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A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT ★★★★

GLASS­LAND ★★★★ Di­rected by Ger­ard Bar­rett. Star­ring Jack Reynor, Will Poul­ter, Michael Smi­ley, Toni

Collette, Harry Na­gle Ex­cel­lent Ir­ish film from the direc­tor of Pil­grim Hill con­cern­ing a young taxi driver (Reynor) deal­ing with an al­co­holic mum (Collette) in con­tem­po­rary Tal­laght. Shot on a mod­est bud­get, Glass­land is a mi­nor tech­ni­cal marvel. Piers McGrail’s smoky cin­e­matog­ra­phy makes some­thing oddly beau­ti­ful of the run­down vis­tas. The gifted edi­tor Nathan Nu­gent over­laps the shots with ur­gent re­straint. But it’s the per­for­mances that make it work. Poul­ter al­most steals it as the hero’s best pal. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 93 min DC

HOME ★★★ Di­rected by Tim John­son. Voices of Jim Par­sons, Ri­hanna, Steve Martin, Jen­nifer Lopez Home imag­ines an in­va­sion by an species named the Boov. Ad­dicted to com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices, un­will­ing to connect on a phys­i­cal level, the Boov are, of course, us at our most anti-so­cial and wired in. Su­perb voice­work from Par­sons (weird in his pre­ci­sion) and Ri­hanna (sooth­ingly warm through­out) help flesh out a gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing con­cept. The an­i­ma­tion is no bet­ter than work­man­like. G cert, gen re­lease, 93 min DC

LAM­BERT AND STAMP

★★★ Di­rected by James D Cooper. Fea­tur­ing Chris Stamp, Kit Lam­bert, Pete Town­shend, Roger Dal­trey, Terence Stamp You could hardly find a bet­ter ve­hi­cle from which to ex­plore the cul­tural earth­quakes that hit Bri­tain in the 1960s than the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chris Stamp and Kit Lam­bert. Cooper’s film tells the story of The Who’s man­agers – one a posh com­poser’s son, the other an Easten­der – with some en­thu­si­asm. Still, it goes on a bit and ex­pects us to take Tommy too se­ri­ously. Club, IFI, Dublin, 117 min DC

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

★★★★ Di­rected by Ge­orge Miller. Star­ring Tom Hardy, Char­l­ize Theron, Ni­cholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Hunt­ing­tonWhite­ley, Ri­ley Keough, Zoë

Kravitz, Abbey Lee The much de­layed fourth film in the Mad Max cy­cle turns out to be a com­plete tri­umph. The vi­o­lence is or­ches­trated with great imag­i­na­tion and the an­thro­po­log­i­cal vari­a­tions are left tan­ta­lis­ingly half-ex­plained. Here is the real sur­prise. Mad Max:

Fury Road be­longs al­most en­tirely to Theron’s road war­rior. This is partly be­cause it is mainly Fu­riosa’s story (Hardy’s Max ar­rives to help out like David Car­ra­dine in Kung Fu) and partly be­cause the actress eats the op­por­tu­nity alive. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 120 min DC

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