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bee learns truths while thwart­ing an at­tempted in­sur­rec­tion. Ap­par­ently an­i­mated on a 1982 ZX Spec­trum, the film is harm­less, well-mean­ing, com­pe­tently voiced and en­tirely de­void of any dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ter. But it does have cul­tural in­ter­est. The 1912 source novel was, ap­par­ently, a mil­i­taris­tic al­le­gory that used the story to gen­uinely warn against the im­mi­nent ar­rival of racially im­pure Aus­lan­ders. Hats off for pro­duc­ing some­thing so harm­less from some­thing so hor­rid. Gen cert, gen release, 88 min

OLDER THAN IRE­LAND

Mov­ing doc­u­men­tary go­ing among 30 of the na­tion’s cen­te­nar­i­ans. Wider po­lit­i­cal and mar­tial devel­op­ments do in­evitably make their way into the film. But Older Than Ire­land is at its most mov­ing when ad­dress­ing the univer­sal ex­pe­ri­ences that shape all lives: first day at school, mar­riage, be­reave­ment. The film will at­tract com­par­isons with Ken Wardrop’s great His & Hers. It is not quite so tech­ni­cally ac­com­plished, but it is com­piled with great wit and com­pas­sion. PG cert, Light House, Dublin, 81 min

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Don­ald Clarke

What was the most re­cent Martin Scors­ese film to fea­ture Robert De Niro? Who is the only ac­tor to be nom­i­nated for a per­for­mance in a Star Wars film? Who is pre­tend­ing to be Leon Trot­sky in the pho­to­graph? Un­der what col­lec­tive ti­tle were the films Death Proof and Planet Terror re­leased in 2007? What links Wait Un­til Dark, Scent of a Woman, Dare­devil and But­ter­flies are Free? fam­ily com­pris­ing hip­ster dad Ryan (Mur­ray), hot mom Emily (Shaw) and cut­sey-pie kid Leila (Ge­orge) pre­pare to cel­e­brate Christ­mas with guests. While un­tan­gling the dec­o­ra­tions, Ryan’s vis­it­ing, lately dumped, brother Mike hap­pens upon an old cam­era and a stash of VHS cas­settes. You won’t need top be told that hor­ror en­sues. This fran­chise is very tired, but there are still a few half-de­cent shocks. 15A cert, gen release, 88 min

THE QUEEN OF IRE­LAND

A study of na­tional trea­sure Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss. How do we love The Queen of Ire­land? It’s not just that the film of­fers a big, warm, con­grat­u­la­tory hug for a na­tion which fi­nally learned to stop wor­ry­ing and love its own peo­ple. Leav­ing aside its im­por­tance as a his­tor­i­cal chron­i­cle, The Queen of Ire­land is Which is the odd one out: Di­ver­gent, In­tran­si­gent, Al­le­giant, In­sur­gent? Who will you see in The Omen, Ti­tanic, Tron and Straw Dogs? What links God Help the Girl, The Man with the Iron Fists, True Sto­ries and Re­naldo and Clara? a su­per movie, re­plete with tragedy, com­edy, a plucky, un­likely hero­ine, and a sweep­ing dra­matic arc. Es­sen­tial. 15A cert, gen release, 86 min SCOUT’S GUIDE TO THE ZOM­BIE APOC­A­LYPSE

Have you ever sat in a cin­ema think­ing, “This movie could really use a zom­bie cun­nilin­gus scene?” Good news! For the un­abashedly vul­gar Scout’s Guide to the Zom­bie Apoc­a­lypse is upon us, and feels as though it was cob­bled from bits of Evil Dead 2 and Risky Busi­ness. Even the jokes, no­tably a strip club called Lau­rence of A-Labia, have been half-inched from other sources (in this in­stance, the hardly ev­er­green Sex and the City 2). De­merit badges all round. 15A cert, gen release, 92 min Felix Sal­ten, Dodie Smith, TH White and Rud­yard Ki­pling have all pro­vided the source ma­te­rial for what? Who’s next: Ted Kotch­eff, Ge­orge P Cos­matos, Peter McDon­ald?

An­swers at irish­times.com/film

SI­CARO Tense thriller set amid drug wars be­tween US paramil­i­taries and the Mex­i­can car­tels. Blunt stars as an FBI agent who gets sucked into the al­pha­bet soup of fed­eral bully boys. We end up with a propul­sive ad­ven­ture that, while re­main­ing grimly cyn­i­cal about the mo­ti­va­tions of her col­leagues, ges­tures to­wards the quasi-myth­i­cal cin­ema of both An­thony and Michael Mann. It’s a shame Blunt is asked to be lit­tle more than the eyes and ears of the au­di­ence. 15A cert, gen release, 121 min

SPEC­TRE film finds 007 re­dis­cov­er­ing the sin­is­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion of the ti­tle. Craig’s weary blue-col­lar Bond re­mains com­pelling (if much less faith­ful to Flem­ing’s im­pe­rial snob than some pre­tend). But this is a creaky en­ter­tain­ment. The women are un­der­used and un­set­tlingly com­pli­ant. Waltz’s vil­lain, like too much else in the pic­ture, ex­ists only to fa­cil­i­tate ex­haust­ing ref­er­ences to the ear­lier pic­tures. If Spec­tre weren’t guar­an­teed to make a for­tune, you’d think the fran­chise was ail­ing. 12A cert, gen release, 148 min NEW RELEASE STEVE JOBS See re­view, page 9

SUF­FRAGETTE

This over­due drama re­minds us how far out­side main­stream val­ues the more com­mit­ted suf­fragette cam­paign­ers were forced to tread. It is such a shame that Gavron’s well-ap­pointed film ends up in such bour­geois her­itage ter­ri­tory. It’s de­cently acted and un­de­ni­ably well mean­ing, but no­body is likely to con­fuse Suf­fragette with The Bat­tle of Al­giers. 12A cert, gen release, 106 min NEW RELEASE TAN­GER­INE See re­view, page 10-11

TAXI TEHRAN

The di­rec­tor of This Is Not a Film and Closed Cur­tain – still un­der the watch­ful eye of the Ira­nian author­ity – ven­tures about the tit­u­lar city. We are asked to be­lieve that the di­rec­tor, now work­ing as a taxi driver, has mounted the cam­era as a se­cu­rity de­vice. What fol­lows is an in­ge­nious, of­ten funny, char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally self-con­scious study of a coun­try cop­ing sto­ically be­neath the yoke of op­pres­sion. The di­rec­tor’s best since Off­side. Club, lim release, 82 min

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