Killer’s in­stinct

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LET’S BE COPS Di­rected by Luke Green­field. Star­ring Damon Wayans Jr, Jake John­son, Rob Rig­gle, Nina Do­brev, James D’Arcy, Andy Gar­cia

When a mild-man­nered games de­vel­oper (Wayans) and his goofy BF ( New Girl’s John­son) mis­tak­enly turn up at a col­lege re­union in LAPD uni­forms, they feel like losers But wait. Lay­dees sud­denly want to dry hump them. Tough guys put their hands up on com­mand. Maybe th­ese cop out­fits – re­plete with bul­let proof – are just the thing. Let’s Be Cops has a de­cent con­cept and sets the bar low with an early her­pes gag be­fore lim­bo­ing right un­der it. 15A cert, 105 min

NEW RE­LEASE LIFE OF CRIME Club, IFI/Light House, Dublin, 94 min

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LUCY Di­rected by Luc Bes­son. Star­ring Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Mor­gan Free­man, Amr Waked

Jo­hans­son ex­cels as a drug mule who gains su­per-hu­man pow­ers after ac­ci­den­tally in­gest­ing her cargo. The rapid progress of Lucy from ami­able dope to master killer to un­stop­pable de­ity is a de­light to be­hold. Thanks to a steely per­for­mance from Scar­lett, gal­lop­ing edit­ing from M Bes­son him­self and lush cin­e­matog­ra­phy from Thierry Arbogast, it proves pos­si­ble to dis­re­gard the id­iocy and make one­self be­lieve se­ri­ous ideas have been in­cor­po­rated into the id­i­otic may­hem. I love Lucy. 15A cert, 89 min

MIL­LION DOL­LAR ARM Di­rected by Craig Gille­spie. Star­ring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Pax­ton, Su­raj Sharma, Mad­hur Mit­tal, Alan Arkin, Pi­to­bash Tripathy

Sports agent JB (Hamm) can talk the talk, but in the wildly com­pet­i­tive bil­lion-dol­lar business of man­ag­ing pro ath­letes, that isn’t nec­es­sar­ily enough. In an ef­fort to get young­sters to sign along the

M Di­rected by Fritz Lang. Star­ring Peter Lorre, Otto Wer­nicke, Gustaf Gründ­gens

Club, IFI, Dublin, 111 min ifi.ie The story goes that, after see­ing Peter Lorre ex­cel in Hans Wedekind’s Spring Awak­en­ing, di­rec­tor Fritz Lang made a pact with the young Ger­man ac­tor. If Lorre would stay away from the cin­ema for the mo­ment, Lang would even­tu­ally de­vise a lead role as his proper de­but. Lang was true to his word.

Lorre could have been for­given for feel­ing a lit­tle un­easy at what he was pre­sented with in 1931. The clammy Hans Beck­ert is a child mur­derer who is ul­ti­mately asked to of­fer an de­fence of his sta­tus in life. No other film has done such an un­set­tling job of mak­ing a vic­tim of a mon­ster. This is no Beauty and the Beast. Beck­ert is not a wronged man taunted un­fairly for his un­pre­pos­sess­ing looks. He re­ally does com­mit the most appalling of crimes (some rep­re­sented ex­plic­itly, oth­ers broadly hinted dot­ted line be­fore ri­val agents move in, he jour­neys around the Asian sub­con­ti­nent and re­turns with two young­sters ( Life of Pi’s Sharma and Slum­dog Mil­lion­aire’s Mit­tal). Those kids can throw, but can they crack ma­jor league base­ball? Warm, feel­good fam­ily film. PG cert, 124 min

MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE Di­rected by Ben Kel­lett. Star­ring Bren­dan O’Car­roll, Eil­ish O’Car­roll, Nick Nev­ern, Paddy Houli­han

. For the first hour, raw en­ergy and brazen good­will holds O’Car­roll’s rick­ety con­struc­tion aloft. But even the se­ries’ most ar­dent fans may find the clos­ing chase at). But Beck­ert’s fi­nal plea to the im­pro­vised jury is hard to re­but.

Tracked down by an army of crim­i­nals – the “nonce” has al­ways oc­cu­pied the bot­tom rung of ev­ery moral lad­der – the an­ti­hero is then tried be­fore an un­savoury im­pro­vised jury. Hans ar­gues that, whereas they chose to live a life of crime for mon­e­tary gain, he is com­pelled to act as he does and is tor­tured by re­morse af­ter­wards. “Who knows what it’s like to be me?” he pleads. Few con­tem­po­rary films would risk such queasy am­bi­gu­ity.

