TARA BRADY and DON­ALD CLARKE RE­VIEW ALL THE CUR­RENT CIN­EMA RE­LEASES

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ALL STARS Di­rected by Ben Gre­gor. Star­ring Theo Steven­son, Akai Osei-Mans­field The bull­doz­ers are revving in the dis­tance and the fate of an ill-de­fined tween hangout hangs in the bal­ance. En­ter en­ter­pris­ing Ethan (Steven­son) and con­sci­en­tious Jaden (Osei-Mans­field), two kids with a dream of host­ing and win­ning a tal­ent show. Surely the prize money and an un­likely dance crew – posh kids, tough girl, to­ken fat child – can stop those bull­doz­ers and save the day? Ah here. Not this film again. G cert, gen re­lease, 106 min TB BERNIE Di­rected by Richard Lin­klater. Star­ring Jack Black Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McCo

naughey Jack Black (never bet­ter) stars as the twin­kling bach­e­lor mor­ti­cian of the ti­tle. Bernie’s ded­i­ca­tion to his craft and his old-fash­ioned south­ern gen­tle­man man­ners brings no lit­tle de­light to the older women and wi­d­ows of Carthage, Texas. En­ter the Dragon Lady in the men­ac­ing form of Mar­jorie (MacLaine), a de­mand­ing mil­lion­airess who treats Bernie with the same con­tempt she lav­ishes on ev­ery­body else. We’re as sur­prised as the cur­tain-twitch­ing towns­folk when Mar­jorie and Bernie be­come some­thing of an item; we’re even more sur­prised by what hap­pens next. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 99 min TB

BE­WARE OF MR BAKER

Di­rected by Jay Bul­ger It’s hard to imag­ine any per­son fail­ing to de­rive amuse­ment from this doc­u­men­tary on the iras­ci­ble, un­pre­dictable drum­mer Ginger Baker. As is of­ten the case with such projects, the ma­te­rial cov­er­ing the long years of ob­scu­rity is less in­ter­est­ing than the cel­e­bra­tions of life as a young but­ter­fly on the wheel. But con­tri­bu­tions from the likes of Char­lie Watts (dry), Jack Bruce (weary) and Eric Clap­ton (sur­pris­ingly lik­able) keep the story buzzing through­out. Imag­i­na­tive an­i­ma­tions punc­tu­ate the chat­ter. 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; Light House, Dublin (also on Volta), 92 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE THE BIG WED­DING 15A cert, gen re­lease, 89 min

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NEW RE­LEASE BYZAN­TIUM 15A cert, gen re­lease, 118 min

See re­view, page 12 THE CROODS Di­rected by Kirk DeMicco, Chris San­ders. Voices of Ni­co­las Cage, Ryan Reynolds Hugely en­ter­tain­ing an­i­ma­tion con­cern­ing a fam­ily of pre­his­toric cave dwellers who en­counter an ad­vanced hu­man and em­brace the ad­vance of civil­i­sa­tion. Orig­i­nally in­tended for Aard­man Stu­dios, the even­tual re­sult is glossier than that most of that en­ter­prise’s work, but it still re­tains a stripe of sheer oddness. Whales oc­cupy the land. Killer birds swarm. There’s some­thing here for all the fam­ily. G cert, gen re­lease, 98 min DC EPIC Di­rected by Chris Wedge. Voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Far­rell, Josh Hutch­er­son, Christophe Waltz, Chris O’Dowd, Bey­oncé Knowles,

Steven Tyler The folk be­hind Ice

Age of­fer us a wood­land spin on the shrinky-dink an­tics of

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (or Gul­liver’s Trav­els, for that mat­ter). Epic’s heroine (Seyfried) finds her­self re­duced down to in­sect size and at the cen­tre of a war be­tween no­ble, good-look­ing wee folk such as Josh Hutch­er­son and hideous mis­shapen crea­tures called Bog­gins. The fin­ished prod­uct is ab­surdly con­fus­ing but rea­son­ably lively and pass­able funny. You and your kids have en­dured worse. G cert, gen re­lease, 102 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE EV­ERY­BODY HAS A PLAN/ TO­DOS TEN­EMOS UN PLAN

Club, IFI, Dublin, 118 min

See re­view, page 12 FAST & FURIOUS 6 Di­rected by Justin Lin. Star­ring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne John­son, Michelle

