Movie Review

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

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...
2.0No soul

Hellboy

Hellboy (USA / 16 / 121 mins)   In short: No soul   Directed by Neil Marshall. Starring David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, Brian Gleeson.   The Plot: A demon who fight...
3.0Big laughs

Little

Little (USA / 12A / 109 mins)   In short: Big laughs   Directed by Tina Gordon. Starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Justin Hartley.   The Plot: Jordan (Regina Hall) is a self-made businesswoman...
3.0Hits the right notes

Wild Rose

Wild Rose (UK / 15A / 100 mins)   In short: Hits the right notes   Directed by Tom Harper. Starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, Craig Parkinson.   The Plot: Sparky Rose-Lyn...
4.0Unusual biopic

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (Spain / Cuba / UK / Germany / 15A / 111 mins)   In short: Unusual biopic   Directed by Iciar Bollain. Starring Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Keyvin Martinez, Edison Manuel ...
4.0Coming of age gem

Mid90s

Mid90s (USA / 18 / 85 mins)   In short: Coming of age gem   Directed by Jonah Hill. Starring Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith.   The Plot: Los Angeles, the mid-1990s. 13-year-...
3.0Good investment

The Limit Of

The Limit Of (Ireland / 15A / 93 mins)   In short: Good investment   Directed by Alan Mulligan. Starring Laurence O'Fuarain, Sarah Carroll, Sonya O’Donoghue.      The Plot: At the tail-end of the recessio...
3.5Chilling

Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary (USA / 16 / 101 mins)   In short: Chilling   Directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer. Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie.   The Plot: ...
4.0Super!

Shazam!

Shazam! (USA / 12A / 131 mins)   In short: Super!   Directed by David F. Sandberg. Starring Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou.   The Plot: Teenager Billy (Asher Ang...
4.0Rebel spirit

The White Crow

The White Crow (UK / France / 15A / 127 mins)   In short: Rebel spirit   Directed by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Adele Exarchopoulos, Sergei Polunin.   The Plot: Paris, 1961. Russi...
1.0Feeble

What Men Want

What Men Want (USA / 16 / 117 mins)   In short: Feeble   Directed by Adam Shankman. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Richard Roundtree.   The Plot: Ali (Taraji P. Henson) has a fiercel...
4.0Inspiring

Maiden

Maiden (UK / 12A / 97 mins)   In short: Inspiring   Directed by Alex Holmes. Starring Tracy Edwards.   The Plot: Tracy Edwards never did things the easy way. She moved from an idyllic childhood in England...
3.5Stands tall

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel (USA / 12A / 123 mins)   In short: Stands tall   Directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck. Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Lashana Lynch, Clark Gr...
4.0A classy affair

The Aftermath

The Aftermath (UK / USA / Germany / 15A / 108 mins)   In short: A classy affair   Directed by James Kent. Starring Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke, Flora Thiemann.   The Plot: Hamburg, ...
3.5Crowd pleaser

Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family (UK / USA / 15A / 108 mins)   In short: Crowd pleaser   Directed by Stephen Merchant. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Dwayne Johnson.   ...
4.0Primal screams

The Hole In The Ground

The Hole In The Ground (Ireland / 15A / 90 mins)   In short: Primal screams   Directed by Lee Cronin. Starring Seana Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby, James Cosmo.   The Plot: Escaping from an u...
3.5Food for thought

On The Basis Of Sex

On The Basis Of Sex (USA / 12A / 120 mins)   In short: Food for thought   Directed by Mimi Leder. Starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates, Chris Mulkey.   The Plo...