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AT BERKE­LEY Fred­er­ick Wise­man’s lat­est mam­moth doc­u­men­tary goes among stu­dents and staff at the tit­u­lar Cal­i­for­nian univer­sity. THE BOXTROLLS An­i­mated fea­ture con­cern­ing cave-dwelling, trash-col­lect­ing trolls. Elle Fan­ning and Ben Kings­ley are among the voice tal­ents. A MOST WANTED MAN An­ton Cor­bijn di­rects the late Philip Seymour Hoff­man in an adap­ta­tion of John Le Carré’s es­pi­onage novel. PRIDE Light-hearted treat­ment of the rise of the gay rights move­ment in the UK. Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton star.


THE GIVER The adap­ta­tion Lois Lowry’s sci­ence fic­tion book has al­ready re­ceived the du­bi­ous hon­our of a rec­om­men­da­tion from Sarah Palin. We won’t hold that against it. Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges star. MAGIC IN THE MOON­LIGHT Woody Allen’s 48th film stars Colin Firth as a ma­gi­cian at­tempt­ing to de­bunk an at­trac­tive young psy­chic. A WALK AMONG THE TOMB­STONES Liam Nee­son back in ac­tion mode, play­ing a class of pri­vate eye en­coun­ter­ing all kinds of may­hem in pre-mil­len­nial New York City.

If you were in the mood, you could read this tense, pe­cu­liar drama as an at­tack on the en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ment. The film goes among three ac­tivists – “ter­ror­ists” to most – who elect to blow up a dam for largely ob­scure rea­sons. What it ac­tu­ally is is a care­ful study of ex­trem­ism that in­cor­po­rates ten­sion into Re­ichardt trade­mark blank drama. An im­pres­sive, very odd piece of work. 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House, Dublin, 112 min

THE NUT JOB Di­rected by Peter Lepe­ni­o­tis. Voices of Will Ar­nett, Bren­dan Fraser, Liam Nee­son, Kather­ine Heigl

Tak­ing place in a ver­sion of post-war NYC, this

The world would have kept turn­ing with­out a se­quel to a spin-off from (by far) the worst films on Pixar’s CV. But this sprig from the Cars fam­ily is not too ter­ri­ble. Nippy, de­cently an­i­mated and with a tidy script, Fire & Res­cue is prob­a­bly bet­ter than the bloated, ex­ploita­tive, in­dul­gent Cars 2. It’s just a shame the se­ries’ in­ter­nal logic makes so lit­tle sense. The cars can travel on trains but not planes, you say. What’s go­ing on? G cert, 83 min

The big­gest prob­lem with the Trans­form­ers films – if

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