Roe isn’t Roe McDermott’s real name, and we don’t know what’s up with that. She may be a Russian spy. (In Soviet Russia, Hot Press reads YOU.) During her Journalism MA, Roe took an internship in Hot Press and just couldn’t bring herself to leave (neither could security – trust us, they tried.) She now spends her time watching movies, telling you what to think (she warps your minds because she cares) and trying to explain to her mother that chatting to stars like Colin Farrell, Spike Jonze and Brendan Gleeson is in fact a “real job.” She does not like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain makes her look like a raccoon.
Latest Articles by Roe McDermott
Some have argued that in the wake of various recent international sexual harassment scandals, flirting is in danger of being done away with. Not so, says our columnist.
It’s nominative determinism a-go-go this fortnight, as brilliantly talented designer Ciara Silke discusses her uniquely stylish silk scarves.
Ezra Miller, one of the stars of DC's Justice League talks about the challenges of portraying iconic superhero The Flash.
Roe McDermott pays tribute to the late Irish writer-director, whose courage, resilience and creativity were an enormous inspiration to many.
Powerful documentary highlights the impact of xenophobia and hatred.
Sentimental sheen deflates power of disability activist biopic.
Classic whodunnit remake lacks suspense.
A fairly uncritical documentary that will please McGregor's biggest fan - himself.
THEATRE ADAPTATION PONDERS MORTALITY, MEMORY AND TECHNOLOGY
With the latest DC comic adaptation Justice League due to land on November 17th, Roe McDermott caught up with Ezra Miller to talk about playing The Flash and the training that went into his preparation for the role.
The Irish brand Theo + George is relaunching this season.
Irish actors steal the show in this darkly funny tragi-horror.
Irish star Cillian Murphy’s latest movie, The Party, is a fascinating exploration of the current state of British politics.
Sophie Fiennes’ new documentary about Grace Jones, Bloodlight And Bami, offers a brilliant insight into the fascinating life and career of a cultural icon.
As the fallout continues from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, thoughts turn to how the harrassment of women in the film industry can be prevented in future.
Vince Vaughan is superb in this slow-burning grindhouse flick.
Pitch black humour brings the laughs in Soviet-era satire.
The latest installment in Thor franchise proves amusing, but forgettable.
A documentary about iconic singer, which offers frustratingly little context.
In a rare media appearance, Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy - The Wind That Shakes The Barley, The Dark Knight trilogy - sat down with Roe McDermott to discuss British politics, fatherhood and his darkly humorous new project, The Party.
With checks and plaids back in favour this autumn, Roe McDermott gives the lowdown on this exciting new trend.
Designer Melissa Curry's superb new jewellery collection, Success, has bee embraced by everyone from Saoirse Ronan to Arianna Huffington.
For far too long, there has been a conspiracy of silence about the issue of sexual and emotional abuse. Now, that has to change... By Roe McDermott.
Woody Harrelson oozes charisma as a dysfunctional dad in this too-tidy adaptation of Jeannette Walls' 2005 memoir.
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba charm their way through boring romance flick.
Visually jaw-dropping and philosophically complex sci-fi sequel simply astounds.
Faltering supernatural thriller has shining moments of psychological horror.
A powerful documentary about Irish filmmaker, Simon FitzMaurice's struggle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Witting drawing room drama acts as sharp social satire.
Daughter of Nancy Meyers plays it too safe in directorial debut.
Sharply observed character study captures a generation's emotional isolation.
Sadistic frontier thriller is cleverly devised by excessively bleak.
Bright and funny instalment maintains, not elevates, the excellent Lego film franchise.
Having re-emerged on the catwalks of New York and Milan, one particular colour is back with a vengeance this autumn. By Roe McDermott
Colin Horgan’s hugely imaginative, neon-bright designs have found favour with stars such as Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga.
Jairus McLeary’s new documentary, The Work, is a powerful exploration of a therapeutic programme that’s changing the lives of US prisoners.
Speculation is rife about the identity of the screenwriter behind Steven Soderbergh’s new heist flick, but there is a long history of pseudonyms in Hollywood.
Raw and intimate doc about therapy in prison explores effects of toxic masculinity.
Gritty but high-energy underdog tale about rap launches a new star.
Cult director astounds with apocalyptic fever-dream.
Inspired by The X Files, Caoimhe MacNeice's latest collection has been worn by screen icons like Juliette Lewis.
Attention students! A few simple revisions of your existing wardrobe will get you As in fashion all year.
Icy and insightful crime thriller explores the struggles of indigenous Americans.
Warm film about mental health and friendship proves thought-provoking.
We know the staple youth movies – but students have turned to a new wave of cult classics in recent years.
Fascinating but flawed thriller about the effects of sexual abuse.
Margaret O’Connor’s stunning hat designs have attracted the attention of a wide range of celebrities, from Lady Gaga to Finbar Furey.
Film about police brutality in 1967 feels exploitative instead of insightful.
For all of the action blockbusters spearhearded by women this summer, actresses in the genre are still struggling to have their work appropriately recognised.
Witty exploration of the artistic process evokes the absurd profundity of Beckett.
Underwhelming effort from legendary director.
Poetic exploration of love, life and existence.
As summer comes to an end, thoughts turn to autumn workwear – and thankfully, there are myriad options to make your suit look fresh and fabulous.
Irish director makes awe-inspiring documentary about space and humanity.
Edgar Wright's crime caper is all car chases and cool tunes, little else.
Oscar-nominated film uncovers shameful piece of WWII history.
Natalie King's stylish and innovative designs have marked her out as one of Ireland's most talented young designers.
For men, it’s all about staying low-key this season, as neutral tones come roaring into fashion – in a tastefully understated way, of course. By Roe McDermott
Funny and touching film addresses culture clashes, family dynamics and romance.
Superhero flick fails to swing into action.
Irish star Cillian Murphy discusses his excitement about once again working with celebrated director Christopher Nolan, the man behind Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy. Their latest film, Dunkirk, is a powerful account of allied soldiers’ evacuation from France during World War 2.
In the contemporary political climate, many writers and filmmakers have found their work taking on new meaning and relevancy.
Excessive violence proves numbing in lacklustre Irish film about faith.
Clever, claustrophobic premise elevates mediocre shark thriller.
Having moved to Ireland after spending her childhood in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nino Sanaia became fascinated with fashion and is now one of the country's most promising young designers.
There's no doubt which colour is dominating fashion this summer, with yellow all the rage on the catwalks. By Roe McDermott
Powerful Irish indie tackles love, abortion and growing up.
New Irish film Sanctuary is groundbreaking in its portrayal of intellectual disabilities – and has had a very real effect on Irish law.
Remake of lurid Civil War flick needs less manners, more fangs.
Conflict of interest results in incomplete portrait of Julian Assange.
Comedy superstar Will Ferrell discusses his latest movie The House, reflects on his time withSaturday Night Live and explains why he'd like to take on some more serious roles.
Promising comedy proves frustratingly uneven.
Irish comedy about a Muslim abattoir is well-intentioned but not fully convincing.
The internet and the LGBTQ community are not too pleased with actor Andrew Garfield after he said that he’s “a gay man right now just without the physical act.”
Jay-Z’s recently released album 4:44 has been dominating the headlines, mainly for its personal revelations regarding the rapper’s relationship with Beyonce. However, the album has also stirred up controversy regarding its use of stereotypes, and has been accused of being anti-Semitic.
Kesha dropped her new song, ‘Praying’, yesterday, and also announced that a new album titled Rainbow is on the way. Kesha has been embroiled in a hideous and oppressive legal battle with her former producer/collaborator Dr.Luke, in which she accused him of sexual assault among other charges. While Kesha managed to release some music and did a small tour last year, the lawsuit largely silenced her for the past three years as she fought for the right to be released from her contractual obligations with Dr.Luke’s label RCA. However, Rainbow will be released under RCA, indicating that she still can’t completely free herself form her former mentor.
These days, Alec Baldwin is most likely to be annoying conservatives and Republicans stir with his unflattering (and accurate) impressions of Donald Trump, but the actor has now come under fire from a leading disability rights group.
Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, The 13th and the upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, is set to write and direct a mini-series about the Central Park Five for Netflix. The Central Park Five were a group of teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting and raping investment banker Trisha Meili in 1989. The trial and publicity was an important event in American history due to the maelstrom of racially charged discourse around crime and punishment that emerged in its wake. Donald Trump took out a full-page advertisement in four of the city’s major newspapers advocating for the return of the death penalty, stating he wanted the criminals “to be afraid”.
Ken Loach and Paul Laverty made some pointed social commentary while accepting their Crystal Globes at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival on Monday.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this morning that it had invited a record 744 new members to its governing body, including many women and people of colour.
Andy Serkis may be best known for his motion-capture performances in film such as the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Planet Of The Apes, but his directorial debut, Breathe, has been given a huge vote of confidence by a major film festival.
Director Spike Lee has never been one for subtle work, and his latest project is no exception. Lee directed a video for Stew, the singer-songwriter-playwright, whose band The Negro Problem has released a new song called ‘Klown Wit Da Nuclear Code’ – a pointed commentary of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Roe McDermott looks back over the past four decades of music and selects some of the most influential sartorial moments.
Warm performances save this cynically formulated drama about child prodigy.
Frenetic film about young Irish drug dealers captures the devastation of violence.
Glib answers detract from tragic rise and fall story of Whitney Houston.
Directed by Patty Jenkins. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis. 141 mins. in cinemas now
Unnerving thriller explores the psychological messiness of confinement.
Studio Ghibli's latest is an achingly beautiful tale of man, magic and nature.
Delicately constructed family drama simmers with emotional resonance
Exquisite Stop-motion film subverts what we expect from children's narratives
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is a thrilling, witty and visually sumptuous celebration of truth and justice.
Israeli actress Gal Gadot talks about her joy in playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman – and discusses the character’s status as a feminist hero.
As Hollywood faces another hacking scandal, we ask, can the film industry survive constant cyber attacks- and are we all a little bit to blame?
Amy Schumer clowns and Goldie Hawn falters in lazy, casually racist comedy.
Satire of Chinese bureaucracy is slyly funny but self-indulgent
It's all about keeping it simple this summer as white makes a comeback on the catwalks.
Caoilfhionn Dunne is incredible in uncompromising portrait of depression
Genre-defying dramedy tackles terrifying monsters and toxic masculinity
Hollywood star Jude Law discusses his cracking new historical romp, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, his fruitful working relationship with director Guy Ritchie, and the film's resonance in the current political climate. Interview by Roe McDermott
Recent events and initiatives have highlighted the gender disparity within the industry – but is it changing? By Roe McDermott
Jamie Foxx stars in sloppy and substandard remake of brilliant French action flick
Subtle drama addresses post-war grief and the tricky morality of comfort
Jessica Chastain is electrifying as ruthless lobbyist in political thriller
Time to retrieve those jackets and jeans from the wardrobe- denim is back in a big way this spring.
Glorious Guardians sequel is a smart, hilarious, character-driven triumph.
Human drama needed in atmospheric thriller about forces of nature.
Timothy Spall steals the show in this safe drama about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness.
Timothy Spall steals the show in safe drama about Paisley and McGuiness.
The sequel to James Gunn's science-fi adventure is finally here
Warren Beatty's passion project about Howard Hughes falls flat.
Horrors of Armenian genocide undermined by romance.
It's spring, it's been a hard year, and it's time for some sunny optimism.
Milliner Deb Fanning has earned widespread acclaim and numerous awards for her stunningly imaginative designs.
Witty, warm, and quietly subversive coming-of-age tale
Three years ago, director James Gunn reignited Guardians of the Galaxy, a giddily irreverent intergalactic journey that acted as the hyper kid brother of The Avengers. More family-friendly than other Marvel outings, Gunn imbued his cosmos-crossing adventures, cliff-hangers and daring escapes with an irresistibly playful self-awareness – and the most charming cats you ever did see.
Set in a rugby-playing boarding school, Irish director John Butler's new movie Handsome Devil is a superb buddy comedy that explores issues of identity and sexuality. He talks about his youthful adventures in San Francisco, challenging traditional notions of masculinity, and why he wants to be a mainstream comedy director.
Florence Pugh is ruthless and mesmerising in disquieting period drama.
Psychologically disturbing and audacious horror tackles grief and the occult.
Sexuality, gender and the exciting possibilities of fashion are explored in the work of innovative designer Conaill O'Dwyer.
Biopic of Emily Dickinson is tonally jarring
Jim Sheridan talks about the challenges of adapting Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture and his participation in the recent Apollo House occupation.
Disney remake only partially succeeds.
As films have become more diverse, so too have their audiences – but when it comes to representing different demographics, Hollywood still has a long way to go.
Chilling autopsy-based horror film plays with gender and genre
Beautifully constructed portrait of national and personal dysfunction
Kristen Stewart is tremendous in this unconventional ghost story.
Ex-2FM DJ Jenny Huston is generating quite a buzz for her new venture, uber-hip jewellery label Edge Only.
It’s all about timeless elegance on the catwalks this spring, as the versatile ruffle takes centre-stage. By Roe McDermott
Isabelle Huppert amazes in cocktail of sex, violence, & dark humour
Hollywood star Tom Hiddleston sounds off about the gruelling physical training for his new blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, acting opposite Samuel L. Jackson, and his unforgettable experiences during the movie’s globe-trotting shoot.
Following on from the recent 20th Century Fox fake-news controversy, Roe McDermott rounds up other notorious film marketing disasters.
Home to a scene that spawned Mogwai, Arab Strap and Franz Ferdinand, Chemikal Underground is one of the most influential indie labels of the past 20 years. Irish director Niall McCann’s new documentary, Lost In France tells the remarkable story of the label. It also offers a unique starting point for a discussion on politics, social welfare and the odds that are stacked against artists. Interview: Roe McDermott
The controversial new movie from Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper, features Hollywood superstar Kristen Stewart as a young professional trying to communicate with her deceased twin brother in the afterlife. “I want to take people into weird areas,” he tells Roe McDermott.
