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Calvary movie rating: red light

Calvary red light Brendan Gleeson Kelly Reilly

When an innocent Catholic priest receives a death threat over the Church’s failure to address its legacy of sexual abuse, the kooky residents of a small Irish village appear to go search of a black comedy, but get stuck in a dramatic thriller that goes nowhere.
I’m “biast” (pro): loved John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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Calvary (2014)
US/Can release: Aug 01 2014
UK/Ire release: Apr 11 2014

MPAA: rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use
BBFC: rated 15 (very strong language, strong sex references, bloody violence)

viewed at a public multiplex screening

official site | IMDb | trailer
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