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  • Extra Ordinary

    Extra Ordinary

    ★★★½

    As reductionist as it might be, it's hard not to assess this as a mix between Father Ted & Ghostbusters; speaking as an Irishman, I'll always applaud any filmmakers that try to produce a homegrown genre film, fighting against a market suffocated by Domestic Realism, or wallowing riffs on Angela's Ashes. Instead, as the previous comparison suggests, this was a playful supernatural comedy that was both utterly, unrepentantly daft in the mould of that iconic Channel 4 comedy, but sweet & earnest…

  • Arachnophobia

    Arachnophobia

    ★★★½

    Jaws with spiders, and like its inspiration some of the puppetry work hasn't aged too well; however, with a predominant reliance of real spiders, it ensured & maintained some degree of creepiness in its portrayal of killer spiders descending upon a Small Town America stereotype. The script remains achingly generic, hitting all the expected beats of a story about a small town under siege from the unknown, but still executed with a flourish and confidence that forgave those "one day 'til…

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  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★

    I was at the RTÉ Concert Orchestra's 'Pixar in Concert' a few weeks back (sidenote, highly entertaining) and it reminded me of an important fact - I hadn't seen The Incredibles since it came out in the cinema all those moons ago. This was something I soon rectified, firing up that film and enjoying it all over again.

    What a show. You can see why Brad Bird is so highly regarded these days, because his sophomore directorial effort is a…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    A total, unfocused mess that once again betrayed studio tinkering and re-jigging (albeit enforced by personal tragedy this time) based on knee-jerk reactions and an absence of actual creative or structural direction. Sure, it was passingly entertaining in fits & starts, but only in the sense of a stopped clock being right twice a day. The fingerprints of Joss Whedon's reshoots were everywhere, and even by his own standards, the snark and banter felt like first drafts, few of them landing…