Music doc explores impact of indie label on ’90s Glasgow
Subtle, empathetic drama about three rural women is slight but powerful
It’s all about rave culture and glam rock on the catwalks this spring as the Bad Girls aesthetic comes into vogue. By Roe McDermott
Brenda Ahern and Helen Delany, aka Electronic Sheep, have earned widespread acclaim for their imaginative knitwear designs, and count the likes of Kelis and Liam Gallagher among their growing army of celebrity fans.
In a hugely embarrassing upset, Oscars announce incorrect winner of Best Picture...
Roe McDermott takes you through the rollercoaster of emotion that was the 89th Academy Awards, including that truly shocking twist in the ending...
But not for the right reasons! Hot Press film correspondent Roe McDermott looks over the major categories and predicts the winners, losers and controversies in store at this Sunday's Oscars ceremony.
Everyday heroism is the focus of gripping homage to Boston.
Hollywood stars Zach Galifianakis and Will Arnett discuss their roles in one of the best comedies of the year, the brilliantly satirical Lego Batman Movie.
What do modern images of heroism and masculinity mean at a time of political and social divide?
Hidden Figures, with its focus on prejudice and privilege, features great performances and some simplistic optimism
Valentine’s Day is upon us, which means it’s high time to treat that important person in your life… You. By Roe McDermott
Powerhouse performances create a storm of emotion in period drama
1970S-SET DRAMEDY IS A SERIES OF WARM, WITTY MOMENTS THAT FAIL TO COME TOGETHER
TEAR-JERKING TRUE STORY LACKS NARRATIVE SUSPENSE
Rebecca Hall is captivating in shocking and unnerving true story
Ruth Negga shines in dignified drama about love and race.
It’s time to bid adieu to seasonal gloom with a generous helping of flamboyant colour. By Roe McDermott
Mel Gibson’s war drama proves frustratingly uneven.
Courtroom drama about Holocaust deniers feels powerfully relevant.
Gabriel Byrne is one of the greats of Irish acting. In a powerful interview, he tells Roe McDermott why we should charge multi-nationals more for doing business in Ireland; talks about sexism in Hollywood; discusses the pantomime that is the US Presidential election; and excoriates the political classes in Ireland...
Ben Affleck directs and stars in self-indulgent gangster flick.
Humour and grief collide in devastating exploration of family and loss.
It truly is a golden age for Irish actors - and remarkably,there are even more homegrown screen stars set to break through in 2017.
Most people would have assumed The Irish Times would be above clickbait - not to mention deliberately offending vulnerable minorities. Apparently not...
Roe McDermott was one of the 100,000 people who attended the Women’s March in San Francisco – and wonders where we go from here.
Magical Musical Explores Art, Ambition, and Love
James McAvoy chews scenery in problematic horror about multiple personalities.
It was a night of political messages, passionate speeches - and of course, some whining by Trump, reports Roe McDermott
"For me, Fisher wasn't iconic because she played Princess Leia. Princess Leia was iconic because she was played by Carrie Goddamn Fisher."
Best known for her roles in critical hits Steve Jobs and Inherent Vice, Katherine Waterston’s performance in Fantastic Beasts has confirmed her status as one of Hollywood’s hottest young acting talents. INTERVIEW Roe McDermott
Colin Farrell is back on the big screen in one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year, the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Roe McDermott catches up with the Irish star in LA, where he discusses the magic of JK Rowling's world, the challenges of fatherhood, gender politics in Hollywood, and the strangest American election ever.
Exquisite adaption captures social paranoia of ‘50s America
Designer Gemma O’Leary discusses the creative process that drives her acclaimed jewellery label, Inner Island.
Winter has arrived and it’s time to invest in some snug clothing. Roe McDermott shows you how to be weather-appropriate while still sartorially on-point.
Insightful drama about humanity. And aliens.
Tom Ford's hyper-stylised thriller tackles revenge and loss.
Hollywood star Jeremy Renner discusses his latest movie, Arrival, in which he and Amy Adams square off against mysterious alien visitors.
Director Derek Cianfrance discusses his intense relationship drama The Light Between Oceans – and seeing stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall for each other on set.
First there was shock... and regret. And then the city of San Francisco – a place where so many one-time outsiders have found a home that welcomes them – rose up and marched. It was a moment where hope began again. But the road ahead will not be easy...
More white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton. And as for white men? They were even worse. The questions is: why? And the answer? Trump’s victory is an endorsement of white racism...
Old-fashioned melodrama tries to force emotion rather than earn it
Since launching five years ago, Castleknock native Emma Manley’s eponymous label has become one of Ireland’s most exciting fashion success stories.
Spooky statement pieces and glamourous gothic ensembles are everywhere this season. Roe McDermott shows you how to make the gloomy glamorous, and transform a Halloween costume into haute couture.
Hollywood superstar Ben Affleck discusses playing a character with Asperger's i his new thriller The Accountant, the ups and downs of fame, and his excitement about taking on the role of Batman again.
Self-reflective Documentary Explores Performance and Truth
Director Derek Cianfrance discusses his intense relationship drama The Light Between Oceans – and seeing stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander fall for each other on set.
Multi-talented fashion blogger and activist Sinead Burke’s work has earned her widespread acclaim - and also an invitation to the White House.
A post-modern documentary about a US news anchor who shot herself on air in 1974, it hits screens next week.
Mattress sales become a metaphor for modern Ireland in affecting doc
Swedish star Alexander Skarsgard discusses shifting acting styles from Tarzan to John Michael McDonagh's dark new comedy, War on Everything.
A remake of a remake, Anotoine Fuqua’s suicide-superhero-squad style western is based on John Sturges’ 1960 classic of the same name; itself a remake of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. With such revered origins - not to mention the vainglorious nature of the title - one would expect a modern masterpiece. So why does this star-studded shoot-out feel so stale?
Why requisitioning original screenplays for franchise films has become a Hollywood epidemic.
The film charts the remarkable rise of Mattress Mick and his wingman Paul Kelly.
Powerful tale of Irish troops besieged in Congo.
Civil War rebellion gets offensively smug retelling.
Zellweger shines as Bridget struggles with the modern world.
...and trousers, shirts and dresses! Whether you’re into shimmer, sequin or shine, this season, a touch of metal will add that vital extra dimension to your look.
Witty and original dramedy explores parenting, love and power
Poignant examination of Masculinity and young friendship
Impressively imaginative twist on the heist film.
Wildly inventive horror film flips the script on home invasions.
Bleak and violent franchise takes machete to America's social issues.
WWII assassination thriller values character over cliche.
Andy Samberg tackles celebrity culture in feature-length sketch.
Set in his native Louth, director Darren Thornton's new film, A Date for Mad Mary, is an insightful and bitingly funny exploration of female friendship.
Long gone are the days of serviceable swimwear and bringing only one bikini on holiday. These days the celebrity culture, the beach has become a catwalk where swimwear reigns supreme.
The back-to-school season is upon us, and as you return to the classroom, lecture hall or routine, this season’s trends are all about that ‘70s collegiate look.
How a thoughtful new Irish film about drag artists and trans women is breaking damaging patterns of trans representation onscreen – and why Hollywood quickly needs to follow suit.
Is there one? Brendan J. Byrne’s excellent new documentary Bobby Sands: 66 Days venerates the republican legend. But questions still hang over the legacy of the IRA, who carried out the most successful terrorist campaign the modern world has seen – at least before ISIS, that is.
A Berkeley balcony survivor speaks at a Californian hearing on construction laws and standards, as Irish people at home and in the Bay Area remember the tragedy.
SHARK SURVIVAL THRILLER LOSES FOCUS - THOUGH NEVER OF BLAKE LIVELY'S BODY
As Brendan J. Bryne's documentary Bobby Sands: 66 Days is released, we look at some of the most affecting films about The Troubles
Powerful and thought-provoking documentary examines nature of political protest
Currently among Hollywood's hottest acting talents, Margot Robbie discusses playing the iconic Harley Quinn in one of the year's most anticipated movies, Suicide Squad
BLOCKBUSTER REBOOT IS PACKED WITH FUN AND SELF-AWARE HUMOUR
Schmaltzy Dahl adaptation lacks the book's dark undertones.
Cult director delivers frustratingly uneven thriller
Samuel L. Jackson’s ability to be hilarious, heartbreaking, terrifying and compellingly watchable is well documented, but his role in The Legend Of Tarzan brings his politics to the fore.
Magic-filled heist sequel offers mindless entertainment if you suspend disbelief.
Emilia Clarke is best known for her roles in Game of Thrones and as the gun-toting Sarah in Terminator Genisys. But the charming and effervescent star of new romantic drama Me Before You, is far closer to her current role as a relentlessly upbeat ‘klutz’. Except for the gun part...
BAROQUE & BURLESQUE COMBINE IN VISUALLY STUNNing ADULT FAIRYTALE
JESSE OWENS BIOPIC FAILS TO WIN GOLD
CLARKE & CLAFLIN CHARM IN ROMANTIC DRAMA
UNDERWHELMING BIOPIC OF IRISH DESIGNER
Celebrated for his ability to bring difficult novels to the screen, German director Tom Tykwer has produced another masterful literary adaptation in A Hologram For The King.
DISAPPOINTINGLY SELF-INDULGENT COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA
JODIE FOSTER’S FINANCE DRAMEDY-THRILLER IS MAD AS HELL – BUT AT WHOM?
KATE BECKINSALE SHINES IN WITTY JANE AUSTEN ADAPTATION
The casting of white actors in Asian roles has again led to widespread accusations of racism in the movie industry.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven. Starring Gunes Sensoy, Diga Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal Koldas, Ayberk Pekan, Erol Afsin. 97 mins In cinemas May 13
WICKEDLY NASTY THRILLER IS A BRILLIANT NIGHTMARE
ENIGMATIC SIC-FI BLENDS BEAUTIFUL DREAM AND BODY HORROR NIGHTMARE.
MELANCHOLIC DAVE EGGERS NOVEL DOESN’T TRANSLATE TO SCREEN
Nuanced superhero film elevates the entire franchise.
He tackled the controversial Shell To Sea campaign in The Pipe. Now Risteard O Domhnaill has turned his attention to the conflicts between offshore drilling, government legislation and hard-pressed fishermen on the Atlantic periphary.
UNFLINCHING PORTRAIT OF CONTROVERSIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
From her workplace in Co. Cork, Tina Hemlock Coyle is rapidly putting Elizabeth Christina Design on the millinery map
Tragicomic political thriller explores brutal modern warfare
TINA FEY SHINES IN SMART BUT FLAWED STORY
Inventie, freewheeling & impressionistic biopic
WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Well, it's given us some decent films, if nothing else. South African director Gavin Hood discusses his latest feature, Eye in the Sky, which explores the chilling moral dilemma involved in sanctioning a drone strike.
UNEVEN RELIGIOUS SATIRE FROM CULT BELGIAN DIRECTOR
FAIRYTALE FOLLOW-UP IS A POORLY PLOTTED, BUT VERY PRETTY MESS
Innovative Irish film explores gender, power, and homelessness
My Name is Emily is an extraordinary and deeply moving film. The fact that it was made by a director who is battling Motor Neurone Disease only makes it all the more remarkable.
The dark side of motherhood is explored in an acclaimed new movie by Irish director Rebecca Daly.
So who's got the biggest cape, then?
UPSETTING, INSIGHTFUL AND UNFORGETTABLE STOP-MOTION FILM ABOUT ISOLATION AND IDENTITY Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Featuring the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan.
As far as fashion goes, the Eighties were no-no-notorious
DEEPLY UNSETTLING PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR ABOUT GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FEAR
HILARIOUS, SLY AND UNABASHEDLY FUN FARCE IS A LOVE LETTER TO OLD HOLLYWOOD Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum.
In the latest issue of Hot Press, our residential film critic Roe McDermott reviews the biggest films to hit our cinema screens this week.
As Sing Street turns our glances back towards the '80s, Roe McDermott looks at the films of that decade that changed cinema forever.
Ben Stiller is back with one of his most beloved characters, The hapless model, Derek Zoolander. With input from from the films other actors, the director and star of Zoolander 2 discuss the creation of the much-anticipated sequel...
Known for playing Type-A characters in TV’s Mad Man and Community, as well as starring in raunchy comedies like Sleeping With Other People, Alison Brie is combining smarts and sass in her Valentine’s Day comedy, How To Be Single.
How the 2016 Oscars mark a turning point for Irish cinema
The 88th Academy Awards took place last night, and our film critic Roe McDermott has all the winners, highlights and awkward moments from the most politicized Oscars yet… Chris Rock Makes Waves
SCABROUSLY FUNNY ANTI-HERO FLICK HAS SNARK, SEX AND SELF-AWARENESS Directed by Tim Miller. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrans, Michael Benyaer. 108 mins
True story of LGBT right case has teachable moments but little complexity
Sparse yet immersive Irish dystopian film is chilling to its core
CLICHÉ-RIDDEN ROM-COM RESCUED BY SUPERB PERFORMANCES Directed by Christian Ditter. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie. 110 mins In cinemas February 19, with previews on February 14
FRANTIC AND FLAILING COMEDY SEQUEL IS NOT SO HOT RIGHT NOW - Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Christine Taylor.
Directed by Paulo Sorrentino. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano, Paloma Faith. 124 mins In cinemas now
FILM ABOUT THE DANGERS AND CORRUPTION OF THE NFL PLAYS IT TOO SAFE
Cliched adaptation of young adult novel
In addition to his groundbreaking music career, David Bowie also delivered a series of fine film performances.
