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The Commitments Trailer


The Commitments was released 25 years ago and to celebrate the cult release, a special edition DVD and Blu-ray is now being released.

Jimmy Rabbitte is a Dubliner who's always had a dream to start a band and make it big. Deciding to act on his dreams, Jimmy puts out an ad for musicians in the area looking to share in his idea. After many unsuccessful auditions, Jimmy is tired out for watching terrible wannabe musicians and decides that he's going to start a band with his friends, whilst he acts as their manager.

He recruits a number of people, Deco Cuffe who has the perfect voice to front a soul band; Outspan Foster to play guitar; Steven Clifford to play the piano; Dean Fay to play the saxophone; bassist Derek Scully, drummer Billy Mooney, and three backup singers who are all girls: Bernie McGloughlin, Natalie Murphy and Imelda Quirke. The lineup is finally complete when they meet Joey 'The Lips' Fagan who might be much older than the other guys in the band but he plays the trumpet and has a years of experience playing with some of the people Jimmy most looks up to.

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Colm Meaney - BFI London Film Festival: '12 Years a Slave' European premiere - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th October 2013

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Colm Meaney - European premiere of 'One Chance' at Odeon Leicester Square - Thursday 17th October 2013

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Colm Meaney - Celebrities arrive at RTE Studios to appear on 'The Late Late Show' - Galway, Ireland - Friday 20th September 2013

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The Paul Potts Story Heads To The Big Screen With James Corden [Trailer]


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Paul Potts – the man who rose from his workaday life to win Britain’s Got Talent and record the album One Chance, which topped sales charts in nine countries – is played by James Corden in ‘One Chance’ for which you can see the trailer for below.

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New Trailer For Alan Partridge Movie Goes Viral; But Does The Film Look Any Good?


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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa will see Steve Coogan's most famous comic creation take to the big screen for the first ever time and earlier this week we got our second glimpse at the long-awaited jump from Tv to movie screen from Norwich's most famous fictional son. Unlike the first trailer for Alpha Papa, which was more of a behind-the-scenes look at the think-tank who eventually came up with the title Alpha Papa (we still think Colossal Velocity was a better name), the new trailer is your typical, all-the-best-parts-of-the-movie scenario, that doesn't leave too much to the imagination, but should cause a few laughs.

The movie continues the Partridge story where the former golden boy of light-hearted chat on the Bbc is now one of the big names at North Norfolk Digital - North Norfolk's premier digital radio station - however a move by a new media conglomerate to take over the station sets in motion a series of hilarious events that see's fellow a Dj (Colm Meaney) take the station hostage, and will only use Partridge as his lackey to communicate with the police. It is up to Alan and the police to stop the violent siege for good, before things get ugly. And don't worry, Lynn and Michael are in the movie too.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa hits cinemas 7 August 2013. The film was written by Coogan and Armando Iannucci, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons (who regularly work on Partridge material together) as well as Peter Baynham and Patrick Marber. Declan Lowney is directing.

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Colm Meaney - 'Alan Partridge: The Movie' filming in Norwich City Centre - Norfolk, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th February 2013

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Colm Meaney and Sean Pertwee - 'Alan Partridge: The Movie' filming in Sheringham - Norfolk, United Kingdom - Wednesday 27th February 2013

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Colm Meaney Saturday 6th October 2012 Celebrities outside the RTE Studios for 'The Saturday Night Show'

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Bel Ami Review


Good
Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel was first adapted for the cinema in 1919, and yet the story has some intriguing parallels with European society today. On the other hand, this adaptation never finds its tone, and it doesn't give us a single character to care about.

In 1890 Paris, penniless charmer Georges (Pattinson) has a chance encounter with former comrade Charles (Glenister), who offers him a job as a journalist.

Unable to string a sentence together, Charles' wife Madeleine (Thurman) offers to help, but refuses his relentless flirting. Instead he starts a torrid affair with married family friend Clotilde (Ricci). But a taste of the high life goes to his head, and when Charles dies, he makes a move for Madeleine. Or maybe he can get more out of Virginie (Scott Thomas), wife of the newspaper boss (Meaney).

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Bel Ami Trailer


Georges Duroy is a French non-commissioned officer (NCO) who has just spent three months serving in Algeria, in North Africa. He arrives back in Paris and begins working as a clerk for the next six months, soon becoming penniless. One night, Georges goes to a pub after work and runs into former comrade, Charles Forestier, who is now working as a journalist. After catching up, Forestier offers Georges a job at the publication where he works, which he accepts.

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The Conspirator Review


Good
Robert Redford revisits the Lincoln assassination with this earnest historical drama. Being a relatively obscure chapter of American history, the story is pretty fascinating, although the film is so parched that it rarely comes alive.

After the President is murdered in 1865, inexperienced lawyer Frederick (McAvoy) is assigned to defend Mary Surratt (Wright), who is charged with conspiracy alongside eight others. As a war hero from the North, Frederick is horrified to get this job, but is convinced by his boss (Wilkinson) that she at least deserves a fair trial. Of course, in the hysteria following the war and assassination, that's not likely. The judge (Meaney) clearly takes sides, the prosecutor (Huston) is relentlessly arrogant and the war secretary (Kline) has already decided on a verdict and sentence.

