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FRANK (15) THIS film taps into the appeal of other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart as it dramatises the efforts of a group of misfits to record an album. Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender spends almost the entire film encased within a giant fibreglass noggin concealing emotions from us as well as the other cast.

FRANK (15) THIS film taps into the appeal of other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart as it dramatises the efforts of a group of misfits to record an album. Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender spends almost the entire film encased within a giant fibreglass noggin concealing emotions from us as well as the other cast.

The unlikely narrator though is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a musically challenged, socially awkward young man, who composes lyrics in his bedroom. During a walk along the beachfront, he encounters a band called the Soronprfbs.

The unlikely narrator though is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a musically challenged, socially awkward young man, who composes lyrics in his bedroom. During a walk along the beachfront, he encounters a band called the Soronprfbs.

"Can you play, C, F and G?" asks the band's manager Don (Scoot McNairy) and Jon is hastily enlisted to play a gig that night where he must gel seamlessly with theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), French bassist Baraque (Francois Civil), percussionist Nana (Carla Azar) and quixotic lead singer Frank (Fassbender).

"Can you play, C, F and G?" asks the band's manager Don (Scoot McNairy) and Jon is hastily enlisted to play a gig that night where he must gel seamlessly with theremin player Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), French bassist Baraque (Francois Civil), percussionist Nana (Carla Azar) and quixotic lead singer Frank (Fassbender).

The concert is a disaster but Jon keeps his place and joins the band on a rural Irish retreat to record an LP.

The concert is a disaster but Jon keeps his place and joins the band on a rural Irish retreat to record an LP.

SABOTAGE (15) ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (pictured) plays John Breacher, the cigar-chewing ringleader of a team of undercover DEA agents, who infiltrate criminal organisations and destroy them from the inside.

SABOTAGE (15) ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (pictured) plays John Breacher, the cigar-chewing ringleader of a team of undercover DEA agents, who infiltrate criminal organisations and destroy them from the inside.

Their latest target is a drug cartel safe house, where team member Lizzy (Mireille Enos) has gathered vital intelligence about a stockpile of cash. Breacher and his bad lads use the raid as a smokescreen to steal $10m from the cartel. Unfortunately, the stolen loot vanishes, leaving the DEA agents out of pocket and facing tough questions from department chief Floyd Morgan and internal affairs.

use the raid as a smokescreen to steal $10m from the cartel. Unfortunately, the stolen loot vanishes, leaving the DEA agents out of pocket and facing tough questions from department chief Floyd Morgan and internal affairs.

In the absence of physical proof, the team returns to active duty. One by one, an unseen adversary picks off the agents and Breacher accepts help from ballsy detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) to identify the culprit.

In the absence of physical proof, the team returns to active duty. One by one, an unseen adversary picks off the agents and Breacher accepts help from ballsy detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) to identify the culprit.

BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (15) A MIDDLE-CLASS couple's gilded life comes crashing down in a lacklustre French drama. Aside from a plot that goes from A to B with the speed of an arthritic escargot, it's a film with almost nothing to say.

BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (15) A MIDDLE-CLASS couple's gilded life comes crashing down in a lacklustre French drama. Aside from a plot that goes from A to B with the speed of an arthritic escargot, it's a film with almost nothing to say.

Lucie and Paul (Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil) are a wealthy Parisian husband and wife whose successful but stale marriage hits the rocks when he starts receiving roses from a mystery admirer. He learns the sender is a young, attractive waitress and finds himself tempted to leave his wife who, at the same time, is being courted by an old friend.

Lucie and Paul (Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil) are a wealthy Parisian husband and wife whose successful but stale marriage hits the rocks when he starts receiving roses from a mystery admirer. He learns the sender is a young, attractive waitress and finds himself tempted to leave his wife who, at the same time, is being courted by an old friend.

The film has a few things to say about the boredom and neuroses of being a kept woman and the dullness of a seemingly perfect suburban life.

The film has a few things to say about the boredom and neuroses of being a kept woman and the dullness of a seemingly perfect suburban life.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 18, 2014
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