Film / Theatre Reviews

Anomalisa

March 23rd, 2016 | by Conor Smyth

The line you’re going to read a lot about Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman’s second film as writer-director, is ‘fake but real’. A …


The Survivalist

February 16th, 2016 | by Conor Smyth

The Survivalist is a lean film for lean times. It’s seven years after the end of civilisation, the collapse of …


Goosebumps

February 5th, 2016 | by Conor Smyth

Even viewed through the forgiving prism of nostalgia, the Goosebumps books were always more goofy than scary, with their green sludge lettering, gotcha twists …


The Revenant

January 13th, 2016 | by Conor Smyth

When we’re surrounded by movies running on autopilot, it seems perverse to fault a film for trying. But there’s trying and then …


Tangerine

November 27th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

“Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” Sin-Dee Rella is fresh out of a month-long jail stint, and she’s pissed. She meets up …


Brookyln

November 9th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Judy Garland shut her eyes and clicked her heels and repeated her spell but she was only half right. There’s no …


The Lobster

October 28th, 2015 | by Richard Davis

Eccentric Greek auteur, Yorgos Lanthimos, brings his dark and distinctive style to a much wider audience with his English-language debut, The …


The Program

October 19th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

‘Contains the use of performing-enhancing drugs’ warns the title card of The Program, John Hodge and Stephen Frears’ unpacking of the …



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