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The Good Di­nosaur ( 2015) ( PG) What would the world look like if di­nosaurs weren’t ex­tinct? It’s a ques­tion many have pon­dered, and Pixar’s sec­ond fea­ture film of 2015, The Good Di­nosaur, gives us a glimpse into what that world would have been like. The feel- good film delves into the life of Arlo ( Ochoa), a timid Ap­atosaurus, and his adventure af­ter he falls into a river and finds him­self far from home. As Arlo strug­gles to get back, he is forced to work with a feral cave boy ( Wright). There are loads of laugh- out- loud mo­ments, but be pre­pared for long stretches watch­ing the duo brave hor­rific weather as they try to get back. Du­ra­tion: 93 min­utes Genre: An­i­ma­tion/ Adventure/ Com­edy What’s good: Sure to ap­pease young di­nosaur fans What’s bad: Pre­dictable plot and end­ing Cast: Jef­frey Wright, Frances Mcdor­mand, Ray­mond Ochoa Rat­ing:

Meru ( 2015) ( R) Sport- based adventure doc­u­men­taries seem to be all the rage at the mo­ment ( re­mem­ber Ever­est or The Walk?). The lat­est en­try, Meru, will take you on a sim­i­lar high- fly­ing adventure. The film chron­i­cles the first as­cent of the ‘ Shark’s Fin’ route on Mount Meru by three elite clim­bers — Jimmy Chin, Re­nan Oz­turk and Con­rad Anker. The film doc­u­ments their failed at­tempt in 2008 and their suc­cess­ful one in 2011 in shock­ing de­tail. As the trio climb Mount Meru and face un­favourable odds, they get in­creas­ingly ob­sessed — giv­ing you an in­ter­est­ing glimpse into their com­plex per­son­al­i­ties. Du­ra­tion: 90 min­utes Genre: Documentary/ Ac­tion/ Adventure What’s good: The grip­ping plot and vi­su­als What’s bad: The nar­ra­tion feels a bit mo­not­o­nous Cast: Con­rad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin Rat­ing:

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