If the trailer is any mea­sure, then JJ Abrams’s sec­ond En­ter­prise ad­ven­ture (left) should be ti­tled

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Awe­some. DEAD­FALL Promis­ing thriller from the Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor of The Counterfeiters. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde are on the lam amid snowy Nordic wastes.

Star Trek: Into MUD Ex­cel­lent south­ern fa­ble from Jeff Nichols, di­rec­tor in Take Shel­ter, con­cern­ing a vaga- OZ THE GREAT AND POW­ER­FUL Di­rected by Sam Raimi. Star­ring James Franco, Mila Ku­nis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Wil­liams We didn’t think we wanted a pre­quel to The Wizard of Oz. But, be­cause of the won­der­ful things he does, Raimi con­vinces us oth­er­wise. The script doesn’t al­ways take flight: Franco plays a sleazy ma­gi­cian mis­taken for the saviour of Oz. But the film of­fers a de­li­cious vis­ual trib­ute to es­capist cin­ema of the 1930s. The colours are bold, the ef­fects de­lib­er­ately ar­ti­fi­cial. Raimi also man­ages some de­cent com­edy hor­ror. A happy sur­prise. PG cert, gen re­lease, 130 min PIL­GRIM HILL Di­rected by Ger­ard Bar­rett. Star­ring Joe Mullins Shot in un­hur­ried, cau­tious fash­ion – and mak­ing oc­ca­sional ges­tures to the mock doc­u­men­tary genre – Pil­grim Hill of­fers a qui­etly dev­as­tat­ing por­trait of a bach­e­lor farmer (Mullins) ek­ing out his life in a lonely farm on a windy out­crop. Bar­rett’s de­but fea­ture is a qui­etly stun­ning slice of ru­ral nat­u­ral­ism. Ian D Mur­phy’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy is limpid. Bar­rett chore­ographs the slow march to­wards an ex­pected catas­tro­phe with rhythms that are pos­i­tively Rus­sian in their grace. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 78 min THE PLACE BE­YOND THE PINES Di­rected by Derek Cian­france. Star­ring Ryan Gosling, Eva Men­des, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta Don’t be fooled by the iconic spec­ta­cle of per­ox­ide Gosling on a mo­tor­bike: the sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween di­rec­tor Cian­france and the ac­tor is no angsty ac­tioner but a trip­tych. Gosling’s lost boy carny ex­its af­ter the first chap­ter, leav­ing Cooper’s cop to hold the fort. Two brighter, younger things , in turn, su­per­sede Cooper as the cen­tral fo­cus. Pic­ture the time-lapse drama of Blue Valen­tine on a grander, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional scale. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 140 min PROMISED LAND Di­rected by Gus Van Sant. Star­ring Matt Da­mon, John Krasin­ski, Frances McDor- bond’s re­la­tion­ship with two young tear­aways. Matthew McConaughey con­tin­ues his resur­gence. THE EYE OF THE STORM Fred Schep­isi, vet­eran di­rec­tor of The Chant of Jimmy Black­smith, tack­les a clas­sic Aus­tralian novel by the un­fairly over­looked Pa­trick White.

