Dumbo’s all new circus ad­ven­ture

The Galloway News - - REVIEWS -

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

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