Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

You cannot have an Irish films list and not include Daniel Day-Lewis – FACT

It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Friday, which provides us with a great excuse to take a look at some of the finest films to ever come out of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive (I could – and almost certainly will – do a follow-up listnext year!), what is does have going for it is that, regardless of how you’re feeling, it’s got you covered.

So whether you’re in the mood for romance, confrontation, inspiration, laughter or dragons (totally a thing), read on to find the perfect Irish movie for you!

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Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

When not trying to conquer the world, Apocalypse enjoys taking part in local theatre productions

To say that the timeline of the X-Men film franchise makes no sense is to make an understatement on par with describing the theory of evolution as “pretty complicated”.

Quite frankly, when director Bryan Singer tinkered with the series’ continuity in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past as part of an effort to smooth out any inconsistencies that had cropped up across the previous five movies (not to mention correct several perceived missteps made in X-Men: The Last Stand), he actually made things a lot worse.

A direct offshoot of this is that X-Men: Apocalypse, the latest film featuring Marvel’s Merry Mutants, spins a tale that seems completely at odds with the previous films it’s intended to bridge together – and sadly this isn’t even the major problem for flick that arrives overstuffed with characters and spectacle and light on actual emotional heft.

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Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Soapbox: Soldiers, presidents and visionaries – The top five Aaron Sorkin movies

Maybe the only time it’s been acceptable to praise a film starring Justin Timberlake

If all Aaron Sorkin ever did was create The West Wing – one of the most highly regarded TV shows of all time – it would still be enough to cement his reputation as one the greatest ever pop culture scribes.

Fortunately, Sorkin isn’t one to rest on his laurels. In addition to developing several other TV series over the last few decades (including the admirable yet flawed Jeff Daniels’ vehicle The Newsroom), he’s also authored several acclaimed screenplays.

Having finally had the chance to catch up on Sorkin’s latest cinematic offering, Steve Jobs, I’ve decided that now would be as good a time as any to rank the top five films scripted by everyone’s favourite ultra-liberal dialogue maestro.

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Soapbox: Soldiers, presidents and visionaries – The top five Aaron Sorkin movies