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A Belfast Story

A Belfast Story begins like an Irish version of Seven as seasoned local detective Colm Meaney is called to the scene of a grim nail-bomb murder in a dark, bomb-blackened bedroom- the victim, a former IRA man. It signals the beg...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In The Name Of

Anyone who saw Thomas Vinterberg’s powerful The Hunt last year will know how things turn out when communities turn against one of their own. Elles director Malgorzata Szumowska explores a similar idea in this tale of mora...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rush

Rush may be set in the world of Formula One racing but rest assured this is a sports movie with character, story and drama to burn.  Just as 2010’s heartbreaking documentary Senna managed to transcend the sport, so director Ron...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White House Down

Remain calm, no, you’re not experiencing déjà vu, you didn’t see this movie months ago.  It’s one of those times where, like with Armageddon and Deep Impact, Antz and A Bug’s Life and others, very simila...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Any Day Now

A gay couple’s struggle to keep and take care of a child in need will always make for a compelling drama and Any Day Now would be no different if it weren’t for the lack of actual drama.   Viewers will wait almost an hour befor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

In terms of recent big movie news, nothing has come close to eclipsing the announcement of Ben Affleck as the new Batman. Although it’s a perfectly good and logical choice, the storm of outrage that followed was quite frankly r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pain And Gain

Pain & Gain director Michael Bay has long since been a filmmaker of excess.  Whether he’s destroying Alcatraz in The Rock, wiping out New York in Armageddon or simply kicking seven shades of metal with his Transformers fran...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Way Way Back

Academy Award winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash – for their work on Alexander Payne’s The Descendants – make their directorial debut with The Way Way Back, an Adventureland-esque tale of a teen recluse (Liam James) w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upstream Colour

Shane Carruth first drew large acclaim for Primer, an ambitious time travel movie filmed for only $7000 which he wrote, directed, co-starred in, did the music and editing on.  It’s a bold film, for not only portraying a b...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lovelace

Lovelace begins in a manner that suggests a randy, 70’s romp, with lurid colours, credits in bubble font and saucy disco tunes. It’s not unreasonable then to assume a certain portion of the audience will be disappointed to disc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Nary a day goes by without some new fantasy, teen romance series of novels setting the studios hearts a flutter with the hope that they’ve landed the new Twilight and guaranteed teen hysteria. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s B...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elysium

Elysium is not the first film about a space craft launched into the stratosphere to preserve the quality of human life, as anyone who saw Christian Alvart’s Pandorum in 2009 will confirm. A film about social discrimination betw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only God Forgives

When it was announced Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling were re-teaming, many presumed it might be to work on that film’s sequel, Driven. However, going as off-kilter in terms of plot as you can, t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Trap For Cinderella

Obsession is a long-standing movie compulsion. The jealousy and neurosis that the emotion brings forth can create tension, underpin intrigue and lead to violence and has created some great cinema – Cape Fear, Night of the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

World War Z Review

It can’t be summer without a relatively brain-free apocalyptic blockbuster tentpole, so Brad Pitt has spent the past two years producing his answer to fun and action-filled disaster flicks like Armageddon and Independence...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Like Someone In Love

Critics love Abbas Kiarostami.  The Iranian director doesn’t have a Rotten Tomato rating below 71%, a feat few Hollywood legends are able to boast. His newest film, Like Someone in Love, has all the hallmarks of a Kiarostami cl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stuck in Love

Josh Boone’s directorial debut about a family of writers damaged by the consequence of love is obviously no light affair. The opening monologue, delivered deadpan by a seemingly uncaring Lily Collins (spoiler, she cares really)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Behind The Candelabra

Though relatively forgotten outside the U.S. until recently, Liberace was once known as Mr. Showmanship.  At one point he was the highest-earning performer in America, an incredibly talented and versatile performer with sell-ou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Iceman

The killer is huge, 6’4 1/2″, 300 pounds of hard muscle running to fat.  Dark, almost black, eyes stare implacably at you from under heavy, sleepy lids.  There’s no mercy, no feeling in those eyes; he’s a black hole...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby has become a truly legendary title, a potent critique of the “Roaring Twenties” with a fascinating figure as its central character.  There have been several adaptat...