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Donald Clarke

Donald Clarke
Donald Clarke's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Three Billboards doesn't exactly fall apart, but too many implausible turns and uncomfortable gags impede the hitherto smooth machinery.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
3/5 85% Darkest Hour (2017) Taking us from Chamberlain's resignation to the aftermath of Dunkirk, the film resists no opportunity to indulge in clunking exposition.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4/5 74% Hostiles (2018) The ultimate impression is of a rough society hacked from unwilling ground by violence in search of capital. Yet there is some hope in a lovely, extended final shot. A good way to finish off the cinematic year.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
3/5 81% Molly's Game (2018) Jessica Chastain, who can swagger like the best of them, wears clothes like weapons as she powers her way towards the capitalist dream.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
3/5 75% Split (2017) Cautiously recommended.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2017
3/5 31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Pitch Perfect 3 doesn't make any effort at structure or coherence. Indeed, it turns its lack of interest in such things into a good self-regarding joke.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) Although a tiny bit repetitive, Prince of Nothingwood thrives on the vibrancy of its personal portraits.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
3/5 62% The Foreigner (2017) The scene in which Chan beats up David Pearse and Michael McElhatton through three floors of a Belfast B&B in itself justifies your attention.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
3/5 91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Put simply, The Last Jedi is lodged several parsecs up its own black hole.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/5 80% Brigsby Bear (2017) ... little of it makes tonal sense.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 97% Menashe (2017) It goes within one of the world's most filmed cities to discover an environment rarely revealed to outsiders. But it also wins kudos for the emotional honesty of its uncomplicated narrative.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 92% Stronger (2017) Gyllenhaal has rarely been better.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
2/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) You know what they say about the road to hell. Here the good intentions are so compromised they scarcely merit the description.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 85% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats does feel a little half-formed, but it swells with such passion that one longs to follow all involved on their subsequent journeys. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2/5 44% The Star (2017) The film believes its myths and propagates them through some of the cheesiest God pop you could ever dread to hear.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Jaha's Promise (2017) It clarifies and simplifies. Most importantly, it confirms that campaigning can make a real difference. Worth heeding.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
4/5 87% Song of Granite (2017) ... the picture remains proudly awkward, original and surprising throughout.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet In the Name of Peace: John Hume In America (2017) It would be overstating the case to suggest that John Hume has been written out of history, but... we are beginning to lose sight of that dogged politician's contribution. Maurice Fitzpatrick's hugely professional documentary seeks to rectify that.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) Nick's character doesn't exactly develop, but we do see its innards teased gradually apart. Ben Safdie's touching performance bookends the film with enormous grace.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) This comedy needed to be made. It has its flaws, but it's better than we had a right to expect.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
1/5 19% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) Daddy's Home 2 is a family film only in the sense that it concerns a family. (It is, in that sense, like the Texas Chain Saw Massacre).‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2017
3/5 86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) The picture has just enough odd class to keep indulgent audiences intrigued.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
3/5 88% Only the Brave (2017) We are all biding macho time until the big one comes around. It eventually does arrive and the results are properly bone-shaking. Tougher than the rest.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
2/5 57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) A broken mechanism whose wheezes and clanks offer only hints of Lumet's delightful film.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Condemned to Remember (2017) We sometimes throw the word "inspirational" around a little too glibly. But there are few more inspirational people in Ireland than the indomitable Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/5 54% Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017) No allowances are made for dissenters because dissenters are not invited. Slickly edited, noisily scored, it will do perfectly well for those who already know they're going to like it.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
4/5 86% Deliver Us (2017) A sobering, serious watch.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
4/5 96% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Call Me By Your Name is a very tasteful exercise. This is one of those movie environments that admits only the intelligent, the well-dressed and the culturally sophisticated.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) Breathe is moving, informative and gently funny.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/5 100% Earth: One Amazing Day (2017) If there is a human sour enough not to enjoy the sloth swimming leisurely to meet his mate, then he or she deserves to be pickled alive.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
3/5 83% Marshall (2017) The film does have the desired effects on the less demanding parts of the brain. And Marshall's story is one worth hearing.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
4/5 97% The Death of Stalin (2017) A comprehensive rebuttal to those who say comedy cannot be fashioned from the most miserable circumstance.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) I can say nothing kinder about Thor: Ragnarok than that it is not "one for the fans". It's for anybody at home to the throb of a sub-woofer and the scent of the herb.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
2/5 13% Geostorm (2017) Geostorm feels like the sequel to a slightly better, slightly more expensive, significantly more Tom Cruisey film that made all its money in foreign-language territories. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Despite the Night (Malgré la nuit) (2015) The irony is that, for all the film's striving towards oddness, it inevitably reminds us of other, less gruelling experimental film-makers. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2017
55% Return to Montauk (2017) Sadly this Colm Tóibín-assisted effort has none of the warmth of his best work.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 100% Center of My World (Die Mitte der Welt) (2016) Still, as generic middle-brow entertainment goes, Centre of my World functions adequately. You wish the characters well. You crave for neat endings. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 41% The Mountain Between Us (2017) The two stars and a dog go for a long walk in the mountains. Who thought this was a good idea?‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 83% Loving Vincent (2017) It's wonderful. It's also corny, weird and a little cheesy. It would not be out of place as a commission to accompany the recently acquired trophy art in a Las Vegas casino.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 95% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) Clearly a man with a restless brain, [Simon] Fitzmaurice - relying on an eye-gaze computer - also completed a memoir of his illness titled It's Not Yet Dark. Now it has become a moving, lively documentary.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3/5 7% The Snowman (2017) Rebecca Ferguson confirms her rising status with a winning, intelligent performance as a balancing sidekick.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
4/5 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) We end up with an intoxicating, brain-melting yarn that, for all its pleasures, has ideas a little above its station. It's not Kafka. Then again it doesn't need to be. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2017
3/5 39% Brimstone (2017) At its best, Brimstone is like being caught up in one of God's more entertaining divine rages. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2017
3/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) Never has so much dappled light fallen so gracefully on so many fallen leaves. Never has so much Harris Tweed been plucked so cleanly from so many fresh boxes. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Maze (2017) The least likely bits are all true. That counts as some sort of recommendation. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
1/5 51% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) The Golden Circle bonks, smirks and biffs itself towards a state of low pastiche that James Bond had already reached halfway through his first outing.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3/5 66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) We are somewhat amused. Not a lot. But somewhat.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
69% mother! (2017) Kept aloft by a ragged, unusually disempowered Lawrence, the picture remains ... a disgusting, disturbing feast for the senses. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
4/5 89% Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast (2017) [Nature of the Beast] is a very agreeable, nuts-and-bolts documentary.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
3/5 100% The Drummer and the Keeper (2017) This is a not supposed to be hard-edged realism, but there are limits to how much wishful thinking we'll allow. An accomplished work nonetheless.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017