precision) and Rihanna (soothingly warm) help flesh out a genuinely interesting concept. The animation is workmanlike. G cert, gen release, 93 min
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
What was the full, official title of Marvel’s first Avengers movie in these territories? Who links Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn, Maid Marian and Galadrial? What was the first motion picture to earn $1 billion worldwide? Name the actor dressed as a lady (right). Which actor has a production company names Malpaso? Wings, The Broadway Melody and All Quiet on the Western Front were the first films to achieve what feat? opposable and frontal lobes intact then it should be accounted a small victory. We’ll give it that. Otherwise, the second film in the comedy cycle lives down to all lowered expectations. PG cert, gen release, 93 min A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE What did the “SKG” in DreamWorks SKG stand for? Which is the only surviving titular cast member of The Magnificent Seven? Andrea Arnold’s second. Tim Burton’s tenth. Francis Coppola’s second SE NEW RELEASE RESULTS ???? See review, page ??
A ROYAL NIGHT OUT
A Royal Night Out imagines that, on the last night of the war in Europe, sensible Princess Elizabeth (Gadon) and dim-witted Princess Margaret (Powley) escape a party at the Ritz and launch themselves into West End lowlife. It’s not a terrible idea for a film. But Royal Night Out is dragged down by shallow staging, hugely broad characterisation and some unevenly matched struggles between actor and accent. 12A cert, gen release, 97 min NEW RELEASE SAN ANDREAS See review at irishtimes.com THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER Hinton adaptation. Hugh Jackman is a computer hacker. What’s for supper?
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Harington, star of Game of Thrones, leaves aside his sword to join the spies in this belated big- screen take on a popular BBC TV series. The film passes the time perfectly tolerably, but it is no more comfortable in this less intimate medium than were ancient movie versions of The Sweeney and Callan. Enthusiasts for the genre will be delighted to hear that the phrase “What happened in Berlin?” is both bellowed and whispered at regular intervals. Proper spy dialogue. 15A cert, gen release, 103 min NEW RELEASE TIMBUKTU See review, page 9
Cast largely with non-professional actors, Slaboshpytskiy’s film brings us among the students at a run-down shabby school for the deaf in Ukraine. Filmed in enormously long takes, it is all spoken in Ukrainian sign language with no subtitles. Extraordinarily, the film proves to a lucid tale of corruption, violence and power. A masterpiece of pure cinema, it may prove to be the best film of the year. Club, QFT, Belfast; I130 min
TWO BY TWO Two by Two brings us digitised beasties and a plot that will seem awfully familiar to anyone who has watched Ice Age. Happily, it has enough charm to carry off a little derivation. The animation captures such tricky things as fur and water very well. And the film compensates for Isn’t-that-Scarfrom- The-Lion-King? deja vu with some genuinely original creations, including a giant parasite-inhabited slug voiced by Paul Tylak. G cert, gen release, 96 min
Six young people find themselves in danger one year after their friend’s suicide. This hugely imaginative, genuinely unsettling dissection of current online discontents takes place entirely on the screen of one teenager’s laptop: her messaging programme, Instagram, Facebook, email and browser. It’s the sort of high concept that’s worth doing once and well. Rather astonishingly, the film-makers pull off the dynamics and manage to inject real moral weight into the horror. One of a kind. 16 cert, gen release, 82 min
WHILE WE’RE YOUNG