Irish Film Institute -Review Roundup – Moonlight, Fences & The Founder

Review Roundup – Moonlight, Fences & The Founder


We’re coming to the end of award season, as the Oscars approach on the 28th of February, which means plenty of award winners and nominees on your cinema screens.

This week sees the arrival of three new titles, all of which have been earning accolades. Moonlight expands to more screens after a hugely successful preview run at the IFI, alongside Denzel Washington’s Fences and Michael Keaton starrer The Founder.

Read on for a review roundup of these films, and come along to the IFI to make up your own mind.

THE FOUNDER (book tickets)

“Supersized tale of the man who made McDonald’s an empire”
4/5 Irish Times

“The Founder, with its zippy pace and sharp dialogue, is consistently entertaining throughout”
4/5 –

“Keaton makes this small story one of life and death”
4/5 –

“Michael Keaton supersizes McDonald’s and births Trump’s US”
4/5 – Guardian

FENCES (book tickets)  

“Exceptional performances from Washington and co-star Viola Davis”
4/5 – Independent

“Viola Davis shines as Rose Maxson”
4/5 –

“I found myself moved to tears more than once”
4/5 – RTÉ Ten

“Denzel Washington and Viola Davis make for a sensational double act”
4/5 – Telegraph

“Denzel Washington and Viola Davis light up the screen”
4/5 – TimeOut

MOONLIGHT (book tickets)

“A near-perfect film”
5/5 – Irish Times

5/5 –

“It is a delight to watch a character grow and be shaped by the defining moments in his life”
4/5 –

“A visually ravishing portrait of masculinity”
5/5 – Guardian

“Equal parts poignant and heartening, this is a unique and uniquely told story that deserves to be seen”
5/5 – RTÉ Ten

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