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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.