Mark Ryall

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THE GRADUATE AT 50

June 19, 2017
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“It’s completely baked…” Mike Nichols‘ beloved classic, The Graduate, is 50 this year, and Studiocanal are celebrating this anniversary with a cinema …

GAZE 2017 PROGRAMME LAUNCH

June 18, 2017
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The GAZE LGBT Film Festival has announced details of the 25th edition of the programme. The anniversary programme was officially launched …

For the day that’s in it. Paramount Pictures have released the first trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.  A decade after …

Warner Bros. have confirmed that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will direct and produce the forthcoming The …

ADIFF 2017 PROGRAMME

January 18, 2017
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The full programme for ADIFF 2017 – running from 16th to 26th February – has just been released: The world’s best …

December 20, 2016
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Posted by Mark Ryall

‘Tis the season for traditional best-of-year lists. So without further ado… International Movie of the Year: The Revenant Cinema didn’t escape …

Production has started on the Irish Famine drama, Black 47 . Lance Daly (Kisses) is directing James Frecheville for Fastnet Films/Wildcard Distribution, with funding from …

Universal Pictures have released a teaser for the trailer (that’s a thing now) for The Mummy.  Alex Kurtzman directs Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe and Tom …

Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles in Clint Eastwood’s forthcoming Sully. Skiles was co-pilot to Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), the pilot who successfully …

Rónán Ó Muirthile, Head of the National Film School IADT, Miriam Devitt and Stephen McConkey, Warner Bros. Ireland Big congratulations to Miriam …

Universal Pictures have released the first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, and there’s a free t-shirt for anyone who can watch it …

Warner Bros have released the first trailer for Ben Affleck‘s Live By Night. Based on Dennis Lehane’s bestselling novel, Live By Night is a mob …

Yorgos Lanthimos‘ follow-up to Dogtooth and The Lobster has started shooting in Cincinnati. The Killing of a Sacred Deer reunites Colin Farrell with director/producer Lanthimos. Farrell will …

Netflix have commissioned a new original comedy from writer/director Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall – yay, Bad Neighbours – boo) and Francesca Delbanco. Friends From College is an …

Netflix have announced that episodes of the new CBS original  Star Trek: Discovery series will be available 24 hours after its premiere in …

The trailer for “extremely independent” Irish psychological thriller The Nightmare of My Choice is out. I’ve watched it through twice, and I’m no …

Element Pictures have released the first trailer for A Date for Mad Mary. A DATE FOR MAD MARY tells the story of ‘Mad’ …

The San Diego Comic-Con isn’t really about comics anymore. Geek culture is now so dominant that Comic-Con is where the big studios …

Element Pictures have announced that the, uh, hotly-anticipated documentary Mattress Men will be released in cinemas and on demand on 7th October. Directed …

Focus Features have released the first trailer for Jeff Nichols‘ Loving. This period piece – based on a true story – is …

GAZE 2016 FESTIVAL LAUNCH

June 17, 2016
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Roisin Geraghty, Programme Director and Noel Sutton, Festival Director at the launch of the 2016 GAZE Film Festival. Credit: Jason Clarke …

New Irish comedy The Young Offenders will have its premiere at next month’s Galway Film Fleadh before getting a general release in September. Shot in …

IFI OPEN DAY 2016

June 14, 2016
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It’s that time of the year again, when the IFI throws its doors open to the public for a day of …

Here’s the new trailer for Yoga Hosers, Kevin Smith’s latest attempt to defer his inevitable slide into obscurity. The story sounds like …

Up, down, right, right, left, down! 20th Century Fox have released the first look at Justin Kurzel’s video game adaption, Assassin’s Creed. The …

Universal have released a short behind-the-scenes featurette for the forthcoming Jason Bourne. In the brief clip, Matt Damon talks about the …

Showtime have revealed the full cast of David Lynch’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival. And most of the original characters will return. …

Another year, another Woody Allen movie. I’ve said it before, but late-period Allen is like Prince’s output in the 1990s, or …

Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) fixes the unbroken in this remake of John Sturges’ classic western, The Magnificent Seven. …

Richard Linklater follows up the monumentally overrated Boyhood with this “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Having seen this already, I …

After the critical drubbing of Only God Forgives, the hipster Dalai Lama Nicolas Winding Refn returns with this tale of a …

Oh yes. Let’s take a little walk with Tommy (Cillian Murphy) as he goes global with the Shelby brand. Season 3 …

Has anyone ever done so much with so little as Ricky Gervais? Piers Morgan, perhaps. Or James Corden. Don’t feed him …

Altogether now: “It’s a small thermal exhaust port right below the main port.” Here’s the first trailer for Gareth Edwards “in …

