Monday 11 December 2017

Movies: Other new releases

Hill Street

(Select cinemas from Friday or www.hillstreetdocumentary.com from June 2)

Ambitious yet esoteric documentary tracing the history of skateboarding in Dublin in the 1980s, featuring contributions from the ones who made it happen and who keep it going. Hill Street brings together compelling anecdotes and fascinating, grainy footage of the city and the skaters for an interesting alternative history of the capital.

Blended

(PG)

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore share the screen for a third time, after The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren and Jim can only agree on one thing: they never want to see each other again, but quickly find themselves (and the kids) sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort. There's no denying the on-screen chemistry Barrymore and Sandler have.

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Godzilla

(PG)

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson play an estranged father and son in Godzilla but the real star of this blockbuster is the gigantic monster rampaging through San Francisco. It takes itself a little too seriously but is a worthy return to the big screen for Godzilla from director Gareth Edwards.

The Wind Rises

(PG)

Determined to become a designer of airplanes, a spirited young boy embarks on a life of romance and adventure. As with all of acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's work, there's a sense of wonder and awe in The Wind Rises that gets right into your soul.

The Two Faces of January

(12A)

Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst play an American couple on holiday in Greece in this 1960s-set crime drama based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. When a con artist tries to best them, he ends up biting off more than he can chew. A gripping period thriller.

Frank

(15A)

Michael Fassbender hides behind a papier mache mask for most of Lenny Abrahamson's dark rock'n'roll comedy but it's an unmistakeable performance, backed up by Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is having a ball, and Domhnall Gleeson, whose everyman shtick we may grow weary of someday, but not yet.

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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