Irish Independent

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Paul Whitington If I'd picked Gemini Man up in a video store in the late 1990s I wouldn't have asked for my money back, but in a cinema, now? EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Paul Whitington The Joker is deadly serious, a bleak but oddly beautiful horror film that evokes the nightmarish nihilism of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
4/5 () Pat Stacey The best history documentaries are often those that skip the big pages and mine the footnotes for material. John Fleet's excellent hour-long film struck gold with the overlooked relationship between [Winston] Churchill and Alexander Korda. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
() John Boland Yes, the viewer was also asked to ponder such notions as the role of religion, the importance of reconciliation and the lingering legacy of hatred and violence, but the central character was such a one-dimensional cut-out that he soon became tiresome. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Paul Whitington An awesome spectacle that veers between heady optimism and existential despair. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Paul Whitington The Kitchen is nice to look at but structurally and tonally unsound, and so clumsily are the post me#too politics retrospectively applied that it doesn't feel like we're in the 1970s at all. Gleeson is terrific, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Paul Whitington It's wonderful stuff from start to finish, and one of the best films I've seen so far this year. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Paul Whitington Downton Abbey is such a harmless and charming confection that it becomes possible to suppress one's inner socialist for the duration. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Paul Whitington A ghost story with a puckish sense of humour, Extra Ordinary leans heavily on the comic talents of Maeve Higgins, a wise decision as it turns out. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Paul Whitington It's powerful stuff, but will anyone listen? EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Paul Whitington Hustlers is nicely made, and Lopez and Wu are very good in the leads, but this fact-based drama is eventually overcome by moral confusion. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
() John Boland Amid all the backslapping, you got no real sense of just how funny Howard's awful anti-hero can be in his take on contemporary Ireland. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
() John Boland [It is ]an interesting evocation of a boyhood spent in Belfast by movie critic Mark Cousins, though you had to get beyond his mannered and somewhat arch vocal delivery. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Untouchable (2019) John Boland In her admirable film, director Ursula Macfarlane persuaded some of these women to tell their stories about [Harvey] Weinstein -- the majority of their recollections offered haltingly and with considerable signs of distress. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/4 Thank You Come Again (2017) Paul Whitington Well sort of: nothing much happens in this film, which was made for half nothing and is full of giddily overwritten scenes involving eccentric customers and a confession box sequence that feels like bad Dave Allen. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Paul Whitington This film never reaches the giddy heights of its sleekly efficient predecessor, and that's all down to shoddy construction. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Aniara (2018) Paul Whitington Aniara cogently makes the point that if mankind ever does manage to leave this blighted planet for another, we'll bring our problems with us. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Paul Whitington Shiny Shrimps is a bawdy but thoroughly modern comedy with a big heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 The Informer (2020) Paul Whitington The Informer is badly written and an inefficient thriller, and snatches of decent acting are quickly smothered by cliché. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Paul Whitington Cool, detached, wryly observant, Joanna Hogg's Souvenir is a beautiful study in a minor key of the vagaries of the English upper classes. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Chris Wasser Sam Taylor-Johnson hits us hard with the visuals, and there are moments when A Million Little Pieces edges dangerously close to theatrical music video. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Paul Whitington [W]hat The Mustang has in spades is sincerity, and a director good enough to wring the beauty out of a necessarily grim tale. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Keepers of the Flame (2018) John Boland Some of this was interesting... but the film had moved a long and unfocused way from its starting point about pension injustices and had turned instead into yet another laboured exercise in historical navel-gazing. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
() John Boland Journalist Olivia O'Leary was eloquent, too, especially when observing that all of us on these two islands have the responsibility to ensure that conditions "do not encourage the breakout again of sectarian tensions". EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Paul Whitington Movingly elegiac. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Paul Whitington Though it gets a bit ragged late on, Scary Stories is pretty satisfying for the most part: meanwhile, in the background, the real horror story is unfolding - Richard Nixon is being re-elected. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Never Grow Old (2019) Paul Whitington Kavanagh's film borrows somewhat in tone from Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, but is very nicely made and Cusack is very enjoyable as the soft-spoken villain. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Paul Whitington Brisk, businesslike and puckishly funny, Crawl is an enjoyable and admirably uncomplicated B-horror. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Paul Whitington A stark, unsettling film, with Kafkaesque overtones. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Paul Whitington It's good fun, and nicely done. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Paul Whitington Listening to children say 'f**k' is only entertaining up to a point, and this film gets its tone and timing all wrong: there are three or four good jokes, but for the most part Good Boys is a regrettable enterprise. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Paul Whitington A love letter? There's no love in this film, except self-love maybe. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 Only You (2018) Paul Whitington The joy and idiocy of love at first sight is brilliantly captured by Harry Wootliff in this compelling, touching drama that veers off in unexpected directions. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Paul Whitington Though perhaps too ethereal for its own good in the end, Ritesh Batra's film has lots of charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Paul Whitington A strange and morbid film. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Gaza (2019) Paul Whitington It's beautifully filmed, shot through with quiet anger. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Paul Whitington Springsteen's rousing anthems are juxtaposed with the drabness of 1980s suburban Britain, and while Chadna's film is a little rough around the edges, it has plenty of charm. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Paul Whitington And for all the talk of play, there's not much playfulness to this enterprise overall, which goes about its business with brisk, dead-eyed efficiency. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Paul Whitington Broomfield's film has an unhurried, digressive style that seems oddly appropriate to its dreamy, quasi-mythical story. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 The Chambermaid (2018) Paul Whitington It's a beautiful, melancholy film, and makes you begin to wonder if Karl Marx didn't have a point. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 () Paul Whitington It's broad stuff, but thoroughly winning. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Tanya Sweeney Aside from that, it's a touching and tender tale, seasoned with perhaps a spoonful too much schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Tanya Sweeney Plenty for fans to enjoy here, but the uninitiated who are looking for a good yarn may be left wanting. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Tanya Sweeney Audiences will get exactly what they expect, but that could turn out to be its ultimate undoing. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Tanya Sweeney A zingy script is brought to life by Nanjiani, arguably the comedic backbone of the whole movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Tanya Sweeney There are freaks, creaks and shrieks, but Annabelle Comes Home has a tangible problem with plot and pacing, which is fairly unforgivable in horror. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Tanya Sweeney Where his previous outing Paterson (2016) was low on plot but cinematically rich on the lips, Dead Don't Die is a film attempting subversion, yet suffering from identity crisis. Jarmusch says it best when he says nothing at all. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Paul Whitington This film is not perfect, but the two actresses establish a powerful chemistry and Debicki is brilliant as the brittle, fascinating Woolf. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
4/5 The Cold Blue (2018) Paul Whitington Erik Nelson's documentary combines digitally restored footage that was hidden in a vault for decades with the disembodied memories of 8th Air Force veterans to create a moving and oddly beautiful experience. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
5/5 Never Look Away (2018) Paul Whitington Tom Schilling is the adult Kurt, Sebastian Koch a Nazi doctor with whom his fate is intertwined in this ambitious, compelling film. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019