Tag Archives: JDIFF

One to Watch Movie Reviews – April 18th 2014

I choose one film to watch in Irish cinemas this week. Hint; it’s not The Amazing Spider-Man 2, although that’s pretty gosh darn good. Can you guess what it is yet? Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – The Stag

Fionan (Hugh O’Conor) is a man about to be married. However, the stress of planning the whole affair seems to be getting to him, so at his fiancée’s suggestion, he sets out on a stag weekend in the Dublin mountains with his friends Davin (Andrew Scott) and Simon (Brian Gleeson), as well as his younger brother Kevin (Michael Legge) and his long term partner Kevin (Andrew Bennett) for a relaxing weekend of hiking and camping. There’s a catch, however; Ruth (Amy Hubermann) insists that her brother The Machine (Peter McDonald) – known for being rowdy and rather insufferable – go along with the gang. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – The Rocket

Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) is a young boy who was born a twin. Superstition in his village means that he is seen as bad luck and, when he mother is killed as the family search for a new home, his family begins to believe the old superstition. Ahlo leads the family through Laos, gathering two new friends on the way, in search of a place they can all belong, and call home. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup singers do just that, back up the biggest and most influential performers on the planet, but they very rarely get acknowledged publicly for their work. 20 Feet From Stardom brings these singers into the spotlight, and allows them to tell their stories for the first time. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2014 – The Awards

For the last 10 days, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival has been running at venues around the city. I have always been a big fan of the festival and this year I was honoured to be part of the Dublin Film Critics Circle Panel for the festival, for the third time. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Locke

As he drives home from a construction job, Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) gets a phone call that throws his job, marriage and future into jeopardy. As he journeys to right the major wrong of his life, we learn more about the character through his interactions with the people in his life. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Out of Here

Ciaran (Fionn Watson) returns home to Dublin after a year of travelling the world to find that finding his place at home may be harder than going away in the first place. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Gold

Twelve years after he left town because his childhood sweetheart dumped him and took his child away, Ray (David Wilmot) returns to see his ailing father. Ray decides to catch up with his former partner Alice (Kerry Condon) and his daughter Abbie (Maisie Williams), only to discover that Alice is dating his former high school PE teacher Frank (James Nesbitt). Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Haus Tugendhat

Built in Bron, in the 1930s, the Tugendhat villa is a house that is steeped in history. Filmmaker Dieter Reifarth examines the story of the Tugendhat family, who the house was built for and the various incarnations the house has gone through. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Tracks

In 1977, Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) decided to walk 2,000 miles across the Australian desert; from Alice Springs to the ocean. Robyn’s only companions over the six-month journey were to be four camels and her dog; the solitude was something she craved. Continue reading

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