Cinema Review – Standby

Alan (Brian Gleeson) is on the lookout for love, but rules people out when he discovers they are lying; even little white lies are too much for him to bear. When his former summer romance Alice (Jessica Paré) has a stopover in Dublin, and finds herself on standby for a flight home, the two rekindle their friendship, and maybe a little bit more. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Skeleton Twins

Twins Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Kristen Wiig) have not seen one another in many years, but when Milo attempts suicide, the call from the hospital interrupts Maggie’s own attempt at death. The twins reconnect and, over time, begin to realise what drove them apart in the first place. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Interstellar

In the not too distant future, our planet is dying; crops are failing and people are struggling to live through dust storms and the breakdown of technology. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is drafted into a secret NASA mission to travel through a mysterious wormhole, and find out whether another planet can sustain human life. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Say When

Kiera Knightley stars as Megan, a woman in her late 20s who never managed to get her life together. With her many of her friends getting married and starting families, Megan begins to wonder whether the life she has made is truly one that she wants. When her boyfriend proposes, Megan fakes a trip to a career seminar to get some space. Lacking a place to stay, she crashes on the couch of her new friend Annika (Moretz), who just so happens to be at the age where Megan’s emotional development was stifled. Continue reading

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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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