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Bruno

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Although Bruno had it's moments it was somewhat disappointed following the excellence of Borat. Borat is still ridiculous and funny! But with less classic lines than Borat, having to escalate the shock factor was always going to be tough but Cohen seems to have tried to hard and missed the mark occassionally here. Still good for a quiet night in with friends! But not as re-watchable as Borat at all.

(500) Days of Summer

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Really enjoyable anti-love story. Zooey is just quirky enough in this film, although I'm a big fan of hers sometimes I feel her role as "quirky" character is often overplayed. I this her and Joseph Gordon Levitt are at there best and perfectly balanced. It's hard not to empathize with the hopeless Levitt and I'm sure many watching cringed recognizing either themselves or their friends in his character. The real making of this film is not the original approach but rather the amazing soundtrack, that perfectly sets the mood! Especially when Levitt is happily strutting down the street! Definitely worth a watch, and almost more worth a listen!

Up in Disney Digital 3-D (INCLUDES PIXAR SHORT FILM 'PARTLY CLOUDY')

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

It took me far too long to get round to watching this, I blame final year college! Once I did though I wasn't disappointed, as usual stunning visuals from the pixar crew with an equally excellent plot. The opening was very bittersweet and immediately endeared you to the characters, even if he appeared to be such a grumpy old man! The boyscout was hilarious but the real comic genius in this film was the dog, Doug, and I have seen the pixar short from his point of view, that in itself is brilliant and I would recommend it is watched after the film if you can!

Gigantic

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Enjoyable, but a bit too quirky for my liking, some of the characters motivation didn't make sense and the blurred sense of reality wasn't dealt with fully.

Situations Vacant

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Went to the premiere thanks to movies.ie and wasn't really sure what to expect. It's rare seeing Irish films now days and although at first I was taken aback by how much it felt like a student production this feeling quickly dissappated and I was pleasently surprised. It's great to see the Irish sensibilities and humour portrayed on screen and I found myself emphathizing and flinching along with the characters. There were only one or two moments in it really that irritated me as it took the hollywood licence of anything can happen just a step two far when resolving the characters problems. However for light entertainment I'm sure they can be forgiven as overall the production and acting was impressive. Was particularly impressed by Corry and Dunne- and lets face it Graham too! The premiere was lovely as you got to see the cast and crew hope things go well for them all.

Bunny & the Bull

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Very enjoyable film! It struck me as a cross between The Mighty Boosh and Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind. Story of a two mates on a trip around europe, it starts a year after the trip and from the way Turnbull's acting you know something bad's going to happen. Lots of funny moments but more than just a comedy. Not an amazing film, but definitely worth a watch.

The Cove

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

A thrilling and relatable documentary, that has been clearly been made to appeal to a large audience. Although at times it's presentation may seem sensational the footage speaks for itself. An engaging watch that opens your eyes to the way things are done in the world as Rick O'Barry tries to undo the work he did as Flippers trainer and dolphin spokesman. The Oceans 11 moments add both excitement and lightness to an otherwise serious and dark film. And although their doesn't seem to have been huge progress in their plight one hopes that off the back of this film some change will come. Was particularly touching to see some of the Japanese speaking out at risk to their own lives and being able to make a difference

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Was so engrossed in the ridiculous premise- and so busy empathising (as a scientist) with the protaganist that I didn't even notice the elite cast! I'm a big fan of several of the cast so the film must have been very good for me to not have noticed! It's a very playful and fun, good way to spend an afternoon. Still not up to Disney/Pixar standards, but close and closing the gap!

Fame

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Fun film, but very fractured. Also suffered that it was too similar to the original film with parts of it seeming like a complete carbon copy- except more PG. It took me a while to get over these initial thoughts, if a film is to be remade I think it's worth making it different enough to the original. Having said that though- it was still good fun, and a laugh, my little sister really enjoyed it, not quite a guilty pleasure- but a guilty treat at least!

The Proposal

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Fun, predictable, but still highly enjoyable! The cliches are incredibly overdone, but some are done with such charm that you have to just laugh! Although it wasn't the best film it was thoroughly enjoyable, the charisma of the two mains (although not at their best) did bring a lot to the film. However for me the performance of Betty White was uber fun! Don't take the film too seriously and it'll be great for a girls night in!

Public Enemies

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Really enjoyed seeing it at the special premiere as it was my first big screening. Savoy Screen 1 makes it a big occasion and the absence of credits made it all the more exciting. The film however was not as amazing. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and thought it was a good, borderline great film, but I wouldn't rewatch it anytime soon. The music and cinematography in my opinion were very well done, and the acting was great also. The film was a bit too long though, they were just trying to fit so much in. Also although some of the lines were hilariously brilliant, they were also very very bad and cheesy! Finally I felt that the romance was a little bit strained, his chat up line wasn't the most charming and a man you barely know throwing his weight around threatening people on your behalf isn't my idea of perfect- but then again it was a different era! It just seemed that some plot lines were introduced and underdeveloped, like they had two ideas for the film and rather than taking one and running with it, or releasing two films, they tried to fit it all into one film and please action/history/romance buffs, and the gamble just didn't pay off! Still going to give it a decent 4stars (although it's more of a 3.8, I'm rounding up for the great night movies;) )

Drag Me to Hell

Reviewed by maguirce

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

No Evil Dead, but echoes of it could be felt throughout, didn't find this particularly terrifying as I would have liked, in face when asked to describe it to people waiting outside the cinema for the next screening, all I could say way vomit inducing! Really were some stomach churning moments but these in my opinion added to the "Raimi" feeling of the film. Still really enjoyable film with just enough jumps in it to keep you satisfied. Only complaint was that I saw the ending coming a mile away.