TOP CAT: THE MOVIE (U)
ONLY 30 episodes of the cult Hanna-Barbera animated series Top Cat were made in the early 1960s, but the colourful cartoon caper about a felonious feline and his moggy mates has enjoyed re-runs in the UK ever since.
Fifty years on, generations still thrill to the small screen exploits of TC and his gang as they run rings around bumbling Officer Dibble.
Those same fans should avoid Top Cat: The Movie, a risible Spanish-language animated feature, which has been dubbed into English for release on these shores.
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Alberto Mar's film couldn't be more lifeless or soulless, pitting the most cunning cat in New York against a scheming mayor who plans to hold the city hostage with his army of robotic police officers.
The characters remain largely faithful to the Hanna-Barbera designs but vocal performances are weak.
Top Cat: The Movie lacks the charm and madcap energy of the 1960s TV series, relying on our enduring love for the characters
THE ANGELS' SHARE (15)
MISERY has certainly enjoyed the company of British director Ken Loach. Over the past 40 years, the award-winning film-maker's naturalistic portraits of social realism have been drenched in the soured milk of human unkindness.
As Loach prepares to turn 76, he is evidently mellowing in old age because The Angels' Share is one of his most upbeat, crowd-pleasing slices of life. Clearly, the film struck a chord with the esteemed jury in Cannes last weekend – they awarded the feature their coveted prize. The emphasis in this bittersweet modern-day fable is on the sweet as community service reprobate Robbie (Paul Brannigan) and fellow attendees Albert (Gary Maitland), Rhino (William Ruane) and Mo (Jasmin Riggins) hatch a hare-brained plan to steal four bottles of the most expensive whisky in the world, rumoured to be worth £1 million at auction.
Taking its title from the two per cent of whisky that evaporates through an oak cask during the ageing process, The Angels' Share is a heart-warming delight, with excellent performances and underscored with touching sentiment, raw emotion and earthy humour.