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”

The Many Saints of Newark

Review by James Mahon Fourteen years after the end of The Sopranos – arguably one of the best television shows of our time – comes a cinematic prequel, The Many Saints of Newark (Alan Taylor, 2021). The Sopranos as a series was defined by its piercing psychological examinations of its characters, its vivid mob lifeContinue reading “The Many Saints of Newark”

Censor

Review by James Mahon Embodying the chilling effects of Dario Argento’s horror subgenre ‘giallo’ thrillers and the voyeuristic sensibility of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960), Censor (Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021) is the feature length directorial debut of Prano Bailey-Bond. The film is a welcome addition to the cannon of inventive horror movies that not only depict gory violence but examineContinue reading “Censor”

The Boys from County Hell

By James Mahon Mixing horror with comedy has never been particularly well executed in the modern film industry. Although an appealing combination, most directors and writers don’t seem quite able to create the correct blend of fear and laughter, often resulting in a total absence of both. The trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost andContinue reading “The Boys from County Hell”

The Suicide Squad

By Cat Early Seemingly striving to distance itself as much as possible from its commercially and critically failed predecessor, The Suicide Squad  (James Gunn, 2021) is a sequel that offers a more engaging storyline, greater attention to its characters, and tons of CGI gore. The film begins by reintroducing Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), a ruthlessContinue reading “The Suicide Squad”

Jungle Cruise

By James Mahon Action and adventure movies set in far-flung jungles and with Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a cornerstone character seem to be increasingly popular with multi-generations of film audiences. Disney has certainly taken notice and is trying to replicate the success of Sony’s Jumanji franchise with Jungle Cruise (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2021), with allContinue reading “Jungle Cruise”