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Groundhog Day turns 21
Michael Cook | 11 February 2014 |
tags: boredom, film reviews
A film about tedium and futility has become a classic of American cinema.


A searing expose of forgotten horrors
Ronan Wright | 20 January 2014 |
tags: American history, film reviews, slavery
12 Years a Slave is hard to watch but impossible to forget.


Surprised by Freude
Gilbert Colon | 19 January 2014 |
tags: abortion, film reviews, Roe v. Wade
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here's a reflection on a famous child who could have been aborted.


Our pick of the films of 2013
Michael Cook | 03 January 2014 |
tags: best of, film reviews, lists
The year just gone produced some amazing movies.


Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
Margaret Somerville | 07 November 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, film reviews, suffering
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.


British romantic comedy tries time travel
Ronan Wright | 04 October 2013 |
tags: film reviews
Director Richard Curtis has crafted a pleasant, thoughtful film about making the most of time.


Elysium
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 01 October 2013 |
tags: dystopia, film reviews
It's District 9 again, but less successful thanks to its obsession with the present.


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


Slicing through yakuza and ninjas
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 09 August 2013 |
tags: boxoffice, films, Japan, The Wolverine
In his sixth appearance as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is still morose, moody and charismatic.


“World War Z”
Laura Cotta Ramosino | 09 July 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
tags: film reviews
The familiar characters face very contemporary issues of terrorism and militarism in this nicely characterised film.


A Hijacking
Ronan Wright | 22 April 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
tags: film reviews, Tolstoy
The latest screen adaptation of Tolstoy's famous novel fails to portray the original's emotional complexity.


The 2013 Oscars
Brendan Malone | 27 February 2013 |
tags: Academy Awards, Oscars
They got the best picture right and the best actor right. How did they ever choose the best foreign film?


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