Padding­ton se­quel is sim­ply mag­i­cal

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MOVIES -

Odeon, Dum­fries/Lons­dale, An­nan

Padding­ton 2 (PG). Yes the ac­ci­dent prone bear is back for more ad­ven­tures and Christ­mas TV ad­verts.

Nicely set­tled with the Brown fam­ily in 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.

Un­for­tu­nately, the book is nicked by the das­tardly ac­tor Phoenix Buchan­nan (Hugh Grant in ter­rific form). With Padding­ton in jail wrongly con­victed for the crime, the Browns, led by Hugh Bon­nevile as Henry, set out to catch the thief.

This is sim­ply mag­i­cal en­ter­tain­ment, even bet­ter than the first film, with amaz­ing an­i­ma­tion en­hanced by Ben Whishaw’s sen­si­tive vo­cal per­for­mance as Padding­ton. Bren­dan Glee­son is a hoot as Knuck­les McGinty, a con­vict cook, with Julie Wal­ters as Mrs Bird and Peter Ca­paldi as the gar­ru­lous Mr Curry, this is the fun film of the year. Do wait for the end cred­its with a ter­rific mu­si­cal bonus.

Robert Burns Cen­tre Film The­atre

Howard’s End (PG). Si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the new BBC adap­ta­tion of the E M Forster clas­sic, is the BFI 25th an­niver­sary restora­tion of the Mer­chant Ivory ver­sion. 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. (Tonight and to­mor­row).

Lons­dale, An­nan

The NT live event to­mor­row 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 that has had rave re­views. This is song and dance at their best. This is also at the Fullar­ton The­atre in Cas­tle Dou­glas.

Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press (12A). Ken­neth Branagh’s su­perb new film of the Agatha Christie clas­sic is a beau­ti­ful, classy pro­duc­tion that is hugely en­joy­able as old­styled en­ter­tain­ment.

Branagh di­rects and bags the plum role of the Bel­gian de­tec­tive, Her­cule Poirot, bril­liantly mak­ing the role his own, sport­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary mous­tache in line with Christie’s own de­scrip­tion.

He has spruced up the fa­mous pot-boiler with an amaz­ing cast – Judi Dench, Pene­lope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Derek Ja­cobi, Michelle Pfeif­fer, Daisy Ri­d­ley and Josh Gad giv­ing per­fect char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions in a film that looks ter­rific, filmed in the clar­ity and deep fo­cus of 65mm film.

All star cast Johnny Depp in Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press

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