Fair Game

Director: Doug Liman Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Ty Burrell, Sam Shepard, Khaled El Nabawy III (2/5) Fair Game is based on the true story of C.I.A undercover operative Valerie Plume (Naomi Watts), whose identity was leaked to the media by the Bush administration in 2003.


Howl 2:1 Directors: Rob Epstein & Jeffery Friedman Cast: James Franco, Aaron Tveit, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Mary Louise-Parker, Jeff Daniels, Bon Balaban, Jon Prescott, Alessandro Nivola & Treat Williams By Ana Kinsella “Sir, you can’t translate poetry into prose. That’s why it’s poetry.” –  Mark Schorer, University of California English professor on the stand […]

A Visceral account

By Anthea Lacchia Visceral, the Science Gallery’s current exhibition, is one of the latest attempts to merge art with science, mostly in the form of perplexing and slightly disturbing installations. The exhibition, running from January 28th to February 25th, is centered around the concept of creating artwork from living tissue. It presents a selection of […]

Waste Land

Waste Land Director: Lucy Walker 2:1 By Jack Mays All documentaries, ultimately, fall into one of two categories: ones that shed light on the dark side of human nature, and ones that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Surprisingly, for a documentary set largely in the world’s largest landfill, the Oscar-nominated Waste Land falls […]

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 […]


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