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 […]


Independence Day: Resurgence

June 23rd, 2016 by

Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brent Spiner, Angelababy Certificate: 12A Running Time: 120 minutes Release Date: June 24th It’s here! 20 years following the rampant success of iconic blockbuster Independence Day comes a sequel that nobody really needed shorn of its most charismatic presence. This time […]


Gods of Egypt

June 16th, 2016 by

Director: Alex Proyas Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung, Chadwick Boseman, Rufus Sewell, Courtney Eaton and Geoffrey Rush  Certificate: 12a Running Time: 127 minutes Release Date: June 17th Here’s the thing. Schlock can be glorious fun but you need to commit to the bit. There’s a moment early on in Gods of Egypt, a […]


Warcraft: The Beginning

June 1st, 2016 by

Director: Duncan Jones Cast: Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Ruth Negga, Clancy Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu Certificate: 12a Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date:May 30th There I was, primed and ready to unleash a terrible ‘More like SNORECRAFT, am I right?!’ gag to open this review when all of a […]


X-Men: Apocalypse

May 17th, 2016 by

Director: Brian Singer Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne Certificate: 12a Running Time: 144 minutes Release Date: May 18th 21 years ago, The Usual Suspects pulled off a trick later aped by Christopher Nolan and his hysterically overrated Inception; it convinced its viewers that an immediate repeat viewing of the […]


Grimes – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 18th, 2016 by

By now you will have read numerous reports of Grimes receiving several bouts of unwanted shock treatment as she bounced about the Olympia Theatre stage. Given the nature of this supercharged performance, it’s actually a somewhat fitting, if highly unpleasant, scenario. Debate has been raging as to whether or not it was indeed a bolt […]


Slipknot – SSE Arena, Belfast

February 18th, 2016 by

Arriving just as Suicidal Tendencies (still a thing, apparently) prowl the SSE Arena stage, State takes its notably comfortable seat as the veteran California thrash-funk outfit wind down with some nostalgia in the form of ‘How Will I Laugh Tomorrow’ and an extended version of ‘Pledge Your Allegiance’. Their energy is to be admired but it’s yet another Forgettable Metal or […]


Macbeth

October 2nd, 2015 by

Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotilliard, Paddy Considine and Sean Harris Certificate: 15a Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: October 2nd The ‘X was born to play Y’ cliché is pretty well-worn but there are times when you find yourself with little choice but to lean right into it. In the case of […]


Brand New – Vicar Street, Dublin

September 24th, 2015 by

Over a two or three-day period in 2003, I found myself unable to rise from my bed. I was officially diagnosed with clinical depression the previous winter but it’s always been such an intangible ‘comes and goes’ malady that I often feel guilty ever placing the ‘D’ word upon myself. Still, over a decade ago, […]