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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - Di­rected by Re­becca Miller.

AB­SO­LUTELY FAB­U­LOUS: THE MOVIE ★★★

Di­rected by Mandie Fletcher. Star­ring Jen­nifer Saun­ders, Joanna Lum­ley, Ju­lia Sawalha, Jane Hor­rocks, June Whit­field Tol­er­a­ble film ver­sion of the sit­com con­cern­ing the ul­ti­mate fash­ion vic­tims. The show’s key high-con­cept greatly as­sists the film-mak­ers’ ef­forts at re­sus­ci­ta­tion. The end­less cameos wear you down. The plot is barely thread­bare. But the two leads – par­tic­u­larly the age­less Lum­ley – keep it aloft. Ab­so­lutely okay. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 90 min DC

AU­THOR: THE JT LEROY STORY ★★★★

Di­rected by Jeff Feuerzeig. Fea­tur­ing Laura Al­bert, Bruce Ben­der­son, Den­nis Cooper, Ira Sil­ver­berg, Panio Gianopou­los, Sa­van­nah Knoop If ever there was a doc­u­men­tary that could get away with an un­re­li­able nar­ra­tor, this is it. Ad­dress­ing the cam­era di­rectly, nov­el­ist Al­bert talks us through the grad­ual smaller de­ceits that led to the near-ac­ci­den­tal cre­ation of the ir­re­sistible JT LeRoy: a hip lit­er­ary per­sona she took on to cover up her shy­ness. The sight of preen­ing rock stars be­ing suck­ered is ir­re­sistibly amus­ing. The ques­tions about artis­tic per­sonae are worth pon­der­ing. Fas­ci­nat­ing. Club, IFI, Dublin, 110 min DC

BARRY LYN­DON ★★★★★

Di­rected by Stan­ley Kubrick. Star­ring Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Beren­son, Pa­trick Magee, Hardy Krüger, Diana Ko­erner, Gay Hamil­ton Lovely reis­sue of Kubrick’s 1975 adap­tion of Thack­ery’s novel con­cern­ing a doomed Ir­ish rogue. On re­lease, com­ing four years after the hopped-up A Clock­work Or­ange, Barry Lyn­don – about which the word “glacial” was of­ten used – was not uni­ver­sally adored, but it has now set­tled se­curely into the canon. In­deed, it is rare to hear a dis­sent­ing voice. The re­cre­ation of 18th cen­tury life is fas­tid­i­ous, but the film also has ir­re­sistible emo­tional un­der­tow. Club, lim re­lease, 187 min DC

THE BFG ★★★

Di­rected by Steven Spiel­berg. Star­ring Mark Ry­lance, Ruby Barn­hill, Pene­lope Wil­ton, Jer­maine Cle­ment, Re­becca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader Spiel­berg’s adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s pop­u­lar chil­dren’s novel, con­cern­ing a friendly giant who spir­its an or­phan to a magic land, prof­its from two flaw­less per­for­mances. Ry­lance is a sweet giant. Barn­hill is charm­ing as young Sophie. Un­for­tu­nately, the story me­an­ders, the hu­mour is too broad and the emo­tional pay­off seems to have gone miss­ing. Should we com­plain that a Dahl adap­ta­tion is just for smaller kids? It seems we’ve just done so. PG cert, gen re­lease, 117 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE BOBBY SANDS: 66 DAYS ★★★★

See re­view, page 11

BORN TO BE BLUE ★★★★

Di­rected by Robert Bu­dreau. Star­ring Ethan Hawke, Car­men Ejogo, Cal­lum Keith Ren­nie, Stephen McHat­tie Hawke puts in a ca­reer-best turn as jazz trum­peter Chet Baker in this imag­i­na­tively struc­tured biopic. In com­mon with Don Chea­dle’s Miles Ahead – and, in­deed, the sound­track – Bu­dreau’s film riffs on its sub­ject. But this is a more dis­ci­plined piece than the Miles film, as it lu­cidly ex­am­ines its sub­jects gifts and flaws. A tightly fo­cused screen­play and Steve Cosens’ el­e­gant cin­e­matog­ra­phy en­sure that Born to Be Blue sits at the head of the biopic pack. 16 cert, QFT, Belfast 98 min TB

