19th September 2014
Magic in the Moonlight
Seen through a certain lens, Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight presents a false dichotomy between having faith and finding things of value in this world. That may not be the most obvious lens through which to view it, but there is little else to comment on in a film that is lacking in the magic of its title.
19th September 2014
Before I Go to Sleep
For Christine Lucas, who has no memory of her adult life, each day is both a clean slate and a repetition. At the point where these two meet, there is something meaningful to be said about liturgy.
29th August 2014
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Running time: 89 mins
26th August 2014
Richard Attenborough: A life in pictures
Dermot Preston SJ’s introduction to Richard Attenborough, whose cinematic career he then followed with interest and admiration, was unforgettable. ‘True artists have a vocation to create and communicate, and Attenborough was no different.’
6th August 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Too often, the cataclysmic end of civilisation in fiction functions as merely a fantasy about a certain kind of freedom. Not so in this film. Its dramatic vision is not one of shaking off, as it were, the oppressive yoke of parenthood, but of growing up and taking it on.
24th July 2014
Finding Vivian Maier
Not only does this film tell a unique story and provide a fascinating cinema-going experience, but it paints an alternative picture of the ‘successful life’.
18th July 2014
It is as if Richard Linklater took the maxim attributed to St Ignatius – ‘Give me the boy at seven, and I will show you the man’ – as a challenge when making this film, which was shot over 12 years.
27th June 2014
The Fault in Our Stars
The emotions on display, for all of their unworldliness, are disarmingly, overpoweringly sincere. What is even more impressive is that the film does not sag under its own emotional weight.
26th June 2014
This new film adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story alters the original drastically with a simple change. This effectively jettisons the psychological and mythic layers in Conrad’s story.
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