At­ti­tude’s key in this pretty good com­edy

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET -

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

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