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A QUIET PLACE (15) HHHH H SILENCE is golden - and imperative for survival - in John Krasinski's nerveshredding horror thriller about a family battling against sightless otherworldly creatures, which hunt by sound.

Eighty-nine days after first contact with the monsters, resourceful father Lee Abbott (Krasinski), his wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt, above), deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), eldest son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and four-year-old Beau (Cade Woodward) have adapted to the omnipresent threat.

The family communicates via sign language and silently scours for provisions in abandoned stores, treading carefully on paths of sand to dampen the gentle thud of bare feet.

Alas, the electronic beeps from a battery-powered space shuttle toy prove little Beau's downfall.

More than a year later, the Abbotts regroup in grief under the eaves of an old farmhouse. Evelyn is heavily pregnant and a newborn baby's cries could draw the hunters to their provision-stocked hiding place unless they can sound-proof the basement.

Time is of the essence and Lee actively involves Regan and Marcus in preparing escape routes and diversion tactics. Despite these best laid plans, Evelyn fears her brood will lose the deadly game of hide and seek.

A Quiet Place bides its time, relishing nervous calm before the storm of violence that consumes the final act.

ISLE OF DOGS (PG) HHH HH WRITER-DIRECTOR Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation for a self-consciously offbeat buddy comedy on two and four legs.

Set on the Japanese Archipelago 20 years in the future, the self-serving politician Mayor Kobayashi (voiced by Kunichi Nomura), is responsible for the well-being of the citizens of Megasaki.

As an ardent cat lover, Kobayashi decrees that the only way to eradicate an outbreak of virulent snout fever is to exile canines to a remote island, where Megasaki dumps its residential waste.

Voters comply and the Mayor's 12-year-old ward Atari, above (Koyu Rankin), is forced to bid farewell to his shaggy companion, Spots.

But the resourceful tyke defies the Mayor, steals a plane and heads to the island to be reunited with his pet.

Atari crash-lands and befriends a disparate pack of mutts including Chief (Bryan Cranston), King (Bob Balaban), Boss (Bill Murray), Rex (Edward Norton) and Duke (Jeff Goldblum).

They embark on a daredevil mission to overturn the Mayor's edict.

Isle Of Dogs lollops along at a brisk pace, laced with flashes of Anderson's droll humour.

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Title Annotation:Features; Review
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 8, 2018
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