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Song of the Sea (2015)

Given that filmmakers have so often focused on the controversies that have plagued contemporary Irish history, it’s easy to forget that it is also a land rich in heritage. Thankfully illustrator Tomm Moore has not forgotten, and having…

The Lord Of The Rings (1978)

As flawed as it is ambitious, animator Ralph Bakshi's attempt to make an epic movie from The Lord Of The Rings may have left viewers with a rough, unfinished product (it all ends rather abruptly after the battle at Helm's Deep), but it…

Wizards (1977)

Ralph Bakshi. If you haven't heard his name before then the chances are that you're not a fan of Fritz The Cat or The Lord Of The Rings (both movies that he directed). I've yet to see the former movie but the latter film is one I have…

Inside Out (2015)

Pixar have been, in recent years, really pushing the boundaries for what constitutes an animated family movie. WALL-E was, arguably, their first step away from safer fare, but they’ve also managed to create great movies based around a rat…

Valley of Love (2015)

No matter how international they purport to be, all film festivals have to be based somewhere. The impulse to give a little boost to local talent becomes a hard one to fight. Valley of Love, perfectly serviceable as it is, feels like one…

The Little Prince (2015)

Adapting The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s incredibly popular story first published in 1943, does not come without risk. Deciding to then launch it at the Cannes Film Festival in France, the home country of the beloved novella,…

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

The Madagascar series is one of those rare series of films that gets better and better with each one. The first is pretty mediocre, the second is alright and the third is pure genius. Unfortunately, the spin-off film centred around the best…

Song of the Sea (2014)

In 2009, Irish filmmaker and illustrator Tomm Moore made a name for himself with his debut feature The Secret of Kells, which was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.  Five years later, he is reuniting with…

The Boxtrolls (2014)

They say a picture tells a thousand words, so really this review should be a picture of my face as the credits rolled on The Boxtrolls. However, I don’t know how acceptable that would be to my editor, or the readers, so around a thousand…