Have a ball with Cate
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.