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Living With Dead Hearts

Brendan Malone | 27 September 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: children, China, film reviews, trafficking
China's kidnapped children, and what one father learned from his search.

Lessons about life at Monsters University

Raffaele Chiarulli | 03 September 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: education of children, film reviews, universities
In the world of Pixar, no one is alone: we all need friends.

The Conjuring: frightfully effective

Ronan Wright | 03 September 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews
A masterful yarn about a Rhode Island family whose house is haunted by a malevolent spirit.

“World War Z”

Laura Cotta Ramosino | 09 July 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: family values, film reviews, zombies
Despite its absurd premise, Brad Pitt's latest film is intelligent entertainment with a deep sense of family values.

“Despicable Me 2”

Ronan Wright | 27 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews, Hollywood
The art of making wholesome, thoroughly entertaining films for the whole family is not dead.

“Man of Steel”

Ronan Wright | 18 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: comic books, film reviews
Finally we have an excellent adaptation of everyone's favourite comic book hero.

“The Great Gatsby”

Ronan Wright | 03 June 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews
There's lots of froth and bubble in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of this American classic, but not much soul.

“The Gatekeepers”

Ronan Wright | 27 May 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews, Israel, Middle East, organ donation, Palestine, torture
Two documentary films about relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis show the moral complexities brought about by the conflict.

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Ronan Wright | 20 May 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews
The familiar characters face very contemporary issues of terrorism and militarism in this nicely characterised film.

Iron Man 3

Raffaele Chiarulli | 29 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: action movies, film reviews
Shane Black has successfully reinvented Iron Man with a combination of humour and depth.

A Hijacking

Ronan Wright | 22 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews, kidnapping, piracy
This extraordinary Danish film about a merchant ship taken by Somali pirates is a masterpiece of tension and characterisation.

White Elephant

Ronan Wright | 16 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: Argentina, film reviews
A gut-wrenching Argentinian drama about life in the sprawling slums of Buenos Aires gives English-speaking viewers an insight into the background of the new Pope.

Mea Maxima Culpa: an exposé of an exposé

Sean Murphy | 02 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews, media ethics, sexual abuse
The scandal of an abusive priest in Wisconsin was ghastly enough. But a powerful documentary misrepresents how the Catholic Church dealt with it.

The truth of the Magdalene Laundries emerges

Ronan Wright | 02 April 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: abuse crisis, film reviews, Ireland
A report by the Irish government fails to back widely-accepted allegations of abuse by Catholic nuns.

Oz the Great and Powerful

Laura Cotta Ramosino | 22 March 2013 | FEATURES |
tags: film reviews
The 3D techniques are beautiful but the plot quite predictable in this prequel to the original Wizard of Oz.

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