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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 () Harry Guerin What happens after the final whistle blows will leave you in agreement. And disbelief. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Sinead Brennan There was arguably no need to make a fourth Toy Story film, but this outing is undeniably funny and heartfelt and will give you all the warm and fuzzies that only Toy Story can. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2.5/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Harry Guerin The Men in Black producers need to snatch a leaf out of that self-destructing playbook. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
5/5 Papi chulo (2018) Sarah McIntyre John Butler's effortlessly engaging and genuinely moving comedy-drama Papi Chulo leaves an impression long after the end credits roll. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Harry Guerin The romantic subplots feel a bit bolted-on (and studio pleasing), but elsewhere, the cut-to-the-quick chemistry between Kaling and Thompson deserves to be talked about - and repeated. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) John Byrne X-Men: Dark Phoenix is basically a remake of 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, but it's still good fun EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
5/5 Halston (2019) Paddy Kehoe Take a look at Bergdorf Goodman's website and see how Halston Heritage still informs in handbags, footwear, accessories. Nothing ever really dies. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3.5/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Paddy Kehoe Less taut and focused than the Spanish language original, Sebastián Lelio's own remake is nevertheless passably pleasant. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sarah McIntyre Unfortunately, it's also let down by a lacking script and somewhat nonsensical plot. But then again, if you're here to see Godzilla clashing with some classic monsters, that probably won't hinder your enjoyment of the at-times spectacular visuals. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 Ma (2019) Laura Delaney Ma doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to teen slasher flicks but it derives a decent amount of mileage out of its revenge-horror premise. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Alan Corr Anyone who has spent listless hours scrolling through YouTube clips of cats and dogs doing funny stuff may find some laughs from this brisk sequel to the 2016 animated hit. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Tarde para morir joven (2018) Paddy Kehoe It is a real virtue of the movie that one has to think this so often. You will only come to tentative theories about its raison d'être when you have finished viewing it. See it at the IFI. Recommended. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 Memoir of War (2017) Paddy Kehoe Memoir of War is composed beautifully through highly theatrical camera angles, capturing, for example, reflections in mirrors to brilliant effect. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Alan Corr Egerton delivers the songs without lapsing into parody and the tragicomic tone really does capture the absurdity and sheer artistry of one of the most impressive pop performers of all time. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Sinead Brennan The wonder of Aladdin is impressively realised and though it lacks some of the magic, there is plenty to sit back and soak in, with laughs and singalongs guaranteed. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Paddy Kehoe The broodingly incendiary Birds of Passage will keep you captivated until the exhausted conclusion as a feud between two families of the Wayuu people of Colombia ratchets up the drama to breaking point. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Harry Guerin Although the action scenes are again superbly choreographed by returning director Chad Stahelski, his third time behind the lens has far more teflon than tension. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2/5 Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Paddy Kehoe There are the bones of a decent film here but the script is clichéd, while the over-employed score mostly spoils it. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Alex Doyle This film could have been heavily produced, but it isn't. Less is more, and this is very refreshing to see. It is as simple as it needs to be. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Laura Delaney Chris Addison's directorial debut is a gratingly vapid and clunky misfire of seen-it-before set-ups that never settles on whether it's a parody or a homage. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) John Byrne Effortlessly arthouse (Cryptic? Check! Slow-moving? Check! Nudity that couldn't possibly be gratuitous? Check!), this will not be everyone's cup of space dust, but it might make you ponder the chaotic futility of existence. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Sinead Brennan Detective Pikachu is very much a kids' film but there are enough in-jokes for older Pokémon fans and one-liners for parents that it's a bit of fun for all the family. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Harry Guerin It would be a pity if Efron decides to hit the reset button after Extremely Wicked... because he is a far better dramatic actor than even fans may have given him credit for. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Laura Delaney Jonathan Levine's raunchy political satire is a giddy symphony of outrageously wicked gags and scabrous laughs. