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  • The Rescuers

    The Rescuers

    ★★★★

    Based on a now-little remembered book series by Margery Sharp, some consider The Rescuers the start of Disney’s decline into the Dark Age but that is perhaps a little unfair. From the gorgeous opening sequence in which the journey of a message in a bottle across a storm tossed sea is rendered in lovely soft watercolours, the film may not be as exciting as many Disney classics but is consistently charming and welcoming. The story of child-kidnapping and enforced labour…

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows

    ★★

    Based on a little known fantasy soap opera from the late 60s in which a vampire returns home to his ancestral pile and reunites with his descendants, Dark Shadows should, on paper, be a perfect fit for perennial eccentric Tim Burton but sadly this proves not to be the case. A pompously narrated CGI heavy prologue ponderously sets the stage for a story that seemingly can’t decide whether it wants to be a family drama, a monster horror, or a…

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  • Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    ★★

    Presumably aiming to be an old-fashioned epic romance in the vein of Gone with the Wind, Love in the Time of Cholera fills the screen with swooning camera moves and melodramatic actors but tragically cannot boast of even being in the same league. Based on the famous novel by Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the plot revolves around a romantic telegraph boy in South America who fails to hold onto the woman he loves but rather than moping around and…

  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

    ★★★★

    Coming off the back of the tremendously successful comic-book adaptations 300 and Watchmen, an animated feature may seem an unusual next move but proved to be an apt fit for the talents of director Zack Snyder. Adapted from the popular series of children’s books by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians pitches the audience into a world of stunning natural beauty where an epic conflict rages between two different races of owls – the power mad fascistic Pure Ones and…