The women of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tell Roe McDermott why J.J. Abrams’ sci-fi instalment is a cultural game-changer in its portrayal of strong, complex women
Roe McDermott looks over one of the more uncomfortable Golden Globes ceremonies in a long time, and wonders where it all went wrong.
Hot Press' Roe McDermott has had a chance to run the rule over the latest chapter in the epic franchise - and she was more than a little impressed.
Old friends and old tricks unite in middling Christmas romp
Australian actor Jai Courtney has become one of the hottest action stars of the moment, thanks to his roles in the Divergent series and one of 2016's most anticipated films, Suicide Squad
Hunger Games comes to an occasionally powerful, often sputtering end
Directed by the acclaimed Todd Haynes, Carol is a stunning, romantic tale of love and repression in the United States in the 1950s that thoroughly deserves its five star rating...
Conventional but beautifully rendered interspecies friendship tale is a family-friendly delight
Sex work with a difference. It sounds like a heavy theme - so how come there's so many laughs in a movie about transgender sex workers? Sean Baker tells Hot Press how he produced a wonderful and witty film.
Black Mass director Scott Cooper on why his biopic of notorious criminal Whitey Bulger is a very different kind of gangster flick.
Michael Fassbender chills as Steve Jobs in compelling character study
Johnny Depp terrifies in chilling portrayal of James 'Whitey' Bulger
Úna Burke’s innovative work with leather has attracted the attention of Hollywood stars and pop princesses, as well as earning her an unlikely commission from carmakers Lexus.
The biggest and brashest Bond yet
Saoirse Ronan excels in stunning 1950s tale of love and immigration
Enraging documentary about the murder of Jordan Davis highlights America's divides
Campaigning film-maker and director Marc Silver has produced a powerful film that dissects ‘Black Friday’ 2012, when 17-year-old Jordan Davis – an unarmed black American – was shot dead. Roe McDermott takes a long look at a movie which exposes how hidden racial prejudices can result in tragedy
Incredible visuals take precedence over emotional clarity in remarkable true story
Thrills and tension of suspenseful thriller are undermined by typical genre plotting
Intergenerational Friendship Flick Is More Conservative Than It Wants To Admit
Get Ready, Lads, Because Ridley Scott Is About To "Science The Shit" Outta You
Aussie star Jason Clarke discusses the extraordinary true story behind his new movie Everest, his old acting class buddy Hugh Jackman and the joys of the thespian life.
My my, Meryl, aren’t we on a roll. Record-breaking Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep has followed up last week’s assertion that she’s not a feminist (she’s a “humanist” apparently) with a hugely misguided and racially insensitive gesture while promoting her upcoming film Suffragette.
For our mental health issue, we could think of no better designer than Margaret O’Rourke, a jewellery designer and founder of MoMuse, who has contributed to fantastic mental health charities such as Pieta House.
Personal, wary and compassionate drama highlights the futility of war
Poignant documentary about Ireland's oldest citizens is packed with wisdom and warmth
As the 100th anniversary of 1916 looms, a new documentary interviews Irish citizens who were alive when those momentous events occurred...
He's teamed up with Louis Copeland & Sons for a new capsule suit collection.
... to "whitesplain" diversity to her.
A feminist sketch for Funny Or Die...
Teenage cancer drama is creative, funny and emotional
Potential-filled family drama hits high and low notes.
Fun and ambitious coming-of-age tale is packed with adventure and ideas
Meryl Streep plays a rock singer in Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed film with music by Rick Springfield. But is she any good at singing? Her co-star Kevin Kline has his say...
Meditative, experimental Doc explores the borders and boundaries that divide us
Teen drama encourages creating memories out of feeling friendships
Passion and politics of weighty 19th century Swedish play is lost in cinematic translation
Time to reach for the khakis – desert chic is back in vogue.
Crime movie fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of Alberto Rodriguez’s film Marshland, a Spanish thriller that has drawn comparisons with Seven and True Detective.
Award-winning Spanish thriller is beautiful, mysterious & gripping
Amy Schumer subverts Rom-Com tropes in brilliantly written comedy
Soon-to-be iconic Pixar film shows emotions and empathy in a whole new way
Aidan Gillen shines in sensitive and funny family drama
For his latest role in bittersweet Irish dramedy You're Ugly Too, Aidan Gillen has ditched brooding intensity in favour of a more comedic approach. "I felt I really needed to pinball people's expectations," he tells Roe McDermott
Ravishing animation evokes the power of magic, music & the bonds of family
Paul Rudd charms in fun but underwhelming superhero flick
A ruthless killing machine devoid of all traces of human personality – no it's not Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team, it's the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator.
For the follow-up to the Oscar nominated Secret Of Kells, animator Tomm Moore returned to Irish mythology – though this time he brought a highly personal perspective
Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ video has inspired ire among feminists and the mainstream media alike. But understanding its racial complexities is more important than asking if it’s feminist or misogynist, says Roe McDermott
On the latest Amy Winehouse documentary and our obsession with troubled young women.
Roe McDermott, who has been living in San Francisco for most of the past year, writes about The New York Times' coverage of the Berkeley tragedy in which six Irish students lost their lives – and insists that Irish lives cannot be represented by stereotypes
Another fun and jumpy installment in old-school horror franchise
Joshua Oppenheimer's astonishing and important follow-up to The Act of Killing
Liam Cunningham has been a stalwart of Irish theatre and cinema for years. But he’s now reached unprecedented levels of fame thanks to his role of Ser Davos Seaworth in Game Of Thrones. Currently playing a devilish character in Brian O’Malley’s gory horror Let Us Prey he talks to Roe McDermott.
Liam Cunningham stars in gory Irish horror about sin and hellfire
Deeply humanistic drama highlights the stories behind a Jihadist occupancy
Public Service Announcement: Following the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, the internet has been ablaze with outrage over the action film's 'feminist agenda'. To find out more we interviewed stars Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravits, Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley and Abbey Lee.
Spook remake does little to distinguish itself as more than creep-by-numbers.
Lost, Cowboys And Aliens, Prometheus and Star Trek man Damon Lindelof is sticking with sci-fi for his latest project, Tomorrowland, which stars George Clooney as a former boy genius who sets out on a dangerous mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic location.
Brad Bird's search for a dream-fuelled utopia needs more magic.
Dublin-set dramedy about 20-somethings falling out of love & friendship
Ahead of this month's same-sex marriage referendum, we select the best LGBT couples in film.
Frantic horror films draws from a wide range of creepy ideas.
Chris Rock gets personal in whipsmart yarn about a comic re-discovering his identity.
Evocative & atmospheric, feminist vampire film has a sharp bite.
An apocalyptic wasteland filled with extreme violence and crazed characters - no it's not the Ulster football championship, it's the return of George Miller's iconic action character, Mad Max.
Iconic Anti-Hero Returns In Electrifying If Uneven Action Thriller
Only & Sons' latest collection showcases the hottest trends in menswear this season, bringing modern and on-point combinations of prints, patterns and palettes.
Witty, a little wise, a little immature, Baumbach's film blends youth and age
Mads Mikkelsen impresses as a chillingly vengeful killer in formulaic Western
Whitewashed drama minimises impact of tragic true story about Sudan's lost boys
Feverish exploration of femininity, friendship, and mass fainting
Jack Reynor and Toni Collette explore family, dysfunction and isolation in subtle drama
Cannes jury prize winner doesn't disappoint
Young adult dystopian sequel keeps plot and characters in stasis
Russell Crowe's directorial debut is an admirable if overworked call for peace
The wonderful Mae Whitman shines in formulaic and derivative teen comedy
Keanu Reeves stars as deadpan hitman in slick, original thriller
The Dr. Martens SS15 collection has landed in store and it hasn’t come quietly. The new season packs a punch with bold prints, amplified colour and statement styles.
A move to Los Angeles has seen Rob Sheehan rebranded as Robert and – some nears misses notwithstanding – building on his Love/Hate and Misfits success. He talks about playing a character with Tourette’s in his new movie – and about being an Irishman in a strange land.
Ryan Reynolds shines in mixed black comedy
Dark comedy vignettes show the tipping point of human anger and vengeance
Stylish, cerebral and constantly shifting dramedy
This week's Liam Neeson thriller fails to excite
Live action Cinderella is like its heroine; very pretty and not too bright
Can actors really defend working with the controversial director? Our film writer Roe McDermott weighs in
Contamination is an award-winning short that deals with mental illness.
Irish production winners, comedy losers and glaring diversity issues:
Hot Press film critic Roe McDermott found the experience of having to sit through Fifty Shades of Grey deeply upsetting – and thoroughly disillusioning. And it wasn't the film: it was the audience reaction that made it so sickening...
Roe McDermott's take on the dictator-baiting comedy.
Writer, artist and filmmaker Molly Crabapple is using her striking artistic skills to raise awareness about important societal issues, specifically racism and inequality in the US.
Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Stillman's adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella.
It marks a small, much-needed step towards diversity in cinema.
IMPENETRABLE HIPPIE NOIR IS IMMERSIVE, FUNNY AND OCCASIONALLY INFURIATING
Here’s our selection of the Irish writers, actors and filmmakers set to make a serious splash in 2015.
Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction; Best Female Action Star and Actress Defying Ageism...
On the Golden Globes’ Bill Cosby jokes, hitting targets, and collateral damage.
If you’re still enjoying some post-Christmas laziness and want to indulge in some TV binge-sessions, you’re in luck. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some incredible shows just waiting to be consumed over some truly anti-social weekends. We’ve picked out some of the best shows available for your streaming pleasure, but accept no responsibility for the inevitable addictions and hermitdom that accompanies our recommendations.
If you’re still enjoying some post-Christmas laziness and want to indulge in some TV binge-sessions, you’re in luck. Netflix and Amazon Prime have some incredible shows just waiting to be consumed over some truly anti-social weekends. We’ve picked out some of the best shows available for your streaming pleasure, but accept no responsibility for the inevitable addictions and hermitdom that accompanies our recommendations.
STALE AND OFTEN HUGELY OFFENSIVE COMEDY SEQUEL SHOWS CHEMISTRY CAN ONLY GET YOU SO FAR
Horrible Bosses 2 star Jason Bateman on his comedic influences, promoting women in comedy and why Kevin Spacey is really a ham on-set.
With Christmas just around the corner, Roe McDermott provides some tips on achieving a stylish festive look.
BEAUTIFULLY RENDERED ARTISTIC MARTIAL ARTS FILM FALTERS IN ITS PLOTTING
BILL MURRAY IS BRILLIANT IN A SWEET COMEDY THAT VEERS INTO SENTIMENT
PENULTIMATE FRANCHISE INSTALLMENT SEES OUR HEROINE EMOTIONALLY BREAKING, AND THE ACTION FLOUNDERING
As another science-fiction blockbuster hits our screens, the inevitable sniping over the film’s perceived lack of scientific merit begins. But movies should be judged on artistic merit, and in doing so we sometimes need to refer to the plot.
PUERILE, DULL AND GROSS COMEDY SEQUEL FEELS AS OLD AND TIRED AS IT IS
The Star Of Classics Like Ghostbusters And The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd’s Latest Film Tells The Fascinating Story Of The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown.
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S OVERLONG, LOFTY BUT OCCASIONALLY ILLUMINATING SCI-FI EPIC GROUNDS THE COSMOLOGICAL IN THE PERSONAL
We know her as Don Draper’s glamorous new wife. But Mad Men star Jessica Paré can do more than scrub up nicely in a vintage dress. She talks about her role in Dublin-set romcom Standby and tells us why she thinks her generation struggles to find its moorings.
With Christmas on the way, now’s a great time to perfect your Yuletide wardrobe.
HARSH AND CRUSHING WESTERN FLIPS GENRE TROPES FOR A MORE SURPRISING BEAST
DUBLIN-BASED ROMCOM IS AN INOFFENSIVE AND UNORIGINAL ADDITION TO THE GENRE
MICK JAGGER-PRODUCED JAMES BROWN BIOPIC GETS THE SOUL OF THE MUSIC BUT NOT THE MAN
Academy Award fever is already building. However, smaller awards often have a better sense of where cinema is going. Perhaps it’s time we started paying attention to them.
VAMPIRIC SPINAL TAP-ESQUE MOCKUMENATRY IS COMEDY WITH TRUTH AND TEETH
BRILLIANTLY UNSETTLING HORROR FILM EXAMINES FAMILY, FAIRY TALES AND FREUD.
TONALLY MUDDLED RELIGIOUS SATIRE UNDERMINES ITS OWN IRREVERENCE WITH DOGMATIC CLICHÉ
SENSITIVE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT GLASNEVIN CEMETERY REVEALS THE BEATING HEART OF IRISH HISTORY.
LOVE/HATE STAR BARRY KEOGHAN HAS HIT THE BIG SCREEN IN ACCLAIMED TROUBLES DRAMA, ‘71.
GYLLENHAAL MESMERISES IN SLICK, SEEDY THRILLER THAT SPEEDS PAST NUANCE OF ANY KIND.
Jimi Hendrix’s former girlfriend claims that a new biopic takes major liberties with his depiction.
BILL HADER AND KRISTEN WIIG STUN IN HEART-CRUSHINGLY REAL DRAMEDY ABOUT TROUBLED SIBLINGS
Robert Downey Jr. is a man of constant reinvention. Currently starring in courtroom romp The Judge, he tells Roe McDermott about returning to drama, the struggle to escape his own personal narratives, and why family is coming first.
EXPERIMENTAL EXAMINATION OF PRE-FAME JIMI HENDRIX IS PECULIAR, FLAWED AND ADMIRABLE
The star of Apocalypse Now, The Godfather and now Oscar-tipped The Judge, Robert Duvall may be a Hollywood veteran but he can still be feisty on and off screen.
This winter, send your wardrobe into a winter wonderland of femininity, soft shades and luxurious fabrics. We show you how to find the middle-ground between Sugarplum Fairy and Romanov Royalty.
