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carry a hand­ker­chief every­where? Be­cause women cry all the time. And so on. Un­for­giv­able. 12A cert, gen release, 120 min


Don­ald Clarke

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 irish­­ture/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


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