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Don­ald Clarke

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 irish­­ture/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


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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

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