OPENING NEXT WEEK
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.
OPENING MAY 19TH
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