CLICHED AND LAUGHABLY UNORIGINAL FAMILY YARN WASTES INCREDIBLE CAST
DUVALL AND DOWNEY JR EAT THE SCENERY IN OVERWORKED BUT ENTERTAINING FAMILY DRAMEDY
GIA COPPOLA SHOWS HER FAMILIAR BUT UNDENIABLE SKILL IN MOODY COMING-OF-AGE TALE
HOW IRELAND IS DEVELOPING AS A MODERN FILM LOCATION
CHEAP AND DERIVATIVE PREQUEL TO THE CONJURING IS A CYNICAL MESS OF CLICHÉS AND COPIES
UNRELENTINGLY CYNICAL BUT UNORIGINAL SATIRE ON HOLLYWOOD FEELS CHEAP AND EASY
WARM BUT INCONSISTENT AND FAMILIAR DRAMEDY HAS LOTS OF HEART, BUT LITTLE NOVELTY
WINTERY BLOOD-LETTING THRILLER HAS ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A ‘70s SUSPENSE FILM BUT with NONE OF THE COMPLEXITY
We’re wrapping up in style for autumn, layering Scandinavian folk prints with chunky knits, shearling jackets and blanket-style skirts.
WITTY, PLAYFUL TAKE ON ZOMBIE GENRE IS REFRESHING AND FANGED, IF NOT FULLY-FLESHED
DYSTOPIAN YOUNG ADULT FLICK LOST IN A MAZE OF GENRE CLICHES AND UNORIGINAL IDEAS
Ireland is a world power when it comes to short films. Why, then, aren’t we doing more to champion the form – and our achievements in it?
He may be known for his darkly humourous turns but Dublin character actor David Wilmot is much more than an on-screen funnyman.
BIOPIC OF IRISH CHARITY FOUNDER CHRISTINA NOBLE PLAYS IT SAFE & BROADLY INSPIRING
This autumn, we’re coming over all romantic with the latest fairytale fashion trend. Time to cast a spell over your wardrobe.
Known for her stand-up comedy, hilarious reflections of Irish life in shows like Paths to Freedom, and roles in bitingly funny films like Intermission, Deirdre O’Kane seemed an unlikely choice to play humanitarian Christina Noble in the new biopic Noble. But, as she reveals to Roe McDermott, her passion for bringing this story to the screen was as unstoppable as Noble herself.
BEAUTIFULLY SHOT & INDULGENTLY SILENT FILM EXPLORES NATURAL & CONSTRUCTED UTOPIAS
JENNIFER ANISTON FAILS TO EMOTE IN ‘70s KIDNAPPING CAPER
His new movie is a heartwarming gay drama – but Irish actor Andrew Scott has no desire to be seen as a role-model.
We are all complicit in the celebrity photo hacking scandal
CHARMING STORY OF SMALLTOWN COMMUNITY FALLING FOR LGBT RIGHTS GROUP
By slapping a restrictive rating on a gay rom-com, American censors have demonstrated just how far behind the times they are.
TEENAGE MELODRAMA SHAMELESSLY AIMS FOR TEENAGE GIRLS’ TEARS
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN SHINES IN SLOW-BURNING, NUANCED & ABSORBING THRILLER
TIRED FARCICAL COMEDY PROVES ODDLY BORING & PRUDISH
ICILY COLD & BLACKLY FUNNY REVENGE THRILLER DECONSTRUCTS GENRE
Esteemed Nordic actor Stellan Skarsgård talks about his friendship with Robin Williams, working with bete noire director Lars Von Trier and running around naked in Thor.
SLIGHTLY BLAND BUT WARM & HEARTY FILM ABOUT CULTURE CLASHES & HAUTE CUISINE
Monochrome is back with a bang, as an antidote to the recent sugar-rush of colourful floral trends. Think classic black-and-white French cinema and you’re almost there...
Women are disgracefully under-represented at all levels of the movie industry. To highlight the need for change and to honour the contribution of females in cinema, activist Karla Healion has organised Ireland’s inaugural Feminist Film Festival.
BRENDAN GLEESON CAN’T SAVE BLAND, BACKWARDS BUCOLIC COMEDY WITH SINISTER CONSERVATIVE SUBTEXT
ROM-COM CELEBRATES VAGINAL SECRETIONS, ABORTIONS AND MILLENNIAL GIRLS WHO CHOOSE TO OWN THEIR STORY
SCOTT DERRICKSON FALLS BACK ON OLD TROPES IN LAZILY DERIVATIVE DEVIL FLICK
UNAPOLOGETICALLY SILLY, AGGRESSIVELY ENERGISED THRILLER PROVIDES DECENT BRAIN-DEAD ENTERTAINMENT
The reaction of the Hollywood elite to certain actors’ outspokenness on Israeli massacres in Gaza raises the uncomfortable spectre of the McCarthy-era blacklist.
He’s the premier geek of the age – but as he grows older, Simon Pegg has learned there’s more to fulfillment than a Star Wars boxset
WHIP-SMART DIALOGUE AND SPARKLING CHEMISTRY ADD TO THIS SELF-AWARE ROM-COM
Not content with its under-representation of women, Hollywood also falls a long way short in its depiction of homosexuals...
With Hollywood as its target, intriguing sci-fi live-goon hybrid both hits and misses
Faux fur, emerald coats and silk-patterned kimonos are in as we get collegiate chic this autumn.
Giddy, irreverent and family-friendly superhero flick is big on laughs.
Having spent 10-years playing Roger Sterling in Mad Men, John Slattery has turned full-blown movie director with God’s Pocket, which features a remarkable turn by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
SIMON PEGG BRINGS SOME EMOTIONAL HONESTY TO CHICKEN-SOUP EXPLORATION OF HAPPINESS
Intelligent, emotive and thrilling sci-fi invests in characters as well as action
VISUALLY INVENTIVE ABSURDIST ROMANCE IS ALL EXPERIMENT, NO EMOTION
FASCINATING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ART AND IDENTITY
Star-power and idealised re-enactment distract from real story in well-intended documentary about illegal immigration
CAGE IMPRESSES IN MOODY, ATMOSPHERIC AND ULTIMATELY DERIVATIVE SOUTHERN NOIR
Two Dublin film festivals celebrate a different “gaze” this July.
Acclaimed director Shane Meadows’ latest movie is his most personal yet – a redemption story about his best friend, musician Gavin Clark. He tells Roe McDermott about becoming director, interviewer and therapist and the importance of having faith in your abilities.
From playing in The Frames to becoming the acclaimed director of Once, director John Carney has experienced both rejection and affection from the film and music industries. With his new film Begin Again exploring music, fame and love, he talks about being embraced by Hollywood, how doomed love stories are the most powerful, and why men of his age are in crisis.
Donegal lad Oliver Doherty Duncan has been making quite a splash lately.
Ireland’s Golden Boy is set for worldwide fame following his role in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The 24-year-old tells Roe McDermott about having Steven Spielberg and Michael Fassbender as fans, dealing with the fame – and why he’ll always return to promote Irish film.
LIGHT LITERARY COMEDY PROVES WITTY, AMIABLE AND FORGETTABLE.
Off-beat Irish drama only a partial success
STUNNINGLY BRAVE, DEEPLY EMOTIVE TALE OF THE ORDINARY MOMENTS THAT MAKE UP A LIFE
ONCE’S SAFER, MORE COMMERCIAL SIBLING IS A BREEZY LOVE LETTER TO NEW YORK
MICHAEL BAY REACHES THE APEX OF BAYISM IN HIS TRANSFORMERS CONCENTRATE FLICK
TRAGIC TRUE STORY OF RACE AND PRIVILEGE IS UNDERMINED BY CLUNKY, CLICHED DIRECTING
GLEEFULLY TWISTED BLACK COMEDY GIVES A GORY, DAMNING INSIGHT INTO THE AMERICAN DREAM
Meandering, indulgent mumblecore about the music industry hits all the wrong notes
Pretty period drama evokes Austen and abolitionist politics by combining rage and romance.
Funny, terrifying, insightful and completely immersive film about fantasy, reality and school shootings
Kinkily mischievous & theatrically witty examination of tease & sleaze
Pretty but dull, this fangless fairytale reboot needed to be more wicked
Brilliant action & humour compensate for superhero flick’s convoluted plot.
Groundhog day meets Starship Troopers in fun, frenetic & clever sci-fi action flick
Eyebrows may be raised in certain quarters at model Nadia Forde’s move into pop music, but the aspiring singer is determined to prove the naysayers wrong. She talks to Roe McDermott about her difficult upbringing, FHM photoshoots, singing the anthem at Irish football matches, and trying to confound expectations.
English folk-rocker Passenger enjoyed massive international success with his slow-burning 2012 single, ‘Let Her Go’. With his new album Whispers about to DROP, he talks about adjusting to his newfound fame, missing home while out on tour and why he was never going to do The X Factor.
WARM DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DUBLIN SKATEBOARDING COULD DO WITH A FEW MORE TRICKS
SLOW-BURNING AND MANNERED FRENCH THRILLER PROVES FROSTY RATHER THAN CHILLING
ICONIC MONSTER TRAMPLES OVER PLOT & MEANING BEFORE GORGING ITSELF ON GREAT VISUALS
COMEDY ABOUT INTERGENERATIONAL WAR PROVES FILTHY & FUN
Stripped back & realistic thriller shows the complications of revenge
Generation Y's frist wives club proves a dull rehash of tired gender stereotypes
Teens, movie lovers and fans of YA fiction, we have found a saviour. Let us bow at the alter of Shailene Woodley, for she may be the one to save us all.
Spreading faster than a Beatles song across the airwaves, Sixties fashion is making a rapid return to sartorial heights this spring. Roe McDermott shows you how to bring the era's flirty but powerful style off the catwalks and into your wardrobe.
Just how does a friendly Welsh man end up making genre-defying martial arts films about brutal, bloody and balletic Silat fighting? Gareth Evans tells Roe McDermott about directing The Raid and The Raid 2 - but why he himself is a lover, not a fighter.
Beautifully shot and meditative account of one woman's trek across Australia
Horror about group dynamics and paranoia trips over its own tricks
Emotive performances redeem sprawling and tonally flawed sequel
Wit, charm and insight are the main ingredients of this delectable Indian dramedy
Bloody, brutal & beautiful martial arts sequel proves a little too much
Frustratingly empty sci-fi horror lacks both entertainment value & any discernible point
Beautifully acted, emotionally devastating examination of Ireland, abuse, survival & faith
This spring and summer, it's not just the girls who are hoping to look their best - we know you lads like donning your glad rags too. So from suited and booted looks to nautical trends to effortless ensembles, Roe McDermott has all the latest trends in menswear covered.
Comedian, amateur, philosopher and star of John Micheal McDonagh's Calvary. Dylan Moran talks about Ireland's relationship with the Catholic Church, becoming comfortable with our own pain, his experience of fatherhood, and why talking is the roaring fire that keeps the Irish going.
Best know as the star of The IT Crowd, Richard Ayoade has triumphantly crossed over to directing. His new movie is a rumination on identity that sees Jesse Eisenberg's hapless protagonist supplanted by a look-alike.
Shailene Woodley injects interest & intelligence into formulaic young-adult sci-fi
There was a huge turn-out of stars for the 11th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards Winners on Saturday night
A new Neil Young documentary is one of many mouthwatering offerings from those fine folks at Netflix, as Roe McDermott explains...
Ayoade impresses with darkly funny, richly stylised & unnerving noir
From Aztec prints, exotic jewels and Amazonian armour, Roe McDermott tells you how to navigate the dark and daring jungle of tribal fashion.
Known for his artsy, angsty features director David Mackenzie adopts a more straightforward tone on his latest feature, a prison-set exploration of machismo and the anger that rages inside us all.
Documentary examines the struggles & successes of backing singers who shaped the music industry
The muppets return in an outrageously fun comedy chapter
Roe McDermott attended he debut of TV3's People's Debate, and discovered that emotion doesn't always lead to enlightened discussion
Why are women still underrepresented in film journalism, and what can be done about it? asks Roe McDermott
Raw, vicious & gripping prison drama drips with authenticity & rage
Uniquely atmosphere & sensorial mafioso film ultimately resorts to cliche
TV adaptation heavily panders to fans - But as they financed it, it's fair enough
Scarlett Johansson as a kit-shedding alien prowling small-town Scotland? It sounds like a trip to the weird side of the tracks – which is exactly what Under The Skin director Jonathan Glazer intended
Star of The Stag and celebrated moustache-twirler in hit television show Sherlock, actor Andrew Scott tells Roe McDermott about playing the bad guy and the objectifying nature of his new-found fame. He also talks about coming oiut, and weighs in on Ireland's recent public debate regarding homophobia.
The Academy Awards simply don't matter any more
Laos-set coming of age tales blends poignancy, authenticity & the fantastic
Psychosexual sci-fi seductive, stunning & unnerving
Dauntingly dense tale of a frenchman's role in the dismantling of apartheid
Wes Anderson's glittering, artful comedy caper is a gorgeous slice of nostalgia
Uninspired & unoriginal buddy cop film is short on laughs, action & reality
Von Trier's exploration of sex addiction is as wry & intellectual as it is graphic
When it comes to working the latest sports-luxe trend, Roe McDermott shows you how to take control of this season's playful fashion game
Why I have misgivings about allowing alleged child molester Woody Allen the legal presumption of innocence
Irish actor Hugh O'Conor talks to Roe McDermott about The Stag, early fame, the complexities of male friendship and discrimination in Ireland.
Thought-provoking tale of how intimacy and love and grow in silence
Holocaust novel is whitewashed into a handsome but bland period piece
Deliciously dark & decadent vampire tale is intellectual & offbeat
Disappointing ensemble war piece is tonally muddled & poorly rendered
Jared Leto tell Hot Press about returning to the screen for Dallas Buyers Club, the emotional experience of method acting, Oscar buzz, and fighting an epic battle for musicians everywhere.
