The Eternals

Review by Liam Kelly Fresh from her resounding success at the Academy Awards, auteur Chloé Zhao (Nomadland (2020)) ventures into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Out of all of the projects Marvel has on its slate, there was a lot of intrigue surrounding The Eternals. The characters from the comics are largely unknown, and itContinue reading “The Eternals”

The French Dispatch

Review by Kane Geary O’Keeffe The French Dispatch (Wes Anderson, 2021) acts as the auteur’s typically pastelled love letter to old school journalism and the gritty field work that conjured the amazing tales previously found on the printed page. Ironically, Anderson achieves this by creating an anthology of scenarios which exist in such a heightenedContinue reading “The French Dispatch”

Dune

Review by John Dugan The highly anticipated Dune (Denis Villevenue, 2021) follows the young Paul Atreides (Timotheé Chalamet) as his clan, House Atreides, inherits the planet of Arrakis. This desert planet contains an invaluable substance known as “Spice”, which allows for interstellar travel. On paper, as a sci-fi epic being set on a desert planetContinue reading “Dune”

The Last Duel

Review by Sadbh Boylan The Last Duel (Ridley Scott, 2021) sees writer-actor duo Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reunite almost twenty-five years after their first collaboration– Good Will Hunting (Gus van Sant, 1997)–  launched them to superstardom, this time joining forces with Nicole Holofcener to adapt Eric Jager’s 2004 historical page turner of the sameContinue reading “The Last Duel”

Deadly Cuts

Review by John Dugan When first watching the trailer for this film, I was worried that as an Irish film certain colloquialisms and phrases would be lost on me, an American viewer. I also think it’s important to acknowledge this, so that any readers can take that context into consideration. However, despite my unfamiliarity withContinue reading “Deadly Cuts”

Rose Plays Julie

Review by Róisín Ní Riain Rose Plays Julie, the latest outing from writer-director duo Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, aims to disconcert. It goes about this mission from every angle. We glide from plot point to plot point with almost torturous slowness. Individual faces, figures lost in sterile space, and, in one scene, animal visceraContinue reading “Rose Plays Julie”