And – of­fer com­par­isons that prove to be un­flat­ter­ing. But the young di­rec­tor con­tin­ues to show real flair. A drugged-up night ride through a for­est is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 80 min

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JACK THE GI­ANT SLAYER Di­rected by Bryan Singer. Star­ring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tom­lin­son, Stan­ley Tucci, Ewan McGre­gor A large com­pany of screen­writ­ers and ex­ec­u­tives – sel­dom a good sign – have opted to keep farm boy Jack (Hoult) and the magic beans and not much more of the source ma­te­rial in this ugly, heav­ily pix­e­lated $200 mil­lion adap­ta­tion. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 113 min JUMP Di­rected by Kieron J Walsh. Star­ring Martin McCann, Ni­chola Bur­ley, Richard Dormer, Charlene McKenna, Ciaran McMe­nan­min, Va­lene Kane Bur­ley’s Greta is prop­erly de­pressed when she en­coun­ters blood­ied Pearse (McCann), an earnest young chap at­tempt­ing to find his miss­ing brother. Much of the girl’s dis­tress can be at­trib­uted to her am­biva­lent feel­ings to­ward her fa­ther (Roddy), a lo­cal gang­ster. Many of Pearse’s woes can be at­trib­uted to the same source. To­gether, they hatch a plan. But will they be able to stay ahead of Da’s hired goons? Walsh’s chrono­log­i­cally crafty thriller keeps us guess­ing as it cuts be­tween a heist, its mourn­ful pro­tag­o­nist and two giddy hens (McKenna, Kane) out on the tiles. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 78 min

KING OF THE TRAV­ELLERS Di­rected by Mark O’Con­nor. Star­ring Michael Collins, Thomas Collins, Carla McG­lynn A dis­pute be­tween two Trav­eller fam­i­lies cre­ates may­hem in O’Con­nor’s en­er­get­i­cally shot sec­ond fea­ture. The act­ing from non-pro­fes­sion­als is er­ratic; older per­form­ers in par­tic­u­lar of­ten seem hope­lessly adrift. And the co­pi­ous ref­er­ences – to Romeo and Juliet, The God­fa­ther On The Wa­ter­front A LATE QUAR­TET Di­rected by Yaron Zil­ber­man Star­ring Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Christopher Walken, Cather­ine Keener, Imo­gen Poots In the count­down to their 25th an­niver­sary, the Fugue String Quar­tet sit down to re­hearse Beethoven’s Op 131. Some 4,000 per­for­mances into the quar­tet’s ca­reer, their beloved cel­list (Walken) can only man­age a few im­per­fect bars. Can the oth­ers stop bick­er­ing with­out him?. The per­for­mances in this clas­si­calthemed soap are im­pec­ca­ble and the Up­per East Side set­ting adds a Woody Allen gloss. But the plot is rigid, hu­mour­less and al­to­gether con­ve­nient. 15A cert, Screen, Dublin, 105 min THE LOOK OF LOVE Di­rected by Michael Win­ter­bot­tom. Star­ring Steve Coogan, Imo­gen Poots, Anna Friel, Chris Ad­di­son, James Lance, David Wal­liams It sounds like a dream pro­ject. Coogan and Win­ter­bot­tom, who did first­class biopic work on 24-Hour Party Peo­ple, re­unite for a study of Soho porn “baron” Paul Ray­mond. There is plenty to en­joy in the recre­ation of the seedy 1970s, but the film never quite takes off. Stranded halfway be­tween Alan Par­tridge and Party Peo­ple’s Tony Wil­son, this ver­sion of Ray­mond isn’t even al­lowed to be­come any­thing so in­ter­est­ing as an enigma. It’s just Steve Coogan, only less so. 18 cert, QFT, Belfast; Cineworld/ Light House/Screen/Vue, Dublin, 100 min

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED Di­rected by Su­sanne Bier. Star­ring Pierce Bros­nan, Trine Dyrholm Bier, Dan­ish di­rec­tor of tough Dogme dra­mas, loosens up with a largely suc­cess­ful ro­man­tic com­edy about a can­cer sur­vivor (Dyrholm) and a wid­ower (Bros­nan) who meet up at their chil­dren’s wed­ding. Dyrholm plays the com­edy and the drama with the same fur­rowed con­vic­tion, but (even af­ter all this time) it is Bros­nan who de­liv­ers the rev­e­la­tory per­for­mance. Gosh darn it, the man re­ally can act. And he’s funny on pur­pose. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 116 min OBLIV­ION Di­rected by Joseph Kosin­ski. Star­ring Tom Cruise, Mor­gan Free­man, Olga Kurylenko, An­drea Rise­bor­ough, Melissa Leo Largely suc­cess­ful sci-fi romp con­cern­ing the sur­vivor of an apoc­a­lypse (Cruise) who spends his days mend­ing drones on a dev­as­tated earth and his nights snug­gling up to his col­league (Rise­bor­ough) in an im­pec­ca­ble white tower. The open­ing sec­tions,which come across like Stan­ley Kubrick’s The Jet­sons, pass the time per­fectly plea­sur­ably. Then a stranger (Kurylenko) ar­rives in a space­ship. Be­fore too long, ev­ery­thing is ex­plod­ing and we’re stuck in a bog-stan­dard fu­tur­is­tic boom­fest. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 124 min THE ODD LIFE OF TI­MOTHY GREEN Di­rected by Peter Hedges. Star­ring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edger­ton, Dianne Wi­est Based on a tall tale by Ah­met Zappa (son of Frank), this con­tem­po­rary re­work­ing of Thum­be­lina gifts a smi­ley, leaf-legged pre- ado­les­cent to a child­less cou­ple (Garner and Edger­ton). Ti­mothy turns out to be as naive and un­af­fected as one might ex­pect from a kid who sprung up in the gar­den overnight. His sur­prised foster par­ents are thrilled with their new charge. But is there some­thing they should know? Fam­ily weepie. G cert, gen re­lease, 104 min OLYM­PUS HAS FALLEN Di­rected by An­tione Fuqua. Star­ring Ger­ard But­ler, Mor­gan Free­man, Aaron Eck­hart, Ash­ley Judd, An­gela Bas­sett, Robert Forster, Rick Yune, Melissa Leo, Dy­lan McDer­mot, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser If you’re the kind of chap who thought that Law Abid­ing Cit­i­zen was a mas­ter­piece and likes to fin­ish most ut­ter­ances with “Braw”, then this is the movie for you. A dum­ber, louder, live ac­tion ver­sion of Team Amer­ica: World Po­lice in which North Korean ter­ror­ists shoot up the White House and take on pres­i­den­tial body­guard Ger­ard But­ler, it’s un­pre­ten­tious if noth­ing else. Fuqua is a depend­able ac­tion di­rect­gor whose tal­ents will never be max­imised while the 1980s con­tinue to be over. But the CG is just aw­ful. 15 cert, gen re­lease, 120 min

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