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Age Of Kill Trailer

During a foreign affairs mission, a specialist black ops team makes the wrong choice. Sam Blake (Martin Kemp) is ordered to kill their target in the streets, leading to a massive media backlash and the disbanding of his team. Back on home soil, Blake is trying to adjust to normal life. But when a sinister and unknown figure kidnaps his daughter and five other people, Blake is forced into a dangerous game. He has six seemingly unrelated targets, and six hours to kill them all - if he fails, takes too long, or misses a shot, the hostages lives will be at risk. 

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Private screening of 'Age Of Kill'

Patrick Bergin - Private screening of 'Age Of Kill' at Ham Yard Hotel - Red Carpet Arrivals at Ham Yard Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 1st April 2015

The Wee Man is Nay Good, According to Critics

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Scottish cinema does 'grit' very well, from Trainspotting to Sweet Sixteen and Red Road, the order of the day tends to be sex, drugs and violence. The latest movie from Ray Burdis (The Krays) is called The Wee Man, and once again fulfills the expectations of the generic 'Scottish gritty movie', but doesn't do so with quite the finesse or quality that an audience may want. Initial reviews are in, and it's not looking good.

The plot follows Paul Ferris growing up in Glasgow, by the age of 11 he's learnt that "life on the street is tough," and, having been tormented all his life, by the time he reaches his late teens he's had enough, so "he decides to take on his tormentors alone and systematically wreak vengeance on them."

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw has given it a distinctly underwhelming 2/5 stars. While he praises the good cast, he likens it to countless other 'real life' crime stories from "the self-pitying and self-serving books by ex-criminals who explain how their crime career began". Despite the good cast, he says "as a whole, it's forgettable."

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The world stage premiere of 'The Shawshank Redemption' Play at the Gaiety Theatre

Patrick Bergin Tuesday 19th May 2009 The world stage premiere of 'The Shawshank Redemption' Play at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Ireland

Meteor Irish Music Awards at the RDS - Arrivals

Patrick Bergin Friday 15th February 2008 Meteor Irish Music Awards at the RDS - Arrivals Dublin, Ireland

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False Prophets Review

Yikes, this is bad. I didn't think it would be possible to make a movie that would offend both the religious right and the pro-choice crowd, but False Prophets manages to do so. In the film, a woman (Lori Heuring) believes she is carrying a virgin birth (never mind the fact that she has a boyfriend), and opts to have it aborted. But somehow a fundie Christian group finds out about this and intervenes in an attempt to get her to have the baby and give it to them for adoption. Poor Lori is torn every which way until she ends up having the baby in a field, thanks to a helpful gas station attendent/prophet.

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The Invisible Circus Review

If anyone's considering checking out The Invisible Circus thinking it's Cameron Diaz's latest feature, forget it. Diaz, a burst of sunshine and energy in this hopelessly bland movie, plays a small supporting role. The weight of the story instead leans on 20-year old Jordana Brewster, a square-jawed beauty who doesn't have the skills to bring this movie out of its disorganized, poorly paced funk.

The oddly titled film, adapted from Jennifer Egan's book, tells of Phoebe (Brewster), a mid-70s San Francisco teenager who is compelled to trace the European travel path of her sister Faith (Diaz), whose trip six years earlier apparently ended in her suicide.

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Eye Of The Beholder Review

Apparently it's not all tuxedos and vodka martinis, shaken not stirred, in the alleged real-world of the British intelligence. Ewan McGregor plays "The Eye" a high-tech voyeur who is about as charismatic as a piece of lawn furniture. But it's not about that. The Eye's job, as the name implies, is about surveillance: A responsibility that requires him to detach himself from the rest of the world and watch it through an electronic eye. Yet it is this very act that has caused his greatest grief and most regrets in life. He blames himself for the loss of his wife and daughter. Now they appear to him in hallucinations.

The Eye's current assignment is to follow Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman accused of blackmailing a British official. But she is far more than a simple blackmailer. She is a crafty, seductive spider woman, capable of killing as quickly as she can seduce. As The Eye continues to watch Eris, he becomes entranced by her disguises and cunning charm. Soon he begins to feel that they are kindred spirits.

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Patriot Games Review

Out with Alec Baldwin and in with Harrison Ford -- as CIA analyst Jack Ryan becomes caught up in an international incident again as he lectures in London, throwing so much action at us that we are meant to forget they switched the lead actors on us.

Turns out it doesn't matter much. Ford is of course a talented action/adventure hero, maybe the best ever. It's too bad that this Jack Ryan adventure has less epic-ness than Red October; it's written small, with Ryan caught up in an IRA attack on British bigwigs. After capping off a few of them in an impromptu streetfight, Ryan finds his family hunted down in America. Eventually -- of course -- he has to save them (using his litany of superspy tricks and tactics).

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When the Sky Falls Review

The sad tale of Irish journalist Sinead Hamilton (Joan Allen; fictionalized from the 1996 true story of Veronica Guerin) is certainly a tragic one, but don't tell me you didn't see this coming. After being brutalized and shot while on the hunt for the leaders of a local drug ring, of course they're going to rub her out. Brutally violent, there is remarkably little story wrapped around the numerous murders in the film, as Hamilton dutifully marches toward her doom.

Sleeping with the Enemy Review

Sleeping with the Enemy made over $100 million in 1991, and you can bet every penny came from the presence of Julia Roberts. This was when she was truly America's sweetheart thanks to that smile, that hair and a winning performance in Pretty Woman. At that time, you could have put her in a movie with a Sweathog and Scott Baio and it would have topped $85 million.

When I was 13 and first saw Sleeping with the Enemy I was under that spell, like every other heterosexual male in America. Having recently watched it again, I realize how duped I was.

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Map of the Human Heart Review

I was enchanted with Map of the Human Heart when I first saw it in 1993. Revisiting it today I am less enthralled but still charmed. It's one of those movies that makes you legitimately feel like you've become part of its universe, particularly the scenes in the frigid arctic, which you can almost feel on your skin. A variety of actors play our two leads from childhood to adulthood, as an Eskimo boy and half-Indian girl taunt one another as children, then grow to love each other as adults -- despite the ravages of a raging World War, which makes for a fantastic love story backdrop.

Bloom Review

This latest attempt to translate James Joyce's Ulysses to cinema (the first attempt was Joseph Strick's misfire back in 1967) again goes to show that literature is a completely different and often incompatible art form. Joyce's novel is a virtuoso of language, rich in melodic temperament, lewdness, profundity, metaphor and Homeric references. It elevates the mundane events of a single day in the life of three Dubliners to something epic; but shown onscreen it reduces Joyce's handiwork to simply portraying mundane events.

A Jewish everyman, Leopold Bloom (Stephen Rea) wakes up on the morning of June 16, 1904, goes through his day running various errands, nearly gets into a fight with a one-eyed drunken citizen (Patrick Bergin), has a few earthy encounters with women on the beach and whores in the brothel, doesn't think about his wife (Angeline Ball) cheating on him that afternoon, and becomes a father figure to a young artist (Hugh O'Conor), whom he saves from getting into trouble with Dublin riff-raff.

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Beneath Loch Ness Review

I guess people never get tired of sea monster movies, so why not demonize the biggest mythical sea creature in the land -- the Loch Ness Monster!?

Beneath Loch Ness borrows a page from Jaws, with mysterious deaths attributed not to Nessie but to prankster teenagers, while researchers and a TV crew try to pull off a Geraldo-worthy expose show in the decidedly southern California-looking "Loch Ness." But of course the real Nessie is out there somewhere, savagely marauding people while the local police chief repeatedly refuses to close the Loch, and damn the tourists!

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