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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 80% Sunset Song (2016) "In short, the movie feels, if not exactly glamorous, then simultaneously overly processed and overwrought, even when it's wallowing in the most abased behavior. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
0.5/4 50% Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016) ""Vaxxed" should come with a warning label: "May cause irrational anxiety, especially if taken with an empty head." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 26% Being Charlie (2016) "There's something admirable about the fact that "Being Charlie" exists at all. It's a testament to Nick Reiner's survival. That doesn't mean it's a great movie. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 63% High-Rise (2016) "Tom Hiddleston's Dr. Robert Laing isn't so much a character as a machine part. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 82% Viva (2016) "The story is slightly melodramatic, but director Paddy Breathnach finds ways to make it surprisingly moving at times, in the same way that he makes the Havana slums look paradoxically beautiful. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
2/4 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) ""The Man Who Knew Infinity" tells a great story. It's just that it's a little too by-the-book to make anything other than a so-so movie. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/4 88% Francofonia (2016) "Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 80% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) "Garrone has created a world of both rich and ugly textures - visual, narrative and imaginative - that transports, delights and imparts disturbing lessons. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 3% Nina (2016) ""Nina" filters the singer's voice - and her life - through tinny-sounding speakers and an out-of-focus lens. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/4 68% Louder Than Bombs (2016) "As "Louder than Bombs" inches slowly toward its quiet yet resounding conclusion, it raises intriguing questions about that thing that journalists care so deeply about, but that artists know to be a slippery thing: truth. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/4 90% Green Room (2016) "Anyone looking for the ferocious originality, and unexpected humanity, of "Blue Ruin" will be disappointed by Saulnier's uninspired cover version of a song we all know. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1/4 32% Criminal (2016) "Like its brain-damaged protagonist, "Criminal" just shouts and shoots its way into, not out of, an oblivion of illogic, plot holes and emotionally unengaging scenery-chewing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 23% Colonia (2016) "Although genuinely gripping - at times, uncomfortably so - the tale of Lena and Daniel's efforts to escape from Colonia and expose its abuses suffers from a heavy-handed telling. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 48% Hardcore Henry (2016) "Director Ilya Naishuller has said that he originally thought a 90-minute feature using the same technique was a bad idea, based on little more than a gimmick. It turns out he was right, but that won't matter to certain audiences. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 21% I Saw the Light (2016) ""I Saw the Light" isn't just incohesive, but ultimately - and far more frustratingly - incoherent. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/4 96% Krisha (2016) "The director allows us to inhabit not just Krisha's pill-induced zone-out but also her acute distress and, yes, guilt over her past behavior. It's slightly fussy, in-your-face filmmaking, but it's viscerally effective. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/4 95% Marguerite (2016) "In the end, the movie gives voice not just to Marguerite's deficiencies as a singer but also to emotional frailties that are too human and familiar. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2016
1.5/4 12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) "Nuance, subtlety, feeling - anything that might help an audience relate to what is happening rather than passively experience it, like a roller coaster - apparently are luxuries this movie could not afford. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 63% Creative Control (2016) "At times, I felt like I was out on a date with "Creative Control," only to find the movie kept checking its hair in the mirror every five minutes. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 17, 2016
1.5/4 48% Miracles from Heaven (2016) "The question is never what will happen to 10-year-old Anna (Kylie Rogers), who suffers a bloated belly and chronic pain. The only issue is how long she, and the audience, will have to wait to find out. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 16, 2016
3/4 90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) "Goodman's performance, while unhinged, never veers into caricature. Similarly, Winstead avoids the cliche of the tank-top-wearing bimbo/victim, bringing an earthy self-reliance to her role. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 10, 2016
1.5/4 59% Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016) "Fans of Greenaway's work - a mix of the brainy, the controversial and the grotesque - won't necessarily be surprised by any of this. They may, however, be disappointed at how little of it actually works. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 3, 2016
3.5/4 100% Only Yesterday (2016) "It's not just the animation that stirs, it's also the sound design. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 25, 2016
