Spotlight: Movie Reviewed

SpotlightBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Thomas McCarthy

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, The Cobbler

STARRING: Rachel McAdams, Liev Shreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stabley Tucci, Billy Crudup

GENRE: Drama

SYNOPSIS: The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

RATING: 8.5/10


February Film Preview

By Orla Smith

I’ve started this new series, which will be posted monthly, because I love the feeling of talking about and anticipating new movies, but also because I want to give advance coverage of exciting new films, whether small or big budget, and maybe get some more people interested in films they might otherwise not see. Bear in mind most of these film probably don’t even have reviews out yet, so I have no idea whether they’ll be good or not, but that’s part of the fun.

5 Great War Films

13 Hours PosterBy Orla Smith

In honour of today’s release of the infamous Michael Bay’s new film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, I’ve decided to spotlight five great films about war. These aren’t necessarily my five favourite war films, just five I felt like recommending at this time.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

DIRECTED BY: Lewis Milestone

STARRING: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

SYNOPSIS: A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Releases of the Week – 29/01/2016

By Orla Smith

We’re reaching the end of January, which means sadly waving goodbye to the last dregs of Oscar season. It also means that, along with those ‘best film of the year’ calibre offerings, we’re going to get a lot of garbage.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

DIRECTED BY: Michael Bay

STARRING: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

SYNOPSIS: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.


The Fifth Wave: Movie Reviewed

Th Fifth WaveBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: J. Blakeson

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: The Disappearance of Alice Creed

STARRING: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Maika Monroe, Tony Revolori, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello

GENRE: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

SYNOPSIS: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

RATING: 4.5/10


The Big Short: Movie Reviewed

The Big ShortBy Orla Smith


WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, Anchorman 2

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall, Karen Gillan, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Billy Magnussen

GENRE: Drama, Comedy

SYNOPSIS: Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

RATING: 8/10


My 20 Favourite Films of 2015

By Orla Smith

Here it is finally, my best of the year list. I know that 2015 ended 24 days ago, but I’d rather wait and have a more inclusive list. I’ve spent the last few weeks catching up on smaller indies I wasn’t able to catch during the year. That doesn’t mean I was able to see everything though. These are my twenty favourites out of the 94 that I saw, but the following are the main critically acclaimed films that I didn’t get a chance to see: