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YES, it’s an­other an­i­mated movie about a cute an­i­mal – in this case a Ti­betan Mas­tiff, since you ask – who dreams of mak­ing it big in the mu­sic busi­ness.

But de­spite some top names do­ing the voices – Luke Wil­son, JK Sim­mons, Ed­die Iz­zard, and Lewis Black – it is dis­ap­point­ing, both in its gags and its mu­sic con­tent.

RE­PLACE (18) „„„ you, for those healthily-skinned women des­tined to end up as Kira’s un­will­ing donors… THE CROWN: SEA­SON ONE (15)

„„„„ CRIT­I­CALLY ac­claimed and heaped high with awards, this ex­cel­lent 10-part drama has been avail­able un­til now only to Net­flix sub­scribers.

Claire Foy gives an in­ti­mate por­trait of a young Queen El­iz­a­beth ner­vously ac­ced­ing to the throne at the age of just 25.

It’s a lav­ishly shot and to-hell-with-the­cost pro­duc­tion with some su­perb per­for­mances, most no­tably Matt Smith as the Duke of Ed­in­burgh.

Sea­son two of the drama is on Net­flix from De­cem­ber 8. NOR­MAN (15)

„„„ AGE­ING New Yorker Nor­man (Richard Gere) is a right shys­ter, mak­ing out he has big, pow­er­ful con­nec­tions. Then one chance meet­ing re­ally does strike gold. NEXT WEEK: THE WEEK AF­TER:

(Down­load now, DVD and Blu-ray from Mon­day) PORTRAYING Bri­tain’s iconic wartime leader (and I’d sug­gest that for once the word “iconic” is jus­ti­fied) poses a huge chal­lenge to any ac­tor, not least be­cause it’s all too easy to lapse into car­i­ca­ture.

But Brian Cox is just tremen­dous in this classy, rous­ing biopic. Its fo­cus is on the 96 hours lead­ing up to the D-Day land­ings of June 6, 1944, and on Churchill’s bat­tle of wills with Al­lied mil­i­tary lead­ers as to the best tac­tics. He’s des­per­ate to avoid re­peat­ing the mis­takes of World War One’s ill-fated Gal­lipoli cam­paign, for which he knows he shares re­spon­si­bil­ity. (DVD from Mon­day) (Down­load and DVD from Mon­day) THIS is a stylishly un­set­tling hor­ror. In other words, it makes you go: “Bleaaaagh!” But it does it in a slickly filmed, coolly sound­tracked kind of way. Kira (Re­becca Forsythe) is a young wo­man with a hideous dis­ease, caus­ing her skin to crum­ble and fall off. Which ob­vi­ously isn’t good news. It’s ar­guably worse, mind ROUS­ING: Cox as Churchill

LAPPING IT UP: Rock Dog has a go at fame

There’s a va­cancy for a new dic­ta­tor in The Death Of Stalin, Ar­mando Ian­nucci’s real-life farce. Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin are among the all-star cast.

Chris Hemsworth’s Norse god finds him­self pit­ted against Mark Ruf­falo’s Hulk in Thor: Rag­narok. Cate Blanchett and Jeff Gold­blum join the se­ries.

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