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pre­ci­sion) and Ri­hanna (sooth­ingly warm) help flesh out a gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing con­cept. The an­i­ma­tion is work­man­like. G cert, gen re­lease, 93 min


Don­ald Clarke

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 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 irish­ THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WA­TER Hin­ton adap­ta­tion. Hugh Jackman is a com­puter hacker. What’s for supper?

Fluck? Which bomb­shell was born as Diana Mary

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


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