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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Laura Delaney Armed with an incandescent screenplay and unforgettable performances, Ordinary Love is affecting in its own quiet way, as it showcases a deeply moving portrait of a marriage tested under strain after a cancer diagnosis. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
5/5 So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Paddy Kehoe So Long, My Son, whose original title in Mandarin is Di Jiu Tian Chang, is an easily accessible, beautifully-wrought work of cinema whose universal human story of heartbreak and tragedy is spellbinding. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Paddy Kehoe The film is so companionable in John's unrelenting grin-and-bear-it voice-over, and so lovable with Molly's all-American positivity that, heck, you even want to know how they got Todd in the first place. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 Shooting the Mafia (2019) Alan Corr Director Kim Longinotto and Westport-based producer Niamh Fagan's film is unflinching and it crackles with anger but it also finds great reservoirs of humanity among these deeply personal stories of loss and pain. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Harry Guerin Your own understanding of strength and fragility is questioned throughout. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
.5/5 Knives Out (2019) Paddy Kehoe Knives Out is a trite, pale comedy that tries to be as infantile as it can be within the bounds of adult entertainment. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 A Dog Called Money (2019) Alan Corr It is somewhat of a state of the world address filtered through Harvey's abstract music and she keeps her distance and, indeed, a certain mystique throughout. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3.5/5 QA Movie Test (2014) John Byrne It's that sort of film: good but not great. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
5/5 La belle époque (2019) Paddy Kehoe Written and directed by Nicolas Bedos, La Belle Epoque is a dazzling tour de force for everyone who likes magnificent escapism. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Alan Corr With a superb cast and zinger of a script, writer-director Noah Baumbach wrings real heartache and humour from his latest relationship movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Sarah McIntyre This tale of empowerment, loyalty and growing up and becoming a different person, is funny, sweet and moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Laura Delaney Last Christmas isn't quite a careless whisper but by the time you get to the bonkers twist (you have been warned), you'll need to get someone to wake you up before you go-go. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) John Byrne First up, don't let the fact that this film is about motor-racing put you off. I have zero interest in cars and I loved it. Le Mans '66 is far too good to be pigeonholed 'for petrol heads only'. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Paddy Kehoe The movie is solid and engaging enough, but it is not particularly exceptional and one might say the same about Spotlight. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Harry Guerin Up, up and more than okay. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Paddy Kehoe Alas, the sweets do not have sugar but they are at least chocolates. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Sarah McIntyre The film's opaqueness is matched by its enthralling, thought-provoking nature that makes it entirely worth the journey. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3.5/5 The Good Liar (2019) Harry Guerin "It's deeper than you think," warns Mirren in one scene. Never a truer word spoken. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Sinead Brennan If you're as strong as the sum of your parts, The Irishman is a diamond-clad instant classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Get Santa (2014) Alan Corr There's a great performance from Jim Broadbent as a bumbling but wise Santa and the fun cast play it for laughs and warm, mushy moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3.5/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Sarah McIntyre Brittany Runs a Marathon... doesn't shy away from challenging viewers, but it is, at its heart, a truly emotionally uplifting experience, best encapsulated in the scenes filmed at the New York City Marathon that won't fail to bring a tear to your eye. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Sinead Brennan You won't want to play with it forever, and with the inflated run time, it might feel as though you are. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 After the Wedding (2019) Paddy Kehoe Williams inhabits the role with great skill and the film is almost worth seeing just for her master class in quietly-simmering anxiety. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4.5/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) John Byrne If you don't come out of Sorry We Missed You with either a lump in your throat or a clenched fist, you're made of stone. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2.5/5 The Addams Family (2019) Harry Guerin A 'gateway movie' for younger viewers perhaps, but a double bill of ParaNorman and Frankenweenie would still have more to offer them - and you - 50 watches later. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Black and Blue (2019) Harry Guerin It's a showcase for Harris' acting smarts and set-piece clout, but Taylor could have made more of The Purge's Frank Grillo as her nemesis. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Countdown (2019) Sinead Brennan You won't be counting down to the end credits; it paces itself well, doesn't overstay its welcome and gets the job done. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3.5/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Paddy Kehoe Sobering viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Alan Corr It's a noble story consumed with important issues of identity, memory and the need to belong and as a portrait of a city and its people but the glacial pace may leave some viewers longing for more of a connection. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
