Attitude’s key in this pretty good comedy
There is a split programme at Newton Stewart Cinema starting tomorrow until Sunday with the comedy I Feel Pretty (12A).
American comedienne Amy Schumer plays a woman who is insecure over her conviction that she is not attractive.
However, a fall leaves her suddenly believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman in the world. Brimming with confidence, she transforms her life – but what will happen when she realises her appearance never changed?
The message is, of course, about being true to yourself. The only problem is that Schumer is actually attractive, making it hard for her to convince us she is not.
Next Wednesday and Thursday, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (12A), right, is the runaway hit that has been charming audiences with a mix of drama, comedy and romance. In the post-war months an author working on a project about reading is contacted by an admirer from Guernsey.
She follows this up with a visit to the Channel island and discovers the truth about the Occupation, the trials of life under Nazi rule and the fate of a missing person.
In Dumfries, the last weeks of the Odeon have been marked by audiences supporting their local cinema for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12A) which continues for another week. It is 25 years since Spielberg first astonished us with his majestic dinosaurs in and the new film packs in terrific action for more than two hours on more or less the same theme.
This time it is the dinosaurs that are in peril as Isla Nublar is threatened with extinction due to a volcanic eruption. Bryce Dallas Howard again plays the former manager of the defunct theme park but this time she fronts a charity to save the dinos. She falls for a plan to rescue as many of the creatures as they can and place them in a sanctuary but this masks a ruthless plot to sell them for profit.
With Chris Pratt joining in to save his pet velociraptor Blue, the film piles on the thrills without matching the awe factor of the original. Jeff Goldblum is back to bookend the film with wise words and, with a velociraptor on the loose in Monument Valley, the scene is set for more.
At the Burns Centre in Dumfries tomorrow and Saturday, That Good Night (12A) is a fond goodbye to the superb actor John Hurt.
Significantly, he plays a cantankerous former screenwriter with a terminal illness. Faced with the prospect of his demise, he contacts an organisation to arrange his own assisted death administered by a mysterious visitor only he can see.
But attempts to reconcile with his estranged son and concerns for his young wife create a situation he hadn’t considered.
On Sunday there is a late-afternoon screening of the digitally restored 1954 classic The Dam Busters (U) celebrating 75 years since the famous raid on the dams in the industrial heartland of Germany.
With Michael Redgrave as the inventor of the bouncing bomb Dr Barnes Wallace and Richard Todd as Guy Gibson, squadron leader, some details were changed for security reasons at the time of filming but this remains one of the best remembered war films of all time.
Next week the centre hosts The Incomers Film Festival – Human Stories of Migration. All events are free but reserve seats at the centre, or at the Midsteeple, or online.
The programme begins on Monday with the thriller set among illegal immigrants in London Dirty Pretty Things (15).
On Tuesday morning Glasgow Girls is set in a high school where teenage girls try to stop the deportation of a classmate and her mother. In the afternoon the romantic story of a busker and an immigrant in Dublin is told in Once (15).
The festival ends next Thursday with the sci-fi thriller District 9 (15) in which an a spacecraft appears over Johannesburg, bringing aliens who are banished to a ghetto on the fringes of the city.
Laughs Comic Amy Schumer stars in the comedy I Feel Pretty