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Far­rell plays David, one of sev­eral cit­i­zens dis­patched to a re­mote ho­tel for a reck­on­ing with the so­cial en­gi­neers: if they fail to form part of a couple within 45 days, they will be turned into the an­i­mal of their choice. Lan­thi­mos’s drily hi­lar­i­ous fol­low up to Alps and Dog­tooth says things about the pres­sures so­ci­ety places on us to form cou­ples. But there is more: few films so eerily com­pose a be­liev­able fan­tas­tic world. Sin­gu­lar. 15A cert, lim release, 118 min


Don­ald Clarke

Iden­tify the ac­tor play­ing Franken­stein’s mon­ster at right. What is cur­rently the high­est gross­ing 2015 release that is not a se­quel? Alexan­der Skars­gård is about to take over a role for­merly played by, among many other, Johnny Weiss­muller, Christopher Lam­bert and Miles O’Keefe. Which one? Which Ter­rence Davies film nearly shares its ti­tle with a killer shark movie? Which cat­e­gory of Os­car has been won by Michael Dou­glas, Ge­orge Clooney, Clint East­wood and Brad Pitt? 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

STEVE JOBS struc­ture: back­stage at three sig­nif­i­cant prod­uct launches. By Golly, they pack a lot in. 15A cert, gen release, 122 min


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


There is much else to cel­e­brate in Sean Baker’s im­mer­sion in the world of LA’s trans­gen­der sex work­ers, but it would be wrong to say that the Pretty shame­less at­tempt to im­pose the Sher­lock tem­plate on the Franken­stein story. Rad­cliffe’s Igor – whose hunch­back proves cur­able – has the same eyes-of-the au­di­ence bland­ness as the av­er­age Dr Watson. To say that McAvoy is “chan­nelling” Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch as the ti­tle char­ac­ter would be to in­dulge in near- le­gal­is­tic sophistry. None of this would mat­ter if the story had some­where to go. In­stead, it flails around in fruit­less search for in­spi­ra­tion. No good. 12A cert, gen release, 110 min NEW RELEASE WHEN HARRY MET SALLY... See re­view, page 11

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