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Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
84% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) "As IFC clearly realizes, Berberian Sound Studio is a niche item, but a niche item whose target audience should embrace it with a hearty Ciao, bella! " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 17, 2013
57% American Mary (2013) "American Mary is the newest addition to a long list of horror films about disturbed and disturbing doctors,and it's a worthy one. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2013
85% Sightseers (2013) "Director Ben Wheatley is capable of simultaneously embracing both the awkward comedy and creeping horror of Chris and Tina's voyage into darkness. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 10, 2013
71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) "Oddly lifeless, despite the clearly devoted efforts of the cast and crew: It's admirable without being particularly engaging, so respectful of its cinematic predecessors that its own voice is strangled. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 3, 2013
1.5/4 31% Hugo Pool (1997) "A series of strenuously oddball vignettes masquerading as a movie. " ‐ TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 1, 2013
45% The Lords of Salem (2013) "Shock rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie pits an emotionally fragile radio personality against a coven of undead witches in his fifth feature. The result is genuinely creepy if not jump-out-of-your-seat scary. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 19, 2013
56% Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013) "A dark comedy driven by spot-on digs at academia, cutthroat art-world competition and the quest for inspiration. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 5, 2013
8% The Host (2013) "Even by the standard of paranormal teen romances, The Host is ridiculous stuff, and derivative too. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 1, 2013
35% The ABCs of Death (2013) "Short, sharp shockers about death in all its infinite variety, one for each letter of the alphabet. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 8, 2013
69% Stoker (2013) "A dreamy, claustrophobic thriller about family secrets and lies, alternates between genuine creepiness and a disconcerting goofiness that undermines its atmospheric chills. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 1, 2013
89% Our School (2013) " This documentary unfolds in Romania, but its depiction of multi-generational poverty perpetuated in part by substandard schooling could as easily have been set in dozens of other countries. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 18, 2013
3/4 63% Kurt and Courtney (1998) "UK shockumentarian Nick Broomfield's investigation into the death of rock idol Kurt Cobain exudes a near-irresistible freak-show fascination. " ‐ TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jan 14, 2013
8% The Truth (A Dark Truth) (2013) "There are many roads to hell, and A Dark Truth travels the one paved with well-intentioned efforts to wrap complicated social/political issues in genre movie clichés. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 10, 2013
18% Allegiance (2012) "Allegiance's commitment to shades of gray translates into excellent opportunities for its cast, and they take full advantage. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 31, 2012
44% Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012) "A cute cast enlivens this body-count picture set in a snooty high school, but once you get past the formulaic clichés, there's nothing there but more clichés. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 14, 2012
19% Lay the Favorite (2012) "This shaggy-dog story based on the improbable real-life adventures of exotic dancer-turned-bookie-turned-journalist Beth Raymer is never quite as amusing as it thinks it is, despite a charming performance by Rebecca Hall. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Dec 7, 2012
75% Killing Them Softly (2012) "A black comedy at its most stygian, a parade of sad-sacks, no-hopers, sellouts, screw-ups and basket cases: " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 29, 2012
12% Red Dawn (2012) "The new Red Dawn is polished to a high Hollywood gloss and stripped of nuance and moral ambiguity, while flamboyant man's-man Milius' version dares to accord the invaders a measure of humanity. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 20, 2012
No Score Yet Happy New Year (2012) "Dark, funny, and deeply affecting " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 16, 2012
77% The Bay (2012) "The micro-budget horror movie pulls off the harder-than-it-looks feat of tucking food for thought inside a very scary wrapper. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Nov 5, 2012
66% Cloud Atlas (2012) "Cloud Atlas is consistently entertaining and surprisingly effective, as well as the shortest three hours most moviegoers will ever spend in a theatre...and that's no small recommendation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 23, 2012
55% Citadel (2012) "This taut thriller wrings maximum suspense from all-too ordinary, real-life terrors while gradually edging into full-blown horror territory. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 19, 2012
0% Trade of Innocents (2012) "A message movie whose only subtlety is found in the portrayal of Adderly, a sexual predator who actually believes in some twisted way that he loves the children whose childhoods he's destroys. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
62% Sinister (2012) "Genuinely creepy horror movie, which suggests more than it shows but shows enough to make non-genre fans watch from between closed fingers. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
15% Special Forces (2012) " Imagine Saving Private Ryan relocated to Afghanistan and Pakistan and you have the gist of first-time feature filmmaker Stéphane Rybojad's actioner about the rescue of a French journalist marked for death by the Taliban. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
100% A Whisper To A Roar (2012) "Ben Moses' documentary argues that even thwarted and deeply flawed elections are empowering because they engage ordinary citizens in the political process and challenge the self-defeating apathy engendered by opting out of the process. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 12, 2012
