Paddington is back for more adventures
The Peruvian bear that loves marmalade sandwiches is back, Blade Runner 2049 is a bleak vision of the future and the reissue of Howard’s End is a golden memory of Edwardian England.
Odeon Dumfries, and Lonsdale Annan
For a tonic you can do no better than Paddington 2 (PG). Yes, the accident-prone bear is back for more adventures.
Nicely settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, London, he sees a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop and decides to take on odd jobs to buy it for his aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, especially as she is coming to London.
But the book is stolen by the dastardly actor Phoenix Buchannan (Hugh Grant in great form) and the Browns join Paddington to catch the thief. With Ben Whishaw providing Paddington’s voice plus Brendan Gleeson as the safe-cracker Knuckles McGinty, Julie Walters as Mrs Bird and Peter Capaldi as Mr Curry, this is the fun film of the year.
Burns Centre, Dumfries
The outstanding Blade Runner 2049 (15) screens tonight and tomorrow, plus Monday and Tuesday.
It has been a long wait for this sequel but it is worth it as the story of a dystopian world partially populated by bio-engineered androids is picked up 30 years later.
Ryan Gosling is the new Blade Runner charged with tracing rogue replicants and “retiring” them. He stumbles across a longburied box of remains that could jeopardise the dwindling human population.
To find answers he must track down agent Deckard (Harrison Ford), who is in hiding. Slow-paced but mesmerising, the use of spectacular vistas and music – with excellent performances from Gosling and Ford – make this a must-see.
On Tuesday afternoon there is a live streaming of the Rome Opera performance of Bizet’s Carmen recorded in the summer at the Caracalla Baths in Rome.
Next Wednesday and Thursday there is the BFI’s 25th anniversary restoration of the Merchant Ivory production of E M Forster’s Howard’s End (PG).
The intertwined story of three families across the social divide in Edwardian England is superbly visualised and performed by a terrific cast that includes Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave.
The Fullarton, Castle Douglas
There is only a matinée on Sunday this weekend with The Lego Ninjago Movie (U) for family fun.
The NT Live event next Thursday is Follies, the Stephen Sondheim musical in which the one-time Follies group reunite in the old theatre before it is demolished.
Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee lead the way in this dazzling new production which has had rave reviews. This is song and dance at their best.
Follies is also on here on Thursday. On Sunday afternoon, there is a visit to the Bolshoi in Moscow for the The Taming of the Shrew in a new production praised for being a quick-witted rethinking of Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes.
Kenneth Branagh’s superb new film of the Agatha Christie classic Murder on the Orient Express (12A) is a classy production that is hugely enjoyable as old-style entertainment.
Branagh, pictured right, directs and takes on the plum role of the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in his star-studded version. He sports an extraordinary moustache in line with Christie’s own description.
He has spruced up the famous tale with an amazing cast – Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi , Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad. They all give perfect characterisations in a movie that looks terrific, shot in the clarity of 65mm film.
Bearing up well Paddington returns to cinema screens for a new adventure