2016 Oscar Predictions: May Edition

By Orla Smith

It’s early, I know, but I think it’s interesting to see how these predictions morph and change throughout the year. I made some in March, and they’ve only changed slightly now due to Cannes, but right now, from my uninformed perspective, this is how I see it playing out. My next predictions probably won’t come until September, one we’ve had Venice, Telluride and Toronto and have a much clearer idea of what the landscape is.

BEST PICTURE

Silence

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

The Light Between Oceans

Loving

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Sing Street: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: John Carney

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Once, Begin Again

STARRING: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton, Ben Carolan

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Musical

SYNOPSIS: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London.

RATING: 7/10

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Releases of the Week – 20/05/2016

By Orla Smith

This week’s UK cinema releases is not a vast list, but there are a few notable films here.

Heart of a Dog

DIRECTED BY: Laurie Anderson

SYNOPSIS: Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

CURRENT ROTTEN TOMATOES SCORE: 96%

A documentary that might be a bit experimental (can’t tell you for sure if I’m honest). Whatever it is, Heart of a Dog has gotten some pretty glowing praise. Seems like one to check out.

A Hologram For the King

DIRECTED BY: Tom Tykwer

Team Foxcatcher: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Jon Greenhalgh

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: N/A

GENRE: Documentary

SYNOPSIS: Eccentric millionaire John Du Pont champion wrestler Dave Schultz to live on his estate and lead the charge in his new wrestling team. What begins as an idealistic sports idyll soon deteriorated into suspicion, distrust and ultimately murder.

RATING: 6/10

MY REVIEW:

7 Great Character Centric Films

By Orla Smith

In honour of today’s UK release of Everybody Wants Some, this week’s list celebrates films centred solely on characters and their behaviour. Sure, there’s plot, but that’s in the background, with the focus being the way these people go about their daily lives and deal with their problems on an emotional level. It’s the perfect topic to cover when you’re talking about the new Richard Linklater, who’s pretty much the undisputed king of slice-of-life. Just to clarify, these are not necessarily my seven favourite character centric films, just some I felt like recommending.

Half Nelson (2006)

Releases of the Week – 13/05/2016

By Orla Smith

There’s a lot coming out in UK cinemas this week, and a lot that’s incredibly interesting.

Angry Birds

DIRECTED BY: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly

STARRING: Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tituss Burgess, Sean Penn, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Hannibal Buress

SYNOPSIS: Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Special Correspondents: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Ricky Gervais

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: The Invention of Lying

STARRING: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera, Kelly Macdonald, Benjamin Bratt, Kevin Pollak

GENRE: Comedy

SYNOPSIS: A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York.

RATING: 4/10

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