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Black Panther is Marvel's latest superhero, Gary Oldman is still Churchill our wartime superhero and you can relax with an evening of meditation with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Odeon, Dumfries, and Lonsdale, Annan The latest from Marvel Studios is Black Panther (12A). Chadwick Boseman is African king T'Chalia, who is able to change in a flash into Black Panther, last seen in Captain America: Civil War.

Faced with a revolution in his kingdom he is up against two enemies and has to employ every futuristic device he has plus an all-female special force. With superb designs and terrific action, this is another fresh approach to the superhero franchise.

Hugh Jackman is still giving his knockout performance as P T Barnum in The Greatest Showman (PG) at the weekend at the Odeon only.

Burns Centre, Dumfries Gary Oldman's award-winning performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (PG), screening tonight and tomorrow and next week except for Monday and Thursday evenings.

Set during the beginnings of the war against Hitler's Nazi Germany, this sees Churchill become the PM, despite his misgivings, faced with the appeasement movement in Parliament.

Director Joe Wright with Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas as Clemmie, Churchill's wife, plus a fine supporting cast bring history to life in this political thriller.

The Monday alternative is the French film A Woman's Life (12A) based on the book by Guy de Maupassant.

In 19th century Normandy a conventeducated wealthy young woman marries a dashing viscount only to discover he is a miser, cruel and an adulterer. Filmed in the old square ratio, this follows her life through two traumatic decades.

On Thursday there is a special event on the subject of meditation with Walk With Me (PG), a documentary on the community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns led by 91-year-old Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh who have mastered the art of mindfulness in a monastery in rural France.

Long-term admirer Benedict Cumberbatch is the narrator and the film will be followed by a discussion led by Heather Regan-Addis and Moira Harris who are teachers of the meditation method.

Fullarton Theatre, Castle Douglas Downsizing (16) tonight is a sci-fi drama with a touch of dark comedy.

As a solution to over-population, scientists have discovered a way to shrink humans to just five inches. A young couple apply for the process but just the husband (Matt Damon) goes through with it, only to find that the tiny community replicates the problems of the normal world.

Tomorrow afternoon there is the outstanding new Pixar animated feature Coco (PG) followed by The Post (12A), Steven Spielberg's superb drama set in the Nixon years with Meryl Streep as the owner of the Washington Post and Tom Hanks as her editor-in-chief who wants to publish leaked Pentagon papers revealing the truth about the Vietnam War.

Lonsdale, Annan The marital antics of the Greys continue in Fifty Shades Freed (18) with Anastasia finding it difficult to cope with Christian's controlling nature and wealthy lifestyle.

But she is strong and maybe there is a way to have a happy ending. It may be more of the same but fans of the books and films will be well pleased with this literal adaptation.

Event cinema is now a weekly treat and on Thursday it is back to London for the NT production of the Tennessee Williams' classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (15) recorded last year with Colm Meaney as Big Daddy in this steamy story of frustrated passions in Mississippi.

The weekend films are Coco (PG) and the new Aardman comedy Early Man (PG).
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Date:Feb 16, 2018
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