Tara Brady

Tara Brady

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
Irish Times
Total Reviews:
183

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 91% Mystery Road (2014) " A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
5/5 96% Charulata (1964) " Beneath the straightened 19th- century values and Mukherjee's deft, delicate performance lies a drama that's fit to burst with political and colonial discourse, class, proto-feminist values, music, poetry and, most of all, love. All life is here." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
4/5 89% Obvious Child (2014) " Obvious Child's radicalism lies in its lack of radicalism: there is no grandstanding in the manner of If These Walls Could Talk, no naughty trolling à la Sarah Silverman." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2/5 74% God Help the Girl (2014) " "Don't Give Up the Day Job" would have been a better title." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
4/5 94% Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) " As well as being an essay on solidarity, the film is also a terrific character study. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
2/5 23% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Too often, Hector feels a bit like being entombed in a structure made from Mind Body Spirit tomes and cemented over with Chicken Soup for the Soul." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
3/5 34% The Expendables 3 (2014) " The Expendables franchise has never been as meta-textual as a series featuring every movie hard-arse on the planet ought to be. " — Irish Times
Posted Aug 16, 2014
4/5 76% Moebius (2014) " Even by Kim's extreme standards, Moebius maintains such a pitbull hold on its straight-world targets that it enters a shadowy realm of post-subversion." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
4/5 79% Welcome To New York " Never mind the upcoming As Above, So Below or Ouija; this is the horror film of 2014." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 72% The German Doctor (2014) " Puenzo's restraint, though commendable, rather mutes the dramatic impact." — Irish Times
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 61% Hercules (2014) " Here comes the roar toward the heavens. Hell, we may not know much about art, but we know what we likes" — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
5/5 92% Norte, the End of History (2014) " As is often the case with three-hour-plus projects, a sense of Stockholm Syndrome kicks in, leaving us happy to roll along with real-time rhythms of meals and walks and chores. " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
4/5 86% Joe (2014) " Bearded redneck turns out to be a good look for Cage, who puts in his best screen performance since Werner Herzog'sBad Lieutenant " — Irish Times
Posted Jul 25, 2014
3/5 95% Grand Central " The film's white trash world of hip-hop, trailer parks, cheap clothes and cheaper wine is beautifully realised." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
4/5 95% Finding Vivian Maier (2014) " Finding Vivian Maier is not without its frustrations. And that, we suspect, is exactly what she would have wanted." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
3/5 76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " We shouldn't be surprised that this is a love letter to a chum. Nor should we be surprised that one of the great masters of PR emerges smelling of roses." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
1/5 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " To those who say rape culture is a myth, we say "Behold, Transformers 4"." — Irish Times
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4/5 91% Mistaken for Strangers (2014) " We loved every minute of Tom's company and his film, right down to Halford's O Holy Night over the closing credits." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
4/5 92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) " Game of What? This is our new desert island dragon-themed pop pick." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
5/5 89% The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) " If you want screen teens to break your heart this summer, then give The Fault in Our Stars a miss in favour of this epic South American adventure." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 27, 2014
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun) (2007) " The unadorned, pre-institutional storytelling makes for a far more compelling viewing than Tian Zhuangzhuang's 2002 glossy remake." — Irish Times
Posted Jun 23, 2014
5/5 95% Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower) (1964) " Yasujiro Ozu didn't know that this unbearably poignant 1962 drama would be his final film. But An Autumn Afternoon is as fitting a swansong as ever there was." — Irish Times
Posted May 20, 2014
2/5 20% Sabotage (2014) " The film around them is too, too much: too gruesome, too locker-room, too busy, too populated, and too daft." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 100% Advanced Style (2014) " The same punters who kept returning to see Bill Cunningham New York will find much to savour." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
4/5 100% Next Goal Wins (2014) " 'Tis the season for over use of sporting cliches noting the romance of the World Cup. But if you can't find it in Next Goal Wins, you're not going to find it anywhere." — Irish Times
Posted May 9, 2014
3/5 86% Run & Jump (2014) " An impressive showcase for an array of seasoned talents and emerging masters." — Irish Times
Posted May 6, 2014
3/5 87% Exhibition (2014) " Hogg's quietly ambitious film, like the characters it depicts, is a little too in thrall to the airless, deadened space of the house." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 25, 2014
2/5 27% The Love Punch (2014) " This is a broad, old school comedy: imagine Mrs Brown's Boys without the swearing. Or Brendan O'Carroll. Or the jokes." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Magic Magic's odd denouement is a dramatic curveball that smacks the viewer square in the face." — Irish Times
Posted Apr 21, 2014
4/5 41% Pioneer (2014) " Viewers who enjoyed such Scandi hits as A Hijacking and Baltasar Kormáku's The Deep will be pleased with this solid actioner from Insomnia director Erik Skjoldbjærg" — Irish Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
3/5 47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " Greatest Freudian Hits. Played maybe a little too loud. " — Irish Times
Posted Apr 11, 2014
5/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " This hugely enjoyable film puts Love and others up front and centre, where we feel they belong. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 81% Salvo (2014) " It feels like a very challenging exercise carried off with much style but little real flair (the two things are not quite the same)." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 33% Labor Day (2014) " The story is ludicrous. The reveals are unintentionally hilarious and clumsily delivered. Even the production design is off." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
4/5 98% Starred Up (2014) " Two things allow Starred Up to stand apart from the pack: a rigorous attention to prison procedure and a stunning breakthrough performance from Jack O'Connell." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
2/5 22% Need For Speed (2014) " Nothing in Need for Speed makes a lick of sense: the geography is off, the story daft, the cliches plentiful." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
3/5 54% The Zero Theorem (2014) " With Gilliam, ramshackle is all part of the appeal." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " Try not to fall off the edge of your seat during the film's nail-biting final scenes. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 38% A Long Way From Home " The dialogue and situations simply never feel authentic. The younger characters are poorly developed and hollow. " — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
5/5 100% Wake in Fright (2012) " Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . ." — Irish Times
Posted Mar 7, 2014
3/5 64% Bastards (2013) " Bastards is Denis' most eventful, impactful film in quite some time. But one couldn't warmly recommend it. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " A thrilling, consistently funny, all-ages extravaganza, The Lego Movie is virtually critic proof, in that we can't find a darned thing wrong with it." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 93% Child's Pose (2014) " Calin Peter Netzer's terrific drama exemplifies many of the traits that have made the new wave of Romanian cinema so fecund. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 48% Stalingrad (2014) " The set design and the effects are genuinely impressive, and even the least nuanced scenes are not without their mushy charms." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Neeson has, in his various action roles, done more than a little to overturn decades of patronising Hollywood depictions of the Irish as noble savages and leprechauns." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Claire Mathon's brilliant cinematography finds an appositely sinister glare in the shimmering water and sunny skies." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " See it and try to think "vampire" in the future without conjuring Tom and Tilda. " — Irish Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
4/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Dickensians will love it. Most everybody else will find is passes the time very agreeably." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
3/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " What's the "point" of a Robocop remake? If you're bothering to ask yourself such questions, you must find the modern world a frustrating place." — Irish Times
Posted Feb 8, 2014
3/5 53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " The film's brand of Americana is pretty, but very Hollywood: hard scrabble but not hard won." — Irish Times
Posted Jan 31, 2014
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