CEN­TRAL IN­TEL­LI­GENCE ★★★

Di­rected by Raw­son Mar­shall Thurber. Star­ring Dwayne John­son, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Ni­co­let, Aaron Paul, Ja­son Bate­man I wouldn’t blame any­body who moved to Norway to avoid a bois­ter­ous spy thriller star­ring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “No Longer The Rock” John­son. In Thurber’s noisy film, the two play old school­mates (John­son was once fat; Hart was once cool) who meet up again. The spy plot is a to­tal nui­sance, but the in­ter­play be­tween an in­gen­u­ous Dwayne and a ner­vous Kevin is sur­pris­ingly sparky. Box-of­fice fig­ures per­mit­ting, we’d hap­pily see in a se­quel. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 107 min DC

THE COM­MUNE/ KOLLEKTIVET ★★★

Di­rected by Thomas Vin­ter­berg. Star­ring Trine Dyrholm, Ul­rich Thom­sen, He­lene Rein­gaard Neu­mann, Martha Sofie Wall­strøm Hansen, Lars Ran­the, Fares Fares Vin­ter­berg re­turns to Dan­ish cin­ema with this au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cally in­spired drama about grow­ing up in a ter­ri­bly, aw­fully mid­dle- class com­mune dur­ing the 1970s. When a stuck-up ar­chi­tect (Thom­sen) in­her­its a vast prop­erty, his news-read­ing wife (Dyrholm) knows just what to do: invite a bunch of strangers and ac­quain­tances in to form a col­lec­tive. The film is well-acted, but the histri­on­ics seem to spring from nowhere, and the in­ter­nal so­cial dy­nam­ics make no sense. Should have been bet­ter. 15A cert, Iim re­lease, 112 min TB

FIND­ING DORY ★★★★

Di­rected by An­drew Stan­ton. Voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Al­bert Brooks, Hay­den Ro­lence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Bur­rell, Diane Keaton, Eu­gene Levy, Idris Elba, Do­minic West,

Bill Heder The prospect of a se­quel to Find­ing Nemo may make most fans sound ex­actly like that pic­ture’s res­i­dent wor­ry­wart, Marlin: Do we really need a se­quel some 13 years later? Find­ing

Nemo is per­fect: why risk ru­in­ing it? Hap­pily, the new film is good enough to squash such reser­va­tions. Great voice work, some lovely new char­ac­ters and a touch­ing pon­der­ing of how par­ents cope with dis­abled chil­dren. Pixar still has it. G cert, gen re­lease, 103 min TB

GHOST­BUSTERS ★★★

Di­rected by Paul Feig. Star­ring Melissa Mc­Carthy, Kris­ten Wiig, Les­lie Jones, Kate McKin­non, Charles Dance, Andy Gar­cia,

Chris Hemsworth Four women fight a ghost in­fes­ta­tion in Man­hat­tan. The much-dis­cussed re­make of the ad­e­quate 1984 com­edy turns out to be a pretty funny piece of work. Feig, di­rec­tor of Spy and Brides­maids, has the proper comic chops and, as one might thus ex­pect, he has de­liv­ered a de­cent romp that wastes none of his ac­tors’ abun­dant gifts (though McKin­non’s pos­ing is a bit wear­ing). There is good sup­port, par­tic­u­larly from Hemsworth as a beef­cake sec­re­tary. On­line misog­y­nist go­ril­las lose again. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 117 min DC

THE GIRL KING ★★★

Di­rected by Mika Kau­ris­mäki. Star­ring Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lu­cas

