The break-out from the Maze prison in 1983 was ultimately unsuccessful – most of the 38 prisoners who escaped were either captured or killed – but it could be argued that it galvanised the powers-that-be towards  the Good Friday Agreement which occurred more than a decade later. This brilliant film is set in the aftermath of...

Ever since January, when this independent film about a struggling rap singer premiered at Sundance – ‘indie’ works tend to shine there – it’s been the talk of the industry. It was taken up by the distributor Fox Searchlight and the rest is history. Not being a great lover of rap music – I’ve never...

Did you know there’s no demographic for missing North American Indian women? I didn’t either until I saw this downbeat thriller. A teenager called Natalie is found dead on a deserted reservation. FBI agent Jane (Elizabeth Olsen) and wildlife tracker Cory (Jeremy Renner) want to find out how it happened. An autopsy reveals she...

Maddy has spent most of her 18-year life cooped up in her custom-built California home. Her world is the internet. She can’t go outside the door because she suffers from a rare condition SCID (Severe Combined Immuno Deficiency). Translated into English, that means her immune system doesn’t work. Any virus could kill her.She lives with...

A bullet rings out in the night sky. It’s been discharged from a toy gun by a black man in a hotel room. Shortly afterwards the room is stormed by policemen. The people in the room are thrown against a wall. For the next hour they’re insulted, assaulted and threatened with death. Then murder occurs (I won’t say how). The...

He walks like John Wayne. He talks like Dr Phil. Who is he? He’s Al Gore, the man who once said, “I used to be the next President of the United States.”That didn’t happen but something else did. He found a life outside politics. A life of lecturing on ecology, on the way to make our world safer. Today he describes himself...

“Romantic England’s dead and gone,” says Steven Patrick Morrissey,  deliberately misquoting Yeats in this engrossing biopic, “it’s with Jane Austen in the grave”. Elsewhere his mother makes a wallpaper joke about his hero Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s reputed last words, remember, were: “Either that...

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