REVIEW ROUNDUP: THE DEAD DON’T DIE, THE BRINK, OUR TIME

Three new releases arrive at the Irish Film Institute on Friday the 12th of July 2019: The Dead Don’t Die, The Brink and Our Time

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE
“The Dead Don’t Die turns out to be very much a Jarmusch joint. It is – despite apocalyptic themes – the most light-hearted film of his career.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Jarmusch loads his genre-tweaking experiment with so many of his A-list friends that it’s a gas just hanging out in their company.”
Entertainment Weekly

“The star-studded ensemble cast-which features numerous Jarmusch veterans, among them Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Tom Waits-seems to be having loads of fun, which adds to the ingratiating vibe.”
Chicago Reader

“It’s a minor, but most edible, bloody bonbon.”
Hollywood Reporter

“The Dead Don’t Die” is a bit too arch and remote to fully enjoy as a transportative or emotional piece of entertainment, but for Jarmusch fans and zombie fans, it’s a fun little exercise in witnessing the auteur graft his unique sensibility onto the beloved genre.”
LA Times

“This is a winningly eccentric film, as attuned in its own way to the rhythms of ordinary life as Jarmusch and Driver’s (even better) 2016 feature Paterson. But there is a pessimism gnawing away in its gut that can’t be laughed off”
4/5 – Telegraph

THE BRINK
“Utterly compelling and slightly maddening, whatever your political leaning might be.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“Fast-moving, tightly packed, at times unnervingly entertaining.”
The New York Times

“Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall documentary cuts Trump’s Rasputin down to size but doesn’t completely dismiss his power.”
Slant Magazine

“The Brink, Alison Klayman’s insightful and often unnerving look at one of the most divisive figures in recent memory, isn’t a particularly fun or easy watch.”
3.5/5 – Rolling Stone

“The Brink is an impeccably crafted verité ramble — an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie.”
Variety

“The result is a watchable overview with few explosive details, but plenty of reasons to root for his downfall, and some modicum of payoff.”
IndieWire

OUR TIME
“One of the year’s most thought-provoking and spellbinding releases, Our Time is calibrated for patience and observation with ideas as concrete as such an ambiguous storyteller like Reygadas can offer.”
The Wrap

“The movie asks a lot of the viewer, but to this viewer, it gave back more.”
The New York Times

“Nuestro tiempo ultimately feels like an extended couples-therapy session that we were invited to by mistake, with Reygadas playing both doctor and patient in a conflict of interest that goes unresolved.”
IndieWire

 

 

 


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