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  • The Young Offenders

    The Young Offenders


    After a difficult week, this gleefully rackety film was just the ticket. Two young Cork lads (Conor and Jock) - who are not overly burdened by common sense - hatch a plan to steal bikes and cycle 160 km to the tip of Cork to try to find a missing bale of cocaine from a smuggler's shipwreck, thereby making their fortune.

    What they lack in brains, they make up for in chutzpah and a rather touching bond of friendship. Their…

  • Arrival



    I've realised that I definitely prefer my sci-fi films to leave a good portion of the explanation to my imagination. Arrival delivered on that, and I loved it. The visuals, the look of the aliens and their method of communication, the non-linear aspect of the plot and the music were all perfectly suited to the story. I liked the message too, though at the moment I have less confidence that we - as a species - would be able to…

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells


    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus



    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…