Tara Brady and Don­ald Clarke’s picks of the cur­rent film re­leases

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AVENGERS: IN­FIN­ITY WAR ★★★ Directed by An­thony Russo, Joe Russo. Star­ring Robert Downey jnr, Chris He ms worth, Mark Ruff a lo, Chris Evans, Scar­lett Jo hans son, Bene­dict Cum ber batch, Chad­wick Bose­man, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, El­iz­a­beth Olsen, Don Chea­dle, An­thony M ac kie, Tom Hol­land, Zoe Sal dana, Se­bas­tian Stan, Benec io del Toro, Paul Bet­tany,T om Vaughan Law l or, Gwyneth Pal trow, Peter

Din­klage If Thanos (Brolin) will al­low us to say so, the lat­est su­per­hero chaos kicks off when that alien tyrant ar­rives on Earth in search of magic jewels that will al­low him to dom­i­nate or de­stroy or re dec­o­rate the uni­verse. Be­fore long, ev­ery­body in Stan Lee’s phone book has ral­lied in re­sis­tance. Even Marvel scep­tics might, if the film didn’t take its guff so se­ri­ously, ac­cept the gang-show aes­thetic and of­fer two cau­tious thumbs up. But it’s as up-it­self as ever. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 149 min DC

BEAST ★★★★ Directed by Michael Pear ce. Star­ring Jessie Buck­ley, Johnny Flynn, Geral­dine James, Try stan Gravel le, Oliver M alt man, Charley Palmer

Roth­well Up­staged her own deathly birth­day party, Moll (Buck­ley, ter­rific) slinks off to a lo­cal night­club where a boozy even­ing is rounded off with an en­counter with rugged Pas­cal (Flynn), a hunts­man who lives off the land. Pearce’s film res­ur­rects the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller with jolts of Hitch­cock­ian in­trigue and class snob­bery. The in­su­lar Jersey set­ting am­pli­fies both Moll’s iso­la­tion and re­bel­lion and makes for strange colo­nial un­der­cur­rents and hints of such ley-line English hor­rors as The Wicker Man. 15A cert, Light House, Dublin (Sun/Tues only), 107 min TB

NEWRELEASE THEBREADWI­NNER ★★★★ Directed by No­rah Twomey. Voices of Saara Chaudry, Soma Ch­haya, Laara Sadiq,S ha is ta Lat if, Ali Bad shah,

Kawa Ada The lat­est from Kilkenny’s Car­toon Sa­loon con­cerns a girl in Tal­iban-con­trolled Kabul who is forced to dress as a boy to sup­port her fam­ily. If the pre­vi­ous Car­toon Sa­loon fea­tures, Song of the Sea and The

Se­cret of Kells, had a flaw, it was a lack of dis­ci­pline in their nar­ra­tive struc­ture. De­spite its fre­quent di­ver­sions into high fan­tasy, The Bread­win­ner has greater mo­men­tum and a more se­cure story arc. As ever, the vi­su­als are gor­geous. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 93 min DC BREAKINGIN ★★★ Directed by James McTeigue. Star­ring Gabrielle Union, Seth Carr, Ajiona Alexus, Christa Miller, Ja­son Ge­orge, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral In Miguel Án­gel Vi­vas’s 2010 thriller

Kid­napped, the in­trud­ers are listed sim­ply as Head Thief, Young Thief and Strong Thief. Break­ing In’ s tri­umvi­rate could eas­ily be billed as Head Thief, Wimp Thief, and Rapey Mex­i­can Thief. Their tar­get is an African-Amer­i­can mom (Union), who must pitch her wits and var­i­ous im­pro­vised weapons in or­der to save her two chil­dren from mur­der­ous ma­raud­ers. Does Gabrielle get to an­nounce: “You broke into the wrong house”? You bet she does. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 88 min TB CIT­I­ZEN LANE ★★★★ Directed by Thad­deus O’Sul­li­van. Star­ring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Gem ma-Leah Dev ereux, Michael Gam­bon, Marty Rae, Derbhle Crotty, Barry Mc­Gov­ern, Ned Den­nehy By any rea­son­ing, O’Sul­li­van’s hy­brid por­trait of the art col­lec­tor and gallery founder Hugh Lane sim­ply shouldn’t work. The film’s mar­riage – or rather menage – of talk­ing heads, artis­tic flâneurism and his­tor­i­cal re­cre­ation ought to make for a scream­ing match, or at the very least un­easy tran­si­tions. But work­ing from Mark O’Hal­lo­ran’s fiendishly clever script, the De­cem­ber Bride di­rec­tor and dex­ter­ous ed­i­tor Mick Ma­hon have fash­ioned a project as el­e­gant as its sub­ject. G cert, lim re­lease, 81 min TB

DEAD­POOL2 ★★★ Directed by David Le it ch. Star­ring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Bro lin,Zazie Beetz, Les­lie Uggams, Morena Ba cc arin, Brian na Hilde­brand, Ju­lian Den­ni­son, S te fanKa pi cic,TJ Miller,

