The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - DC TB Di­rected by Ross Whit­taker TB DC

Mere­tri­cious sen­ti­men­tal­ity! Ob­jec­tion! Bad­ger­ing the au­di­ence! Where is this lead­ing, your hon­our? In Dobkin’s at­tempt to gain some re­spectabil­ity (he pre­vi­ously di­rected The Wed­ding Crash­ers and Fred Claus), a soul­less lawyer (Downey) de­fends his grumpy dad (Du­vall), a judge, on a mur­der charge. It’s the sort of fat, wor­thy fam­ily drama that man­ages the feat of be­ing too sen­ti­men­tal even for Os­car vot­ers. The two stars aren’t bad, but their per­for­mances are aw­fully fa­mil­iar. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 141 min


Don­ald Clarke

I was born in 2092 at the Olympia colony on Luna. My first job was war­rant of­fi­cer on the Nostromo. Two hun­dred years after my death I was cloned back into ex­is­tence. Who am I? Iden­tify the di­rec­tor in the pic­ture. Which clas­sic mu­si­cal in­volved dis­putes be­tween the Sharks and the Jets? Which film won the most Os­cars this year? Ro­man Polan­ski, Ken Rus­sell, John Sch­lesinger and Michael Win­ter­bot­tom have all di­rected adap­ta­tion of whose work? Ja­maica Inn is the last Al­fred Hitch­cock film that failed to fea­ture what phe­nom­e­non? What phe­nom­e­non has been per­son­i­fied by both Bengt Ekerot and Brad Pitt? Who links Pinkie Brown, John Christie and Kris Kringle? Gary Cooper ac­ci­den­tally starts a po­lit­i­cal move­ment. Tay­lor Kitsch con­quers Mars. Chan­ning Ta­tum is a sol­dier in a Ni­cholas Sparks adap­ta­tion. Spike Jonze’s fea­ture de­but. What’s the con­nec­tion? Harry Dean Stan­ton in Paris, Texas. Milo O’Shea in Bar­barella. Robert Du­vall in To Kill a Mock­ing­bird. Jeff Con­away in Grease. What’s the con­nec­tion? a ter­ri­ble mo­tion pic­ture. One of the year’s poor­est screen­plays re­minds us why au­thors should sel­dom adapt their own books for the big screen. This is Where I Leave the Cin­ema. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 103 min UN­BREAK­ABLE: THE MARK POL­LOCK STORY Cracking doc­u­men­tary on a gen­uinely heroic fig­ure. Mark Pol­lock was struck blind as a young man but went on to tri­umph as an ad­ven­turer and kayaker. Then, fol­low­ing a fall, Mark found him­self paral­ysed. That wasn’t go­ing to stop him ei­ther. At times the mu­sic swells a lit­tle too earnestly and the flash­backs to ear­lier, eas­ier times come thick and fast, but th­ese life-af­firm­ing tropes nicely frame the ad­mirably sto­ical Ul­ster­man. Club, Light House, Dublin, 89 min AWALK AMONG THE TOMB­STONES

Is Nee­son seek­ing re­venge for some hor­ri­ble atroc­ity by the East Euro­pean mafia? To a cer­tain ex­tent. But this is a less un­hinged ad­di­tion to Liam’s tough-guy cat­a­logue. Our hero slowly picks apart the strands of a con­spir­acy in pre-mil­len­nial New York. He does, of course, punch a few peo­ple along the way. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 113 min


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