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  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • The Quiet Girl
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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

  • The Wonder

    ★★★★★

  • North Circular

    ★★★★★

  • The Cry of Granuaile

    ★★★★★

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    Sharon Horgan can do no wrong

  • The Wonder

    The Wonder

    ★★★★★

    I loved this and here's an overly academic essay on why so I can stop thinking about it.

    Sebastián Lelio, with the help of Emma Donoghue's novel and Donoghue and Alice Birch's screenwriting skills, have together managed to do something remarkable with this film, in that they seem to have encapsulated a sense of post-Famine era Ireland in a more subtle and nuanced way than many of its period contemporaries. In presenting this story, Lelio also has the courage to…

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  • The Quiet Girl

    The Quiet Girl

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An Cailín Ciúin is a powerful but beautiful meditation on both childhood in a former rural Ireland, loss and love.

    The film is an adaptation of Claire Keegan's short story "Foster", detailing the experience of a young girl, Cait, who is sent to stay with distant relatives one summer and in doing so, experiences a loving home for the first time. But tension is added by the slow revelation of a dark secret held by her new guardians, which is…

  • North Circular

    North Circular

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    North Circular was commissioned under Arts Council Ireland's popular Reel Art scheme, which gives artists/filmmakers a chunk of money to create a documentary under experimental or boundary pushing conditions. The scheme has resulted in lots of interesting creative documentary output, but North Circular seems a bit different to most of those that have come before..

    What Luke McManus has done remarkably well here, is combine the stories of the people who live along Dublin's North Circular Road (and its not…