Padding­ton is back for more ad­ven­tures

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

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.

Lons­dale, An­nan

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

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