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A gross-out sequel will out gross every new release this week

Bad Neighbours 2

A gross-out sequel that will out gross every new release in Ireland this week. There's a few laughs and, shucks, maybe even a message

  • Streep and Grant's chemistry is moreish in the extreme

    Florence Foster Jenkins

    You may be tempted to jump up and shout 'Bravo!' at the end.

  • It's hard to care for Christian Bale's beautiful, tortured yet strangely personality-less protagonist

    Film Review: Leave Knight of Cups on the shelf **

    Terrence Malick's latest artistic expression suffers from an unmistakable whiff of self-indulgence, without any emotional payoff.

  • The Avengers go head-to-head in Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    A compelling twist on the superhero genre, Civil War sees every comic book fan's dreams come true as the Avengers fracture and go head-to-head in battle. Cue one heck of an amazing action sequence!

  • Maritime out of mind - Sturgill Simpson

    Album Review: Sturgill Simpson is a master mariner

    Harry Guerin says the Kentuckian's third album, A Sailor's Guide to Earth, is both hope and anchor. It could also be the Record of 2016.

  • Mostly Irish settings for the splendid new work collected here, although Colm Tóibín's protagonist is German and the story is set in Germany.

    Granta - New Irish Writing

    Granta is the highly-regarded UK-based periodical which highlights vibrant new writing, often under select themes in individual editions. Now comes our turn, with new Irish writing from Kevin Barry, Emma Donoghue, Colm Tóibín, Roddy Doyle.

  • Cecelia Ahern's new novel centres on Celestine whose moral compass will not let her join the finger-pointers

    Cecelia Ahern - Flawed

    Set in the near future following a banking collapse and a broken economy, Flawed is Cecilia Ahern's first novel for Young Adults. Avril Hoare can't wait for the sequel

  • The Italians - a gently acerbic yet affectionate survey by one who has been immersed in matters Italian for 15 years.

    John Hooper - The Italians

    John Hooper's lively 300-page account is the result of 15 years immersion in all things Italian. The veteran journalist goes behind the headline names - Mussolini, Berlusconi, the Amanda Knox trial, with Fellini and football and feminism also surveyed.

  • You know the drill - another excellent Jake Gyllenhaal performance


    It would really be an injustice if Jake Gyllenhall isn't nominated for a Best Actor Oscar next January for Demolition, a flawed yet deeply moving meditation on grief from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée.

  • Son of Saul

    Of the countless films about World War II, Son of Saul is a truly unique piece of cinema that shows the horror of the Holocaust with restraint, control and honesty.

  • Lovely hurling: Moving and humorous account of the poet's East Galway formation.

    Patrick Deeley - The Hurley Maker's Son

    Patrick Deeley has penned a masterpiece of memoir-writing in which he recalls his East Galway childhood and the years afterwards with remarkable percipience and sensitivity.

  • Don Cheadle nails Miles Davis' frazzled late seventies look and nicotine wheeze in Miles Ahead

    Miles Ahead

    Don Cheadle stars in and directs this anti-biopic of jazz pioneer and badass Miles Davis. It's one wired trip and the music is great but Miles Ahead misses out on the mystique of the man

  • Deborah Levy does amused sympathy for our human foibles with style and an almost surreal imaginative touch in Hot Milk.

    Deborah Levy - Hot Milk

    A twenty-something girl, of Greek and English parentage, has accompanied her hypochondriac mother to an expensive clinic in the South of Spain. However, she must face healing herself before her life shatters, in this masterful comedy of manners.

  • The new Greek poetry - there are political poems but the anthology draws on diverse cultural sources

    Austerity Measures - The New Greek Poetry

    Yanis Varoufakis urges us all to read this book of contemporary Greek poetry, but it is far from being a series of diatribes against austerity or anything related. Indeed it shows Greece to be a country still assimilating diverse voices and cultures.

  • Idris Elba plays CIA maverick Sean Briar

    Bastille Day

    John Byrne enjoys Idris Elba and Richard Madden's double act as a CIA maverick and a pickpocket who work together to find out who planted a deadly bomb in Paris - and why.