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AD­VANCED STYLE ★★★ Di­rected by Lina Plio­plyte Since 2008, Ari Seth Co­hen has pho­tographed fab­u­lously dressed women in their 70s, 80s and 90s on the streets of New York. In that time, Ad­vanced Style, his blog de­voted “to cap­tur­ing the sar­to­rial savvy of the se­nior set” has spawned a book and some­thing of a move­ment. Many of the women fea­tured have be­come mi­nor celebri­ties, and seven of his best- known sub­jects are pro­filed by di­rec­tor Lina Plio­plyte’s lovely, up­lift­ing doc­u­men­tary. Club, Light House, Dublin, 65 min TB

BAD NEIGH­BOURS ★★★ Di­rected by Ni­cholas Stoller. Star­ring Seth Ro­gen, Zac

Efron, Rose Byrne A frat house moves next door to a cou­ple of new­ly­weds in a tol­er­a­bly an­ar­chic com­edy from the di­rec­tor of For­get­ting Sarah

Mar­shall. By hav­ing us iden­tify with the un­for­tu­nate neigh­bours, the film al­lows us to skirt above the de­bauch­ery. A run­ning gag in­volv­ing the plant­ing of ve­hic­u­lar airbags about Ro­gen’s home and of­fice al­most jus­ti­fies the ad­mis­sion fee on its own. 16 cert, 96 min DC NEW RE­LEASE BELLE ★★★★ PG cert, 105 min

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CAL­VARY ★★★ Di­rected by John Michael McDon­agh. Star­ring Brendan Glee­son, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Ai­dan Gillen, David McSavage, Dy­lan Mo­ran, David Wil­mot, Domh­nall

Glee­son A trou­bled parish­ioner, un­der cover of the con­fes­sional, threat­ens to kill a de­cent priest (Glee­son) in a week’s time. That core drama is over­pow­ered by the clum­sily em­blem­atic na­ture of the pro­tag­o­nist’s per­am­bu­la­tions about a town­land that may as well have been called Lit­tle Ire­landia. Ev­ery­body “rep­re­sents” some­thing or other. Glee­son’s touch­ing, nu­anced per­for­mance just about holds the dis­or­dered el­e­ments to­gether. But Cav­alry ul­ti­mately feels broad, ni­hilis­tic and lack­ing in rea­son. 15A cert, 100 min DC

CHEAP THRILLS ★★★ Di­rected by EL Katz. Star­ring Pat Healy, Sara Pax­ton, Ethan

Em­bry, David Koech­ner Neat, im­pres­sively dis­gust­ing thriller con­cern­ing a pair of losers who fall in with a rich gam­bler who dares them to do aw­ful things for money (the ti­tle is meant iron­i­cally, one as­sumes). The film-mak­ers’ undis­guised glee in the re­volt­ing cat­a­logue of hor­rors is a de­light to be­hold, and the sense of naked misan- thropy is queasily in­vig­o­rat­ing through­out. One de­tects a few nods to Roald Dahl’s Man from

the South and its var­i­ous TV in­car­na­tions. 16 cert, Triskel, Cork; Light House, Dublin, 88 min DC

THE DIR­TIES ★★★★ Di­rected by Matthew John­son. Star­ring Matt John­son, Owen

Wil­liams, Krista Madi­son Matt and Owen are BFF fan­boy film­mak­ers hop­ing to make some class of sub-Tarantino crime flick fea­tur­ing the bul­lies – or the “dir­ties”, as they call them – at their high school. “When some­thing hap­pens to you on cam­era,” ex­plains the hy­per­ac­tive, mo­tor-mouthed Matt, “it’s like it’s not re­ally hap­pen­ing.” That no­tion be­comes in­creas­ingly sin­is­ter once Matt re­treats fur­ther and fur­ther into char­ac­ter. Be­tween crude stu­dent footage, The Dir­ties is just as pro­found as Michael Moore’s

Bowl­ing for Columbine or

Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. 16 cert, QFT, Belfast; Light House, Dublin, 83 min

EDGE OF TO­MOR­ROW ★★★★ Di­rected by Doug Li­man. Star­ring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Pax­ton, Brendan

Glee­son, Noah Tay­lor Aliens have oc­cu­pied the Earth and a fight-back is fi­nally un­der­way. Cruise plays a cow­ardly solider who, ev­ery time he dies, wakes up at the start of the same day. The sug­ges­tions of Ground­hog

