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Andrew O'Hehir

Andrew O'Hehir
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Nothing like Dekalog had ever been attempted on TV before, in Poland or the United States or anywhere else, and its narrative and thematic ambition is still impressive almost 30 years later. ‐
Posted Sep 2, 2016
71% White Girl (2016) An arresting and well-told tale ... ‐
Posted Sep 1, 2016
64% Antibirth (2016) Lyonne's performance is a marvel of humor and compassion. ‐
Posted Sep 1, 2016
83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) Moland possesses the rare ability to take a story where the viewer knows almost exactly what will happen and make it surprising. ‐
Posted Aug 26, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Greene and Sheil unearth a number of important clues without suggesting that any of them can explain everything ‐
Posted Aug 24, 2016
60% War Dogs (2016) Not only is "War Dogs" a surprisingly well-told tale in the classic American rags-to-riches-to-rags mode. It's also a mordant morality fable with a genuine heart of darkness. ‐
Posted Aug 18, 2016
83% Sausage Party (2016) Its observation that life is full of cruelty and there is probably no afterlife and we waste most of our lives consuming images of a reality we cannot fully apprehend is pretty much true, but neither novel nor amusing. ‐
Posted Aug 10, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) Sure, it's terrible. But it's not even close to the worst movie of the summer or the year. ‐
Posted Aug 4, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) A goofy, free-floating romp with an anarchic spirit of its own, a fresh set of scares and laffs and a moderate dose of girl power that is unlikely to seem confrontational to anyone beyond the most confirmed basement-dwelling Gamergate troll. ‐
Posted Jul 12, 2016
93% Under The Sun (2016) I think the lessons of "Under the Sun" go far beyond the tragic and idiotic delusions of North Korea's nightmare state, and that those lessons have direct application in Mansky's country, and in ours. ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) Like most "exploitation movies," the "Purge" franchise is deeply moralistic at heart. ‐
Posted Jul 6, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) A complex social allegory, delivered in a film of masterful restraint and great compassion. ‐
Posted Jul 1, 2016
94% Blood Simple (1984) Watching this beautiful restoration of "Blood Simple" I was actually struck by how non-bleak it is, how much the strength of the film lies in images of beauty, defiance and survival. ‐
Posted Jun 30, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) Whether you think it's a brilliant feminist commentary or misogynistic softcore porn is entirely up to you. And who says those things cancel each other out? ‐
Posted Jun 23, 2016
100% Germans & Jews (2016) Subtle, compact but deeply resonant ... ‐
Posted Jun 9, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) "The Wailing" is something like the most gruesome and gripping Scandinavian crime drama you can imagine, transported to a rain-sodden Asian backwater where everyone's in a bad mood and science, religion and superstition are locked in uneasy combat. ‐
Posted Jun 2, 2016
86% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) For me Abu-Assad is subtly twisting the knife in both sides at the same time: He perceives a relationship of mutual hatred and mutual dependency between Israelis and Palestinians, which has damaged both people perhaps beyond repair. ‐
Posted May 29, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It's basically a closing chapter to a feeble trilogy that started out pretty well and then ran out of gas, and now must serve as a prequel to shadowy X-related endeavors yet to come. ‐
Posted May 29, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Mesmerizing ... ‐
Posted May 26, 2016
100% Pervert Park (2015) However you feel about the question of how to deal with the 500,000 or so convicted sex offenders now living in the United States going into the film, you're likely to feel different coming out. ‐
Posted May 26, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) "The Nice Guys" is basically "Chinatown" remade by Quentin Tarantino and starring foulmouthed, updated versions of Abbott and Costello, as played by two of the most recognizable male stars of our time. Make your purchasing decisions accordingly. ‐
Posted May 19, 2016
57% Money Monster (2016) The pieces would seem to be in place, but ... "Money Monster" is a stodgy, moribund plodder loaded with stock characters that wouldn't have felt edgy in 1983 and has about the same contemporary urgency as your average late-night rerun of "CSI: NY." ‐
Posted May 16, 2016
78% Elstree 1976 (2016) A deadpan documentary with notes of wistful irony ... ‐
Posted May 12, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) Much of "Captain America: Civil War" is just the laborious working-out of leftover dangling plot elements from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" two summers ago. ‐
Posted May 5, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) This "High-Rise" is a scathing, intoxicating visual and auditory experience, the most truthful and most powerful Ballard adaptation we've ever seen, or are likely to. ‐
Posted Apr 28, 2016
73% How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) It's a fascinating, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring ride. ‐