Terry Crews Dead­pool is res­cued by the X-Men af­ter fall­ing into sui­ci­dal de­spair. He blows his chance (ob­vi­ously) dur­ing an en­counter with a young mu­tant. De­pend­ing on your ap­petites, the con­stant self-ref­er­ence is ei­ther a shame­ful cheat or a re­lease from the su­per­hero same­ness. It’s prob­a­bly a bit of both and Reynolds’s rel­ish is, for the most part, passed on to the au­di­ence. This time round they’ve toned down the recre­ational sex­ism. Maybe that’s why it feels less grat­ing. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 120 min DC

NEW RE­LEASE EDIE ★★★ Directed by Si­mon Hunter. Star­ring Sheila Han­cock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Br anni gan, Amy Man­son, Wendy

Mor­gan, Ra ch aelKe ill er The tit­u­lar hero­ine, played with plenty of sass by Han­cock, has been a long-term carer to her ill hus­band. Their mar­riage, we learn, was not a happy one and his death is a cause for her to lament many “wasted years”. She packs a bag and heads to Scot­tish High­lands in an at­tempt the reach the sum­mit of Suil­ven Moun­tain. There she re­luc­tantly be­friends un­fail­ingly help­ful lo­cal guide (Guthrie). But even with as­sis­tance, will the climb prove too much for the oc­to­ge­nar­ian? A grit­tier take on the grey pound movie. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 102 min TB EN­TEBBE ★★★

Directed by JoséPadilh­a.S tar­ring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Ed­die Mar san, Ben Sch netz er, Li or Ashke­nazi, De­nis Méno­chet, Nonso Anozie Hav­ing scored suc­cesses with un­de­ni­ably thrilling cel­e­bra­tions of jack­bootery in Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The En­emy Within, Brazil­ian di­rec­tor José Padilha’s En­tebbe (per­haps sur­pris­ingly) works aw­fully hard to be less gung-ho than pre­vi­ous films about that hostage cri­sis. There are mean­ing­ful ex­changes be­tween Brühl’s nervy, com­pro­mised Wil­fried Böse, a mem­ber of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Cells, and Méno­chet’s prag­matic flight en­gi­neer about the PR im­pli­ca­tions of Ger­man’s ex­e­cut­ing Jewish hostages. Pike plays fel­low hi­jacker Brigitte Kuhlman as vul­ner­a­ble, dazed and ide­al­is­tic. The un­easy at­tempts at bal­ance won’t please any­one who has an opin­ion on ei­ther side of the Is­raeli-Pales­tine con­flict. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 107 min TB

NEW RE­LEASE EVENWHENIF­ALL ★★★★ Directed by Kate McLarnon, Sky Neal

“My fa­ther said I could come home if I didn’t like it. But the peo­ple there wouldn’t take me home.” Hu­man traf­fick­ing is a fast-grow­ing in­dus­try in south Asia. Some 10,000 women and chil­dren are traf­ficked from Nepal to In­dia ever year. Some of them, in­clud­ing Saras­woti, end up in the cir­cus. By the time they are res­cued, Saras­woti and Shee­tal, two women who were sold to the cir­cus as chil­dren, are in­cred­i­bly skil­ful per­form­ers. As young adults, now re­turned to Nepal, they are mem­bers of Cir­cus Kath­mandu, an ad­vocacy group of men, women and chil­dren who have been sim­i­larly res­cued from cir­cus servi­tude in In­dia. Club, QFT, Belfast, 93 min TB


Directed by Tony Zierra. With Leon Vita li, Ryan O’ Neal, Matthew Mo di ne, R Lee Ermey, Danny Lloyd, Stel­lan

Skars­gard In­ter­est­ing doc­u­men­tary on Leon Vi­tali, the man who acted as Stan­ley Kubrick’s fac­to­tum for the last two decades of his ca­reer. There is much here for the Kubrick fan, but it’s also a frus­trat­ing film. No at­tempt is made to pull apart the in­ad­e­qua­cies of Kubrick’s last two films (Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut). There is also a puz­zling si­lence from the wives of both Vi­tali and Kubrick. If there was some sort of breach with Chris­tiane Kubrick, then we needed to be told. 15A cert, Light House (Sun/Tues only, Dublin, 94 min DC

THE GUERNSEY LIT­ER­ARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SO­CI­ETY ★ Directed by Mike Newell. Star­ring Lily James, Glen Pow­ell, Michiel Huis­man, Tom Courte­nay, Matthew Goode, Jes­sica Brown Find­lay, Pene­lope Wil­ton Lazy, life­less adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar novel fol­low­ing a post­war writer (James, fine) as she hears tales of the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of Guernsey. At least two Down­ton Abbey alum­nae join at least one the­atri­cal great and at least one grad­u­ate of the Bri­tish new wave in a film that pays more at­ten­tion to the cut of the ac­tors’ tweeds than to nar­ra­tive co­he­sion. So anaemic you feel the urge to feed it a pint of Guin­ness. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 123 min DC


Directed by Abby Kohn, Marc Sil­ver stein. Star­ring Amy Sc hum er, Michelle Wil­liams, Ro ry Scov el, Emily Rat ajkows ki, Naomi Camp­bell,

Lau­renHut­ton Schumer, on­line drone at a beauty firm, biffs her head and be­comes con­vinced that she is more “con­ven­tion­ally at­trac­tive” (stay with me as I en­ter­tain the film’s own logic)

The Bread­win­ner, out now on gen­eral re­lease

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