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ME AND YOU/IO E TE Di­rected by Bernardo Ber­tolucci. Star­ring Ja­copo Olmo Anti­nori, Tea Falco, So­nia Berga­m­asco, Pippo Del­bono A young boy with­draws from the world in the lat­est from a on­ce­great di­rec­tor. Me and You sel­dom makes one think of phrases such as “From the di­rec­tor of The Con­form­ist”. If any­thing, this flimsy, wholly un­re­al­is­tic two-step makes one yearn for such su­pe­rior mid-tolow ta­ble Ber­tolucci joints as Lit­tle Bud­dha and The Shel­ter­ing Sky. Ev­ery­thing about the film’s youth­ful vigour is bo­gus. Club, Triskel, Cork, 103 min MUD Di­rected by Jeff Nichols. Star­ring Matthew McConaughe­y, Tye Sheri­dan, Sam Shep­ard, Reese Wither­spoon, Michael Shan­non Two boys in ru­ral Arkansas make friends with a drifter (McConaughe­y) and set out to help him re­unite with his true love (Wither­spoon). Over the past few years, Nichols has gath­ered a small, fer­vent fol­low­ing – the very def­i­ni­tion of a cult – with the ex­tra­or­di­nary Shot­gun Sto­ries and Take Shel­ter. His lat­est slice of south­ern Gothic is less weird than ei­ther of those films, but it still ra­di­ates rough ar­che­typal men­ace. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 130 min

Thum­be­lina OBLIV­ION Di­rected by Joseph Kosin­ski. Star­ring Tom Cruise, Mor­gan Free­man, Olga Kurylenko, An­drea Rise­bor­ough Largely suc­cess­ful sci-fi romp con­cern­ing the sur­vivor of an apoc­a­lypse (Cruise) who spends his days mend­ing drones on a dev­as­tated earth and his nights snug­gling up to his col­league (Rise­bor­ough) in an im­pec­ca­ble white tower. The open­ing sec­tions, which come across like Stan­ley Kubrick’s The Jet­sons, pass the time per­fectly plea­sur­ably. Then a stranger (Kurylenko) ar­rives in a space­ship. Be­fore too long, ev­ery­thing is ex­plod­ing and we’re stuck in a bog-stan­dard fu­tur­is­tic boom- fest. 12A cert, lim re­lease, 124 min THE ODD LIFE OF TI­MOTHY GREEN Di­rected by Peter Hedges. Star­ring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edger­ton

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