Beowulf (2007)

Starring: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson, Robin Wright, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover Directed by: Robert Zemeckis PG-13. 115 mins Inspired by the 9th century poem, this version combines live actors with digital technology to enhance each performance into a video game-like finish. Like the poem, the film follows the epic tale of…

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gavin Friday, Laurence Kinlan, Ruth Negga, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea, Eva Berthisle Directed by: Neil Jordan R. 129 mins An overly ambitious yet intriguing tale about a fierce yet emotional damaged transvestite living in 1970s London. Based on Patrick McCabe’s novel, the story begins as Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy)…

Troy (2004)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Peter O’Toole, Brendan Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Garrett Hedlund, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson R. 165 mins Falling short of the greatness of its source material, Troy condenses Homer’s 10 year war into a few months and loses much historical accuracy in this Hollywood…

Cold Mountain (2003)

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Kathy Baker, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins Directed by: Anthony Minghella R. 155 mins An (ironically) cold romance during the Civil War – Cold Mountain is beautifully produced and well-acted but flawed narration undermines this supposedly sweeping epic. Based on the far superior…

28 Days Later (2003)

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston Directed by: Danny Boyle R. 108 mins A depressing political allegory wrapped up in zombies and chaos – 28 Days Later is an edgy update on tales of the apocalypse. The outbreak begins after a group of animal rights activists free a group of…

Gangs of New York (2002)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Gary Lewis, Liam Neeson Directed by: Martin Scorsese R. 168 mins An ambitious and passionate tale of vengeance at all costs – this is Scorsese’s flawed masterpiece. Set in 1846 New York as Irish immigrants begin to flood the city, specifically…

Braveheart (1995)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, Ian Bannen, Brian Cox, Tommy Flanagan Directed by: Mel Gibson R. 177 mins A violent and historically dodgy epic that succeeds thanks to a legendary hero and the story that, while cliched, is undeniably moving. Gibson directs and stars in this tale of medieval…