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Film Reviews

“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.

Anna Karenina

Laura Cotta Ramosino | 04 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, Tolstoy
The latest screen adaptation of Tolstoy's famous novel fails to portray the original's emotional complexity.

“Wadjda” - a breakthrough for Saudi women

Mary Le Rumeur | 26 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, Saudi Arabia
The first feature movie made in Saudi Arabia breaks new ground in other ways also.

A Good Day to Die Hard

Raffaele Chiarulli | 20 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews
Entertaining for action movie lovers, but not a patch on the early films of the Die Hard franchise.

The Last Stand

Raffaele Chiarulli | 11 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews
Arnold Scwartzenegger is back on the big screen, as a real old-time hero - one we have all been missing.

Zero Dark Thirty

Brendan Malone | 08 February 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, torture
A film that holds a mirror up to America and confronts it with some tough ethical questions.

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