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A Most Wanted Man (15a ) ***
Mohammed Atta hatched his September 11 attack plan here, so post 9/11 Hamburg is in a state of alertness, as this John Le Carre adaptation begins. Issy Karpov (Grigory Dobrygin), a young, bearded Muslim man of Russian-Chechen parentage, arrives in the port city. Enter Philip Seymour Hoffman as Günther Bachmann, whose autonomous anti-terroriost unit is in competition with the German police to monitor suspects. Difference is Hoffman's unit is more humane. Thus the scene is set for a taut race to the finish. PK
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A Nightingale Falling **
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Pride ****
With and a dash of The Full Monty and a splash of Billy Elliot, Pride is another British comedy with a big heart and both subtle and broad humour.
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It tells the remarkable true story of how a ragbag of gay and lesbian agitators in London began to support striking miners in the dark days of the mid-eighties. Pride is a welcome reminder of an era of direct action and DIY social spirit. It’s a bit hackneyed in places but this tale of opposites attracting is a real tonic. Alan Corr
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The Boxtrolls (PG) ****1/2
The Boxtrolls are an underground community of quirky and lovable oddballs who collect anything mechanical and wear recycled cardboard boxes like protective shells. They've raised a human boy as one of their own and when the Boxtrolls are targeted by a nasty, social-climbing exterminator, the adventure really kicks off.
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This is the kind of film that almost defines the 'for all ages' category. I defy anyone not to enjoy this beautifully-crafted film. It's as joyous as predecessor Coraline was scary. And both are minor masterpieces. Hats off to all involved.
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Before I go to Sleep (15A) ***1/2
Nicole Kidman stars as Christine Lucas, a 40-year-old woman who suffers from amnesia, and wakes up every day without a memory of the last 10 years of her life.
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Her husband Ben (Colin Firth) seems to be a devoted spouse who spends each morning reminding his wife of who she is and of her life – but a call from a psychologist points to a more sinister reason for her memory loss.
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A very enjoyable thriller, with Kidman in fine form while Firth plays with his stereotypical nice guy image to great effect. John Byrne
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The Guest (15A) ****
Dan Stevens leaves the high-ceiling drama vacuum of Downton Abbey far behind in this delicious psychological action flick meets black comedy.
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He plays a kind of anti-Jason Bourne special ops soldier who arrives unannounced at the door of the grieving Peterson family, whose oldest son, Caleb, has been killed in action in Afghanistan.
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But David is not all that he seems and director Adam Wingard lets the truth emerge with a series of hugely enjoyable action sequences. The best slice of merry mayhem you'll see at the cinema this year. Alan Corr
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The Grand Seduction (12A) ****
Brendan Gleeson is great as Murray, a man obsessed with saving the small community of Tickle Head. He charms a doctor (Taylor Kitsch) to come and stay, so that a fishing plant can be located there and provide employment.
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Like a classic Ealing comedy, The Grand Seduction gently reels you in, just as Murray does with the doctor, and paints a quite tender picture of life in the harsh environment of Newfoundland. In these cynical, selfish times it's refreshing and life-affirming to experience a film with such a warm and generous heart.
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Go see. Enjoy! John Byrne
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Obvious Child (16) ***
Stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) plays a small New York club to small but appreciative audiences. Her routine is foul-mouthed - what used to be called 'toilet humour' - and stuff about her Jewishness, sexuality and her boyfriends.
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Confident and savvy Donna may appear on stage, but off-stage she is a profoundly insecure young woman. The movie won the Best International Feature award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Paddy Kehoe
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Million Dollar Arm (PG) ***
Down on his luck sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) stages a not-so-typical recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. In one last attempt to save his livelihood, JB travels to India to produce a reality show called The Million Dollar Arm, in search of baseball's next great pitcher
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Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm has an uplifting message that emphasises family and commitment. Its vibrant energy and humour give it a real feel-good factor. Niamh Doherty
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As Above, So Below (15A) ****
If there's one thing harder to find than good laughs in a cinema it's good scares, but this found footage frightener does a very good job. Don't let that uninspiring poster of the upside down Eiffel Tower put you off.
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The set-up sees a gang of tunnel rats swapping day for night in the catacombs below Paris in their quest to find The Philosopher's Stone.
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That's as much as you need to know plot-wise, suffice to say that something that gives you the creeps in the real world will more than likely be doing the same here. Harry Guerin
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