Film Ireland Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Sarah Cullen Lupita Nyong'o is fantastic. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Sarah Cullen Perhaps the most surprising part of this Hollywood puzzler is just how conventional it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
() June Butler Floating Structures is an ambient architectural feast. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
Gaza (2019) Paul Farren It successfully encapsulates the human response to living in this conflicted space, revealing both defiance and uncrushable human will alongside frustration and fear. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Paul Farren A fun but uneven ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
() Stephen Porzio Another Irish literary figure has made the jump to the silver screen, bringing something fresh to the country's trademark dark comedies. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) David Prendeville A superbly acted, lean and highly entertaining horror film, and a fine feature debut by [director Lee] Cronin. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
() Dakota Heveron There is a sense of intimacy in this connectedness, and in the consistent banter and comradery between its characters, painting the picture of a city where, despite its urbanity, 'everyone knows each other'. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Paul Farren It has that rare quality for a film of this kind; it has its Lego cake and eats it. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Steven Galvin While somewhat muddled and too busy at times, Happy Death Day 2U should be given its due for being a clever sequel and more or less as fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Paul Farren The muddled, episodic structure and speechmaking dialogue does not help. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Boy Erased (2018) Liam Hanlon It's a film that requires investment and it's ultimately worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Green Book (2018) Shauna Fox Green Book is both a joyous and sorrowful film, capturing the humour of an unlikely friendship, and the sadness from watching the effects of deeply ingrained racism. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Green Book (2018) Stephen Porzio [Mahershala Ali] is perfect casting to play this incarnation of Shirley, a savant-like prodigy whose intellect and musical abilities alienate him from virtually everybody. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Glass (2019) Cian Geoghegan Perhaps the biggest tragedy of Glass is how short it falls of its own potential. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
Bird Box (2018) June Butler The infamous Boogeyman... is always going to be far more terrifying when intangible and fleeting and in this endeavour, director Susanne Bier has ably succeeded. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
Vice (2018) Stephen Porzio However, by overdoing his shtick, McKay constantly clips any sense of engagement in his characters by continually satirizing them. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Cellar Door (2018) Loretta Goff Cellar Door tackles the difficult topic of Irish institutional abuse, drawing connections in a thoughtful way and forcing the audience to think throughout. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Brian Quinn Mary Poppins Returns marks Disney's latest attempt to coax out our inner child only then to rob them of their lunch money. But for all its missteps and downfalls the film is watchable, listenable, just not recommendable. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Michael Lee Behind the mesmerizing performance of one of the best leading women of her generation, Saoirse Ronan, and a spellbinding performance by Margot Robbie, this film is let down by a lacklustre script. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Paul Farren Despite such dramatic license, it is hard to fault such a sincere love letter to the two great comedians. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
The Favourite (2018) Michael Lee The performances are staggering and endearingly comic. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Roma (2018) Jonathan Victory It highlights how such projects can be used for self-reflection that's actually relevant to society. If it can be used to examine privilege, then it can lead to striking, honest works of beauty such as Roma. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Mortal Engines (2018) Paul Farren If spectacle is what you are after, you will find plenty, even if it does go on a tad too long. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Ahlat Agaci (2018) David Prendeville This is a quiet, often beautiful and powerful film that resonates with the viewer long after the credits roll. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Andrew Carroll It was a film I was content to bask in with a world, no universe, that would be criminal not to revisit. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
White Boy Rick (2018) Liam Hanlon Much like Michael in Frank Berry's Michael Inside, Rick is a sympathetic character that has to live with the societal struggles he has been raised alongside. Merritt is one to watch and White Boy Rick would have truly suffered without his performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Creed II (2018) Sarah Cullen The film never quite finds a consistent tone but it never stops being entertaining either. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
The Devil's Doorway (2018) David Prendeville Smart in both form and content, this is an innovative, effective and necessary Irish horror film. It marks [director Aislinn] Clarke out as a distinctive talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
Stephanie (2017) Steven Galvin Stephanie is an ambitious, deliberately ambiguous story which wrenches the viewer by the collar and refuses to let go from the first frame to the last. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
One Million American Dreams (2018) Loretta Goff One Million American Dreams is a timely, well-crafted, poignantly shot and animated documentary that speaks to a number of contemporary social issues neatly encapsulated by Hart Island-the story of which is remarkable in itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Assassination Nation (2018) David Prendeville Levinson doesn't quite hit on the right tone in his attempts at juggling a lot of disparate styles and ideas... Still, this remains a frequently sharp and diverting piece of work. Worth a look. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
Belly of the Whale (2010) Cian Griffin Overall, The Belly of the Whale is a charming and endearing film that tells a poignant and at times, heartbreaking story of two flawed characters coming to terms with the challenges in their lives. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Town of Strangers (2018) Loretta Goff All in all, the documentary offers a sensitive and engaging depiction of human connection, with all its fragilities, and, in doing so, beautifully reflects on contemporary rural Ireland. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
The Camino Voyage (2018) Sean Dooley Donal O'Ceilleachair's film is an inspiring tale of hardship and immense work. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Maeve (1982) Jack O'Dwyer One of the nation's finest films, Maeve is a brave, important film, whose intellectual honesty and defiant spirit ought to inspire generations of Irish filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Cellar Door (2018) John Finbarr McGarr Regardless, Cellar Door is a great film with interesting cinematography, a solid performance by Karen Hassan and some fantastic editing. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Sooner or Later (1978) Jack O'Dwyer This film should rightfully mark the point at which Morgan and his band of dedicated players move from obscurity to celebrity. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
The Curious Works Of Roger Doyle (1970) Loretta Goff While this shapes our perspective of the song, each musical break in the documentary primarily focuses on the music itself, allowing the audience to become immersed in it and reflect. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Suspiria (2018) Michael Lee This isn't some serious comment on feminism, or motherhood or anything else, this is a film so absorbed in the concept of its own greatness, that it loses sight of its own theme, until it withers and dies on screen before us. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Widows (2018) Andrew Carroll It's not Heat, it's better. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Loretta Goff It captures humanity at its best and worst, offering a message of hope throughout. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Brian Quinn Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot has all the pieces in the right place but nowhere to go. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Liam Hanlon Older viewers may not appreciate the film as much as younger viewers, but The Grinch is not too cutesy and it has just the right amount of Christmas charm to go along with and enjoy its festive fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Charline Fernandez The Favourite is a brilliant dark comedy, shattering notions of aristocratic decency with glee. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Shauna Fox This is not a Disney film I would rush to the cinema to see. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Good Favour (2017) Dakota Heveron Aided by strong performances from the main cast (in particular the strikingly expressive Vincent Romeo), Good Favour is a powerful and gripping film that explores the deep complexities of faith and its consequences, particularly in the face of crisis. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Katie (2018) Gemma Creagh Director Ross Whittaker torments the audience with tension. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Night School (2018) Síomha McQuinn Overall, Night School is full to the brim of gags and goofy antics but a lack of empathy for the characters whose motivations are inconsistent and sometimes flawed means that the comedy is not always effective. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
Halloween (2018) Sarah Cullen Overall Halloween is certainly worth a watch for horror fans. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018