6 Great Harrowing Films

By Orla Smith

Harrowing films are difficult to recommend, simply because of the obvious: they’re hard to watch. They’re disturbing, and the very best of them worm their way into your brain and take root there for a very long time. Today’s list is in honour of this week’s UK release of the Holocaust drama Son of Saul, which won the Oscar for best foreign film a few months ago. Just to clarify, these are not my six favourite harrowing films, just six I felt like recommending.

Black Swan (2010)

DIRECTED BY: Darren Aronofsky

Releases of the Week – 29/04/2016

By Orla Smith

This week holds one of the year’s most high profile releases, but on top of that there are a few indies that might also be worth your time.

Ratchet and Clank

DIRECTED BY: Kevin Munroe, Jerrica Cleland

STARRING: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Sylvester Stallone, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman

SYNOPSIS: When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe.

CURRENT ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 50% (2 reviews)

Releases of the Week – 22/04/2016

By Orla Smith

There’s a lot being released in UK cinemas this week, but not a lot that’s all that interesting. There’s a couple films that may be worth noting however.

The Adderall Diaries

DIRECTED BY: Pamela Romanowksy

STARRING: James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, Wilmer Valderrama, Cynthia Nixon, Ed Harris,

SYNOPSIS: Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that fuels his writing. Adrift in the precarious gray area of memory, Stephen is led by three sources of inspiration: a new romance, the best friends who shares his history, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own story.

Eye in the Sky: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Gavin Hood

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Tsotsi, Rendition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game

STARRING: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi

GENRE: Thriller, Drama

SYNOPSIS: Co. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

RATING: 8/10

MY REVIEW:

The Invitation: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Karyn Kusama

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Girlfight, Aeon Flux, Jennifer’s Body

STARRING: Logan-Marshall Green, Emayatzy Corineadi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard, Michelle Krusiec, Aiden Lovekamp, Mike Doyle, Jordi Vilasuso, Marieh Delfino, Jay Larson, Lindsay Burdge, John Carroll Lynch

GENRE: Thriller

SYNOPSIS: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

RATING: 7.5/10

MY REVIEW:

The Boy: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: William Brent Bell

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Stay Alive, The Devil Inside, Wer

STARRING: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle

GENRE: Horror

SYNOPSIS: An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

RATING: 3/10

MY REVIEW:

Releases of the Week – 15/04/2016

By Orla Smith

There aren’t many new films entering UK cinemas this week, but there’s a small bunch of very interesting ones.

Criminal

DIRECTED BY: Ariel Vromen

STARRING: Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Tommy Lee Jones

SYNOPSIS: In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.

CURRENT ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 18%