True Grit

True Grit Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen 1:1 The Coen Brothers are known for the masterful way in which they take a genre story and warp it into something exceptional. The Big Lebowski is their take on a detective story, Intolerable Cruelty their romantic comedy and O Brother Where Art Thou their musical. Now with […]

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole Director: John Cameron Mitchell 2:1 Rabbit Hole is the story of a couple’s grief following the death of their child. It is also a film in which, I am unashamed to say, I cried continually throughout. It was truly exhausting. However don’t let this put you off watching it. Although it doesn’t sound […]

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached Director: Ivan Reitman 2:2 What is there to say about No Strings Attached? The film follows a tried-and-tested formula: take two good-lucking stars and contrive to get them in a room together so they can take each other’s clothes off. It’s not going to set the world alight, but it’s perfectly enjoyable […]


Nénette Director: Nicolas Philibert III I approached the screening on Nenette with high hopes and an open mind. Nenette is the latest film by French documentary filmmaker, Nicolas Philibert and its eponymous star is the subject of both the documentary and the queen bee of the Parisian zoo in which it is set. All of […]

Jack Mays Interviews Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke is The Irish Times’ senior film critic and author of the ‘Screenwriter’ blog. Having once been a student in Trinity, do you have fond memories of your time here? Indeed I do.  Like many of your readers, I got somewhat distracted by extra-curricular activities — not that this is a bad thing. I […]

Black Swan

Black Swan Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Junis, Vicent Cassel & Barbra Hershey 2:1 By Zander Sirlin In the words of Black Swan’s director, Darren Aronofsky, “Ballet can be dark, tragic, gothic,” an apt description of his new film.  Black Swan fascinatingly combines The Understudy, an unrealized script by Andres Heinz about jealousy […]

Morning Glory

Morning Glory Director: Roger Mitchell Cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum & Ty Burrell 2:2 By Alex Towers If your looking for a hard-hitting examination of the media’s descent into telegenic treacly sentiment Morning Glory isn’t the film for you. However if the idea of a turtlenecked Diane Keaton dropping beats with […]

General Election 2011

An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, has just confirmed that the general election for the 31stDáil will be held on the 11th of March 2011. The selection of a Friday for the election will allow many students who are living away from home to vote in the next election, unlike the Thursday used for the 2007 election.

The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet Director: Michel Gondry Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz & Tom Wilkinson 2:2 Nowadays superhero films can be classified as either po-faced grit such as Watchmen and Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, or more jocular, self-aware fair like Kick-Ass and Joel Schumacher’s Batman series. The Green Hornet is decidedly one […]

The Next Three Days

The Next Three Days Director: Paul Haggis Cast: Russell Crown, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy, Olivia Wilde & Liam Neeson 2:2 By Jack Mays Co-written and directed by Paul Haggis (‘In the Valley of Elah’, ‘Crash’), ‘The Next Three Days’ is a gripping thriller bolstered by a fine performance by the ever-reliable Russell Crowe as a […]


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