The lat­est from Neil Jor­dan stars Saoirse Ro­nan and Gemma Arter­ton as vam­pires in an English sea­side town.

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BYZAN­TIUM BLOOD Paul Bet­tany and Stephen Gra­ham are de­tec­tives in the lat­est hard-as-nails Bri­tish thriller. a creep­ing sen­sa­tion of un­easi­ness around the pretty mul­ti­cul­tural cou­ple (Rahim, De­quenne). The lat­ter is sim­ply one of best ac­tors on the planet. Her por­trayal of post­na­tal psy­chosis is as sub­tle as it is dev­as­tat­ing. Club, IFi, Dublin; Ac­cess Cin­ema (ac­cess­cin­ema.ie), 114 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

OPEN­ING JUNE 7th AF­TER EARTH M Night Shya­malan di­rects Will and Jaden Smith in an­other scifi romp set on dev­as­tated Earth. 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, lim 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 THE RE­LUC­TANT FUN­DA­MEN­TAL­IST Di­rected by Mira Nair. Star­ring Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hud­son, Kiefer Suther­land, Om Puri A Pak­istani man grap­ples with his her­itage and his cur­rent life as a Wall Street war­rior in Nair’s adap­ta­tion of Mohsin Hamid’s novel. The story re­lies heav­ily on snappy co­in­ci­dences and con­trivances. Its di­a­met­ric prin­ci­pal char­ac­ters make one think of an overly co-or­di­nated matchy-matchy out­fit. But for all th­ese caveats, it’s hard to dis­miss Mira Nair’s at­tempts to map out the anatomy of a po­ten­tial ter­ror­ist. 15A cert, IMC Dún Laoghaire/ Screen, Dublin; IMC Gal­way, 130 min NEW RE­LEASE SI­MON KILLER Club, IFI, Dublin, 105 min See re­view, page 13

STAR TREK INTO DARK­NESS Di­rected by JJ Abrams. Star­ring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Sal­dana, Karl Ur­ban, Si­mon Pegg, John Cho, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, An­ton Yelchin, Bruce Green­wood, Peter Weller, Leonard Ni­moy James Kirk is busted down to first of­fi­cer fol­low­ing one too many acts of reck­less­ness, but the au­thor­i­ties know they need him when a long-faced ma­niac (Cum­ber­batch) be­gins threat­en­ing the safety of the Fed­er­a­tion. The film is full of know­ing winks. But Abrams’s bril­liance lies in his abil­ity to fold the ref­er­ences to clas­sic Star Trek – as well as con­tem­po­rary pol­i­tics – into a thrilling, pulpy struc­ture that de­mands no fore­knowl­edge of the an­cient fran­chise. A first­class block­buster. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 132 min 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 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 (Ralph tar­ries briefly in a rough shoot-’em-up) 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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