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/4 Tolkien (2019) Alan Corr Tolkien, at least, provides welcome relief after the recent glut of film hagiographies of esteemed English writers. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Assassin's Creed (2016) Sinead Brennan Had the narrative only lived up to the quality of the stunts we'd be on to something great. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 Donbass (2018) Paddy Kehoe Well worth seeing, if you can bear its visceral mini-dramas and unnerving set pieces. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Paddy Kehoe In Ash is Purest White, director Zhangke has switched on what are in effect noir sidelights into a Chinese underworld while credibly building a certain sympathy for the two gang leaders of the piece. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 Styx (2018) Paddy Kehoe A work of high drama that is superbly executed. Through a measure of suggestive narrative guile, the film cannot help but make us think about the plight of refugees who risk it all in the Atlantic to try and get to Europe. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 The Dig (2018) Alan Corr It has the look and feel of a western but The Dig might have worked better as a ghost story and in many ways, it is. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sinead Brennan I laughed, cried, gasped and felt the hairs on my arm stand up as I marvelled at how brilliantly a 22-film arc was brought to a close with Avengers: Endgame. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3.5/5 Loro (2018) Paddy Kehoe The mood has darkened irrevocably and the closing scenes of devastation at L'Aquila seem to point up something much bigger than Berlusconi, something sinister at the heart of Italian statehood. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Harry Guerin There's plenty to chew on for those that do, not least a two-minute scene of Zahler's leading men eating sandwiches. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 Red Joan (2018) John Byrne Red Joan is a pretty decent shot at a spy tale, based on novel that was itself inspired by a true story that's straight out of Deighton or Le Carré. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2.5/5 Greta (2018) Paddy Kehoe Director Neil Jordan has a stab at psychodrama in his new film, Greta, which is saved - and only just - by the presence of French veteran, Isabelle Huppert. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/5 Don't Go (2018) Paddy Kehoe A puzzling finish, as dream over-hangs reality. Must have been something in the whiskey. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/5 Little (2019) Harry Guerin The casting is perfect and so is the timing, but Little is frustratingly stop-start and doesn't deliver the standout material that Rae, Martin and Hall deserve. Although the mix of sweet and salacious offers some good laughs. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2.5/5 Out of Innocence (2016) Sinead Brennan In terms of importance, the film ranks highly. This is a story that should be known, told and discussed. The execution however, doesn't hit the same mark and it feels quite drawn out. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Sinead Brennan Wonder Park is visually vibrant and engaging, but the lack of tact and subtlety in dealing with the big issues is a major downfall. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Sarah McIntyre It's rare a movie as singularly uplifting as Wild Rose comes along. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 Trautmann (2018) John Byrne If you're not a football fan you shouldn't disregard The Keeper. This isn't a sport film as such - it's the compelling story of a truly remarkable man. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Laura Delaney A nauseatingly shallow look at a life-shortening genetic disorder and never rises above being a banal teen drama.v EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3.5/5 Missing Link (2019) Sarah McIntyre The charming, earnest and dizzyingly ambitious stop-motion animation Missing Link is a beautifully captured tale of friendship, identity and empathy. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Harry Guerin The Sisters Brothers rarely gallops but there is much to savour as Audiard once again explores the ties that bind and the need to mean something to someone. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Alan Corr It ratchets up the tension with great skill but it's the human story of death, grief and desperation that really lingers in this excellent adaptation. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Alan Corr Even the most jaded superhero fan (hands up) will find something to like here. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 Last Breath (2018) Paddy Kehoe Ultimately, the film is a stirring tribute to a band of unpretentiously likable, yet highly skilled individuals, bonded together in their own ways, and looking out for each other whatever the danger. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 () Paddy Kehoe Sharper, snappier editing and less of that deliberate ponderousness in the dialogue and direction would have helped achieve a more supple rhythm but this is a mere caveat. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
2.5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Paddy Kehoe The film begins with real promise but fizzles in its second act into a foggy portentousness. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 Lords of Chaos (2018) Harry Guerin Lords of Chaos is the most important work of his career to date. While the American accents and slow pace are at times frustrating, ultimately they do not detract from the film's savage power and the urgency in its message. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019