Day are un­avoid­able. But what one thinks of most is the frus­tra­tion that ac­com­pa­nies at­tempts to play through a tricky level of a con­sole game. Edge of

To­mor­row much more ex­cit­ing than that syn­op­sis sug­gests. In­deed, we may be look­ing at the star’s best ever ac­tion film. 12A cert, 113 min DC NEW NEW RE­LEASE RE­LEASE THE FOOD GUIDE TO LOVE ★★ ★★ 15A cert, 91 min

See See re­view, re­view, page page 12 12 FRANK ★★★★ Di­rected by Leonard Abra­ham­son. Star­ring Domh­nall Glee­son, Michael Fass­ben­der De­light­fully odd, ul­ti­mately mov­ing comic drama con­cern­ing a young man’s in­volve­ment with an ec­cen­tric mu­si­cian who wears a gi­ant false head at all times. Very loosely in­spired by the life of the late Chris Sievey, Man­cu­nian cre­ator of Frank Sidebottom, the pic­ture does good work at dis­man­tling the dan­ger­ous no­tion of the holy fool. Glee­son is su­perb as the au­di­ence’s eyes and ears. Fass­ben­der excels as the ti­tle char­ac­ter. An­other gem from the di­rec­tor of What Richard Did. 15A cert, 95 min DC FRUIT­VALE STA­TION ★★★ Di­rected by Ryan Coogler. Star­ring Michael B Jordan A huge hit at last year’s Sun­dance, this drama fol­lows the last day in the life of a young African-Amer­i­can gunned down by po­lice in 2009. The film is very well acted, nicely shot and un­de­ni­ably sin­cere. But it’s hard to es­cape the no­tion that the pro­tag­o­nist has been care­fully cal­i­brated to be just nice enough to scare up em­pa­thy and just mis­chievous enough to take some pol­ish of his char­ac­ter. 15A cert, IFI/Light House, Dublin, 84 min DC

GODZILLA ★★★ Di­rected by Gareth Ed­wards. Star­ring Aaron Tay­lor-John­son, Bryan Cranston, El­iz­a­beth

Olsen The gi­ant lizard is back in a re­boot from the di­rec­tor of

Mon­sters. Tay­lor- John­son, Cranston and Binoche play a bor­ing fam­ily caught up in the mayhem. The new Godzilla is packed full of bravura se­quences. It works hard at re­uphol­ster­ing the myths while stay­ing true to the orig­i­nal spirit. Un­for­tu­nately, it’s also a lit­tle too po-faced, a lit­tle too short on char­ac­ter and a lit­tle too, well, drab. 12A cert, 123 min DC Jonah Hill and Chan­ning Ta­tum in 22 Jump Street, out now on gen­eral re­lease

GRACE OF MONACO ★★ Di­rected by Olivier Da­han. Star­ring Ni­cole Kid­man, Tim Roth, Frank Lan­gella, Parker Posey, Milo Ven­timiglia, Derek

Ja­cobi We could for­give Kid­man for com­ing across like a wax­work in this al­ready no­to­ri­ous ha­giog­ra­phy if she were, at least, com­ing across like a wax­work of Princess Grace. Ms Kid­man’s ver­sion of the for­mer Grace Kelly sug­gests noth­ing so much as an enor­mous em­balmed gecko be­ing nudged from lectern to draw­ing room on in­ge­niously con­cealed cast­ers. Still, the film does look nice, and Roth’s ver­sion of Prince Rainier as a Lon­don hood is un­in­ten­tion­ally hi­lar­i­ous. PG cert, gen re­lease, 103 min DC NEW RE­LEASE HEAVEN IS FOR REAL ★★ PG cert, 99 min

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JIMMY’S HALL ★★★ Di­rected by Ken Loach. Star­ring Barry Ward, Fran­cis Magee, Jim Nor­ton A sort of

foot­note to his The Wind That

Shakes the Bar­ley, Loach’s ami­able, un­hur­ried drama tells the story of Jimmy Gral­ton (Ward), a so­cial­ist who fell foul of church and po­lice af­ter set­ting up a so­cial hall in Leitrim dur­ing the 1930s. The lead ac­tors are all good and the film is beau­ti­fully shot. But, based on a play by Donal Kelly, Jimmy’s

Hall is more than a lit­tle short on plot. 15A cert, 108 min DC THE LEGO MOVIE ★★★★★ Di­rected by Phil Lord, Chris Miller. Voices of Chris Pratt, Will Fer­rell, El­iz­a­beth Banks, Liam Nee­son, Mor­gan Free­man A thrilling, con­sis­tently funny, all-ages ex­trav­a­ganza,

