Movie Review

Latest movie reviews for new release films in Irish cinemas this month

4.0Spine tingling

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (USA / Canada / 15A / 107 mins)   In short: Spine tingling   Directed by Andre Ovredal. Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Dean Norr...
3.5Scares up a storm

Crawl

Crawl (USA / 15A / 87 mins)   In short: Scares up a storm   Directed by Alexandre Aja. Starring Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson.   The Plot: Ace swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) battles throug...
4.0Reflective & poignant

Pain And Glory

Pain And Glory (Spain / 16 / 113 mins)   In short: Reflective & poignant Directed by Pedro Almodovar. Starring Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Penelope Cruz, Julieta Serrano.   ...
3.5Tinseltown tribute

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood (UK / USA / China / 18 / 161 mins)   In short: Tinseltown tribute   Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Margaret ...
3.0A sugar rush

Good Boys

Good Boys (USA / 16 / 89 mins)   In short: A sugar rush   Directed by Gene Stupnitsky. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Will Forte.   The Plot: Tweens ...
4.0Joyous tribute

Blinded By The Light

Blinded By The Light (UK / 12A / 117 mins)   In short: Joyous tribute   Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Hayley Atwell, Dean-Charles Chapman.   The Plot: ...
4.0Doggy delight

The Art Of Racing In The Rain

The Art Of Racing In The Rain (USA / PG / 109 mins)   In short: Doggy delight   Directed by Simon Curtis. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kevin Costner, Martin Donovan, Kathy Baker.   The Plot...
2.5Loses its voice

Animals

Animals (UK / Australia / Ireland / 16 / 109 mins)   In short: Loses its voice   Directed by Sophie Hyde. Starring Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy, Amy Molloy.   The Plot: Laura (H...
2.0Mostly charmless

Playmobil: The Movie

Playmobil: The Movie (France / Germany / G / 99 mins)   In short: Mostly charmless   Directed by Lino DiSalvo. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Daniel Radcliffe, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert.   ...
3.5Pure summer popcorn fun

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (UK / USA / 12A / 136 mins)   In short: Pure summer popcorn fun   Directed by David Leitch. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, Eiza Gonza...
3.0Achieves flight

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (Finland / USA / G / 97 mins)   In short: Achieves flight   Directed by Thurop Van Orman. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Peter Dinklage, Tiffany Haddis...
3.5Hakuna matata!

The Lion King

The Lion King (USA / PG / 118 mins)   In short: Hakuna matata!   Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Donal Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary, James Earl Jones.   The P...
3.0Warmly reverent

Pavarotti

Pavarotti (UK / USA / 12A / 114 mins)   In short: Warmly reverent   Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Luciano Pavarotti, Nicoletta Mantovani, Adua Veroni, Bono.   The Plot: Pavarotti charts the life of fam...
3.0Best of the bunch

Annabelle Comes Home

Annabelle Comes Home (USA / 15A / 106 mins)   In short: Best of the bunch   Directed by Gary Dauberman. Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Serife.   The Plot: Havi...
4.5Fabulous & freaky

Midsommar

Midsommar (USA / 16 / 147 mins)   In short: Fabulous & freaky   Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren.     The Plot: Dani (...
3.5Enjoyable webspinner

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home (USA / 12A / 129 mins)   In short: Enjoyable webspinner   Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Samuel L. Jackson, Marisa Tomei, Jon...
3.0Noble salute

The Cold Blue

The Cold Blue (USA / 12A / 73 mins)   In short: Noble salute Directed by Erik Nelson.   The Plot: Utilising recently discovered in-flight footage shot by director William Wyler and his camera crew for the ...
3.5Beats strongly

Metal Heart

Metal Heart (Ireland / 15A / 88 mins)   In short: Beats strongly   Directed by Hugh O'Conor. Starring Jordanne Jones, Leah McNamara, Moe Dunford, Sean Doyle.   The Plot: Emma (Jordanne Jones) and Chantal ...
4.0Agreeable confection

Yesterday

Yesterday (UK / 12A / 116 mins)   In short: Agreeable confection   Directed by Danny Boyle. Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Joel Fry.   The Plot: Struggling singer-songwriter...
3.5A second goodbye

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 (USA / G / 100 mins)   In short: A second goodbye   Directed by Josh Cooley. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Keanu Reeves, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Joan Cusack.   The Plot: ...