A recovering heroin addict Mia and her four associates head out to a remote location where the token geeky friend reads aloud from the Book of the Dead. The horrors of cold turkey are quickly usurped by the horrors of demonic possession. Cue buckets of bl
swarm. There’s something here for all the family. G cert, gen release, 98 min DEAD MAN DOWN Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Isabelle Huppert Danish film-maker Oplev directs Irishman Farrell and Englishman Cooper as Hungarian mobsters in New York under the command of Illinoisan Terrence Howard. Confused? Well, just you wait until Colin’s Swedish girlfriend (Rapace), her French mother (Huppert) and the Albanian gangsters get here. Gotham City has seldom seemed as bizarrely and confusingly multicultural as it does in this reasonably nifty crime thriller. That is, until the final reel, when it all goes a bit crazy and Gerard Butler-ish. 15A cert, gen release, 117 min NEW RELEASE DEADFALL 15A cert, gen release, 94 min See review, page 13 EVIL DEAD Directed by Fede Alvarez. Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez rape. Where is the love? Where is the heart? The appeal of Sam Raimi’s 1981 original was it’s B-movie swagger, it’s handcrafted stop-motion effects, and it’s lovely imperfections. It didn’t need realism; it had soul and Bruce Campbell. 18 cert, gen release, 92 min NEW RELEASE THE EYE OF THE STORM Club, IFI, Dublin, 119 min See review, page 12 FINDING NEMO 3D Directed by Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich. Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres You already know the story. Marlin, a neurotic (Jewish?) clownfish, recently widowed, frets furiously over Nemo, his cheeky son, when the wee chap gets abducted by divers and deposited in an Australian dentist’s fish tank. Still without a sequel (though one is looming), Finding Nemo, though it’s neither as ambitious as Wall-E nor nor as groundbreaking as Toy Story, easily registers as a front-runner for Pixar’s best ever film. G cert, gen release, 100 min THE GATEKEEPERS Directed by Dror Moreh Nominated for an Oscar at the most recent ceremony, Dror Moreh’s terrific documentary on Shin Bet, the internal Israeli security service, can stand happily beside Errol Morris’s The Fog of War as a cinematic illustration of how human psyches bend beneath the pressure of terrible actions. Six former directors of the body speak frankly about compromises and outrages. Almost all conclude that compromise with the Palestinians is the only way forward. Fascinating stuff. Club, Light House, Dublin, 101 min GI JOE: RETALIATION Directed by John M Chu. Starring Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum Bigger, louder and, like, way more stupider than its predecessor, this unintentionally hilarious sequel to GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra is the sort of film any sensible actor would risk every contractual obligation to escape. Sure enough, clever old Tatum gets out within minutes of the credits rolling and the rest of the paramilitary mob are entrusted with the task of saving the planet. Again! Really, who the heck asked for this? 12A cert, lim release, 110 min GOOD VIBRATIONS Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn. Starring Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Dylan Moran, Adrian Dunbar, Liam Cunningham Teenage kicks really are hard to beat. The birth of Ulster Punk and the misadventures of punk godfather Terri Hooley, goodnaturedly bounces into cinemas. Working from a deftly comic script by Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson, the sophomore directors have forged a movie in the same anarchic spirit as the music that inspired the project. The feel-good hit of the season. 15A cert, lim release, 103 min IDENTITY THIEF Directed by Seth Gordon. Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy Sandy is an anally retentive accountant clearly modelled on a composite of Jason Bateman characters and played, appositely enough, by Jason Bateman. Diane is a shameless, Americanised onewoman tribute to Viz’s Fat Slags, clearly inspired by Melissa McCarthy’s performance in Bridesmaids and played, appositely enough, by Melissa McCarthy. The leads work hard against a rudderless “comedy”. 15A cert, gen release, 111 min I’M SO EXCITED/LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Starring Antonio de la Torre, Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Lola Dueñas, Antonio Banderas, Pénelope Cruz The latest from Almodóvar concerns a group of travellers trapped on an airliner with a faulty undercarriage. It seems almost unbelievably lightweight. Squint at the screen, however, and it becomes clear that Almodóvar has a serious purpose in mind. The film works as a rigorous metaphor for the current malaise in Spanish society. That’s fine. But the jokes aren’t quite good enough and the structure is just too rickety. Still, minor Almodóvar is better than none at all. 16 cert, QFT, Belfast; Cineworld/ IFI/Light House/ Screen, Dublin, 90 min IN THE HOUSE/DANS LA MAISON Directed by François Ozon. Starring Fabrice Luchini, Emmanuelle Seigner, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas A teacher at a progressive Parisian secondary school gives out a standard writing assignment – “How I Spent My Weekend” – which produces a surprisingly gripping piece of work. The essay, by a charming 16-year- old, chronicles his attempts to inveigle himself into the impeccably bourgeois household of an unpopular classmate. The teacher is hooked. But are the teen’s stories fact or fiction? 15A cert, Triskel, Cork, 105 min IRON MAN 3 Directed by Shane Black. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Stressed out after his exertions in The Avengers, the man in the suit (Downey Jr) is faced with a new threat: an anti-American, quasi- Islamist
1 Which of this week’s releases is, according to your view, either the 12th or the second in a series?
3 Which animated character is named for the second man on the moon?
3 Identify the star in battledress below.
4 Diner, Hairspray, The Accidental Tourist, Red Dragon. Where are we?
5 Tom Hanks is a screw. Ryan Reynolds fights crime in a silly suit. Seth Rogen fights crime in a hat. It’s made from people! What’s the connection?
6 Vienna (1995), Paris (2004), Greece (2013). What’s the connection?
7 Thomas Alfredson, Fernando Meirelles and John Boorman are the last people to do what?
8 “It’s a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out.” The first words heard in which film?
9 What connects Anaheim, Lake Buena Vista, Urayasu and Marne-laVallée (in that order)?
10 Here Comes the Groom (1951), A Hole in the Head (1959), Pocketful of Miracles (1961). Whose last three?
The girl and the gunslinger: Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down, on national release