Kung Fu Panda 3 (3D)

three stars

Dirs: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson

Voices: Jack Black, JK Simmons

Runtime: 90 minutes

EVERYBODY is kung fu fighting again in the third in the Jack Black-led series that began in 2008. This time, Po (Black) has the responsibility of being a martial arts master thrust upon his furry shoulders, just in time for a villain to come back from the spirit world. The all-star voice cast includes Bryan Cranston and Angelina Jolie does its best, but far too much gabbing at the start about “chi” and suchlike will likely leave younger cinemagoers bored. Mercifully, the entire enterprise is rescued by the arrival of some baby pandas. You can never go wrong with baby pandas, as Hitchcock never said.

The Witch (15)

three stars

Dir: Robert Eggers

With: Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy

Runtime: 93 minutes

SUBTITLED “A New England Folktale”, Robert Eggers’ chiller is for those who fancy having the bejeezus scared out of them in a Crucible-style fashion. Set in 17th century America, Scotland’s Kate Dickie plays a wife and mother forced with her family to travel into exile. The little band set up home near a wood and knuckle down to getting by. It is not long, however, before strange events start to occur. Sparse in dialogue and relentlessly bleak, The Witch will likely appeal to those who like their horror stripped back to basics, but boy does it pack a punch sometimes. There will be nightmares.