Gilroy’s directorial approach is very rough around the edges, but if Nightcrawler proves anything it’s that a top quality screenplay and credible performances are more important for character-based thrillers of this nature than is any real inventiveness in the director’s role. In cinemas 31 October 2014.
Directed by Gia Coppola, Palo Alto tells the story of a number of high school students in contemporary California. However, unlike those great teen movies of the ’80s and ’90s (The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Dazed & Confused) the characters in Palo Alto are spoilt and thoroughly unlikeable. Released exclusively at the IFI, Dublin on Friday 17 October 2014.
Featuring a steely blonde, a gormless man and all the bizarre storyline conceals and reveals that made Hitch the quintessential director of thrillers and suspense mysteries in his heyday. In cinemas 02 October 2014.
Ida is a brilliantly understated film. With a runtime of just 80 minutes it harks back to a lost age of European cinema when filmmakers were more than happy to get their point across in the shortest time possible. released at the IFI, Dublin and selected cinemas from Friday 26 September 2014.
Maps to the Stars is a particularly unforgiving look at Hollywood narcissism and how it “poisons the well”, turning each subsequent generation into an even more screwed up one than the last. A damning and potent look at how Hollywood ultimately destroys the youth it so cherishes. In cinemas on 26 September 2014.
Sarah Greene is by far the best thing in this film, and her embodiment of a streetwise and abused young Dublin woman is completely engaging. In cinemas 19 September 2014.
In 2010, Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof was arrested for filming without a permit and was sentenced to six years in prison and a twenty year ban on travel and film-making. Shot in direct violation of this ban, Manuscripts Don’t Burn feels like a film with nothing to lose. Released exclusively in the Irish Film Institute on 12 September 2014.
Pride tells the true life story of London-based Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, a gay and lesbian group in 1984 who start a collection for striking miners in a small Welsh village. In cinemas 12 September 2014.
Directed by music photographer Anton Corbijn, A Most Wanted Man is a slow and steady film. There are no shoot-outs or ticking time bombs to contest with, and even the car chase is a humble enough event. In cinemas 12 September 2014
If there is one saving grace for Life of Crime it’s that its actors are very compelling, masterfully managing to mask the fact that they don’t what kind of film they’re supposed to be in. In cinemas 05 September 2014.