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CALVARY (15) FATHER James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) sits quietly in the confession booth as an anonymous male parishioner confides that he intends to exact revenge for abuse suffered in childhood at the hands of a holy man.

CALVARY (15) FATHER James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) sits quietly in the confession booth as an anonymous male parishioner confides that he intends to exact revenge for abuse suffered in childhood at the hands of a holy man.

"There's no point in killing a bad priest," the confessor observes. "I'm going to kill you because you're innocent." Thus, Father James is instructed to put his affairs in order before his date with destiny on the local beach.

"There's no point in killing a bad priest," the confessor observes. "I'm going to kill you because you're innocent." Thus, Father James is instructed to put his affairs in order before his date with destiny on the local beach.

With the clock ticking, Father Lavelle searches for glimmers of hope in the eyes of his wayward flock including the scheming laird (Dylan Moran), the butcher (Chris O'Dowd) whose adulterous wife (Orla O'Rourke) is engaged in a violent tryst with a garage mechanic (Isaach De Bankole), and his own daughter (Kelly Reilly).

With the clock ticking, Father Lavelle searches for glimmers of hope in the eyes of his wayward flock including the scheming laird (Dylan Moran), the butcher (Chris O'Dowd) whose adulterous wife (Orla O'Rourke) is engaged in a violent tryst with a garage mechanic (Isaach De Bankole), and his own daughter (Kelly Reilly).

Calvary is a wicked black comedy that contrives a murder mystery before the heinous crime has been committed. Building on incendiary themes in his 2011 debut The Guard, writer-director John Michael McDonagh delivers an accomplished portrait of an insular world marinading in depravity and regret.

Calvary is a wicked black comedy that contrives a murder mystery before the heinous crime has been committed. Building on incendiary themes in his 2011 debut The Guard, writer-director John Michael McDonagh delivers an accomplished portrait of an insular world marinading in depravity and regret.

Rating: ? ....

Rating: ? ....

DIVERGENT (12) FUTURISTIC Chicago is divided into five factions - Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite - which exemplify positive aspects of the human personality: selflessness, cordiality, honesty, DIVERGENT (12) FUTURISTIC Chicago is divided into five factions - Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite - which exemplify positive aspects of the human personality: selflessness, cordiality, honesty, intelligence and courage.

intelligence and courage.

On a specific day each year, sixteen-year-olds undergo an aptitude test that reveals their destiny. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) takes that test but the results are inconclusive. Tori (Maggie Q), who administers the procedure behind closed doors, tells the teenager that she is a Divergent. Beatrice must hide her status because Divergents threaten the finely balanced system and are being hunted by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), leader of Erudite. When the time comes to choose her destiny, Beatrice opts for Dauntless and begins training under Four (Theo James).

On a specific day each year, sixteen-year-olds undergo an aptitude test that reveals their destiny. Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) takes that test but the results are inconclusive. Tori (Maggie Q), who administers the procedure behind closed doors, tells the teenager that she is a Divergent. Beatrice must hide her status because Divergents threaten the finely balanced system and are being hunted by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), leader of Erudite. When the time comes to choose her destiny, Beatrice opts for Dauntless and begins training under Four (Theo James).

Neil Burger's film feels a smidgen light on exposition and character development but Woodley is terrific and she catalyses smouldering on-screen chemistry with James. Winslet sinks her pearly whites into her first villainous role with gusto. Rating: ? ....

Neil Burger's film feels a smidgen light on exposition and character development but Woodley is terrific and she catalyses smouldering on-screen chemistry with James. Winslet sinks her pearly whites into her first villainous role with gusto. Rating: ? ....
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 8, 2014
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