Blade Runner 2049

October 6th, 2017 by

Director: Denis Villeneuve Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista Certificate: 15A Running Time: 163 minutes Release Date: Oct 6 *This review contains mild spoilers.* One of the many reasons why Blade Runner endures some 35 years on is because it allowed – nay, challenged – its audience to wonder beyond […]


September 8th, 2017 by

Director: Andy Muschietti Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Certificate: 16 Running time: 134 minutes Release date: September 8th Strange thing, nostalgia. When and how you engage with a piece of art can be just as important as the quality of the content itself. It’s why we are ‘treated’ to endless outdoor screenings of Back To […]

Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7th, 2017 by

Director: Jon Watts Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Michael Keaton Certificate: 12A Running Time: 133 minutes Release Date: July 7 The real hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming is whoever stood up in a boardroom meeting, slammed their fist on a huge ornate table and bellowed to the heavens, “NO MORE ORIGIN STORIES!” […]

Baby Driver

June 29th, 2017 by

Director: Edgar Wright Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Eiza González Certificate: 15A Running Time: 112 minutes Release Date: June 28 Passion projects are a funny thing. It is often fascinating to witness the trajectory of such cases, from the kernel of an idea to potential development hell to glorious […]

Forbidden Fruit – Monday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

It’s a tale as old as time, presuming that revellers existed back at the dawn of civilisation. If so, did inclement weather dampen their spirits, thus providing the first arts journalists the chance to mould and shape cringe-worthy headlines? This admittedly tortured intro exists to underline the unfortunate fact that the vast majority of festivals […]

The Mummy (2017)

June 9th, 2017 by

Director: Alex Kurtzman Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Russell Crowe Certificate: 15A Running Time: 110 minutes Release Date: June 9 Tom Cruise is our last great movie star. The case is there to be made that he’s also a terrifically underrated actor, but you understand why such an argument, and indeed, […]

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

May 19th, 2017 by

Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Honsou, Eric Bana Certificate: 12A Running Time: 126 minutes Release Date: May 19 Sigh. Can we stop straining to construct multi-stranded cinematic universes and return to the business of concentrating on making a good film? Is that really beyond us at this point? The […]

Alien: Covenant

May 12th, 2017 by

Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride Certificate: 16 Running Time: 122 minutes Release Date: May 12   Demystification is its own unique art form, even if it isn’t an especially enjoyable one. Less is so often more, particularly where movie boogeymen are concerned. Michael Myers, Leatherface, Pinhead, Freddy Kruger […]


May 5th, 2017 by

Director: Baran bo Odar Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour Certificate: 15A Running Time: 95 minutes Release Date: May 5 Sleepless Night is a frenetic and well-executed French/Belgian/Luxembourgian thriller from 2011 where increasing tension and intriguing characters collide over one wildly dangerous evening. Sleepless is a listless American re-tread in which […]

The Lost City of Z

March 24th, 2017 by

Director: James Gray Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland Certificate: 15A Running Time: 141 minutes Release Date: March 24 Gray by name and so often grey by nature; the work of this particular director is usually confined to dimly-lit rooms, tense conversations and the capabilities of one Joaquin Phoenix. Finally forced, admirably […]

Get Out

March 16th, 2017 by

Director: Jordan Peele Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford Certificate: 15A Running Time: 104 minutes Release Date: March 17 In horror, ‘the reveal’ is of paramount importance. In horror, the only black character of note (traditionally male) is the first to go. In horror, truly effective horror, humour has little to no […]


March 1st, 2017 by

Director: James Mangold Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen Certificate: 16 Running Time: 137 minutes Release Date: March 1st You watch the trailer as the old familiar sting comes into play. The knee-jerk reaction is to roll the eyes and mutter wearily. Really? Johnny Cash’s version of ‘Hurt’, really? I […]

Drake – 3Arena, Dublin

February 21st, 2017 by

“It’s a show about nothing!” goes the famous meta gag associated with Seinfeld. Though said declaration would serve as a general plot synopsis for numerous lazy writers, the truth is that the brainchild of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld was about plenty of things, not least being a bloody brilliant run of television. For all […]

John Wick: Chapter 2

February 18th, 2017 by

Director: Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Common, Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne Certificate: 16 Running Time: 122 minutes Release Date: February 17th As the world continues to burn, it feels strange to celebrate a bacchanal of glorious violence but here we are. To be entirely fair to John Wick: Chapter 2, there is an […]