The Cinema Corner – November 18th

Movie of the week - Indignation

Movie of the week – Indignation

The novels of Philip Roth haven’t translated well to cinema, but this week sees the release of a rare successful Roth adaptation. Indignation is the story of a young atheist from a Jewish background (Logan Lerman) struggling to get by at a conservative college in the 1950s. It’s beautifully acted and never lets its quiet anger surface as overbearing melodrama.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

JK Rowling makes her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a five movie series of prequels set in the Harry Potter universe. Eddie Redmayne is an engaging lead, and Rowling establishes an intriguing world, but it ultimately devolves into a series of superhero movie tropes.

It's Only the End of the World - playing at The IFI's French Film Festival

It’s Only the End of the World – playing at The IFI’s French Film Festival

Fans of Gallic cinema will be flocking to the Irish Film Institute, where the annual French Film Festival is now underway and continuing over the next week. This year boasts a particularly strong crop, with Irish premieres of new movies from such auteurs as Xavier Dolan, The Dardennes and Bruno Dumont, along with screenings of French classics.

Inland Empire

Inland Empire

The Lighthouse continues its David Lynch season with 2006’s head-trip, Inland Empire, on Wednesday. I can’t say I’m a fan of this one; it’s a little too derivative of his previous masterpiece, Mulholland Drive, and at times it veers dangerously close to self-parody, but die-hard Lynch-ites will no doubt want to catch this on the big screen.

By Eric Hillis of