7 Mr. Popper's Penguins
It’s remarkable that it’s taken 83 years for Richard and Florence Atwater’s grade-school mainstay to hit the big screen, though this charming Hollywood update takes several liberties with the source. Mr Popper (Carrey) has gone from a house-painter to a divorced Donald Trump wannabe, whose deceased dad bequeaths him a feathered friend. A subsequent mishap brings the gaggle to six, but before Popper can ship them out, his two kids insist on keeping them. While the story is formula cornball, director Mark Waters sells it confidently, handling the unruly penguins as amiably as he handled Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday. The flock’s floppety shenanigans are hard to resist, thanks to a seamless blend of live action and CGI, as well as the innate anthropomorphic charms of Carrey’s waddling buddies (the movie easily takes advantage of their ability to ape Charlie Chaplin). Carrey holds his own with a remarkably game performance, working clever asides into underwritten scenes. Without this comic ringleader, Mr Popper’s Penguins would just be for the birds. Kevin B Lee
Weekly box office: Dhs124,725
Weekly admissions: 4,158
Total box office: Dhs3,866,371
Total admissions: 123,829