West Side Story

Review by Sophie Furlong Tighe Hollywood’s perverse obsession with remaking beloved films has claimed another victim, it seems— West Side Story. There’s much to roll one’s eyes at, before even entering the theatre. Can’t we make new films? Would that be so bad? However, with Tony Kushner (author of Angels in America, among other masterpieces) andContinue reading “West Side Story”

C’mon C’mon

Review by Eve Smith Mike Mills’ C’mon, C’mon (2021), wants you to think about your inner child. One of the film’s most climactic scenes has stilted but loving middle-aged Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) screaming at each other in the woods that ‘this is fucked up’. Sometimes, the non-rational part ofContinue reading “C’mon C’mon”

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”