GFF 2020 Special: Arracht – Sombre period drama as Gaeilge is impactful but misses the chance to deliver a knock-out blow

In the remote west of Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine, Colmán Sharkey (Dónall Ó Héalai), fisherman, father, and husband, takes in a Napoleonic War veteran (Dara Devaney). As crops start to rot in the field, the pair travel to meet the local landlord and discuss how they can save their community. But … Continue reading GFF 2020 Special: Arracht – Sombre period drama as Gaeilge is impactful but misses the chance to deliver a knock-out blow

New to Netflix: The Platform – Spanish horror fable leaves you hungry for more

Idealistic Goreng (Ivan Massagué) wakes up in a cell with only an older man (Zorion Eguileor) and holes in the floor and ceiling for company. Goreng soon learns there are hundreds of prisoners in cells above and below, all waiting on the same platform to bring them food – or whatever is left after the … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Platform – Spanish horror fable leaves you hungry for more

The Invisible Man – Classic horror tale gets a #MeToo twist – with mixed results

Abused and manipulated by her sociopathic scientist boyfriend Adrien (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) makes a daring escape from his control. However, even after he is found to have killed himself, his mind games still don’t stop. Cecilia must risk her life and sanity to prove Adrien is still around – even if no one … Continue reading The Invisible Man – Classic horror tale gets a #MeToo twist – with mixed results

New to Netflix: Uncut Gems – The Safdie/Sandler combo rages with hyperactive energy over a two-hour mood swing

Sleazy, well-connected New York jeweller Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) comes into a rare black opal that may be his ticket to a major financial windfall. While flogging the jewel, Ratner tries to balance his high-stakes gambling habit, appease debt collectors, and keep his family life together. Since Uncut Gems co-directors and writers Josh and Benny … Continue reading New to Netflix: Uncut Gems – The Safdie/Sandler combo rages with hyperactive energy over a two-hour mood swing

1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story

Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield (Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay) are hurriedly dispatched to pass a message across the front halting another division from attacking the German lines. If the pair succeed, they will prevent 1,600 soldiers from dying – Blake’s brother among them – but to get there they must face every horror the … Continue reading 1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story