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

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BLACK47 ★★★★

Di­rected by Lance Daly. Star­ring Hugo Weav­ing, James F rec he ville,

Stephen Re a, Barry Keogh an The first widely re­leased fea­ture to fo­cus on the Great Famine is an un­mis­tak­able genre piece. It’s The Out­law Josey

Wales with fewer Co­manches but more rain. Weav­ing is the weath­ered cop pur­su­ing Frechevill­e’s be­reaved avenger across the dev­as­tated west of Ire­land. At times, the de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­clude ev­ery his­tor­i­cal de­tail causes the pack­age to strain. But the grey pools of Declan Quinn’s cine­matog­ra­phy and the evoca­tive strains of Brian Byrne’s score keep the brain twitch­ing in even the glummest mo­ments. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 99 min DC


Di­rected by Bryan Singer. Star­ring Rami Malek, Lucy Boyn­ton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Ai­dan Gillen, Tom Hol­lan­der, Allen

Leech, Mike My­ers Squab­bling is a defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of Bo­hemian

Rhap­sody, which blazes through Fred­die Mer­cury’s life in a se­ries of agree­ably cheesy vi­gnettes: Fred­die’s Parsi ori­gins and dis­ap­prov­ing dad, his life­long love for Mary Austin (Boyn­ton), the tours, the par­ties, the lone­li­ness be­tween, the hang­ers-on, and var­i­ous erup­tions of cre­ative dif­fer­ences with the band. The fi­nal scene, a flaw­less, mov­ing repli­ca­tion of Queen’s en­tire 20-minute set from Live Aid, is ab­surdly im­pres­sive, with Malek in­ter­pret­ing Mer­cury as a ge­o­mag­netic storm. A kind of magic. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 134 min TB


Di­rected by Paw el Paw­likows ki. Star­ring Joanna Kulig, To­masz Kot,

Bo­rys Szyc Love is not enough in this sor­row­ful, swoon­ing Soviet-era drama con­cern­ing pian­ist Wik­tor (Kot) and the blonde, cheru­bic singer-dancer Zula (the mes­meris­ing Kulig) who heads his folk en­sem­ble. When the troupe reaches East Ber­lin, the pair have a clear chance to de­fect but it soon be­comes clear that only one of them has any de­sire to cross the Iron Cur­tain. Thus be­gins a decade of border-cross­ing, part­ings and re­unions. Al­most in­de­cently mov­ing and eas­ily one of the films of the year. 15A cert, IFI, Dublin, 85 min TB


Di­rected by Mat­teo G arr one. Star­ring Mar­cello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce,

Al­ida Bal­dari Cal­abria Mar­cello (Fonte) is a small, timid, kindly man who runs a dog groom­ing par­lour on a largely aban­doned sweep of the south­ern Ital­ian coast. The neigh­bour­hood is rou­tinely ter­rorised by a coke-ad­dled ex-boxer (Pesce), a mon­strous vari­ant of La Strada’s Zam­pano. Fonte, who was de­servedly named best ac­tor at Cannes ear­lier this year, brings an un­for­get­table pathos and a dole­ful ex­pres­sion pitched some­where be­tween Peter Lorre and Char­lie Chap­lin to his wronged beta-male hero. 15A cert, IFI, Dublin, 103 min TB


Di­rected by Gus Van Sant. Star­ring Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto In­ter­est­ing, lively study of the late car­toon­ist Bill Cal­la­han, an Amer­i­can orig­i­nal who fought al­co­holism after be­ing ren­dered para­plegic in a car crash. Don’t Worry could have turned out as two Movies of the Week in the same pack­age: one about dis­abil­ity and one about al­co­holism. But Van Sant’s canny cast­ing lifts it above those lev­els. Phoenix – as phlegmy and scrunch-eyed as ever – plays Cal­la­han as a de­cent man ren­dered awk­ward by an­cient neu­roses. Hill is ex­cel­lent as his ec­cen­tric men­tor. 15A cert, Light House, Dublin, 114 min DC

FAHREN­HEIT 11/9 ★★★★

Di­rected by Michael Moore. Fea­tur­ing Michael Moore, Don­ald

Trump, Hil­lary Clin­ton Michael Moore is back do­ing what he does: satir­i­cal mon­tage, du­bi­ous stunts and pow­er­ful if some­times un­re­li­able re­port­ing from the front line. This time round, we get (in­evitably) a re­port from the front line of the Trump Wars. There’s some­thing on the Park­land shoot­ings. There’s some­thing on the wa­ter scandal in the di­rec­tor’s home­town of Flint, Michi­gan. It may be fa­mil­iar, but the jokes are still good and the anger is still right­eous. If you like Moore you’ll like this. Club, Light House, Dublin, 120 min DC


