Mary and The Witchs Flower, a magical new anime in cinemas from this May...
THE NEW FAMILY ANIME from Hiromasa Yonebayashi is the first feature film produced by Studio Ponoc, founded by Studio Ghibli veterans Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura, and the new home of the animation team that crafted Studio Ghibli's acclaimed classics.
Studio Ponoc has made Mary and The Witch's Flower featuring the same lush and evocative animation Studio Ghibli was famous for, carrying the torch forward into another generation.
Mary and The Witch's Flower, the magical animated family film adaptation of Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, features an outstanding voice cast led by Ruby Barnhill (The BFG) as Mary, Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland, The Reader) as Madame Mumblechook, Jim Broadbent (Paddington 2) as Doctor Dee alongside Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Wonder Woman) as Flanagan and Louis Serkis (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Taboo) as Mary's young companion Will.
Mary and The Witch's Flower combines an exhilarating tale with the unique richness, art and animation of Studio Ghibli-style storytelling, revealing the exciting and surprising adventure of Mary, an ordinary twelve-year-old girl.
Bored and lonely during a summer holiday, Mary follows an odd-looking cat into the nearby woods where she stumbles upon a flower and then a little broomstick. Together the flower and broomstick whisk her above the clouds, far away to Endor College a school of magic!
At Endor, Mary tells a lie that leads to peril, and then a promise, while discovering that all is not as it seems at the school there are experiments that horrify! Soon she confronts great danger, and a test of her resolve.
A sublime blend of magic and fantasy, Mary and The Witch's Flower will sweep audiences along with its charming, heartfelt adventure. Along with the beautiful and distinctive animation style that we have come to instantly recognise and love, this film sparks a sense of wonder, and will delight children and adults alike.
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There), and with rave reviews from Variety (Magical! Enchanting! Thrilling! A remarkable achievement") and The Wrap ("Fantasy on an epic scale!") Mary and the Witch's Flower will be in UK & Irish cinemas from 18th May 2018.
2018 treat yourself to a new Dacia Duster while at the same time getting
shot of your old motor...
YOU CAN SAVE A GRAND by taking advantage of Dacia's £1,000 Scrappage allowance before the end of March 2018. Dacia already offers the lowest priced new cars on the market and the scheme means the Duster and Sandero are now even more affordable.
A scrappage allowance of £1,000 is available on the Duster and £500 on the Sandero, including petrol and diesel versions of both models. Drivers taking advantage of the scrappage scheme must trade-in a car that is Euro 4 standard or older, registered by 31st December 2009. Vehicles part-exchanged under this scheme will be responsibly scrapped.
The award-winning Dacia Sandero, still the UK's most affordable new car five years after launch, starts at just £5,995. With the scrappage offer the Sandero in Ambiance trim, which comes with air-conditioning, can now be purchased from as little as £6,895, down from £7,395.
The rugged and robust Dacia Duster line-up starts at £9,495 and is the most affordable SUV available in the UK, making it a top choice for drivers looking for a practical, simple and family-friendly SUV.
With the scrappage offer the Duster Lauréate TCe 125 4x2 with Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and air-conditioning is available from as little as £12,295, down from £13,295.
Good to know, too, that Dacia was rated the number one car brand for value by 10,000 car owners surveyed by Auto Trader as part of research for its New Car Awards 2017. So what are you waiting for?
Visit Dacia to view the full Scrappage Scheme conditions.
Home Again on Digital Download January 22 and on Blu-ray & DVD February 5...
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER REESE WITHERSPOON (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Walk The Line, 2006; "Big Little Lies") and BAFTA nominee Michael Sheen (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Queen; Passengers) star in the modern romantic comedy Home Again, from STXinternational, a division of STX Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Produced by Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated, What Women Want, The Holiday) and written and directed by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer, Home Again is a story of romance, love, friendship, and the families we create.
Recently separated from her husband, Alice (Witherspoon) decides to start over and move back to Los Angeles with her two young daughters as she struggles to get a new career off the ground.
On a night out celebrating her 40th birthday, life takes an unexpected turn when Alice meets three young, charismatic filmmakers looking for their big Hollywood break and decides to let them stay temporarily.
As Alice develops an exciting new romance, an unconventional family dynamic emerges, until everything suddenly changes when her ex-husband turns up and Alice is forced to make some big decisions...
Academy Award nominee Candice Bergen (Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Starting Over, 1979; Bride Wars) also stars, alongside Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars), Jon Rudnitsky ("Saturday Night Live"), and Pico Alexander (War Machine, A Most Violent Year).
