It’s a quiet week but we have a thrilling new release in the form of Sicario. Emily Blunt is excellent as the FBI agent drafted into a shady unit set up to take down a Mexican drug cartel through dubious methods. It’s an incredibly tense thriller with some standout set-pieces and confirms director denis Villeneuve as one to watch (he’s directing the long-delayed Blade Runner sequel next).
Suffragette looks at Britain’s struggle for gender equality through the eyes of a fictional character played by Carey Mulligan. It’s by n o means a classic, but I enjoyed its energetic approach, which reminded me of the great proto-feminist exploitation movies of the ’70s.
If the new version of Macbeth currently in cinemas isn’t doing it for you, on Monday the Irish Film Institute screens Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, the definitive cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play.
Dublin horror fans will be pleased to know the lineup has just been announced for this year’s Horrorthon at the IFI. You can find it at www.ifi.ie/horrorthon
By Eric Hillis