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‘Dunkirk’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan

On paper, Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Interstellar couldn’t be more different to the puzzle boxes which have defined his movies to date. Here’s a real historic event portrayed in well under two hours, with no room for sci-fi elements or high concept hooks. That it feels, in the end, very much like you’ve watched a Christopher Nolan film is surprising, for reasons both pleasing and not-so-pleasing.

We’re thrown into the nightmare of 1940, when more than 300,000 British Expeditionary Force troops were trapped on the titular beach, with the German hordes moving in. (In one of the film’s many authentic touches, we get to see the German propaganda leaflets promising the Allies’ imminent destruction.)

Three stories – and here’s where the narrative is Nolanised.
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European Film Awards winners: Youth, Amy, The Lobster lead field

The European Film Awards were dished out over the weekend. At a ceremony in Berlin on Saturday evening, the Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel led comedy/ drama Youth won Best European Film with Caine also receiving Best Actor for the same film, and the Honorary Award for his extensive career. Charlotte Rampling got Best Actress for the stunning 45 Years, and also was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Best Director was also awarded to Youth and its helmer Paulo Sorrentino, while Yorgos Lanthimos won the screenwriting award for the brilliantly funny The Lobster. The animation award went to Song Of The Sea, while Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary Amy won Best Documentary.

Michael Caine said of his duel win: “It’s been 50 years and I’ve never won an award in Europe. And now I’ve won two in one evening. It’s so strange because I [usually] sit
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Roger Allam Leads Belfast-Set Political Thriller ‘The Truth Commissioner’

Roger Allam Leads Belfast-Set Political Thriller ‘The Truth Commissioner’
London — Political thriller “The Truth Commissioner” has started to shoot in Belfast and Dublin. Pic stars Roger Allam, whose credits include “The Queen,” “Tamara Drewe” and “The Book Thief.”

The story, which is based on David Park’s novel, starts as the peace treaty is signed in Northern Ireland. The U.K. prime minister sets up a body modeled on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is headed by career diplomat Henry Stanfield (Allam). Stanfield soon uncovers some inconvenient truths about those now running the country, which they are not willing to let him reveal.

The cast also includes Sean McGinley (“Michael Collins,” “Braveheart,” “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”), Tom Goodman Hill (“The Imitation Game,” “Mr Selfridge”), Conleth Hill (“Intermission,” “Salmon Fishing in Yemen,” “Game of Thrones”) and Ian McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”). Declan Recks directs.

Pic is produced by BT9 Films for Big Fish Films and Samson Films.
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Continuum (aka I’ll Follow You Down) movie review: the time traveler’s family

Indie science fiction with a rare humanism, a scientific and emotional mystery with a solution Hollywood wouldn’t dare go anywhere near. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big sci-fi geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I needed a really good science fiction flick to wipe away the couple of bad ones I’ve had to endure in the past week or so, and Continuum — aka I’ll Follow You Down in the U.S. and Canada — did the trick beautifully. This is almost the movie that Project Almanac wanted to be — kinda maybe, if it could have broken out of the cheap Hollywood trope in which FX trump emotion — an exploration of the human impact that time-travel could potentially have. There are next to no FX here, and not even any new SFnal ideas. What there is
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Hercules movie review: he fights the lion!

Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dwayne Johnson

I’m “biast” (con): hate Brett Ratner

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!” This from the very shouty narrator who opens Hercules for us, presumably in case you saw the hilariously awful The Legend of Hercules earlier this year and were suckered into believing that Kellan Lutz is a demigod. What’s sort of funny and sort of the best thing about this second attempt in a few months to pass off a superhero of the ancient world as one for the 21st century is that the shouty narrator turns out to be Herc’s publicist, and that
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DVD Review – The Sea (2013)

The Sea, 2013.

Directed by Stephen Brown.

Starring Ciarán Hinds, Bonnie Wright, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Dillon, Sinéad Cusack, Missy Keating and Charlotte Rampling.


The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.

Ciaran Hinds is a dangerous actor. The 61-year-old Belfast native will quietly disappear into all the bit-parts that come his way, because he’s generous support, and because he never showboats or upstages his fellow performers. But give Hinds a lead and he’ll take charge of the film, no matter how insubstantial the material. That’s why he’s one of Ireland’s best living actors: with Hinds in the lead, a poor film’s flaws can be hidden, or even partially forgiven. And so it goes with The Sea – to an extent – a confused coming-of-age drama/tiresome
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DVD Review: 'The Sea'

