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Di­rected by Si­mon Groß and Nana Ekv­timishvili. Star­ring Mariam Bok­e­ria, Lika Bablu­ani

Eka and Na­tia are 14-year-old BFs grow­ing up in newly in­de­pen­dent Ge­or­gia. At Na­tia’s house, fam­ily meals rou­tinely end in drunken vi­o­lence. Eka’s fa­ther is in jail. Kids bully. Teach­ers hiss sar­casm. When Na­tia re­sponds to a pro­posal with “Don’t be an id­iot”, her spurned would-be lover bun­dles her into a car. Still, even un­der the yoke of en­forced mar­riage, the two girls re­main firm friends who bal­ance each other’s ex­cesses out. Club, Light House, Dublin, 102 min

Di­rected by Anthony Sil­ver­ston. Voices of Jake T Austin, Steve Buscemi, Liam Nee­son

A half-striped ze­bra searches for wa­ter and re­demp­tion in a shame­less mid-budget vari­a­tion on The Lion King and Dis­ney’s The Jun­gle Book. This South African an­i­ma­tion is just too good. To clar­ify, we mean “too” en­tirely lit­er­ally and “just” in the sense of “by a nar­row mar­gin”. That is to say, if it were a lit­tle worse, then it might of­fer some mind­less fun. It were some­what bet­ter, then, well, it would be some­what bet­ter. G cert, gen re­lease, 85 min

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