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Will Smith's attempt to catapult his son to movie stardom in 2013's After Earth lost him some acting kudos, but thankfully the Fresh Prince has brought his A-game back

  • Maggie Smith is back for the The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    John Byrne reviews the sequel to the box office hit.

  • Maika Monroe as Jay in It Follows

    It Follows

    This teen horror film is a tedious exercise indeed, based on really nothing much at all, bar the Thing which is chasing people around the place. Don't even think about it.

  • One more arm twist here with this pupil then its a double class of calculus: vice-principal Vicky (Kristin Chenoweth) resists the scary Noah (Ryan Guzman) in her office

    The Boy Next Door

    There are a couple of awkward corners to negotiate as this film gets underway - Jennifer Lopez as High School Classics teacher, anybody? - and by the end of it all, you will leave the cinema with a smile on your face. For all the wrong reasons.

  • The Wedding Ringer fails to deliver laughs

    The Wedding Ringer

    Despite the best efforts of its two likeable leading men, Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, The Wedding Ringer disappoints by failing to deliver any genuine laugh-out-loud moments - opens on February 20 with previews on February 14.

  • Wei Tang and Chris Hemsworth battle gun-toting hackers

    Blackhat

    Despite a strong cast and Michael Mann in the director's chair, this tech thriller fails to deliver on its promise.

  • Claire Bennett is an LA divorcee hooked on painkillers and pretty angry with the world

    Cake

    Jennifer Aniston puts in an impressive shift in this enjoyably dysfunctional tale about a physically and mentally-scarred LA divorcee.

  • Half a head: Junior (Samuel Lange) has straightened half his hair

    Pelo Malo

    Subtly, almost by stealth, Pelo Malo tells us much about what it means to be poor and vulnerable to all sorts of predators in modern-day Caracas. The movie features a memorable performance by Samuel Lange as a nine-year-old boy with identity problems.

  • Heart to heart: Love Is Strange, starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow

    Love Is Strange

    Go see Love Is Strange. Set in New York, it's fresh and lyrical and thought-provoking and leaves a dazzling afterglow in the beautifully moving final scenes.

  • The story is familiar to many...

    Fifty Shades of Grey - The Female Perspective

    This hotly anticipated movie is surprisingly both boring and disturbing.

  • The most shocking things here turn out to be the lack of drama and connection with the characters

    Fifty Shades of Grey - The Male Perspective

    Harry Guerin didn't read the book - and after this he still has no plans to.

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie is an absolute gem

    Shaun the Sheep Movie

    It's only February and already 2015 is building up to be a marvellous year for Irish cinema-goers. In recent weeks we've seen the release of Birdman, Whiplash and Selma. And now this absolute gem from those wonderful folk at Aardman Animations.

  • A load of dopey juvenilia

    The Interview

    This boisterous bad taste action comedy about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong un is a hoot

  • Moe Dunford as Patrick

    Patrick's Day

    This film about a young schizophrenic Dubliner named Patrick doesn't convince, despite an exceptional performance by Moe Dunford. The action is simply not sustained by the kind of cracking screenplay such an exploration clearly deserves.

  • 28 Portuguese Poets: a great swathe of mostly twentieth century work

    28 Portuguese Poets: A Bilingual Anthology

    With translations by Richard Zenith and Alexis Levitin, 28 Portuguese Poets surveys a great florescence of Portuguese poetry from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We are the better for these Portuguese voices.