Renaults stylish crossovers even more appealing in 2018...
UP TO £2,000 OFF of one of Renault's stylish crossovers the refreshed small New Captur, the stylish mid-size Kadjar and the luxurious large all-new Koleos when you part-exchange your old vehicle.
Renault has announced a new tempting offer to beat the January Blues with up to £2,000 off a new crossover when customers part-exchange their old car. You'll have to be quick, though, as the offer is only good until 31 March.
As part of the offer, customers can part-exchange any old car and receive up to £500 off the rugged New Captur small-crossover, up to £1,500 on the muscular family-size Kadjar or £2,000 off the sophisticated all-new Koleos large SUV. What's more, this offer can be used in conjunction with all other Renault retail offers currently available.
For those looking for a smaller car, but still with versatility and personalisation options, the newly refreshed New Captur is available from £15,115 on-the-road when chosen in the part-exchange offer.
The New Captur provides a high level of specification across the range such as automatic climate control, MediaNav infotainment and navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen and removable, washable upholstery. This rises to the truly luxurious at the top of the range to include a panoramic glass sunroof, hands-free parking, leather upholstery and blind spot warning.
Buyers in the market for a larger, family-sized vehicle need look no further than the Kadjar crossover with its seductive, muscular styling, priced from £18,285 on-the-road.
With a high level of specification on every trim, such as climate control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, R-Link 2 multimedia navigation system, electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors and BOSE sound system, the Kadjar is perfect for family journeys both long and short.
The newest vehicle in the Renault range the all-new Koleos, priced from £25,500 on-the-road has an array of refined features making any trip more comfortable for both driver and passengers.
The all-new Koleos provides an opening panoramic glass sunroof, automatic dual-zone climate control and heated and cooled cupholders, with hands-free parking, heated and ventilated two-tone Nappa leather seats and 13-speaker BOSE sound system at the top of the range.
For further details on the offers, including full terms and conditions, and Renault's extensive model range, please visit Renault.
hire know your rights, avoid unfair damage claims and know where
to go if things go wrong...
ICARHIREINSURANCE.COM, a leading supplier of car hire excess insurance, has compiled an essential checklist to ensure consumers avoid car hire pitfalls this year:
1) Excess Waiver Insurance On arriving to pick up a hire car, a rental company will try to sell a range of extra products and services on top of the rental cost.
The most expensive of these is excess waiver insurance which protects a hirer against the first part of any claim if the hire car is damaged or stolen. These excess fees have been steadily rising across Europe and are often as high as £2,000, according to iCarhireinsurance.com's quarterly study on car hire costs.
If a consumer does not buy the rental company's excess waiver policies they will generally be required to leave this excess amount either in cash, or more usually on a credit card. This is also the case if a customer has an independent car hire excess insurance policy from a specialist provider, like iCarhireinsurance.com.
Rental companies frequently offer separate excess insurance policies. For instance, hiring from Avis this February customers will be offered a Super Theft Waiver for £79, a Super Damage Waiver for £87 and a Tyre and Windscreen Excess Waiver for £19, a combined total of £185. A car hire excess insurance policy from iCarhireinsurance.com, covering these elements, costs £31.92 for the week (from £3.99 a day) or £39.99 for an annual policy.
2) Check the Vehicle and Take Photos of Damage To avoid unfair damage charges, car hirers should check vehicles thoroughly at pick-up and take photos of any existing damage on the vehicle.
An Opinium survey commissioned by iCarhireinsurance.com found that one in seven hire car drivers have found damage on a hire car that was not highlighted on the checkout sheet.
iCarhireinsurance.com's free travel app for all travellers, called 'iCarhire', has the facility to take date and time stamped photographs which can then be used as evidence in the event of a dispute or claim.
3) Fourteen Day Rule To contest a damage claim made by a rental company, the hirer should query it with the company within fourteen days. If a satisfactory outcome is not reached, complaints can be directed to the European Car Rental Conciliation Service (ECRCS) www.ecrcs.eu or the BVRLA in the UK (bvrla.co.uk). Unfortunately, there is no equivalent body in the US.
4) Use a Credit Card Use a credit card to pay for car hire and make it the main driver's if possible. This protects the consumer under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, making the credit card company jointly and severally liable for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by the retailer or trader.
Ernesto Suarez, CEO and founder of iCarhireinsurance.com: "Hiring a car may seem like a minefield of horror stories, but in the vast majority of cases it's a great option for travellers wishing to get around independently. It is important, however, to understand your rights so you can avoid any surprise costs and know where to go if you do end up in a dispute with a rental company."