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ALEX CROSS 15A cert, gen re­lease, 101 min

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AMOUR Di­rected by Michael Haneke. Star­ring Jean-Louis Trintig­nant, Em­manuelle Riva, Is­abelle Hup­pert Haneke makes it clear where we’re all headed from the open­ing shot of the least eva­sive, but most mov­ing, film of his ca­reer. Po­lice break into an ele­gant Paris apart­ment to find an el­derly woman ly­ing dead upon her bed. It’s ar­guably one of Amour’s cheerier tableaux. We flash­back through the woman’s de­cline and her hus­band’s ef­forts to cope. Slowly and qui­etly, Haneke’s 11th fea­ture equals and sur­passes all the emo­tional jolts once sup­plied by the ex­plod­ing pig’s head of Benny’s Video. Just don’t go ex­pect­ing The Note­book. 12A cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House/Screen, Dublin, 127 min TB ARGO Di­rected by Ben Af­fleck. Star­ring Ben Af­fleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Good­man Get ready for war room ac­tion, ac­tion, ac­tion as Af­fleck’s third fea­ture as di­rec­tor trans­forms a pre­pos­ter­ous-sound­ing 1979 CIA op­er­a­tion into a ro­bust thriller. Can Agent Men­dez (Af­fleck), aided by fun sup­port­ing play­ers Cranston, Good­man and Arkin, res­cue six US Em­bassy work­ers stranded in rev­o­lu­tion­ary Iran? The Ay­a­tol­lah Khome­ini’s troops have rarely looked as en­ter­tain­ing and na­cho-friendly as they do here. But Argo’s mo­men­tum and mus­cu­lar­ity is hard to re­sist. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 120 min TB BEASTS OF THE SOUTH­ERN WILD Di­rected by Benh Zeitlin. Star­ring Qu­ven­zhané Wal­lis, Dwight Henry This stun­ning de­but con­cerns the des­per­ate ad­ven­tures of an African-Amer­i­can child – a meaner Huck Finn, a much nicer Oskar Matzerath from The Tin Drum – liv­ing close to cruel na­ture in a fan­tas­tic cor­ner of the Mis­sis­sippi Delta. Ev­ery­thing about the film rat­tles the senses. The mu­sic is en­thralling. The myth­i­cal tone is sin­gu­lar. And the lead per­for­mance by tiny Qu­ven­zhané seems al­most su­per­nat­u­ral in its as­sur­ance. 12A cert, Lis­towel Clas­sic, Kerry, 93 min DC BRAVE Di­rected by Mark An­drews and Brenda Chap­man. Voices of Kelly Macdon­ald, Emma Thompson Crivens! Jings! Pixar bounces back from Cars 2 with this gorgeously hewn, of­ten very funny princess ad­ven­ture set in a ver­sion of the Scot­tish High­lands ro­man­tic enough to make Sir Wal­ter Scott seem like Irvine Welsh. The jokes are great. The voice­work zings. Okay, the mag­i­cal sub­plot is half-baked and the film lacks a proper vil­lain, but the stu­dio can’t pro­duce a mas­ter­piece ev­ery time. This fine film is enough to be go­ing on with. PG cert, lim re­lease, 100 min DC NEW RE­LEASE DEATH OF A SU­PER­HERO 15A cert, lim re­lease, 96 min See re­view, page 13 END OF WATCH Di­rected by David Ayer. Star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal, Michael Peña, Anna Ken­drick, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Natalie Martinez We're in­tro­duced to an up­stand­ing young LAPD go-get­ter (Gyl­len­haal) and his trusty part­ner (Peña) on their rounds as the former at­tempts to film for a night-school project. This fram­ing de­vice is quickly dis­carded in favour of high-speed sirens, bro­mance and the duo’s pur­suit of a drugs car­tel. It’s a cheat, though it does cheat in a man­ner that en­hances the film’s en­ter­tain­ment value. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 109 min TB FRANKEN­WEE­NIE Di­rected by Tim Bur­ton. Voices of Char­lie Ta­han, Cather­ine O’Hara, Wi­nona Ry­der, Martin Short, Martin Lan­dau Bur­ton con­tin­ues to do Bur­ton. Af­ter Dark Shad­ows, a film that played like a par­ody of his own cosy gothic aes­thetic, the mid­dleaged fright­mas­ter has re­turned with a mono­chrome stop-mo­tion take on his own early short con­cern­ing a lonely boy who rean­i­mates his re­cently flat­tened dog. It’s all very fa­mil­iar: lol­lipop heads, nods to clas­sic hor­ror. But the pic­ture still feels sur­pris­ingly en­er­getic. How en­vi­able it is to re­tain such an un­shak­able con­nec­tion to one’s own child­hood. PG cert, gen re­lease, 86 min DC GAM­BIT Di­rected by Michael Hoff­man. Star­ring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stan­ley Tucci, Cloris Leach­man, Tom Courte­nay Wit­less, id­i­otic up­dat­ing of a 1960s swing­ingLon­don ca­per farce fea­tur­ing Diaz as a com­edy Texan, Firth as a com­edy English­man and Tucci as a com­edy Ger­man. Some crit­ics, em­brac­ing the im­pend­ing sea­son of good will, have sug­gested that the en­tire project is a sly pas­tiche that ac­tively em­braces anachro­nism. They may well be right. If so, the pic­ture’s stink has a slightly more com­plex fin­ish. But it still stinks. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 90 min DC NEW RE­LEASE GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS 12A cert, gen re­lease, 128 min Not pre­viewed for crit­ics HERE COMES THE BOOM Di­rected by Frank Co­raci. Star­ring Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler For no good rea­son other than the press­ing de­mands of high con­cept, a bi­ol­ogy teacher (the harm­less James) elects to be­come a mixed mar­tial arts fighter. Even if he loses, the fees are so healthy he will, surely, earn enough money to fi­nance his school’s threat­ened mu­sic pro­gramme. The films starts de­cently enough as a comic ver­sion of Mr Hol­land’s Opus. But the cen­tral con­cept – or­gan­ised thug­gery – seems wildly in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a fam­ily com­edy. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 104 min DC HO­TEL TRAN­SYL­VA­NIA Di­rected by Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky. Voices of Adam San­dler, Selena Gomez, Andy Sam­berg, Kevin James, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, David Spade Vam­pires are so over. How else might one ex­plain Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia, in which an over­pro­tec­tive Drac­ula, voiced by Adam San­dler, must ac­cept that daugh­ter Selena Gomez is all growed up? Weary par­ents will sigh and sharpen their stakes, though smaller folks will be per­fectly con­tent with the film’s mon­ster mash of puppy love, silly voices, shoe­horned mu­si­cal num­bers and flat­u­lence gags. So very over. PG cert, gen re­lease, 91 min TB NEW RE­LEASE THE HUNT/JAGTEN 15A cert, Cineworld/IFI/IMC Dún Laoghaire/Light House/ Screen, Dublin, 115 min See re­view, page 11