Bryant, Pa­trick Bauchau Kristina was Queen reg­nant of Swe­den from 1632 to 1654. She was highly ed­u­cated, spoke eight lan­guages, and en­joyed the com­pany of such philo­soph­i­cal heavy­weights as Descartes. She de­serves a bet­ter his­tor­i­cal drama than Kau­ris­mäki’s bodice-rip­per. To be fair, it takes a pre­pos­ter­ous kind of movie to de­liver the line: “By Christ’s balls, I don’t like to be kept wait­ing!” The film is never bor­ing, but the stylised act­ing and wild sto­ry­telling be­come wear­ing. Club, lim re­lease, 105 min TB

ICE AGE: COL­LI­SION COURSE ★

Di­rected by Mike Thurmeier and Galen T Chu. Voices of Ray Ro­mano, John Leguizamo, De­nis Leary, Si­mon Pegg, Jen­nifer Lopez, Queen Lat­i­fah,

Jesse J Sit down, Ice Age se­quence: we need to have a se­ri­ous talk. When we started out, it was all love and feels. You were this cute car­toon ver­sion of Three

Men and a Baby. There was some chem­istry be­tween Ro­mano, Leguizamo and Leary. What we have now is an over- stuffed, in­dif­fer­ently an­i­mated sum­mer-stuffer that may bore even the most tol­er­ant young­sters. G cert, gen re­lease, 94 min TB

JA­SON BOURNE ★★★★

Di­rected by Paul Green­grass. Star­ring Matt Da­mon, Tommy Lee Jones, Ali­cia Vikan­der, Vin­cent Cas­sel, Ju­lia Stiles, Riz

Ahmed Thank good­ness. Da­mon and Green­grass are back for a fifth en­try in the es­pi­onage fran­chise that, with­out break­ing any new ground, re­turns us to the bonejud­der­ing thrills of the early episodes. There are sly ref­er­ences to Snow­den and Greece’s fi­nan­cial im­plo­sion, but this all about the ac­tion and it is sec­ond to none. It is sig­nif­i­cant that Christo­pher Rouse, the film’s ed­i­tor, has re­ceived a screen­writ­ing credit. He is as much an au­teur as the di­rec­tor. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 123 min DC

THE LEG­END OF TARZAN ★★

Di­rected by David Yates. Star­ring Alexan­der Skars­gård, Sa­muel L Jack­son, Mar­got

Rob­bie, Christoph Waltz Fran­tic, fu­ri­ous, flawed ef­fort to fit the great colo­nial yarn – white man rules the jun­gle – to mod­ern think­ing. Mis­sion­ar­ies be­come teachers; Africans are em­pow­ered. You’re not fool­ing any­body. The ac­tion se­quences are well­paced (and far more vi­o­lent than the 12A rat­ing sug­gests). But it’s still a good deal poorer than Hugh Hud­son’s ma­ligned 1984 rein­ven­tion, Greystoke. Tarzan isn’t hap­pen­ing, Hol­ly­wood peo­ple: live and learn. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 110 min TB

MAG­GIE’S PLAN ★★★★

Star­ring Greta Ger­wig, Ethan Hawke, Ju­lianne Moore, Bill

Hader, Maya Ru­dolph Ger­wig plays a stu­dent who falls for an in­tel­lec­tual (Hawke) who has yet to fully ex­tri­cate him­self from a ter­ri­fy­ing Teu­tonic aca­demic (Moore). A plan that might pass muster in Restora­tion com­edy en­sues. Those al­ler­gic to the self-sat­is­fac­tion that char­ac­terises the up­mar­ket New York com­edy will find them­selves com­ing out in vig­or­ous hives (yes, it does in­volve “ar­ti­san pickles”). But if you can over­look the genre’s de­mer­its, Mag­gie’s Plan should slip down very eas­ily in­deed. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 99 min DC