ROOM AT THE IFTAS

March 14, 2016
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Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and John Crowley’s Brooklyn are both nominated for an incredible eight awards at the 2016 IFTA’s. Room is nominated in the …

Huge congratulations to Benjamin Cleary who bagged the golden naked guy statue for Best Live Action Short with Stutterer at last …

TRAUMA, REPETITION AND BLANK CHARACTERISATION IN WES WORLD Throughout a career spanning almost two decades, Wes Anderson has cultivated a reputation …

“SO WE BOTH HAVE DEAD PEOPLE IN OUR FAMILIES“: DEAD PARENTS AND PROCESSING GRIEF When we are presented with any form …

“OF COURSE IT’S DARK, IT’S A SUICIDE NOTE“: PATHOS, PATERNAL NEGLECT AND PERFORMANCES OF MASCULINITY As Wes Anderson moves into the …

“I ALWAYS WISHED I WAS AN ORPHAN. I THINK YOUR LIVES ARE MORE SPECIAL“: TRAUMA, TIME AND TONE The devoted follower …

The fundamental basis of negative criticism directed at Wes Anderson can be summed up in the maxim, “familiarity breeds contempt.” Or …

Rebecca Daly’s critically-acclaimed Mammal has won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival over …

Among the masses of promotional material that was released during last night’s Superbowl was the first teaser for Paul Greengrass’ eagerly-anticipated …

Lionsgate UK have released the poster for John Carney’s eagerly awaited follow-up to Once. Sing Street is a coming-of-age story set in …

The 2016 Oscar nominations are out and Irish interest is considerable this year, with Lenny Abrahamson, Saoirse Ronan, and Michael Fassbender …

‘Tis the season for annual best of the year lists. So without further ado… Best Movie: Birdman Michael Keaton runs through …

The new and final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out. And it doesn’t give much away. It looks …

Universal have just released the first trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! and it suggests that the brothers are …

I want to apologise to the three people who read ScreenTime.ie regularly for the recent lack of updates. The small matter of …

People person David O. Russell follows up his Scorsese cover version with a multigenerational dramedy about the inventor of the Miracle …

IFI OPEN DAY 2015

June 3, 2015
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The IFI’s annual open day rolls around again on 20th June. This year’s programme has just been released, and it looks …

Grab it while it’s hot. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy have just introduced the second teaser for Star Wars: …

Sam Mendes returns to direct Daniel Craig in the eagerly awaited follow-up to Skyfall (2012). Before Mendes re-signed on the dotted …

Sweet Jesus, but this looks bad. The Transporter Refueled [sic] will be a prequel with Ed Skrein taking over from Jason …

The end is nigh. After eight years and seven-and-a-bit seasons, Don Draper closes his office door for the last time (The …

THE NEW HOLLYWOOD “HERO”

February 28, 2015
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Q. HEY JOHNNY, WHAT’RE YOU REBELLING AGAINST? A. DUNNO REALLY. CONSUMERISM? BIG BUSINESS? OH, AND DADDY NEVER LOVED ME From the …

Pegg: “This script is awful. It’s lazy, generic, sub-Tarantino rubbish. And it’s painfully unfunny.” Agent: “It’s three months in sunny Australia. …

Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, the Academy Awards are one of the biggest nights on the entertainment calendar. Here’s how the …

From the looks of this trailer, Peter Bogdanovich has taken 13 years to remake Mighty Aphrodite. This screwball *shudder* farce is …

They’re here. Again. 20th Century Fox adopts an “if it ain’t broke, why not fix it anyway?” approach to Tobe Hooper’s …

FIRST LOOK AT TED 2

January 30, 2015
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Here’s a fix of Seth “Marmite” McFarlane while you’re waiting for Two Million Ways to Die in the West. Just kidding …

We need to talk about Bruce. Remember the last time Willis was good? Neither does he. He couldn’t be more disinterested …

After two seasons of unpassed bills and popping pills on Capitol Hill, Democratic dirtbag Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) consolidates his power …

Between this and the rumoured Howard the Duck remake, we must surely be reaching the bottom of the comic-book-movie barrel. Not …

As it seems to be the done thing at this time of year, now seems as good a time as any …

WOOHOO! LANDSCAPE GARDENING, BITCHES!!! Alan Rickman’s first directorial effort won’t appeal to everyone – it’s hard to stripmine the drama from …

Disney continues to strip mine its heritage for all it’s worth, as Sir Kenneth of Branagh directs this live-action retelling of …

Pixar have changed the working title of “Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind” to the much snappier Inside …

TRAILER: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2

December 11, 2014
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Who said that Hollywood was running out of ideas? The new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has arrived. Not …

“If George Lucas calls, I’m not in.” Oh yes. To paraphrase Ron Burgundy – this is kind of a big deal. …

