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GET HARD ★★★ Di­rected by Etan Co­hen. Star­ring Will Fer­rell, Kevin Hart,

Alison Brie When a Waspy mas­ter of the uni­verse (Fer­rell) is charged with in­sider trad­ing and sen­tenced to 10 years in San Quentin, he en­lists the only black man he knows (Hart) to teach him how to sur­vive. A pleas­ing de­tour into the world of Boyz N the Hood al­lows for var­i­ous gangsta-re­lated shenani­gans led by rap­per TI. It’s a shame that Get Hard, a film that sets out to satirise stereo­types, has come un­der scru­tiny for its use of, well, stereo­types. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 100 min TB

GET UP AND GO ★★★ Di­rected by Bren­dan Grant. Star­ring Peter Coo­nan, Kil­lian Scott, Gemma-Leah Dev­ereux, Sara Lloyd-Gre­gory, Emma

El­iza Re­gan There are worse ways of spend­ing a mod­est bud­get than hav­ing your char­ac­ters walk and talk their way around a ma­jor city as some con­trived dead­line looms. Grant’s low-bud­get film po­si­tions two layabouts – rude Coo­nan and charm­ing Scott – in var­i­ous trendy Dublin lo­ca­tions, with mostly pleas­ing re­sults. The fe­male char­ac­ters are woe­fully writ­ten, but, like their male coun­ter­parts, very well played. As

With­nail & I retreads go, it will do well enough. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 98 min DC GIRL­HOOD/LA BANDE DE FILLES ★★★★ Di­rected by Cé­line Sci­amma. Star­ring Karidja Touré, Assa

Sylla The in­can­des­cent Touré plays Marieme, a po­lite, clever girl living with her ag­gres­sive, posses­sive brother and al­most in­vis­i­ble, work-de­pleted mother on the out­skirts of Paris. Sci­amma’s study of im­mi­grant life is great on the glam­our of low-level delin­quency – Marieme is even­tu­ally drawn into a sort of gang – but loses its way in an es­ca­lat­ing fi­nal act. Still, this re­mains a grip­ping so­cial-re­al­ist drama stud­ded with stunning set-pieces. 15A cert, IFI/Light House, Dublin, 113 min DC

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