Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell
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T-Meter Title | Year
75% Stillwater (2021) Stillwater has its pulse-pounding moments, but it mostly keeps viewers guessing by refusing to follow predictable Hollywood formulas. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
27% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The tiresome sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard wastes its star power as cavalierly as its aggressively unlikeable characters waste ammunition. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) The visuals are so unexpectedly striking that the movie holds the viewer in a peculiar thrall. And it keeps you guessing for the entire 90-minute run time. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/4 99% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is unlike any [werewolf movie] you've ever seen -- and not just because of the gorgeous animation. Watching the storytelling unfold is truly a cinematic delight for all ages. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/4 86% On The Rocks (2020) Much like the many cocktails consumed by its appealing star duo, Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola's On the Rocks serves up surprisingly relatable dramedy that's smooth, refreshing and more potent that initially anticipated. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
2.5/4 84% The Way I See It (2020) A picture is worth a thousand words, and thousands of pictures make a compelling case for the continued importance of photojournalism in the age of video in "The Way I See It. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/4 89% The Nest (2020) Despite its painstaking construction and the avid actors inhabiting it, writer-director Sean Durkin's sophomore film The Nest is ultimately an empty and overly feathered affair. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
3.5/4 88% Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2020) Writer-directors Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni capitalize on both Lightfoot's blunt honesty and legendary song catalog, creating a captivating and pleasingly unconventional rock doc. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/4 90% Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2020) Iconic filmmaker Werner Herzog offers a globe-trotting tribute to an inspiring friendship with his heartfelt and thought-provoking new documentary Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/4 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Although The Personal History of David Copperfield occasionally feels a little too light and fluffy for its own good, it has so much joy and humor baked in that it may well renew an appetite for Dickens' classic storytelling. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
2.5/4 58% Tesla (2020) The resulting film, while sometimes strikingly flashy, isn't as invigorating as audiences would hope. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
1.5/4 48% Unhinged (2020) It doesn't help that the dialogue, shooting style and score all glaringly signal every plot point miles before it arrives, and that the characters' actions are frustratingly far-fetched. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/4 87% Sputnik (2020) Between the smart script and stalwart performances, Abramenko achieves a fine blast-off for Sputnik, and he gets plenty of help from his team fueling the skin-crawling, suspenseful journey. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
72% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og Stjæle Hester) (2020) Composer Kaspar Kaae's vibrant and unexpected score and cinematographer Rasmus Vidbaek's magnificent widescreen views of the harshly beautiful Norwegian countryside effectively immerse viewers in both aged grief and angsty adolescence. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/4 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) The Irish crime drama The Shadow of Violence delivers a bare-knuckle blow to the heart thanks to a powerhouse performance by Cosmo Jarvis. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/4 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) In many ways, The Truth treads familiar territory, but Kore-eda brings a deftly humorous touch to the story. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3.5/4 98% Beats (2020) The power of friendship and music forcefully shines through the gritty coming-of-age story Beats. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
3.5/4 93% Babyteeth (2020) Best known for her work on the acclaimed TV show Killing Eve, Shannon Murphy definitely leaves a mark with her feature film directorial debut Babyteeth, a sharp and stinging coming-of-age dramedy. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
61% Cinema Verite (2011) The telefilm recreates the period with stunning authenticity. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
3.5/4 92% The Vast of Night (2020) A relatively small but unquestionably talented troupe of primarily Oklahoma moviemakers conjure an uncannily creepy and quality micro-budget mystery with The Vast of Night. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2.5/4 51% I Still Believe (2020) With "I Still Believe," the Erwin brothers raise the bar well above most faith-based films, in more ways than one. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2020
2/4 42% Wendy (2020) Although it is wild enough to stay interesting, Zeitlin's Wendy flows sluggishly with shallow characters, muddled storytelling and a murky mythology that fails to capture the magic of Pan. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
3.5/4 88% Onward (2020) Both a loving sendup and tribute to epic fantasy stories and their fervent fans, Onward is packed with hilarious Easter eggs and plot twists both familiar and surprising. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
3/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man does compellingly and sympathetically depict the devastatingly all-consuming effects of domestic violence, while providing plenty of suspense and scares. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
2/4 38% Downhill (2020) Although Downhill has a few relatable and amusing moments, it mostly wastes the considerable talents involved. Perhaps the best that can be said for the film is that it might convince more people to rent or stream Force Majeure. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
