8 items from 2016
On the 100th anniversary of the Easter uprising in Ireland, Sundance TV debuts the miniseries “Rebellion,” which may only be of interest to students of Irish history. Even those viewers of this period piece should be prepared to have their patience tested.
“Rebellion,” which is set in 1916 in Dublin, only fitfully supplies a sense of excitement and momentum, and it regularly fails to provide meaningful context for the actions of Irish patriots hoping to free the nation from British rule during World War 1. “Rebellion” clearly aims to create a wide array of viewpoints on this tense period in Irish history, but manages to sabotage itself regularly with questionable pacing and an ungainly bunch of under-developed characters.
There is a slightly heavier focus on a few characters like Elizabeth Butler (Charlie Murphy), a rich young woman who sympathizes with the rebels, and Jimmy Mahon (Brian Gleeson), a socialist leader in the Irish Citizens Army. »
- Maureen Ryan
With just three weeks to go before its Us release, a poster and trailer have arrived online for the upcoming thriller Sacrifice which stars Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves and Ian McElhinney. Check them out below…
Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.
Sacrifice is set for release on April 29th in the States. »
- Amie Cranswick
Roar Uthaug’s The Wave crashes on the shores of Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 21st. Also in this round-up: production details on Jessica Cameron’s An Ending, release details for Sacrifice and The Divine Tragedies, and Kickstarter launch details for Night Wolf.
The Wave: “Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe »
- Tamika Jones
On the centennial of the Easter Uprising and just a few days past St. Patrick's Day, Whv present's Neil Jordan's biopic epic of Ireland's most beloved patriotic hero -- a militant who stood up to the English occupiers. It's the role that should have cemented Liam Neeson's stardom. Michael Collins Blu-ray The Warner Archive Collection 1996 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 132 min. / Street Date March 22, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson, Charles Dance, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Ian McElhinney. Cinematography Chris Menges Film Editors J. Patrick Duffner, Tony Lawson Original Music Elliott Goldenthal Produced by Stephen Wooley Written and Directed by Neil Jordan
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Irish politics must be in ascendance, as this St. Patrick's Day Warner Bros. has bumped its Irish patriot biopic up to Blu-ray status. A DVD of it came out only a year before. It's »
- Glenn Erickson
In just a few short months, Game of Thrones will return with Season 6, debuting on Sunday, April 24 at 9 Pm Et on HBO. Aside from a few cryptic trailers, photos and posters, we haven't seen much of this new season yet, and HBO hasn't even released an official plot rundown. Fans are even more in the dark this season because the show has caught up to George R.R. Martin's books, and it still isn't known when he'll publish his long-awaited sixth book, The Winds of Winter. IGN caught up with George R.R. Martin, who teased that one of his upcoming books has a twist which won't be able to be used on the series.
"It involves a couple of characters, one of whom is dead on the show but not dead in the books. The show can't do this stuff, because they killed a character that I have not killed. »
The long night is coming, and the dead come with it. George Rr Martin tells IGN that his next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series contains a twist that will occur in HBO's Game of Thrones TV series. Watch the interview, below.
Even though the TV show is based on the books, the production's writers have gotten ahead of Martin, and in some cases have killed off characters who are still alive in the novels. Barristan Selmy (Ian McElhinney) and Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) are two such characters. Could one of them feature in Martin's book-exclusive twist?
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Ahead of its opening on February 26th, the first trailer has landed for The Truth Commissioner directed by Declan Recks (Eden). Filmed on location in Belfast, Derry and Dublin, the film is adapted from David Park’s award winning novel of the same name and looks behind the rhetoric surrounding the Northern Ireland peace process. Synopsis: Set in a post-troubles Northern Ireland, The Truth Commissioner follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Roger Allam, V for Vendetta), a career diplomat who has just been appointed as Truth Commissioner to Northern Ireland. Co-starring Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall), Sean McGinley (The General), Conleth Hill (‘Game of Thrones’), Ian McElhinney (‘Game of Thrones’) and Tom Goodman Hill (The Imitation Game), the story revolves around the lives of three men who are directly or indirectly involved in the disappearance, 20 years earlier, of 15-year-old Connor Roche. Though Stanfield starts bravely, he quickly uncovers some. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clare Daly)
Episodes: 16 (hour)
TV show dates: May 28, 2013 -- present
Series status: Ending
Performers include: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Laura Donnelly, Bronagh Waugh, Niamh McGrady, Michael McElhatton, Ben Peel, Frank McCusker, John Lynch, Ian McElhinney, Archie Panjabi, Stuart Graham, Aisling Franciosi, Valene Kane, Emmett J. Scanlan, Bronágh Taggart, Karen Hassan, Jonjo O'Neill, Nick Lee, Colin Morgan, Brian Milligan, Séainín Brennan, and Sean McGinley.
TV show description:
This crime drama is set in Northern Ireland and follows senior investigating officer Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson). She must temporarily leave her position to enter the Police Service of Northern Ireland to oversee the progress of a murder investigation that has gone on for too long -- Operation Musicman.
When she discovers exactly what is going on in the case, she must work with the local detectives to find »
8 items from 2016
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