great. Beau­ti­fully acted. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 85 min

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