Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 79% The Falling " Carol Morley's potently suggestive follow-up to 2011's Dreams of a Life ... " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 23, 2015
4/5 51% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) " You'll watch this supremely entertaining danse macabre with the broadest of connoisseurial smiles. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 88% The Good Lie (2014) " The rougher edges of the likes of In This World or The Golden Dream were perhaps beyond its multiplex-oriented remit, but Falardeau works in surprising levels of funny, winning, stirring detail. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2/5 4% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) " This isn't much more than a fly's fart of a film, the most microscopically tiny of afterthoughts. " ‐ Observer [UK]
Posted Apr 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Amar Akbar & Tony " Sunny location work helps west London's dual carriageways appear more appealing; elsewhere, the relentless bants and tail-chasing suggest Malhotra is none too ambitiously pursuing the post-pub Dapper Laughs crowd. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 16, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen) " Handsome choreography, but it's mostly been a demonstration of the modern movie business's absurd gigantism: seven hours of set-trashing for a story that needed two tops. They'll probably reboot it in a decade, too. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3/5 59% The Last 5 Years (2015) " LaGravenese's direction remains appreciably intimate, ensuring this project ends up close to where it began: not one for the ages, perhaps, but a pretty good night out nevertheless. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 89% Glassland " In its rage and its pain, in the wire-brush scrub it gives to the movies' woozily romantic notions of alcoholism, Glassland feels wholly honest and true. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 16, 2015
4/5 82% Good Kill (2015) " This smart and serious thinkpiece never loses sight of the overheads: the steep personal price paid by Egan, and the collateral damage incurred. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2/5 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) " The relentless spitballing yields sporadic snorts, but with women reduced to walk-on titparts between stale knob gags, it absolutely feels like the bromance's final, desperate throbs ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 9, 2015
3/5 82% Furious 7 (2015) " Superior set pieces continue to sustain this most dumbly enjoyable of franchises ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 2, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet Katherine of Alexandria " A foolhardy attempt to revive the Roman epic in Cyprus on a budget that Xena: Warrior Princess might have snarled at. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2/5 20% Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015) " Take beer goggles. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Apr 2, 2015
3/5 100% The Dark Horse " Robertson gives himself and his actors time to ponder the board and build convincing relationships and tensions: he's especially deft around his younger performers, allowing them to register as distinct, often defiant personalities - pawns with a purpose. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Apr 2, 2015
58% Robot Overlords " It's brisk enough, and Wright's fondness for types sustains it: there are well-judged contributions from Ben Kingsley as a snippy collaborator, and Tamer Hassan as the guvnor of a pub in permanent lockdown. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 26, 2015
2/5 13% Seventh Son (2015) " It's lively and daft, and you find yourself wondering: all this expertise, and the best anybody could think to do with it was this? " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 52% The Face Of An Angel (2015) " The Face of an Angel turns circles without really getting anywhere, the work of a filmmaker getting bogged down first in the vagaries of the modern media and the Italian criminal court system, then in his own personal and professional difficulties. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 95% Wild Tales (2015) " While it's boiling over, it's satisfyingly snippy fun - the movie equivalent of cutting three inches off a cheating ex's trousers. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 26, 2015
3/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " Lush, hand-painted images offer plentiful consolation, but its beauty forms a gilded cage: until the undeniably moving final movements, it just feels several shades too constrained to fully honour its heroine's restless, questing spirit. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 28% Wild Card (2015) " It emerges, alas, as a compromise, hedging its bets between cheery, characterful Ocean's-ish caper and brute-force beat-'em-up; we're offered helpings of both, but not enough of either to satisfy. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 19, 2015
3/5 88% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015) " Strange as it sounds - and is - Kumiko comprises a lingering display of empathy for its heroine, marching stridently on through her own peculiar headspace. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 47% Home (2015) " Animation has become a crowded field, and perhaps we shouldn't always expect something out of this world, but this underdeveloped offering barely lifts itself off the drawing board. It's very, very...oh. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 45% En chance til " A contrived story of stolen child threatens to make fools of its audience. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 19, 2015
