Light laughs delivered by Wicked Little Letters

Light laughs delivered by Wicked Little Letters

Director: Thea Sharrock Starring: Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman, Anjana Vasan, Timothy Spall Running Time: 100 minutes The invention and innovation of Wicked Little Letters is mostly found in its titular titiliating missives. In Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman and a brightly engaged supporting cast, the foul language and brutal insults of the poison pen letters that…

An unsettling set in The Settlers

An unsettling set in The Settlers

Director: Felipe Gálvez Haberle Starring: Camilo Arancibia, Mark Stanley, Benjamin Westfall, Mishell Guaña, Alfredo Castro Running Time: 97 minutes Though it can be challenging sometimes to place international cinema in the national context that it’s aiming to come from, viewers from Ireland especially don’t require a deep knowledge of Chilean history to get the angle…

Poor Things is an odd odyssey of self-discovery

Poor Things is an odd odyssey of self-discovery

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Jerrod Carmichael Running Time: 142 minutes Yorgos Lanthimos’ rise to the status of a relative household name, awards darling and crowd-pleaser is an improbable one. Absurd and sadomasochistic dark comedies (in Greek) aren’t generally building blocks to beloved box office success,…

Sweetly conventional confectionary in Wonka

Sweetly conventional confectionary in Wonka

Director: Paul King Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Colman, Tom Davis, Paterson Joseph, Hugh Grant Running Time: 116 minutes The Willy Wonka of the Chocolate Factory film as played by the late, great Gene Wilder had bitter notes that would pair perfectly today with a Fair-Trade cacao confection. Odd and acerbic, Wilder’s…

Is Ridley Scott’s Napoleon dynamite?

Is Ridley Scott’s Napoleon dynamite?

Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Vanessa Kirby Running Time: 157 minutes Is it important for a film to be historically accurate? Ridley Scott’s belligerent press tour for Napoleon suggests an emphatic no, where some directors aim for painstaking accuracy in every detail, the veteran director is operating on a more youthful just-vibes vibe, painting…

A forensic fall from grace in Anatomy of a Fall

A forensic fall from grace in Anatomy of a Fall

Director: Justine Triet Starring: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaund, Milo Machado-Graner, Samuel Theis Running Time: 152 minutes Though inevitable, it comes out of nowhere. In the uninviting ski lodge home of a quarrelling couple, tension cuts through the air more bitter than any cold. Loud music blares, voices raise, everyone wants to flee the hostile space…