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- Cold In July
- Finding Vivian Maier
- Grand Central
Calvary 4 stars
Father James Lavelle presides over a small Sligo parish, where the locals harbour many dark secrets. One day during confession, an anonymous resident tells Father James that he will be murdered in one week and that she should put his affairs in order before his date with destiny on the local beach. The holy man struggles to come to terms with his impending doom and he searches for glimmers of hope in the eyes of his wayward flock.
- GenreComedy, Drama, Romance, Thriller
- CastKelly Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Isaach De Bankole, Dylan Moran, Chris O'Dowd, Aidan Gillen.
- DirectorJohn Michael McDonagh.
- WriterJohn Michael McDonagh.
- Duration101 mins
- Official sitewww.facebook.com/CalvaryMovie
- Release11/04/2014 (selected cinemas)
The luck of the Irish runs out for one unsuspecting priest in John Michael McDonagh's wicked black comedy that contrives a murder mystery before the heinous crime has been committed. In a riveting opening sequence worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) tends to his flock in a close-knit Sligo community riddled with dark secrets.
Sitting quietly in the confession booth, the holy man is stunned when an anonymous male parishioner confides, "I was raped by a priest when I was seven years old, every other day for five years."
Father James listens intently as the man calmly reveals that his abuser was never punished and he intends to exact revenge by spilling more blood. "There's no point in killing a bad priest," the confessor continues. "I'm going to kill you because you're innocent."
Thus, Father James is instructed to put his affairs in order before his date with destiny on the local beach. "Killing a priest on a Sunday - that'll be a good one," concludes the parishioner before he leaves the booth.
With the clock ticking, the holy man searches for glimmers of hope in the eyes of his wayward flock including the scheming laird (Dylan Moran), the butcher (Chris O'Dowd) whose adulterous wife (Orla O'Rourke) is engaged in a violent tryst with a garage mechanic (Isaach De Bankole) and his own daughter (Kelly Reilly).
Everyone has something to hide, it seems, and McDonagh's richly detailed script suggests that any of the men in town, including the doctor (Aiden Gillen) and an ailing American writer (M Emmet Walsh), might be Father James's intended killer.
Indeed, the only suspects the weather-beaten priest is willing to discount are militant Islamists. "I don't think Sligo is high on the Al-Qaeda agenda," he quips to one of the locals. Sunday draws closer, forcing Father James to consider all of the wrongs he has committed and their potential repercussions.
Building on incendiary themes in his 2011 directorial debut The Guard, McDonagh delivers an accomplished portrait of an insular world marinading in depravity and regret. He populates the wind-swept locations with a memorable band of misfits and degenerates.
Gleeson delivers a towering performance as a vessel of God, who may pay the ultimate price for another man's sins. He relishes the meaty dialogue and enjoys some fractious exchanges with the locals at the pub where his prime suspects whisper conspiratorially as Dolly Parton trills from the jukebox.
The tension cranks up, reaching a crescendo as Father James takes the lonely walk down to the beach to discover his destiny as angry waves crash onto golden sands.
We silently plead him to stop, to turn around and flee to safety, but McDonagh has never offered his characters an easy way out. Death comes calling for us all, and here he makes reservations.
Cold In July 4 stars
Richard Dane lives with his wife Ann and young son Jordan. Late one night, Ann wakes to sounds in the living room and Richard quietly loads the gun he keeps in the bedroom. Nervously, he creeps down the corridor and shoots dead an intruder. Sheriff Ray Price assures Richard that he did nothing wrong and discloses the intruder was a wanted man. Richard is haunted by his actions and he crosses paths with the dead man's father Ben. These two strangers are slowly drawn into a terrifying game of cat and mouse.
- GenreAdaptation, Drama, Indie, Romance, Thriller
- CastMichael C Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici.
- DirectorJim Mickle.
- WriterNick Damici, Jim Mickle.
- Duration110 mins
- Official site
- Release27/06/2014 (selected cinemas)
Based on the novel by Joe R Lansdale, Cold In July is a gripping thriller about a family man, who is unwittingly drawn into a deadly conspiracy after an uncharacteristic act of violence. Expertly constructed by writer-director Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the script with Nick Damici, it's a grimy and blood-spattered portrait of the secrets and lies that fester in small communities, and the lengths a good man must go to protect his family. Richard Dane (Michael C Hall) lives with his wife Ann (Vinessa Shaw) and young son Jordan (Brogan Hall). Late one night, Ann wakes to sounds in the living room and Richard quietly loads the gun he keeps in the bedroom. Nervously, he creeps down the corridor and shoots dead an intruder in the darkness. Sheriff Ray Price (Nick Damici) assures Richard that he did nothing wrong and discloses that the intruder was a wanted man with a long history of felonies. Richard is haunted by his actions and he crosses paths with the dead man's father Ben (Sam Shepard). These two strangers are slowly drawn into a terrifying game of cat and mouse with people on both sides of the law.
Finding Vivian Maier 3 stars
In 1951, American street photographer Vivian Maier returned to America to take up a position as a nanny and caregiver. In her leisure, she continued to indulge her passion for photography, documenting life over five decades predominantly in Chicago and New York City. Following her death, Maier's belongings were auctioned off and a secret cache of more than 100,000 negatives came to light. This documentary attempts to unravel the mystery of Maier's secret artistic life by speaking to the people who knew her.
- GenreDocumentary, Indie
- DirectorJohn Maloof, Charlie Siskel.