4/5 70% Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) " Everything in this extraordinary evocation of island life is seasonal; these folk, their affections and fortunes, shift with the winds and tides. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 13, 2015
3/5 60% Run All Night (2015) " Liam Neeson's global punching roadshow rolls on. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 12, 2015
91% Amour Fou (2015) " It's a strange one, all right, but I guarantee you'll be dissecting it in your head for days. " ‐ MovieMail
Posted Mar 10, 2015
2/5 60% High Tide " Capably performed, but the emotional punch of last week's Hinterland is some distance beyond it. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 11% Unfinished Business (2015) " No better or worse than indifferent, although its targeting of the German capital for fratboy profiteering suggests some renegotiation of the Marshall Plan may now be necessary. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Not since 2003's Shattered Glass has the journalistic pursuit of truth been presented on screen as such a mortally serious matter of honour. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Mar 5, 2015
4/5 100% Dreamcatcher (2015) " Longinotto and editor Ollie Huddleston stitch it, with lightness and dexterity, into a wholly edifying, often stirring tapestry of survivors' stories. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 5, 2015
3/5 98% Appropriate Behavior (2015) " It's Akhavan's presence that elevates it above a crowded field. Her film's a little bit different from the norm, and that - for now - is promising enough. " ‐ Daily Telegraph
Posted Mar 5, 2015
2/5 11% The Boy Next Door (2015) " Abundantly silly ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 26, 2015
1/5 28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " Principally concerned with the indignities wrought on schlubby Josh Gad's gonads by, among other elements, chilli and hungry dogs. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 34% Two Night Stand (2014) " Two Night Stand is a notch below popping to Nando's on the list of things to do with a significant other this Valentine's. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 12, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Grease Sing-a-Long (2010) " It's the songs, displaying greater storytelling nous than the rest of this oddly shambling, plotless perennial, which give the bubblegum its snap. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Shamitabh (2015) " The shame is that Shamitabh can't hold to a coherent line. Balki muffles his most compelling ideas ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Feb 9, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) " Tough viewing, but the film-maker's commitment is unmistakable ... " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 29, 2015
3/5 94% Bad Hair (2014) " A quietly perceptive work that teases out insights without undue strain. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Jan 29, 2015
81% Beyond Clueless (2014) " At its best, in its montages of first fumblings or explosions of adolescent rage, Beyond Clueless transcends most of the films that inspired it. " ‐ MovieMail
Posted Jan 22, 2015
2/5 74% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) " Better than last year's pirate one, but it still feels like a short padded to feature length so that more of that sweet 3D surcharge can be extracted from parents' pockets. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 11, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno) " An 80-minute B-picture stifled under an extra hour's worth of expensive production design. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 28, 2014
3/5 No Score Yet One Rogue Reporter " Former Daily Star reporter Rich Peppiatt showcases a gift for Michael Mooreish rabble-rousing in this scattershot contribution to the post-Leveson landscape. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/5 89% The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2014) " Future generations may be as grateful for its footage of Hayao Miyazaki sketching as we now are of early Beatles Super 8 films. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/5 56% The Remaining (2014) " Its physical form is in cinemas; its soul is already circling the 24-hour garage bargain bin. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 6, 2014
2/5 7% Ouija (2014) " Nothing says Halloween more than gathering in the dark to experience a carefully strategised branding opportunity. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3/5 82% The Book of Life (2014) " Sports gorgeous, marionette-inspired character design - mucho love has gone into the matadors' bespoke jackets - and a palette so warm you feel yourself developing tanlines around your 3D specs. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 23, 2014
2/5 21% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " The repackaging of gleaming, empty, allowance-snaffling product. Were these Turtles ever anything else? " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/5 84% Northern Soul " Every other scene showcases a northern treasure (Coogan, Thomson, Tomlinson, Stansfield) and looks, feels and - crucially - sounds true to its sweaty-hazy, slightly cramped corner of history. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2/5 No Score Yet Un beau dimanche (Going Away) " Glamourpuss Louise Bourgoin - as the kid's helpfully single mother - flaunts a stick-on shoulder tattoo in a bid to pass for blowsy working-class, while Rochefort offers little more than walking bedhead atop stock Gallic stubble. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 11, 2014
2/5 62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " The grownups grab a few legitimately funny bits, but it makes for strangely agitating, passive-aggressive matinee fare: perhaps you just have to enjoy watching rows breaking out more than this viewer does. " ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 10, 2014
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