Movie Review

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

4.0Love conquers all

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk (USA / 15A / 119 mins)   In short: Love conquers all   Directed by Barry Jenkins. Starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein.   The...
3.0

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 – THE SECOND PART

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Denmark / Canada / Norway / Australia / USA / G / 107 mins)  Directed by Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum. Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Steph...
3.0Hot Wired To Entertain

Alita : Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel (USA / Canada / Argentina / 12A / 122 mins)   In short: Hot-wired to entertain   Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, ...
3.0The write stuff

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (USA / 15A / 106 mins)   In short: The write stuff   Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Jane Curtin.   The Plot: N...
3.5Captivating

Escape Room

Escape Room (South Africa / USA / 15A / 99 mins)   In short: Captivating   Directed by Adam Robitel. Starring Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Nik Dodani.     The P...
4.5A page turner

Green Book

Green Book (USA / 12A / 129 mins)   In short: A page turner   Directed by Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini.   The Plot: New York, 1962. Tony (Viggo Mortensen) is ...
3.0Stubbornly works

The Mule

The Mule (USA / 15A / 116 mins)   In short: Stubbornly works   Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Andy Garcia, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne.   The Plo...
4.0An assured debut

Monsters & Men

Monsters And Men (USA / TBC / 96 mins)   In short: An assured debut   Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Starring John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr.   The Plot: In a racially-divide...
3.5Handled with care

GLASS

Glass (USA / 15A / 129 mins)   In short: Handled with care   Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy.   The Plot: Having esca...
4.0A regal triumph

Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen Of Scots (UK / 15A / 124 mins)   In short: A regal triumph   Directed by Josie Rourke. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Guy Pearce, Ian Hart, David Tennant.   The Plot: Scotl...
2.0More of a downside

The Upside

The Upside (USA / 12A / 126 mins)   In short: More of a downside   Directed by Neil Burger. Starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies.   The Plot: Wealthy New York businessman...
4.0Uniquely powerful

Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy (USA / 15A / 120 mins)   In short: Uniquely powerful   Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. Starring Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan.   The Plot: Freelance San Francisc...
4.0Scandalously good

The Front Runner

The Front Runner (USA / 15A / 113 mins)   In short: Scandalously good   Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton.   The Plot: It’s 1988 and ...
4.0Beautiful bromance

Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie (UK / Canada / USA / PG / 97 mins)   In short: Beautiful bromance   Directed by Jon S. Baird. Starring Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Danny Hust...
4.0Knightley shines

Collette

Colette (UK / USA / 15A / 112 mins)   In short: Knightley shines   Directed by Wash Westmoreland. Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Fiona Shaw, Julian Wadham.   The Plot: France, ...
4.0Deliciously wicked

The Favourite

The Favourite (Ireland / UK / USA / 15A / 119 mins)   In short: Deliciously wicked   Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult.   The Plot: 18th Centur...
4.0Worth remembering

Cellar Door

Cellar Door (Ireland / 15A / 90 mins) In short: Worth remembering Directed by Viko Nikci. Starring Karen Hassan, Catherine Walker, Mark O'Halloran, Ian McElhinney.  The Plot: Aidie (Karen Hassan) is a young ...
4.0Flies high

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Returns (USA / G / 130 mins)   In short: Flies high   Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, ...
4.0Buzzes with humour

Bumblebee

Bumblebee (USA / 12A / 114 mins)   In short: Buzzes with humour   Directed by Travis Knight. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Justin Theroux, Angela Bassett, Peter Cullen.   The Plot: Cybertron is ca...
2.5CGI Gloop

AQUAMAN

Aquaman (Australia / USA / 12A / 143 mins) Directed by James Wan. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren. The Plot: Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the ...