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Ireland

Handsome Devil

This coming-out tale, exploring the quagmire of sexual politics in an all-boys private school, is a welcome anomaly. It’s not preoccupied with sex.

Glassland

Framed by a doorway, a young man in darkness seems to hold back from moving forward into the next room—he’s so still I wondered if the film had stalled. The lead character in Gerard Barrett’s Glassland often hesitates to move onward, with good reason. His mother is an incorrigible alcoholic on a slow-motion death train, […]

Brooklyn

As I took my seat to watch Brooklyn at the New York Film Festival, the middle-aged man to my left flashed me a dirty look. Clearly the gentleman did not want company next to him, and so he made sure to throw me the kind of pitch-black shade that lets you know you’ve invaded a […]

1,000 Times Good Night

Directed by Erik Poppe Written by Harald Rosenlow Eeg Produced by Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae Released by Film Movement Norway/Ireland/Sweden. 117 min. Not rated With Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny, Adrianna Cramer Curtis, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Larry Mullen Jr Through 1,000 Times Good Night, Norwegian co-writer and director Erik Poppe dramatizes […]

Life’s a Breeze

Written and Directed by Lance Daly Produced by Macdara Kelleher and Daly Released by Magnolia Pictures Ireland/Sweden. 83 min. Rated R With Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Kelly Thornton, Eva Birthistle, Gerry McCann, Lesley Conroy, Philip Judge, Paul Ronan, Brian Gleeson, and Will Higgins The Irish recession is becoming a fertile font for satire. Life’s a […]

Frank

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson Produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee Written by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, based on a newspaper article by Ronson Released by Magnolia Pictures UK/Ireland. 98 min. Rated R With Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Michael Fassbender, Carla Azar and François Civil A common lack of awareness […]

Calvary

Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh Produced by Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo and James Flynn Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures Ireland/UK. 104 Min. Rated R With Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Mícheál Óg Lane, Killian Scott, […]