Tal­ent waste a real crime

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET - with Ian Bunt­ing

Crim­i­nal (15)

Kevin Cost­ner’s ca­reer con­tin­ues to tail­spin in this laugh­able crime ca­per with sci-fi stylings. Quite why he and JFK co-stars Gary Old­man and Tommy Lee Jones thought star­ring in a bonkers tale of a CIA agent’s mem­o­ries be­ing im­planted into a death-row in­mate is any­one’s guess. Hope­fully the salaries were worth it.

The Mus­ke­teers Se­ries 3 (15)

The third and final run for D’Artag­nan and co sees the heroic quar­tet go out with a bang.

Some sub-plots feel slightly ir­rel­e­vant but the charis­matic leads en­gage through­out.

Po­lit­i­cal ma­noeu­vring and sword­play mix well for fam­ily fun that will be missed on TV’s ropey Satur­day night sched­ules.

The Hunts­man: Win­ter’s War (12)

More of the same is served up in this pre­quel/se­quel that rarely rises above its un­for­giv­ably dull pre­de­ces­sor.

It clearly rides the Frozen band­wagon with the win­try sur­round­ings and duelling sis­ters.

For­tu­nately, those scene-steal­ing sib­lings are played with gusto and grav­i­tas by Emily Blunt and a re­turn­ing Char­l­ize Theron.

Jessica Chas­tain’s fear­less hero­ine makes for greater com­pany than Kirsten Ste­wart’s Snow White in the orig­i­nal but Chris Hemsworth’s Hunts­man is again sad­dled with a dodgy Celtic brogue.

Win­ter’s War suf­fers from an over­long run­ning time – the pace sag­ging big time in the mid­dle – and there are too many wordy flash­backs.

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