OPEN­ING MAY 16th THE GREAT GATSBY Baz Luhrmann’s post­poned take on the Great Amer­i­can Novel does not look to be re­strained. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the epony­mous faker. mand, Hal Hol­brook Gus, still in main­stream mode, fol­lows up the fine Milk and the ex­e­crable Rest­less with a wor­thy, im­plau­si­ble but sur­pris­ingly charm­ing film on the hot topic of nat­u­ral gas frack­ing. Da­mon and McDor­mand play two nicely drawn an­ti­heroes: out­rid­ers for a sin­is­ter en­ergy firm who want to do the wrong thing for the right rea­sons. Un­for­tu­nately, the film slips into Capraesque im­plau­si­bil­ity, though it re­mains en­joy­able through­out. Hard to swal­low, easy to di­gest. 15A cert, Cork Om­ni­plex/Reel Pic­ture, Cork; IMC Santry, Dublin, 106 min SAMMY’S GREAT ES­CAPE Di­rected by Ben Stassen, Vin­cent Kesteloot Thanks a lot, Bel­gium. We were all aware that, de­spite the gen­eral high stan­dard of to­day’s fam­ily an­i­ma­tions, crummy thrown­to­gether car­toons are still rou­tinely dumped be­fore blame­less chil­dren. This Euro an­i­ma­tion is sloppy and cheap. G cert, gen re­lease, 92 min SCARY MOVIE 5 15A cert, gen re­lease, 86 min No re­view; not pre­viewed for crit­ics SIDE EF­FECTS Di­rected by Steven Soder­bergh. Star­ring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, Chan­ning Ta­tum A psy­chi­a­trist (Law), deal­ing with a de­pressed woman (Mara), find his life col­laps­ing about his ears. If this puz­zling, en­joy­able med­i­cal thriller were di­rected by al­most any film-maker other than Soder­bergh, you would be tempted to di­ag­nose it with genre iden­tity dis­or­der. It be­gins as an in­dict­ment of Big Pharma. It ends as an ab­surdly over­heated melo­drama. The swivel is al­most cer­tainly de­lib­er­ate, but it’s still very jar­ring. 15A cert, Movies@Dun­drum/Movies@ Swords/Odeon Stil­lor­gan, Dublin, 105 min SPRING BREAK­ERS Di­rected by Har­mony Korine. Star­ring James Franco, Se­lena Gomez, Vanessa Hud­gens Korine, the bad-boy di­rec­tor of Gummo, skirts the main­stream with this vi­o­lent, de­light­fully equiv­o­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of the US spring break phe­nom­e­non. Four broke stu­dent are so des­per­ate to party in Florida they rob a restau­rant. Later they fall in with a lu­di­crous gangsta, bril­liantly played by a sleazy Franco. The gar­ishly shot, end­lessly loud film is half in love with its sub­ject and half ap­palled by it. The dia­lec­tic of­fers naughty plea­sures galore. 18 cert, Triskel, Cork, 93 min NEW RE­LEASE 21 AND OVER 16 cert, gen re­lease, 93 min See re­view, page 13

WEST OF MEM­PHIS Di­rected by Amy Berg In 1993 the bod­ies of three chil­dren were dis­cov­ered in a drainage canal in the less than salu­bri­ous bor­ough of West Mem­phis, Arkansas and sus­pi­cion fell on three lo­cal teenagers. With echoes of The Thin Blue Line, West of Mem­phis trans­forms a tragedy into a com­pelling, three-act thriller. The film is ut­terly trans­fix­ing. Club, Light House, Dublin, 147 min TB WHITE ELE­PHANT/ELE­FANTE BLANCO Di­rected by Pablo Trap­ero. Star­ring Ri­cardo Darín, Jérémie Re­nier, Martina Gus­man Two priests set to work in a trou­bled cor­ner of Buenos Aires. Fol­low­ing on from his ex­cel­lent Caran­cho, Trap­ero of­fers an­other di­vert­ing med­i­ta­tion on cor­rup­tion and so­cial des­per­a­tion in his na­tive Ar­gentina. As we have come to ex­pect from this di­rec­tor, the film deftly com­bines nar­ra­tive pace with an acute grasp of the po­lit­i­cal un­der­cur­rents. It is the very best sort of cam­paign­ing drama: the kind that sneaks up upon you. 15A cert, IFI/Screen, Dublin; Eye Gal­way, 104 min WRECK-IT RALPH Di­rected by Rich Moore. Voices of John C Reilly, Sarah Sil­ver­man It doesn’t quite live up to the po­ten­tial of its premise. The graph­ics are de­li­cious. The con­trast be­tween dif­fer­ent gam­ing styles are nicely high­lighted. But as the film pro­gresses, the in-jokes de­crease and the dia­logue loses much of its bite. G cert, gen re­lease, 107 min


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