MISSING LINK (PG) ★★★★ ★
AFTER a failed bid to spot the Loch Ness Monster, suave English gentleman explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) heads to the Pacific Northwest to learn the truth about the fabled Sasquatch.
He follows hand-written directions and encounters an 8ft, 630lb talking creature (Zach Galifianakis), who is desperate to travel to the fabled Himalayan valley of Shangri-La to be united with furry relatives, the yetis.
Feisty old fame Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), who possesses the only map of Shangri-La, joins Sir Lionel and Mr Link, unaware that they are being shadowed by a gun-toting assassin called Stenk (Timothy Olyphant).
This stop-motion animation is a painstakingly crafted, technical tour-de-force, populated by gorgeously hand-crafted characters and incredibly detailed sets that range from a vast ocean liner and a rarefied gentleman’s club to a rootin’ tootin’ saloon and an ice-laden temple.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS (15) ★★★ ★★
THE Sisters Brothers is an offbeat caper set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush.
John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, pictured, deliver compelling performances as the eponymous siblings, who are assassins for hire in 1851 Oregon.
They agree to complete one final job for their employer, The Commodore (Rutger Hauer).
The Commodore entreats the Sisters to kill gold prospector Hermann Warm (Riz Ahmed), who has invented a volatile chemical compound that reveals priceless nuggets of metal concealed in river beds.
Private detective John Morris ( Jake Gyllenhaal) is already on Warm’s trail and will lead the unsuspecting target into the brothers’ clutches.
Reilly is on top form as a man prepared to sacrifice everything to protect his kin.
DUMBO (U) ★★★ ★★
DIRECTOR Tim Burton’s live-action reworking of Disney’s 1941 animation sees Kentucky horseback rider Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) return home from the First World War to a travelling circus run by Max Medici (Danny DeVito). In Holt’s absence, his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) have coped with their mother’s death.
Holt begrudgingly tends the elephants and one of the females gives birth to a floppy-eared baby, which Medici christens Jumbo, pictured. Milly and Joe discover the newborn can fly with the aid of a feather and their father incorporates Jumbo’s gravity-defying talent into the clowns’ routine.
Showman VA Vandevere (Michael Keaton) persuades Medici to join his big top and orders Holt to train Jumbo to soar around the ring with aerial artiste Colette Marchant (Eva Green) perched on the animal’s back.