2/4 68% Snowtime! (2016) ""Snowtime!" is off-puttingly grown-up for the audience it seems to court, while also simplistic to the point of tedium for anyone much older. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3.5/4 91% A War (Krigen) (2016) "Like his 2012 film "A Hijacking," Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm's drama "A War" explores the theme of moral compromise with an uncomfortably astringent honesty. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2.5/4 87% The Club (El Club) (2016) "LarraĆ­n is clearly critical of the church. "The Club's" tone is cynical, bordering on the satirical, but it's never very funny. Not that it should be. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/4 95% Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom (2015) "Plays out like a harrowingly bloody, real-life "Les Miserables." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
3.5/4 83% Deadpool (2016) "It's a voraciously self-aware comedy, one that dines out on the inherent inanity of its own premise as much as it does the movies it's competing with. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 11, 2016
1.5/4 No Score Yet Monday at 11:01 A.M. ""Monday at 11:01 a.m." would probably work well as a half-hour television episode or a short story. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
3.5/4 96% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "The make-believe world of "Boy and the World" is confusing, scary and gorgeous. But then again, so is the real one. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Feb 4, 2016
2.5/4 62% The Finest Hours (2016) "Somewhere in here, there's a pretty decent movie. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 28, 2016
1/4 42% Moonwalkers (2016) "There's little payoff in trying to make sense of the various plot threads. The logic holes in this film are several, and the more you dwell on them, the less fun you will have. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2.5/4 51% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) "Bay seemingly can't help but make a movie that is loud, brash, nuance-free and more glandular than cerebral. "13 Hours" is a movie that stimulates the production of adrenaline, not insight. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 14, 2016
2/4 31% Daddy's Home (2015) "There are a few laughs here and there. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2015
2/4 61% Joy (2015) "Even Lawrence, in the end, is a letdown. As entertaining and committed as she is - and she's easily the best thing about "Joy" - the actress ultimately can't sell a souffle that's half baked. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 24, 2015
4/4 79% Macbeth (2015) ""Macbeth" possesses a terrible beauty, evoking fear, sadness, awe and confusion. Presented with the aesthetic of a dark comic book, it's also a mournful masterpiece ... " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
2.5/4 73% Youth (2015) "I'm not sure the buzz of watching it is worth the headache the morning after. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 10, 2015
3/4 93% Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) "As this film's engrossing character study makes clear, this woman of extraordinary tastes and appetites was ahead of her time, in more ways than one. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 3, 2015
2/4 62% Legend (2015) "It leaves a big blank - make that two blanks - where the complex, contradictory lives behind this "Legend" should be. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
3.5/4 94% Creed (2015) "The themes of love, loyalty, ambition, honor and legacy that lend sinew to the story are delivered with such a clean punch that they as feel as fresh as they did in 1976. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 24, 2015
2/4 47% Criminal Activities (2015) "It won't win any awards, but it's not a bad evening out. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) "As the dystopian epic's emotional, moral and physical heart, Lawrence once again delivers the best reason to stick with it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 19, 2015
2.5/4 76% Trumbo (2015) "The logistics of how Trumbo survived, fronting a stable of other blacklisted writers and churning out his own work under various aliases, make for a great yarn. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
2/4 33% My All American (2015) ""My All American" plays like an extended highlights reel, not a movie. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 12, 2015
3/4 78% Flowers (Loreak) (2015) "A poetic meditation on love, pain and memory, all expressed through the metaphor of cut flowers. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2/4 69% Miss You Already (2015) ""How do you say 'no' to someone with cancer?" Jess wonders, when Milly starts pushing the boundaries. For some, it's just as hard to say no to a movie with cancer. I managed, but many of you will not. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 5, 2015
2.5/4 96% The Armor Of Light (2015) "The reverend may be girded with the "armor or light," as he puts it, quoting the Bible. But his opponents - or at least the ones shown in the film - have seemingly strapped metaphorical Kevlar around what appear to be permanently closed minds. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 29, 2015
1/4 8% Rock the Kasbah (2015) "Levinson never seems to know what to point his camera at, or when to cut, and Glazer never seems to know when to leave a joke alone and let the cast work. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2/4 16% The Last Witch Hunter (2015) "The special-effects-laden fight scenes are ho-hum, incoherent and badly lit. It's often hard to tell what some warlock or scorpion-like beast is doing and to whom. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 22, 2015
2.5/4 93% Breathe (2015) "In some ways it plays like a horror movie, in other ways it's almost a documentary. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 15, 2015
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