MEN AND CHICKEN/MÆND &HØNS ★★★

Di­rected by Anders Thomas Jensen. Star­ring David Den­cik, Mads Mikkle­sen Elias (Mikkelsen) has taken a psy­chother­a­pist out on a date to mine her for in­for­ma­tion on a re­cur­ring chicken-rape dream when his di­shev­elled brother (Den­cik) calls to in­form him that their fa­ther has died. A video the old man recorded tells the si­b­lings that they were adopted. Thus, they set out in search of their bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. Jensen’s film is of­ten funny and al­ways odd, but its ec­cen­tric­i­ties be­come a lit­tle too ex­haust­ing. Club, QFT, Belfast, 105 min TB

MOMANDME ★★★★ Di­rected by Ken Wardrop

Oklahoma ra­dio host Joe Cris­tano in­vites lis­ten­ers to phone in with thoughts on their moth­ers. Wardrop, di­rec­tor of His & Hers, films them as they do so. The high con­cept is shaky and un­nec­es­sary, but Wardrop has cho­sen his sub­jects per­fectly. Fea­tur­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic washed-out cam­er­a­work by the ex­cel­lent Kate McCul­lough, the film con­firms how even the most manly of men crum­ble slightly when their mother raises her voice. An­other lovely doc from the Ir­ish­man. PG cert, lim re­lease, 77 min DC

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 ★★★

Jesse Eisen­berg, Mark Ruf­falo, Woody Har­rel­son, Dave Franco, Daniel Rad­cliffe, Michael Caine,

Mor­gan Free­man A year has passed since an im­plau­si­bly fa­mous quar­tet of su­per-ma­gi­cians im­plau­si­bly out­foxed the FBI, charmed the masses and set up a crooked in­surance mag­net (Caine). And now the re­main­ing mem­bers of the Four Horse­men (Eisen­berg, Har­rel­son, Franco) must face their great­est chal­lenge to date: down­time. Yeah, right. It’s sil­lier than be­fore, messier than be­fore, but still im­pos­si­ble to dis­like. Cup, ball! Cup, ball! 12A cert, gen re­lease, 129 min TB

THE SE­CRET LIFE OF PETS ★★★

Di­rected by Chris Re­naud, Yar­row Cheney. Voices of Louis CK, Kevin Hart, Steve Coogan, El­lie Kem­per, Lake Bell, Dana

Car­vey, Al­bert Brooks The lat­est an­i­ma­tion from the De­spi­ca­ble Me peo­ple does what it says. Given all the comic tal­ent at­tached, one can’t help but feel that the script’s zingers ought to be a lit­tle more tart. Still, any one of the prop­erly adorbs main char­ac­ters could eas­ily sus­tain their own spin-off movie; the ac­tion is break­neck; and the an­i­ma­tion is lively and Skit­tle-hued. G cert, gen re­lease, 91 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE SID & NANCY ★★★★ See re­view, page 11 STAR TREK BE­YOND ★★★

Di­rected by Justin Lin. Star­ring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Ur­ban, Zoe Sal­dana, Si­mon Pegg, An­ton Yelchin, John Cho,

Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella The team is dis­patched to res­cue a ship stranded within the 13th screen of an As­ter­oids game. The mis­sion turns out to be a trap and the se­nior crew get split up into dis­cor­dant pairs on an un­friendly planet. Evil Idris Elba awaits. Lin or­ches­trates the ac­tion bril­liantly, and the bro­mances are as much fun as ever, but this feels very much like a high-end hold­ing pat­tern. Ex­pect no rev­e­la­tions or philo­soph­i­cal hi-jinks. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 122 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE SUICIDE SQUAD ★★ See re­view, pages 10-11

NEW RE­LEASE SWEET BEAN ★★★★ See re­view, page 10

NEW RE­LEASE UP FOR LOVE/UN HOMME À LA HAUTEUR ★★★ See re­view, page 10

Sofia Boutella as Jay­lah in Star Trek Be­yond, out now on gen­eral re­lease

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