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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 62% Suspiria (2018) The current Suspiria is always on the point of becoming interesting, but it never fails to squander that potential.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2/5 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Far from offering pleasures to the average muggle, the new film plays like a fragmented fan fiction assembled through Twitter.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 93% Wildlife (2018) The standout performance may be that of young Ed Oxenbould. What are they putting in teenagers' cereal these days? ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) For the most part, the larger arc is familiar. It's obscure nuances that really set you back.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009) Wolverine starts with a roar before sliding into a chaotic, preachy mess.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
89% Float Like a Butterfly (2018) An impressively passionate recreation of a now-distant era. Above all it is a triumph for Doupe, who scraps and bawls and triumphs like a star from the golden age.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) There are truths about the lies we tell ourselves. It ends very satisfactorily, but dares to leave at least one narrative thread dangling conspicuously.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) There are worse faults than cramming too much good stuff into an insufficiently enormous package. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 63% Peterloo (2019) It is lovely to look at. It has real sweep. The problem lies with the sometimes clunky dialogue and the occasionally rushed characterisation.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
4/5 100% Katie (2018) Buffed with stirring fight sequences, the picture stands as a polite argument for the greatness of a figure almost everyone already loves. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) The picture just about gets by on the sharp interplay between [its] characters. But it finds nowhere interesting to go after a busy first hour.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 96% The Hate U Give (2018) The Hate U Give clocks in at well over two hours, but there is so much going on that it never drags. There's humour mixed in with the tragedy. There's reason mixed in with the rage.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 100% The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid (2017) Ward's picture remains unconditionally besotted with this stubborn, brave rebel of the old school. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
3/5 29% Venom (2018) Its best bits are still less tedious than the worst bits of Avengers: Infinity War. Put that on the poster.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) It is made for a big screen, big sound and the comforting sorrow of the communal sob.Maybe we really do need another version of A Star is Born.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 88% Rafiki (2018) The story may be familiar - same-gender couple struggle with mean oldies - but it buzzes with such juice and joy that it will surely gain a cult following.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) There could be rational explanations for all these things, but the film invites us to lean gently into the fantastic. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 97% The Rider (2018) A hugely impressive slice of prairie naturalism.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 29% The King of Thieves (2018) King of Thieves rattles along in diverting enough fashion. The old hits are welcome. Footage from the cast's back catalogue is integrated amusingly. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 88% A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) A Mother is more of a socio-geographical snapshot than an investigative report.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 27% The Nun (2018) Alas, The Nun is more chaotic than most of the many, many films set in The Conjuring universe. To compare it to a ghost train would be to understate the narrative cohesion that habitually governs those seaside entertainments.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 82% Puzzle (2018) Always strong in supporting roles, Macdonald achieves her own mid-career breakthrough with a fascinatingly complex lead performance that pitches natural inhibition against a growing inner confidence.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special (2009) Another perfectly decent documentary.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
10/10 97% Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Regularly voted the funniest British film. A contender.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
9/10 97% Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) The first non-sketch Python film is one of the great Arthurian romps. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 76% Black '47 (2018) The grey pools of Declan Quinn's cinematography and the evocative strains of Brian Byrne's score - keening traditional flourishes balanced by angular melodies - keep the brain twitching in even the glummest moments.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 61% Yardie (2018) This is a film about the pressures and demands of making another country your own. Too often, however, the viewer will feel as befuddled as the protagonist.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 88% I, Dolours (2018) Among the most impressive interviews ever immortalised in a feature documentary.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Dumped Me succeeds because, before spinning into chaos, it makes good, contrasting use of its two leads.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
3/5 70% The Children Act (2018) The film thinks itself very grown-up and, like many films that think themselves that, plays out its confrontations in the style of a middlebrow play. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
1/5 23% The Happytime Murders (2018) It's rare that the Worst Film of the Year looks as if it was made with that title in mind. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
4/5 100% Older Than Ireland (2016) It is edited with great wit and features some memorably witty compositions.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
4/5 100% The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Those who do engage with Cousins's long vowels will ... find much to savour in his raptures. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/5 71% Christopher Robin (2018) An unexpected sense of existential dread hangs over much of the confusing action. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
3/5 96% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2018) The look is old-fashioned, but not quite so old-fashioned as some of the references. How many modern children will understand why a long-necked wading bird is delivering babies?‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) This hopeless adaptation of some book you've never heard of breaks new ground in its determination not to surprise. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 84% Pope Francis - A Man of His Word (2018) If you are in any doubt as to the impetus behind the project then look to its title. No film called A Man of his Word is going to draw much blood from the subject.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 100% The Image You Missed (2018) Foreman's sensibility may verge on the oblique, but it no less raw or honest for that. A wonderful film from an intriguing, restless talent. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The lighter, throat-clearing Marvel episodes are a great deal more digestible than the over-stuffed showstoppers. Ant-Man and The Wasp is not the equal of the hilarious Thor Ragnarok, but it never climbs too far up its own quantum realm.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
4/5 95% Maurice (1987) A triumph of the Merchant Ivory aesthetic. The cast are gorgeous. The passion is polite. The conclusion is a little surprising. Well worth reviving.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Froths with terrific, clattering violence that - staged with as little CGI as possible - makes competing summer flicks ... feel like clouds of generic software.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
5/5 100% Apostasy (2017) The lack of music emphasises the religion's starkness. The pared-down performances do more of the same. A disturbing, unflinching debut. One of the year's best British films.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3/5 46% Marrowbone (2018) There are reminders here - as there were in the recent Irish horror The Lodgers - that the haunted house movie still contains possibilities. Neither will it, however, keep you awake at night like The Orphanage.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) You'll gawp. You'll ponder. You'll laugh. A Pixar flick would be nothing without the last.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) I am as well disposed to the average Rock-delivery system as the next fellow, but there are limits to the laziness even his greatest fans will allow.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) Summer 1993 is, at its core, a sad, potentially tragic tale of emotional survival. It meanders. It ends almost randomly. But the truth of its emotions sticks in the mind.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
2/5 57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis feels like a rough folly that's been trimmed down to the bare bones by a disappointed studio. It feels like a spin-off from an imaginary larger franchise. It feels like an adaptation of a cult comic you're never going to read.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
3/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The new cast members are amusing. The film-makers just about get way with unearthing a few less well-known Abba songs. Crucially, the direction is more than competent.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
3/5 40% Mary Shelley (2018) Unfortunately the film lacks any singular slant. It fills in details about Mary's life, but there's never any sense of a thesis being advanced.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
2/5 46% Swimming with Men (2018) Not much in the current film makes sense.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018