Film reviews

Film Review: Nightcrawler

Film Review: Nightcrawler

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.

Film Review: Palo Alto

Film Review: Palo Alto

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.

Film Review: Ida

Film Review: Ida

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.

Film Review: Maps to the Stars

Film Review: Maps to the Stars

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.

Film Review: Manuscripts Don’t Burn

Film Review: Manuscripts Don’t Burn

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.