Atmospheric and opaque contemporary noir attacks corruption and capitalism
Tarantino, Gawker and the Peak of Viewer Entitlement
Great cast & crackling script elevate by-the-book dance comedy
Ireland's it girl Angela Scanlon gives her tips for getting a great vintage look on a budget...
Are RTÉ guilty of pandering to the religious right? Roe McDermott reports on Ireland’s growing homophobia row.
Tale of a technology & romance is quirky, melancholic & thought-provoking
True story of a US SEALS mission becomes a bracing if machismo-laden action film
McConaughey & Leto stun in fascinating tale of AIDS, homophobia and adversity
What reactions to 12 Years A Slave reveal about racism and objectification today.
Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac is generating serious Academy Award buzz with his stunning portrayal of a struggling folk singer. The actor and singer tells Roe McDermott about his struggle to reach the top, working with the Coen Brothers and the rebirth of the anti-hero.
Irish director Paul Duane is on a serious roll, being named one of Variety’s directors to watch, jet-setting off to meet famous filmmakers in LA, and seeing his highly anticipated television show Amber hit the small screens both in Ireland and internationally. He tells Roe McDermott about the whirlwind of success now surrounding him; his attraction to extreme characters; and his views on sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.
Roe McDermott casts an admiring eye over the new crop of Irish actors who are set to take screens, both small and big, by storm this year.
With the festive season upon us, it’s time to get out those glad rags and bring some edgy, urban and unapologetically extravagant glamour to your winter wardrobe. Roe McDermott tells you what must-have fashion items to add to your Dear Santa letter
Cork native Angela Beaumont was our featured designer earlier this year, and it seems Christmas has come early for the young designer, who has had a very busy year.
A chronicling of the Swell Season’s Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s fractured relationship has yielded a dark, moving documentary. The directors talk about spinning movie gold from a difficult time in the lives of the two musicians.
With a plethora of blockbuster comedies, Oscar-baiting dramas, and fun family-friendly fare showing in cinemas this holiday season, Roe McDermott gives you the run-down on some of the big releases over Christmas and the New Year.
With a plethora of blockbuster comedies, Oscar-baiting dramas, and fun family-friendly fare showing in cinemas this holiday season, Roe McDermott gives you the run-down on some of the big releases over Christmas and the New Year.
Clumsy but oddly compelling day-long love story evokes realism through high and low art
Wonderfully humanist dramedy celebrates the extraordinary moments in ordinary journeys
Subtle and emotionally complex portrait of the pitfalls of fame and love
A 'family' frat-comedy misses the mark but a clichéd coming-of-age yarn proves surprisingly moving.
Fawning fashion store documentary fails to question or laugh at gilded butterflies
Unaffecting remake lacks the psychological complexity and unnerving sadism of original
Party boy turned devoted dad Colin Farrell stars as the alcoholic father of Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. He confides in Roe McDermott about his rabble-rousing days, how his children have transformed him, and why he no longer needs the love of an audience.
Winter is closing in and some people will spend the coming months sipping cocoa in their PJs.
The Hangover franchise may have made Ken Jeong famous for jumping out of cars naked and parachuting over the Las Vegas strip, but the comedy films hold a deep personal resonance for him. He confides in Roe McDermott
Don’t you dare mention Twilight. Yes, a novelist who created sexy vampires is now penning works about attractive werewolves, but this is no Stephanie Meyer nonsense. This is Anne Rice, Godmother of Gothic. And she was here first.
Sweet, smart and sometimes sentimental, P. L. Travers gets the Disney treatment- again.
Story of JFK’S assassination told from so many viewpoints that nothing is seen clearly
A slick, smart, stylish and swagger-filled examination of objectification and intimacy...
Lots of over-powered heroes in this month’s round-up, but some are more convincing than others...
An engrossing, intimate and explosive Portrait of young love
Tonally confused and targetless satire brings darkness, but no comedy
Despite increasing awareness about mental illness, the outdated Long Term Illness Scheme draws a clear divide between physical illness and mental illness. DJ Alex Donald talks about her experiences of living with clinical depression.
One of the most exciting labels to emerge on the fashion scene, We Are Islanders is a ‘collective’ based in Dublin. It consists of Rosie O’Reilly (designer), Kate Nolan (production) and Deirdre Hynds (communications).
Roe McDermott explores the sartorial rise of the It Sweater, and looks at how to elevate your humble pull-over into a statement piece worthy of high fashion.
Acclaimed young filmmaker Claire Dix talks about her gritty debut feature, Broken Song, which focuses on hip hop performers from Ballymun.
Examination of fear gives way to slasher cliche in interesting if flawed scare-fest.
Stunning documentary shows the artistry of disenfranchised Dublin rappers.
Tom Hiddleston steals show again in second instalment of mythical superhero flick...
Here we are sitting in a tin can above the world. Planet Earth is blue and there is nothing we can do.
A charming love-letter to the Irish boozer fails to go beyond superficial flag-waving
A funny, intelligent and emotionally honest exploration of relationships- the potentially perfect and the already best.
Heartbreaking and funny take of kids choosing to survive, and building their own family.
Irish-born Sarah O’Neill grew up in Canada before returning to Ireland in 1997. In 2009, she graduated with an honours degree in Fashion from Limerick School of Art and Design, where her ‘Skin & Bones’ collection won the ‘Bulmer’s Light Best Use of Fabric Award.’
Explore the thornier side of florals, gothic romanticism and punk rebellion with this season ’s moody blooms.
Oscar winning director Gavin Hood talks to Roe McDermott about adapting sci-fi military tale Ender’s Game, his own moral conflict during his young military career and how the homophobic views of author Orson Scott Card have damaged the film adaptation.
TOO MANY LAUGHS DIMINISH EMOTION OF HARROWING MAGDALENE TALE
STRIKING IF OCCASIONALLY MELODRAMATIC MEDITATION ON LOVE, LOSS AND FAITH
GENTLE AND BEAUTIFULLY SHOT ABSURDIST DRAMA SUFFERS DUE TO MISCASTING
BRITISH SOCIAL REALISM MEETS MODERN FAIRYTALE IN HEARTBREAKING FRIENDSHIP FILM
A Tale of Fratboy Apocalpyse is Surprisingly Effective and Affecting
LAZILY WRITTEN THRILLER FORGETS TO INCLUDE THE THRILLS
Natalie B. Coleman studied fashion at Limerick School of Art & Design received an MA at Central St. Martins, London. She has worked for such labels as threeASFOUR New York and Ragna Frodadottir, based in Iceland. She went on to establish her own womenswear label NATALIEBCOLEMAN in 2010. It has now expanded into silk scarves, leather bags, purses and swimwear.
Love/Hate is the country’s most successful ever TV drama production. That it happens also to be a complex and brilliantly constructed narrative about life in modern Ireland makes that success all the more impressive. As the series enters its fourth season, Hot Press film critic Roe McDermott speaks to the writer Stuart Carolan and two of the series’ leading actresses about Love/Hate’s contribution to the television renaissance, whether the show glamourises violence, the treatment meted out to its female characters – and losing the show’s biggest star, Robert Sheehan.
This winter, gloves are off in the fashion wars. Catwalks are oozing strong, sensual glamour. Highlighting the strength and power of formidable femininity, this look draws on the most dramatic of the year’s trends: from fur, to sharp tailoring, studs and tribal jewellery. This season, when you armour up, you’ve got to bring out the big fashion guns.
Meg Rosoff’s award-winning novel How I Live Now has been transformed from a personal tale into a sweeping dystopian film in Kevin Macdonald’s film adaptation. She tells Roe McDermott about handing over control and exorcising her own demons in her writing.
BRILLIANT AND TERRIFYING DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AN INFAMOUS MUSICIAN
TEEN ROMANCE MEETS DYSTOPIAN TALE IN VISUALLY STUNNING ADAPTATION
SURFACE-LEVEL WIKILEAKS FILM DILUTES THE IMPACT OF FASCINATING TALE
A stellar cast and intriguing concept can’t save a half-cocked romp set in the world of magic and illusionists
UNEVEN BUT BRILLIANTLY ACTED ADDICTION TALE
Forget the perms and bad platforms, the Seventies were an era of seductive glamour. Roe McDermott tells you how to update the trend to bring out your inner disco diva.
Cork native Angela Beaumont graduated in June of this year, with a BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design for Industry, from the renowned Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
He will be forever famous as bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter. But Daniel Radcliffe refuses to be typecast as a wand-wielding sixth former and, ever since the Potter movies finished, has been bravely pushing against audience expectations. In an exclusive interview he sat down with Roe McDermott and talked about casting off the yoke of child stardom and forging his own path.
He went to court to protect what he felt to be the legacy of his band, The Doors. Now John Densmore has chronicled his legal battle with former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger in a book. He talks about the honour of having Jim Morrison’s parents join him as plaintiff and how he mended things with Manzarek before the keyboardist’s death last year
GOOD PREMISE AND ACTORS WASTED ON A CLICHED AND NONSENSICAL THILLER DISASTER
CATE BLANCHETT IS MESMERISING IN WOODY ALLENS STRIKING TRAGIC COMEDY
He was doing well as a solicitor but his heart wasn’t in it. So Alex Fegan quit the legal profession and went into filmmaking – the same month the bottom fell out of the economy. Still he persevered and has broken through with his latest movie, a moving eulogy to the Irish boozer
The guy who gave the world Buffy the Vampire Slayer delivers asurprisingly efficient interpretation of a Shakespeare comedy
EMOTIONALLY VAPID AND CLICHED ROM-COM IS A SLOW SUCCESSION OF BORING NOTHINGS
INTELLIGENT, MACABRE THRILLER CREATES CONSTANT SENSE OF DREAD AND DOUBT
Antonia Campbell-Hughes is one of Ireland’s most intense and exciting acting talents. Fiercely intelligent and almost intimidatingly multi-talented, she has successfully traversed fashion, comedy and, latterly, dramatic film work. She talks with enviable honesty to Roe McDermott about her insatiable curiosity, her love of complex characters – and the controversies into which she has been plunged more than once...
Eilis Boyle’s dark and cozy creations are the product of years of globe-trotting and deep thinking.
OEDIPAL REVENGE FANTASY BLENDS GRUESOME VIOLENCE WITH ODDLY WITTY TENDERNESS
By now, many of you will have already taken your first step through the doors of your chosen third level institution, but fear not, gentle-hearted college newbies! Team Hot Press has got lots more nuggets of advice to dish out on mastering the art of student life. In part one of our student special, we told you why you should join some of your college’s clubs and societies, laid out the essential student syllabus, covering books, film and music, and explained how to keep yourself in champagne and oysters for only a few bob a week (sort of!) If you missed it, no biggie! You’ll find the highlights online at hotpress.com. This time, we’re taking a good hard look at the all-important issue of mental health, giving you the important numbers to call if, at any point, the college experience gets to be too much. On a lighter note, we’re divulging where the most student-friendly clubs, bars and venues are to be found, showing you how to style yourself on a shoestring and hooking you up with some of the best media courses in the country. Enjoy!
With a must-see Arthur’s Day gig looming, alternative rock sensations Kodaline discuss international success, why fans are the only critics they care about and the ease with which you can lose a band member while touring America...
A STRIKING, BEAUTIFULLY ACTED BUT FLAWED EXAMINATION OF A DESTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP
German director Oliver Hirschbiegel became a critics’ and cinephiles’ darling with his complex portrait of Adolf Hitler in Downfall. However, his latest biopic, Diana, has been blasted as tacky and reductive. But then, he tells Roe McDermott, he didn’t want to direct it in the first place…
SILLY & CONVOLUTED HORROR IS RIFE WITH JUMPS, LAUGHS & ENDLESS CLICHÉS
CARRY ON VAMPING Neil Jordan’s revisiting of the vampire genre is sumptuous but ultimately dreary
As ever, the MindField spoken word arena of Electric Picnic had a host of intelligent, entertaining and diverse events, its panels and performances providing a haven for all the festival nerds looking to be informed and inflamed.
Solid racing flick undermines fascinating tale with formulaic Hollywood approach
Horribly scripted and poorly acted troubles film proves offensively bad.
Galway’s Úna Burke has conquered the world with her amazing designs, garnering a celebrity fanclub including Lady Gaga and Nick Minaj
Domhnall Gleeson talks to Roe McDermott about becoming a leading man, fame, and being an old soul.
Cowardly Snapshot Of Linda Lovelace's Life Is Flat And Reductive
Sam Rockwell Steals The Show In Hilarious And Sweet Coming-Of-Age Tale
Domhnall Gleeson Is An Irresistably Charming Leading Man In Emotive Time-Travel Rom-Com
After a decade plus of dreadful rom-coms, Matthew McConaughey returns to straight drama...
District 9 director impresses again with excellent if unsubtle political sci-fi...
Michael Bay's Love Of Bigoted, Consumerist White Male Privilege Again On Distasteful Display...
Beloved of prim and punk royalty, tartan is back with a bang. Roe McDermott explains how to embrace your chequered past with a checkered present...
Robert Sheehan’s latest project is a far cry from the Dublin backstreets of Love/Hate. This month he stars in fantasy flick Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which is set to make him a star in the States...
Broad and often creepy comedy makes for utterly forgettable viewing...
Engaging if flawed tale about a girl gang's quest for empowerment...
Tender and unflinching film shows a bitter divorce from a child's perspective...
The horrific truth about killer whales in captivity is laid bare in a shocking documentary...
Immersive Austrian/Turkish Drama is thought-provoking on personal and cultural levels...
Wahlberg and Washington Just About Save Formulaic Buddy-Cop Bromance...
The tuxedo trend is back – but this time it’s ready not just for some tailoring, but for remixing...
