Well, you know what this is. The guys take it round the block one more time. All ma­jor play­ers are back on board, along with John Good­man and Heather Gra­ham.

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The lat­est an­i­ma­tion from the folks be­hind Ice Age is adapted from Wil­liam Joyce’s chil­dren’s book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Do you need to know more?


THE HANG­OVER PART III Based on a tall tale by Ah­met Zappa (son of Frank), this con­tem­po­rary re­work­ing of Thum­be­lina gifts a smi­ley, leaf-legged pre- ado­les­cent to a child­less cou­ple (Garner and Edger­ton). Ti­mothy turns out to be as naive and un­af­fected as one might ex­pect from a kid who sprung up in the gar­den overnight. His sur­prised foster par­ents are thrilled with their new charge. But is there some­thing they should know? Fam­ily weepie. G cert, gen re­lease, 104 min OLYM­PUS HAS FALLEN Di­rected by An­tione Fuqua. Star­ring Ger­ard But­ler, Mor­gan Free­man, Aaron Eck­hart, Ash­ley Judd, An­gela Bas­sett, Melissa Leo If you’re the kind of chap who thought that Law Abid­ing Cit­i­zen was a mas­ter­piece and likes to fin­ish most ut­ter­ances with “Braw”, then this is the movie for you. A dum­ber, louder, live ac­tion ver­sion of Team Amer­ica: World Po­lice in which North Korean ter­ror­ists shoot up the White House and take on pres­i­den­tial body­guard Ger­ard But­ler, it’s un­pre­ten­tious if noth­ing else. Fuqua is a depend­able ac­tion di­rect­gor whose tal­ents will never be max­imised while the 1980s con­tinue to be over. But the CG is just aw­ful. 15 cert, gen re­lease, 120 min PIL­GRIM HILL Di­rected by Ger­ard Bar­rett. Star­ring Joe Mullins Shot in un­hur­ried, cau­tious fash­ion – and mak­ing oc­ca­sional ges­tures to the mock doc­u­men­tary genre – Pil­grim Hill of­fers a qui­etly dev­as­tat­ing por­trait of a bach­e­lor farmer (Mullins) ek­ing out his life in a lonely farm on a windy out­crop. Bar­rett’s de­but fea­ture is a qui­etly stun­ning slice of ru­ral nat­u­ral­ism. Ian D Mur­phy’s cin­e­matog­ra­phy is limpid. Bar­rett chore­ographs the slow march to­wards an ex­pected catas­tro­phe with rhythms that are pos­i­tively Rus­sian in their grace. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 78 min THE PLACE BE­YOND THE PINES Di­rected by Derek Cian­france. Star­ring Ryan Gosling, Eva Men­des, Bradley Cooper Don’t be fooled by the iconic spec­ta­cle of per­ox­ide Gosling on a mo­tor­bike: the sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween di­rec­tor Cian­france and the ac­tor is no angsty ac­tioner but a trip­tych. Gosling’s lost boy carny ex­its af­ter the first chap­ter, leav­ing Cooper’s cop to hold the fort. Two brighter, younger things , in turn, su­per­sede Cooper as the cen­tral fo­cus. Pic­ture the time-lapse drama of Blue Valen­tine on a grander, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional scale. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 140 min PROMISED LAND Di­rected by Gus Van Sant. Star­ring Matt Da­mon, John Krasin­ski, Frances McDor­mand Van Sant fol­lows up the fine Milk and the ex­e­crable Rest­less with a wor­thy, im­plau­si­ble but sur­pris­ingly charm­ing film on the hot topic of nat­u­ral gas frack­ing. Da­mon and McDor­mand play two nicely drawn an­ti­heroes: out­rid­ers for a sin­is­ter en­ergy firm who want to do the wrong thing for the right rea­sons. Un­for­tu­nately, the film slips into Capraesque im­plau­si­bil­ity, though it re­mains en­joy­able through­out. Hard to swal­low, easy to di­gest. 15A cert, Cork Om­ni­plex/Reel Pic­ture, Cork; Car­rick Cine­plex, Leitrim; Boyle/Car­rick Cine­plex, Roscom­mon, 106 min NEW RE­LEASE THE RE­LUC­TANT FUN­DA­MEN­TAL­IST 15A cert, QFT, Belfast; IMC Dún Laoghaire/Screen, Dublin; IMC Gal­way, 130 min See re­view, page 12 NEW RE­LEASE STAR TREK INTO DARK­NESS 12A cert, gen re­lease, 132 min See re­view, page 11 SCARY MOVIE 5 15A cert, gen re­lease, 86 min No re­view; not pre­viewed for crit­ics 21 AND OVER Di­rected by Jon Lu­cas and Scott Moore. Star­ring Justin Chon, Miles Teller, Sky­lar Astin One of many re­cent films that could serve as a re­cruit­ing ad­ver­tise­ment for Al Qaeda, 21 and Over finds a big id­iot (Teller) vis­it­ing a lesser id­iot (Astin) and some­body who’s al­most not an id­iot (Justin Chon) at some up­mar­ket col­lege. That last char­ac­ter has just turned 21, but feels un­able to do what it is that leads “party” to be used as a verb. He soon re­lents and the film be­comes as sick­en­ingly stupid as ex­pected. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 93 min WHITE ELE­PHANT/ELE­FANTE BLANCO Di­rected by Pablo Trap­ero. Star­ring Ri­cardo Darín, Jérémie Re­nier Two priests set to work in a trou­bled cor­ner of Buenos Aires. Fol­low­ing on from his ex­cel­lent Caran­cho, Trap­ero of­fers an­other di­vert­ing med­i­ta­tion on cor­rup­tion and so­cial des­per­a­tion in his na­tive Ar­gentina. As we have come to ex­pect from this di­rec­tor, the film deftly com­bines nar­ra­tive pace with an acute grasp of the po­lit­i­cal un­der­cur­rents. It is the very best sort of cam­paign­ing drama: the kind that sneaks up upon you. 15A cert, Screen, Dublin, 104 min WRECK-IT RALPH Di­rected by Rich Moore. Voices of John C Reilly, Sarah Sil­ver­man It doesn’t quite live up to the po­ten­tial of its premise. The graph­ics are de­li­cious. The con­trast be­tween dif­fer­ent gam­ing styles are nicely high­lighted. But as the film pro­gresses, the in-jokes de­crease and the dia­logue loses much of its bite. G cert, gen re­lease, 107 min

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