The Simpsons Movie (2007, dir. David Silverman)

After polluting Springfield so much that the government encloses the town in a massive dome, Homer goes on an odyssey to save his family. Weakened a little by expansion to movie-length, this is nevertheless a consistently funny flick with a few standout sequences.

Paddington 2 (2017, dir. Paul King)

Paddington ends up in prison after being wrongly convicted of a treasure map theft. Machine-tooled sequel balancing community spirit, slapstick, musical numbers and a climactic train chase. Expertly done, with a fine cast, especially a gleeful Hugh Grant.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002, dir. Chris Columbus)

Harry and friends search for a hidden part of Hogwarts. Second and perhaps the least of the Rowling adaptations, this mimics the structure of the first, though adds enough novelty to please fans, and begins to develop the series mythology.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001, dir. Chris Columbus)

An orphan boy finds that he’s a famous wizard child; his education begins. The first Potter movie is a straightforward breeze through the book. Awkward early performances and under-par CG aside, this is reasonable family fun, though no classic.

Going In Style (2017, dir. Zach Braff)

When their former employer reneges on their pension deals, three old men decide to rob the bank involved. Easy-going remake of a 1970s caper comedy. No surprises, but it coasts by on twinkly-eyed performances and some nice moments.

San Andreas (2015, dir. Brad Peyton)

A quake hits California; an estranged family tries to reunite. Despite hitting every dumb cliche in the disaster movie book, San Andreas is still an entertaining-enough flick, not least because it plays straight with its hackneyed material.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017, dir. Bill Condon)

CG-tastic live-action remake of the 90s Disney musical animation. There’s a couple of new songs, but all this really adds is running time; a soulless moneyspinner that despite good performances does nothing that the original didn’t do a lot better.

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