All articles by: Patrick Mulcahy

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 …

Film: Firestarter and prodigy

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Free Fire Director: Ben Wheatley Another Mother’s Son Director: Christopher Menaul Director Ben Wheatley’s sixth feature, Free Fire, is a human cartoon, in which two trading partners are soured by …

Film: Tense and resonant

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Salesman Director: Asghar Farhadi Aquarius Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho In its print version, the newspaper Metro bizarrely described the open-air screening on February 26 of The Salesman (pictured) at …

Film: Moonlight serenade

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Moonlight Director: Barry Jenkins Elle Director: Paul Verhoeven I normally only miss the American Academy Awards on TV if I am in a medically-induced coma – it happened in 2012 …

Film: Burger to meal ticket

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Founder Director: Niall McCann   Lost in France Director: Niall McCann A cinematic account of the man who took someone else’s idea, franchised it, made millions and then stole …

Film: All that glitters

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Gold Director: Stephen Gaghan Toni Erdmann Director Maren Ade You can’t chase an Oscar nomination; you have to let it surprise you. This is a lesson not yet learned by …

Film: Redemption trail

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Hacksaw Ridge Director: Mel Gibson Lion Director Garth Davis Whatever one thinks of Mel Gibson the man – troubled, offensive, with two criminal convictions for drunken driving and battery erased …

Film: The man, the myth

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Snowden Dir: Oliver Stone Early on in the “what made him do it” drama, Snowden, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is asked: “Why do you want to join the CIA?” “Because …