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Mr. Movie: ‘Death at a Funeral’ a great kickoff for Battelle Film Club

The Battelle Film Club’s spring series opens Jan. 22 with 2007’s British version of Death at a Funeral. Don’t mistake this for the Americanized Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Kevin Hart, Loretta Devine, Regina Hall version from 2010. Peter Dinklage — who is the story’s surprise — is in both.

Both are written by Dean Craig and the scripts are close to the same. What separates the two is how the directors tell the story. Former Muppet maestro Frank Oz (What about Bob?) does this one, and it stars British actors. The scene stealer is Alan Tudyk (Firefly), whose comic performance will have you rolling on the floor.

Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for kids, or $14 for all seven films. Admission is free for Washington State University Tri-Cities students. Tickets are available at the door. Non-English films are subtitled.

A reminder: The films show this year at 7:30 p.m. and not at 8 as in the past.

Death at a Funeral

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Alan Tudyk, Matthew MacFayden, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Daisy Donovan, Rupert Graves

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for mature themes. It’s playing at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 only at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.

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