Blade se­quel late ... but a must-see

The Galloway News - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

Blade Runner 2049 (15) at the Odeon in Dum­fries is the 35-year late se­quel to Ri­d­ley Scott’s sci-fi block­buster.

We are back in the bleak fu­tur­is­tic world of Los An­ge­les where a new Blade Runner, LAPD of­fi­cer K (Ryan Gosling), is track­ing down the first gen­er­a­tion of hu­manoid repli­cants who have lived be­yond their lim­ited life­span.

He stum­bles across a long-buried se­cret that threat­ens the fu­ture of the world and seeks out the hid­ing place of the orig­i­nal Blade Runner cop Rick Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford) for in­for­ma­tion. But dark forces are clos­ing in.

Stun­ning vi­su­als and a com­plex but mes­meris­ing story make this a must­see cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Burns Cen­tre in Dum­fries has Kathryn Bigelo’s sear­ing drama of racial vi­o­lence and po­lice bru­tal­ity, Detroit (15), to­mor­row and Satur­day. Based on true events in 1967, this is a film of in­tense power and vi­o­lence.

The film theatre now has live stream­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the first event on Mon­day is the re­mark­able hand­painted fea­ture Lov­ing Vin­cent.

This is an an­i­mated film about the painter Vin­cent Van Gogh, shot first as live ac­tion then painted over by 125 artists frame by frame in the style of the painter.

The ef­fect is of paint­ings com­ing to life and the film will be fol­lowed by a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion from the Na­tional Gallery in Lon­don with the voice cast and pro­duc­tion team.

For cat lovers, the doc­u­men­tary Kedi (U) is the story of the stray cats of Is­tan­bul. The film about the re­mark­able re­la­tion­ship be­tween fe­lines and their hu­man car­ers in this spec­tac­u­lar an­cient city has been a huge hit.

On Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, The Lime­house Golem (15) is a Gothic mur­der mys­tery set in the foggy streets of Lon­don in 1880.

Bill Nighy, right, is the in­spec­tor in charge of the investigation into a se­ries of griz­zly mur­ders that lo­cals blame on the myth­i­cal Golem. With echoes of the Rip­per cases, this is a won­der­fully evoca­tive chiller.

There are no films at The Fullar­ton in Cas­tle Dou­glas this week­end but next Wed­nes­day there is a live trans­mis­sion of Shake­speare’s Co­ri­olanus (12A) from Strat­ford.

This is the bard’s take on how the power of the peo­ple can top­ple the greatest of he­roes. Sope Dirisu is the Ro­man war­rior Co­ri­olanus, blood­drenched from battle who makes a fa­tal mis­take by let­ting his pos­ses­sive mother drive him into pol­i­tics.

Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle (15) is at New­ton Ste­wart’s cin­ema from to­mor­row.

This is the se­quel to the all-ac­tion spy com­edy that was a hit in 2015 with Colin Firth as an el­e­gant, if foul-mouthed, Bond clone. But he was killed at the end, or so every­one thought, and the Kings­man HQ blown up along with their ver­sion of M, Michael Caine.

In the new film, Eg­gsy (Taron Eger­ton) and agent Mer­lin (Mark Strong) are all that’s left of the team and they link up with their coun­ter­part Amer­i­can or­gan­i­sa­tion, States­man.

The bad­dies are crime syn­di­cate The Golden Cir­cle and Poppy Adams (Ju­lianne Moore), a crim­i­nal master­mind who plans to poi­son the world’s addicts un­less she gets the obligatory ran­som. She also has El­ton John held cap­tive in her lux­u­ri­ous jun­gle lair for ex­tra fun.

Colin Firth is res­ur­rected with am­ne­sia and sport­ing an eye patch.

Ac­tion Ryan Gosling stars in the Blade Runner se­quel at the Odeon in Dum­fries

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