Find a page

Cinema
What If ****
What If is a touching rom-com that should warm the cockles of even the most cynical of hearts. Daniel Radcliffe makes a smooth transition to romantic leading man as Wallace, a medical-school drop-out who meets his perfect match, Chantry (Zoe Kazan), at a party, only to discover she's in a long-term relationship.
-
They go on to become best friends, all the while battling their true feelings for one another. What If's charm lies in its spot-on casting of Radcliffe and Kazan, who will have you rooting for them from the word go. SMcI
-
The Expendables 3 (12A) ***
After the disappointment of the first sequel, The Expendables 3 shows there's a fair bit of life in the old dogs (of war) yet.
-
The cast list here is more elaborate than the plot. Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team (almost every screen hard man you care to mention) are on the trail of arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).
-
While it runs out of bullets in terms of gags, this film is that bit cooler and classier than what we got from the last sequel in 2012. Harry Guerin
-
The Rover (16) ***1/2
Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson are in top form in The Rover, a post-apocalyptic Outback odyssey which reunites Pearce with Animal Kingdom director David Michod.
-
You will get spectacular cinematography and moments of nerve-shredding tension, but some scenes are just too far-fetched.
-
Kudos, then, to Pearce and Pattinson, whose inspired casting keeps you on the edge, all the way to the truly Marmite ending. Harry Guerin
-
Hector and The Search for Happiness
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a London-based psychiatrist whose life is perfectly ordered, or so he thinks. His girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) works for a pharmaceutical company and dreams up nice names for new psychiatric drugs.
-
Meanwhile, Hector realises he better do something dramatically mid-life. So, he decides to travel to China, Africa and LA to find out what makes people happy.
-
Mildly diverting. Paddy Kehoe
-
The Inbetweeners 2 (16) ***
Back on a mission to out gross (£45m at the British box office) the first movie, out-Farrelly The Farrellys, and gross out pretty much every US high school comedy ever, the lads return for a Pommes-on-tour trip to Oz.
-
Will, Si, Neil and Jay row, chase girls, and finally get lost in the Outback. There are some deliciously wrong scatological gags for sure, but quite a few of the one-liners here are left hanging in the dead heat.
-
Same plot - different country. It's fouler and filthier for sure; just not funnier. Sad to say, In Betweeners 2 is fair to middling. Alan Corr
-
God's Pocket (Club) **
Philadelphia gambler and thief Mickey Scarpato (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to steal a meat-truck with his accomplice, 'Bird’ (John Turturro).
-
Meanwhile, Scarpato's adoptive son dies in suspicious circumstances at his workplace.
-
You are set up for a cracking drama but, sadly, this film loses impact in the ineffectual black comedy that follows. Paddy Kehoe
-
Planes: Fire & Rescue (Gen) ***
Dusty Crophopper has a mechanical setback, effectively ending his racing career. With nothing else to do, he decides to train as an aerial firefighter. When a blazing fire breaks out, Dusty has to prove himself. Can he save the day?
-
While the firefighting sequences are visually striking, the plot is clichéd and relies heavily on cheap flatulence gags and pop culture references.
-
Disney's latest has just about enough heart to warrant a trip before the back-to-school begins. Laura Delaney
-
The Nut Job (Gen) ***
The story follows a group of wild animals in a city centre park. Surly is the squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett) who lives a selfish independent life on the fringes.
-
When the park's animals learn that there isn't enough food to last the winter, squirrels Greyson (Brendan Fraser) and Andie (Katherine Heigl) go to raid a nut cart situated just outside the park.
-
Only thing is, Surly's got there first, and catastrophe follows. Surly gets banished from the park but in the city he discovers the nut shop, and a fun caper ensues. John Byrne
-
Guardians of the Galaxy (12A) ****
2014 has been some year for Chris Pratt. First he starred in the yellow-is-gold genius that is The LEGO Movie, and now he has top billing in one of the best Marvel adaptations.
-
With the energy of a Saturday morning serial and the crash-bang-wallop spirit of comics throughout, Guardians owns the summer blockbuster crown.
-
You'll be a few pounds heavier from the sugar binge all the way through, with your inner kid bossing you the whole way home. Harry Guerin
-
Hercules (12A) ***
Brett Ratner lays it on thick and fast in this smart and snappy yarn from ancient Greece, but this Hercules is also big on myth-busting and humour.
-
The Rock plays Hercules as a mercenary willing to do battle for either side as long as the payment is in cold hard gold. When the King of Thrace begs him to assist in training his army to take on an advancing enemy, Hercules' dormant nobility is stirred.
-
At a neat 98 minutes, this Grecian epic won't give you a bad case of numb bum as you nod off between those spectacular battle scenes. Hercules is not as dumb as it looks. Alan Corr
-

Where can I get RTÉ Aertel Digital?

RTÉ Aertel Digital is an enhanced digital version of the RTÉ Aertel teletext service. It functions in the same way as the analogue service, offering current news, sport and weather updates but is now more agile and easier to use.

RTÉ Aertel Digital is available on Saorview, the new free digital TV service in Ireland.
Press TEXT button on your remote to launch Aertel from RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, RTÉ News Now.