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Uncovering Curiosities: Justin Kurzel’s MACBETH

Director Justin Kurzel’s 2015 screen adaptation of Macbeth is a luscious piece of cinematic grit. It’s a down-and-dirty version of Shakespeare’s tragedy but it’s a hollow film that unfortunately has had it’s heart ripped out through its [...]

September 30, 2021

Is BIRDMAN The Greatest Movie Of The 21st Century?

Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a palate cleanser that clears away the taste of over processed, generic Hollywood products. There’s a freshness to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2015 film that’s zesty and light, but [...]

September 5, 2021

Remembering The Mighty Joel Schumacher

The mighty Joel Schumacher was born on the 29 August 1939 – the same year that Batman made his first appearance.  As one of the all-time great directors, he helmed a wonderful selection of films that included everything from The Incredible [...]

August 29, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Adam Smith’s TRESPASS AGAINST US

Trespass Against Us sees Michael Fassbender give another high-powered performance and he again illustrates that he’s one of the best actors working in movies today. Ostensibly a drama, 2016’s Trespass Against Us also has a crime-thriller [...]

May 24, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: John Maclean’s SLOW WEST

Director John Maclean’s 2015 western, Slow West isn’t your standard ‘oater’. This is a quirky offbeat tale which is as funny as it is heartbreaking. Michael Fassbender is Silas, an outlaw who takes Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Jay under his wing so [...]

May 16, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Brendan Muldowney’s PILGRIMAGE

Spider-Man star Tom Holland takes the lead in Pilgrimage, a medieval Irish thriller that sees a group of monks protecting an ancient holy relic against heathens and those who want to use it as a source of political power. Pilgrimage is an engaging [...]

January 17, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Gavin O’Connor’s JANE GOT A GUN

The popularity for the western ebbs and flows and every time the genre looks ready to be put out to pasture, along comes a film which re-energises it and kicks-off a whole new spate of ‘oaters’. However, for every Dances With Wolves or True Grit [...]

September 21, 2020

Why Mel Gibson Is Still A FORCE OF NATURE

The mighty Mel Gibson‘s latest release, Force Of Nature (read the Movies In Focus review) proves he’s still a movie star to be reckoned with and that he can still command the screen like few actors. Gibson might have supporting part [...]

June 30, 2020

Obituary: Director Joel Schumacher Dies Aged 80

The mighty Joel Schumacher has died at the age of 80. Having quietly battled cancer for a year, he finally succumbed to the disease. Movies In Focus has always been impressed by Schumacher’s visual flair and technique for storytelling. [...]

June 23, 2020

How Ridley Scott Got It Wrong With PROMETHEUS

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus begins with the birth of mankind, in an over-blown prologue which sets the tone for things to come. We then cut to Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) who discover a map left [...]

June 18, 2020

The BASTERDS Have Landed

Movies In Focus revisited Quentin Tarantino‘s 2009 film Inglorious Bastards for the first time in maybe eight or nine years. I remembered the two big stand-out scenes – the opening sequence and the tavern stand-off and they both hold-up [...]

April 2, 2020

New Clip From Punchy Irish Drama CALM WITH HORSES

Nick Rowland’s feature debut Calm With Horses will be released in UK and Irish cinemas on 13 March 2020. It looks like a punchy drama with a powerful performance from Cosmo Jarvis.  The mighty Michael Fassbender is one of the producers of [...]

March 10, 2020

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