Disney’s have released the trailer for Into the Woods, an adaption of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical. With more singing. Ugh. Enjoyment …

NEW TRAILER FOR ANNIE REMAKE

November 11, 2014
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I feel a song coming on. Sony Pictures have released the trailer for the Annie update, about a wealthy businessman (Jamie …

Unless the trailer is extraordinarily misleading, The Grand Budapest Hotel could have been called Wes Anderson’s Greatest Hits. And I for …

The third annual Films from the Southern Mediterranean season kicks off in Sligo tomorrow (2nd October) and continues at various venues …

Because you demanded it… the pupils of St Bernadette’s and the wacky Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) are back! Wacky is never …

Warner Bros. have released the first teaser for Ron Howard’s seabound drama. Packing more sperm that Ron Jeremy, In the Heart …

Warner Bros. have released the first trailer for Wachowskis long awaited sci-fi Jupiter Ascending. After two diabolical Matrix sequels, Speed Racer …

Steven Soderbergh has posted his Black and White silent recut of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) over at his website, …

FINGAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

September 25, 2014
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The third annual Fingal Film Festival starts tomorrow (Friday 26th) and runs till Sunday 28th at Movies@Swords. Friday’s highlight is the …

StudioCanal have released the first trailer for Morten Tyldum’s biopic of pioneering British computer scientist Alan Turing. Turing (Played by Benedict …

What’s this? No Johnny Depp? No Helena Bonham Carter? That should keep the naysayers quiet. Here’s the new trailer for Tim …

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor, father and husband. When Aidan’s father can no longer afford to pay for …

Holy crappy Photoshop Batman! Colin Firth must hold the record for actor with the worst posters ever. It must be written …

People eh? What would you do with them? News that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in Zack Snyder’s 2015 …

NEW TRAILER FOR THE EQUALIZER

August 20, 2014
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Denzel Washington takes on the Russian Mafia in this reboot of Edward Woodward’s sexagenarian vigilante from the 1980s. The last time …

Wait… what? Considering that the worldwide box office takings for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a cool $136m on a …

Art dealer Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) searches for a stolen painting with the code to a lost bank account containing Nazi …

Dylan Thomas! Hathaway’s crying! McConaughey’s crying! Everyone’s crying! Warner Bros have just released the second full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. …

To mark the centenary of the beginning of World War I, the IFI will exclusively screen A Night at the Cinema …

Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas have added their two cents on the current crisis in the film industry. Speaking at the …

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: SCORSESE, THE DEPARTED AND THE ASSIMILATED IRISH-AMERICAN IDENTITY The heterogeneous microclimate of Boston has allowed the ethnic …

ScreenTime.ie is a year old this week! Twelve months ago, I looked at the standard of online film writing and thought to …

Disney have finally revealed what was probably the worst kept secret since George Michael was removed from a public bathroom in …

KEN LOACH AT THE IFI

April 24, 2014
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Ken Loach – the granddaddy of social realism – is giving a public interview at the IFI on Thursday 8th May …

At the very least, there’s one aspect of Disney’s new Star Wars movie that’s in safe hands. There was some talk …

HITCHCOCK AND THE MACGUFFIN

March 28, 2014
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WHAT’S A MAGUFFIN AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE? A key reason for the enduring appeal of the work of Alfred Hitchcock …

MAD MEN SEASON 7 TEASER

March 20, 2014
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Pour yourself a pint of bourbon, press your pocket square, and ask the dry cleaner if he can do anything about …

LA NOUVELLE VAGUE

July 24, 2013
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“EVERYONE’S A CRITIC”: THE FRENCH NEW WAVE AND THE LEGACY OF THE AUTEUR THEORY Mention of the Nouvelle Vague to the …

The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger is shaping up to be the biggest financial black hole …

LUTHER: SEASON 3

July 4, 2013
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Tuesday’s premiere episode of Luther, series three, contained some jump scares which were so signposted that I was left kicking myself …

“WHEN IN DOUBT, GO FOR MAXIMUM AMBIGUITY”: DAVID BORDWELL AND ART CINEMA When Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (1996) said that “the heterogeneity of …

Although it’s not currently scheduled for release on this side of the pond until January 2014, the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s …

TOP GUN 2: TOPPER GUN

June 11, 2013
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Top Gun 2 is still a possibility, according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Apart from Tom Cruise and Bruckheimer himself, is there …

I’m a bit late posting this, but the full programme for the annual IFI Open Day on Saturday 15th June is …

The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Rebecca (1940) represent opposite sides of the Atlantic divide between Alfred Hitchcock’s move away from his …

How often have you left the cinema feeling like you’ve been grifted out of your hard-earned dosh by an aggressive carpet-bombing …

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