[PASSNOTES] SAMBA (2014)

May 15th, 2015

Samba (2015) Dir. Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache – QFT Belfast Who’s in it? Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Sy What’s it about? Working as a dishwasher in a fancy French hotel, Senegalese migrant Samba (Sy) is put into the path of inexperienced immigration officer Alice (Gainsbourg) after an administrative error leaves his immigration status in doubt. […]

[PASSNOTES] X+Y (2014)

April 2nd, 2015

X+Y (2014) Dir. Morgan Matthews – QFT Belfast 21st Mar Who’s in it? Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins What’s it about? With a strong cast and a charming true events inspired story about a young autistic boy who finds confidence and a new lease of life through his love for Maths, Morgan Matthews finds […]

[PASSNOTES] THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1949)

October 27th, 2014

The Fountainhead (1949) Dir. King Vidor – QFT Belfast 25th Oct Who’s in it? Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey What’s it about? High ideals and love on the rocks (quite literally, as our hero works in a quarry) are the order of the day in a film shamelessly “towering to new dramatic heights” in […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘QUATERMASS AND THE PIT’ (1967)

September 5th, 2014

Quatermass and the Pit (1967) Dir. Roy Ward Baker – QFT 6th Sept Who’s in it? James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover What’s it about? Released in the U.S as Five Million Years to Earth, Quatermass and the Pit is based on Roger Kneale’s 1958 BBC TV serial Quatermass and follows the potentially […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘LE WEEK-END’ TAKES A WARTS N’ ALL LOOK AT MODERN MARRIAGE

October 15th, 2013

Le Week-end (15) – Dir. Roger Michell – In cinemas 11th October Who’s in it? Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Duncan What’s it about? Anchored by an uncompromising script from art-house writer Hanif Kureishi (My Son the Fanactic) and measured, intense performances from drama veterans Jim Broadbent (Another Year) and Lindsay Duncan (About Time), Le […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘BEFORE MIDNIGHT’ IS AN INTIMATE LOOK AT THE UPS AND DOWNS OF MARRIED LIFE

June 28th, 2013

Before Midnight (15) Dir. Richard Linklater – Out 28th June QFT Belfast Who’s in it? Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke What’s it about? Before Midnight takes an intimate look at the ups and downs of married life. Now an established couple pushing forty with twin daughters, Celine (Delpy) and Jesse (Hawke) continue the relationship they began […]

BELFAST FILM FESTIVAL: A HIJACKING (2012) PUTS A PREMIUM ON COMPASSION

April 15th, 2013

Less is more in Danish director Tobias Lindholm’s excruciating piracy drama. The tension of a desperate situation is drawn out like a knife in a masterful display of minimalist movie-making from the writer of The Hunt. Whoever coined the phrase “less is more” may well have had in mind the kind of ice cold stomach […]

SUPER 8 IS A WARM SLICE OF 70s NOSTALGIA

August 14th, 2011

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a terrible accident when a train is derailed by a truck. When local people (and dogs) go missing and mysterious incidents are reported all over town, they try to solve the mystery using footage of the crash captured on their […]

ROUTE IRISH: A BAD DAY IN BAGHDAD

April 2nd, 2011

Dir. Ken Loach Cast: Mark Womack, John Bishop, Andrea Lowe, Talib Kasool Release Date: 18th March 2011 The colour of money is tainted with civilian blood in Ken Loach’s return to serious subject matter. After his light-hearted, dreamy departure from violence and politics with Looking for Eric, in Route Irish he tells the story of […]

BLUE VALENTINE

March 9th, 2011

Dir. Dereck Cianfrance Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams Blue Valentine is not a love story. It is a story about love. Director Dereck Cianfrance reveals the inspiration behind the making of this story of ‘profound love and wrenching disappointment’: “When I was a child I had two nightmares” he says, “nuclear war and my parent’s […]

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