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★★★★☆The debut feature from Stephen Brown, The Sea (2013) is a compassionate rendering of John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel. After losing his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack) to cancer, Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds) returns to the Irish seaside town where he spent summers as a child. He stays at a boarding house owned by Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling) and shares mealtimes with permanent resident Colonel Blunden (Karl Johnson). He's utterly overwhelmed by grief and shows no signs of healing. "Fleeing one sadness by revisiting the scene of an old one doesn't work," he tells his landlady. Max is an art historian and is supposed to be writing about French artist Pierre Bonnard.
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The Sea DVD Review

Director: Stephen Brown

Starring: Ciarán Hinds, Bonnie Wright, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Charlotte Rampling, Sinéad Cusack

Certificate: 12A

Running time: 86 minutes

Special Features: Stills gallery and trailer

Ciarán Hinds stars in this gorgeous Irish film about a man who returns to the home of his summers as a child in an attempt to deal with the loss of his wife. As he walks the same steps he did as a boy, memories of one summer come flooding back and cause him to re-live a tragedy from his youth. As he goes in search of answers – and of peace – so does the viewer. So what was this childhood tragedy and why has he returned there?

Mysteries like The Sea only work when they give the audience a small taste of what is to come, enough to keep you guessing but still keep you interested. There has to be some enjoyment
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Win The Sea on DVD

To celebrate the DVD release of The Sea on 23rd June, we’re giving away a DVD of the film to three lucky winners.

Art historian Max Morden (Ciarán HindsMunich, Rome) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child after losing his wife (Sinéad Cusack – winner of Best Supporting Actress at IFTAs). Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte RamplingThe Verdict, The Duchess), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl JohnsonThe Illusionist, Rome), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth BradleyGrabbers, Primeval) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.

Based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret… and the persistent possibility of rebirth.

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The Sea review: the sands of time are dun-colored

Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Ciarán Hinds saw something nasty in the woodshed. Well, at the seaside, actually, but same difference. And now his Max Morden has returned to the sleepy Irish village where he used to spend his childhood summers to revisit that nasty thing. Or something. “You live in the past,” his dead wife (Sinéad Cusack: Wrath of the Titans) accuses him from a memory-flashback of her last fatally ill days, which should feel ironic, perhaps, but doesn’t. Maybe because we never get any authentic sense of how Max (Hinds: Closed Circuit) is living in the past, how the nasty thing he saw in the woodshed has had any impact on his life since.
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The Sea Review

Following on from John Jencks’ absorbing drama The Fold, comes another low-budget British production studying grief in a quite fascinating manner, as debutant Stephen Brown’s The Sea provides an insight into one man’s suffering with the loss of his wife, and how he revisits an old tragedy to help himself get over a new one. The death itself, however, is merely a catalyst for him to explore a range of other emotions, and to trigger a series of old memories.

The man in question is Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds), who decides to head back to the beachside resort where he spent his summers as a child, staying with Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling), in the very same house he used to play in. His reason for returning is the death of his wife Anna (Sinéad Cusack), though while searching for serenity and peace of mind, his trip brings up a host of painful memories,
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Film Review: 'The Sea'

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★★★☆☆John Banville is one of Ireland's greatest literary sons of recent decades. In 2005, he won the Man Booker Prize for The Sea, a tale of a man in later life consumed by both a dark secret from his youth and the recent death of his wife. Banville now adapts his own work for the big screen, directed by Stephen Brown. A heady meditation on grief and nostalgia, Banville's poetic masterpiece is transformed into a middling drama with Ciarán Hinds in the lead as art historian Max Morden. After the death of his wife, Anna (Sinéad Cusack), Max is compelled to return to the coastal village of his childhood in order to lay to rest the ghosts of the past, visiting a boarding house governed by Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling).
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The Sea review glum psychodrama adapted from Booker winner

John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms in this choppy adaptation

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More proof that writers should be kept from adapting their own work comes with Stephen Brown's glumly listing psychodrama, in which John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms. Grieving scribe Ciaran Hinds's return to the coastal getaway of his youth strands us amid oddly artificial, advert-coloured flashbacks; there, we're left waiting for some formative trauma to reveal itself, while rent-a-rake Rufus Sewell struggles to pull off an Adge Cutler-like hat-and-neckerchief combo. Hinds is a strong, wounded presence, but the laboured structure cuts insistently around him to get at a psychology mostly scrambled in translation. This Sea's just too choppy.

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The Sea Review

Director: Stephen Brown.

Starring: Ciaran Hinds, Charlotte Rampling, Sinead Cusack, Natascha McElhone, Rufus Sewell, Bonnie Wright.

Running Time: 86 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

Synopsis: Max (Ciaran Hinds) returns to a seaside spot where he spent his childhood, following his wife’s (Sinead Cusack) diagnosis with cancer.

