Tag Archives: Fionnula Flanagan

A Christmas Carol

WHAT IF YOU HAD BUT A SINGLE NIGHT TO GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT? Director Robert Zemeckis had long admired the old Charles Dickens classic and found it perfect material for the performance capture technique he had championed in films like The Polar Express and Beowulf; this time it’s also in 3D. Often dazzling, with the … Continue reading A Christmas Carol

The Guard

When an international drug-smuggling ring shows up near Connemara in Ireland, the exceptionally local police get a little help from an FBI agent (Don Cheadle)… John Michael McDonagh’s feature debut gives Brendan Gleeson a role that could have been written for him – he absolutely nails it, with a deadpan performance as a racist, whore-mongering, hard-drinking, blunt Garda. … Continue reading The Guard

The Invention of Lying

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE CAN ONLY TELL THE TRUTH… HE’S JUST INVENTED THE LIE! Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world where everyone is truthful all the time; one day he suddenly tells a lie… and realizes the potential of this invention. The first movie Gervais ever co-directed is a largely formulaic (and … Continue reading The Invention of Lying

Four Brothers

THEY CAME HOME TO BURY MOM… AND HER KILLER.  When their mother is shot dead in a supermarket, four adopted brothers reunite in Detroit to find and kill the murderers. John Singleton goes Death Wish (1974) on us with this violent and ultimately rather nasty action thriller. Very well made in some respects, but it … Continue reading Four Brothers

Some Mother’s Son

BETWEEN LOVE AND LOYALTY… BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH… LIES A CHOICE NO MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TO MAKE. When famed IRA activist Bobby Sands and several fellow compatriots begin a hunger strike in prison, two mothers (Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan) have to make difficult decisions. The people that brought you In the Name of the Father … Continue reading Some Mother’s Son