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Colm Meaney Saturday 12th February 2011 'Irish Film and Television Awards' at Convention Centre Dublin - Arrivals Dublin, Ireland

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Get Him To The Greek Review


Very Good
With all the hallmarks of an Apatow production (vulgarity, racy humour, adults acting like children), this Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off is lively and silly enough to keep us giggling. But its darker moments make the tone rather uneven.

Aaron (Hill) works at a Los Angeles record label that's struggling to make money, so he proposes restaging the iconic Greek Theater gig by fading rock star Aldous Snow (Brand) 10 years ago. Then his intense boss (Combs) sends Aaron to London to accompany the notoriously unreliable Aldous back to L.A. by way of New York and Las Vegas. And of course nothing goes as planned, all coloured by trouble both guys are having with their girlfriends (Moss and Byrne). Will they make it to the Greek in time?

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Colm Meaney - Colm Meaney and wife Tuesday 25th May 2010 at Greek Theatre Los Angeles, California

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Get Him To The Greek Trailer


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Law Abiding Citizen Review


Weak
Super-slick filmmaking masks this thriller's reprehensible message that violence can solve any problem. It's so beautifully shot and nicely underplayed by the cast that viewers could be fooled into believing that it's coherent or acceptable. But it's neither.

Clyde (Butler) has his happy life destroyed when a psycho (Stolte) kills his wife and daughter, but his lawyer Nick (Foxx) accepts a plea bargain that lets the killer out of jail in three years. A decade later, Clyde starts his revenge. A spot of brutal torture and murder lands him in prison, but he continues from behind bars with his violent mission to take down the legal system. It's up to Nick and a cop (Meaney) to figure out how he's doing this before he kills them too.

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Law Abiding Citizen Trailer


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Colm Meaney Friday 6th March 2009 on the set of 'Law Abiding Citizen' Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Colm Meaney Monday 21st April 2008 at the premiere of 'Three And Out' at Odeon,Leicester Square

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Battle Of The Brave Review


Weak
Epic romance, period setting (18th century war between Britain and France over control of Canada), amazing cast (check out the last few names), Celine Dion song on the soundtrack... sounds like a recipe for success. Unfortunately, it was not to be. The film was retitled from its original Nouvelle-France to the generic Battle of the Brave and eventually dumped on DVD, at least in the U.S.

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Backflash Review


Good
As it is, Ray's (Robert Patrick) video store isn't doing so hot (maybe locating it in the desert isn't the best idea...), but when he stops to pick up a hitchhiking Harley (Jennifer Esposito) -- fresh out of prison -- his life gets even crazier. Harley, it seems, has a couple million illicit dollars stashed in a safe deposit box, and maybe she'll take Ray along to get it out, promising him half. But what's the story with Colm Meaney's mobster on her trail? And Harley's old partner -- where'd he go?

While there's a fair amount of confusion in Backflash (a title which really means nothing but which I guess someone thought sounded cool), the twists are fairly garden variety and can be spotted coming from a mile away. Ray is a patsy in this whole thing? Well of course he is, just as sure as he'll find a way out of it. Or is Ray really running the show?

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Chapter Zero Review


OK
Adam Lazarus's life is so sad -- gasp! -- that his first novel was rejected by one publisher! Can you believe it!? He's so despondent he throws the manuscript away along with his computer.

Putting aside the absurdity of the scenario that a writer would abandon his craft based on a single rejection for his first major work, Chapter Zero ultimately reveals itself as a pleasant enough -- though ultimately trivial -- little comedy.

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Blueberry Review


Excellent
Moebius, aka Jean Giraud, is best known as the artist who revolutionized Continental comic books in the 1960s and 1970s. His work, highly stylized and fittingly surreal, is synonymous with science fiction illustration and the premier adult fantasy comic magazine, Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal, in the states.) While he began his work as an illustrator for various French magazines and fanzines, it wasn't until the 1970s, when he adopted the pen name Moebius, that his work became internationally recognized. Despite his frequent forays into science fiction and fantasy, his western strip Blueberry (with Jean-Michel Charlier) is perhaps his best-known work. While Mike Blueberry, the cowboy hero of the eponymous strip, has traveled the dusty back roads for over 30 years there has not been a film adaptation of his adventures until now.

Jan Kounen, the Dutch cause celebre responsible for the hyperactive cult film Dobermann, tackles the epic story of Blueberry with a careful, almost blissed out style - much to the dismay of fans of his earlier work. Blueberry is a meditative work, a somnambulist's ramble through western history and psychedelica. The film is slowly paced but crescendos in a special effects blowout, a literal celluloid peyote trip, which would make Alejandro Jodorowsky jump with joy. (That isn't a random aside, Blueberry is as close an homage to Jodorowsky's El Topo as a big budget western can get.)