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA Di­rected by David Lean. Star­ring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guin­ness, An­thony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Fer­rer, An­thony Quayle, Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains New dig­i­tal print of Lean’s much-loved 1962 epic con­cern­ing TE Lawrence’s wide-screen, lushly scored ef­forts to make sense of the Arab mind­set dur­ing the first World War. Much of the film’s postSuez world­view now looks some­what dated: like Dances with Wolves, the pic­ture con­cerns a white man who ed­u­cates no­ble sav­ages. But it can’t be faulted on a tech­ni­cal level. O’Toole has never matched his un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally nervy per­for­mance. The pho­tog­ra­phy is gor­geous. In other words, still over­whelm­ing, for all its flaws. Club, IFI, Dublin, 216 min DC LOOPER Di­rected by Rian John­son. Star­ring Bruce Wil­lis, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels Will won­ders never cease? We fi­nally have a hugely en­ter­tain­ing and pop­u­lar sci-fi film that is nei­ther a se­quel nor a re­make. John­son’s smash­ing time travel ad­ven­ture con­cerns as­sas­sins who are re­quired to elim­i­nate hood­lums that have been beamed back from the fu­ture. The tem­po­ral puzzles are worth pe­rus­ing. The ac­tion se­quences are first class. And the film even has two con­vinc­ing love sto­ries at its heart. You will be­lieve that Gor­don-Le­vitt could grow up to be Wil­lis. 15A cert, IMC Dún Laoghaire/Santry Om­ni­plex, Dublin, 118 min DC

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