Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITYLIFE /Film ; FILMNOTES

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CITYLIFE /Film ; FILMNOTES

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (PG) ... IN this sequel, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has successfully buckled her swash as captain of her father's ship, The Wonder, but when she returns to dry land, the plucky heroine learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has sold the deed to her embittered former suitor, Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill). Defiant in the face of adversity, Alice takes a tumble through a mirror and plummets into Wonderland where she reunites with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman), The Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). They reveal that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, above) is in an emotional funk because he's convinced that his family, including his milliner father Zanik (Rhys Ifans), did not perish in the Jabberwocky's inferno. To set the Hatter's mind at rest, Alice agrees to steal a device called the Chronosphere from its guardian, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). "Do try not to break the past, present or future," advises The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) as Alice slides back and forth through time to learn the startling truth. Alice Through The Looking Glass is a topsy-turvy jaunt too far for Lewis Carroll's iconic characters.

MONEY MONSTER (15) ... LEE Gates (George Clooney), gregarious host of a network television show which surveys the movers and shakers in the financial market, prepares to interview Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe), chief communications officer of IBIS Global Capital, whose complex trading algorithm glitched overnight, losing investors 800 million dollars. With IBIS CEO Walt Camby (Dominic West) currently unavailable, Diane is concerned that she will be made a scapegoat. "We don't do 'gotcha journalism' here. We don't do journalism, period," quips Lee's long-suffering producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts). No sooner has Lee delivered his opening monologue than a labourer, Kyle Budwell (Jack O'Connell), who has just lost his entire life savings in the IBIS crash, storms the set brandishing a gun. …

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