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Sunday Herald Life - - THEATRE REVIEW - By Da­mon Smith

Earth: One Amaz­ing Day (U)

The BBC se­ries Planet Earth II, broad­cast in win­ter 2016, has been reed­ited with pre­vi­ously un­seen footage into a fea­ture-length cel­e­bra­tion of our “small blue planet with a rocky moon trav­el­ling around a star”. Sir David At­ten­bor­ough’s nar­ra­tion has been re­placed by the silky tones of Robert Red­ford. It’s a ravishing spec­ta­cle but some se­quences will be achingly fa­mil­iar to TV view­ers, most no­tably footage from the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands of a young marine iguana emerg­ing from hot sand and at­tempt­ing to out­run snakes.

Happy Death Day (15)

A mur­dered col­lege stu­dent (Jes­sica Rothe) is forced to re­live the grue­some day of her demise in Christo­pher Lan­don’s wag­gish and sprightly slasher, which splices up­roar­i­ous com­edy Ground­hog Day with self-ref­er­en­tial teen hor­ror Scream. Gore fre­quently trumps gig­gles but the tan­ta­lis­ing dra­matic con­ceit of a dis­traught hero­ine stuck in a tragic groove pro­vides screen­writer Scott Lob­dell with a rich seam of black hu­mour and fe­male em­pow­er­ment.

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