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What’s Worth Watching – 10 Films for September 2015


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Ricki and the Flash

September 4th

Ricky (Meryl Streep) performs at the Salt Well in TriStar Pictures' RICKI AND THE FLASH.

I saw this last week and was expecting a real dud on a par with something like Rock of Ages. What we got was a sensitive, considered and damn enjoyable story of a woman who was struggling with her choices. I’m as surprised as you are.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

September 4th

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One of the big hits from this year’s Sundance Film Festival (winning the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic) and surely the month’s catchiest, rhymiest title.

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September 9th


We differ in opinions over Tom Hardy’s acting ability here at Spooool, for my money the man’s a fine actor but really needs to be a little clearer in his delivery. He has grunted, murmured and scowled his way through a few too many roles.

But then you think of something like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or last year’s Locke and you’re reminded of the range and characterisation that he can bring to a role. Here’s hoping this double-header of playing opposite himself will have inspired another big performance.

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Irrational Man

September 11th

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It’s only got 40% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s the new Woody Allen. Need I say more?

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The Visit

September 11th

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Shyamalan’s best picture since The Village! Or so the press coverage would lead you to believe. It’s a low-budget horror which he financed himself and cast with mostly unknown actors – Kathryn Hahn aside.

The man could do with a bit of a win after a string of flops and disappointments as long as your arm. (Apologies to the one person who actually like The Last Airbender.)

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September 18th


Are you impressed by ensemble cast lists? I am.

Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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A Girl at My Door

September 25th


A July film coming out in September? Eh?

July Jung’s debut looks like a terrible mysterious Korean drama with rave reviews for the two lead actresses Bae Doo-na and Kim Sae-ron. The film played at Cannes 2014, playing the Un Certain Regard programme there.

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September 25th


The poster alone sold this to me, with Dane DeHaan looking great kitted out as James Dean. The fact the two actors are/were 5″ 7′ is the icing on the cake to a height fetishist like me.

Robert Pattinson stars opposite DeHaan as Jimmy Dean’s photographer Dennis Stock.

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Older Than Ireland

September 25th

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This played the Galway Film Fleadh back in July, receiving very good reviews (including our own guest review from Carol Mulligan) and taking home the gong for Best Irish Feature Documentary.

The film is Alex Fegan’s follow-up to The Irish Pub and it promises to be another nice look at Irish life. One to line up for your folks on a Sunday matinee at your local cinema perhaps.

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The Martian

September 30th

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Matt Damon is stuck in space. Only, unlike Interstellar, we’re allowed to talk about it.

Based on the hit novel and directed by Ridley Scott, this looks like a fantastic insight into the psychological and physical impact of abandoned isolation.

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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.

Girl next door was a wonderfully made film. I’m always in awe struck with bae n sae ron’s acting skills

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