Finding Dory (U)

four stars

Dir: Angus MacLane

Voices: Ellen DeGeneres, Idris Elba

Runtime: 103 minutes

WITH 13 years having passed since Nemo was found, it was high time and tide for another Pixar animated caper set under the sea. Now the focus is on Dory, the blue fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. In Nemo, Dory’s forgetfulness was played largely for laughs. Here, it’s portrayed in a more nuanced way as the kind of thing that can get a little fish lost. How did Dory come to be alone all those years ago? Where is she going now? All will be revealed after Stanton reprises some of the best bits from the first film by way of a catch-up, then adds new funny, moving, dramatic twists. While DeGeneres’s ditziness can be an acquired taste at times, it suits Dory perfectly.

The Commune (15)

four stars

Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

With: Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen

Runtime: 112 minutes

HERE is a treat from the very talented Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, helmer of The Hunt and Far from the Madding Crowd. It is the Seventies, Copenhagen, and architecture lecturer Erik and his broadcaster wife Anna have just inherited a large house. Why not fill it with friends and like-minded souls, suggests Anna, much to Erik’s initial horror. He is won round, only for things to become complicated. Think Abigail’s Party with added Nordic bleakness, plus superb performances from Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen in the leads, and you have the measure of this smart, stylish drama.

Glasgow Film Theatre and Filmhouse Edinburgh, July 29-August 4