Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Afro Circus – ★★½

Ben Stiller and the gang are back in the third instalment of the money-spinning Madagascar series. Devoid of structure, plot or real life lessons it still packs enough jokes and bright colours to keep the tots entertained.

Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Melman (David Schwimmer) and Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) are still stuck in Africa for about two minutes before arriving at Monte Carlo. How did they get from Africa to Monte Carlo? Don’t know and who cares it’s a kids film. This is the over-riding sentiment of the film, massive plot holes along with no explanation of many elements. Once in Monte Carlo they meet up with the penguins who are trying to accumulate enough funds to fix their plane in order to get back to the familiar surroundings of New York.

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Sun. Dance. [10 to look forward to from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival]

/ See what we did there? It's a stock image of girl DANCING in front of the SUN. Yeah? /

Every year around this time I take a cheeky look at flights to Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of these years I’m actually going to the Sundance Film Festival and try pack in ten days of snow, drinking and independent cinema. But sadly work, money and life commitments mean it won’t be in 2012.

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