Movie Review

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

5.0Masterpiece of terror

Hereditary

Hereditary (USA / 16 / 127 mins)  In short: Masterpiece of terror Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd.   The Plot: Model designer Annie (Toni Co...
4.0Dino-mite sequel

Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (USA / Spain / 12A / 128 mins) In short: Dino-mite sequel Directed by J.A. Bayona. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, James Cromwell,...
3.0Needs more focus

Isamel’s Ghosts

Ismael's Ghosts (France / 15A / 135 mins) In short: Needs more focus  Directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Laszlo Szabo.   The Plot:...
3.5Fun with flaws

SOLO : A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (USA / 12A / 134 mins) In short: Flawed but great fun Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, ...
4.0Dead on

Deadpool 2

DEADPOOL 2 (USA / 16 / 119 mins) Directed by David Leitch. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beets, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller. THE PLOT: Wade Wilson AKA The Merc With A Mouth AK...
3.5Cool future noir

ANON

Anon (Germany / TBC / 100 mins)  In short: Cool future noir Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, Sonya Walger, Mark O'Brien.   The Plot: Manhattan, the near future. C...
2.0Frustrating 

ENTEBBE

Entebbe (UK / USA / 12A / 106 mins)  In short: Frustrating  Directed by Jose Padilha. Starring Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike, Leor Ashkenazi, Eddie Marsan,  Nonso Anozie.   The Plot: June, 1976. Germ...
4.0The spirit of Ghibli

Mary and The Witches Flower

Mary And The Witch's Flower (Japan / PG / 103 mins) In short: The spirit of Ghibli  Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Shinobu Otake.   ...
3.5Insightful

A Cambodian Spring

A Cambodian Spring (UK / Cambodia / 15A / 126 mins) In short: Insightful  Directed by Christopher Kelly. Starring Venerable Luon Savath, Toul Srey Pov, Tep Vanny.   The Plot: In this observational documenta...
2.0Doesn’t cut it

The Strangers : Prey At Night

The Strangers: Prey At Night (USA / 16 / 85 mins) In short: Just doesn’t cut it  Directed by Johannes Roberts. Starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman.   The Plot: Cind...
4.5Mesmerising

BEAST

Beast (UK / 15A / 107 mins)  In short: Mesmerising Directed by Michael Pearce. Starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle.   The Plot: Moll (Jessie Buckley) is a quiet, seeming...
4.0An affair to remember

The Delinquent Season

The Delinquent Season (Ireland / 15A / 104 mins) In short: An affair to remember Directed by Mark O'Rowe. Starring Cillian Murphy, Catherine Walker, Andrew Scott, Eva Birthistle.   The Plot: Dubliners Jim (...
5.0Awesome!

AVENGERS : INFINITY WAR

Avengers: Infinity War (USA / 12A / 149 mins) In short: Awesome. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Starring John Brolin, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Tom Hidd...
3.0Curious neo-Western

MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS

MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (Indonesia / France / Malaysia / Thailand / Club / 93 mins) Directed by Mouly Surya. Starring Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Dea Panendra. THE PLOT: Sumba, Indonesia. Marlina (Ma...
4.0Shines bright

Let the Sunshine In

LET THE SUNSHINE IN (France / Belgium / 15A / 95 mins) Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gerard Depardieu. THE PLOT: Parisian artist Isabelle (Juliette...
3.0Tastes Predictable

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (USA / UK / 12A / 124 mins) Directed by Mike Newell. Starring Lily James, Michael Huisman, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton...
3.0Big dumb fun

Rampage

RAMPAGE (USA / 12A / 107 mins) Directed by Bray Peyton. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy. THE PLOT: A scientific space disaster sends weaponised DNA hurt...
3.5Hits the right notes

Making the Grade

Making The Grade (Ireland / G / 86 mins) Directed by Ken Wardrop. THE PLOT: This observational documentary takes a whimsical look at the piano lesson. As a number of students, both young and old, prepare for ...
4.0Night Terrors

Ghost Stories

GHOST STORIES (UK / 16 / 98 mins) Directed by Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman. Starring Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther. THE PLOT: Psychic debunker Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) has made...
4.0A stand-out

Michael Inside

Michael Inside (Ireland / 15A / 96 mins) In short: A stand-out Directed by Frank Berry. Starring Dafhyd Flynn, Lalor Roddy, Moe Dunford. The Plot: 18-year-old Dubliner Michael (Dafhyd Flynn) has had a rough ...