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

The Others

SOONER OR LATER THEY WILL FIND YOU. It’s a peculiar atmosphere that greets three newly hired servants on Jersey; a never-ending mist surrounds the house where a terrified woman (Nicole Kidman) lives with her children who are extremely allergic to light. It goes without saying that a lot of things go bump in the night … Continue reading The Others

Yes Man

ONE WORD CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING.  Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has a habit of saying no to everything, avoiding most social events; when dragged to a cult-like meeting where the word “yes” is celebrated he agrees to go along with every proposition that comes his way. Carrey fans will know that this sounds like another Liar … Continue reading Yes Man

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

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF GOOD VS. EVIL. When a serious rift occurs in the relationship between Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Sandra Bullock), a group of old friends gather to help heal the wounds. Writer Callie Khouri’s directing debut brings several well-known actors together and they carry the story through its most … Continue reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood