SING STREET

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Carney Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Ben Carolan, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Mark McKenna, Don Wycherley, Percy Chamburuka, Ian Kennedy. There is a strong semi-autobiographical element to this fantastic, charming and slightly quirky Irish coming of age story from writer/director John Carney (Once, Begin Again), who drew upon his own experiences of growing up in Dublin in the mid 80s. Set in Dublin in 1985 the film looks at themes of adolescent angst, the pangs of first love, dysfunctional Continue reading

BROOKLYN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Crowley Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jane Brennan, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott. Set in the 1950s, this Oscar nominated romantic story exploring one woman's experience of the post-war immigration to America is also a sweet love story and coming of age tale. Eilis Lacey (played by Saoirse Ronan) is an introspective, sensitive and somewhat naive young Irish girl who leaves her small, claustrophobic village and goes to Brooklyn for work and a new life. She leaves behind the insular Continue reading