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Maps to the Stars (18) ****
Julianne Moore is Havana Segrand, the insecure Hollywood actress, despairing of her fading looks, and the loss of sexual allure. Meanwhile, Benji Weiss (Evan Bird) is a 13-year old TV actor who has had serious troubles with drug abuse. He has visions of a girl who has recently died and is sane enough to be frightened of them in Cronenberg's masterful maelstrom, in which dark family secrets spin out into the open. Paddy Kehoe
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The Equalizer **
Denzel Washington's DIY retail vigilante Robert McCall is based on the role played by Edward Woodward in a TV series of the same name, about a long-coated gunslinger who administered extreme street justice.
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Here, Washington is a restless man living alone, who reads avidly and spends a substantial amount of night time in a local diner chatting to a wannabe pop star who's really a prostitute.
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She's under the spell of some Russian gangsters who allow her to be treated roughly, so when she's hospitalised by a regular client he decides to mulch the mobsters. John Byrne
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Noble ****
Director Stephen Bradley's Noble is a sensitive and well-executed take on Irish humanitarian worker Christina Noble's life and is sure to resonate with audiences around the world.
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It's an inspirational story - charting Christina's underprivileged upbringing in 1950s tenements in Dublin, to her journey in realising her dream of helping the street children of Vietnam. Christina's battle to succeed against the odds is wonderfully captured, with her strong-will, perseverance and sense of humour taking centre stage.
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Noble hinges on Deirdre O'Kane's subtle but affecting performance, and she has the comic timing to do Christina's wit and charm justice. Sarah McIntyre
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A Walk Among The Tombstones ****
t’s 1991 and alcoholic NY cop, Matthew Scudder (Liam Neeson) is losing control under the influence of strong drink and makes a fatal mistake with his gun. Cut to 1997, Scudder has given up the drink, and is now an unlicenced cop. A drug trafficker hires him to track down his wife's killers, and Neeson as the maverick cop embarks on another tense and intricate Taken-type scenario. Compelling and mesmeric. Paddy Kehoe.
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Magic in the Moonlight **
Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight is purportedly a romantic comedy but lacks the most essential element for the genre - chemistry between the two leads, Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
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Firth plays a master magician who is brought to the south of France to expose Stone's clairvoyant as a fake. In the process he becomes increasingly dumbfounded by her mystic skills. The wonderful setting, sumptuous costumes and jaunty jazz soundtrack make this pleasant viewing, but it's ultimately a feat in style over substance. Sarah McIntyre
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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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