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What’s Worth Watching – July 2015

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Ah July! You bring the Fleadh, lots of big giant blockbusters and some currently-unknown arthouse gems. Bring it on.

(incomplete listings as of 01/07)

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  • Hot Pursuit (2015)
  • Beyond the Reach (2014)
  • 13 Minutes (2015)
  • Man With a Movie Camera (1929)

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These films are all receiving general or limited releases in Ireland this month, no festival or one-off showings are included. Let us know what we’ve missed – contact@spoooool.ie.



#1 – Amy

July 3rd

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At first I tend to be quite cynical about documentaries about recently deceased icons. Too often, they’re lazily put together rush-jobs with talking heads afraid to really get to grips with the true identity of the subject.

With all the pre-release talk around Amy, it seems like Asif Kapadia’s documentary will be worth the wait. The woman was such a captivating, tragic figure and yet people were not afraid to discuss her demons while she was still alive. Following on from the surprising Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck earlier this year, here’s hoping for another fair look at a great musical talent – without any of the unnecessary tabloid drama attached.

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#2 – Song of the Sea

July 10th

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One of the year’s most highly-anticipated Irish films is finally making its way onto cinema screens, having spent much of the early part of the year dining at Hollywood’s top table, with an Oscar nomination for best Animated Feature and a (comparatively) successful limited release across North America which saw it gross almost a million dollars and score a stunning 98% on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The film is Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon’s follow-up to the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, and this time sees director Tomm Moore telling the story of an a young Irish boy (David Rawle) who discovers that his mute sister is a “selkie” who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (voiced by Fionnula Flanagan). Fun.

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#3 – Maggie

July 17th

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Low-budget. Arnie. Zombies.

The only Schwarzenegger movie worth seeing this month. Sorry Terminatorzzz…..

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#4 – Inside Out

July 24th

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Pixar looks to be getting back on form with Pete Doctor’s return to the director’s chair. He previously directed Up and Monsters: Incand worked as a writer on lots of other Pixar hits.

The film is pretty high-concept, but the studio has always been up for a bit of risk-taking (“Hey guys, gimme some money to tell a story about an old guy who takes his house for a balloon ride!”). Here’s the plot summary. #Mental

Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

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#5 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 30th

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Here’s a fact: Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is one of the most under-rated big blockbusters of the last five years, making the best use of true IMAX that I’d ever seen.

Will this be as good as its predecessor? Almost certainly not. Might it be ridiculous, bombastic and fun? Fingers crossed.

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Nigel

Nigel loves stupid films almost as much as he likes clever films. He'll watch anything but is usually drawn to documentaries, North American independent films, Irish cinema and gung-ho, balls-to-the-walls Hollywood blockbusters. Here's what he's been watching.