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Rating Title/Year Author
1.5/5 Like a Boss (2020) Laura Delaney Like a Boss has all of the trappings for success but what is delivered to audiences is nothing but a collection of knock-off goods. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 Greed (2019) Alan Corr Greed is an entertaining broadside at the inner ugliness of the rich and beautiful, which, in the end, bites off more than it can chew. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Paddy Kehoe The Call of the Wild is a warm and engaging treat for all the family. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
3.5/5 EMMA. (2020) John Byrne It's all very agreeable in that Sunday evening period drama kind of way, and if you're looking for an ideal introduction to this much-loved tale, here it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
5/5 Jihad Jane (2019) Paddy Kehoe This film about her life to date is an engrossing documentary which never loses a feel for the human texture behind the headlines. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) John Byrne Ultimately, it's a series of fight scenes rather than a story. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Laura Delaney Terry Gilliam's long-plagued dream project finally hits the big screen after a 25-year wait, but his ambitious tale feels like it's passed its sell by date. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Harry Guerin Clint Eastwood has just made his strongest film since Gran Torino. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Alan Corr Call it a date movie but one that embraces black history, birthright, family, and protest - wrapped up with all the energy and tension of a neat little thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Carole Coleman Fred Rogers didn't live to see the film, but it's a timely reminder that young children need someone to guide them gently through life's ups and downs. A digital device won't do that. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Paddy Kehoe If the Bond folk are involved the 'money' box is ticked. Likewise, the 'exotic location' box is ticked, but you wouldn't miss much if you missed The Rhythm Section. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Harry Guerin A towering triumph. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
4.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) John Byrne It's an absolute joy to watch, and I would recommend it anyone who could do with putting a smile on their face. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/5 The Grudge (2020) John Byrne [D]espite it being highly derivative, it was also very enjoyable in a blood-soaked Scooby-Doo kind of way, with lots of look out behind you and jump-scary moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Laura Delaney Just Mercy won't enlighten viewers with groundbreaking insights, but its an inspiring reminder of a deeply flawed and socially unbalanced legal system, while teaching us a powerful lesson about the value of life. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Laura Delaney Bombshell fails to dig deep enough to create an explosive piece of cinema, but it ticks along just enough to make an impact. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) John Byrne A Hidden Life looks fantastic, the acting is impressive - but as a slice of storytelling it's almost stubbornly protracted, and offers little insight into Jägerstätter's act of martyrdom. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 Waves (2019) Sarah McIntyre Never an easy watch, but an affecting one. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Sarah McIntyre It's an endlessly nerve-wracking, visceral assault of a movie that will leave you exhilarated and probably more than a little relieved to be exiting the cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Harry Guerin Much has been made of Mendes' decision for the film to unfold as if it is one continuous shot, but that mastery of the medium never gets in the way of the human connection with two young men in a seemingly doomed situation. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/5 Parasite (2019) Paddy Kehoe No doubt Asian capitalist interests are well-served in the end, there won't be rioting in the streets on the back of this one. A film is hardly effective satire if it doesn't point up a route to radical change. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
2.5/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Paddy Kehoe Long Day's Journey into Night is a risky film to launch anywhere, being slow in its exposition and resistant to easy interpretation. Approach with caution but, if in doubt, approach it anyway. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
2/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Harry Guerin [A]fter a promising start, Playing with Fire loses its way, with the story getting stuck in schmaltz and the life lessons checklist as rigidly enforced as any health and safety directive from helicopter parents. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 Seberg (2019) Paddy Kehoe Seberg is a must-see. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 Amanda (2018) Paddy Kehoe Amanda has that pressing, anticipatory feel of a Michael Haneke movie, an air of slightly smug urban contentment about to be shattered. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
3.5/5 Little Women (2019) Sinead Brennan A worthy adaptation and an ideal film for this time of year. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Paddy Kehoe [A] bold adaptation. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
0.5/5 Cats (2019) Alan Corr First off, full disclosure -- I am not a cat person. Second off -- after watching this frankly mortifying film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, I'm not altogether sure I am a movie person anymore either. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Alan Corr This is a Star Wars movie about redemption, learning to let go, identity and coming home. Fan boys and girls will love it. The naysayers should sit back and just enjoy the pure spectacle of it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Harry Guerin Booksmart is as funny as both Superbad and genre cornerstone Dazed and Confused, but it has more heart than both. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 Honey Boy (2019) Alan Corr LaBeouf wrote the screenplay and - making her feature debut - director Alma Har'el combines gritty verité with surreal scenes on movie sets and sly observations on the vacuity of fame. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 The Kingmaker (2019) Paddy Kehoe The film moves easily back and forth between the simpering, self-justificatory former first lady and the documented realities of what took place under her husband's iron rule. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3.5/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Sinead Brennan Jumanji: The Next Level does what it says on the tin by upping the ante while keeping the charm and humour from 2017's reboot. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 Beanpole (2019) Paddy Kehoe There is no point obviously in trying to like Beanpole, it doesn't have a sticker attached that says 'like me,' you will either get its uncompromising delving into deep hurt or you won't. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 The Last Right (2019) Alan Corr This Christmas road trip comedy of errors from first time director Aoife Crehan loses its way. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2.5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Sinead Brennan Motherless Brooklyn has all the elements to make a great crime drama, but it meanders its way into the meh. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
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 21 Bridges (2019) 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