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Movie review: Rare creatures captured on screen in 'Island of Lemurs'

Published April 3, 2014 3:22 pm

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The documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shows what the IMAX large-frame format does best: delivering sharp images of natural wonders you wouldn't see any other way.

Director/cinematographer David Douglas travels to Madagascar, the massive island off the east African coast where — thanks to 60 million years of isolation and evolution — several species of lemurs, the oldest primates on Earth, have developed and thrived.

Douglas shows not only these different types of lemurs, but also the environmental threats the animals face (from deforestation and human-raised cattle) and the scientists working to preserve the more endangered species.

Narrator Morgan Freeman brings out the emotion of these animals' plight as the film keeps the cuteness to a manageable level.

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'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar'

Opens Friday, April 4, at the ATK IMAX Theatre at the Clark Planetarium at The Gateway; rated G; 39 minutes.