Directed by Marley Morrison. With Nell Barlow, Ella-Rae Smith, Jo Hartley, Sophia di Martino, Tabitha Byron, Samuel Anderson. 15A certificate, limited output, 103 min
Excellent British comedy following an angry teenage girl, recently released as a lesbian, as she argues with her irritating but basically decent family in a horrific seaside resort. Some viewers may fear that the threats here are a little too low – there are no villains in Honey – but, while at times hopelessly touching, this remains a romantic comedy class in which the resolution is never entirely out. range. Barlow is remarkable in the lead: angry, confused, embarrassed. A first-class directorial debut full of laughter and quiet wisdom. Full review CC
DEADLY CUTS ??
Directed by Rachel Carey. With Aidan McArdle, Angeline Ball, Ericka Roe, Lauren Larkin, Pauline McLynn, Victoria Smurfit. 15A cert, gen release, 91 min
A group of bawdy characters from North Dublin compete in a hairdressing competition. It hardly seems possible that a screen smaller than a three-lens Cinerama could be big enough to accommodate the sheer scale of comedy in this (what adjective will we use?) Unassuming Irish film. All is forgiven, Mrs. Brown; in comparison, you behave like Anna Karina in a Godard puzzle. Yet for those of us who have lived through a few decades of Irish cinema, there is something pleasantly nostalgic about the rawness of Deadly Cuts. It’s hot. It is harmless. Victoria Smurfit, in particular, has an absolute ball. Full review CC
MY LITTLE SISTER / SCHWESTERLEIN ??
Directed by Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond. With Nina Hoss, Lars Eidinger, Marthe Keller, Jens Albinus. Limited outing, 100 min
Lisa (Hoss), who is both motherly and furiously compensating, is determined to cure her gay brother (Eidinger) with leukemia and get him back on stage. This is a great request from a woman who is already overwhelmed with maternal and domestic responsibilities and expectations. “I also have plans,” Lisa tells her husband, who seems never to have considered such a possibility. The emotional pyrotechnics that underpin most cancer drama gives way to something as honest as it is understated. This is Switzerland’s candidacy for this year’s Oscar for international feature film. Full review TB
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 ??
Directed by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon. Voices of Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloë Grace Moretz, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Bill Hader, Wallace Shawn. PG certificate, general version, 93 min
The Addams Family is an enduring creation, but can the franchise survive another episode of its last appalling incarnation? If the Addams Family’s first hideously-crafted animation (2018) left an unamused audience singing “They Crack And They’re Shit, They’re Missing Completely,” this sequel aims (and lands) even lower. The Gothicism that so far defined the clan has given way to twin nightmares of relativity and four-quadrant effort. “The horror; the horror,” as Marlon Brando puts it in a movie funnier than this one. Full review TB