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Rating Title/Year Author
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 () 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
4.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Laura Delaney The ambitious script reaches far beyond most Hollywood sci-fi movies, striking a balance between a harrowing otherworldly discovery, and a beautifully complex narrative weighing up how much our parents shape our destiny. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Sarah McIntyre Hustlers is a giddy, gaudy, intoxicating watch filled with vicarious thrills and a slick pace and exposition that hooks you in from the get-go. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Paddy Kehoe Waad Al-Khateab is undoubtedly one of the bravest, imaginative film-makers of our times with hopefully many more films to deliver. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Sarah McIntyre Extra Ordinary, writing-directing duo Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman's feature film debut, is a remarkable achievement - a wholly unique cinematic experience that is grounded with a lot of heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Alan Corr So here it is, then! Julian Fellowes' long-awaited Downton Abbey movie and it will not disappoint fans of the lifestyles of the fantastically rich and the fantastically well-bred. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Sinead Brennan It's too long, too repetitive, and just too much. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3.5/5 Astérix : le secret de la potion magique (2018) John Byrne It's all a bit Harry Potter, really, which is both unnecessary and about a decade too late. But it is fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3.5/5 The Informer (2020) John Byrne This yarn might not be in the queue for any Oscar action next year, but if you're looking to be entertained for a couple of hours and like your drama tough and tattoo-tastic, The Informer ticks all the boxes. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Paddy Kehoe The Souvenir might be glibly written off as an art movie by viewers who cannot engage with what is ultimately a tragic adaggieto of self-destruction. Be patient with it, however, it's worth it. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Alan Corr Genuinely spooky and shiver inducing, this is far more than just a welcome respite from the formulaic Blumhouse horror hegemony. Something tells me we haven't seen the last of this lot. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 Crawl (2019) Alan Corr This toothless alligator versus humans flick needs some Gatorade. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Never Grow Old (2019) Paddy Kehoe Black as pitch, Never Grow Old is a convincing thriller set in in 1849 in an American settlement ruled over by a psychopathic thug, played with consummate, unadulterated evil by John Cusack. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Paddy Kehoe Call it suspense then, but it's of a very sophisticated kind. Superb. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Sinead Brennan It's not a good film, it's not a thrill-ride and it's not memorable, but it is watchable in that last resort, leave-your- brain-at-the-door, background noise kind of way. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Sarah McIntyre Once Upon a Time In Hollywood has all the dazzlingly sumptuous production values, rich storytelling, razor sharp black humour and top-notch performances you would expect from a Tarantino film. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Harry Guerin In a film powered by the best in people [Chada] doesn't shy away from showing the worst, either, with racists in the streets and a chill that blows right into the present day. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Paddy Kehoe Sure, Tracy Oliver's screenplay is simplistic and gee-whizz-earnest but so what, Ry Russo-Young directs with admirable skill and sensitivity. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
5/5 Gaza (2019) Paddy Kehoe Gaza is compelling because we hear of life there in the people's own words, we can judge the tone of the revelations and observations, look at the weary expressions. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3.5/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Paddy Kehoe Look, The Art of Racing in the Rain is not Sergei Eisenstein or Jean Cocteau, but it serves its purpose as a meat-and-two-veg family story which does what it says on the tin with real expertise. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Laura Delaney Kids will no doubt find the birds' amusing hijinks to be im-peck-ably funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Alan Corr It's not without a few laughs and there are some well executed ding dongs, but at this stage an oil change and a NCT might be in order for the Fast and Furious franchise. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 () Alan Corr Good educational fun. Not quite a high V, more of a thumbs up from Hibernia. We give it III out of V. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Lion King (2019) Harry Guerin [T]his Lion King's crowning glory isn't about the romance, comedy or triumph of good over evil: it's how Favreau has ensured that an urgent ecological message jumps off the screen with more power than even the Shakespearean elements of the story. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
1.5/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Paddy Kehoe What might have been, in more capable hands, an indie gem is instead a melodramatic TV movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) John Byrne There's life in the old doll yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
5/5 The Cold Blue (2018) Paddy Kehoe [A]n extraordinarily moving portrait of the American bomber pilots of the Second World War. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
2.5/5 Never Look Away (2018) Paddy Kehoe Never Look Away runs to over three hours and is a reasonably engaging human story but it is overly-long and flawed by a certain degree of cinematic indulgence that makes it syrupy and fluffy when it should not be so. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Harry Guerin [T]here is the feeling that there is still not enough drama in the story, as well-acted as it is. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Harry Guerin Worth seeing; not worth falling out over. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) John Byrne This is pretty much a perfect Peter Parker pic. It's certainly one of the most enjoyable solo superhero adventures I've seen in years, and at just over two hours it rattles along at a nice pace. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Alan Corr [W]hile Yesterday starts out trying to obey the internal logic of alternate universe/time paradoxes stories, it gives up and just goes along for the whole surreal ride. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 Metal Heart (2018) Harry Guerin You'd need a heart of stone not to wish it good luck. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019