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This weeks releases and (r)ecommendations
THE LOST CITY OF Z - FILM OF THE WEEK
A Boys Own classic, real life story of Colonel Percival Fawcett's Indiana Jones style, do-and-dare adventures in the Amazon jungle.
Sonia Braga is terrific in this critically praised story of a middle aged woman with a love of life who takes on a company who want to demolish her apartment. Captivating cinema.
The Age of Shadows
A classic, action style, plot-filled spy thriller set at the time of the Korean resistance to Japanese rule in the 1920s.
The Eyes Of My Mother
An accomplished dark and visually captivating tale of murder, torture and kidnap.
'Life,' goes for the alien sci-fi thriller, scare tactics touch but it's a hard act to follow after Ridley Scott's 1979 classic.
Still showing so catch if you can
Ever heard of Ray Kroc and his rise to Big Mac glory? Michael Keaton steals the show as the all American, Trump-like dream unfolds.
The 1960s Cold War, NASA, the space race. Jealousy, arrogance and prejudice. An extraordinary, ittle known, feel good story of thee African American women who made America's journey into space.
The search for a lost family is a sure felt crowd pleaser, tug at the heart strings, tear jerker and Sunny Pawar who plays 5-year-old Saroo is a star.
The Young Offenders
Slapstick touches and witty banter make for a fun, laugh, hilarious ride as two lads from Cork ride off in search of a bale of cocaine. Rest easy lads, you've done well.
The Student (Uchenik)
A powerful, intriguing, surreal, satirical story of religious fundamentalism that resonates with contemporary Russia.
Natalie Portman is mesmerising in Pablo Larraine's critically acclaimed portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy who struggles to maintain her husband's legacy in the days immediately following his assassination. Drops into the SHOULD SEE, MUST SEE box.
A well received, smart satire that blends low key, somewhat tongue-in-cheek horror genre with race relations in America.
A nostalgic dance with the past, a few regrets along the way and life echoes a middle-age, long run nowhere. Visual flair, dry humour, an inventive pace and who wouldn't want to see how the lads fared. Was the 'shite' really better in 1974?
The Olive Tree
Don't miss Iciar Bolain's comedy drama, 'The Olive Tree'. Terrific leads and scripted by Paul Laverty, it will amuse, enthrall and grab your heart strings. A gem.
'Loving' is a hugely important and emotional story of the fight for the right to live together as a family in a mixed race marriage in 1950s America. The leads are terrific and Ruth Negga wins the day - she's outstanding.
On the point of walking away from dance, the prodigiously talented Sergei Polunin hit You Tube fame with a solo dance to Holzier's 'Take Me To Church.' Steve Cantor's documentary filmed over 4 years, offers a behind the scenes look at the tabloid labelled 'Bad Boy of Ballet.'
An inventive, suspenseful, art house teaser that delights. Kristen Stewart excels. Sit back and enjoy. It's a pleasure.
Beauty and the Beast
A live action, colour filled, super special effects, remake of the Disney classic that will thrill kids and adults alike.
La La Land
Superb editing, a knock out score, great cinematography and Damien Chazelle's imaginative touch wraps up a wow, let's dance routine that hits the button full-on. It's a should see, must see, Don't miss it with a capital D. Wonderful cinema, Winner 2017 Golden Globe Best Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Director, Best Actor & Best Actress in a Musical, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song. Drops into the SHOULD SEE, MUST SEE box.
Mel Gibson's back with a confident, powerful and technically brilliant film. The battle scenes are stunning.
A life on film. The story of a young gay black man's struggle from childhood to adulthood. Powerful, evocative, character driven, mesmerising cinema. Drops into the SHOULD SEE, MUST SEE box.
It's not easy to jump from stage to screen but Denzel Washington's adaptation of August Wilson's award winning play is to be applauded. The strength of 'Fences' lies in the dialogue and Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are terrific. Stick with it. The reward is great.
The Salesman (Forushande)
Suspenseful with Hitchcock touches and terrific performances, 'The Salesman' won the Best Screenplay (Asghar Farhadi) and Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini) Awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Challenging, ambiguous and provocative. It's not an easy watch but Paul Verhoeven and the extraordinary Isabelle Huppert have pulled off a well balanced and powerful piece of cinema.
The Love Witch
Anna Biller's tongue-in-cheek melodramatic homage to the 1960s/70s horror movies is scarlet coloured, deadpan funny in a world of its own.
Manchester By The Sea
Riveting, masterful cinema. Beautifully shot with outstanding performances throughout and a superb script. 5 Golden Globe Nominations - Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay. Casey Affleck, Winner of the 2017 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama is mesmerising. Drops into the SHOULD SEE, MUST SEE box.
Kelly Reichardt's adaptation of three short stories by Maile Melay about the lives of three very different women is a slow burn character study with great power, exceptional understated performances and a poetic quality.
Original, hilarious, surreal, a 5-star German gem. Toni Erdmann plays with the absurd. Drops into the SHOULD SEE, MUST SEE box.
Superhero Logan's hit a bloody and brilliant bull's eye spectacular bow out finale that should delight fans.
20th Century Women
Mike Mills quirky, free flowing, nostalgic, dazzling film set in 1979 Santa Barbara, California draws you in and makes you smile. The cast are terrific, but it's Annette Bening's day and she's a wow.
Film Reviews and News selects from recent Blu-Ray/DVD releases
Beautifully shot with a superb script and terrific natural performances, 'Mustang' is a gripping and haunting tale of family honour, tradition, sexual paranoia and a desire for freedom.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival, Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals' is a should see, must see, gripping, stylish, utterly absorbing, revenge crime thriller, beautifully shot and with outstanding performances.
Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' is a breathtaking, surreal, original and unique masterpiece.
After Love (L'Economie du couple)
Joachim Lafosse's compelling exploration of the end of a marriage has riveting performances from Berenice Bejo and Cedic Kahn.
A road movie with British director Andrea Arnold's distinctive touch. Atmospheric, intriguing, spontaneous, beautifully shot with a docu feel that follows a group of 20 somethings as they mix, drink, dance, fight and have sex. Winner Jury Prize 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Shot in real time with an audacious 139 minute single take, Sebastian Schipper's 'Victoria' is an exhilarating, drug fuelled, frenetic, roller coaster, cinematic wow.
An ambitious, intelligent, stylish and visually stunning sci-fi movie that gradually draws the viewer in and hits the mind and heart.
'Sonita' follows a 15-year-old Afghan refugee, would be rapper's quest for freedom. A riveting documentary that wowed the audience at the Sundance Film Festival.
Gripping indie cinema about Florida news reporter Christine Chubbuck who in 1974 killed herself on TV.