Adapted from the Man Booker Prize winning novel of the same name, Stephen Brown’s feature debut deals with the demons that haunt our past and present. Opening to an expression of abject horror, we witness Max letting the seawater engulf him and his ostensible problems before snapping to a well-dressed version of himself. In the process of receiving terrible news, Max turns to drink and begins trudging through the past. Revisiting a picturesque estate he frequented as a child, the elegant Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling) helps him through his addiction, while family secrets are uncovered with less than deft precision.

As Max struggles through this difficult situation,
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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

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Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.Scroll down for full list of winners

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary picked up a hat-trick of awards at the 11th Irish Film & Television Awards on Saturday night including Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor, for Brendan Gleeson’s performance as a good-natured priest who must battle dark forces. The actor beat competition including his son Domhnall Gleeson, nominated for his role in About Time.

The ceremony in Dublin also saw Stephen Frears’s Philomena walk away with three prizes including Best International Film, Best Costume for the work of Consolata Boyle, and Best International Actress, for Judi Dench’s performance as a woman searching for her long lost son. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was in attendance

Vampire horror Byzantium also scored a hat-trick, winning Best Director
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Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender win at Irish Film and TV Awards

Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender win at Irish Film and TV Awards
Dame Judi Dench and Michael Fassbender were among the major winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards.

The ceremony was held in Dublin on Saturday (April 5), with the likes of Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons and Jamie Dornan in attendance.

Dench was honoured as International Actress of the Year for her portrayal of a mother searching for her lost son in Philomena, with 12 Years a Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor taking the male version of the prize.

Fassbender was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a brutal plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave.

Saoirse Ronan walked away with the Best Actress in a Leading Role Award for Byzantium.

Brendan Gleeson's performance in Calvary earned him Best Actor in a Lead Role, with the movie also winning the top overall prize of the evening.

Major television winners included Dornan for The Fall and Michelle Fairley for Game of Thrones.
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‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards

‘Calvary,’ ‘Byzantium,’ ‘Philomena’ Lead the Field at Irish Film and TV Awards
Cannes – “Calvary,” “Byzantium” and “Philomena” were the biggest winners at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, with each film taking three awards.

Guests at the event, which was hosted by the Irish Film and Television Academy, included Michael Fassbender, Colin Farrell, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan, Amy Huberman, Colm Meaney, Jack Reynor, Killian Scott, Eva Birthistle and Victoria Smurfit.

Calvary” took best film, along with actor for Brendan Gleeson and script for its writer-director John Michael McDonagh. “Philomena” won the award for international film and actress (for Judi Dench) along with costume design for Consolata Boyle. Philomena Lee, whose true life story inspired the film, was at the ceremony. Vampire horror “Byzantium’s” awards included director for Neil Jordan, actress for Saoirse Ronan, and makeup and hair.

Michael Fassbender took the award for film supporting actor for “12 Years a Slave.
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Irish Film and Television Academy Lines Up Stellar Guest List for Awards

London — The Irish Film and Television Academy has announced that guests at its awards ceremony on April 5 will include Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan, Will Forte, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston and Colm Meaney.

Nominees include Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Dornan, Eva Birthistle, Colin Farrell, Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Victoria Smurfit, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Domhnall Gleeson and Deirdre O’Kane.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, is to receive an honorary award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Irish film and television industry.

As the Minister for Arts and more recently as President, Higgins has transformed the industry through a range of initiatives from tax incentives to training, and the re-establishment of the Irish Film Board, which led to an injection of investment and the creation of thousands of jobs.

Aine Moriarty, academy chief executive, stated: “The academy is proud
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2014 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Official Lineup

The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a jam-packed experimental feature and short film screening event running for six days and nights, this time on March 25-30.

Opening Night will feature a reception and an after-party, and stuffed between those will be a block of nine short films, including new ones by Bryan Boyce, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Reeder and Martha Colburn, as well as a never-before-released work by the legendary Bruce Baillie called Little Girl in which Baillie captured scenes of natural beauty.

Special Events scattered throughout the festival include a retrospective of indie filmmaker Penelope Spheeris that will feature her rock ‘n’ roll-based work, including the original The Decline of Western Civilization, plus The Decline of Western Civilization Part III, her influential punk film Suburbia (screening twice) and a collection of short films.

There will also be several films and presentations by filmmaking scholar Thom Andersen, such
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Author John Banville Talks About Reviving Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe

Author John Banville Talks About Reviving Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe
What do Benjamin Black, Irish Detective Quirke, Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe all have in common? Author John Banville. Banville recently published The Black-Eyed Blonde, starring the iconic Chandler's Philip Marlowe, under his detective fiction pen name Benjamin Black, after being approached by Chandler's estate about reviving the character. Readers were given a glimpse into Banville's complex world last night at a Writers Bloc event in Los Angeles hosted by the group's head Andrea Grossman, who took the stage to banter with Banville, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea (2005). Writers Bloc is a Los Angeles-

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