Film Review “Stella Days”

Directed by: Thaddeus O’Sullivan
Starring: Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Amy Huberman, Tom Hickey
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Distributed by: Tribeca Film
Running Time: 87 minutes

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Martin Sheen has taken on many amazing roles throughout his career ranging from military Captains to The President and can be seen soon playing Spidey’s Uncle Ben in “The Amazing Spider-Man”. With “Stella Days”, Martin can add priest to his line-up. This film has feel good aspects with a simple sleepy town feel. I enjoyed it overall and includes stellar (a little clever word play) performance from Martin Sheen.

In “Stella Days”, Martin Sheen plays Daniel Barry, a priest in a little Irish town of Borrisokane in the mid 50’s. When unable to return to his parish in Rome, Daniel goes up against his doubters including local Bishop Hegarty (Tom Hickey), who is more interested in raising money for a new church. Daniel instead plans to setup a cinema to spread his love for film within this little town.

The pacing of the film is a little off and Stephen Rea’s character seems to need direction. Director Thaddeus O’Sullivan direction is decent and shows off his love for film. If you are fan of religious films with themes of Catholicism, you should enjoy. The film is currently available to watch on VOD and will be released limited in New York this weekend.

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