Cinema Review – Nightcrawler

Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a driven young man struggling for money and desperate to find a career. When he happens on a road traffic accident on the streets of LA, the camera crew that arrives on the scene and films the whole event fascinates him. Inspired, Lou hires Rick (Riz Ahmed) as an intern, and sets out to make a name for himself as a freelance crime journalist. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Guarantee

In September 2008, the Irish government guaranteed Irish banks, effectively protecting them from failure at a high cost to the taxpayer. The decision to guarantee so-called ‘Toxic Banks’ was taken overnight, but the trouble began years beforehand. The Guarantee takes a look at the fateful night in 2008, which changed the face of Irish banking, and the years that led up to this. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – One Million Dubliners

There are just over a million people buried in Dublin’s most famous cemetery; Glasnevin; just as there are around a million inhabitants of Ireland’s capital city. Aoife Kelleher’s documentary celebrates the legacy of Glasnevin Cemetery, the people buried there, and their legacy. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Mr Turner

Mike Leigh takes us on an exploration of the final 25 years of the great painter JMW Turner’s life. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Way He Looks

Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo) is a blind teenager whose life has some semblance of normality; he has a strong home life, he and his best friend Giovana (Tess Amorim) care deeply for one another and, while he is searching for independence, he knows that this is some way off yet. All of this changes when Gabriel (Fabio Audi) enters his life, and he suddenly perceives the world in a different way. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Book of Life

La Muerte (Kate del Castillo) and Xibalba (Ron Perlman) are the traditional rulers of the Mexican worlds of the dead; the world of the Remembered and conversely, The Forgotten. Far from being enemies though, the two enjoy a friendly rivalry, and place a wager on the fates of two young boys who are in love with the same girl. Knowing nothing of the wager, Manolo (Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) vie for the love of Maria (Zoe Saldana), as the fate of the underworld is in their hands. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – This is Where I Leave You

When their father dies, four adult siblings are forced to shit Shiva in their childhood home for a week, in accordance with their dad’s wishes. While there, they encounter people from their past, various partners and the ones that got away. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Love, Rosie

Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Clafin) have been best friends since they were small children, and despite having grown up together, they never realised their growing romantic feelings for one another until the night of Rosie’s 18th birthday, when they shared a drunken kiss. 12 years, several broken relationships and one surprise baby later, the two finally confront their feelings, and decide where their future lies. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Serena

George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) is the head of a timber empire in Carolina in the 1920s. Love has eluded Pemberton, but that all changes when he meets the beautiful and passionate Serena (Jennifer Lawrence). The two set about making Pemberton’s business even more successful, by any means necessary, but it is not long before their choices come back to haunt them. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fury

Over the space of 24 hours, the crew of the WWII Allied tank ‘Fury’ take on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Along with a Germany that is vicious in the throes of its death rattle, the crew have to deal with old resentments, and a new member of their team; inexperienced soldier Norman (Logan Lerman). Continue reading

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