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 […]


Hacksaw Ridge

January 24th, 2017 by

Director: Mel Gibson Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Vince Vaughan, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths and Hugo Weaving Certificate: 16 Running Time: 139 minutes Release Date: January 27 Throw your stones at Mel Gibson the human being if you must, but there’s no denying that the man has presence. One only needs look at […]


Live by Night

January 9th, 2017 by

Director: Ben Affleck Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller Certificate: 15A Running time: 128 minutes Release date: January 13th Some people just don’t look right in a hat. Ben Affleck, he of tall muscular frame and chiselled jawline, appears surprisingly awkward beneath many a trilby as […]


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 20th, 2016 by

Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen Certificate: 12a Running Time: 133 minutes Release Date: December 15th An inherent iciness hangs over each and every frame of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is fine, for let us not pretend that this ‘saga’ is […]


Deepwater Horizon

September 29th, 2016 by

Director: Peter Berg Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson Certificate: 12A Running Time: 107 minutes Release Date: September 30th If anyone can turn a giant drilling rig into a jingoistic statement, it’s Peter Berg. The disappointment is that he doesn’t go there, but the surprise is that he does apply restraint, grounding […]


Blair Witch

September 18th, 2016 by

Director: Adam Wingard Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Valorie Curry, Wes Robinson Certificate: 16 Running Time: 89 minutes Release Date: September 16th Confession time. The year is 1999 and a trip down the road to see an independent horror film results in a sleepless night for this particular scribe. In […]


Don’t Breathe

September 9th, 2016 by

Director: Fede Alvarez Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang Certificate: 16 Running Time: 88 minutes Release Date: September 9th How do you make an audience root for a clutch of fairly loathsome protagonists? If you’re Fede Alvarez, you follow up an Evil Dead remake by sketching your opposing force with an instrument as […]


The Purge: Election Year

August 25th, 2016 by

Director: James DeMonaco   Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel Certificate: 16  Running Time: 109 minutes Release Date: August 26th ‘Cunt’, ‘pussy’ and ‘bitch’ – select terms batted around when referring to women in the opening minutes of The Purge: Election Year, a terrifically tired and muddled stumble that is often either sexist or racist […]


The Childhood of a Leader

August 22nd, 2016 by

Director: Brady Corbet Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin Certificate: Club Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: August 19th Anyone who has seen Brady Corbet in the likes of Michael Haneke’s shot-for-shot remake of Funny Games and the criminally under-seen Simon Killer will know that he makes the uneasy look really rather straightforward. Not […]


Suicide Squad

August 2nd, 2016 by

Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jared Leto Certificate: 15A Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date: August 5th Spare a thought for the doomed souls who handle PR and marketing at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment for they’ve probably developed lifetime health issues due to the course-correction whiplash […]


Jason Bourne

July 26th, 2016 by

Director: Paul Greengrass Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Tommy Lee Jones Certificate: 12a Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date: July 27th The vast majority of people want ‘the same, but different’ when it comes to new instalments of the things they enjoy. It’s why bands like U2, Foo […]


Ghostbusters

July 14th, 2016 by

Director: Paul Feig Cast: Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth Certificate: 12A Running Time: 117 minutes Release Date: July 15th 32 years ago, Dan Aykroyd received oral sex from a ghost. We shouldn’t forget this moment, especially when Ghostbusters is hailed as some kind of cinema vérité triumph that ought to be studied in […]


The Neon Demon

July 11th, 2016 by

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Cast: Elle scinanning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola Certificate: 18 Running Time: 117 minutes Release Date: July 8th As with the overrated Drive and the underappreciated Only God Forgives before it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is a film in which to get lost, but how […]