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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.


Monsieur Lazhar

Andrea Valagussa | 29 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews
Students overwhelmed by the suicide of their teacher learn about the mystery of sufffering through her unlikely substitute.


Amour: does old age have any honour left?

Margaret Somerville | 24 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: ageing, euthanasia, film reviews
A harrowing film about a French couple’s struggle with dementia is a powerful but inadequate argument for legalized euthanasia.


Playing for Keeps

Laura Cotta Ramosino | 23 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, marriage, soccer
George is an ex Peter Pan who is looking for both responsibility and maturity, yet unable to conquer either.


Superb animation celebrates reconciliation

Timothy Reckart | 17 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Academy Awards, film reviews, Harvard, interviews
Our exclusive interview with the director of an Oscar-nominated short film.


The Master: meditation on a lost soul

Raffaele Chiarulli | 15 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, movies, religion, Scientology
One of America's most pomising directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, turns his attention to the quest for salvation through a modern, Scientology-like religion.


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