Well, you know what this is. The guys take it round the block one more time. All major players are back on board, along with John Goodman and Heather Graham.
The latest animation from the folks behind Ice Age is adapted from William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Do you need to know more?
OPENING MAY 24th
THE HANGOVER PART III 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, Melissa Leo 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 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 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 McDormand Van Sant 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; Carrick Cineplex, Leitrim; Boyle/Carrick Cineplex, Roscommon, 106 min NEW RELEASE THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; IMC Dún Laoghaire/Screen, Dublin; IMC Galway, 130 min See review, page 12 NEW RELEASE STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS 12A cert, gen release, 132 min See review, page 11 SCARY MOVIE 5 15A cert, gen release, 86 min No review; not previewed for critics 21 AND OVER Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Starring Justin Chon, Miles Teller, Skylar Astin One of many recent films that could serve as a recruiting advertisement for Al Qaeda, 21 and Over finds a big idiot (Teller) visiting a lesser idiot (Astin) and somebody who’s almost not an idiot (Justin Chon) at some upmarket college. That last character has just turned 21, but feels unable to do what it is that leads “party” to be used as a verb. He soon relents and the film becomes as sickeningly stupid as expected. 16 cert, gen release, 93 min WHITE ELEPHANT/ELEFANTE BLANCO Directed by Pablo Trapero. Starring Ricardo Darín, Jérémie Renier 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, Screen, Dublin, 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