Holding

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of­ two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste. So when …

The fifth heart

In 1893 Henry James encounters Sherlock Holmes in Paris. But Holmes is reported to be dead, killed in a battle with Moriarty, and that’s without getting into the debate over whether or not he is a fictional character. Real or not, alive or dead, Holmes persuades James, somehow, to return …

The hateful eight

Wyoming, just after the US civil war, and bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is bringing in his prisoner, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh). He is known as The Hangman, because when a warrant says “dead or alive” he always brings them in alive. His bounties don’t escape the noose. …

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ethan Hunt and his team from MI4, apart from Paula Patton’s Jane character1 have been off hunting down the Syndicate, an evil anti-IMF so to speak. But the CIA don’t believe in the Syndicate and are busy trying to get the IMF2 disavowed and all usable assets transferred under their …

Terminator Genisys

In the future John Connor sends soldier Kyle Reese back in time to 1984 with the job of protecting Sarah Connor, the woman who will eventually give birth to John. But when Reese arrives he discovers that Sarah already knows all about the machines and Judgement Day. And she has …

A most wanted man [based on the book]

The Sept 11th attacks were formulated and planned in Hamburg, Germany. Now, in an attempt to prevent terrorist cells, a small semi-illegal German spy ring operates there. Led by Gunther they watch the city and especially its Muslim inhabitants, developing ties and “resources” among that community. Resources that will lead …

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is based on a musical, based on the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Their formation, rise to fame, and then their disintegration. Going in to the film I knew nothing about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but as I heard the songs I did …

The Abominable

My final read for this year’s RIP In June of 1924 reports from Everest reveal that George Mallory and Andrew Irvine have vanished, missing, presumed dead in their attempt to reach the summit. The news reaches our narrator, Jake Perry, as he himself is climbing a mountain. He is accompanied …

The Paris Wife

Before Ernest Hemmingway was the famous author of hie time he was a struggling writer, trying to figure out how to make ends meet, trying to find his voice. In the 1920s he meets Hadley Richardson in Chicago and after a whirlwind, and often long-distance, romance they marry and move …