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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA - TARA BRADY and DON­ALD CLARKE RE­VIEW ALL THE CUR­RENT CIN­EMA RE­LEASES

NEWRELEASE

ALL THIS MAY­HEM ★★★★ Di­rected by Ed­die Martin. Fea­tur­ing Tas Pap­pas, Ben Pap­pas, Danny Min­nick, Tommy Caudill, Dom Ke­kich Ter­rific doc­u­men­tary con­cern­ing the rise and drug-fu­elled fall of Ben and Tas Pap­pas, two prodi­giously tal­ented skate­board­ers from Mel­bourne. They travel to the US. They im­press the kids. They fall out spec­tac­u­larly with Tony Hawk. The story is told com­pellingly in a film that man­ages to bal­ance fun with tragedy in al­most equal mea­sure. Is it rad? Is it gnarly? We be­lieve it is. Su­perb edit­ing and great use of mu­sic. 15A cert, lim­ited re­lease, 104 min DC

BE­GIN AGAIN ★★★★ Di­rected by John Car­ney. Star­ring Keira Knight­ley, Mark

Ruf­falo Knight­ley plays a young singer aban­doned in New York City. Ruf­falo is the A&R man who thinks he can make her a star. John Car­ney’s first US film is very much a cousin to his ear­lier Once. Car­ney has honed his in­au­then­tic au­then­tic­ity to the edge of per­fec­tion and the mu­sic soars through­out. The ac­tors also man­age to bring fal­ter­ing nat­u­ral­ness to a script that be­lieves in love, is tol­er­ant of artis­tic pas­sion, and is oth­er­wise bliss­fully un­in­ter­ested in cyn­i­cism. 15A cert, 103 min DC

BOY­HOOD ★★★★★ Di­rected by Richard Lin­klater. Star­ring Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette, Ethan Hawke, El­lar Coltrane, Lorelei Lin­klater Lin­klater’s ex­tra­or­di­nary piece sounds like a brave ex­per­i­ment on pa­per. For 12 years, once a year, he asked the same ac­tors to play the mem­bers of a very mod­ern fam­ily. Coltrane is the boy. Ar­quette and Hawke are his es­tranged par­ents. While jug­gling the lo­gis­tics, Lin­klater has al­lowed an enor­mously en­gag­ing, deeply mov­ing saga to weave its ten­drils about the loose struc­ture. Few films have blended the uni­ver­sal with the par­tic­u­lar to such ex­tra­or­di­nary

ef­fect. 15A cert, 165 min DC

NEWRELEASE

THE CONGRESS ★★★★ 15A cert, lim­ited re­lease, 122

min. See re­view, page 12 DAWN OF THEPLANET OF THE

APES ★★★★ Di­rected by Matt Reeves. Star­ring Andy Serkis, Ja­son Clarke, Gary Old­man, Keri Rus­sell The ter­rific se­quel to a fine pre­quel finds hu­mankind fac­ing erad­i­ca­tion while an ape com­mu­nity de­vel­ops in the forests round San Fran­cisco. Serkis’s thought­ful chimp and Clarke’s peace­ful hu­man de­velop a re­la­tion­ship that is con­vinc­ingly touch­ing as the two species head in­ex­orably to­wards con­flict. The at­mos­phere is bril­liantly main­tained, the fram­ing se­quence is per­fect. More please.

12A cert, 130 min DC

NEWRELEASE DI­NOSAUR 13 ★★★★ Club, The Light House, Dublin, 95 min See re­view, page 13 EARTHTO ECHO ★★★ Di­rected by Dave Green. Star­ring Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley If you dis­tilled this not in­tol­er­a­ble film into a bot­tle you could hap­pily mar­ket it is as Essence of Spiel­berg. Ac­tu­ally, that’s not quite fair to the se­nior film-maker. Essence of Speel­burg, per­haps. A bunch of kids lo­cate an alien robot and seek to engi­neer its trip home. There’s noth­ing new to the story. But the kids are good and the found-footage for­mat is car­ried

off well. PG cert, 91 min DC

NEWRELEASE THE EX­PEND­ABLES 3 ★★★ 12A cert, gen re­lease, 126 min

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

★★★★ Di­rected by Josh Boone. Star­ring Shai­lene Wood­ley, Ansel El­gort, Nat Wolff, Laura

Dern, Willem Dafoe Sev­en­teenyear-old Hazel (Wood­ley) is a ter­mi­nal can­cer pa­tient who bonds with Au­gus­tus (El­gort), a wise-crack­ing 18-year-old whose can­cer is cur­rently in re­mis­sion fol­low­ing the am­pu­ta­tion of a leg. The star-crossed teens de­velop a mu­tual ob­ses­sion with each other and with Hazel’s favourite book, An Im­pe­rial

