Movie Review

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

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: ...
4.0Divine hat trick

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona (UK / 15A / 130 mins)   In short: Divine hat trick   Directed by Asif Kapadia. Starring Diego Maradona.   The Plot: He came from a dirt-poor village in Argentina, the youngest of five child...
3.0Burns brightly

Brightburn

Brightburn (USA / 16 / 90 mins)   In short: Burns brightly   Directed by David Yarovesky. Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Jennifer Holland.   The Plot: Rural Kansas. Many years ag...
2.5Middling conclusion

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (USA / 12A / 114 mins)   In short: Middling conclusion   Directed by Simon Kinberg. Starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Nichola...
3.5Californian charmer

Papi Chulo

Papi Chulo (Ireland / 15A / 99 mins)   In short: Californian charmer   Directed by John Butler. Starring Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patino, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Wendi McLendon-Covey.   The Plot: Sunny Los ...
3.5Clash Of The Titans

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (USA / Japan / 12A / 131 mins)   In short: Clash Of The Titans   Directed by Michael Dougherty. Starring Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, Ken Wa...
3.0Razzle dazzle

Rocketman

Rocketman (UK / USA / 15A / 121 mins)   In short: Razzle dazzle   Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Bell, Steven Mackintosh, Stephen Graham.   ...
4.0Whole lotta magic

Aladdin

Aladdin (USA / PG / 128 mins)   In short: Whole lotta magic   Directed by Guy Ritchie. Starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Neghaban.   The Plot: Street urchin Aladdin (Me...
4.0Amazing indeed

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace (USA / G / 87 mins)   In short: Amazing indeed   Directed by Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack. Starring Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland.   The Plot: Los Angeles, 1971. At the height of...
2.5Standard issue scares

The Curse Of La Llorona

The Curse Of La Llorona (USA / 16 / 93 mins) In short: Standard issue scares Directed by Michael Chaves. Starring Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz, Marisol Ramirez, Tony Amendola. ...
3.5Sparkling chemistry

Long Shot

Long Shot (USA / 16 / 125 mins)   In short: Sparkling chemistry   Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O'Shea Jackson Jr, Alexander Skarsgard, Andy Serkis. ...
3.5Respectful biopic

Tolkien

Tolkien (USA / 12A / 111 mins)   In short: Respectful biopic   Directed by Dome Karukoski. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Patrick Gibson, Harry Gilby, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi.   The Plot: Long b...
3.0Thought provoking

Styx

Styx (Germany / Austria / TBC / 95 mins)   In short: Thought provoking   Directed by Wolfgang Fischer. Starring Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa.   The Plot: German doctor Rike (Susanne Wolff) is on hol...
5.0Modern masterpiece

Avengers : End Game

Avengers: Endgame (USA / 12A / 181 mins) In short: Modern masterpiece Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper, ...
2.5Needs more punch

Out Of Innocence

Out Of Innocence (UK / Ireland / 15A / 109 mins)   In short: Needs more punch   Directed by Danny Hiller. Starring Fionnuala Flaherty, Fiona Shaw, Alun Armstrong, Ruth McCabe, Nick Dunning.   The Plot: Co...