This week’s releases: Love & Mercy, Ted 2, Song of the Sea


OUR first weekly round-up of Friday’s new cinema releases, featuring musical legends, an uncouth bear and some Irish doodling. Human Centipede 3 (yes, really) does not make the cut, so to speak…

LOVE & MERCY

Paul Dano (NOT to be confused with former Hollyoaks gorp Paul Danan) and John Cusack both star as tortured genius Brian Wilson in this two-act biopic of the Beach Boys star. Perfectly-cast moon-faced Dano is as brilliant as ever as the younger Wilson and Cusack gives one of the best performances of his hit and miss career playing the broken man in the 1980s.

METACRITIC RATING: 80%

TED 2

The foul-mouthed teddy (aka Peter Griffin in a bear suit) returns with pal Mark Wahlberg for more of the same. You will laugh, but not every gag hits the mark, although naming Ted’s adopted son Apollo Creed Clubber Lang is quite brilliant.

METACRITIC RATING: 48%

SONG OF THE SEA

You might be forgiven for thinking this is one of those Japanese anime feature films that pretentious people (like me) pretend to like. In fact, it’s Irish. And it’s brilliant. Good enough to get a nomination at this year’s Oscars ahead of its long-awaited general release on Friday. Up there with Toy Story 3, Spirited Away (pretentious alert), The Lion King and my own favourite, Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds as an animated masterpiece of the past 30 years.

METACRITIC RATING: 85%

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