Predators like Weinstein operate because we permit them to

The slew of actresses who have come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault from a single perpetrator, Harvey Weinstein, have brought to light the seedy world of Hollywood we all suspected to exist.   Hollywood turns against him only now, after years of rumours and allegations. He was expelled from the Academy of […]

Making good art

The kettle is on. It’ll be my fourth coffee of the day. All of the windows are wide open, summer air creeping in, born of our Irish heat wave. Although I’m in my kitchen, I’m dressed neatly, as if I’m going to work. This is how I write. “Maybe if I take this seriously,” I […]

A Student Filmmaker’s Paradise: DU Film Festival

This week saw Trinity’s inaugural student film festival, DU Film Festival (DUFF), fully embracing their slogan of ‘by students, for students’. Ran in and around Trinity campus by DU Film Society, it was the first festival of it’s kind and offered students from all around Dublin and the country a unique and rare opportunity.   […]

Shark Night 3D

Shark Night 3D Director: David R. Ellis Cast: Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack Running time: 91 minutes Rating: III By Robert O’ Reilly Let’s face it, good shark movies are like scorching hot days in Ireland, few and far between and possibly overrated too. And although Shark Night 3D is watchable in places (well […]

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore Running Time: 118 minutes Rating: 2:1 By Nicholas Bland Hollywood comedies generally recommend themselves as films to avoid watching. North American prudery combined with overblown emotional pyrotechnics tends to kill any humour they might otherwise possess. But there’s a moment, […]


Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Featuring the voices of: Amy Poehler, Will Arnett and Mirai Shida Running time: 94 minutes (Japanese with English subtitles) Rating: 2.2 By Robert O’ Reilly Arrietty, the new film from Studio Ghibli (whose previous efforts include Howl’s Moving Castle and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away), is perhaps not up there with the Japanese […]

Super 8

Super 8 Director: J.J. Abrams Cast: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler Running time: 112 minutes Rating: 2.1 By Robert O’ Reilly J.J. Abrams follows up his 2009 hit Star Trek with this Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi nostalgia-fest, a sure-fire hit with adults and kids alike. Although Super 8 is not likely to top any […]

The Big Picture

Director: Eric Lartigau Cast: Romain Duris, Marina Fois, Niels Arestrup Running time: 114 minutes (French with English subtitles) Rating: 2.2 By Robert O’ Reilly Partner in a Parisian law firm and living in bourgeois luxury with his wife and two cute kids, Paul Exben’s (Romain Duris) life seems to have everything going for it. However, […]

Cell 211

Director: Daniel Monzón Cast: Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar, Marta Etura Running time: 113 minutes (Spanish with English subtitles) Rating: 2.2 By Robert O’ Reilly The day before he starts his new job as a prison officer, Juan Oliver (Alberto Ammann) takes a tour of his new employee space and has the misfortune of being trapped […]

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Bobby Fischer Against the World Director: Liz Garbus Running time: 90 minutes Rating: 2:1 By Robert O’ Reilly Originally made for the HBO television network, Liz Garbus’s documentary biopic about former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has proved so popular with viewers and critics alike that it has now been given a full cinema release. […]


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