Enraging documentary about killer whales in captivity may rightly ruin Sea World...
He’s a straight-talking, no-nonsense actor of the old school. Tom Wilkinson explains why he has no time for Hollywood glamour and addresses the controversy over his latest movie, The Lone Ranger...
Bestselling crime author Peter James tells Roe McDermott about police investigations, tantrum-throwing celebrities – and what the Scriptures say about Selena Gomez (apparently)...
Often hilarious buddy-cop film brings the funny, the formula and the female empowerment...
Complicated Western finds Depp out of his depth...
Japanese coming of age is beautifully animated and sweetly bland...
Refn disappoints with beautiful but boring pop art self-parody...
Steven Soderbergh’s cinematic sing-off is a disorientating tale of big pharma, confused emotions and dark dealings...
Whether keeping cool in the city or cutting loose in the country, River Island has got scores of Summery styles to fulfill your festival needs...
Rekindled friendships are at the centre of cult director Edgar Wright’s latest collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, The World’s End...
House Of Cards actor Kevin Spacey talks about power, conspiracy, his mate Bill Clinton and whether he’d ever run for office...
Fascinating insight into Wikileaks and the lack of heroes in the transparency debate...
Odd real life survival tale becomes an astute examination of survivor's guilt...
Fun, silly and sweet end to bromantic, pop-culture laden three Cornettos trilogy...
Hollywood’s latest Stephanie Meyer adaptation simply isn’t up to scratch...
Tacky thriller lessens impact of harrowing true story...
Silent Snow White movie is gorgeously gothic but gimmicky...
America's attitudes towards race and the Holocaust; political correctness; the film industry and writer's envy - Jesse Eisenberg offers fascinating insights to them all.
Thriller's seemingly complex morality reveals itself to be quite simplistic...
Listless films of fame obsession fails to provide critique or insight...
Light, slight & fluffy French comedy owes its charm & ideas to Woody Allen...
Safe jokes and tired formulas result in a disappointing pixar prequel...
Dazzling family documentary...
￼Zack Snyder, director of the box-office smash Man Of Steel, talks to Roe McDermott about his often misunderstood work, snarky fanboys and his NSA- baiting new movie...
Joss Whedon ropes friends in, for a frothy shakespeare adaption...
Enigmatic and quietly devastatingdrama about our failure to communicate....
Magic crime caper initially dazzles, but fades quickly...
Heart-wrenching third installment of idyllic drama captures the beauty of relationships...
Irish designer focus...
Low-budget Irish horror flick has decidedly un-pc undertones...
Tame, irredeemable and painfully dull sequel lacks scares or originality...
Tortuously dull novel adaption is British melodrama by numbers...
Dystopian thriller's brilliant premise is abandoned for bog-standard home invasion fare...
In a flap about flappers
Cult comedy show Arrested Development has made a triumphant return, with its final season upcoming on Netflix. The cast tell Roe McDermott about its rocky road – on and off our screens.
Visually spectacular, but Gatsby is emotionally flat...
Gothic & ennui-laden vampire tale boasts incredible visuals...
The big-screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas tries to pack in half a dozen storylines, but is it trying to keep too many balls in the air?
Roe McDermott talks to the Irish Film Board’s Naoise Barry about why there has been a huge growth in the number of big-budget TV shows being shot in Ireland...
Wildly entertaining portrait of the world's best & most controversial drummer...
This summer it’s all about the shining, only not in a Jack Nicholson is about to break into your room with an axe way...
Randal Plunkett, Lord Dunsany, is defying convention by making Barons, well, a little bit badass. His horror short Out There has been selected to play Cannes this month...
Beautifully shot, child friendly, nature flick is cute indeed.
Noir-wannabe thriller lacks smart plot or depth psychology...
Abrams has succeeded in making a niche, geeky franchise unabashedly cool and fun for a wide audience...
Archetypal coming-of-age tale is subtle and sensitive until final act...
“Presented” by horror master Guillermo Del Toro Mama is a singularly underwhelming scare-fest.
Complex screenplay fails to find tone or intimacy...
A non-linear tale of authority, compliance and manipulation...
Whether you take style tips from graphic novelist Frank Miller or Piet Mondrian, settle on an intellectual idea, put a trendy spin on it, and make artistic academia fashionable again.
Star of television’s Raw, Ripper Street and new film Jump, Charlene McKenna talks crazed fans, her run of creepy parts and the decision to quit her best-loved role...
Intelligent, biting and more human than ever, Iron Man makes a redeeming return...
CGI-laden American revenge porn...
Formulaic comedy sees the hangover writers plagerise their own material...
Multi-plotted, Derry-based drama will leave you wanting more...
It could have been another gloopy cancer drama. Instead, Death of a Superhero is a moving meditation on sickness and mortality – starring Gollum from Lord of the Rings!
Convoluted action thriller proves heavy on plot but light on impact...
Lace, embroidery, jewels, beads, sequins, embellishments and extravagance – anything and everything goes in this year’s most opulent trend. Roe McDermott tells you how to find a haute couture ensemble on the high street, and use this luxurious, jewel-encrusted fashion trend to illuminate your day and ignite the night...
Kerry native Gerard Barrett has received international acclaim for his tale of the loneliness and longing that plagues a bachelor farmer in rural Ireland. The IFTA’s Rising Star tells Roe McDermott about convincing country folk he could be a filmmaker, and how loneliness is understood everywhere...
A gore-filled, humour-free remake...
Light on info but heavy on artistry, intimacy and emotion, The Frames' doc is stunning...
Elegiac tale about rural life marks IFTA-Winning director as one to watch...
Ang Lee’s movie adaptation of Life Of Pi is a thing of rare beauty...
Inoffensive but unoriginal sci-fi effort is a tired vehicle for Tom Cruise...
Despite some stellar performances, traveller drama fails to blend authenticity with melodrama...
Four decades after Terri Hooley founded a music store and record label in conflict-torn Belfast, his story has finally been brought to the big screen. Hooley tells Roe McDermott all about becoming Northern Ireland’s Godfather of Punk...
Charming, emotive and inspiring tale about Northern Ireland's godfather of punk...
Snoop Dogg's dull, self-indulgent, insight-free love letter to weed...and himself...
Family film aims for simplicity, becomes non-entity...
Clever-clever but middling thriller lacks edge, emotion and balls...
Intelligent, emotionally crescendoing, character-driven tale hits all the right notes...
Dublin-set intergalactic romance proves a charmingly hokey homage to all things sci-fi...
Compliance, the new film by director Craig Zobel - which examines a strip search scam that happened over seventy times across the US - has proved hugely controversial, with some accusing it of the exploitation it seeks to highlight. Roe McDermott meets Zobel to discuss one of the year’s most divisive movies...
Gripping and disturbing film depicts the dangerous power of unquestioned authority...
Preposterous mess semi-redeemed by sensual cinematography...
Charming if slight tale about technology, memory and forgiving connections...
Corkman Cillian Murphy is one of the most uncompromising talents in Irish acting. He’s won acclaim for his turns in a number of blockbuster movies, including Batman Begins – but his true love will always be independent cinema and the stage...
Having starred in Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, W.E. and Hitchcock, English actor James D’Arcy is now in one of the most star-studded epics of the decade, Cloud Atlas...
Richard Gere impresses in thriller about the entitlement and ego of Wall Street one percenters...
Flawed but tender coming-of-age tale features great performances but too many plot lines...
Formulaic and thinly stretched political thriller buries cast's talent in convoluted plot...
Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema with slick, smart but overly clinical thriller...
A disturbing, dissecting though one-dimensional attack on celebrity from Cronenberg JR...
Terrence Malick parodies himself in repettive, self-indulgent and storyless love story...
An ambitious, visually stunning epic that just misses its emotional and philosophical targets
Shall We Gather At The River is Peter Murphy’s second novel. He explains to Roe McDermott how it was influenced by music, religion and a fresh awareness of the depth of local history.
Making a thundering return to live-action features with the Oscar-nominated drama Flight, director Robert Zemeckis talks to Roe McDermott about growing up through his films, his leading men and how he never really left cinema, despite what the critics may say.
Great and geeky documentary examines what tech advances mean for the art of filmmaking...
Frothy account of the iconic director is occasionally amusing...
After a decade as Chair of the Irish Film Board, James Morris has seen Irish cinema emerge from the doldrums, to produce consistently exciting and challenging work. But in a turbulent international climate, the future of the industry here is still far from certain...
Roe McDermott talks to the legendary Denzel Washington about his Oscar-nominated role as an out-of-control pilot in Flight...
Gripping, masterfully crafted thriller that's thought-provoking and complex
Denzel Washington shines in interesting, morally complex drama
A fun and fast-paced love letter to underdogs and gamers...
Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corrdry, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco. 97 mins
Warm and intelligent true story examines disability, sex, intimacy and the complex space in between...
Romantic historical drama demonstrates a gentle grace amidst the politics...
Poorly scripted and unevenly toned ganster flick fails to live up to its potential
Gorgeous and grandiose, this flawed but affective musical hits all the right emotional notes
Ben Lewin, director of the critically acclaimed drama The Sessions, talks to Roe McDermott about sex, Hollywood, disability and why he doesn’t care about the Oscars.
Tarantino's outrageous and entertaining revenge fantasy is thought-provoking, not thoughtful...
Having wowed audiences in the Irish dramas Dollhouse and What Richard Did, Jack Reynor has become a golden boy of both Irish film and Hollywood.
Murderers, psychopaths, sociopaths, sin, guilt and some hallucinogenics – yup, Christmas is here! For the release of the delightfully absurd black comedy Seven Psychopaths, writer/director Martin McDonagh and leading man Colin Farrell sat down with Hot Press to talk about autobiographical characters, Catholic guilt, alcohol addiction, In Bruges – and how there’s a McDonagh clan war over Brendan Gleeson.
Kirsten Sheridan’s latest film is an explosive examination of what it means to be a teenager in modern Dublin. She tells Roe McDermott why she’ll take a no-budget Irish film over a Hollywood production any day.
Cancer tale defies cliché to become an emtional, life-affirming drama with visual flair...
Dark roadtrip comedy proves funny and absurdist but ultimately slight
Tense, Emotive and thought-provoking drama delives into complexities of a challenging subject
Initially fun ramshackle black comedy caper loses the plot
With its visceral depictions of gangland crime and violence in Dublin, the third series of Love/Hate has gripped the nation, making it the most successful drama production in RTE history...
Having played Gollum and King Kong, Andy Serkis gets back to basics in the moving drama Death Of A Superhero.
The end is nigh. Bill Condon’s highly anticipated final installment of The Twilight Saga hits cinemas this month, bringing the secrets, mysteries, clan wars, vampire relationships and werewolf crushes of this remarkable cultural phenomenon to a conclusion. Based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novels, the hugely successful fantasy-romance films have captured the hearts and imaginations of obsessive teen fans worldwide, all desperate to learn what Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has in store for star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward.
Irish filmmaker Graham Jones has made a name for himself with controversial and experimental films like How To Cheat In The Leaving Cert and Fudge 44. Never one to shy away dealing with challenging subject matter, his films have previously addressed topics such as suicide and schizophrenia. But his latest feature The Green Marker Scare borders on taboo, pushing the boundaries in all sorts of ways.
Sam Mendes brings depth to this stylish, action-packed Bond flick...
Beautifuly odd drama gives a complex insight into control, vulnerability and connection...
Despite beautiful scenery and a beautiful cast, adaptation fails to capture the magnetism and energy of Kerouac's iconic novel...
Though known as a surreal, silly and side-splittingly funny comic, Ross Noble has a serious side – and maybe even a dark one, as his scary new clown movie shows...
Though it skirts intriguing ideas about relationships and culture, quirky dramedy remains tonally fractured
Lazy, Badly Edited Sequel Leaves Both The Blood And The Fun On The Cutting Room Floor
Highlights from one of the Picnic's best corners...
Political comedy isn't as sharp or smart as one would hope for an election year
Quietly devastating morality play explores entitlement and guilt among tragedy celtic tiger cubs
Mind-numbingly repetitive and stupid zombie sci-fi instalment
Underwhelming road-trip rom-com saved by the chemistry of its stars...
Tense and emotionally gripping drama explores societal strictures in middle-class Iran
Despite its charming star, repetitive cycling thriller gets stuck in second gear
A fantastic cast elevate this nasty, hilarious and gripping social critique.
Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Bernard Hill.
En route to the Toronto Film Festival with Lenny Abrahamson’s film What Richard Did, a drama loosely based on the murder of Dublin teenager Brian Murphy outside Annabel’s nightclub, Irish actor Jack Reynor tells Roe McDermott about the personal, political and class-based themes of the film.
Directed by John Hillcoat. Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman. 115 mins Though Pearce and Hardy impress, violent prohibition-era western lacks focus
Directed by Nick Love. Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Paul Anderson. 112 mins Clichéd, machismo-fuelled remake is an unrealistic and inlikeable brutally fest
Directed by Ol Parker. Starring Dakota Fanning, Jeremy Irvine, Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams. 119 mins Despite some strong performances, cliché-ridden cancer film is emotionally manipulative
Directed by Pat Collins. Starring Eoghan Mac Giolla Bride. 84 mins Intriguing Examination of Ireland, history and the dull, deafening effect of modernity
The star of Trainspotting, Rome and Grey’s Anatomy Kevin McKidd has come over all patriotic in the new Pixar film Brave. He tells Roe McDermott about voice-work, being a parent and honouring his Scottish roots through his music.
Sublimely animated family tale is the most high-standard disappointment you'll ever see
Elegant, urgent and emotional examination of memory and the cosmos.
To mark World Refugee Day, members of the Karen Community, representatives from the UNHCR and Minister Alan Shatter gathered in the Lighthouse Cinema to watch Moving To Mars, a documentary on the plight of refugees.
