The mighty Julian Barrett (from The Mighty Boosh) plays the eponymous hero of this off-the-wall comedy about has-been actor Richard Thorncroft, whose 80s heyday as the star of an Isle of Man-based TV detective show are long gone. That is until a Manx madman and the local police demand his presence back on the island. Fans of Boosh, Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan pops up as a smarmy rival) and… Bergerac will find it hard to keep laughs at bay.
Anyone who blubs during cute canine flicks like Lassie and Marley & Me will get no respite here as we follow the reincarnated lives of one particular pooch. Director Lasse Hallstrom has form when it comes to movies about our four-legged friends (My Life as a Dog, Hachi: a Dog’s Tale) so you are in safe hands.
This timely reminder of what it took to establish peace in Northern Ireland dramatises what may have happened back in 2006 when Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness (who died in March) made a version of Car Share that changed the history of the British Isles. Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney star and spar as the bitterest of enemies who come good.
In a US remake of a fine French thriller, Jamie Foxx’s corrupt Las Vegas cop is up to his neck in doo-doo when a nasty crime lord kidnaps his son and demands his drugs back. Cue a long night’s journey into day as a frantic Foxx has to navigate a gangster-infested nightclub to rescue his boy.