The Lego Movie is vir­tu­ally critic proof, in that we can’t find a darned thing wrong with it. It’s got laser sharks. And ro­bot pi­rates. And a uni-kitty. And Bat­man. An ev­ery-brick con­struc­tion worker finds him­self at the heart of a vast con­spir­acy as or­ches­trated by Pres­i­dent Busi­ness (Fer­rell) and his evil, schizoid hench­man, Bad Cop (Nee­son). G cert, 100 min TB MALEF­I­CENT ★★★ Di­rected by Robert Stromberg. Star­ring An­gelina Jolie, Elle Fan­ning, Imelda Staunton, Juno Tem­ple, Sam Ri­ley Dis­ney’s lat­est mus­ing on one cor­ner of its own legacy is mov­ing, funny and un­set­tling through­out. Much of that is down to Jolie and what the art depart­ment has done to her. Wear­ing pros­thetic cheek­bones that sharpen her (not no­tice­ably dull) fea­tures into an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the pointy Malef­i­cent in Dis­ney’s 1959 an­i­ma­tion, she dom­i­nates the pic­ture in much the same way that the Black Death dom­i­nated the Dark Ages. It’s hard to imag­ine the film ex­ist­ing with­out her. PG cert, 97 min TB A MIL­LION WAYS TO DIE IN

THE WEST ★★ Di­rected by Seth Mac­Far­lane. Star­ring Seth Mac­Far­lane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Har­ris, Sarah Sil­ver­man, Liam Nee­son Sad­dles do not quite blaze in Mac­Far­lane’s com­edy western. A ram­shackle collection of early

Fam­ily Guy cut­away gags and poo sight­ings can’t com­pen­sate for the un­der- de­vel­oped, un­der­writ­ten screen­play. The mu­si­cal num­bers are hardly vin­tage Mac­Far­lane. At least one sub­plot floats around like some­thing that just didn’t flush prop­erly. To be fair, all the starry folks on screen – Theron, Nee­son, NPH – ap­pear to be hav­ing a whale of a time. Fun. But not funny. 16 cert, 115 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE OCU­LUS ★★★ 16 cert, 103 min

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OMAR ★★★ Di­rected by Hany Abu-As­sad.

Star­ring Adam Bakri A young Pales­tinian (Bakri) in the oc­cu­pied West Bank gets caught up in vi­o­lence and mayhem. Af­ter a brief pad­dle in the Amer­i­can main­stream, Abu-As­sad, di­rec­tor of the pow­er­ful

Par­adise Now, re­turns to his roots with a ef­fec­tive thriller that spins the head as it presses home its po­lit­i­cal points. You’ll need to pay at­ten­tion as the crosses and dou­ble crosses ac­cu­mu­late. But the ef­fort will pay div­i­dends. 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; Light House, Dublin, 97 min DC

THE OTHER WOMAN ★★ Di­rected by Nick Cas­savetes. Star­ring Cameron Diaz, Les­lie

Mann, Kate Up­ton Diaz (mis­tress), Mann (wife) and Up­ton (other mis­tress) team up to frus­trate a cad. This is one of those al­legedly pop-fem­i­nist come­dies that in­vites au­di­ences to root for the massed le­gions of de­cent women wronged by aw­ful men. But it echoes with so many bum notes you leave the cin­ema des­per­ate for an ice pack and a dark room. Mann is par­tic­u­larly ir­ri­tat­ing. 12A cert, 109 min DC

PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE DEATH & SU­PER­MAR­KETS

★★★ Di­rected by Flo­rian Habicht. Fea­tur­ing Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Can­dida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Web­ber,

Richard Haw­ley Doc­u­men­tary on the vet­eran Sh­effield band as they re­turn to play a gig in the old manor. It’s all car­ried off with great in­tegrity and some in­ven­tion, but the film is un­likely to win over many not al­ready con­verted. There’s just a lit­tle too much of con­tem­po­rary Jarvis and not enough footage from the golden years. Still, they make en­gag­ing com­pany. Club, Light House, Dublin, 90 min DC

RIO 2 ★★ Di­rected by Car­los Sal­danha. Star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg, Anne

Hath­away, Jamie Foxx As this se­quel opens, Blu, our do­mes­ti­cated macaw hero, has set­tled down with his sig­nif­i­cant other Jewel and a flock of wise­crack­ing, an­tic-mak­ing chicks in a Rio de Janeiro re­serve. For all the forced jol­lity and mardi gras mu­si­cal num­bers, Rio 2 feels like a dirge. G cert, 101 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE ROAD ★★★★ PG cert, 101 min

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TARZAN 3D ★ Di­rected by Rein­hard Klooss.