Ro­driguez, Luke Evans The fran­chise that’s so fast it’s shed its def­i­nite ar­ti­cles zooms back over the hori­zon. Can di­rec­tor Lin’s pre­vi­ous in­stall­ment - the none more fast, none more furious F&F5 – be fur­ther mod­i­fied for fast­ness and fu­ri­ous­ness? F&F6 now fea­tures harder-bot­tomed girls and even larger man-moun­tains. For­get cars. Vin Diesel’s crew is now go­ing to war against su­per­tanks and mil­i­tary air car­ri­ers and some­thing that looks like the Bat­mo­bile. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 130 min TB FIND­ING NEMO 3D Di­rected by An­drew Stan­ton, Lee Unkrich. Voices of Al­bert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres Mar­lin, a neu­rotic clown­fish, re­cently wid­owed, frets fu­ri­ously Bad Bog­gin (voiced by Christophe Waltz) in Epic, on national re­lease 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, Em­pire Movieplex, Ca­van; Movies@Dun­drum/Movies@ Swords, Dublin; Eye, Gal­way, 100

min DC 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 DC GOOD VI­BRA­TIONS Di­rected by Lisa Bar­ros D’Sa and Glenn Ley­burn. Star­ring Richard Dormer Teenage kicks re­ally are hard to beat. The birth of Ul­ster Punk and the mis­ad­ven­tures of punk god­fa­ther Terri Hoo­ley, good-na­turedly 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, Lis­towel Clas­sic, Kerry, 103 min TB

GRAVE OF THE FIRE­FLIES

★★★★★ Di­rected by Isao Taka­hata. Voices of Ayano Shi­raishi,

Yoshiko Shi­no­hara Two chil­dren wan­der des­per­ately through Ja­pan dur­ing the last days of the sec­ond World War. It is en­tirely pos­si­ble that you may never have heard of Taka­hata’s 1988 mas­ter­piece. Yet one could, with­out dal­ly­ing too much in hy­per­bole, ar­gue that it is one of the great­est an­i­ma­tions ever made and among the most mov­ing of all anti-war films (though the di­rec­tor bris­tles slightly at that de­scrip­tion). The fi­nal im­ages are as mov­ing as they are be­witch­ing. Club, Light House, Dublin, 90 min DC THE GREAT GATSBY Di­rected by Baz Luhrmann. Star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mul­li­gan, Joel Edger­ton, Isla Fisher DiCaprio plays the aris­to­cratic play­boy who turns out to be a fraud in the much- hyped pe­riod piece. You don’t so much watch Luhrmann’s det­o­na­tion of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s great­est novel as get beaten up by it. Whereas the book was an el­e­gantly struc­tured ex­er­cise in so­cial nu­ance, the film ca­reers from ex­cess to ex­cess be­fore top­pling into an­other pud­dle of ex­cess. The temp­ta­tion to ti­tle the

pic­ture Gatsby!!! must have been close to over­whelm­ing. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 143 min DC

THE HANG­OVER PART III ★★ Di­rected by Todd Phillips. Star­ring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha, John Good­man, Heather Gra­ham The Wolf­pack re­turns for a third and (al­legedly) fi­nal time as Alan, Phil and Stu run afoul of gang­sters played by Ken Jeong and fran­chise new­comer John Good­man. A dis­or­gan­ised, deca­dent ca­per en­sues. The film-mak­ers de­serve credit for chang­ing the for­mula slightly, and there are a few chuck­les in the first act, but over­all it’s empty, shrill and sur­pris­ingly flat. This Hang­over of­fers lit­tle be­yond headaches, fa­tigue and re­gret. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 100 min JOE GRIF­FIN

A HI­JACK­ING/KAPRIN­GEN

★★★★ Di­rected by To­bias Lind­holm. Star­ring Soren Malling, Pilou As­baek, Gary Skjold­mose Porter Some months be­fore Tom Hanks faces up to con­tem­po­rary pi­rates in Paul Green

grass’s Cap­tain Phillips , To­bias Lind­holm (writer of the TV se­ries

Bor­gen) of­fers up a pro­ce­dural take on the same sub­ject mat­ter in this hugely im­pres­sive Dan­ish fea­ture. It’s a cold piece; char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion is sketchy. But the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of de­tail and the au­then­tic bu­reau­cratic fug are bril­liantly main­tained. 15A cert,

Light House, Dublin, 103 min TB 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 ter­ror­ist named The Man­darin (Kings­ley). Shorter and less self-re­gard­ing than most Mar­vel movies, Iron Man 3 is ev­ery bit as zippy as we might ex­pect from Black, the cre­ator of Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The jokes are strong and Kings­ley is an evil de­light through­out. All you’d want from a Mar­vel movie. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 130 min DC THE KING OF MARVIN GAR­DENS ★★★★ Di­rected by Bob Rafel­son. Star­ring Jack Ni­chol­son, Bruce

