Suffragette (2015)

Well-intentioned, but frustratingly dull and familiar – the history and perspective covered deserved a better film. Mulligan delivers a good performance but, like the rest of the (very talented) cast, she ultimately just isn’t given much interesting material to play. The film feels torn between an admirable singular focus on Mulligan’s working-class peek into the…

Brooklyn (2015)

A very lovely and romantic Irish film. Ronan’s performance is fantastic (and Gleeson is enjoyable as always). I really appreciated how low-stakes the film was; it mostly avoided melodrama but still kept clear the importance of the events to Eilis. The third act was a tad contrived and could have been tidied up a tad,…

The Lobster (2015)

The first half of The Lobster is bloody brilliant. It’s a dark comedy set in absurd near future dystopia where single men and women must attend a hotel (ran by the always fantastic Olivia Coleman) designed to pair them up. If they fail to find a partner within forty-five days, they are sentenced to transformation…