If you're not at Electric Picnic or Croke Park or glued to the telly watching either/both, here's what's on in the cinema. We reckon new release Patti Cake$ is well worth a watch.
Patti Cake$ ***1/2
In this latest take on the 'search for stardom' set-up, the artistic discipline is hip-hop. But unlike, say, the biopics 8 Mile, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Straight Outta Compton, what we have here is a work of fiction that amounts to a feminist musical.
At the core of Patti Cake$ is aspiring white rapper Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$, a 23-year-old who is seeking a new life for herself in music in order to escape her minimum wage life in working-class New Jersey. Patti is played by Australian Danielle Macdonald, who brings great energy to a role that required her to learn how to talk like a Noo Joisey native, rap and throw a few shapes on stage. Read our full review here.
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The Limehouse Golem **
This rather feeble Victorian whodunit is worked out in the narrow streets of gas-lit London on the fringes of a popular musical hall. Cue vulnerable ladies of the night, slippery male grotesques and saucy ladies all of whom speak rather tiresome innuendo down the pub. Bill Nighy plays Scotland Yard detective John Kildare, who is convinced that music hall star Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) is not the woman responsible for some chilling murders. Read our full review here.
Logan Lucky ****
Never say never again. How fitting that a Bond movie title should sum up 007 fan Steven Soderbergh's return to cinemas a couple of years after announcing his retirement from the big screen.
Better still, he's even roped in the man himself, Daniel Craig, for Logan Lucky, an all-star anatomy-of-a-heist caper that rounds off the summer in snarky style. If you enjoyed Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven movies, or his exemplary adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Out of Sight, then you'll get a kick out of him getting down and dirty Down South. Read our full review here.
The most harrowing film of the year thus far, Detroit sees Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow turn her lens to the riots that occurred in the city during the summer of 1967.
Bigelow focuses on what became known as the 'Algiers Motel Incident' - a night which left three African-American teenagers dead. Among the many shocks is the fact that the events of the night of July 25-26 1967 aren't more widely known - both at home and outside the US. For righting that wrong with her dramatisation, Bigelow deserves much credit. Read our full review here.
American Made ***
Tom Cruise in a plane - five words to bring joy to any studio boss' tougher-than-leather heart. Now imagine if he had sunglasses on too...
Sure enough, Cruise's shades-wearing return to the cockpit for American Made suggests that we're on board for another iconic role in his three-decades-plus career. And the man himself has gone down the checklist of what he needs to make that happen, from fascinating true story to the right director to a perfectly cast co-star. But, despite all that groundwork, the most important box of all is missing a tick: brilliant script. Read our full review here.