Cinema Review – Rams

In a remote rural area of Iceland, Gummi (Sigurdur Sigurjonsson) and older brother Kiddi (Theodor Juliusson) live on neighbouring sheep farms and, although they have not spoken to one another in 40 years, they tolerate one another’s presence in silence. All of this changes when Gummi spots signs of scrapie (BSE) in his brother’s flock, which has catastrophic ramifications for the entire community. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Trumbo

In 1940s Hollywood, the Communist Party had fallen out of favour, with suspicions about members beginning to spring up. Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was one of the Hollywood professionals forced to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee when his support of Communism was revealed and, although he continued to write Oscar winning screenplays, he had to do it in secret for much of hi career since he was black listed due to his political affiliations. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Point Break

After his friend is killed while motor biking the Spine Trail, Johnny (Luke Bracey) turns away from his life of extreme sports to become an agent for the FBI. Seven years later, as Johnny finally nears the end of his training, a gang of criminals use extreme sporting techniques to rob the rich and give to the poor. Knowing his name precedes him, and suspecting that the gang are trying to complete a series of eight challenges and ordeals, Johnny sets out to infiltrate the gang and take them down from the inside. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Dad’s Army

In 1944, at the height of World War II, the British coast is secured by the Home Guard; a group of volunteers ineligible for active duty due to age or health reasons. In the town of Walmington-on-Sea, Captain Mainwaring (Toby Jones) runs a motley crew of a Home Guard who, when a journalist comes to town to write an article on the squad, all become enamoured with her. Meanwhile, news of a German spy in the town causes panic. Continue reading

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Cinema Review -Strangerland

Catherine (Nicole Kidman) Matthew (Joseph Fiennes) and their two children Lily (Maddison Brown) and Tom (Nicholas Hamilton) are new to the small Australian town of Nathgari. It is clear that the family is hiding from their past but until Tom and Lily go missing one night, and Catherine desperately tries to find her children, it is not clear just what their past holds, and the secrets they are keeping from one another. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Goosebumps

When Zach (Dylan Minette) and his mother move in next door to Mr Shivers and his teenage daughter Hannah (Odeya Rush), it is not long before Zach discovers the secret that Mr Shivers is trying to keep; he is actually the author R.L. Stine and, when the original manuscripts for his famous books are opened, the monsters inside are set free into the world. It is up to Zach, Hannah and Stine to save the day, and put the fictional monsters back between the pages of the books again. Continue reading

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One to Watch – January 19th 2016

This week’s One to Watch in Irish cinemas is nominated for six Oscars, tells a true story and is set in Boston. Can you guess what it is? Continue reading

Cinema Review – 13 Hours

On September 11th 2012, an attack on a temporary consulate in Benghazi killed the US Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (Matt Letscher). Later that night, a secret CIA compound one mile away was laid siege to, leaving six ex-military officers to protect the base and those within it. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The 33

In August 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped in the San Jose mine for 69 days after a cave in. Although chances were that the men had died in the dangerous and sparse conditions they found themselves stuck in, rescue operations did not stop, and the most innovative mine rescue of all time began. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Spotlight

In 2001, the Spotlight investigative journalism team at the Boston Globe were tasked with uncovering more about a story; the claims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. Although their readers may not like the outcome of their research, editor Marty Barron (Liev Schrieber) insists that there is story here, so Robby (Michael Keaton), Sacha (Rahcel McAdams), Mike (Mark Ruffalo) and Matt (Brian d’Arcy James) set out to uncover the truth about the case. Continue reading

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