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Cinema Review – Manglehorn

Angelo (Al Pacino) works as a locksmith and key-maker, but lives a reclusive life with his cat, and spends his time mourning a long lost love. When he finally makes friends with Dawn (holly Hunter), a bank clerk with romance on her mind, the time comes for Angelo to finally confront the choices he has made that are holding him back. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – A Doctor’s Sword

There is a Japanese sword in MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere, Cork. The sword was gifted to an Irish doctor who served in the RAF in World War II and, although it was one of Aidan MacCarthy’s most prized possessions, it has always been unclear as to how it came into his possession. MacCarthy’s daughters Adrienne and Nicola, together with archive audio of MacCarthy himself, unravel the mystery of the sword, and the incredible life of Dr Aidan MacCarthy. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Hot Pursuit

Uptight and by the book Texas cop Rose Cooper (Reese Witherspoon), who just happens to be on desk duty for over reacting to a simple statement is sent on protective detail for Daniella Riva (Sofía Vergara), the widow of a man who was set to inform on a dangerous drug boss. Things do not go according to plan, however, and the odd couple find themselves fleeing for their life from hitmen and crooked cops. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Immediately after the events of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, with no Secretary in place to guide the IMF, CIA Chief Hunley (Alec Baldwin) sets out to get the IMF shut down. Although the IMF no longer officially exists, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) sets out to prove the existence of the shadowy organisation The Syndicate, with the help of his loyal friends Benji (Simon Pegg), Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Luther (Ving Rhames), and the help of a mysterious and dangerous woman named Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – 13 Minutes

Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is a man who could have changed the world; on November 8th 1939, Elser rigged a bomb in Munich which, had it gone off 13 minutes earlier, would almost certainly have killed Adolf Hitler. After the bomb plot is unsuccessful, Elser is caught and tortured to give up the names of those who he was working with. As Elser considers his options, he thinks back on his life, a life full of peace and tranquillity until he day came that he could not ignore the fact that Hitler was leading Germany into war. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Beyond the Reach

When the status and money obsessed Madec (Michael Douglas) rolls into town looking for a guide through the desert, Ben (Jeremy Irvine) is enlisted to help him. It is not long before the trip turns to disaster, however, and Ben finds himself pursued through the unforgiving landscape, and fighting for his life. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Eden

Mia Hansen-Løve’s film EDEN follows Parisian DJ Paul (Félix de Givry), as he spends 20 years trying to make a name for his DJ outfit Cheers, and goes through several relationships, battles with addiction and falls into debt. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Legend of Barney Thomson

Barney Thomson (Robert Carlyle) is a Glaswegian barber who wishes he had made more from his life. Prone to outbursts of anger, he is finally fired but as he begs for his job back, he accidentally kills his boss and, with a serial killer on the loose, decides to get rid of the body and hope for the best. Of course, nothing ever seems to go Barney’s way, and a series of unfortunate events later, he finds himself a reluctant and pursued serial killer. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Gallows

20 years ago, a student died during the high school production of a high school play, The Gallows. To honour the anniversary, and to finally see the play performed in its entirety, the students stage a production of the same play, unwittingly setting a tragic and violent series of events into motion. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – True Story

When it is discovered that new York Times journalist Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) made a composite character of five men he interviewed, for the sake of a better story, he is fired in disgrace. Not long afterwards, he gets a call from a local Oregon journalist telling him of Christian Longo (James Franco), a man who is accused of murdering his wife and family before going on the run using Finkel’s name. Intrigued, and hoping to find the story that will resurrect his career, Finkel contacts Longo in prison, and the two begin talking. Continue reading

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