Af­flic­tion. They dream of vis­it­ing the novel’s reclu­sive au­thor in Am­s­ter­dam. Will they make it? And will the writer have an­swers to Hazel’s ques­tions? Good but sur­pris­ingly low on blub. 12A cert, 125 min TB

FIND­ING VI­VIAN MAIER

★★★★ Di­rected by John Maloof, Char­lie Siskel When am­a­teur his­to­rian John Maloof bid on a box of old photo neg­a­tives at an es­tate auc­tion in 2007, he was in­trigued to find a cache of

in­cred­i­ble street pho­to­graphs mostly dat­ing from the 1950s and 1960s. The shooter was Vi­vian Maier, an artist who, in 2014, is usu­ally men­tioned in the same breath as Diane Ar­bus. But at the time of Maloof’s dis­cov­ery, she was un­known. Find­ing Vi­vian

Maier chron­i­cles Maloof’s ef­forts as a cus­to­dian for Maier’s work and his at­tempt to un­ravel the mys­tery around the enig­matic pho­tog­ra­pher. Club, IFI/Light House, Dublin, 84 min TB GOD’S POCKET ★★★ Di­rected by John Slat­tery. Star­ring Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Richard Jenk­ins, Christina Hen­dricks, John Tur­turro, Caleb Landry Jones,

Ed­die Marsan In one of his last roles, Hoff­man plays a sat-upon hus­band who strives to get by in a rust-belt town plagued by soapy crises. Slat­tery, best known as the de­light­fully lupine Roger Ster­ling in Mad Men, shakes off the Brooks Broth­ers sheath and re­turns to work­ing-class roots for his in­sanely busy di­rec­to­rial de­but. It’s very well acted and looks nice through­out. But there are too many melo­dra­matic plots fight­ing for our at­ten­tion. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 89 min DC

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

★★★ Di­rected by James Gunn. Star­ring Chris Pratt, Zoe Sal­dana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gil­lan, Dji­mon Houn­sou, Glenn Close, Beni­cio Del Toro Funny, di­vert­ing, light­weight space opera in which trees, racoons and the good-look­ing guy from Parks

and Recre­ations seek some sort of magic sphere. Ball up a se­ries of dumb-ass sit­u­a­tions from Golden Age sci-fi, bung them in a hat, draw ran­domly and ar­range in se­quence. You’re now look­ing at some­thing like the story to Gunn’s ca­reer­ing film. But the char­ac­ters are so charm­ing and the ban­ter so di­vert­ing that it

Cae­sar con­tem­plates: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, out now on gen­eral re­lease proves very hard to re­sist. 12A cert, 120 min DC

NEWRELEASE HEC­TOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAP­PI­NESS ★★ 15A cert, gen re­lease, 120min

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HER­CULES ★★★ Di­rected by Brett Rat­ner. Star­ring Dwayne John­son, Ian McShane, Ru­fus Sewell, Joseph Fi­ennes, John Hurt, In­grid Bolsø Berdal, Askel Hen­nie A half-hearted re­tread of

Glad­i­a­tor played for kitsch and laughs. John­son’s Her­cules isn’t ac­tu­ally an im­mor­tal demi-god but an a ace man (and woman) man­ager with a high-per­form­ing team of war­riors, in­clud­ing Sewell’s Cyn­i­cal One, In­grid Bolsø Berdal’s Ama­zo­nian One, Hen­nie’s Psy­cho­pathic One, and, best of all, McShane’s to­tally off-form or­a­cle. 12A cert, 97 min

TB HOWTO TRAINYOUR DRAGON2 ★★★★ Di­rected by Dean DeBlois. Fea­tur­ing Jay Baruchel, Ger­ard But­ler, Jonah Hill, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Kris­ten Wiig, Cate