5/5 The Curious Works Of Roger Doyle (1970) Paddy Kehoe This magisterial tribute documentary is framed around the staging of Doyle's first opera, Heresy... EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/5 Western Stars (2019) Alan Corr Given that being a proper rock star is all about acting, Bruce Springsteen hams it up something rotten in this beautifully-constructed monument to myth-making by director and long-time Boss collaborator Thom Zimny. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Paddy Kehoe It's one of the most turgid, mind-numbing exercises in so-called cinematic craft that one could ever expect to witness and hear, very loudly indeed, way louder than the crunching of popcorn. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 Dark Lies the Island (2019) John Byrne It all adds up to a deliciously Fargo-esque delight that can't end well. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) John Byrne Okay, while I wouldn't be placing this sequel to 2014's Maleficent anywhere near my top five (or even ten) Disney offerings, it looks amazing and the story is a pretty straightforward and enjoyable tale with a topical twist. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Harry Guerin Harrelson and Eisenberg's banter and bickering remains a joy, but there was more fun to be had from the double act of Stone and Breslin - especially with new arrival Zoe Deutch in the mix as spin-off deserving scatterbrain Madison. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Alan Corr The two-hour El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is very good and while it doesn't besmirch the reputation of the original series, it does leave a lingering sense of disappointment that they even bothered. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Best Before Death (2019) Paddy Kehoe So, in conclusion, a slightly fusty air of nineteenth century good works and leatherette prayer books meets a version of late English hippiedom and unshowy sharing. Unshowy, yes, even if that film-maker chap insists on recording it all. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 Double Lives (2018) Paddy Kehoe Printed books versus e-books, love and infidelity behind the bookshelves, it's all rather topical in this charming, restrained comedy of manners featuring Juliette Binoche - and indeed everybody else - doing star turns in Oliver Assayas's engaging drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Harry Guerin The King is slow in places and there's only a bit of action towards the end, meaning Michôd's film is best suited to the genre known as Sunday Afternoon at Home. That said, its old school appeal deserves to stretch far beyond we happy few on the couch. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 A Bump Along The Way (2019) Harry Guerin Anyone who wants a happy ending from their trip to the cinema should expect a very special delivery. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) John Byrne Unfortunately, her performance only highlights the flaws in this film. [Zellweger's] easily the best thing about it. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Paddy Kehoe Here in Werewolf is an interesting Polish take on horror, an object lesson in how it might be done successfully. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 Losing Alaska (2018) Paddy Kehoe It's an important film, underscoring the troubled realities of climate change and its widespread ramifications. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Alan Corr It's all cool surfaces without any underlying grit. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Alan Corr Superbly directed and edited, this is a shockingly realistic depiction of true life events that makes for uncomfortable viewing. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 The Laundromat (2019) Paddy Kehoe The movie is, in sum, an enjoyable romp, the cinematic equivalent of a Radox bath after a hard day. Go for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) John Byrne It sounds daft - and it is - but if you sit back and accept Don't Let Go on its own merits, you'll get an enjoyable psychological thriller with a strong cast that will keep you engrossed. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Sinead Brennan You might not put on a happy face for a while after the credits roll, but it is so worth the weird dreams that will likely follow. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3.5/5 The Farewell (2019) Paddy Kehoe Made with the necessary narrative and directorial guile to get the Oscars in its sights, and with dialogue in English and Mandarin Chinese, The Farewell presses all the right buttons and is a heart-warming tale about cultural dislocation. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Harry Guerin Don't remember him this way. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019