Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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QUEEN OF KATWE (PG) .... Queen Of Katwe unfolds largely in chronological order, meeting 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) in the bustle of Kampala's streets in 2007, where she sells maize with her brother Brian (Martin Kabanza). They return home with money to keep a roof over the heads of their single mother Nakku Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o), older sister Night (Taryn 'Kay' Kyaze) and younger brother Richard (Ivan Jacobo). By chance, Phiona and Brian meet engineer Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), who is spearheading a missionary program, which supplies porridge to local children as they learn to play chess. Phiona demonstrates natural aptitude for the game and gradually outmanoeuvres her fellow "pioneers" including Ivan (Ronald Ssemaganda), Benjamin (Ethan Nazario Lubega) and Gloria (Nikita Waligwa). With help from his schoolteacher wife Sara (Esther Tebandeke), Robert mentors Phiona and inspires the girl to compete at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia. "Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong," he tells his protegee.

TROLLS (U) ... Once a year on the Trollstice, a race of disgruntled ogres called Bergens unlock their inner joy by feasting on shiny trolls. King Gristle Sr (voiced by John Cleese) and his drooling head Chef (Christine Baranski) lead the festivities but the Bergens' reverie is cut short when the trolls, led by benevolent King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor), escape to a new home. "I never got to eat a troll. What's going to make me happy now?" snivels young Prince Gristle Jr (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). "Nothing," replies the king tersely. Twenty years after the great escape, Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) has succeeded as ruler of the trolls, who sing, dance, enjoy group hugs and feverishly glue felt and paper into their scrapbooks. Everyone except for eternal pessimist Branch (Justin Timberlake), who lives in a Bergen-proof subterranean bunker crammed with 10 years of rations. When the Bergen Chef discovers the new troll village and captures several of Poppy's friends, including zen master Creek (Russell Brand) and Biggie (James Corden), the princess pleads with Branch for assistance. …

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