Di­rected by Damien C hazel le. Star­ring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Ja­son Clarke, Kyle Chan­dler, Corey S toll, Ci arán Hinds, Olivia Hamil­ton Fine study of Neil Arm­strong from the di­rec­tor and star of La La Land. The film is great on the sen­sual as­sault of space travel, but it is most no­table as a char­ac­ter study. Who bet­ter to play such a fa­mously un­know­able char­ac­ter than the peren­ni­ally blank Gosling? Foy will get more de­mand­ing roles in her ca­reer, but she may be re­lieved that her dreaded “wife part” is more fleshed out than is usu­ally the case. Spec­tac­u­lar, but also in­ti­mate. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 141 min DC


Di­rected by Ari San­del. Star­ring Jeremy Ray Tay­lor, Caleel Harris,

Ken Jeong, Jack Black Con­trary to the dire ac­com­pa­ny­ing warn­ings on the pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als – “Chil­dren un­der 8 may find some of the film’s con­tent too scary” – is good, clean fam­ily fun. But the pic­ture is haunted, al­right: haunted by the ab­sence of Jack Black, who turns up as RL Stine in a late and in­signif­i­cant cameo. It thus falls to an en­tirely new set of lik­able younger char­ac­ters to do the heavy lift­ing when Slappy, the evil mega­lo­ma­niac from the first film, re­turns. PG cert, gen re­lease, 90 min TB


Di­rected by David Gordon Green. Star­ring Jamie Lee Cur­tis, Judy Greer, Will Pat­ton, Vir­ginia Gard­ner,

Nick Cas­tle The 11th film in the Hal­loween fran­chise hov­ers some­where be­tween re­boot and se­quel. Forty years after the mur­der­ous events of the 1978 orig­i­nal, Lau­rie Strode (Jamie Lee Cur­tis) is a sur­vival­ist granny with PTSD whose para­noia and fears around Michael My­ers has alien­ated her from her daugh­ter (Greer) and grand­daughte (Matichak). An early scene in Hal­loween 2018 dis­misses the no­tion that Michael and Lau­rie are bi­o­log­i­cal si­b­lings. Boom – ev­ery­thing you knew since 1981 is wrong. It’s the only in­no­va­tion in this per­fectly en­ter­tain­ing, de­cently scary, en­tirely pre­dictable bit of fan ser­vice. 18 cert, gen re­lease, 105 min TB


Di­rected by Ge­orge Till­man Jr. Star­ring Am and la St en berg, Regina Hall, Rus­sell Horns by,KJA pa, An­thony M ac kie,Sa brina Car­pen­ter, Com­mon, Issa Rae, La­mar John­son, Do­minique Fish back Stir­ring, in­spir­ing adap­ta­tion of Angie Thomas’s novel con­cern­ing a young African-Amer­i­can woman cop­ing with the shoot­ing of her friend by a cop. If any­thing, the film tries too hard to cover all an­gles of the de­bate. Her white boyfriend strug­gles to keep up; an­other pal re­veals low-level racist ten­den­cies. All this can feel a lit­tle schematic, but Sten­berg’s mes­meric per­for­mance keeps the pic­ture aloft. She has the gift of spread­ing warmth wher­ever she goes and her in­tel­li­gence shines through in ev­ery scene. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 132 min DC


Di­rected by Eli Roth. Star­ring Cate Bl an chett, Jack Black, Kyle

Mac Lachl an, Owen V ac car oRoth’ s un­ex­pected kids’ movie wastes no time in whisk­ing the viewer and its 10-year-old pro­tag­o­nist, Lewis (Vac­caro), into a strange new gothic world. It’s 1955, and fol­low­ing the death of his par­ents Lewis has been sent to live with his od­dball, ki­monowear­ing un­cle (al­ways ami­able Black), a war­lock, and his good witch neigh­bour (Blanchett). To­gether they must undo some bad magic left be­hind by their en­chanted house’s pre­vi­ous owner (MacLach­lan). This is whim­si­cal new ter­ri­tory for the di­rec­tor be­hind such gory stan­dards as Hos­tel, but Roth has crafted a very con­vinc­ing Spiel­ber­gian fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. PG cert, gen re­lease, 105 min TB


Di­rected by David Kerr. Star­ring Row an Atkin­son, Ben Miller, Olga Ku ry lenko, Jake La cy, Emma Thomp­son As long ago as 2003,

Johnny English, an en­tirely su­per­flu­ous spy spoof, was al­ready un­der­whelm­ing and out­moded when it tran­si­tioned from lik­able TV ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign to the big screen. The be­lated 2011 se­quel didn’t of­fer much of an im­prove­ment, but it was a riot placed be­side this un­nec­es­sary, half-

Pho­to­graph: si­mon mein

Neil Bell, John-Paul Hur­ley, Philip Jack­son, Rory Kin­n­ear and Tom Gill in Peter­loo.

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