Reviews

Film Review & Trailer: Eurovision Song Contest – The story of Fire Saga

Film Review & Trailer: Eurovision Song Contest – The story of Fire Saga

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: David Dobkin –  Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Graham Norton Streaming now on Netlix Releasing a film set around the Eurovision Song Contest over a month after the annual camptastic show was scheduled to happen may seem odd. But, like many other productions, […]

Film Review & Trailer: Scoob

Film Review & Trailer: Scoob

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Tony Cervone –  Starring the voices of: Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, Frank Welker Now available to rent through numerous VOD platforms (trailer below): Originally intended to hit theatres, this Scooby Doo origins story […]

Series Review: Dead To Me (On Netflix)

Series Review: Dead To Me (On Netflix)

Review By Frances Winston Starring: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy, Luke Roessler Season 2 now streaming on Netflix The first season of this dark comedy was a huge hit – thanks in no small part to all the twists and turns. Every time you thought you had it figured out, […]

Film Review: Sea Fever (On Volta and Amazon Prime)

Film Review: Sea Fever (On Volta and Amazon Prime)

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Neasa Hardiman – Starring: Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouéré, Jack Hickey, Ardalan Esmaili, Elie Bouakaze Streaming now on Volta and Amazon Prime I have to admit that when I first saw trailers for this, I thought it was incredibly ambitious. Yes, it is essentially an international […]

Documentary Review: Becoming (On Netflix)

Documentary Review: Becoming (On Netflix)

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Nadia Hallgreen – Starring: Michelle Obama Streaming now on Netflix This documentary follows former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, on the book tour for her phenomenally successful tome of the same name. She treks from city to city, giving talks about the book, meeting with children […]

Review – Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (Netflix)

Review – Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (Netflix)

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Daniel H Birman Available now on Netflix If you haven’t heard of Cyntoia Brown, she was a 16-year-old runaway when she was charged, as an adult, with the first degree murder of a 43-year-old man, who had picked her up for sex, despite her claim it was self-defence. Described […]

Mini-Series Review: Hollywood (Netflix)

Mini-Series Review: Hollywood (Netflix)

Review By Frances Winston Starring: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, Patti LuPone Streaming now on Netflix From the imagination of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, this features a stellar cast, telling the story of moviemaking in Hollywood post WWII, when […]

Film Review: The Assistant (On Volta Now!)

Film Review: The Assistant (On Volta Now!)

Review by Frances Winston Directed by: Kitty Green Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Noah Robbins, Jon Orsini Available on Volta Now! In light of Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular fall from grace, and numerous reports of harassment and abuses from many quarters in the movie industry, it was only a matter of time […]

TV Series Review: Normal People

TV Series Review: Normal People

Review by Frances Winston Normal People Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson, Hettie Macdonald – Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Sarah Greene, Aislín McGuckin, Eliot Salt, India Mullen. Desmond Eastwood, Fionn O’Shea Available to view in full on BBC iPlayer and Hulu. Episodes air Mondays on BBC1 on Mondays and RTE on Tuesdays. Please check listings for […]

Irish Film Review: Calm With Horses (On Volta Now)

Irish Film Review: Calm With Horses (On Volta Now)

Review by Frances Winston Directed by: Nick Rowland – Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar, Ned Dennehy, Kiljan Moroney, David Wilmot Available on Volta Now Like many movies, this offering had its cinema run cut short when the CoVid lockdowns hit. But if you missed your opportunity to see it on the big screen, […]