Richard’s deeds are a triumph for Ireland

October 27th, 2013

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In addition to InOut's full reviews of Behind the Candelabra and Captain Phillips, don't miss the other new English-language films to hit Danish cinemas this week.


What Richard Did (11)


Dir: Lenny Abrahamson; Ire drama, 2013, 88 mins; Jack Reynor, Lars Mikkelsen, Billy Gibson, Gabrielle Reidy, Sam Keeley
Young Richard (Reynor), a privileged South Dublin teenager about to start university, leads a charmed life until an accident at a nightclub casts a shadow on his bright future. With remarkable performances from the cast, including Lars Mikkelsen (Mads’s brother) in an English-language role as Richard’s father, What Richard Did is a heart wrenching, gripping tale of guilt and responsibility. The film leaves no emotion unexamined and no layer of Reynor’s character unexposed. JH


Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (11)

Dir: Jeff Tremaine; US comedy/doc, 2013, 92 mins; Jackson Nicholl, Johnny Knoxville, Brittany Mumford
Knoxville plays Irving Zisman, a horny granddad who has been lumbered with his grandson-cum-accomplice Billy (Nicholl) for a road trip across the US. Despite the absence of Steve-O (AWOL), Ryan Dunn (deceased) and the rest of the crew, the latest instalment from Jackass remains true to the standard formula: Anti-social behaviour + unsuspecting public = hilarious at times, sketchy at others. CJ


The Family (15)


Dir: Luc Besson; US/FRA Crime/Comedy; 2013, 110 mins; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, Tommy Lee Jones
A sociopathic American family seek refuge in a small French town after entering witness protection. Any sense that they are a loving or even semi-functional family evaporates almost from the outset, and it is not long before they begin to terrorise the locals. With De Niro as a mob snitch and cold-blooded killer, and Pfeiffer playing his arsenist wife, there are occassional laughs, but ultimately the dark comedy and violence throughout would have been better placed on the pages of a comic book, not the big screen. CJ


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