Jim Sheridan’s Secret saga fails to soar

A story of Ireland’s guilty history and the Catholic Church’s toxic misogyny becomes a treacly, simplified romance

26th March, 2017
Rooney Mara and Jack Reynor in The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture: Directed by Jim Sheridan, Nationwide, 12A, Rating: **

The Lost City of Z: Directed by James Gray, Nationwide, 15A, Rating: ***

The first time it happens, the soaring image of the daring pilot “dancing in the sky”, as Rose puts it, symbolises Ireland’s isolation from the war raging in Europe. The second time round, personal fate and national fate have become entwined, but the laws of diminishing returns apply. The...

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