Film Reviews

John Maguire: Beautifully acted drama delves into the heart of Irish identity

In Bruges stars Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell are reunited in Martin McDonagh’s black comedy about male friendship, community and tradition set on a remote island in 1920s Ireland

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin: an electrifying fable of male pride, wounded and burnished by the shackles of community and tradition

Cinema is a palace built on a mound of broken hearts. Since the dawn of the medium, the agony of romantic love has been told in thousands of films. The pain of divorce and separation has been exposed in a thousand more. But that’s star-crossed lovers, never the most stable bunch. How do you end a friendship? And when those friends are living on a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland in the ...