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Blunt) re­lo­cate to Lon­don with the rest of the or­na­ments in­clud­ing Lord Red­brick (Sir Michael Caine), Lady Blue­bery (Dame Mag­gie Smith), Benny (Matt Lu­cas), Nanette (Ash­ley Jensen), Paris (Stephen Mer­chant) and Fawn (Ozzy Os­bourne).

While Gnomeo and Juliet are oth­er­wise en­gaged in a flower shop, a shad­owy fig­ure kid­naps the newly ar­rived denizens of the gar­den.

Sher­lock Gnomes (Depp), sworn pro­tec­tor of Lon­don’s gar­den gnomes, in­ves­ti­gates with long-suf­fer­ing side­kick Wat­son (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for).

“It’s an or­na­men­tal crime on a scale we have never seen be­fore,” sur­mises the sleuth, who de­duces his arch­neme­sis, de­ranged pie mas­cot Mo­ri­arty (Jamie Demetriou), is the mas­ter­mind be­hind the grand theft.

A scat­ter­shot hunt for clues leads Gnomeo, Juliet, Holmes and Wat­son around the cap­i­tal via a doll mu­seum, where Sher­lock’s ex-girl­friend Irene (Mary J Blige) pre­sides over a harem of mis­fit man­nequins who seem to have been sal­vaged from the re­jects bin of the Toy Story films.

Sher­lock Gnomes is el­e­men­tary in the most un­flat­ter­ing sense, punc­tu­at­ing the ti­tle char­ac­ter’s laboured in­ves­ti­ga­tion with per­func­tory ac­tion se­quences set to clas­sics from the El­ton John back cat­a­logue (he is one of the film’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers).

McAvoy and Blunt fail to en­liven their feud­ing sweet­hearts while Demetriou’s Machi­avel­lian mas­cot is starved of tasty one-lin­ers hard-baked with mad­ness and mis­chief.

In stark con­trast to the writ­ing, an­i­ma­tion is pol­ished and se­duces the senses.

There is no greater dis­ap­point­ment than a beau­ti­fully wrapped present with lit­tle of ap­pre­cia­ble value in­side. ★★★★★

DRAMA­TI­SA­TION of the 1971 le­gal show­down be­tween US Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon and the free press. In 1966 Viet­nam, mil­i­tary an­a­lyst Daniel Ells­berg (Matthew Rhys) wit­nesses the loss of US troops and re­ports his con­cerns to Sec­re­tary of De­fence Robert McNa­mara (Bruce Green­wood). Ells­berg pho­to­copies clas­si­fied re­ports and leaks pages to The New York Times. Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor of The Wash­ing­ton Post, en­cour­ages one jour­nal­ist to chase down the re­port, leav­ing pub­lisher Katharine Gra­ham (Meryl Streep), a friend of McNa­mara, to decide whether or not to pur­sue the un­com­fort­able truth. ■ Down­load/stream from May 14 and avail­able on DVD/Blu-ray from May 21.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep

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