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The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - Film Review - By Da­mon Smith

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (12A)

It seems, in su­per­hero films, good things come in small pack­ages. In this se­quel, wise­crack­ing cat bur­glar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is back with a high­oc­tane blast of rip-roar­ing fun. Ant-Man And The Wasp packs in ac­tion with­out los­ing the hu­mour or ten­der emo­tion that made the 2015 orig­i­nal such a hit. This is Mar­vel’s first ac­tion fea­ture with a fe­male su­per­hero proudly namechecked in the ti­tle and Evan­ge­line Lilly’s air­borne as­sas­sin dom­i­nates fight se­quences when she isn’t catalysing molten on-screen chem­istry with Rudd’s re­luc­tant saviour. TEEN TI­TANS GO! TO THE MOVIES (PG)

The an­i­mated TV se­ries Teen Ti­tans Go!, a tongue-in-cheek DC Comics spinoff, makes its big screen de­but with a grin-in­duc­ing flour­ish that pokes gen­tle fun at nor­mal su­per­hero flicks. A nim­ble script, co-writ­ten by the TV se­ries’ creators Michael Je­lenic and Hor­vath, is packed with ref­er­ences and punch­lines that elicit know­ing gig­gles. Fleet­ing ver­bal gags are com­ple­mented by sel­f­ref­er­en­tial di­a­logue that glee­fully draws at­ten­tion to the film’s own short­com­ings in­clud­ing a big re­veal about the iden­tity of the chief vil­lain.

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