It’s an ‘us, open’ relationship in the sexy, scintillating Challengers

It’s an ‘us, open’ relationship in the sexy, scintillating Challengers

Director: Luca Guadagnino Starring: Zendaya, Mike Faist, Josh O’Connor Running Time: 131 minutes It’s a film of thrusting, grasping, sweating, screaming. Every time that safe, successful Art Donaldson and self-conscious bad boy Patrick Zweig volley the ball back towards each other, it’s about so much more for the former pals than winning the low-profile tennis…

Patient poignance in Pat Collins’ That They May Face the Rising Sun

Patient poignance in Pat Collins’ That They May Face the Rising Sun

Director: Pat Collins Starring: Barry Ward, Anna Bederke, Lalor Roddy, Ruth McCabe, Phillip Dolan, Sean McGinley Running Time: 111 minutes As Ireland’s cinematic reputation rises internationally into awards darlings and sexy superstars, it’s important to remember where we’ve come from. Both from the talented filmmakers who spent their time in the pre-Element trenches, and for…

I bust myself today. To see if I still feel good.

I bust myself today. To see if I still feel good.

Director: Gil Kenan Starring: McKenna Grace, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Dan Ackroyd, Kumail Nanjiani, Celeste O’Connor, Ernie Hudson, Bill Murray, James Acaster, Emily Alyn Lind Running Time: 115 minutes Whom I gonna call?My sweetest friendEveryone I know ain’t afraidIn the endAnd you can keep it allFrozen Empire is dirtIt will let you downThis…

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,…