Blanchett Grown men. Tiny girls. Myth­i­cal creatures. Who doesn’t love How to Train Your Dragon? The se­quel con­tin­ues with the lurk­ing Celtic theme. Ger­ard But­ler gets to be uber-Scot­tish as Sto­ick the Vast, fa­ther of un­likely hero Hic­cup (Baruchel). He’s joined by Cate Blanchett, who drops vow­els and goes Gaelic as reclu­sive vig­i­lante Valka, the dragon-sphere’s an­swer to Diane Fossey. Game of What? This is our new desert is­land dragon -themed pop pick. PG cert, 101 min TB THE HUN­DRED-YEAR-OLD MAN­WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOWAND DIS­AP­PEARED ★★★★ Di­rected by Felix Hern­gren. Star­ring Robert Gustafs­son As Al­lan (Gustafs­son) ap­proaches his cen­te­nary, he de­cides to bust out of the old-folks home and take the next train out of town. An en­counter with a skin­head leaves our elderly hero in pos­ses­sion of a suit­case, a MacGuf­fin that var­i­ous men­ac­ing gang­sters will chase for the rest of the movie. Mean­while, Al­lan ac­quires his own makeshift gang, in­clud­ing a ner­vous young aca­demic, a burly sta­tion­mas­ter, and a lady with an ele­phant. Mostly, he rem­i­nisces: a stream of tall-tale rec­ol­lec­tions star­ring Stalin, Franco and Op­pen­heimer that casts him as an alt.For­rest Gump. 15A cert, Light House, 114 min TB THE IN­BE­TWEEN­ERS 2 ★★★ Di­rected by Da­mon Beesley and Iain Mor­ris. Star­ring Si­mon Bird, James Buck­ley, Blake Har­ri­son, Joe Thomas, Belinda Ste­wart-Wil­son, Emily Ber­ring­ton, Tamla Kari The boys have all gone to Aus­tralia for fur­ther mis­un­der­stand­ings and cul­tural ter­ror­ism. The se­quel to the most star­tling box-of­fice smash of re­cent years col­lapses over the fin­ish­ing line with barely a breath of air still in its lungs. Si­mon’s dry asides re­main caus­ti­cally with­er­ing, Jay’s sex­ist ban­ter is still un­der­mined by his poorly con­cealed vul­ner­a­bil­ity and Neil con­tin­ues to be an amus­ingly cretinous bean­pole. But that’s enough, methinks. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 97 min DC

LILT­ING ★★★ Di­rected by Hong Khaou. Star­ring Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei-pei, An­drew Le­ung, Mor­ven Christie, Naomi Christie, Peter

Bowles So well-mean­ing, you feel it should be sup­ported by a flag day, Hong Khaou’s de­but pic­ture be­gins with June (Pei-pei), a Chi­nese lady con­fined to an old person’s home in Lon­don, car­ry­ing on a con­versa- tion with her adult son Kai (Le­ung). It soon tran­spires that he is dead. His be­reaved part­ner (Whishaw) then tries to make emo­tional con­tact. Though the film is a bit drippy, it would take an ut­ter bounder to turn Lilt­ing from the door. Club, IFI/Light House, Dublin (also on Volta.ie), 86 min DC

MALEF­I­CENT ★★★ Di­rected by Robert Stromberg. Star­ring An­gelina Jolie, Elle Fan­ning, Imelda Staunton Dis­ney’s lat­est mus­ing on its own legacy is mov­ing, funny and un­set­tling through­out. Much of that is down to Jolie and what the art de­part­ment has done to her. Wear­ing pros­thetic cheek­bones that sharpen her (not no­tice­ably dull) fea­tures into an ap­prox­i­ma­tion of the pointy Malef­i­cent in Dis­ney’s 1959 an­i­ma­tion, she dom­i­nates the pic­ture in much the same way that the Black Death dom­i­nated the Dark Ages. It’s hard to imag­ine the film ex­ist­ing with­out her. PG cert, 97 min TB

MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE

★★ Di­rected by Ben Kel­lett. Star­ring Bren­dan O’Car­roll, Eil­ish O’Car­roll, Nick Nev­ern, Paddy Houli­han O’Car­roll’s TV com­edy trans­fers to the cin­ema with pre­dictably broad re­sults. For the first hour, raw en­ergy and brazen good­will holds the rick­ety con­struc­tion aloft. But even the se­ries’ most ar­dent fans may find the clos­ing chase se­quences ab­surdly overex­tended and ex­haust­ingly point­less. Still, it does have its heart in the right place. Al­ready enor­mous.

15A cert, 94 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE MOE­BIUS ★★★★ Club, IFI, Dublin 89 min

See re­view, page 13 MOOD IN­DIGO/L’ECUME DES

JOURS ★★★ Di­rected by Michel Gondry. Star­ring Ro­main Duris, Au­drey Tautou, Gad El­maleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Char­lotte Le

Bon Colin’s friend (El­maleh) falls for the niece (Maïga) of Colin’s bril­liantly re­source­ful man-ser­vant (Sy). So Colin (Duris) de­mands to “fall in love too”. En­ter Chloe (Tautou), whom Colin mar­ries af­ter a go-kart race and whirl­wind Parisian ro­mance. Un­hap­pily, the new bride soon de­vel­ops a de­bil­i­tat­ing lily grow­ing from her lung, one that will be fa­tal if she isn’t sur­rounded by flow­ers at all times. Cue danc­ing pep­per­pots, door­bells that crawl down the wall, hy­per­ac­tive food, and a dining ta­ble wear­ing roller skates. A bit tir­ing. 12A cert, QFT, Belfast; IFI/Light House, Dublin, 95 min TB

THE NUT JOB ★ Di­rected by Peter Lepe­ni­o­tis.

