All articles by: Patrick Mulcahy

Film: That shrinking feeling

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Downsizing Director: Alexander Payne   Downsizing is so many films packed into its 135-minute running time that I almost don’t know where to begin. It is an ecological fable in …

Film: What cash can’t buy

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

All the Money in the World Director: Ridley Scott Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ­Missouri Director: Martin McDonagh The kidnap of 16-year-old Paul Getty, the grandson of oil billionaire Jean Paul …

Film: Swedish savvy – ‘We had parties here’

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Stockholm International Film Festival 2017 Some film festivals gain reputations by hosting premieres of hitherto unseen work, new films from internationally acclaimed directors accompanied by a traffic-stopping celebrity cast. Others …

Film: A glorious decline

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Director: Paul McGuigan Ingrid Goes West Director: Matt Spicer As Gloria Grahame, Annette Bening (pictured, with Jamie Bell) convincingly embodies a 1950s Hollywood screen …

Film: Life on the margins

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Florida Project Director: Sean Baker Breathe Director: Andy Serkis The Florida Project is an audience-dividing movie of Brexit-level proportions – or Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Proportions, if you would prefer …

Film: London calling

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

London Film Festival 2017 The 61st London Film Festival (October 4-15) began with a rousing plea for ­disability not to be seen as a limiter (Breathe) and closed with a …

Film: Larky and unexceptional

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Director: Matthew Vaughn The Exception Director: David Leveaux Kingsman: The Secret Service, freely adapted from the 2002 comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons by …

American mood

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Wind River Director: Taylor Sheridan Patti Cake$ Director: Geremy Jasper

Film: Survival as intimate epic

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Dunkirk Director:?Christopher Nolan Nothing in British writer-director ­Christopher Nolan’s oeuvre – not Memento, Inception nor the Dark Knight trilogy – prepares you for the Second World War spectacle Dunkirk. It …

Film: Park City in Piccadilly

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Sundance London 2017 For four days in June, Park City Utah came to Piccadilly Circus. Sundance London returned with a selection of independently-produced American films – dramas, documentaries and the …

Film: Zac and Rock at bay

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Baywatch Director: Seth Gordon Zac Efron needs better career advice. For the past three years, he has been cast against type as a hard partier who would defend his right …

Film: Comedic outrage

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Other Side of Hope Director: Aki Kaurismäki The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) is writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s second film, after 2011’s Le Havre, on a refugee theme. …

Film: Unshakeable sights

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Lady Macbeth Director: William Oldroyd Their Finest Director: Lone Scherfig Normally in a cinema-going year I struggle to see one British movie that is truly ­exceptional. It is only May …

Film: See Emily play

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

A Quiet Passion Director: Terence Davies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Director: James Gunn A Quiet Passion, a biopic of the poet Emily Dickinson, is the first Terence Davies …

Film: Fast learning curve

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Graduation Director: Cristian Mungiu A Moving Image Director: Shola Amoo On Transparency International’s 2016 “Perceptions of Corruption” index, where a score of 100 denotes “very clean” and 0 is “highly …