Irish filmmaker Paul Duane is no stranger to extraordinary characters, but he was pushed to the limit filming Very Extremely Dangerous. He tells Roe McDermott about working with infamous musician and ex-con Jerry McGill – and the project that nearly killed them both.
We couldn’t have a Northern Ireland issue without honouring the incredible work in both film and television that’s being achieved up north. Roe McDermott has the low-down on the respected veterans and rising stars that hail from Belfast and beyond, as well as giving you the skinny on the biggest and best projects being produced in northern Ireland.
Tall, blonde, still stunning in her 40s and now a lauded filmmaker, ‘mumblecore’ maven Lynn Shelton explains how a difficult adolescence moulded her as an artist...
Neither dumb enough nor smart enough to be entertaining, b-movie takes itself far too seriously
Beautifully shot Australian drama addresses morality, family, ecology and individuality - but none thoroughly
Improvising actors shine in this sweet mumblecore tale of an almost-love triangle
A work in progress
Slow and surreal exploration of grief and ritual plays like a beautiful dream
Segal and Blunt charm in rom-com that's sweet, smart - but not 'the one'
Currently starring in the wild cheese-fest musical Rock of Ages, critics’ darling Paul Giamatti talks to Roe McDermott about character acting, over-analysing and why he’d rather not be famous.
Doc about Woody Allen proves as entertaining - if flippant - as the filmmaker himself
Based on a true story, period romance drama is pretty and political but predictable
Unscary, unimaginative and disrespectful, this Chernobyl-set horror is a disaster
Rap star's directorial debut is a brilliant, unrelentingly harsh depiction of urban London life
Rip-roaring rock musical proves such great fun that even Tom Cruise lightens up
A professional dancer, singer, martial arts performer and now actress, California girl Caity Lotz can – and no doubt will – do it all. The star of new horror flick The Pact tells Roe McDermott about dancing with Lady Gaga, why she hated filming a Ouija board scene and how she’s literally and figuratively kicking ass on the way to the top.
Beautiful and bleak, Tarr's swansong is a meditation on nihilism and the infinte loop
Dull WWII film fails to pay adequate tribute to real-life heroes
Director's feature debut is a muddle of horror chlchés, but occasionally shows promise
Disappointingly dated and charmless franchise instalment fails to justify its existence
Wes Anderson comes over all Wes Andersony in the most Wes Andersonized film in the history of Wes Anderson
The latest lazy Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration is all style, no substance
Famous for his turn as the manipulative villain in Hollyoaks, Emmett Scanlan is no stranger to sinister roles – but his current project sees him really plunging into the darkest depths of the human spirit. He tells Roe McDermott about playing evil in the hugely controversial film, Charlie Casanova.
Mel Gibson goes darkly funny in this gritty and violent Mexican western
Stimulating doc about the rise and fall of alcoholic award-winning author John Healy
Gruesome, relentless and magnificent Indonesian martial arts film is an instant, game-changing cult classic
Sacha Baron Cohen packs in punchlines, but little political punch, in broad comedy satire
Beautifully directed and complex, Monsieur Lazhar is an affecting lesson in learning and loss
The world knows him as the pretty boy with the great hair from High School Musical. But Zac Efron has grown up and wants an adult movie career (aww, you know what we mean). He talks about his gritty new war movie and the all-chicken diet that helped him bulk up for the part.
Nicholas Sparks returns with yet another emotionally-manipulative snuff porn flick
Gimmicky, chliched and incredibly dull, Silent House values long shots over effective shocks
After years of superhero film foreplay, the Avengers assemble for a brilliant climax
The most highly-anticipated superhero movie of the decade, Avengers Assemble has finally exploded onto our screens. Roe McDermott caught up with the incredible cast to talk about gun training, evil inspirations and group hugs – the big softies!
Sweet uplififting doc about the creator of Elmo is a warm labour of love
Absurdly stupid and derivative sci-fi action flick is a cinematic black hole
Having received an Oscar nomination for her role as the label-eschewing cross-dresser Hubert in Albert Nobbs, Janet McTeer tells Roe McDermott about why she hates labels, loves Brendan Gleeson and is enjoying life after 40.
JANET McTEER BREATHES LIFE INTO AN OTHERWISE LIFELESS FILM FAÇADE
STILL AND SLOW-MOVING PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG PAROLEE STRUGGLING WITH LIFE IN FRONT OF BARS
HILARIOUS, SMART AND ORIGINAL FRIGHt FLICK BRILLiaNTLY UNDOES ALL TRADITIONAL HORROR TROPES.
Having exploded onto our screens in Avatar, Sam Worthington returns to fine form in the action-packed Greek mythology sequel, Wrath Of The Titans. He tells Roe McDermott about his criticisms of the first film, coping with his relatively new fame and why he’ll never give up his addiction to Googling himself.
Pro-fashion, anti-ex-boyfriends and ready to become the next big thing, folk and soul singer Lianne La Havas just can’t stop sharing her innermost thoughts with the world. It’s a formula that has carried her to the brink of major league success. She tells Roe McDermott about her high-heeled journey towards the top.
Only 19, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is set for a very bright future, and he’s loving every minute of it. He tells Roe McDermott about crazy fan-girls, his crush on Jennifer Lawrence and why he’s still bitter he’s not Spiderman…
Long gone are the days of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Visiting Dublin to promote his new action thriller Contraband, Oscar-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg tells Roe McDermott how his producing career has turned him into a control freak; how his faith keeps him grounded and why the Entourage movie will never suffer the fate of Sex And The City.
Having directed videos for Hot Chip, Lily Allen and more, Nima Nourizadeh has been making waves for a while. With his feature debut, Project X, about to hit the screens, he tells Roe McDermott about working with Todd Philips, how the crazy antics on set might have resulted in a Project X baby, and the odd background of one of the lead actors.
Though beautifully shot, Araban drama feels inauthentic and dull.
Ken Lonergan's thought-provoking but messy drama proves as problematic as its production.
Once one of the acting elite, Nicolas Cage’s career has recently been marked by financial scandal and a string of critically lampooned movies. But his passion never wavers. He tells Roe McDermott about being fated to become an actor, how art and inner conflict drive his performances, and reprising his role as the world’s darkest hero in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
Though attractive and accurate, uninviting drama proves a dull introduction to psychoanalysis 101.
He achieved mega-fame as Aragorn in Lord Of The Rings. But Viggo Mortensen was never going to be a mere matinee idol. A poet, painter and deep thinker, his latest collaboration with director David Cronenberg sees Mortensen playing the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. We ask him to lie back on a couch and tell us all about it.
Life after Harry Potter proves to be hard for Daniel Radcliffe
Emotionally bullying 9/11 film loses all the wit and warmth of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel
The Muppets are back in this sublimely joyous, inspirational sensation
Elizabeth Olsen is stunning in slow-burning but chilling tale of a memory, manipulation and madness
Jason Segel could have embarked on any project he wanted after the success of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. So he decided to revive his first comedy love, The Muppets. He talks to Roe McDermott about the enduring popularity of Kermit and co.
George Clooney impresses in Alexander Payne's interesting, but flawed, dramedy.
Hill reverts back to his default obnoxious mode in this offensively unfunny "comedy"
Polanski's adaptation of Broadway play is a bitingly funny, brilliantly acted comedy of no manners.
Charlize Theron proves beautiful women can be ugly people in Jason Reitman's dark character study.
A beautifully acted and wonderfully organic portrait of the intensity of young love.
Former MMA star proves she can fight, but not act, in atrocious Dublin-based action flick.
Superb character-driven boardroom thriller is the Wall Street movie of a generation.
Best known for playing Stifler, the American Pie jock with the hot mom and unfortunate taste in beverages, Seann William Scott has finally grown up. In the best role of his career, he puts in a sweet and subtle performance as Doug Glatt in the brilliant ice-hockey comedy Goon. The self-deprecating actor talks to Roe McDermott about returning to the American Pie franchise, being snubbed by the Oscars (shocking) and how drinking semen became the defining moment in his career.
Roll up, roll up for the list of up-and-coming stars of Irish screen (and stage) you won’t be able to avoid in the 12 months ahead. They’re smart, they’re cute, they’re quirky – and it looks like they’re about to take over the world.
Sean William Scott scores big in this funny, foul-mouthed and feel-good ice-hockey flick
Fassbender is remarkable in raw and harrowing depiction of sexual addiction.
Delightful, joyful and infectious, The Artist celebrates the sound of silence.
Smart, sassy and stunning, Daniella Moyles is a successful model who makes frequent appearances in the gossip columns, alongside friends Georgia Salpa and the cast of Fade Street. Latterly, however, the 23 year-old beauty has become RTE’s latest presenting whiz-kid, joining Aidan Power on the music and sports show Bulletin TV where she gets up close and personal with some of the world’s biggest stars.
Hollywood’s lazy reliance on sequels and franchise movies reached an all-time nadir in 2011, but there were a few gems hidden among the trash if you looked carefully enough. Roe McDermott witnessed the good, the bad and the mediocre...
Michael Shannon captivates in a tense, atmospheric exploration of mental illness.
A warning to those attempting to chart Jeremy Renner’s advancement: there’s a serious risk of whiplash ahead. Staying under the radar with a modest career for over a decade, the American actor has suddenly become the talk of Tinseltown, receiving two Oscar nominations in as many years.
A sci-fi conceit hides an intimate, thoughful character-driven film that has more questions than answers.
Wonderfully animated adventure is fun, but lacks bite.
Hilarious and heartbreaking cancer tale is the most life-affirming film of the year.
Stupid but sweet stoner comedy is a mix of naughty and nice.
The nightmare story of the making of Dream House.
Nic Cage strikes out again in abominably dull thriller.
Terry McMahon’s psychological thriller Charlie Casanova has had a troubled gestation. With a script that had been repeatedly rejected by the Irish Film Board, no outside support and a miniscule budget, the Irish director’s hugely controversial examination of class, language and violence has achieved international acclaim and this month was picked up by Studio Canal.
Baseball and statistics somehow add up to a soulful, accessible sports drama.
Dark adaption of Emily Brontë’s romance is visually stunning, but overwrought.
Adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's long-unpublished novel proves dull and lifeless.
Domhnall Gleeson shines in smart, darkly funny examination of sex and loneliness.
The Coronas are on the march. Having spent six weeks in LA working with studio guru Tony Hoffer on their third album Closer to You, they are about to embark on a campaign for world domination that will take them right through next year. So what is it that makes the band tick? In a remarklably revealing interview, Ireland’s most down-to-earth frontman Danny O’Reilly tells Roe McDermott about the making of The Coronas’ masterpiece, why he’d never go solo, working with his mammy – and how a certain blonde beauty has stolen his heart.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut is a beautifully acted but self-indulgent search for depth.
Complex and controversial thriller reimagined as an insulting, ineffective macho revenge tale.
Between appearing in the Coen brothers’ western True Grit and the hugely successful Harry Potter films, it’s safe to say that the past year has been a good one for Domhnall Gleeson. Currently starring in Irish sex-based dramedy Sensation, he talks to Roe McDermott about Ireland’s relationship with sex, his directorial aspirations and why you should never google yourself.
Rebecca Hall is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale and scare-free spook story.
Dull and predictable sci-fi thriller will keep you looking at your watch.
Clooney's political drama is smart and engaging, but ultimately slight.
Jumbled exploration of Shakespearian conspiracy theory never finds its tone.
As the cast and crew of Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger wrap on their final day of filming in Dublin, Roe McDermott finds out how two cultures combined, as henna was traded for hurleys.
With an already impressive array of films under his belt, including Billy Elliot, King Kong, Flags Of Our Fathers and Jane Eyre, Jamie Bell has now achieved his childhood dream of working with Steven Spielberg. Taking the lead role in Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, he talks to Roe McDermott about working with his hero, reimagining the controversial comic, and how he uses his work to exorcise his personal demons.
A wonderful ensemble cast elevate the emotion in a whitewashed racism-based drama.
Deeply unsettling drama explores a mother and son's relationship with hatred and evil.
Light, funny documentary on product placement is all sponsorship, no substance.
With his award-winning debut Parked set for an American release, Darragh Byrne talks to Roe McDermott about the potential of Irish cinema, the social and economic resonances of his film and working with Irish acting stalwart Colm Meaney.
Beautifully shot sci-fi romance is an intimate exploration of human experience.
Nonsensical adventure remake is all steampunk and stunts, no substance.
Colm Meaney is superb in understated but assured Irish drama.
Formulaic horror offers chilling moments, but its anti-smurf demons fail to scare.
Woody Allen's warm, whimsical romance is an irresistible exercise in nostalgia.
Annointed the critics’ golden boy with his low-budget debut Clerks, actor, director and writer Kevin Smith has since had as many misses as hits. So for his new politically tinged horror Red State, Smith turned his back on Hollywood and distributed the film himself.
Kevin Smith's political horror has a brilliantly chilling premise, but quickly loses it's way.
Documentary about young vs. old media as a fascinating front page to a very complex story.
Inspiring true story undermined by a sanitised and sickly sweet religious theme.
Lars von Trier's psychological drama is beautiful, but shockingly, lacks bite.
Edgy and vicious b-movie action thriller.
Like Pinky and the Brain, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anton Yelchin seem an unlikely pairing, but have quickly become inseparable. Not one to break up a beautiful bromance, Roe McDermott spoke to the up-and-coming stars about their friendship, the Mel Gibson controversy, the problem with women and how they’re well on their way to taking over the world.
Gross-out body-switch comedy is consistently amusing, if not exactly life-changing.
Misguided festival flirtation flick is a badly acted and ineffective ad for T in the Park.
Striking and visceral Scotland- based thriller loses focus in second act.
Well- acted but slight indie romance shows the trials and tribulations of teenage love
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis' natural chemistry elevate the predictable premise of amiable rom-com.