Dern, Ellen Burstyn Rafel­son and Ni­chol­son’s funky, weird 1972 fol­low-up to Five Easy Pieces fol­lows two broth­ers as they fall chaot­i­cally about At­lantic City. The King of Marvin Gar­dens is less shapely and more ob­scure in its moral pur­pose than its pre­de­ces­sor, but its new-wave en­er­gies still catch the eye. The film could only have been made be­tween 1969 and 1974. The loose­limbed plot­ting and taste for showy deca­dence sum­mon up the era as ac­cu­rately as bell­bot­toms and the Ba­nana Splits. Club, QFT, Belfast, 103 min DC

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 rom­com 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 it’s Bros­nan who de­liv­ers the rev­e­la­tory per­for­mance: the

man re­ally can act and he’s funny on pur­pose. 15A cert, Em­pire, Clare; IMC Dún Laoghaire, Dublin; Lis­towel Clas­sic, Kerry, 116 min DC MUD ★★★★ Di­rected by Jeff Nichols. Star­ring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Wither­spoon Two boys in ru­ral Arkansas make friends with a drifter (McConaughey) and set out to help him re­unite with his true love (Wither­spoon). Over the past few years, Nichols has gath­ered a small, fer­vent fol­low­ing – the very def­i­ni­tion of a cult – with the ex­tra­or­di­nary Shot­gun Sto­ries and Take Shel­ter. His new slice of south­ern Gothic is less weird than the other films, but it still ra­di­ates rough ar­che­typal men­ace. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 130 min DC

MY NEIGH­BOUR TO­TORO

★★★★★ Di­rected by Hayao Miyazaki. Voices of Dakota Fan­ning, Elle

Fan­ning Many years ago, Miyazaki de­scribed My Neigh­bour To­toro (1988) - his time­less chil­dren’s clas­sic and his sec­ond fea­ture for Ja­pan’s Stu­dio Ghi­bli - as a film cre­ated with­out a sense of jeop­ardy. In­ter­est­ingly, this very child-cen­tric uni­verse has turned out to have semi-mirac­u­lous uses in the area of cin­ema ther­apy. But even the grump­i­est adult will suc­cumb to its charms. This an­niver­sary reis­sue will be screened with sub­ti­tles and in an adorable English dub fea­tur­ing Dakota and Elle Fan­ning. Club, Light House, Dublin, 86 min TB THE ODD LIFE OF TI­MOTHY GREEN ★★★ Di­rected by Peter Hedges.

Star­ring Jennifer Garner, Joel

Edger­ton 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 TB OLYM­PUS HAS FALLEN ★★ Di­rected by An­tione Fuqua. Star­ring Ger­ard But­ler, Mor­gan Free­man, Aaron

Eck­hart If you’re the kind of chap who thought that Law Abid­ing Cit­i­zen was a mas­ter­piece , 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. But­the CGI is just aw­ful. 15 cert, lim re­lease, 120 min TB 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, Light House, Dublin; Lis­towel Clas­sic, Kerry, 78 min DC 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. 15A cert, Phoenix, Kerry; Lim­er­ick Om­ni­plex; Gai­ety, Sligo, 140 min TB NEW RE­LEASE

POP­U­LAIRE ★★ 12A cert, lim re­lease, 110 min

See re­view, page 13 NEW RE­LEASE THE PURGE ★★★ 15A cert, gen re­lease, 85 min

See re­view, page 12 SOME­THING IN THE AIR/

APRÈS MAI ★ Di­rected by Olivier As­sayas. Star­ring Cle­ment Me­tayer, Lola Cre­ton, Felix Ar­mand, Ca­role Combes The weak­est film of pro­lific di­rec­tor As­sayas’s en­tire ca­reer re-en­vis­ages the al­ready over-mythol­o­gised af­ter­math of May 1968 as a va­cant com­mer­cial. A va­cant com­mer­cial that lasts for two hours. Some­where, buried in a whole lot of beau­ti­ful garbage, a com­ing-of-age story strug­gles to get out. Gilles (Mé­tayer) wants to write or pos­si­bly paint

when he leaves school. He wants to sleep with free-spirit Laure (Combes) or in­suf­fer­able drip Chris­tine (Cré­ton). Les Événe­ments have rarely seemed less event­ful. 16 cert,QFT, Belfast; IFI, Dublin, 122 min TB

STAR TREK INTO DARK­NESS

★★★★★ Di­rected by JJ Abrams. Star­ring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Sal­dana, Karl Ur­ban, Si­mon Pegg, John Cho,

Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch 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 DC

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 DC

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