Director: Paul King.
Starring: Ben Wishaw, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi. UK/France 2017. 103 mins.
The wholehearted, accident-prone bear from deepest, darkest Peru returns with a second helping of his endearing brand of good-natured mischief. Happily settled in Windsor Gardens, Paddington takes on a variety of odd jobs to raise enough money to buy a very special book for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But when the precious book is stolen, Paddington and the Browns have to track down the culprit. Ben Wishaw again voices the lovable if hapless furry character, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins reprise their roles as his surrogate parents, Mr and Mrs Brown. Director/co-writer Paul King returns to ensure consistent appeal, and even adds some new characters to the fun, including Hugh Grant as a vain, fading actor and Brendan Gleeson’s fearsome safecracker.
Director: Zack Snyder.
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavill, Ray Fisher. USA 2017. 120 mins.
Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Momoa), Cyborg (Fisher) and The Flash (Miller) come together for the first time in the big-screen debut of DC’s superhero ensemble, the Justice League. The action begins a few months after the events of Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice – and life after the Man of Steel isn’t going so well. Violence and terror are on the rise, and a new extra-terrestrial threat has emerged. It’s down to Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince to save the planet, but they know they can’t do it alone. Inspired by Superman’s selfless sacrifice, they assemble a team of metahumans to join their cause. Boasting Zack Snyder’s trademark stunning visuals and a lighter tone than 2016’s gloomy Dawn Of Justice, Justice League promises to be the crowd-pleasing superhero mash-up that kick-starts the DC Extended Universe.