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Film

March 13, 2016

“I know you said dreams sequences are for f**s, but I think it could work, don’t you?” Although the above quote is offensive, Martin McDonagh’s film Seven Psychopaths provocatively points out that the presence of dream sequences in films has been played out. They stretch back to Dorothy discovering that, actually, she was still in […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★ Director—Alejandro G. Iñárritu   Based on the nonfiction novel of the same name, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s adaptation is hard to pin down. Iñárritu brings together genres such as action, adventure, revenge, and history, creating a film that cohesively takes a slice out of almost everything. In doing so, it makes for an experience that […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★★ “Starting to see pictures, ain’t ya?”   Director—Quentin Tarantino   Before production began Quentin Tarantino’s latest film was almost DOA. Following the leak of the screenplay Tarantino seriously considered releasing it as a novel, but I am certainly glad he didn’t. Using a combination of solid direction, fantastic performances, stellar dialogue, and a terrific […]

March 6, 2016

★★★ Director—Ben Stiller In 2001, Zoolander had the misfortunate theatrical release about two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, causing movie-goers to withdraw their appetite for comedy and avoid the theatre. Blue Magnum had to wait for DVDs to circulate before it became a standard photo pose for the everyday, ridiculously good-looking man. When I viewed the sequel, […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★ Directed by—Tom Hooper     The Danish Girl is a powerful, yet sensitive, portrait of the transgender pioneer, Lili Elbe. Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same, and loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, the onscreen adaptation of this unique book is director Tom Hooper’s latest […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★ Directed by—Lenny Abrahamson   Room is a powerful, affecting story of the love between a mother and son. Adapted for the screen by Emma Donoghue and based on her much-lauded novel of the same name, which drew inspiration from the Fritzl case in Austria, this is one of the most talked about films of […]

February 28, 2016

★★★★   Directed by—Tim Miller In the latest installment of the X-Men mutant-centric branch of the Marvel Universe, Ryan Reynolds gets a chance to prove himself as the super-anti-hero—Deadpool. Deadpool, an action-comedy, tracks the journey of Wade Wilson—a fast talking mercenary who beats up stalkers for free drinks. Wilson’s dodgy cancer treatment results in the […]

February 21, 2016

  Paramount Cinema—Courtney Place   Although it is not exactly ‘hidden’, Paramount is possibly the best alternative cinema in the city. It screens most recently released major films, but also hosts a steady stream of films coming in off the festival circuit. If you do go and get a chance to look around, the walls […]

February 21, 2016

★★★★ Directed by John Crowley Based on the Colm Tóibín novel of the same name and with a screenplay crafted by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn is a lush drama of love set amidst the promise and bustle of 1950’s New York City. Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young Irish woman who leaves behind her mother […]

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