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Claire Dolan Review


OK
A clinically austere art house film, Claire Dolan is Lodge Kerrigan's follow-up to the rigorous Clean, Shaven. He opens with cool, carefully composed images of impassive skyscrapers, a hollow wind whistling through, before moving to the reticent, emotionally disconnected title character.

Claire Dolan (Katrin Cartlidge, Naked) is a high priced prostitute, so down on her luck she phones her johns from a pay phone. "I miss you. I want to see you. I really want you inside me. I can be there in ten minutes." All her human interaction is reduced to a minimalist bargaining of her goods for exchange.

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Layer Cake Review


Excellent
Matthew Vaughan, producer behind the entire Guy Ritchie oeuvre (Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and... er... Swept Away), makes his directorial debut with Layer Cake, another tale from the British criminal underworld that thankfully avoids any association with aging pop icons. Instead, Vaughan opts to take some of the elements of Ritchie's earlier work - colorful deviants, dark humor, Seinfeld-esque coincidence - and give them his own, slightly more somber spin. The result is an engaging 104 minutes that stakes its own claim on the genre.

Daniel Craig is credited as "XXXX" (oh, if only he were the new "XXX"), a "businessman," as he puts it, whose name we never learn. His business just happens to be cocaine. He plays by a strict set of rules - pay connections on time; keep a low profile, etc. And, like every other lowlife with whom we're supposed to sympathize in a gangster film, he's just about to retire. Until his boss, Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) throws him two curveballs that shoot his plans all to hell.

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The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain Review


Very Good
If you're expecting a big joke about the unfortunate title of this film, you'll be disappointed. Everyone else has done it already. I saw the film late, and I'm just not falling into that trap.

With that out of the way, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain refers to the title character, Hugh Grant, who is given this wacky Welsh nickname as the result of some wacky events surrounding the wacky title hill/mountain.

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Monument Ave. Review


Good
Weird little Ted Demme movie about (what else?) drugs and thugs. Denis Leary plays a low-level gangster in an Irish mob, forced to maintain utmost secrecy when one of his best friends is capped by the boss right in front of his eyes (and in a rather jarring sequence). Curious story, it tells us about loyalty but never says whether that's a good or a bad thing. Not to mention, it's always tough to take Leary seriously in a dramatic role. At least he really is Irish.

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Mystery, Alaska Review


OK
Oh no. Someone let David E. Kelley out of his cage for a second time this year. This time, the water in his Lake Placid is frozen over, giving us the setting for Mystery, Alaska.

The title's surely a Mystery and gives you no clues about the film - so what's it all about? Those expecting a schlocky horror flick like Lake Placid will be let down. Is it a surreal and light dramedy like Ally McBeal? That's closer. Reality: Mystery, Alaska is simply a grown-up version of The Mighty Ducks. Hey, this is a Disney film.

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Mystery, Alaska Review


Good

"Mystery, Alaska" is a modern, good old-fashioned, American feel-good movie, about a talented hockey team in a snowbound, Arctic Circle hamlet that gets to take on the New York Rangers in an NHL publicity stunt.

It's an obliging tweak on the traditional, triumphant underdog story, used as a backdrop for a delightful character dramedy that mixes tried-and-true with mordant-and-new -- like a frozen, Frank Capra-meets-Robert Altman, ensemble sports movie.

Written by Sean O'Byrne and David E. Kelley ("The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Lake Placid"), and directed by Jay Roach (the "Austin Powers" movies), it's hard to not get caught up in the energetic spirit of this film from the opening shot, which zooms in on a lone figure, decked out in hockey gear and skating like the wind around icy Alaskan vistas while the soundtrack pumps with drum-driven, inspired determination music.

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The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

The Commitments Trailer

The Commitments Trailer

The Commitments was released 25 years ago and to celebrate the cult release, a special...

Norm Of The North Trailer

Norm Of The North Trailer

Norm is a polar bear frequently laughed at by his Arctic neighbours for his friendly...

Free Birds Movie Review

Free Birds Movie Review

An energetic sense of the absurd helps make this animated romp entertaining, even though the...

One Chance Trailer

One Chance Trailer

When Paul Potts, an opera singer, auditioned for the first series of 'Britain's Got Talent'...

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Movie Review

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Movie Review

In bringing his iconic 1990s radio and TV character to the big screen, Coogan refreshingly...

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Trailer

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Trailer

Alan Partridge is a fatuous, egocentric radio host that has been one of telly's most...

Free Birds Trailer

Free Birds Trailer

When Reggie the Thanksgiving turkey fails to convince his incredibly stupid feathered friends that they...

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Trailer

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Trailer

Alan Partridge makes a return as the superficial radio nitwit we all love in the...

Bel Ami Movie Review

Bel Ami Movie Review

Guy de Maupassant's 1885 novel was first adapted for the cinema in 1919, and yet...

Bel Ami Trailer

Bel Ami Trailer

Georges Duroy is a French non-commissioned officer (NCO) who has just spent three months serving...

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