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Ireland

School Life

With its primary focus on a married couple who are nearing the end of their careers teaching at an Irish boarding school, this documentary captures the essence of what good education is all about.

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, […]