Voices of Will Ar­nett, Bren­dan Fraser, Liam Nee­son, Kather­ine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Maya

Ru­dolph Tak­ing place in a ver­sion of post-war New York City, this scrap­pily an­i­mated, badly writ­ten kids’ pic­ture is, of all un­likely things, an an­thro­po­mor­phic vari­a­tion on Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks. A gang of hood­lums have bought a nut store with a mind to tun­nelling through to a neigh­bour­ing bank. But they haven’t reck­oned on the cheeky an­i­mals from the park. The good name of Cana­dian-South Korean an­i­mated co-pro­duc­tions has been sul­lied for­ever. G cert, 85 min DC PLANES: FIRE & RES­CUE ★★ Di­rected by Roberts Gan­n­away Voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Gar­rett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen The world would have kept turn­ing with­out a se­quel to a spin-off from (by far) the worst films on Pixar’s CV. But this sprig from the Cars fam­ily is not ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble. Nippy, de­cently an­i­mated and with a tidy script, Fire and Res­cue is prob­a­bly bet­ter than the bloated, ex­ploita­tive, in­dul­gent

Cars 2. It’s just a shame the se­ries’ in­ter­nal logic makes so lit­tle sense. The cars can travel on trains but not planes, you say. What’s go­ing on? G cert, gen re­lease, 83 min DC

PUDSEY THE DOG: THE MOVIE

★★ Di­rected by Nick Moore. Star­ring Pudsey, Jes­sica Hynes, voices of Olivia Col­man, David

Wal­liams A Lon­don fam­ily runs up against an evil de­vel­oper when they move to the coun­try. Yes, the fea­ture film star­ring Pudsey the dog – win­ner of

Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent – does ex­ist and all its jokes have been im­ported un­al­tered from 1972.

This is not al­to­gether a ter­ri­ble thing. The film is cer­tainly ter­ri­ble, but it has a class of ram­shackle charm to it. Sadly, Pudsey doesn’t much stretch his range. This may be the last we see of him. PG cert, 87 min DC THE PURGE: AN­AR­CHY ★★★ Di­rected by James DeMonaco. Star­ring Frank Grillo, Car­men

Ejogo, Zoe Soul One night ev­ery year, for a full 12 hours, an amnesty is is­sued on all vi­o­lent of­fend­ers. Theft, rape, as­sault and mur­der are all per­mit­ted. If the first film in the dystopian se­ries had a prob­lem, it was that it kept too much in­doors. Part two hits the streets of LA and lo­cates all kinds of may­hem. The pol­i­tics of the piece are still deeply con­fused, but DeMonaco stages many de­cent ac­tion se­quences in the John Carpenter style. 16 cert, 103 min DC NEW RE­LEASE THE ROVER ★★★ 16 cert, gen re­lease, 102 min

See re­view, page12 STEP UP ALL IN ★★ Di­rected by Tr­ish Sie. Star­ring Ryan Guz­man, Bri­ana Evi­gan,

Misha Gabriel, Adam Se­vani, Alyson Stoner, Izabella Miko As we reach part five in the tol­er­a­ble dance se­quence, we wel­come back many stars from pre­vi­ous episodes (though not Chan­ning Ta­tum, who has more prof­itable ways of spend­ing his time). Fo­cus­ing on au­di­tions for a TV show in Las Ve­gas, the film ends up com­ing across like

Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent with­out the danc­ing dogs, jug­gling in­fants and bird im­pres­sion­ists that make the show worth watch­ing. I’m afraid it’s three “no’s” from us. PG cert, 111 min DC

TAMMY ★★ Di­rected by Ben Fal­cone. Star­ring Melissa McCarthy, Su­san Saran­don, Toni Col­lette Jum­bled, in­co­her­ent road movie fea­tur­ing another of McCarthy’s trade­mark boors. Jan­ney, who is 11 years McCarthy’s se­nior, turns up as her mum. Saran­don, 13 years older than Jan­ney, plays the ti­tle char­ac­ter’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother. None of this lu­nacy would mat­ter if the film were just a tiny bit fun­nier. Un­for­tu­nately, its about as amus­ing as trench­foot. 15A cert,

