Llanelli Star - - FILM REVIEWS -


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 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.

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