Right at Holmes Movie review: Enola Holmes (12) ★★★
SHE already proved to be a hit on TV show Stranger Things - now teenager Millie Bobby Brown proves that was no fluke with her latest movie.
At the age of just 16, her screen presence is the best thing about this overlong but amiable movie. It makes its debut on Netflix this weekend.
It all plays like an Agatha Christie mystery for a young adult audience. And while sequels will be inevitable on the success of this, it works enjoyably well as a standalone film.
Adapted from the first of a series of novels written by Nancy Springer, the movie sets out the stall of the younger sister of one of fiction's most famous detectives.
Her older brother Sherlock (Cavill), with who she has a testy relationship, is already famous, but Enola is her own woman and has plans for her life. She also has a strong bond with her mother, Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter).
So when her mother disappears in mysterious circumstances, and her brothers threaten to send her to a finishing school for young ladies, Enola goes on the run while trying to find her.
After all, the idea of being transformed into a lady is alien to this tough cookie, while life without her mother seems unbearable.
Though this is a beautiful-looking period film set in the late 19th century, it's very modern in many ways. Enola disguises herself as a boy, and later a widow, to stay off the radar of those who want her to conform, and turns out to be quite the martial arts expert.
She employs those skills to assist a young man she meets along the way. Young lord Viscount Tewkesbury, after all, is inclined to get into scrapes and need her help.
Directed by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer, this is very different material but it has a similar breezy approach and a willingness to bend the movie-making rules. Enola, for example, often talks straight to camera and tells her own story, while the storytelling just zips along.
Like last year's The Personal History of David Copperfield, this movie sets itself in a period but upends a great deal of conventions of that period.
It's a very modern story in the guise of a period film, solid and entertaining throughout.
But Millie Bobby Brown is the best thing about this movie, and a star in the making.
The stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham Carter.
The story: The sister of super sleuth Sherlock embarks on her own adventure.
The Verdict: A satisfying drama with a great lead performance
Street Leagues (PG) ★★★★
"A ball can change a life" is the motto Sean Kavanagh often refers to when talking about Street Leagues. It's a sporting movement he set up here many years ago, organising homeless people to play five-a-side football to give them a sense of belonging and purpose.
Now this moving Irish documentary charts the efforts of the Irish men's and women's teams as they put on their green jerseys and bid to compete in the Homeless World Cup finals in Oslo. The movie also follows their progress a year later.
The film opened in cinemas this weekend, with all proceeds going directly to Irish Street Leagues.
Actor Colin Farrell participates in the documentary, praising the footballers and talking about his own past issues with addiction.
Several of the players who have battled through various life struggles including homelessness also share their experiences. One of them is Tara McNeill, who is moved to tears as she prepares to don her Irish jersey and remembers: "Two years ago I would have been in St Anne's, in the park, in a sleeping bag."
There's a spirit of fun and adventure also, as the players share banter and encourage each other as they progress through the tournament.
The movie, directed by Daniel F Holmes and produced by Bankhouse Productions, would have benefited from a longer running time and more detailed interviews with some of the participants. But it remains a moving testament to the power of sport.
Tesla (PG) ★★
THIS biopic of inventor Nikola Tesla is anything but conventional and full of big ideas. Ultimately, however, the storytelling fails to ignite a spark.
Even though this is a period film, characters are seen using Google and MacBook and people go off in extraordinary directions in this off-the-wall movie.
It's now available to rent across various streaming platforms. Log on to justwatch.com and search under Ireland for rental platforms and price comparisons.
Hawke is as engaging as he always is as the title character, a trailblazer who moves to the US from Croatia and becomes a leading force in the development of electrical power.
The movie charts how he initially works with fellow creator Thomas Edison (MacLachlan) before setting off on his own path.
Much of the story of his life is told through a narrator, Anne (Hewson) who also appears in the film.
It aims to be different, but in the end Tesla's quirks serve as a distraction that takes from the story.
The stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Kyle MacLachlan.
The story: The tale of the famous inventor.
The Verdict: Flawed despite its strong cast.