Have a ball with Cate

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Cin­derella (U)

A safe live-ac­tion take on the Dis­ney clas­sic, there’s no Malef­i­cent-style re­work­ing of old ground here.

Ken­neth Branagh frames sparkling vi­su­als and Cate Blanchett is in scene-chew­ing form as the wicked step­mother.

Un­for­tu­nately, lead Lily James fails to sprin­kle enough magic dust as the put-upon or­phan-turned-princess.

A Lit­tle Chaos (12)

Alan Rick­man’s sec­ond di­rec­to­rial ef­fort was just about worth the 18-year wait since last out­ing Win­ter Guest.

As well as get­ting be­hind the cam­era to recre­ate 17th cen­tury Ver­sailles, Rick­man has a ball on-screen as King Louis XIV.

Stan­ley Tucci and Kate Winslet also im­press but the pe­riod es­capades run out of steam late on.

Child 44 (15)

The big screen take on Tom Rob Smith’s novel is a real wasted op­por­tu­nity that spurns an in­trigu­ing pres­ence and eye-catch­ing cast.

Sport­ing some of the worst Rus­sian ac­cents since Har­ri­son Ford in K-19: The Wid­ow­maker, the likes of Tom Hardy, Gary Old­man and Paddy Con­si­dine have fared bet­ter.

And Noomi Ra­pace and Joel Kin­na­man con­tinue their strug­gles to repli­cate their scorch­ing Scan­di­na­vian turns in Hol­ly­wood.

A pedes­trian pace makes the twohour, 10-minute run­ning time feel like nearly dou­ble that length.

Helmer Daniel Espinosa over­does the shaky cam­era work and only the in­trigue of the cen­tral mys­tery keeps Child 44 from fall­ing over a cliff.

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