Film Ireland Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Loretta Goff A well-crafted and interesting documentary, The Sheriff, is a strong debut from [director Grace Sweeney]. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
() Aoife O'Neil The final film to end the 2020 Toronto Irish Film Festival was the documentary Seamus Heaney and the Music of what happens. And what an icon to bring the festival to an end. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
The 8th (2020) Emma Keyes Overall, the film is informative and engaging, although the flow of the editing at times undercuts the film's momentum. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Mulan (2020) Shauna Fox For me, 1998 Mulan will always remain one of the best Disney films ever made, with a female character who was strong in her normality. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Irish Destiny (1926) Sandra Costello There is an impressive blending in of newsreel footage within the film giving it a more authentic quality. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
() Sarah Cullen Where Arracht truly excels is in its depiction of the landscape: the howling wind and piercing sea spray frequently steal the limelight, with Kate McCullough's captivating cinematography. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
A Girl From Mogadishu (2019) June Butler Aja Naomi King as Ifrah Ahmed exerts a gritty degree of forceful determination in becoming a tireless campaigner against FGM. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
() Marija Laugalyte A film of storytelling crafts(wo)manship and intense performances by new as well as seasoned actors. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
The Racer (2020) Daniel Kiniry A treat for cycling and Boyzone fans everywhere. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Rebecca (2020) Shauna Fox While the cinematography is sumptuous, and the settings are beautiful, a film is more than its aesthetics, and Rebecca was lacking in substance and intrigue for the majority. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2020
Rose Plays Julie (2019) Sarah Cullen Rose Plays Julie provides space for a wistful and at times violent imagining of this different life, playing out as a sweeping, at times overwhelming, thriller without losing the trappings of an intimate confessional Irish drama. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
() Seán Crosson Doherty has shaped a unique and exhilarating work that is one of the most accomplished Irish films in recent years. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
() Seán Crosson Beautifully shot by Kate McCullough and featuring compelling performances from all the cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Breaking Ice (2020) Seán Crosson While Breaking Ice takes on an intriguing and potentially engaging subject, the documentary largely fails to relay or communicate effectively why this sport should have evoked such interest and passion. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Street Leagues (2020) June Butler Powerful, humbling and inspiring, Street Leagues is a moving testament to the indomitability of the human spirit. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
Rialto (2019) Seán Crosson Director Peter Mackie Burns who brings a sophisticated and patient eye to both the cinematography and pacing of the production. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
() Sarah Cullen Affecting and thought-provoking, [director and writer Lina] Luzyte's drama is a lament to the talent that is sacrificed everyday in modern Ireland. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
() June Butler The world is a better place with Sean Hillen in it. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
Tenet (2020) Michael Lee It's an intricate Rubik's cube of a film that... never quite pieces itself together. But in this ever-changing world in which we live in, we need filmmakers like Nolan, who dare to be bold and try to look at the world differently. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
() Aoife O'Neil A fantastic and well-made documentary and definitely worth the watch! EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
() Seán Crosson [An] enthralling film. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
() Aoife O'Neil A great escapist movie that packs a punch. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Winter Lake (2020) Loretta Goff Marks a strong, carefully constructed feature debut for [director Phil] Sheerin. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
() Orla Monaghan A skillful blend of storytelling, music, song, heartache, celebration, strength, hardship and resilience. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
Broken Law (2020) June Butler As debut films go, Paddy Slattery has much to be proud of - he seamlessly weaves the threads of a story into a cohesive and believable plot to make Broken Law a film well worth viewing. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
() Irene Falvey Overall, the film boasts some excellent performances and is an engaging reflection on toxic masculinity and the futility of the youthful highs that quickly lose their lustre. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
() June Butler [A] sensitive and empathetic documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
Dating Amber (2020) Liam Hanlon Fionn O'Shea and Lola Petticrew are stellar as Eddie and Amber, and with Dating Amber, David Freyne has crafted a special film to be immensely proud of. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Jihad Jane (2019) Irene Falvey Allows for a greater understanding of these vulnerable women, revealing the mentalities which shaped their actions and provides an insight into the very real possibility of other susceptible people being similarly affected. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2020
() June Butler Ciara Nic Chormaic has done an astounding job in gaining such insight to Perry Ogden. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Broken Law (2020) Hugh Whelan A refreshing taking on the often predictable "cop film" narrative. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
() June Butler What makes When All Is Ruin Once Again so special is Walsh's ability to see both sides and allow viewers reach their own conclusions. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Sea Fever (2019) Aoife O'Ceallachain A tense allegory about profiting off the natural world, Sea Fever will likely be remembered as a patient thriller with a thought-provoking script and brilliant practical effects. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
() Liam Hanlon It's a complete narrative with many twists and turns and it's utterly captivating. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
Vivarium (2020) June Butler The premise of Vivarium is simple but so effective. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2020
Rose Plays Julie (2019) Cathy Butler The tenuousness of the power that Rose and Ellen achieve lingers after the close of the film. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
() Fionn Warren I found the greatest achievement of Arracht to be its ability to create atmosphere and [Tom] Sullivan's film can feel at once foreboding and hopeful. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) June Butler [A] strikingly exquisite film. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
EMMA. (2020) Shauna Fox Autumn de Wilde's Emma... is a hell of a debut. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Paul Farren Margot has proven herself in the past as a reliable actor but her shallow, psychopathic Betty Boop grates very early in the proceedings. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Liam De Brùn A bore that will struggle to entertain the youngest of audience members. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Parasite (2019) Paul Farren Never let the audience off the hook, Hitchcock once said. Ho achieves this in spades and with more than one hook. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
Richard Jewell (2019) June Butler Eastwood truly delivers - resisting the urge to pluck at heartstrings and stopping well short of discriminating against Richard Jewell. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
Just Mercy (2019) Tiernan Allen This compelling series of events, along with a plethora of A-list cast members, makes for a moving watch as Foxx truly provides a performance worthy of a pit in the stomach and a lump in the throat. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Michael Lee A piercing psychological horror. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Paul Farren Personally, for all its frustrating elements it is worthy viewing of anyone who consider themselves filmgoers. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
1917 (2019) Sean O'Rourke A fascinatingly nuanced form of environmental and character evolution. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
() Irene Falvey A stunning visual experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
Uncut Gems (2019) Michael Lee Past the glisten of diamonds and the cocaine mist of Uncut Gems, the Safdie Brothers have a crafted a potent mediation about the cost of our desires. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
The Other Lamb (2019) Ciara Creedon An enjoyable and thought-provoking watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020