With the Nazis on the rise, Lang and Lorre soon left for Hol­ly­wood, where they de­vel­oped hugely dis­tin­guished ca­reers. The di­rec­tor made such clas­sics as Ran­cho No­to­ri­ous and The Big Heat. Lorre en­riched Casablanca and The Mal­tese Fal­con. Yet noth­ing they ac­com­plished matched the orig­i­nal­ity and sheer in­tel­lec­tual dar­ing of M. En­joy the ex­pres­sion­ist shad­ows as it is reis­sued in a crisp new print. se­quences ab­surdly overex­tended and ex­haust­ingly point­less. Still, it does have its heart in the right place. Al­ready enor­mous. 15A cert, 94 min

MYS­TERY ROAD Di­rected by Ivan Sen. Star­ring Aaron Ped­er­sen, Hugo Weav­ing, Ryan Kwan­ten, Tony Barry

To­ken in­dige­nous Aus­tralian cop Jay (Ped­er­sen) re­turns to the ru­ral Queens­land town where he grew up to in­ves­ti­gate the bru­tal killing of a teenage girl. He is of­fered lit­tle or no as­sis­tance from fel­low of­fi­cers, who smirk at him from cor­ners of the sta­tion. Jay’s in­quiries soon sug­gest that there’s some­thing even more trou­bling than ca­sual racism go­ing on. But will One God Cop be enough to un­tan­gle a knot of pros­ti­tu­tion, drugs, so­cial de­pri­va­tion, ’roo hunt­ing, wild dogs and cor­rup­tion? Su­pe­rior and taut po­lice pro­ce­dural. Club, IFI, Dublin, 118 min

NIGHT MOVES Di­rected by Kelly Re­ichardt. Star­ring Jesse Eisen­berg, Dakota Fan­ning, Peter Sars­gaard

scrap­pily an­i­mated, badly writ­ten kids’ pic­ture is, of all un­likely things, an an­thro­po­mor­phic vari­a­tion on Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks. Hood­lums have bought a nut store with a mind to tun­nelling through to a bank. But they haven’t reck­oned on the cheeky an­i­mals from the park. The good name of Cana­dian-South Korean an­i­mated co-pro­duc­tions has been sul­lied for­ever. G cert, 85 min

OB­VI­OUS CHILD Di­rected by Gil­lian Robe­spierre. Star­ring Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoff­man

By now you’ve likely heard of Robe­spierre’s funny, pro­fane de­but fea­ture: its rep­u­ta­tion as the “abor­tion com­edy” pro­ceeds it. Don’t ex­pect 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days. Ob­vi­ous Child’s rad­i­cal­ism lies in its very lack of rad­i­cal­ism: there’s no grand­stand­ing in the man­ner of If Th­ese Walls Could Talk and no naughty trolling in the style of Sarah Sil­ver­man. This is not a man­i­festo; it’s a messy, im­per­fect ro­mance fea­tur­ing Slate’s won­der­fully messy, im­per­fect hero­ine. 16 cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House/Screen, Dublin, 85 min

PLANES: FIRE & RES­CUE Di­rected by Roberts Gan­n­away Voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Gar­rett, Teri Hatcher

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SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Di­rected by Robert Ro­driguez and Frank Miller. Star­ring Mickey Rourke, Eva Green, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt, Rosario Daw­son, Bruce Wil­lis, Pow­ers Boothe, Ray Liotta

Blood on the moon. The screen blows up like a hooker’s Christ­mas tree dur­ing a power surge. Here’s Ro­driguez & Miller hopped up on comic­books and raw cel­lu­loid. And so on. Like Steve Sil­ver­mint, Bruce Wil­lis, Josh Brolin and Mickey Rourke in­habit a world that ap­pears to be con­structed by peo­ple who once talked to somebody who’d seen a film noir, but who have never ac­tu­ally viewed one them­selves. Only the fear­some Eva Green emerges with rep­u­ta­tion en­hanced. 16 cert, 102 min

STEP UP ALL IN Di­rected by Tr­ish Sie. Star­ring Ryan Guz­man, Bri­ana Evi­gan

As we reach part five in the tol­er­a­ble dance se­quence, we wel­come back many stars from pre­vi­ous episodes (though not Chan­ning Ta­tum, who has more prof­itable ways of spend­ing his time). Fo­cus­ing on au­di­tions for a TV show in Las Ve­gas, the film ends up com­ing across like Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent with­out the danc­ing dogs, jug­gling in­fants and bird im­pres­sion­ists that make the show worth watch­ing. I’m afraid it’s three “no’s” from us. PG cert, 111 min

TRANS­FORM­ERS: AGE OF EX­TINC­TION Di­rected by Michael Bay. Star­ring Jack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg Di­rected by Jean-Pierre Dar­denne, Luc Dar­denne. Star­ring Mar­ion Cotil­lard

An im­pres­sively flus­tered Cotil­lard is San­dra, an em­ployee at a so­lar-panel fac­tory. The film be­gins with her learn­ing that her em­ploy­ers have de­cided to make her re­dun­dant. Her fel­low em­ploy­ees were asked to choose be­tween ac­cept­ing their yearly bonus and al­low­ing San­dra to be dis­missed. Sadly, they voted for the for­mer. But our proud hero­ine per­suades the bosses to have a sec­ond, se­cret bal­lot. An es­say on sol­i­dar­ity and a ter­rific character study. Club, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House, Dublin, 95 min

NEW RE­LEASE WATER­MARK Club, IFI, Dublin, 90 min

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WHAT IF Di­rected by Michael Dowse. Star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe, Zoe Kazan, Rafe Spall

Wal­lace and Chantry meet be­fore the fridge mag­nets at a party and fall into deep friend­ship. Un­for­tu­nately, Chantry is at­tached to a square (Spall). Scored to strummy folk-pop, this fa­mil­iar faux-in­die rom­com keeps it­self amus­ingly busy un­til Wall and Chan do what it is they are go­ing to do. Rad­cliffe and Kazan charm as the friends who yearn to be lovers. 15A cert, 101 min

NEW RE­LEASE SEX TAPE 16 cert, 94 min

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