Sci-fi movie set for series
There is a full weekend of films at the Fullarton in Castle Douglas beginning with the sci-fi thriller The Darkest Minds (12A) on Friday.
In the future, where 98 per cent of children under 18 have been killed by a pandemic virus, the survivors have developed psychic/superhuman powers that cause the authorities to banish them to internment camps. One of the girls is the most powerful, and she joins in an escape to join a group planning to use their powers to defeat the adults who have destroyed their lives. Combining powerful action with a tender love story, this looks likely to become an ongoing series.
The Saturday family matinee is the cartoon comedy, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (PG) and in the evening Disney’s Christopher Robin (PG) with Ewan McGregor as a grown up Christopher struggling with business worries and family problems until up pops his old friend Winnie the Pooh to help him out. Great family fun!
The Sunday choice is the musical father/ daughter drama Hearts Beat Loud (12A). A Brooklyn dad and record store owner is working to send his daughter to college but is facing the closure of his shop due to rising costs. But when his daughter writes a song that becomes an internet hit, their lives change forever.
The blockbuster season continues at Newton Stewart Cinema with The Meg (12A). The movie features a Megalodon, a long extinct 75 foot long shark that makes the one in look like a tiddler. However for film purposes, these big fish still live in the south China seas causing mayhem.
Deep sea rescuer Jonas (Jason Statham), has had a bad experience with the monster and nobody believes him. However, when a submarine is attacked, he is brought back into service and his mission is complicated by the presence of his exwife on board. This may not aspire to the shocks of Spielberg’s great original, but the shark is truly awesome, even if you know it’s a CGI creation. The film has plenty of action thrills plus the occasional swimmer being gobbled up.
At the Burns Centre in Dumfries, the ubiquitous Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG), is back for more screenings tomorrow, Saturday and Tuesday, so if you missed it or just want to see it again, this is your chance.
The Monday alternative is the Icelandic black comedy Under the Tree (15). In a quiet suburban district of Reykjavik, two neighbours are at war over a shadow casting tree. But that is only a metaphor for the increasingly complex problems beneath the surface. It is very funny, but there is always a sting in the tale.
Next Wednesday and Thursday, Mary Shelley (12A) is a period drama that tells of the love story of the poet Percy Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft. To escape the wrath of her family they elope to Europe and stay at Lake Geneva with Lord Byron. While there the guests are challenged to write a ghost story and Mary writes The rest is history. Finely played by Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth this is a stylish and rewarding costume drama.
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