For anyone not already set on embracing their inner child by visiting the ubiquitous Minions this weekend, there’s still a number of reasons to make a trip to your local picture-house this week...
The Big Doc: Amy.
Gala Screening + Q&A and Exclusive Footage. Tuesday 30th June, 7.45pm. Select cinemas.
Years in the making, documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s follow-up to the much loved Senna sees the director and his team this time chronicling the life of the late Amy Winehouse. Adopting an intimate approach that draws upon hours of home footage, the film is as much a celebration of the late singer’s songwriting talents as it is a testament to the tragic culmination of her years of substance abuse. The ecstatic reviews suggest a heart-wrenching, epic deconstruction of the singer’s fall from grace, with the controversial implication that Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse is far from faultless in this respect. Tuesday’s Gala screening, streamed live from London, with Kapadia in attendance, should make for a fascinating Q&A.
The Indie sleeper: The Overnight.
From Friday 26th June, Limited release.
Fans of TV hits Orange Is The New Black and Parks and Recreation can catch a rare cinematic outing for the shows’ respective stars, in the shape of this raunchy low-fi comedy. OITNB’s Taylor Schilling and Parks’ Adam Scott star as a couple who, after having their first child, have seen their sex life all but fizzle out. A debaucherous evening in with Jason Schwartzmann’s free-spirit Kurt and his ‘actress’ wife Charlotte (Judith Godreche), sees this dry spell come to a decisive halt. The director, Patrick Brice, brings an improvised sensibility to the film’s outrageous take on modern sexuality - this is not one for the prudes!
The Classic: The Third Man.
From Friday 26th June, IFI Dublin/ Light House Cinema.
Carol Reed’s classic makes a brief and undeniably welcome return to cinemas this week, offering modern film lovers a chance to witness Orson Welles in one of his most celebrated roles. Often cited as the greatest British film ever made, the Vienna-based mystery surrounding the death of Welles’ Harry Lime is timeless in its appeal. This is a must-see for any aspiring film-buff.