Posted Apr 21, 2016
94% Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt (2016) Urgent and often startling ... ‐
Posted Apr 14, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Only a limited number of things can happen in this kind of movie, of course, but Saulnier manages pace, tone and storytelling so adroitly that you won't quite expect any of them to happen when they do, or even how. ‐
Posted Apr 13, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) There's nothing pretentious or overly difficult about "Applause"; it runs less than 90 minutes and features a bona fide star performance. ‐
Posted Apr 7, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Batman v Superman is kind of dopey and plays out some laborious plot twists in the DC narrative at unnecessary length, but as I've already said it largely kept me entertained for two and a half hours, which is not nothing. ‐
Posted Mar 23, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) I suspect this movie will sharply divide Nichols' existing fan base for reasons I can only allude to vaguely in a review; I loved it, or almost all of it, but I can understand the uncertainty. ‐
Posted Mar 17, 2016
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) Hood, a South African whose previous films include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the capable terror-war thriller "Rendition," does a nice job threading together the immense web of political, legal and military decision-making behind the drone war. ‐
Posted Mar 11, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a likable construction that points its star in a new direction without ever quite making a point. ‐
Posted Mar 3, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) Like any truly successful horror film, "The Witch" operates on various levels at once and is open to interpretation. ‐
Posted Feb 18, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Underneath the laff-riot and the Hollywood satire, "Hail, Caesar!" is a curiously delicate film built on profound affection for American movies and the illusions they build ... ‐
Posted Feb 4, 2016
56% Lazer Team (2016) I think you already know by now whether you feel solidarity with the spirit of "Lazer Team," or whether you are simply no fun at all. ‐
Posted Jan 28, 2016
98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) A masterful and often deeply moving portrait of a volatile American genius, a portrait that goes far beyond one man, one family and one rain-sodden small town. ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2016
60% Joy (2015) Russell is almost totally uninterested in the story of how Joy Mangano explored a bizarre and unknown new business model and became its first self-made tycoon, and as a result we aren't interested either. ‐
Posted Jan 3, 2016
81% The Revenant (2015) The point of the whole thing - the reason this movie was made, and the reason we're watching it - gets drowned beneath a series of memorable but disconnected images and moments. ‐
Posted Dec 23, 2015
96% Son of Saul (2015) "Son of Saul" is a work of superlative filmmaking craft and moral intensity. ‐
Posted Dec 17, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) [Abrams ] has made an adoring copy of Star Wars, seeking to correct its perceived flaws, without understanding that nothing about that movie's context or meaning or enormous cultural impact can be duplicated. ‐
Posted Dec 16, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) With its cartoonish pace, larger-than-life characters and detours into farce and agitprop, this movie captures the accelerated pace of life in the financial markets and the vast scale of their mendacity far more vividly than a naturalistic drama could. ‐
Posted Dec 10, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) A heartbreaking tragicomic adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata set in present-day Chicago. ‐
Posted Dec 2, 2015
94% Carol (2015) "Carol" establishes a mood of mournful romance, half nostalgic and half ominous, that never lets go. ‐
Posted Nov 25, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) Jennifer Lawrence hasn't lost her mojo as this series has dragged on, and remains a magnetic presence every second she's on-screen. But "Mockingjay - Part 2" doesn't really give her much to do. ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2015
33% By The Sea (2015) "By the Sea" has its moments. Moments of beauty, and moments of what feels like genuine introspection. Moments of stupid, innocent charm. Moments of love, and moments of perfume commercial. Quite a number of those, actually. ‐
Posted Nov 12, 2015
73% Trumbo (2015) A clean and agreeable biopic that restores some vitality to a fascinating episode in 20th-century cultural and political history. ‐
Posted Nov 5, 2015
35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) The most important aspects of this striking story have been scrubbed away or laundered into Hollywood-style pseudo-psychological neutrality. ‐
Posted Oct 29, 2015
73% Suffragette (2015) Gavron splits the difference between didactic history lesson and "relatable" storytelling without quite reaching either goal. ‐
Posted Oct 23, 2015
71% Crimson Peak (2015) Lurid and ghastly and immensely enjoyable and frequently spectacular and also thinner and less substantial than it wants to be, like a meal eaten in a dream. ‐
Posted Oct 15, 2015