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MOVIE 43 16 cert, gen re­lease, 90 min NO Di­rected by Pablo Lar­rain. Star­ring Gael Gar­cía Ber­nal Lar­rain’s ob­ses­sion with the poi­sonous regime of Au­gusto Pinochet has ul­ti­mately de­liv­ered one of the most pe­cu­liar, di­vert­ing trilo­gies in world cin­ema. Fol­low­ing the re­volt­ing, trou­bling Tony Manero and the more or­dered Post Mortem, the Chilean sur­passes him­self with a witty, clev­erly am­bigu­ous treat­ment of the 1988 ref­er­en­dum on the dic­ta­tor’s right to re­main in power. Ber­nal plays an ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive hired to work on the “No” cam­paign. The op­er­a­tion looks like an ex­er­cise in lip ser­vice, an at­tempt to pre­tend that democ­racy thrives in this dys­func­tional so­ci­ety. It is some­thing of a sur­prise to en­counter the star like Ber­nal in a film by this most un­com­pro­mis­ing of direc­tors. But his glam­our is per­fectly tuned for a late­cen­tury snake-oil sales­man. 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House, Dublin, 117 min PARENTAL GUID­ANCE Di­rected by Andy Fick­man. Star­ring Billy Crys­tal, Bette Mi­dler, Marisa Tomei Atro­cious com­edy star Mi­dler and Crys­tal as an older cou­ple forced to use “mod­ern” meth­ods when car­ing for their over-in­dulged grand­chil­dren. It sounds fun. But the script is abysmal and ev­ery­body seems faintly em­bar­rassed. Crys­tal mugs fu­ri­ously like a host seek­ing to apol­o­gise for the stal­e­ness of his canapes. Mi­dler’s head nearly ex­plodes. Even young Bailee Madi­son – usu­ally so ex­cel­lent – ap­pears to be scout­ing for the out­doors. Cover your ears when Crys­tal at­tempts to speak skate­board jive. G cert, gen re­lease, 104 min PITCH PER­FECT Di­rected by Ja­son Moore. Star­ring Anna Ken­drick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wil­son, Elizabeth Banks En­er­get­i­cally sung, good-na­tured teen mu­si­cal fol­low­ing the en­trants in an a cap­pella com­pe­ti­tion as they at­tempt to make up for past em­bar­rass­ments. The num­bers are nicely car­ried off. The cast is ex­cel­lent from top to bot­tom. But the ap­par­ent at­tempts to be hip and hap­pen­ing are plain hi­lar­i­ous. Be­fore the close, Ken­drick’s rad­i­cal DJ will have in­tro­duced her new friends to the avant garde stylings of, erm, Jessie J and Bruno Mars. Mind you don’t frighten the horses, dear. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 112 min QUAR­TET Di­rected by Dustin Hoff­man. Star­ring Tom Courte­nay, Billy Con­nolly, Mag­gie Smith, Michael Gam­bon, Pauline Collins “Can you really re­sist Collins, Con­nolly, Courte­nay and Smith (with a bit of Gam­bon thrown in for good mea­sure)?” the tagline doesn’t really ask. It’s a close-run thing, but the an­swer has to be a re­signed “no”. Hoff­man’s di­rec­to­rial de­but is weighed down by con­spic­u­ous flaws. Go­ing among res­i­dents of a re­tire­ment home for clas­si­cal mu­si­cians, the film is pa­tro­n­is­ing to­wards old peo­ple and much at home to lazy char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion. But, darn it, the ac­tors do make it work. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 98 min

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Di­rected by Peter Ram­sey. Voices of Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Hugh Jack­man, Chris Pine Amus­ing, if rather over­fussy, an­i­ma­tion con­cern­ing at­tempts by var­i­ous myth­i­cal be­ings – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and so forth – to frus­trate the evil plans of the boogey­man. It looks very nice and the voices are all very good, but the film doesn’t really make sense of its premise. Since when has the Sand­man been a good guy? Don’t we need the evil leg­ends too? But it hardly mat­ters. G cert, gen re­lease, 97 min NEW RE­LEASE SAMMY’S GREAT ES­CAPE 3D G cert, gen re­lease, 92 min See re­view, page 13 NEW RE­LEASE SIDE BY SIDE Club, IFI, Dublin, 99 min See re­view, page 13 NEW RE­LEASE THIS IS 40 15A cert, gen re­lease, 133 min See re­view, page 11 TINKER­BELL AND THE SE­CRET OF THE WINGS 3D Di­rected by Bobs Gan­n­away and Peggy Holmes. Voices of Mae Whit­man, An­jel­ica Hus­ton, Ti­mothy Dal­ton It’s all kick­ing off in Tin­kers’ Nook, where the pro­le­tariat fairies are fran­ti­cally pro­duc­ing the snowflake bas­kets for ex­port to the Win­ter Woods. Un­de­terred by the rul­ing cap­i­tal­ist or­der, Tinker “Che” Bell (Whit­man), stows away with a bor­der-cross­ing snow owl. She un­cov­ers a sec­ond, colder world of pro­duc­ers and pas­sive wee folk own­ers – and her own dop­pel­ganger. G cert, gen re­lease, 75 min WARM BOD­IES Di­rected by Jonathan Levine. Star­ring Ni­cholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, John Malkovich There’s much to en­joy in this Twi­light- hun­gry ro­mance be­tween Hoult’s lum­ber­ing zom­bie and Palmer’s perky re­sis­tance fighter. The par­al­lels with Romeo and Juliet are nicely played, the blend of com­edy and emo­tion nicely balanced. But poor Hoult is sad­dled with a near-im­pos­si­ble task. He’s a zom­bie, but he seems to have emo­tions and an in­ner life. He eats flesh, but he feels love. What on earth is go­ing on? 12A cert, gen re­lease, 97 min ZERO DARK THIRTY Di­rected by Kathryn Bigelow. Star­ring Jes­sica Chas­tain, James Gan­dolfini, Ja­son Clarke, Joel Edger­ton Bigelow fol­lows up The Hurt Locker with an in­tense, fu­ri­ously ex­cit­ing study of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Scenes of sus­pects be­ing tor­tured by CIA op­er­a­tives spur in­evitable ques­tions. Is this a Bat­tle of Al­giers for the colonists? Is it a whis­tle-blow­ing ex­er­cise dis­guised as a pro­ce­dural thriller? Such is the opaque na­ture of Mark Boal’s writ­ing that it proves al­most im­pos­si­ble to say. But the pil­ing up of de­tail and lay­er­ing of ten­sion re­main com­pelling through­out. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 157 min WRECK-IT RALPH Di­rected by Rich Moore. Voices of John C Reilly, Sarah Sil­ver­man, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Ed O’Neill, Dennis Hays­bert A burly wrecker from a vin­tage videogame es­capes into other worlds in the lat­est an­i­ma­tion from Dis­ney. Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t quite live up to the po­ten­tial of its premise. The graph­ics are de­li­cious. The con­trast be­tween dif­fer­ent gam­ing styles (Ralph tar­ries briefly in a rough shoot-’em-up) are nicely high­lighted. But, as the film pro­gresses, the in-jokes de­crease and the di­a­logue loses a great deal of its bite. G cert, gen re­lease, 107 min

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