Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Family Romance, LLC (2019) Hilary A White The peculiarity of the world into which you are invited is the main event here, with the core narrative falling away somewhat as the culture shock takes centre stage. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
3/5 The Old Guard (2020) Aine O'Connor It's good fun and a mediocre film but the ending lays the ground for a sequel. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 Only the Animals (2019) Hilary A White How much you get out of Dominik Moll's elegant drama will depend on your willingness to embrace its far-fetched set of interlocking elements that bring all these characters on a transcontinental collision course. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 I See You (2019) Hilary A White It does keep you guessing, however, and despite the odd clunky twist and swivelling point of view, ticks along with admiral confidence. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 To the Stars (2019) Aine O'Connor Some of it is a little unsubtly done, the odd cake is overegged, but overall, the film has a light touch and the characters are easy to care about. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2020
2/5 The Wave (2015) Hilary A White Other than its Nordic setting, The Wave has nothing new to offer the genre, lifting its entire structure from any number of volcano or earthquake films we've seen dozens of times already. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 Sea Fever (2019) Hilary A White Iffy accents aside, there is an old-school charm to this. Just don't expect any great innovations. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 Come On Eileen (2010) Aine O'Connor Some of it is predictable, some of it funny, some of it sad, but its heart is in the right place and it touches on many of things that addicts, especially female ones, and their families don't often see on screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
4/5 The Assistant (2019) Aine O'Connor The Assistant is a slow and observational movie - so it won't be everyone's cup of tea. But seeing an abusive work environment on screen could prove both triggering and cathartic for many people. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 Extraction (2020) Hilary A White Golshifteh Farahani adds a touch of class to the cast, while director Sam Hargrave, making his feature debut, goes all out to put on a spectacle. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 We Summon the Darkness (2019) Aine O'Connor That is where it loses its momentum a bit, and the satire element is not mined nearly enough. But the cast are great and it is good, silly fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
2/5 2nd Date Sex (2019) Aine O'Connor The intention is good - awkward sexual encounters and normal bodies make a great change from the usual romcom fare - but this is a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/5 Sergio (2020) Aine O'Connor As an overview it works, but it perhaps tries to be too many things. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
4/5 Moffie (2019) Hilary A White It is a powerful film that takes a steady-handed approach to an era of grave historical injustice. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
4/5 The Willoughbys (2020) Hilary A White It is unrelentingly hilarious but there is a slight air of threat to things, especially in the early scenes, that might be just a little too edgy for very young viewers. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/5 Sulphur & White (2020) Hilary A White While not a barrel of laughs, Susie Farrell's sensitive screenplay has much to say about trauma, masculinity and the power of love. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
3/5 Trolls World Tour (2020) Hilary A White The plot is a mere device for breakneck medleys of chart hits with lyrics tweaked to serve the narrative. Best advised to stick this on and leave the little ones to it. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
3/5 Storm Boy (2019) Aine O'Connor The story has been updated with an environmental element, it is about 20 minutes too long and there's no real drama, but children who love animal films should especially enjoy it. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
4/5 Tigertail (2020) Aine O'Connor It is understated and it will work best for people who feel an affinity with the sentiments that lie within. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
3/5 Love. Wedding. Repeat (2020) Hilary A White A breezy and pretty diversion, for sure, but this is just not really funny enough where it needs to be. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2020
4/5 Four Kids and It (2019) Hilary A White Even Brand is unable to sully the cast's good work, while director Andy De Emmony hits a balance between fun, fantasy and danger. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 Pink Wall (2019) Hilary A White Both actors are committed, but some extended bouts of navel-gazing dialogue are tiresome. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 Iron Mask (2019) Aine O'Connor [I]t's good, half-dubbed family fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan (2019) Aine O'Connor It offers more to genre enthusiasts but is a good watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Aine O'Connor From cute rambunctious puppy to comedy dogs with one-liners and some mild peril, director Charlie Bean has kept this pure Disney, and it's sweet and nice and kids should be charmed. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2020
4/5 The Perfect Candidate (2019) Hilary A White A gently courageous piece of Arab cinema. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/5 The Truth (2019) Hilary A White Kore-eda manages to have fun with his super characters while also telling a tale of memory and redemption. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 Togo (2019) Aine O'Connor The back-and-forth storytelling might confuse kids initially - but it's a cute dog film with a good story, and it looks stunning. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 Vivarium (2020) Aine O'Connor While I cannot say I enjoyed it per se, it has many merits. And in a time where we have no choice but to re-evaluate so many aspects of what we accept as normal and how and why we live as we do, it feels remarkably relevant. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Hilary A White Rather than tackle the complex truth Hosten's character presents - that feminism can mean different things to different women - we're fed a version of events that is a little too neat and tidy, as if it was all about putting Bob Hope in his place. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2020
3/5 The Photograph (2020) Aine O'Connor It's not bad but unfortunately neither is it very involving. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Aine O'Connor An interesting watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Hilary A White While not strikingly original, the plot has huge fun with fantasy tropes, teenage kicks, and the incongruities and harmonies between. But as with all of the mighty animation studio's fare, it is the poignancy underpinning it all that gets you. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Aine O'Connor The film is a bit too long but if you have read the books it will make you want to reread them, and if you haven't you will want to. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 Military Wives (2019) Aine O'Connor The movie is content just to celebrate the women and their singing, to gloss over the deep stuff and focus on forbearance and stiff upper lips in a light-hearted way. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Aine O'Connor The baddie's super strength, and clicky Predator noise, distracted me a bit at one point but overall this is a successful addition to the Invisible Man family. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
4/5 Dark Waters (2019) Hilary A White While worthy and important, Dark Waters is a functional, by-numbers legal drama that is illuminating without setting your world alight. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 Downhill (2020) Aine O'Connor There are good ideas in the film - but they tend to blur the main one which makes it feel messy. More dramedy than comedy it will be more enjoyable to those who haven't seen Force Majeure. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
4/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Aine O'Connor It is a film about womanhood, sisterhood, love, marriage and being seen and heard. And it is wonderful. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Aine O'Connor There are messages about the environment, the media and there are lots of laughs, it is quite genre-defying in ways. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
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