The Mule (15)



Drama (2018)
116mins US

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Michael Pena, Taissa Farmiga
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer(s): Nick Schenk
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Korean War veteran Earl Stone used to be a cause celebre in horticultural circles. Unfortunately, he failed to move with the times by investing in an online marketplace for his gold medal-winning lilies. The bank has foreclosed on Earl's home and a once-blooming business has wilted. To make ends meet, Earl agrees to courier a bag across state lines - no questions asked - which contains a consignment of drugs for cigar-puffing cartel boss Laton.

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The Mule (15)

Clint Eastwood refuses to follow Robert Redford's lead and glide serenely into self-imposed retirement as he directs and stars in a gently paced thriller inspired by an outlandish true story of opportunistic criminal enterprise. Adapted for the screen with an exceedingly heavy hand by Nick Schenk, who penned Eastwood's 2008 drama Gran Torino, The Mule relies on its leading man to inject life into a plodding tale of fractured families and economic strife. The 88-year-old Oscar winner duly obliges, investing his politically incorrect old coot with rascally charm and old-fashioned grit, which allows his fallen family man to ferry hundreds of kilos of cocaine across Illinois without arousing the suspicions of law enforcement...

The Mule. Copyright: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Imperative Entertainment, LLC/BRON Creative USA, Corp. Caption: Clint Eastwood as Earl Stone and Alan Hecker as a Texas State Trooper in The Mule, directed by Clint Eastwood. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.Schenk's linear script hammers home the lead character's failings as a husband and father with the subtlety of a battering ram to a rickety wooden door, engineering pointed and frosty conversations between family members as Eastwood's condemned man attempts to atone for his sins. "What do you want?" snaps his ailing ex-wife, played by Dianne Wiest, when he materialises unannounced. "You're not in the will."

Korean War veteran Earl Stone (Eastwood) used to be a cause celebre in horticultural circles. Unfortunately, he failed to move with the times by investing in an online marketplace for his gold medal-winning lilies. The bank has foreclosed on Earl's home, a once-blooming business has wilted and his worldly possessions are crammed into the back of his pickup truck. "Damn internet, ruins anything," he growls. An associate of Earl's granddaughter (Taissa Farmiga) provides the old timer with a deceptively simple way to dig himself out of a financial hole. "I have friends looking for cautious drivers like you," explains the young man. Earl agrees to courier a bag across state lines - no questions asked - which contains a consignment of drugs for cigar-puffing cartel boss Laton (Andy Garcia). As an elderly driver with an unblemished record, Earl is ignored by police and he is rewarded handsomely for his services. The volume of cocaine increases on subsequent runs until Earl is the most profitable mule in Laton's stable, earning him the nickname Tata. Newfound wealth rebuilds bridges to embittered ex-wife Mary (Wiest) and estranged daughter Iris (Alison Eastwood). Meanwhile, hotshot DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) and partner Trevino (Michael Pena) receive intelligence about a mule called Tata and begin a stakeout.

The Mule trots, fittingly, at a pedestrian pace until the DEA operation gathers pace in a rushed final half hour. Cooper and Wiest are solid in barely three-dimensional supporting roles but both spark pleasingly with Eastwood in pivotal exchanges regarding Earl's regrets about prioritising work over family. The trickle of bad blood is neatly and conveniently staunched before the end credits roll, suggesting that crime pays to salve deep emotional wounds.

- Sam Cannon

The Mule. Copyright: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Imperative Entertainment, LLC/BRON Creative USA, Corp. Caption: Clint Eastwood as Earl Stone and Alan Hecker as a Texas State Trooper in The Mule, directed by Clint Eastwood. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 15th February
To Thursday 21st February

- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Armagh, Armagh Omniplex
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Omniplex
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cookstown, Ritz Multiplex
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Craigavon, Craigavon Omniplex
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd February
To Thursday 28th February

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Barnsley, Parkway Cinema
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birmingham, mac
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema, Drogheda
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ivybridge, The Watermark
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Maghera, Movie House Maghera
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Navan, The Arc Cinema, Navan
- Newbury, Corn Exchange
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, The Palace Cinema
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Pwllheli, Neuadd Dwyfor
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Rugby, Rugby Theatre
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- York, Vue York


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