Runtime: 98 mins

With: Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland.

Dir: Giuseppe Capotondi

Lying is easy when you tell the truth.

That teasing line, spoken by one of the morally ambiguous characters in director Giuseppe Capotondi's art world thriller, illustrates the silent tug of war between perception and reality at the heart of every human interaction.

We accept information on face value and attribute worth based on the opinion of so-called experts rather than trusting our own judgment.

The nonsensical title, shared by an unseen painting in the film, is intended to provoke hollow debate.

"The critics, those ravenous dogs, can chew on it, searching for meaning," explains the artist, played with avuncular glee by Donald Sutherland.

The meaning of Scott Smith's script, adapted from the 1971 novel by Charles Willeford, takes almost an hour to come into focus and the rewards for our patience aren't particularly bountiful.

Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki catalyse gently simmering chemistry as fledgling lovers blinded by first impressions opposite an impish Mick Jagger as a connoisseur of beauty, who chews with delight on the film's meaty one-liners.

"Art can be such a harsh mistress, can't she?" he smirks.

One protracted scene - a leisurely drive along a lakeside road - is distracting for the wrong reasons.

The driver and passenger spend agonisingly long stretches staring into each other's eyes and completely ignore the winding road ahead.

Logic dictates they should plough into oncoming traffic or plunge off the road into Lake Como.

Roguish art critic James Figueras (Bang) gallivants around Europe, armed with a well-rehearsed lecture on the power of persuasion.

To illustrate his point, he invents a fake history for one of his own clumsily composed paintings and convinces small audiences of enraptured American tourists that his handiwork is a masterpiece crafted by a little-known artist in a Nazi concentration camp.

Following one lecture in Milan, James beds pretty American attendee Berenice Hollis (Debicki) and invites her to accompany him to the sprawling Lake Como estate of art collector Joseph Cassidy (Jagger).

The charismatic host wastes little time offering James a private audience with one of America's greatest living painters, who happens to reside in a guesthouse.

"Think what a splash it would make - the first critic in more than 50 years to interview Jerome Debney!" tantalises Cassidy.

In exchange for this career-revitalising opportunity, Cassidy insists James must procure him a priceless new work signed by Debney (Donald Sutherland).

The Burnt Orange Heresy is a slow-burning game of cat and mouse, which some audiences might playfully equate to watching paint dry.

Capotondi maintains a pedestrian pace that makes the 98-minute running time feel considerably longer.

A hastily contrived finale, dressed stylishly as a noir thriller, underwhelms despite the sweat-drenched desperation portrayed on screen.

THE CRAFT: LEGACY (15) Three stars

Dir: Zoe Lister-Jones

With: Cailee Spaeny, Michelle Monaghan

Runtime: 94 mins

Almost 25 years after the release of Andrew Fleming's teen supernatural horror The Craft, Zoe Lister-Jones writes and directs a standalone sequel, which hopes to deliver plentiful tricks and treats in time for Halloween.

Lily (Cailee Spaeny) moves with her mother Eunice (Michelle Monaghan) to a new town and struggles to fit in at school.

Three classmates, Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Lourdes (Zoey Luna) and Tabby (Lovie Simone), show her immense kindness and perform a ritual that confirms Lily as the fourth member of their secret coven of teenage witches.

Lily develops extraordinary powers, which she can bind with other members of the coven to exact revenge on school bullies.

Every action has a consequence and Lily, Frankie, Lourdes and Tabby are unprepared for the true cost of their spellcasting.

WOLFWALKERS (PG) Three stars

Runtime: 103 mins

Dir: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

With: Featuring the voices of Sean Bean, Honor Kneafsey and Eva Whittaker

Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart co-direct an animated fantasy for Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, which has been Oscar-nominated for its three previous features, The Secret Of Kells, Song Of The Sea and The Breadwinner.

Wolfwalkers unfolds in a time of magic and superstition.

Young apprentice hunter Robyn Goodfellowe (voiced by Honor Kneafsey) is determined to honour her father Bill (Sean Bean) by travelling with him to Ireland to exterminate the last surviving wolf pack.

The plucky girl ventures outside city walls to explore the forbidden lands, where she encounters a free spirit called Mebh MacTire (Eva Whittaker), whose tribe can reportedly metamorphose into wolves.

Mebh is on a quest to find her missing mother, Moll (Maria Doyle Kennedy), and Robyn joins the frantic search.

In the process, the two girls tumble headfirst into a world of enchantment and mystery that could transform Robyn into one of the hirsute beasts that her father Bill has pledged to destroy.