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Why It Works: In Bruges

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** While it isn't exactly the most Irish of movies, IN BRUGES has been on my to-do list for a while, and St. Patrick's Day seemed as good a time as any to look at Martin...
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Top 10 Non-Holiday Movies Set During Christmas

Christmas movies have been airing pretty much non-stop of cable since Thanksgiving. Between A CHRISTMAS STORY and THE POLAR EXPRESS, you may be ho-ho-hoed out. So, why not watch a movie set during Christmas but is not directly about Christmas? These ten flicks all take place around December 25th but don't have too much to do with the holiday itself. See if you agree with these picks or if you...
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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Brendan Gleeson

Last week , we took a look at the career of cult star Bruce Campbell . This week’s subject ranks as one of the most omnipresent character actors of the aughts... Brendan Gleeson There was a period, around the mid-2000’s, where Brendan Gleeson seemed to be in every movie that came out. In fact, a friend and I once posited the theory that every major...
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In Bruges director Martin McDonagh starts production on new film in April

Despite having only two feature films to his name, Martin McDonagh is already a director that cinephiles eagerly await new material from. His debut, IN BRUGES, brought audiences some terrific dialogue wrapped inside of a twisted, comedic tale. While his follow-up, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, didn't exactly make the same waves, the flick still has its audience. So what's next for...
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The Ten Spot: Best Irish Movie Characters (Video Edition!)

With St. Patrick's Day coming up soon, I thought it would be appropriate to run through the long and colorful history of Irish characters on the big screen. There have been way more than ten of them in the hundred years of cinematic history, but these are the ten best. You are welcome to add your own to the list in the talkbacks below. For the rest of you, Sláinte!
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