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, lim re­lease, 113 min JUMP Di­rected by Kieron J Walsh. Star­ring Martin McCann, Ni­chola Bur­ley, Richard Dormer 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, Cork Om­ni­plex; Newry Om­ni­plex, Down, 78 min

KING OF THE TRAV­ELLERS Di­rected by Mark O’Con­nor. Star­ring Michael Collins, Thomas Collins 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,

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