Wednesday 22 November 2017

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

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.

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.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

(G, general release)

HHHHH

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

BATTLESHIP

(12A, general release)

HHIII

A naval exercise off the Hawaiian Islands is rudely interrupted by the arrival of a colonising force of extraterrestrials in Peter Berg's action blockbuster. With Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker.

BEING ELMO

(Light House, limited release)

HHHHI

Delightful documentary on the man behind the world's favourite puppet, Elmo, who was an unpopular and neglected character on Sesame Street until Kevin Clash got hold of him. Whoopi Goldberg narrates.

BLACKTHORN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Entertaining western starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, who survived his supposed killing in a 1908 shootout and is living in Bolivia when a chance meeting embroils him in a hectic manhunt. With Stephen Rea.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

(16, general release)

HHHII

Cerebral, funny, deconstructed horror film from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, in which a group of holidaying students don't realise they're part of an ancient metaphysical experiment. With Richard Jenkins.

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 mysteriously 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 Scanlan, Leigh Arnold, Ruth McIntyre.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Whit Stillman's first film in 14 years is an eccentric social comedy with Greta Gerwig as a high-minded college senior who sets out to save the souls of frat boys. With Analeigh Tipton.

DARK SHADOWS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

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

THE DICTATOR

(See reviews, p20-23)

GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Mia Hansen-Love's semi-autobiographical drama stars Lola Créton as a 16-year-old girl who can't get over her first love. With Sebastian Urzendowsky, Magne-Havard Brekke.

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 to set him up for life. With Synnove Macody Lund.

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

(16, general release)

HHHII

In this trashy but funny 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 instalment 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 chronic 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

(See reviews, p20-23)

LOCKOUT

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Trashy sci-fi thriller starring Guy Pearce as a disgraced government agent who's sent to an off-world prison to rescue the US president's daughter after she gets caught up in violent jail riot. With Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare.

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 track her down. With Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner.

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 and official icon status. With contributions from Rita Marley, Bunny Livingston.

MIRROR MIRROR

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Frothy retelling of the Snow White story, with Julia Roberts hamming it up as the evil queen who underestimates the tenacity of her adopted daughter. With Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane.

THE MONK

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Bad things happen to the holy in this heavy-handed and slow-moving gothic horror based on a late 18th-century novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis. With Vincent Cassel, Geraldine Chaplin, Deborah Francois.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

(Club, IFI)

HHHHH

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

NORTH SEA TEXAS

(See reviews, p20-23)

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 polite brigand who goes to war with Queen Victoria over the ownership of a dodo.

THE RAID

(See reviews, p20-23)

SAFE

(16, general release)

HHHII

Jason Statham stars in Boaz Yakin's explosive action thriller about a 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 government fisheries expert who gets mixed up in a mad plan to introduce salmon to the Yemen. With Emily Blunt.

SILENT HOUSE

(16, general release)

HHIII

Elizabeth Olsen is a young woman who becomes convinced there's a killer on the loose in this claustrophobic but vacuous horror. With Julia Taylor Ross.

THE SOURCE

(See reviews, p20-23)

STELLA DAYS

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's evocative drama stars Martin Sheen as a 1950s country priest who falls foul of a local Fianna Fail zealot when he decides to open a cinema. With Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett.

2 DAYS IN NEW YORK

(See reviews, p20-23)

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