The inbetweeners are back- bigger, brasher and as brilliant as ever
Fun horror comedy vampire flick bares its fangs while keeping tongue firmly in cheek
Uplifting, low-budget indie flick is an irresistible combination of sweet and sour
Iredeemable adaption loses all the charm, humour and romance of David Nichol's bestselling novel.
Fresh from the set of Horrible Bosses, Colin Farrell’s role as a predatory vampire in the comedy horror Fright Night marks another wildly fun part. Here, he talks about getting older, fatherhood being easier the second time round – and why he’ll always return home to work with Irish filmmakers.
Almodovar's outrageous, shocking and stunning arthouse horror is the work of a mad genious.
Fascinating documentary reveals little about chimps but lots about the barabarity of humans.
Sanitised holocaust drama mixes the good and the bad.
Dominic Cooper's role impresses in stagnant, sleazy tale of Uday Hussein.
Beautifully shot exploration of grief falters due to overgrown central metaphor.
Tense, pacey and featuring brilliant special effects, rise acts as both a great origins film and an impressive reboot.
Having just played an assassin in Hanna, currently starring as a sweet but isolated Borrower in the Japanese animated film Arrietty, and with roles as vampires and hit-women in the future, Roe McDermott was pleased to find that the Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan wasn’t anywhere near as scary as her CV might suggest. She reveals how her assassin training, a ukulele and a hula-hoop are going to land her a headlining slot at Oxegen next year.
Fantastic performances and consistently funny jokes in a no-work all-play comedy
Potentially affecting immigrant drama suffers a bad case of patronising white guilt
Beautiful japanese animated film is a sweet and soothing friendship fable.
Charming, funny and exciting Sci- Fi flick is a nostalgic return to great family film.
Unique exploration of life and creation pushes visionary filmmaking to the extreme.
Warm indie film examines two generations' struggle to find love.
Brilliant premise and superb performances make this prison drama a tense, thrilling experience.
Lack of emotion in this action-packed finale makes for a less than spellbinding climax.
Lazy, emotionless sequel is a disappointing - if visually impressive - offering from Pixar.
It had to end sometime. But how does it feel now for the actors who spent their teenage years growing up in public as stars of the extraordinarily successful fantasy saga, Harry Potter?
Superbly acted Iranian drama is a morally complex tale of religion and responsibility
He’s the dean of Irish screen acting, with a CV that includes Hollywood blockbusters and low budget independent films. In his latest movie Brendan Gleeson plays a feckless Garda, riding shot-gun with an African-American FBI agent. But is there more to the character than meets the eye? Gleeson holds forth on the sticky issue of Irish people and race, Barack Obama’s recent visit and why he is determined to bring Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds to the big screen. Words: Roe McDermott
Brendan Gleeson shines as an irreverent Garda in this brilliantly sharp black comedy.
Clumsy directing and a seedy tone drain all life from this African gangster film
Tom Hanks boring, unfunny and irredeemable pet project is a lesson in how not to make a film
Brendan Gleeson shines as an irreverent Garda in this brilliantly sharp black comedy
Brilliant performances and a tragic premise make for an affecting war drama
Doomsday documentary about nuclear weapons implodes into pro-America propaganda.
Currently starring in the funniest comedy of the year, the outrageous Bridesmaids, Sligo actor Chris O’Dowd tells Roe McDermott about how being a bit chubby set him on the path to comedy, the advantages of being Irish in Hollywood and what it’s like taking on the girl’s role for a change. Oh, and then he threw a chair at her!
A hilarious, outrageous female-led comedy marks SNL regular as comic gem
He who shall not be named puts in a magical performance in unconventional drama
Bad Teacher? More like bad filmmaking, as Cameron Diaz fails to amuse
Documentary about F1 icon is a brilliantly crafted thrill ride
Dull remake is indefensibly thoughtless
Ian Power, director of the uplifting Cork-based film The Runway, talks to Roe McDermott about the community spirit of 1980s Ireland, how the Celtic Tiger made us lose our sense of welcome — and the Colombian pilot who became an Irish boy’s ET.
Irish community-based comedy is a warm-hearted feelgood family movie
Intelligent, character-driven prequel breathes new life into X-Men franchise
Slow-burning, subtle examination of infidelity packs an emotional wallop
Despite a brilliant premise and haunting moments, Guillem Morales’ Spanish horror lacks focus
Perfectly contructed, heartwarming and funny drama starring Paul Giamatti will win you over
With the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean installment released this month, Roe McDermott somehow manages to keep her cool in the face of Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane...
Less swashbuckling than very safe, lucrative maritime money-spinner proves predictable
Jason Statham stars in brilliant, funny and vicious thriller
As Irish director Conor Horgan’s post-apocalyptic drama One Hundred Mornings is released, he talks to Roe McDermott about societal breakdowns, morality and why even at the end of the world we’ll be sleeping with the wrong people.
The creators of the most successful horror franchise ever, Saw, are back to terrify us all, this time with their old-school haunted house film Insidious. Roe McDermott spoke to director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell about why they hate the term ‘torture porn’ and how they’re getting more subtle in their old age.
Carmel Winters, the award-winning director of the hard-hitting Irish drama Snap talks to Roe McDermott about kidnap, torture and abuse; working with the late Mick Lally on one of his last ever projects; and how in the past Irish film has sensationalised and simplified tales of abuse.
Ireland’s thriving neo-burlesque scene continues to push boundaries, provoke reactions — and make people think. But is it all just a glorified form of lap-dancing? Roe McDermott investigates...
Neil McCormick’s quest for rock and roll fame has been chronicled in the comedy rock movie Killing Bono. He talks to Roe McDermott about the making of the movie, why Bono told McCormick to kill him – and how naked women and goats played a part in his job interview for Hot Press…
Robert Sheehan, the hyperactive star of E4’s Misfits and Killing Bono, stops bouncing around for just long enough to tell Roe McDermott about shooting red-hot sex scenes with 76-year-olds, how he caused Nicolas Cage to burn his own hand in order to stop laughing on set, and working with Pete Postlethwaite in his last ever film role. Oh, and Killing Bono...
He’s starred in The IT Crowd, been in The Mighty Boosh, won awards for his music videos, counts Noel Fielding and Alex Turner among his close friends and has directed one of the most brilliant indie films of recent memory, the hilarious and quirky Submarine. And yet, Richard Ayoade assures Roe McDermott that he’s not cool. Eh, we may have to agree to disagree on that one…
Moralising and somewhat belated American political drama falls flat.
David Michôd, director of critically acclaimed Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, talks to Roe McDermott about the Melbourne crime scene, Jackie Weaver’s Oscar nominated performance and why not going to therapy has helped his art.
They’re the YouTube sensations who have parlayed a novelty hit into a proper pop career. The Rubberbandits talk about riding, rhyming and the fashionista potential of plastic bags.
Maybe it was the time of year, the inspiring music or the hours spent in a tiny church in the tranquil setting of Dingle, but the Other Voices festival seemed to bring out the philosopher in all its performers. Roe McDermott caught up with Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and ASIWYFA as they talked about the highs and lows of 2010.
DJ Caruso, director of Taking Lives, Disturbia and new sci-fi flick I Am Number Four talks to Roe McDermott about using his parenting skills with young actors, the genius of Alfred Hitchcock and whether or not he’s an alien believer…
Sandler And Aniston's Charming Chemistry Save Predictable Rom-Com
Sanctum 3D Ironically Proves To Be Completely One Dimensional
Coen Brothers Eschew Usual Quirks For A Classic Western
Not A Classic, But Then, Parodying Shakespeare Is Very Hard To Do...
The maverick record label that gave the world My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream and Oasis is the subject of a eye-popping new documentary, which receives its Irish premiere as part of the Jameson Dublin Irish Film Festival. Danny O’Connor talks about getting inside the Creation story.
Kerry: it’s not all about Jackie Healy-Rae, you know. There’s also plenty of beautiful scenery and great nightlife on offer...
He’s the electric fiddle playing bad boy who claims Foals as an influence and found fame via-reality television. No, you haven’t seen anyone quite like Daithí Ó Drónaí before!
He’s that rarest of creatures: an Irish Oscar winner. But if Richard Baneham sat next to you on the bus you wouldn’t recognize him. That’s because he toils behind the scenes as a special effects ace. He talks about hooking up with James Cameron on Avatar and gives his thoughts on the debate raging around Hollywood – 3D or not 3D?
She’s the Irish chanteuse on everyone’s lips. Even if nobody is quite sure who she is. Here, The Danger Is breaks her silence for an exclusive interview
Classy Brit-drama screams Oscar contender
Dating couples be warned: this ain’t no rom-com.
Hilary Swank stars in glorified TV movie
Bonkers ballet drama easier to admire than love
Enjoyable but insubstantial comedy
The Netherlands’ Eurosonic festival has grown over the years into an internationally acclaimed three-day affair showcasing the best of international music talent...
The controversy about the Corrib Gas Pipeline is the subject of an acclaimed new documentary The Pipe, masterminded by young Irish director Risteard O’Domhnaill
Both the scenery and performances in Beauvois’ film are impressive, but its downfall is mistakenly believing that the power of God is more inspiring than the power of men
Given that I originally thought Secretariat was a sexy, edgy S&M movie about James Spader and his pet mare, you can only imagine my disappointment
Megamind looks fantastic, but Dreamworks has again failed to provide us with characters we can actually care about
The Pipe is not only a brilliantly edited and engagingly character-driven narrative, but a disturbing and timely depiction of the failings of our justice system.
How does a man move from directing meisterworks like Being John Malkovich to prodcucing Jackass 3D? Easy. Or so says the extraordinary and unflappable Spike Jonze
Techno shift sees Sacramento outfit lose their way
Filled with predictably extreme caricatures, comically excessive violence, 1980s porn music and self-referential humor, Machete is pretty entertaining... for about 20 minutes
I never thought I’d say this, but bring on the American remake...
Not the most exciting film of the series, but Yates manages to establish the mature, sombre tone needed to lead into the final film...
A family’s confession of alcoholism, brain haemorrhages, drugs, prostitution, domestic violence and a toddler who dies of a methadone overdose
Acclaimed director Mike Leigh talks to Roe McDermott about his new film Another Year, thick actors and his stand against the Israeli government.
An unspoken question lingers here; “How happy can you be on your own?”
Unoriginal, preachy and overwrought, this award bait’s dead in the water.
Roe McDermott meets Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine as Jackass 3D hits cinemas
Knoxville and co’s charisma used to keep the gags entertaining, but their lack of energy this time round just makes it uncomfortable...
It might not live up to The Hangover, Due Date sure has a cast you’d want to go drinking with.
Jake West’s documentary on the Video Nasties panic of the early ‘80s proves all too timely, given that last month the Irish Film Classification Office banned the original 1978 version of the notorious rape-revenge saga I Spit On Your Grave.
Never likely to be confused with Club M or Copperface Jack’s, new phenomena such as Midnight Burlectro, Torture Garden and the Sedition Industries are adding a touch of diversity to Dublin’s night-life
An enjoyable but thoroughly unoriginal series of explosions, quick escapes and weaponry displays
Though The Hunter aims for tension, it’s way off target, hitting tedium instead
If something occurs but you don’t share it on Facebook, did it ever really happen?
A wise, visually unique, emotional gem of a film that will leave you wondering how two clay figures damn near broke your heart.
Someone tell Javier Bardem to watch out: there’s a new kid on the block
On a trip to Blighty, Jason Byrne talks about helming his own BBC show and explains why he definitely won't be forsaking the old country for a career in the UK
No horns but plenty to love in scenester's new album
Glorified muzak from much hyped 'chillwave' pioneer
The quality of Bublé’s voice is never in question, but he’s too smooth to be affecting...
Eoin Glackin may have just released an album, but it’s his blagging abilities that are really impressive. Loads of people write great songs, but how many people manage to sneak backstage to meet Leonard Cohen? He lets Roe McDermott in on his gatecrashing tips.
t may have got off to a slow start, but Republic of Loose came through as always. I’ll definitely be checking out the other gigs of their Academy residency.
Though the songs are catchy, and having an Irish electro frontwoman is a much-needed addition to the current domestic scene, it’s hard for a one woman electro machine to maintain the interest.
Frontman of Groom and founder of Popical Island Mike Stevens talks to Roe McDermott about therapy, running away, the curmudgeonly Irish music scene and being a knob. (His bandmates’ words, not ours!)
UNDERWHELMING RESULTS AS THE GANG GO JUNGLE
Roe McDermott examines the new regulations regarding codeine, and becomes a drug mule for a day to see if pharmacies are actually following them.
The album is great, and I fully recommend blasting it out on a summer’s day, but for future gigs, be warned: it’s B.Y.O.A: Bring Your Own Atmosphere.
Heady stylistic mix from Indie big band
The launch gig for This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank proved that the trio’s performances are as electric and explosive as their music.
Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, star of the award-winning play Little Gem, tells us about meerkats, acting out risque scenes on stage and, em, nervous farting.Roe
Anna Murphy from We Should Be Dead talks to Roe McDermott about the differences between Limerick and L.A., playing Simon Cowell when auditioning new band members and her haunted phone…
We’re told we live in a post-sexist age. So why do so many people have issues with female comedians?
Gays and lesbians are finally on the way to be being regarded as equals under Irish law. But could it be that the gay community has issues with the 'bis' and transexuals who are both part of gay culture - but are treated as outsiders?
A little diction from The Cold 100 and they could rock it out, but tonight belongs to Maud
Blogs on hotpress.com
Additional Sites on hotpress.com
13 Trinity Street,
Rep. Of Ireland
Tel: +353 (1) 241 1500
Click here for more contact information.
Click here to find out more about Hot Press
Hot Press always welcomes feed back so if you've got something to tell us click here.
Advertise With Us
For more detail on how to advertise with Hot Press click here or call us on +353 (1) 241 1540