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The Irishman

Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Violence) ~ Runs 209 minutes

Dir.: Martin Scorsese, US, 2019

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin

De Niro and Scorsese return to the mean streets of Mafia movies with this definitive final word on epic crime dramas... Robert De Niro takes centre stage as Sheeran, who’s looking back on his career as a hitman for the Bufalino crime family, and his friendship with Jimmy Hoffa. Al Pacino delivers acting fireworks as Hoffa, infamous boss of the powerful Teamsters Union, who went missing in 1975... This sprawling epic soars with artistic brilliance on every level, is superbly acted, rich in period detail, gorgeously photographed and has a tremendous soundtrack. With death very much on its mind, it’s a reflective, sometimes somber experience, punctuated by shocking moments... Plus at times it’s very funny... Based on the 2004 memoir, 'I Heard You Paint Houses', by former investigator Charles Brandt, this is in tone, length and quality a companion piece to and no less of a masterpiece than Sergio Leone's 1984 mob epic, Once Upon a Time in America, but with greater colour and energy. There are few actor/director partnerships whose careers and reputations have influenced each other to such an extent as De Niro and Scorsese, and if this is to be capstone for their remarkably long-lived professional relationship, then it's a more than fitting monument to their work. Scorsese has made fewer gangster films than his reputation suggests, and this could easily have been a safe and nostalgic return to his old stomping ground - but he retains a remarkable fire for storytelling and the talent and vision to craft an exemplary piece of work.” - Chris Hunneysett, The Daily Mirror

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July 12