carry a handkerchief everywhere? Because women cry all the time. And so on. Unforgivable. 12A cert, gen release, 120 min
KILL YOUR FRIENDS
Which veteran director returns to cinemas this week with Bridge of Spies? Identify the Johnny Depp film from the picture. “Look at that! Look how she moves! That’s just like Jell-O on springs.” Which comedy classic? Which outfit is set to reappear with new staff members including Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones? Ratcatcher. My Name is Joe. That Sinking Feeling. What city are we in? How are Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker better known? In which Oscar-winning film did we meet Raymond Babbitt? Before Spectre, what was the last Bond film to feature that titular terror organisation? What are the characters trying to make in the 1999 drama RKO 281? Whose name finally appeared on the credits of Roman Holiday in 2003, 50 years after the film’s release?
Answers can be found at irishtimes.com/culture/film
Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, writer and director of this unexpectedly impressive quasi-biopic, have wrestled a quandary into something like submission. The film is highly suspicious of the cult of personality. Yet it would not exist without it. Fassbender is compelling as (an admittedly unrecognisable) Jobs, but what really makes the piece is Sorkin’s hugely inventive narrative structure: backstage at three significant product launches. By Golly, they pack a lot in. 15A cert, gen release, 122 min STEVE McQUEEN: THE MAN &LE MANS
A study of Steve McQueen’s efforts to get the motor-racing flick Le Mans off the starting grid in 1971. Featuring contributions from Chad McQueen, Steve’s middle-aged son, Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna’s picture looks to be attempting a positive, semi-authorised portrayal of the man they clumsily call “the King of Cool”. Unfortunately the history keeps fighting back. The actors comes across as an insecure prima donna who doesn’t deserve the respect he’s given. 12A, limited release, 102 min