Which two heroes are about to come together for Dawn of Justice? Identify the actor in ill-advised blackface. What did Max and Miriam Weinstein contribute to corporate nomenclature? What event began with John Carney’s Sing Street this week? In which 1980s smash would you find Meg Ryan,
Tom Skerritt and Tim Robbins? Why might Goldfinger, The Good Shop Lollipop and Oklahoma! make you think of a gag in Airplane! Which Coen brothers film received more Oscar nominations than any other? Who links the New Beverly Cinema, Video Archives and a 1964 Jean-Luc Godard film? What links Peter Kominsky, Andrea Arnold and William Wyler? “This is the weekend they didn’t play golf.” The tagline to which 1970s classic?
Answers can be found at irishtimes.com/culture/film and Rabbit Hole. Nicely shot, but insubstantial. 15A cert, gen release, 111 min Triskel, Cork
McCann plays one of the few survivors of apocalypse in a great debut from Northern Irish maestro Fingleton. Mad Max: Fury Road required $200 million and heaps of CG bells and whistles to realise what The Survivalist conveys with salvaged everyday objects, bodily fluids, violence and carnality. An already earthy film, offset with animalistic impulses, is punctuated by Damien Elliot’s stealthy tracking shots through verdant wilderness. The storytelling is pitilessly and commendably economic. 18 cert, gen release, 118 min
TRIPLE 9 See review, page 10
Biopic of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo,who endured the blacklist to triumph with Spartacus and Exodus. At its worst, Trumbo plays to the same patronising rules as the sort of low-rent cable biopic that asks us to believe Matthew Perry might be Clark Gable. At its best, it suggests the silly fizz of Hollywood as reinterpreted in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Cranston is strong in the lead, Mirren way over the top as Hedda Hopper. 15A cert, gen release, 124 min
It’s all go at an exclusive Swiss resort where an ageing composer (Caine) debates whether to accept an offer to play for Queen Elizabeth II. His best friend (Keitel), a film-maker, works with a team of writers and awaits the arrival of his former muse (Fonda). Sorrentino’s follow-up to the vastly superior The Great Beauty plays like a pale shadow of its predecessor. Too busy. Too unfocused. But it looks and sounds lovely. 15A cert, lim release, 124 min
We’re told that the fashion world – shudder – loved 2001’s Zoolander, which depicted the fashion world as shallow, idiotic dirtbags. Thus, inevitably, this belated sequel sees “name” designers and Anna Wintour pop up as monstrous versions of themselves so that we might somehow be convinced that they’re not, in real life, so monstrous after all. Dirtbags aside, there’s plenty of silly jokes and clanging celebrity cameos to pass the time. Susan Boyle! Kiefer Sutherland! Billy Zane! So so. 12A cert, gen release, 102 min