Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Been there, done that ...

Happy Feet

By Noel McAdam

Published 08/12/2006

(PG, 108 mins)

But maybe not such a happy feat. You imagine that when some movie execs saw the huge, indeed penguin-like, queues for March of the Penguins they decided it was p-p-past time to p-p-p-pick up a you-know-what and do it all again.

Thus despite Ice Age and, again indeed Ice Age 2, we're back in an Antarctic landscape for some pretty cool animation, dancing and a hit-you-over- the-head environmental message. Which is why, despite its high energy, computer-generated excellence - about as close to 3D as it gets - this is more of a snappy cheat. Someone persuaded director George Miller to move from pigs (his last was the Babe sequel, Pig in the City) to penguins, but certain beer commercials have already been there and punned that.

At cinemas across the province

The Nativity Story

(PG, 97mins) Shohreh Aghdashloo, Hiam Abbass, Ciaran Hinds

And with Belfast's Hinds as King Herod! Just in time for Christmas and just what it's all supposed to be about, this also bears the distinction of being the first movie ever to premiere at the Vatican. Director Catherine Hardwicke (who made Thirteen) naturally plays it safe, while injecting some humour. Then again, after Life of Brian, you have to.

Showing at selected cinemas across Northern Ireland

The Host

(15, 120mins) Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Hae-il Park, Du-na Bae

Probably never in your wildest did you imagine being terrified by a gigantic mutant tadpole. But then one shouldn't go dumping gallons of ageing formaldehyde into the river.

This Korean movie blends comedy, sentimentality and political satire into the horror mix and could be headed for cult status.

Showing exclusively at the Queen's Film Theatre

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