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The Angry Birds Movie: An entertaining flight of fancy

By Damon Smith

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony.

An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda (Maya Rudolph).

When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only inhabitant to sense impending disaster.

The Angry Birds Movie is a feature-length animated spin-off from the fiendishly addictive smartphone games.

Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly's film is a lot of fun, so long as you ignore the flimsy and predictable plot. Animation quality doesn't soar to the dizzy heights of Pixar, but the co-directors maintain a brisk pace and the screen shimmers with bright colours.

Three stars

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