Thunder Force

Review by John Dugan The novelty of the superhero genre has already lost its attraction to many viewers, as the formulaic films completely dominated the entirety of the last decade. Nevertheless, it appears studios will attempt any amount of alterations to achieve a new result, without really changing anything of substance. The most recent attemptContinue reading “Thunder Force”

Promising Young Woman

Review by Mia Sherry Bubblegum pop and neon colours are how Emerald Fennell’s debut, Promising Young Woman begins but not even the glitzy glamour of Fennell’s vision can make up for a tragically poorly-executed storyline.  A parable of the MeToo era, we’re introduced to Cassie (Carey Mulligan), alone and drunk in a lowbrow bar. JerryContinue reading “Promising Young Woman”

VMDIFF 2021 (3/4)

The third in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. Limbo Review by Katie McKenna The pantheon of British black comedies is filled with some of the all-time greats of the genre; Withnail & I (Bruce Robinson, 1987) and Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996) immediately coming to mind. I have noContinue reading “VMDIFF 2021 (3/4)”

VDMIFF 2021 (2/4)

The second in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. To All My Darlings Review by Katie McKenna With the likes of Normal People (Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie MacDonald), Wolfwalkers (Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, 2020) and the upcoming Conversations With Friends, it seems like we are in the midst of anContinue reading “VDMIFF 2021 (2/4)”

VMDIFF 2021

The first in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. Attending a film festival online was uncannily comfortable. Spanning nearly two weeks and beginning on the 3rd of March, myself and Katie McKenna were at liberty to enjoy and critique some of the most interesting films that VMDIFF had toContinue reading “VMDIFF 2021”

Tom and Jerry: The Movie

Review by John Dugan Throughout the past decade or so, live action adaptations of classic cartoons and animated media have become a staple of blockbuster cinema. As a fan of animation, I cannot say these adaptations were something I felt effectively captured the charm of the works they were based on. Unfortunately, Tom and Jerry:Continue reading “Tom and Jerry: The Movie”

Operation Varsity Blues

Review by Katie Lynch The 2021 documentary, Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (Chris Smith) is an account of the scam headed by William Rick Singer which bought places at Ivy League colleges for wealthy students. Known as the “side door”, Singer’s method was to doctor and bolster evidence of participation in niche sportsContinue reading “Operation Varsity Blues”

The Mauritanian

Review by Cat Earley In a climate of increasing political tension and particularly aggressive surges of nationalism, the decision to adapt the story of a man who spent 14 years imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay is a commendable one. From the very beginning, Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian (2021) is faced with the impossible task of providingContinue reading “The Mauritanian”