Dumbo’s all new circus adventure
Disney’s new live action version of Dumbo (PG) will be showing at The Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas on Saturday for two shows.
With an effective CGI little elephant and a new story led by Danny De Vito, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell this is now a big screen extravaganza from director Tim Burton that is spectacular and entertaining.
At the Birchvale Theatre in Dalbeattie tomorrow night there is an Easter treat, Mary Poppins Returns (PG), with Emily Blunt taking on the Julie Andrews role set 24 years on.
The Banks family are in trouble again as Michael Banks and his sister Jane struggle with bereavement, money problems and Michael’s two children but in breezes the magical nanny to sort them out.
With a great new musical score, cameos by Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep, this is practically perfect.
It is a busy week at Newton Stewart Cinema beginning tomorrow with the new stop-motion animated comedy Missing Link (PG) from those clever people at Laika animation. Hugh Jackman is the voice of Sir Lionel Frost an investigator of mythical creatures. He finds a Sasquatch or Big Foot called Mr Link in a forest who engages him to find his relatives, the Yetis. This sets up a wild adventure involving a rival and leading to a cliff hanging climax. Zack Galifianakis is the voice of Mr Link and others include Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas and David Walliams. Great family holiday entertainment.
Also on Friday and Saturday is the wrestling comedy Fighting With My Family (12A) based on the 2012 Channel 4 documentary on the WWE career of the professional wrestler ‘Paige’ Bevis. Two teenagers are part of a family of professional wrestlers who are given the chance to get into the ring. But only Paige survives the initial auditions and that leads to family tensions and conflict with her brother Zak. Dwayne Johnson produces and appears as himself.
On Sunday and Monday is Fisherman’s Friends (12A). In 2010 a group of fishermen from the Cornish port of Port Isaac formed a singing group to perform sea shanties. They caught the attention of TV companies and Universal Music. It is a slight story built around a cynical London based music executive who finds his attitude and priorities changed by the infectious camaraderie and loyalties that emanate through their joyous singing. In our fractious times this is a real tonic. This is also at The Fullarton in Castle Douglas tomorrow and At the Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries from tomorrow.
Next Thursday there is a midnight premier screening for the eagerly awaited Avengers: End Game (12A). At the end of
last year the Titan warrior Thanos wiped out half of the population of the Galaxy along with half of the Avengers. The remaining Avengers, Tony Stark (Iron Man), Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce (Hulk) Banner are joined by Captain America and Ant Man to take revenge on Thanos and find a way to reverse what he has done. That’s a tall order but with unprecedented secrecy, no one knows how they are going to do it.
This is film 22 in Marvel’s cinematic universe and marks the end of the Avengers trilogy. For at least some of the super hero character actors it is the end as they have decided that they do not wish to continue with their roles. With a three-hour running time and a vast cast of familiar characters this is the big film of the year.
At the Burns Centre in Dumfries next Tuesday and Wednesday there is also Maiden (12A). This is a documentary on the amazing achievement of 24-year-old Tracy Edwards and the first all-female crew to enter the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Race. She proved against all odds that skill, perseverance and courage cross the sexist divide.
On Thursday, Scotch - The Golden Dram (PG) is the story of the Whisky industry in Scotland told by the most famous distillers including master blender Ian McMillan and writer Charlie MacLean. To tempt you there will be a whisky tasting session before the film with Brian Gibson of Drambusters.
10 am - 4 pm Entry free
Dumbo Disney’s new version of the film is on at the Fullarton. Below, Missing Link