New movie releases
Arnie's back – again. The Governator ratchets up his campaign to convince audiences he still makes for a plausible action hero in a movie about drug agents trying to take down a cartel. Already a flop in the US, this soggy shoot 'em up suggests Arnie's tenure of baron of brawn may be at an end.
The Wind Rises (Rating TBC)
A final curtain bow from the godfather of Japanese animation Hayao Miyazaki. Set in the 1920s, The Wind Rises chronicles a young man's dream of designing airplanes. It may seem a thin premise – but Miyazaki's features are so extraordinarily lush and beautiful that plot is an irrelevance.
Tom Hardy sits in a car for two hours, conversing with people on the phone (don't worry, he's brought his hands-free). It sounds like a dreary outline for a drama – Hardy, however, is arresting and the story, a rumination on life, family, the lies we tell ourselves and others, clenches the heart-strings.
Run and Jump (15A)
Irish-set dramedy sidesteps the usual whimsy. Will Forte (Nebraska) is a psychologist sent to study recovering stroke sufferer Conor (Edward MacLiam) in deepest Kerry. But he finds himself drawn to Conor's wife Vanetia (Maxine Peake).
Bad Neighbours (16)
In this frat-com with a heart and traces of brain activity, Zac Efron is a hard-partying student locked in an existential struggle with 30-something neighbours Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne – though the happily married's biggest foe, it turns out, is encroaching middle age.
Brendan Gleeson is towering as a conscientious priest handed a death sentence by a victim of clerical abuse. John Michael McDonagh's movie is pockmarked with 'Oirish' caricature but achieves moments of majesty and grace nonetheless.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent