Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Aine O'Connor It's silly, violent and exactly what it intends to be - great fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Aine O'Connor The film is beautifully shot, acted and directed, and you come out with a moral dilemma. But it's three hours long and a lot is unsaid. Which is why you have to be in the mood for a Terrence Malick movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 Waves (2019) Aine O'Connor It's emotional and it lingers and the performances are spot on. If only for discussion purposes it would make a great secondary school outing. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Aine O'Connor Lots to think about so, but it is also very entertaining and the performances top notch. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Aine O'Connor It's a film that knows what it wants to be. To all but the fussiest palate it's a satisfying watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Aine O'Connor Stewart gives another great performance but the otherwise good film feels a little thin due to the lack of sub-plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 1917 (2019) Hilary A White [A] film that works best when it takes its focus away from Schofield and Blake and loses itself in extravagant set piece. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Aine O'Connor It's a loud, sweary, stressful watch and it is really very good. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 Beanpole (2019) Aine O'Connor The facts are stark but delivered quietly, the horror is left to speak for itself and the film creates an extraordinarily powerful emotional punch of a society brutalised, traumatised and inured at the same time. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 6 Underground (2019) Aine O'Connor Not a film for people who like their movies meaningful or to have detailed characters and plot, it is a bonanza for fans of massive action films with wisecracking characters, explosions, chases and guns. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 The Kingmaker (2019) Hilary A White Greenfield is careful to balance the vast shoe collections and showers of banknotes with victim testimony about the notorious period of martial law Imelda's husband imposed on enemies of the state. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Aine O'Connor The film is based on the characters, dialogue and action rather than plot and the odd vaguely risque reference should delight children without horrifying parents. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Citizen K (2019) Hilary A White As a primer for what has befallen Russia in the modern era, what with its limping economy, wide-scale corruption and hackneyed politics, Citizen K is a success, something to file near the social-realist dramas of Andrey Zvyagintsev. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 The Biggest Little Farm (2018) Hilary A White The team bang heads before satisfying eureka moments are struck, and the feeling of a symphony coming to life becomes irresistible, despite the at-times overly glossy texture of it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Hilary A White Academy ratio ups the feverish claustrophobia in a darkly sensual but over-cooked and exhausting schlep of a thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Aine O'Connor Silly and fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Hilary A White While overpoweringly cheesy and downright rickety in places, the fluff being served is harmless and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Hilary A White The Two Popes is superb fare, with two towering performances and finely calibrated dialogue. But Ratzinger gets off too lightly, even if this is just "inspired by true events". EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 Them That Follow (2019) Hilary A White While comprising a fine cast... this feature debut by the writer-director team of Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage never quite seems to fully catch fire... EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Aine O'Connor It's very effective. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 La belle époque (2019) Aine O'Connor It's a very complete, satisfying and enjoyable film with beautifully observed and written roles brought to extra life by some wonderful performances. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 A Dog Called Money (2019) Hilary A White As a peek inside the artistic process, Murphy's film succeeds: it's the type of demystification that only serves to make the endeavour more remarkable. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Aine O'Connor The original was always going to be a hard act to follow, and although it doesn't quite reach the heights, this sequel should give fans, old and new, a lot of joy. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Hilary A White That gorgeous double act is central to director Tom Harper's and co-writer Jack Thorne's thrilling, elegant and hugely satisfying mini epic that has its head firmly in the clouds. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 The Good Liar (2019) Hilary A White Director Bill Condon maintains a classy feel as he walks us through Nicholas Searle's novel of the same name, but the finale's unspooling reveal is perhaps a little too extravagant for the signposts preceding it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 Luce (2019) Aine O'Connor It's really very rich and incredibly well delivered. It's a good story anyway, but if you like films to make you think, try not to miss this. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Hilary A White Vitally, it feels like more than just the sum of its excellent parts. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Aine O'Connor It's fascinating and moving. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Hilary A White Sturdy, if light on surprises. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
5/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Aine O'Connor It is not then for anyone looking for a fun night out - but it is a beautifully crafted and acted indictment of how modern economic practice is destroying people. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Hilary A White Doctor Sleep seems at pains to explain every how and what of its supernatural caper, so that by the time we're zooming back over that same lake and mountain road, you feel like you've just been led on an elaborate scenic route to "Here's Johnny!". EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 The Curious Works Of Roger Doyle (1970) Aine O'Connor Lally's documentary is a triumphant homage to a musical genius and it's nice to see and learn about an artist who surely deserves wider acclaim. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Hilary A White Ozon puts courage and pain against a softened bourgeois setting in this slow-burner. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 Black and Blue (2019) Aine O'Connor It's action-packed but relies too much on contrived jump frights to create suspense; there are also odd holes in the story, like why the young man was murdered and er, couldn't she upload the file to YouTube? EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 The Addams Family (2019) Hilary A White The laughs are a bit dreary too, with little beyond the family's flipped tastes and macabre worldview. Pink and fluffy, they recoil. Sharp and nasty, they rejoice. Thirty years suddenly seems like a lifetime ago. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Aine O'Connor Deadpool director Tim Miller takes over the reins and delivers non-stop thumping, chases, explosions, a fair few F words and all round action bedlam. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Aine O'Connor Poignant, funny and beautifully shot, it is a film about belonging, friendship, the sense of self - and, to a certain extent, about capitalism. The leads are wonderful in this film that lingers. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 Woman at War (2018) Hilary A White Make a note to seek out this beguiling gem that manages to be a gripping eco quasi-thriller as well as a quirky and sensitive character portrait. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Hilary A White Gail Susan Mancuso's film brings younger viewers into some admirably weighty themes, using winning doggies, light interludes and a broad scope to impart its wisdom. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Aine O'Connor It's main flaw to me is that it doesn't know exactly what to focus on and the pacing is odd, some parts are told slowly, others too fast. However, especially regarding the decimation of war, it works, and as a life story it is interesting. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Hilary A White There's no doubting Efron's committal to the job and the sense of the era whipped together, but despite the portrayal's "idiosyncrasies" and ethical question marks, this film feels as awkward as its title and oddly lacking in verve or inspiration. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Aine O'Connor Sweet, poignant, funny, beautifully observed and delivered, this little gem is a potential classic and I loved it. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Hilary A White Some of the smarmy humour falls flat on its face, while other parts are surprisingly dark. All the same, you couldn't deny its sheer value for money. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Hilary A White A two-and-a-half hour scenic route is taken to its finale, and this unhurried pace, constant off-kilter humour, and a devil-may-care attitude to violence, won't suit everyone. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Aine O'Connor It's great to see a female antagonist, and the difficulty of identifying, proving and dealing with stalking is a topic very much worth exploring. So too is loneliness and isolation. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 Loro (2018) Hilary A White Loro's narrative gaps are a result of it originally being two films that have here been condensed into one 150-minute job. But between Servillo's brilliance...and Sorrentino's majestic scene orchestration, you may be too agog to notice. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 Red Joan (2018) Hilary A White The atmospherics of the wartime scenes and its plucky cast serves to highlight the mundanity of those in the present, with Dench's conflicted turn the central highlight. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Aine O'Connor There is an interesting idea in Wonder Park about childhood grief and fear...However, it is a tough one to tackle well and perhaps this is why the film lets the idea slide into the background becoming instead a sweet but unmemorable animation. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Don't Go (2018) Hilary A White Simon Delaney's poker-playing priest is a small mercy in this muddled misstep of a film that collapses into complete confusion in its final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Aine O'Connor What ensues is not as funny as it could be, there are scenes that make no sense whatsoever and it all descends into a mawkish morality tale. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019