[Movie Review] Rambo

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Paul Schulze Director: Sylvester Stallone Genre: Action Cert: 18 Released: 2007    I’m thankful that the Rambo franchise pretty much passed me by in the eighties.  “First Blood” (1982), “Rambo: First Blood Part II” (1985) and “Rambo III” (1988) show a troubling trajectory on review sites […]

[Movie Review] I Am Legend

Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Salli Richardson, Willow Smith Director: Francis Lawrence Genre: Sci-Fi Cert: 15 Released: 2007      I try not to feel intimidated by films with big casts, budgets and reputations.  “I Am Legend” is one such film – a $150m budget with a $585m box-office gross and starring Hollywood’s most bankable […]

[Movie Review] Man of the Year

Starring: Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Jeff Goldblum Director: Barry Levinson Genre: Drama Cert: 12 Released: 2006 Sometimes things just don’t work.  Here in Ireland, for example, we bought and abandoned millions of Euros worth of electronic voting machines because they were found to be unreliable and could be interfered with so as to […]

[Movie Review] In Bruges

Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes Director: Martin McDonagh Genre: Thriller Cert: 18 Released: 2008   Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell) are two very different people.  They both kill people for a living – working for Harry Waters (Ralph Fiennes) – but have little else in common.  Ken is older, has been […]

[Movie Review] Outlaw

Starring: Sean Bean, Bob Hoskins, Danny Dyer Director: Nick Love Genre: Drama Cert: 18 Released: 2007 Nick Love follows up his violent football drama “The Football Factory” with “Outlaw”, a further look at society’s moral decay and the reaction it provokes from seemingly up-standing citizens.   The film separately follows several different characters subjected to […]

[Movie Review] The Bank

Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, David Wenham, Sibylla Budd Director: Robert Connolly Genre: Drama Cert: 15 Released: 2001 After seeing “The Bank” back in 2002 I thought the recent travails of the financial sector was an ideal time to revisit a movie that puts moral considerations head-to-head with financial ones. Jim Doyle (David Wenham) is a top […]

[Movie Review] Premonition

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon, Nia Long, Marc Macaulay, Kate Nelligan Director: Mennan Yapo Genre: Thriller Cert: 15 Released: 2007 It’s been a long time since I first drooled over Sandra Bullock in “Love Potion No 9” and “Demolition Man”. She’s now managed to settle nicely in middle-age while still looking like the cute 30 […]

[Movie Review] Disturbia

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Carrie-Anee Moss, David Morse, Aaron Yoo, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Matt Craven Director: D.J. Caruso Genre: Thriller Cert: 15 Released: 2007 Who is Shia LaBeouf? Well, I thought he was a girl to be honest. Turns out he was in “Transformers”, “Constantine” and “I, Robot”. He seems to be a bit of a […]

[Movie Review] The Watch

Starring: Clea DuVall, Elizabeth Whitmere, James A. Woods, Victoria Sanchez, Morgan Kelly Director: Jim Donovan Genre: Thriller Cert: 12 Released: 2008 Cassie (Clea DuVall) is struggling to finish her psychology thesis on post-traumatic stress disorder in children and is relieved when Professor Bateman (Matthew Kabwe) grants a one month extension to his students. Finding it […]

[Movie Review] The Simpsons Movie

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer Director: David Silverman Genre: Comedy Cert: 12 Released: 2007 It must be hard writing a movie-length version of an iconic 22 minute satirical cartoon that has fired out 420 episodes over 19 years. But Matt Groening and his team, who long had […]