Movies: New Releases
The Two Faces of January
A tale of sneaky sleuthing and dastardly deeds, with Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst as a holidaying American couple with more to them than meets the eye. Oscar Isaac is the tour guide and scam artist caught up in their net of intrigue. From the novel by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr Ripley).
A second starring role this week for Elizabeth Olsen. Here she plays a listless young woman in 19th century Paris who is trapped in a
loveless marriage with her ailing cousin and embarks on a destructive affair with his charismatic friend. Adapted from the Emile Zola novel it is an absorbing movie, though with less rampaging monsters than Godzilla.
FOUR OF THE BEST
Tom Hardy drives in the dark, chatting on the phone as his life unravels. It sounds like a drag – but adds up to the tautest 90 minutes of drama you are likely to sit through this year.
Run & Jump
The "Oirish-isms" are kept at bay as an American psychologist (Will Forte) travels to Kerry to study the recovery of stroke sufferer Conor (Edward MacLiam). But the chemistry between the newcomer and wife Vanetia (Maxine Peake) is problematic.
The Wind Rises
Hayao Miyazaki's final animated feature concerns a Japanese boy who wishes to become a great airplane designer. As with all of Miyazaki's work it is beautiful to look at and evokes a rare wonder and awe.
There are many chuckles in Lenny Abrahamson's rock and roll dark comedy and Michael Fassbender is charismatic as the band leader who wears a giant papier-mâché head. But the movie isn't nearly as clever or profound as it thinks and ultimately its unevenness catches up with it.
First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent