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The Breadwinner

21 May 20183 stars

Oscar-nominated, Afghanistan-set animation from Irish filmmaker Nora Twomey

Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award at this year's ceremony, The Breadwinner is Irish filmmaker Nora Twomey's follow-up to The Secret of Kells (co-directed with Tomm Moore), which was itself nominated for an Oscar back in 2010. This…


21 May 20183 stars

Sheila Hancock shines at the centre of an inspiring, unashamedly feel-good story

Veteran access Sheila Hancock (now 85) headlines this unashamedly feel-good picture with its inspirational, albeit slightly irresponsible central message. It's a strong showcase for Hancock's considerable talent, even if it is somewhat formulaic in its…

This Is Congo

21 May 20185 stars

Hard-hitting and essential documentary set in the titular, war-torn country

In the opening minutes of Daniel McCabe's hard-hitting documentary, his camera cowers in the grass with huddles of migrating people as deafening missiles thunder at close range over their heads. As parents protect their children, very few of the…

The Wild Pear Tree

21 May 20184 stars

Cannes 2018: Elegiac, beautifully shot drama from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan continues to command attention as a modern-day Chekhov with the meandering, elegiac The Wild Pear Tree. The story of a prodigal son and an errant father unfolds at a lugubrious pace, gently immersing itself in the rhythms of everyday…

The Little Vampire

21 May 20182 stars

Disappointing animated adaptation of the beloved children's book

Angela Sommer-Bodenburg's 1979 creation remains something of a staple for precocious children with a thirst for horror topics, even though the content is safe for little ones. Numerous books, a television series, a 2000 film and now this animated reboot…