3.5/4 89% Cunningham (2019) Shot in vibrant 3D, the dance sequences veritably leap, spin and gyrate off the screen, offering a captivating visual spectacle that does more to spotlight Cunningham's ingenuity than all the eloquent droning of a dozen expert interviews. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/4 91% Clemency (2019) It's a veritable crime against cinema that Tulsa native Alfre Woodard isn't nominated for an Oscar for her masterful portrayal as a troubled prison warden in the acclaimed drama Clemency. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/4 87% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Although the sequel's script isn't as clever as its forerunner and depends too much on bumbling slapstick, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is often laugh-out-loud hilarious, while still giving the story the requisite emotional heft and action sequences. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) Even more importantly, it serves as a mighty reminder of the inglorious, ruinous cost of war more than 100 years after the so-called "War to End All Wars" proved a sadly inaccurate nickname... - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/4 81% A Hidden Life (2019) The film runs almost three hours and could certainly be shorter, but at the same time, it's hard to argue it doesn't earn such an epic run time. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 No Score Yet Red Dog (2019) It's a surprisingly poignant tale of a motley crew of bouncers, bartenders and strippers who became the first family for a toddler and his single mother. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/4 95% Little Women (2019) Although the leaps between timelines can cause moments of confusion, the rich development of characters and themes proves more than worth the extra attentiveness the approach demands from the viewer. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/4 97% The Kingmaker (2019) The Kingmaker is less a historical biography than a timely cautionary tale. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/4 68% Bombshell (2019) Margot Robbie gives arguably the most powerful performance as Kayla Pospisil. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/4 94% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach deserves kudos for highlighting the adversarial nature of divorce court...but his odd storytelling decisions too often undercut the human dynamics he's trying to explore. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
3.5/4 97% Knives Out (2019) Knives Out is an enticing addition to Johnson's filmography and a welcome appetizer before he goes back into orbit for more Star Wars adventures. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Captivating performances by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith... help to keep the powerful, poetic drama driving forward. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3.5/4 95% The Irishman (2019) A magnetic mob epic. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/4 78% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II boasts a convoluted story with a few plot holes, but returning co-writers and directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee deserve credit for crafting a sequel that seeks to answer the most compelling questions left by Frozen. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
2.5/4 27% The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Although it doesn't quite have the sweep you want from a historical epic, the battle scenes are exciting, the colorful depictions of Indian culture are gorgeous, and the heroine is worth rooting for. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
2.5/4 82% The Report (2019) Jones spent five years compiling his 6,700-page report, and unfortunately, the movie feels at least this long, with the paper shuffling and screen scrolling occasionally broken up by flashbacks to the CIA black ops sites where the torture is happening. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/4 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) One of the best films of the year, Jojo Rabbit nimbly zips through the full gamut of emotions: It's by turns uproarious, warm, heart-rending, horrifying, silly, surreal, scary and joyous. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/4 42% Midway (2019) It was a job only for the bold and brave, and there are worse ways to spend the lead-up to Veterans Day than remembering the men who risked and sacrificed their lives doing that job. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/4 96% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas earns his best actor prize from Frances' Cannes Film Festival -- and seems to be a shoo-in for an Oscar nod -- with his magnetic turn as Salvador Mallo, celebrated filmmaker plagued with a cavalcade of physical maladies. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 39% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Disney fans weary of copycat live-action remakes of beloved animated film can enter a visually stunning fantasy realm with Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
2.5/4 92% Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Though not as groundbreaking as its subject, the expansive documentary showcases the jazz icon's innovative, ever-changing musical style while at least acknowledging the damage his personal demons wrought... - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/4 86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) [Moonlight Sonata] accomplishes a fundamental goal of art by allowing us to experience other people's lives, struggles and triumphs, hopefully furthering our understanding of what it means to be deaf in a world wired for sound. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 68% Joker (2019) Joker is overly long, thematically murky and narratively uneven, with an unnecessary ending that, like a bad greasepaint job, ruthlessly highlights the film's flaws rather than concealing them. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/4 82% Judy (2019) An empathetic and engrossing portrait of the latter days of Judy Garland, Judy powers past narrative pitfalls on the sheer might of Renee Zellweger's fearless embodiment of the ill-fated icon. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/4 98% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) It's not necessary to know anything about surrealism, Buñuel's influential work or 20th-century Spanish politics to appreciate the underlying coming-of-age story of a privileged young man learning to value the human lives around him. - The Oklahoman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019