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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Coppola’s The Beguiled; Cars 3; Paddington fundraiser

14 July, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Colin Farrell

SOFIA Coppola’s American Civil War drama The Beguiled stars Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell, pictured. Farrell is the injured solder who finds shelter in a remote boarding school, which happens to be staffed by attractive teachers, who, one senses, haven’t had too much male company recently. Who will succumb to the soldier’s charms? Coppola keeps you guessing in a carefully crafted piece.

• WHEN Cars was released, it felt like Pixar could do no wrong. They kept cranking out the hits, packing CGI characters into sweetsome tales. But now are we in to post-Car world? The latest instalment, Cars 3, sees Owen Wilson take on the voice again of superfast roadster Lightning McQueen. He’s getting a little worn and looks set to retire – except the little racer can’t give up the thrill of seeing a chequered flag in front of him. For the viewer, this is a well-trodden track. It will be enjoyed by the youngsters, but for those accompanying, this is no wall.E. Perhaps they need to go electric.

• HATS off to the awesome people behind the Dartmouth Park Film Club. Last week, they packed out Brookfield School, Highgate Newtown, with a special screening of Paddington. All funds raised from the event went to Brookfield – a welcome windfall – and I hear there were more than 150 people there to see the story of the bear from Peru who makes London his home. Fitting, too, considering the recent passing of author Michael Bond – a key figure in children’s literature and whose lovely legacy continues to beguile and entertain.

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