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Also released: Redemption of A Rogue, Freakscene – The Story of Dinosaur Jr and Even Mice Belong in Heaven...

Damon Smith

Redemption of A Rogue: Aaron Monaghan as Jimmy

REDEMPTION OF A ROGUE (15, 95 mins)

Released: October 1

A FATHER'S dying wish sets his son on the path to redemption in a darkly comic character study directed by Phillip Doherty.

Disgraced prodigal son Jimmy (Aaron Monaghan) returns home to the fictional town of Ballylough in County Cavan to make amends with his dying father (Hugh O'Brien).

Their reunion is painfully brief and a thunderous downpour heralds the passing of the old man.

The will stipulates that the patriarch cannot be buried in the rain or Jimmy and his brother Damien (Kieran Roche) will lose their inheritance.

Begrudgingly, Jimmy remains in Ballylough until the bad weather subsides but every morning he wakes to grey skies and misery.

Trapped in an unending loop of despair, Jimmy struggles to atone for past sins as he kindles romance with singer Masha (Aisling O'Mara).

Perhaps love, when he least expects it, will be his salvation.

J Mascis, Murph and Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr

FREAKSCENE – THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR (15, 82 mins)

Released: October 1

FOUNDED in 1984 by guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph (real name Emmett Jefferson Murphy III), Dinosaur Jr became one of the most influential bands on America's East Coast.

The group's distinctive sound, later referred to as grunge, was an integral part of slacker culture in the 1990s and inspired the music scene of the era including Nirvana and Sonic Youth.

Philipp Virus's documentary combines archive footage and revealing interviews to look back over the turbulent history of the band, which reformed the original line-up in 2005 with members, who communicate exclusively through music.

Even Mice Belong in Heaven

EVEN MICE BELONG IN HEAVEN (PG, 80 mins)

Released: October 1

FEUDING critters discover common ground in the aftermath of tragedy in a heart-warming stop-motion animated odyssey directed by Jan Bubenicek and Denisa Grimmova.

A scared mouse vows to disprove the taunts of other rodents by bravely sneaking up a fox while his mortal enemy is asleep.

The sly adversary wakes and gives chase but the mouse and fox are both involved in an unfortunate accident and the two species are transported to animal heaven.

In this brightly light paradise, the mouse and fox deny their natural instincts and become best friends.

They vow to stay together, in this afterlife and beyond, even when they are reborn on earth in opposite roles.

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