GOD’S CREATURES – Review by Nadine Whitney

God’s Creatures is akin to a Greek Tragedy relocated to a contemporary Irish fishing village. From the first frame of the film, we are steeped in foreboding which is added to by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans’ strident score that is reminiscent of a Greek chorus in its use of stark strings, percussion, and a chorus of women throat singing. The unnamed village is not a postcard version of the Irish coast, instead it is dark and forbidding. A tight-knit community that is bound together by the whims of the sea and the grind of trying to make some kind of a living doing back breaking work.

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GOD’S CREATURES – Review by Diane Carson

Introduce a wild card into an isolated community and watch the pressure cooker surge to explosive levels. That’s the tense scenario directors Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer present in God’s Creatures, set in a contemporary Irish fishing village. The catalyst for conflict arrives via Brian O’Hara, unexpectedly returning after seven years in Australia.

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THE HAPPY PRINCE – Review by Martha K Baker

The Happy Prince takes more than it gives. Oscar Wilde — bon vivant, playwright, addict — published a collection of short stories for children in 1888. Included among the five is The Happy Prince, which serves in voice-over as ironic bookends for Rupert Everett’s homage to Wilde’s last days on earth, not one of them pretty, except in retrospect.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 1-7: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH

Opening June 5, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Testament of Youth, featuring a stunning performance by up and coming star Alicia Vikander as a young British woman coming of age during World War I. The character is as heroic as the soldiers who are serving in battle. Read on…

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