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AQUA­MAN (12A) ★★★★★

OCEANS rise and stan­dards fall in Aqua­man, a bloated ori­gin story for the epony­mous DC Comics su­per­hero which cap­sizes in a tsunami of splashy dig­i­tal ef­fects and melo­dra­matic sto­ry­telling.

Maine light­house keeper Thomas Curry (Te­muera Mor­ri­son) dis­cov­ers At­lanna (Nicole Kid­man), Queen of At­lantis, in­jured on the shore and nurses her back to health. They fall in love and she gives birth to a boy called Arthur, who can breathe in wa­ter and com­mu­ni­cates with aquatic life. “He’s liv­ing proof our worlds can co-ex­ist,” coos At­lanna. Alas, the queen is forced to aban­don her child and Arthur grows up be­liev­ing that she died to give him life.

Years later, Mera (Am­ber Heard), daugh­ter of King Nereus (Dolph Lund­gren), vis­its Arthur (Ja­son Mo­moa, above) and im­plores him to chal­lenge his power-hun­gry half-brother Orm (Pa­trick Wil­son), who has de­clared war on hu­man­ity.

If Arthur can lo­cate the tri­dent of Nep­tune and hone his fight­ing skills un­der the aegis of men­tor Nuidis Vulko (Willem Dafoe), he might avert dis­as­ter. How­ever, Orm is flanked by a vast army led by grief-stricken pi­rate Black

Manta (Yahya Ab­dul-Man­teen II).

SPI­DER-MAN: INTO THE SPI­DER-VERSE (PG) ★★★★★

DAZ­ZLING com­put­eran­i­mated ad­ven­ture that in­tro­duces a menagerie of gifted spi­der-folks, who tick myr­iad racial, so­cio-eco­nomic and an­thro­po­mor­phic boxes. There is a half­black, half-His­panic teenage hero, a sassy Asian fe­male hero­ine, a griz­zled old school cru­sader torn from the pages of a noir thriller, two markedly dif­fer­ent re­flec­tions of Peter Parker ... and a talk­ing pig. Laughs come thick and fast cour­tesy of a self-ref­er­en­tial script that glee­fully pokes fun at it­self. Brook­lyn teenager Miles Mo­rales, pic­tured (voiced by Shameik Moore), en­rols in a board­ing school at the be­hest of his par­ents. He takes a break from stud­ies to spend time with his un­cle Aaron (Ma­her­shala Ali), who in­dulges Miles’s pas­sion for street art by ven­tur­ing into the sew­ers be­neath New York City to paint a mu­ral.

A ra­dioac­tive spi­der bites Miles’s hand, im­bu­ing the high school stu­dent with in­cred­i­ble pow­ers. Miles dis­cov­ers he has in­her­ited the same abil­i­ties as Spi­der-Man (Chris Pine), who re­cently died at the hands of crime lord Wil­son Fisk (Liev Schreiber). The king­pin is con­duct­ing ex­per­i­ments, which dis­rupt the space-time con­tin­uum. Con­se­quently, a washed-up Peter B Parker (Jake John­son), Spi­der-Gwen (Hailee Ste­in­feld), Spi­der-Ham (John Mu­laney), brood­ing Spi­der-Noir (Ni­co­las Cage) and in­ven­tor school­girl Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) ma­te­ri­alise in Miles’s bed­room. They join forces with the teen to de­feat a rogue’s gallery of vil­lains in­clud­ing Green Goblin (Jorma Tac­cone) and Doc­tor Oc­to­pus (Kathryn Hahn).

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