- WriterJohn Maloof, Charlie Siskel.
- Duration84 mins
- Official sitewww.findingvivianmaier.com
- Release18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)
In 1951, American street photographer Vivian Maier returned to America from France, where she had spent most of her youth, to take up a position as a nanny and caregiver - roles she would fulfil for the rest of her life. In her leisure, she continued to indulge her passion for photography, documenting life over five decades predominantly in Chicago and New York City. Following her death, Maier's belongings were auctioned off and a secret cache of more than 100,000 negatives came to light. Photographer and historian John Maloof spearheaded a campaign to recognise Maier as one of the 20th-century's most influential and important artists. In this documentary, co-directed by Charlie Siskel, Maloof attempts to unravel the mystery of Maier's secret artistic life by speaking to the people who knew her, including the families that employed her as a nanny. These conversations hint at a darker side to Maier's personality and challenge Maloof's unfettered adoration for the artist and her work.
Grand Central 3 stars
Gary is handsome and charming but is yet to find a job that fits him like a glove. He secures a position working at a nuclear power plant where the threat of radiation from the reactors is very real. In this pressurised environment, Gary finds a surrogate family in the form of his supervisor Gilles and veteran colleague Toni. This newfound stability is threatened when Gary falls in love with Toni's beautiful fiancee Karole, who reciprocates his amorous advances.
- GenreDrama, Romance, World
- CastLea Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet, Tahar Rahim.
- DirectorRebecca Zlotowski.
- WriterRebecca Zlotowski, Gaelle Mace.
- Duration95 mins
- Official site
- Release18/07/2014 (selected cinemas)
The thrill of an illicit affair gradually wanes in Rebecca Zlotowski's bold drama, which is co-written by Gaelle Mace. Gary (Tahar Rahim) is handsome and charming but is yet to find a job that fits him like a glove. He secures a position working at a nuclear power plant where the threat of radiation from the reactors is very real. In this pressurised environment, Gary finds a surrogate family in the form of his supervisor Gilles (Olivier Gourmet) and veteran colleague Toni (Denis Menochet). This newfound stability is threatened when Gary falls in love with Toni's beautiful fiancee Karole (Lea Seydoux), who reciprocates his amorous advances.
Tarzan 3 stars
John Greystoke, the intrepid CEO of Greystoke Energies, ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice and their young son. Their helicopter crashes, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir, who is rescued and raised by apes. As an adult, Tarzan encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter arrives in the jungle with William Clayton, the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.
- GenreAction, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation/Cartoon, Drama, Family, Family, Romance
- CastJaime Ray Newman, Robert Capron, Kellan Lutz, Trevor St John, Spencer Locke, Mark Deklin.
- DirectorReinhard Klooss.
- WriterReinhard Klooss, Jessica Postigo.
- Duration99 mins
- Official site
Since his debut on the pages of a 1912 magazine, Edgar Rice Burroughs's fictional ape man has swung into the affections of successive generations thanks to re-imaginings on the small and big screens. Former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller famously portrayed the heroic king of the jungle during the 1930s and 1940s flanked by his plucky chimpanzee sidekick Cheeta.
And most recently, Disney immortalised literary myth as an animation feature, a short-lived Broadway musical, spin-off TV series and video games. Now it falls to German filmmaker Reinhard Klooss to put a distinctly modern spin on Burroughs's source text.
Don't be misled by the colourful visuals of this computer-animated adventure and early scenes of comical monkey business. This adaptation isn't a cutesy caper aimed predominantly at children. Tragedy stalks every frame and a couple of sequences, which result in the demise of pivotal characters, could be too scary for the very young.
To enforce the film's modern sensibilities, a rousing burst of Coldplay's anthem Paradise accompanies Tarzan and Jane's romantic swim, replete with longing glances as the protagonists splash about in the water.
John Greystoke (voiced by Mark Deklin) ventures deep into the jungle with his wife Alice (Jaime Ray Newman) and their young son to search for the impact site of an ancient meteorite, which is rumoured to possess immense power.
By chance, as the Greystokes leave the jungle in their helicopter, they stumble upon the meteorite but magnetic interference propels the craft into the mountainside, killing everyone on board except the young Greystoke heir.
The child is rescued and raised by apes and is rechristened Tarzan. As an adult, Tarzan (now voiced by Kellan Lutz) encounters humans once again when beautiful environmentalist Jane Porter (Spencer Locke) arrives in the jungle with William Clayton (Trevor St John), the Machiavellian new CEO of Greystoke Energies.
He also seeks the elusive meteorite and its limitless power and hopes that Jane's father Jim (Les Bubb) will help him. "That's a very pretty daughter you've got there. We wouldn't want anything to happen to her, would we?" snarls Clayton.
Tarzan is a slick yet unsatisfying reworking that struggles to marry the legend with a perplexing subtext about mankind's unsustainable depletion of the earth's resources. Lutz beats his chest on cue to deliver his hero's iconic cry and stilted dialogue including, "Me Tarzan, you Jane".
Locke essays a spunky heroine but she's poorly served by the flimsy script while St John's pantomime villain encourages the audience to hiss and boo his every underhand move.
The introduction of the mysterious meteorite to the jungle is an unwelcome distraction that draws parallels with the extra-terrestrial mumbo jumbo in the fourth Indiana Jones film. An unhappy marriage of something old, something new - that leaves us feeling blue.