100% Wake in Fright (2012) "Unlike many "lost" treasures, Wake in Fright lives up to its nightmarish reputation. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2012
55% V/H/S (2012) " Reports of the found-footage movie's death have been greatly exaggerated, if this sly and often very creepy horror anthology about four lowlifes who agree to steal a mysterious videocassette is anything by which to judge. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 4, 2012
78% Dredd (2012) "A dystopian sci-fi action thriller shot in 3D and 50 shades of gray, this adaptation of the bleakly satirical comic-book series plays its story of future justice at gunpoint straight and dull. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
12% House at the End of the Street (2012) "Clearly designed as a downbeat, character-driven psychological thriller, not a shock machine...but it never really pays off, in part because it relies too often on the very clichés it aspires to avoid. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
85% End of Watch (2012) "A series of snapshots from the working life of two hot-dogging but fundamentally decent L.A. police officers... lifts it above cop-movie clichés. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2012
No Score Yet Raaz 3: The Third Dimension 3D (2012) "Raaz 3 delivers some effective gore (including the grisly fate of Sanjana's maid and a ripped-off head) as well as lots of steamy make-out scenes. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 14, 2012
68% Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) "Paranormal Activity 3 delivers, and does it without gore or "look at me!" special effects. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 11, 2012
39% [REC] 3 Genesis (2012) "Something of a disappointment, but serious genre fans and anyone who thrills to the idea of seeing cannibal zombies ruin a perfectly lovely wedding will check it out anyway " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 7, 2012
No Score Yet Desperate Endeavors (2012) "Earnest drama about an Indian immigrant who learns the hard way that the streets of 1973 New York aren't paved with gold has some effective moments despite its reliance on clichés and stereotypes. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 6, 2012
56% The Revenant (2012) "Already a genre festival favorite, this dark comedy, in which a soldier killed in Iraq comes back from the grave a blood-drinking zombie, will appeal to horror fans looking for something a little different, but may have trouble crossing over. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 23, 2012
83% Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012) "An epic feast for fans of Chinese fairy-tale movies, from the stunning visuals to the surprisingly complex relationships. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2012
71% Ek Tha Tiger (2012) "In this action romance, two spies--one Indian, the other Pakistani--fall in love and stir up a whole lot of trouble when their respective bosses find out about their extreme fraternizing. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2012
30% Total Recall (2012) "Reimaging of the 1990 movie "inspired by" a Philip K. Dick short story should please fans of nonstop action sequences punctuated by the occasional scrap of narrative exposition, rather than lovers of PKD's dense, allusive brand of speculative writing. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 2, 2012
42% Step Up Revolution (2012) "This third sequel features the most frequent, energetically choreographed and performed dance numbers of the series to date. And that's really all you need to know, aside from the fact that the multicultural cast is uniformly fit, pretty and limber. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 26, 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) "The third Dark Knight movie once again pits Bruce Wayne/Batman against demons both within and without, raising the emotional stakes without shortchanging viewers who expect spectacular action sequences and creepy villains. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 18, 2012
29% Red Lights (2012) "High-minded thriller about professional paranormal debunkers gets off to a strong start but loses focus halfway through. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 12, 2012
3/4 57% From Hell (2001) "Every generation gets the Ripper who best fulfills its fantasies, and ours fatten on vast conspiracies. " ‐ TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted Jul 9, 2012
51% Savages (2012) "Based on co-screenwriter Don Winslow's critically acclaimed novel, at heart a classic noir thriller, Savages doubles down and raises the bloody without becoming a brainless, action-packed time-waster. Now that's entertainment. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 5, 2012
86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) "Beasts teeters on the edge of embracing the clichés of "lyrical poverty" movies, but is anchored in complex reality by the performance of non-actress Quvenzhané Wallis. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2012
35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) "A canny mix of action, horror and alternate history in what should be a bona-fide blockbuster. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 22, 2012
54% Wallander: The Revenge (2012) "The kickoff for season two of a series of feature-length Swedish television adaptations of stories by popular Nordic crime writer Henning Mankel, Wallander: The Revenge is an efficient, unfussy examination of crimes and punishments. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 31, 2012
86% Battle Royale 3D (2000) "Before The Hunger Games there was Battle Royale. The bloody spectacle of Japanese schoolchildren being forced into a sadistic game of "last man standing" packs an emotional wallop. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 30, 2012
41% Lovely Molly (2012) "An effective little shocker anchored by newcomer Gretchen Lodge's remarkable performance as Molly. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 18, 2012
No Score Yet Dangerous Ishhq (2012) "What at first appears to be a conventional thriller about a woman's desperate efforts to rescue her kidnapped fiancé takes a mystical turn. " ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 15, 2012
2.5/4 49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) "A peculiar and oddly haunting achievement. " ‐ TV Guide's Movie Guide
Posted May 2, 2012
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