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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A) ***
Masks off to Andrew Garfield: the most impressive thing about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is just how much he has made the superhero (and guilt-ridden geek alter-ego Peter Parker) his own.
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This sequel has better villains and set pieces, but is too long and tries to shoehorn too many themes, subplots, primers and arcs into the story.
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It's worth forking out for the 3D - just be prepared for that familiar and dreaded Marvel duo, Numb Rump and Stifled Yawn, to make an appearance. Harry Guerin
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No Limbs No Limits (PG) ***
Joanne O'Riordan was born with no limbs, and is one of seven people currently living around the globe with Total-Amelia syndrome.
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Her brother Steven’s inspiring, 68-minute film tracks her extraordinary life to date, centred on the invitation extended to the Cork girl to speak at the United Nations International Telecommunications Conference in New York, on her sixteenth birthday, in April 2012. Paddy Kehoe
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The Last Days On Mars (16) **
The Last Days on Mars centres on a team of astronaut explorers who are reaching the final days on their mission on the red planet.
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Despite, the impressive cast, the movie doesn’t try hard enough to put itself in a sci-fi horror league of its own.
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The shaky camera and dusty scenes make for some cheap shots and fail to make the brutal aliens look more threatening. Robinson's poor attempt at creating a cliff-hanger of an ending will leave viewers feeling disappointed. Laura Delaney
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Calvary (15A) *****
Brendan Gleeson has reunited with The Guard writer-director John Michael McDonagh, but it's a mistake to expect Calvary to be The Guard 2. Avoiding this film as a result would be an even bigger one.
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The black comedy sees Gleeson play a widower-turned-good-yet-troubled priest in modern day Ireland. Taking confession from an unidentified local, his life is threatened.
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Humour and the London-Irish writer go hand-in-hand, and just like his characters, the darker the better. Calvary is as uplifting as it is depressing. Taragh Loughrey-Grant
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The Raid 2 (18) ***1/2
After the genre redefining genius of 2012's The Raid, cop-turned-one-man-army Rama (Iko Uwais) returns in an uneven sequel.
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While The Raid worked so well because of the hell-in-a-tower-block tightness of its plot, The Raid 2's expanded universe and Godfather-meets-grindhouse aspirations are problematic.
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Of course, it's still far better than 95% of Hollywood's tough-nut offerings - just don't be surprised if you look at your watch on more than one occasion. Harry Guerin
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Half of a Yellow Sun (Club) **1/2
The big screen take on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name, Half of a Yellow Sun is another of those noble literary adaptations that has arrived without much of a fanfare.
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It has a strong cast, mixes drama with real-life events (the Nigerian Civil War) and reminds you how much there is to discover of this world.
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However, good acting and excellent period detail are somewhat hampered by a trying first 45 minutes and a rushed ending. Half of a great film, if you will. Harry Guerin
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The Lunchbox (PG) *****
Each day, Mumbai’s popular food delivery service facilitates delivery of a meal to office workers, often cooked by wives at home in the suburbs.
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When one of these lunchboxes goes to the wrong recipient the result is deeply touching, but also slyly humorous.
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Directed by new-comer, Ritesh Batra, The Lunchbox stars Irrfan Khan (The Namesake) Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Paddy Kehoe
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Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears
Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange) returns to his Belle Epoque-style apartment in Paris, after a business trip to Franfurt to find his wife has vanished from their apartment.
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She seems to have got into some murky sadomasochistic business with a couple of dodgy people.
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This film does everything you are not supposed to do to win friends and influence people to go to the movies. Don't bother with this anti-thriller. Paddy Kehoe *
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Rio 2 (Gen) ***
Rio 2 sees nervous macaw Blu travel reluctantly with his family and friends deep into the Amazon in search of more members of their species complete with sat nav and a bumbag.
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The adventure brings him back in contact with his evil nemesis Nigel, his disapproving father-in-law as well as some unsavoury logging types intent on destroying the birds' habitat.
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A bright and breezy sequel which is a little overlong at 101 minutes but will keep the kids amused over the Easter holidays. B Treacy
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Noah (12A) ***
Sometimes sweet and often savage, both thrill ride and cautionary tale, Noah is far better than you may have expected.
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Part Ahab, part Maximus and part Kurtz, Russell Crowe brings everything needed to the title role, messing with your notions of how a hero should behave and reminding us of our own capacity for evil as well as good.
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As required, the visuals are excellent, but there was more tension and suspense to be wrung from the interpersonal dynamics in the first half of the movie. Harry Guerin
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