Voice of Kellan Lutz Me film; you punter. The lat­est, an­i­mated adap­ta­tion of the ad­ven­ture clas­sic smoth­ers the orig­i­nal tale in a mass of ex­tra­ne­ous guff de­signed to ap­peal to Amer­i­cans, sci-fi fans and, it seems, people with for­eign ob­jects lodged in their frontal lobes. Me no like. PG cert, 94 min DC 22 JUMP STREET ★★★ Di­rected by Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller. Star­ring Jonah Hill, Chan­ning Ta­tum, Peter Stor­mare, Ice Cube, Am­ber Stevens, Nick Of­fer­man Know­ing se­queli­tis has been im­prov­ing un­ex­pected in­stal­ments since Shake­speare’s Henry IV, Part 2, and in keep­ing with this long tra­di­tion, 22 Jump Street makes with the meta­jokes. As mis­matched of­fi­cers Sch­midt (Hill) and Jenko (Ta­tum) re­turn to the un­der­cover beat, their peren­ni­ally miffed cap­tain (Ice Cube) out­lines their polic­ing and fran­chise du­ties: the pair will do ex­actly what they did last time, but with a big­ger budget. “I got a big ass raise to babysit you two fuck­ers again,” ob­serves Mr Cube, sagely. And so on. Funny. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 112 min TB

VENUS IN FUR/LA VÉNUS À LA

FOUR­RURE ★★★ Di­rected by Ro­man Polan­ski. Star­ring Em­manuelle Seigner,

Mathieu Amal­ric Af­ter the mid­dle­brow brawl­ing of

Car­nage, Ro­man Polan­ski tack­les an­other the­atri­cal piece in this di­vert­ing, set-bound trans­la­tion of David Ives’s off-Broad­way two-han­der con­cern­ing a di­rec­tor’s show­down with a spir­ited ac­tress. Amal­ric, look­ing like a young Polan­ski, plays the di­rec­tor. Seigner, the film-maker’s wife, is the mys­te­ri­ous woman who up­ends the sex­ual ap­ple­cart. What an in­ter­est­ing home-life they must have. 15A cert, Triskel, Cork, 95 min DC

THE WIND RISES/KAZE TACH­INU ★★★★ Di­rected by Hayao Miyazaki Voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori

Taki­moto Al­legedly Miyazaki’s last an­i­ma­tion, this beau­ti­ful, spooky pic­ture deals with Jiro Horikoshi, the en­gi­neer who de­signed the Mit­subishi Zero fighter for the Im­pe­rial Ja­panese Air Force. A paper plane be­comes a bird. An equiv­o­cal Ger­man tourist takes on the qual­ity of a vis­it­ing war­lock. Hu­man be­ings splut­ter the en­gine noises. The Wind Rises is no­body’s idea of a nat­u­ral­is­tic piece of work. Maybe the film is a bit short on pol­i­tics, but this re­mains a ter­rific farewell. PG cert, Light House, Dublin, 126 min DC

X-MEN: DAYS OF FU­TURE PAST ★★★★ Di­rected by Bryan Singer. Star­ring Hugh Jack­man,

James McAvoy, Michael Fass­ben­der, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Ni­cholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Peter Din­klage, Ian McKellen,

Patrick Ste­wart It’s 2023 and the tit­u­lar mu­tants are be­ing hunted to the brink of extinction by a fleet of ma­raud­ing ro­bots known as the Sen­tinels. A-lis­ter X-Men – Pro­fes­sor X, Mag­neto, Wolver­ine and Storm – take refuge in Mon­go­lia, where Shad­ow­cat does some hoodoo to send Wolver­ine back to 1973. His mis­sion is to stop Raven/ Mys­tique from killing Bo­li­var Trask, the para­noid mind be­hind the Sen­tinel pro­gramme, an act that his­tor­i­cally turned hu­mankind against mu­tant

-kind. But can Wolver­ine rally the de­pressed younger Xavier and the im­pris­oned younger Mag­neto to get be­hind the cause? Fun. 12A cert, 130 min TB

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