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Movie review: Rare creatures captured on screen in ‘Island of Lemurs’
First Published Apr 03 2014 03:22 pm • Last Updated Apr 03 2014 04:50 pm

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.

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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.

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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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