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Dublin Old­school (El­e­ment)

Em­met Kir­wan’s Dublin Old­school be­gan life as a two-han­der (the au­thor, plus fel­low ac­tor, Ian Lloyd An­der­son tak­ing on mul­ti­ple roles) on stage at Bew­ley’s Café Theatre in 2014. It trans­ferred to big­ger venues, in­clud­ing Lon­don’s Na­tional Theatre, be­fore Kir­wan teamed up with di­rec­tor Dave Ty­nan to ex­pand its hori­zons and de­liver this cin­e­matic treat­ment. Set over a lost week­end in Dublin, Dublin Old­school is a Homeric/Joycean odyssey about a pill-pop­ping, aspir­ing DJ (Kir­wan) who mea­sures out his life in ke­tamine, vinyl and all-night raves with his small cir­cle of like­minded friends. Re­al­ity bites, how­ever, when he en­coun­ters his es­tranged and even more chem­i­cally-de­pen­dent brother (An­der­son) liv­ing home­less on the back streets of Dublin.

The chance to use real Dublin lo­ca­tions at a time when home­less­ness and in­deed drug mis­use are even greater crises than they were in 2014, adds a fris­son to a cau­tion­ary tale that hums with Kir­wan’s ver­bal dex­ter­ity. Well shot by JJ Rolfe, the movie also pro­vides strong sup­port­ing roles for Seána Ker­slake, Sarah Greene and Mark O’Hal­lo­ran, the last of­fer­ing an echo of the sim­i­larly themed gem, Adam & Paul (2004).

In­cred­i­bles 2 (Dis­ney)

Given its bril­liance and its suc­cess ($650m at the global box-of­fice), you would have ex­pected a se­quel to The In­cred­i­bles (2004) to have al­ready ap­peared. It’s to di­rec­tor Brad Bird’s credit that he waited 14 years to de­liver a story wor­thy of such fan­tas­tic char­ac­ters. This time around, Mr In­cred­i­ble (Craig T. Nel­son) is a stay-at-home dad and it’s Elasti­girl (Holly Hunter) who is called into ac­tion to bat­tle a nasty (and timely) vil­lain called Screenslaver (Bill Wise). The gen­der-re­ver­sal sto­ry­line is com­pelling, the char­ac­ters are won­der­ful and the ac­tion se­quences are daz­zling. Mean­while, the al­ready strong voice cast is bol­stered by the ad­di­tion of Bob Odenkirk and Cather­ine Keener. Blu-ray ex­tras in­clude deleted scenes, out­takes, commentaries and an all-new Aun­tie Edna mini-movie.

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