Film Ireland Magazine
De Palma (2016)
The Flag (2016)
"At best, it can be recommended to those who admire Pat Shortt and are willing to see anything he does, but there is so little offered in the film that it will inevitably plummet into complete obscurity within a year at least."
American Honey (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
Free State of Jones (2016)
Baden Baden (2016)
"In its own quiet way, [it] feels like a celebration of the vocation-less of society. Ana may be restless and unsure of herself but she is also keen to work when she can find it, deeply caring of her friends and family, and eager to learn new skills."
Mattress Men (2016)
The Babadook (2014)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
"A mixture of comedy, drama, whimsy and anarchy (and with plenty of charm to spare, even if sometimes the tone wavers a little), this is almost impossible not to like, and it's the strong characters that draw you in."
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Dare To Be Wild (2015)
"The cold digital look of 2016's version immediately looses the film points for cinematic quality and though Jack Huston was engaging at times as Ben Hur, he spent the second half of the film with a hoarse Batman type of voice."
"It's great to see Almodóvar return to the women-centred films that brought him international success and to witness his aplomb for creating colourful movies. However, one can't help but wish the film was as bold narratively as its visuals."
A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
"The brilliance of A Date for Mad Mary lies in how it knowingly negotiates all the potential pitfalls of genre convention: acknowledging them (there is indeed such a montage), but always veering away from easy laughs or expected payoffs."
The Silent Storm (2014)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Catch Me Daddy (2015)
"The film's reluctance to overinvest in its religious significance will certainly not satisfy the spiritual nor will it come as a welcome relief to the skeptical, placing the overall audience in a state of limbo. "
"Despite a formidable and kaleidoscopic performance, there is a sense that the themes of human frailty and the will to heal that inform the film's narrative are beyond Aniston's abilities as a serious dramatic actress. "
By Our Selves (2015)
"Kötting's gnomic mish mash of audio-visual experimentation is a deeply evocative sensory exploration that fuses the past and the present, the dramatized and the experimental and the simulated and the real..."
A Little Chaos (2015)
Danny Collins (2015)
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015)
"Ariane Labed is a revelation as Alice, whose nuanced yet emotionally charged performance, not only anchors the core narrative but navigates the philosophical subtexts with both a skittish mischievousness and an intense urgency... "
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
"Goodnight Mommy employs similar psychological tactics found in film noir and the gothic by arousing the same cultural moods of paranoia and mistrust, which have resulted from a disruption to a seemingly, civilized ideal. "
Heaven Adores You (2015)
Inside Out (2015)
" Aware of its own unrivalled mastery within animation filmmaking, Inside Out is a highly self-reflexive, daring and though-provoking feature, which provides a groundbreaking perspective on the narrative evolution within animation itself."
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Jurassic World (2015)
"Narratively continuous to the original film but slightly disregarding its two sequels, Jurassic World is a spectacular rush of furious energy, spellbinding awe and alarming terror from beginning to end. "
Lambert & Stamp (2015)
"Cooper's cinematic scrapbook captures a relentless whirlwind of explosive rock history, in which a non-linear narrative and slick cinematography rollicks furiously through the decades, rooting the audience directly in the band's volcanic timeline."
Les âmes de papier (2015)
"A shift in focus from a potentially jittery thriller to a humdrum, psychological analysis of a dislocated family becomes the narrative driving force and given the rich backdrop, it appears a great opportunity has been severely missed. "
"A compelling and propulsive no-holds-barred interpretation, Suffragette does not shy away from accentuating the extreme subversive tactics employed by the bastions of the women's movement in the face of frenzied, brutal opposition. "
Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
The Canal (2014)
The D Train (2015)
"The introduction of too many ill-conceived sub-plots fails to enhance or execute the essential tenets of the narrative, only serving to detract and distract from the film's overall philosophy, lacking the sharp, subversive edge required for black comedy."
The Dead Lands (2015)
"Situating death as the catalyst to action whereby legends, apparitions and spirits mobilize the command to vengeance, Fraser's narrative teems and trounces with relentless bloodshed, slaughter, violence and gore. "
The Legend Of Longwood (2014)
The Look of Silence (2015)
The New Girlfriend (2015)
"While there is occasional delight of artful satire, fanciful farce, psychological undercurrent and political breadth, it soon becomes evident, as the intricate subplots and subtexts unfold, Ozon has rather overstretched himself again."
The President (2016)