Cinema Roundup January 30th

Movie of the week - Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Movie of the week – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Grindhouse Dublin presents Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer in the Lighthouse on Friday night. Featuring a career defining performance from Michael Rooker, the film is based on the exploits of America’s most prolific serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas. Rooker is chilling, and the movie features some very dark imagery, but it can also be viewed as a blackly comic satire.

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

The best of the week’s new releases is Aussie crime thriller Son of a Gun. Ewan McGregor is surprisingly effective in a tough guy role as Australia’s most notorious criminal, broken out of jail by a young inmate he takes under his wing to commit a gold heist. It’s not particularly original but it’s handled with some style by first time director Julius Avery.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Cult director Paul Thomas Anderson returns with his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice. It’s an all too literal translation that looks polished, and features great ’70s period detail, but gets bogged down in endless dialogue.

An early contender for worst movie of 2015 is the spy parody Kingsman: The Secret Service, an offensively bad piece of work that seems to have been written by a committee of 14-year-old boys.

Trash is a Brazilian-set political thriller that lives up to its name. Too glossy for adults, too gritty for kids, it’s difficult to see who the audience for this one is.

Audrey Hepburn fans can pop along to the Sugar Club on Saturday night for a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s followed by a Swinging Sixties party. See for more info.

By Eric Hillis