Thursday 21 September 2017

Movie listings

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ALBERT NOBBS

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Ponderous and problematic drama based on a story by George Moore and starring Glenn Close as a late-19th-century Dublin hotel waiter with a big secret. With Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska.

ALL IN GOOD TIME

(15A, general release)

HHIII

English comedy based on stage play by Ayub Khan-Din and set in Bolton, where a just-married young Indian couple find living with their in-laws an insuperable barrier to consummation. With Amara Karan, Meera Syal.

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION

(16, general release)

HHIII

In the first American Pie film in nine years, Jim, Oz, Steve and co are older but not much wiser, and cause chaos at a college reunion. With Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari.

THE ANGEL'S SHARE

(See reviews, p20-23)

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

In this amusing but bloated action sequel, a group of superheroes come together to save the world from yet another alien attack. Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo star.

BARBARIC GENIUS

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Paul Duane's documentary assesses the extraordinary life of John Healy, a London man of Irish extraction who lived homeless on the city's streets before becoming an overnight literary sensation.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

(G, general release)

HHHHH

The delightful 90s Disney classic has been rereleased in 3D format and definitely stands the test of time. With the voices of Paige O'Hara, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Odgen Stiers.

CAFÉ DE FLORE

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Sweeping, boldly stylised Canadian drama from Jean-Marc Vallée starring Vanessa Paradis and Hélene Florent as two mothers living in different eras whose lives are connected.

CHARLIE CASANOVA

(16, limited release)

HIIII

A spivy would-be Dublin property magnate goes off the rails after accidentally killing a girl in a hit-and-run in Terry McMahon's deeply suspect drama. With Emmett Scanlon, Leigh Arnold.

DARK SHADOWS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Comic drama from Tim Burton based on a cult 1960s TV show. Johnny Depp is a 17th-century vampire who sets out to restore his family's ailing fortunes after he's woken up in 1972. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter.

THE DICTATOR

(16, general release)

HHIII

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the capricious dictator of an oil-rich desert state who gets stranded in New York after an attempted coup in this unpleasant and unfunny farce. With Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris.

HEADHUNTERS

(16, limited release)

HHHII

Clever, violent Norwegian thriller based on the stories of Jo Nesbo and starring Aksel Hennie as an Oslo art thief who thinks he's found the job that will set him up for life. With Synnove Macody Lund.

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

(16, general release)

HHHII

In this trashy but funny and very entertaining crime thriller, Mel Gibson is a career criminal who must live on his wits when he's arrested in Mexico and sent to a hellish prison. With Peter Stormare.

THE HUNGER GAMES

(12A, general release)

HHHII

First installment of a film franchise based on the novels of Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence as a girl from a poor rural district who's inducted into a deadly televised gladiatorial game. With Woody Harrelson.

JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Jason Segel stars in this Duplass brothers drama as a 30-year-old underachiever who sets out to discover the meaning of his life after being presented with an apparent sign. With Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Judy Greer.

A KISS FOR JED

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Mark O'Halloran and Jayne Wisener head the cast of this Irish comedy set in New York, where a film crew follow an Irish girl as she attempts to meet a country music superstarstar.

THE LUCKY ONE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Yet another sloppy melodrama inspired by a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One stars Zac Efron as a US marine who finds a photo of a beautiful woman in Baghdad and comes back to America to find her.

MARLEY

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

Kevin Macdonald's exhaustive and entertaining documentary tells the story of Bob Marley's rise from rural poverty to global superstardom. With contributions from Rita Marley, Bunny Livingston.

MEN IN BLACK 3

(PG, general release)

HHHII

In this tolerable sci-fi sequel, Agent J travels back in time to 1969 to save his partner and prevent a global catastrophe. With Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson.

MOONRISE KINGDOM

(12A, general release)

HHHHI

Delightful and typically whimsical film from Wes Anderson, set on a New England island in the mid-1960s, where two misunderstood teenagers fall in love and run away. With Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

(Club, IFI)

HHHHH

Philippe Falardeau's outstanding drama stars Mohamed Fellag as a fastidious Algerian immigrant who takes a temporary teaching post in a Montreal school still reeling from a recent tragedy. With Sophie Nélisse.

NORDZEE TEXAS

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

Beautifully made coming-of-age drama set in a small coastal town in south Belgium in the 1970s, and starring Jelle Florizoone as Pim, a teenage boy who realises he is gay. With Mathias Vergels.

THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!

(G, general release)

HHHHI

In Aardman's hugely enjoyable comic animation, Hugh Grant provides the voice of the Pirate Captain, a very polite brigand who goes to war with Queen Victoria over the ownership of a dodo.

PROMETHEUS

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE RAID

(18, general release)

HHHHI

A small group of special forces cops fight for their lives in a Jakarta tower block in this riveting, ultra-violent martial arts thriller directed by Welshman Gareth Evans. With Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais.

SAFE

(16, general release)

HHHII

Jason Statham stars in Boaz Yakin's explosive action thriller about a down-and-out former cop who comes to the assistance of a 12-year-old girl who's on the run from Chinese and Russian mobsters. Catherine Chan co-stars.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

(12A, general release)

HHHII

In this slight but enjoyable comedy based on Paul Torday's bestselling novel, Ewan McGregor plays a pedantic government fisheries expert who gets mixed up in a mad plan to introduce salmon to the Yemen. With Emily Blunt.

SHE MONKEYS

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

This brooding arthouse debut from Swedish writer/director Lisa Aschan tells the story of two disturbed teenage girls who bring out the very worst in each other when they become friends. With Mathilda Paradeiser. Linda Molin.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE SOURCE

(Club, IFI, 135 minutes)

HHHII

Enjoyable and perceptive comic drama set in a small village on the Arabian Peninsula, where a group of woman grow tired of lugging water from a distant well and go on a 'love strike'. With Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi.

TOP CAT

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE TURIN HORSE

(See reviews, p20-23)

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

In Julie Delpy's sparkling comedy, she and Chris Rock play a New York couple whose peaceful existence is shattered by a visit from her rowdy French family. With Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Harmless and watchable ensemble comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lopez and Anna Kendrick as women coping with the varying aspects of impending motherhood. With Chris Rock, Dennis Quaid.

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