94 min DC TRANSFORME­RS: AGE OF

EX­TINC­TION ★ Di­rected by Michael Bay. Star­ring Jack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg, Ni­cola Peltz, Kelsey Gram­mer, Stan­ley

Tucci The big­gest prob­lem with all of the Transforme­rs films – if we’re pre­pared to over­look the rapey sex­ual pol­i­tics – is that there’s far too much hu­man in­ter­est in hu­mans that aren’t aw­fully in­ter­est­ing. Here, Op­ti­mus Prime is forced into an al­liance with Wal­h­berg’s wacky in­ven­tor as they face a hawk­ish Repub­li­can (Gram­mer), a wealthy in­dus­tri­al­ist (Tucci) and ill-de­fined ma­raud­ing aliens. Many hours into the run time, di­nosaur vari­a­tions of Trans­former prod­uct – now avail­able in all good toy stores – ar­rive with a deus ex machina thud to save the day. A bunch of ex­plo­sions does not a movie make. 12A cert, 165 min TB THE UN­BEAT­A­BLES ★★★ Di­rected by Juan José Cam­panella. Star­ring Ru­pert Grint, Peter Ser­afi­now­icz, An­thony Head, Rob Bry­don, Ralf Lit­tle, Stan­ley Townsend The Un­beat­a­bles opens with a re­play of

2001: A Space Odyssey’s mono­lith se­quence and, in do­ing so, an­nounces it­self as this year’s

most an­i­ma­tion. bril­liantly A lively dou­ble-coded and con­sis­tently a group funny of ta­ble fam­ily foot­ballers film in which come to life in order to help a small-town foos­ball cham­pion, the script is char­ac­terised by cut­ting re­marks about a cer­tain foot­balling body and a preen­ing foot­balling su­per­star vil­lain who, in no way bears any sim­i­lar­i­ties to any real-life preen­ing foot­balling su­per­star. Un­less that su­per­star is Cris­tiano Ron­aldo. Cert G, gen­eral re­lease, 97mins TB TO CATCH A THIEF ★★★★ Di­rected by Al­fred Hitch­cock. Star­ring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Lan­dis, John Wil­liams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Au­ber Com­ing af­ter the mas­ter­piece that was Rear

Win­dow and a few years be­fore the late purple patch that be­gan with Ver­tigo, To Catch a Thief has al­ways oc­cu­pied an un­cer­tain place in the Hitch­cock canon. Re­leased in 1955, the film is among the breezi­est of the mas­ter’s bet­ter-known works. The psy­cho­sex­ual per­ver­sions are not nearly so height­ened as they would be­come in Marnie

or The Birds. Yet the film re­mains per­fect af­ter­noon entertainm­ent. Club, IFI, Dublin,

106 min TB

WAKOLDA ★★★ Di­rected byy Lucía Puenzo. Star­ring Àlex Bren­demühl, Natalia Oreiro, Diego Peretti, Floren­cia Bado Dr Josef Men­gele has, of course, ap­peared on film be­fore. Three

decades ago, in The Boys from

Brazil, Gre­gory Peck played him as a som­bre ma­niac. Now, the tal­ented Ar­gen­tinean direc­tor Lucía Puenzo adopts a less fran­tic ap­proach to the ma­te­rial. Based on the direc­tor’s own

novel, Wakolda takes ru­mours con­cern­ing the Auschwitz doc­tor’s time in Patagonia and knits them into the story of a teenage girl’s dif­fi­cult com­ing of age. The re­sult is spooky, slip­pery and in­tel­lec­tu­ally lively. Club, IFI, Dublin, 93 min

TB

NEW RE­LEASE WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS

PLACE ★★★★ Club, IFI, 92 min See re­view,

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WEL­COME TO NEW YORK

★★★★ Di­rected by Abel Fer­rara Star­ring Gérard Depar­dieu, Jac­que­line Bis­set, Pamela

Afesi Dev­ereaux, as es­sayed by Gérard Depar­dieu at his most moun­tain­ous, is, ac­cord­ing to an open­ing dis­claimer, a fic­tional cre­ation. Yet fol­low­ing the film’s VOD re­lease in France, Do­minique Strauss-Kahn, the for­mer man­ag­ing direc­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF), has said he will sue for defama­tion. There is not enough “yuck” in the whole wide world to cover Fer­rara’s plu­to­cratic anti-hero. The direc­tor’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the rape of an African ho­tel maid is mer­ci­lessly ugly to be­hold. Yet that scene makes for com­par­a­tively pleas­ant view­ing when placed be­side Dev­ereaux’s rou­tine sex­ual an­tics. Club, IFI mem­bers, Dublin, 125 min TB

Foos fighter: The Un­beat­a­bles, out now on gen­eral re­lease

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