Takes a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing dark turns. The end­ing is ab­surdly cosy, but oth­er­wise this is an im­pres­sively salty ro­man­tic com­edy. 15A cert, Santry Om­ni­plex, Dublin, 103 min

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RUST AND BONE/DE ROUILLE ET D’OS Di­rected by Jac­ques Au­di­ard. Star­ring Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Matthias Schoe­naerts Au­di­ard’s fol­low-up to A Prophet is a very weird beast in­deed. Cotil­lard plays a killer whale trainer who suf­fers a ter­ri­ble aci­dent and falls in with scowl­ing drifter Schoe­naerts. The ac­tors are all ex­cel­lent. Au­di­ard films in soft shades that are both se­duc­tive and wor­ry­ing. But the clutch of plots (from sto­ries by Craig David­son) never quite meld to­gether. One minute we’re in Fight Club. The next it’s a bit­ter ro­mance. A suc­cess in spite of it­self. 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House/Screen, Dublin, 120 min SAM­SARA Di­rected by Ron Fricke Stag­ger­ingly beau­ti­ful, oc­ca­sion­ally dis­turb­ing “chill- out” doc­u­men­tary fea­tur­ing shots of the world’s most as­ton­ish­ing sights scored to a fine ethe­real sound­track. Fricke & co de­serve credit sim­ply for lo­cat­ing so many pe­cu­liar struc­tures, land­scapes and peo­ple. Who knew the world con­cealed all this ec­cen­tric, undis­cov­ered love­li­ness? The eco­log­i­cal grand­stand­ing is oc­ca­sion­ally op­pres­sive, but the star­tling im­ages – chant­ing monks, enor­mous gorges, chick­ens be­ing pro­cessed – are im­pos­si­ble to re­sist. 12A cert, Light House, Dublin; Model, Sligo, 102 min THE SAP­PHIRES Di­rected by Wayne Blair. Star­ring Chris O’Dowd, Deb­o­rah Mail­man, Jes­sica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Mi­randa Tapsell, Tory Kit­tles, Eka Darville, Lynette Narkle, Kylie Belling Slight but en­joy­able Aus­tralian com­edy, based on a true story, that fol­lows an in­dige­nous soul group as they tour Viet­nam dur­ing the war. The tunes are belt­ing. The cast is strong. It is, how­ever, a bit short on plot, and the bud­getary re­straints show through at the frayed cor­ners. Hap­pily, O’Dowd makes it fly as the mildly al­co­holic Ir­ish man­ager. With­out him this feath­er­weight en­ter­tain­ment would float off the screen. PG cert, gen re­lease, 103 min

SILENT HILL: REVE­LA­TION 3D Di­rected by Michael J. Bas­sett. Star­ring Ade­laide Cle­mens, Deb­o­rah Kara Unger, Sean Bean, Mal­colm McDow­ell, Carrie-Ann Moss, Martin Dono­van, Radha Mitchell Life is tough for teenager Heather (Cle­mens),who dreams nightly of a spooky fair­ground and a fiery death at the hands of an evil Dragon Tat­too dopple­ganger. Heather, we learn, af­ter some un­nec­es­sar­ily lengthy ex­pla­na­tion, is Sharon Da Silva from 2006’s Silent Hill, de­liv­ered back to her dad (Bean) from the hor­ri­ble tit­u­lar hin­ter­land via a mir­ror and a magic glow­ing amulet. Non­sense en­sues. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 94 min SIN­IS­TER Di­rected by Scott Der­rick­son. Star­ring Ethan Hawke, Vin­cent D’Onofrio A writer moves into a house where a murder once took place and dis­cov­ers that all is not well. Der­rick­son’s fol­low-up to the undis­tin­guished The Day the Earth Stood Still of­fers some very ef­fec­tive vari­a­tions on fa­mil­iar hor­ror tropes. Here is proof that if you pull the wires in in­ter­est­ing ways you don’t need a new pup­pet show. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 110 min SKY­FALL Di­rected by Sam Men­des Star­ring Daniel Craig, Javier Bar­dem, Ralph Fi­ennes, Naomie Har­ris, Bérénice Mar­lohe, Al­bert Fin­ney, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw The lat­est Bond ad­ven­ture is cer­tainly a great im­prove­ment on the mud­dled, com­pro­mised Quan­tum of So­lace. Men­des brings real sweep and mo­men­tum to the ac­tion. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Craig’s class­less 007 and Dench’s flinty M is very nicely played. But, like ev­ery Bond flick of the past 30 years, Sky­fall feels more than a lit­tle com­pro­mised: at­tempts to up­date the grue­some “Bond girl” par­a­digm are laugh­ably per­func­tory; the prod­uct place­ment is dis­gust­ing. A fine thriller, but no mas­ter­piece. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 143 min TAKEN 2 Di­rected by Olivier Ma­ga­ton. Star­ring Liam Nee­son, Mag­gie Grace, Famke Janssen So, Liam Nee­son is a huge ac­tion star. Good for him. Re­turn­ing for an­other bout of pur­suit and vengeance, he does a de­cent job of growl­ing like a lat­ter-day Lee Marvin. Un­for­tu­nately the film is even worse than its pre­de­ces­sor. The fights are edited into mean­ing­less chaos. The vil­lains are car­i­ca­tured to a racist ex­tent. There are some nice shots of Is­tan­bul, but the story is so an­noy­ingly ab­surd that one can’t even en­joy the trav­el­ogue. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 90 min NEW RE­LEASE THE TWI­LIGHT SAGA: BREAK­ING DAWN – PART 2 12A cert, gen re­lease, 115 min See re­view, page 13 UN­TOUCH­ABLE/ IN­TOUCH­ABLES Di­rected by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. Star­ring François Cluzet Sene­galese émi­gré Driss (Sy) has no in­ten­tion of get­ting hired when he ap­plies to be a live-in carer for mil­lion­aire para­plegic Philippe (Cluzet). Fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous in­ter­view – dur­ing which Driss flirts with the aris­to­crat’s foxy sec­re­tary and steals a Fabergé egg – no one is more sur­prised than he when the older man takes him on for a trial. Slowly the two be­come friends in this feel­good smash, the big­gest gross­ing nonEnglish­language film of all time. 15A cert, Light House, Dublin; Eye, Gal­way, 112 min

WHAT RICHARD DID Di­rected by Lenny Abra­ham­son. Star­ring Jack Reynor, Roisin Mur­phy, Sam Kee­ley, Gavin Drea, Lars Mikkelsen, Lor­raine Pilk­ing­ton What Richard Did opens with three young south Dublin men in a car cruis­ing be­tween the get-to­geth­ers and hook-ups of a pre-col­lege sum­mer. The driver is school­boy rugby star Richard (Reynor), a “su­per-rich” kid with a car, ac­cess to the fam­ily beach house and a charmed life. He has never wanted for any­thing and, sure enough, when he sets his sights on Lara (Mur­phy), he seems to eas­ily win her over from Conor (Kee­ley). There are no di­rect ref­er­ences to the source novel (Kevin Pow­ers’s Bad Day in Blackrock) or the case that pre­ceded it in Lenny Abra­ham­son’s fine third fea­ture: there are only im­per­fect teens with im­per­fect lives ahead. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 87 min

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