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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Pop Aye (2017) Soft and sweet, Kirsten Tan's bright and airy debut is also quietly eloquent, speaking of a loss and regret which is by nature very specifically Thai but should find wider play. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet Miss Kiet's Children (2016) Viewers searching for big drama will ultimately find it within themselves by the end of Petra and Peter Lataster's outstanding documentary, which quietly and confidently recalls 2002's Etre et Avoir. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 23, 2016
80% The Founder (2017) Keaton fully delivers the kind of brio that makes a 52 year-old man hungry - and able - to both see and realise the potential of the courthouse, the flag, and McDonald's as an emblem of booming Main Street, post-War America. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 21, 2016
79% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2016) First-timers Kazda and Weinreb, working from a story by Roman Cilek, struggle to give Hepnarova's story a wider meaning but their visualisations show a clear talent. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 17, 2016
100% National Bird (2016) Anger isn't the over-riding emotion here. It's sadness, as these broken individuals face up to their individual culpability in a long-distance killing machine which is both inhuman and inhumane. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 7, 2016
100% My Feral Heart (2016) Making her directorial debut, Jane Gull guides both Brandon and the film to a sensitive reading of a Duncan Paveling's credible, engaging story. ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 4, 2016
75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A slyly subversive film with a social point to make ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Nov 3, 2016
80% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016) This is, visually, an electrifying debut for Barajoun Entertainment. ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 28, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Howard keeps the viewer constantly occupied, Felicity Jones is an engaging sidekick, and there's clearly a lot more mileage left for Tom Hanks in this franchise's tank ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Oct 9, 2016
96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) The Fencer plays out with few real surprises, but director Haro and screenwriter Heinamaa have settled on an appealing, conventional formula. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 29, 2016
67% Rats (2016) Put it this way: you'll make sure the toilet seat is firmly shut when you're in New York City - or anywhere else - from now on. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 15, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Nail-bitingly tense, even if it's frustratingly superficial. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 14, 2016
No Score Yet Paris Can Wait (Bonjour Anne) (2017) A soft, slim, but charming, tale, filled with food, flowers, and good wines ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 13, 2016
81% Denial (2016) Jackson remains steadfast in his sombre approach to Hare's satisfyingly rich screenplay, confident in its power and that of the assembled cast. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
57% The Limehouse Golem (2016) Medina fails to muster Golem's many moving parts, and tension leaks from the film like the blood from one of its many savaged corpses. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016
100% Tramps (2016) A sweet-natured, modern film with a charming patina. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 11, 2016
87% Lion (2016) A dignified, authentic yet highly-moving crowd-pleaser. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 11, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) If her character has failed to grow any wiser or more interesting, Zellweger still delivers her with enough charm to carry the film over the finish line. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet Auf Safari (2016) Intentionally, of course, Ulrich Seidl's Safari is a very difficult watch. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge assaults the viewer by surprise, and it turns out to be a lethal blow. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 4, 2016
96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) Bracingly explosive ... sumptuously mounted ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 2, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) Tom Ford takes his stylish shears to Austin Wright's intricate 1993 novel Tony And Susan, cutting and splicing to re-assemble a gleaming array of images in a narrative Russian doll. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 2, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) In a crowded genre, Villeneuve's picture is distinguished chiefly for being so richly realised and executed, gifted with an almost symbiotic score by his regular collaborator Johann Johannsson. ‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 1, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle's dream-like follow-up to Whiplash is as la-la-light as its title, tap-dancing its way into the hearts of incurable romantics everywhere. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 31, 2016
40% Morgan (2016) Nobody seems to know quite how to navigate the assembled elements, casting off a disappointingly flat thriller ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 30, 2016
67% Brotherhood (2016) The story seems partially personal; Clarke himself is 40 now, and a father. The steam may have cooled on his anger, but the points he makes are still worth listening to. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 28, 2016
95% The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016) This infectious piece harks back to happier, sweeter times for the Beatles and for pop music in general. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 16, 2016
93% Swallows and Amazons (2016) For a film industry determined to open itself to a diversity of voices, this is very much a safe, back-to-basics play for British audiences in need of some reliable comfort food. ‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 8, 2016
66% Nerve (2016) For all that it bounces off a lot of contentious issues about children and the internet, where Carrie-style bullying has moved into the unsupervised zone of cyberspace, Nerve frustratingly stops short before eventually falling in on itself ... ‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 26, 2016
60% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) As supermodel skinny as the story is, it's still jostled along the hundreds of Saunders' pals who drop by to provide colourful relief. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 29, 2016
31% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) It's ultimately hard to resist a film which is so confidently self-knowing. ‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 21, 2016
100% O.J.: Made in America (2016) Eight hours doesn't feel like enough, and, following on from cable crime hits such as Making A Murderer, The Jinx and the podcast Serial, it crowns the long-form documentary as a true witness of the media age.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 6, 2016
100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) Versus is as watchable for those who have never seen a Ken Loach film as it is informative for those who think they know him.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2016
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) This touching love story - with each other, the past, and the camera - has clear appeal, to 'Old Hollywood' fans, to Star Wars followers, to voyeurs in general.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) An uneasy watch, awash with unconvincing performances, unfunny stereotypes, and dubious gross-out gags.‐ Screen International
Posted May 5, 2016
71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) While McGregor and Harris convincingly portray a couple in trouble, and Lewis's odball spook is an uneasy fit, it is Skarsgard's dynamic performance which saves the day.‐ Screen International
Posted May 2, 2016
47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Smartly, the film uses social media and hashtags to effectively move the plot forward without resorting to images of people typing in front of a computer screen. The rest is done by Elba, charging through Paris.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 17, 2016
80% All This Panic (2016) This is an evocative, slender film with a natural female audience - we've all been that girl.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 17, 2016
No Score Yet Betting on Zero (2016) Wall Street in all its naked venality.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 15, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Bouquets all round: Stephen Frears goes broad in Florence Foster Jenkins, and the appeal should be wide.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 13, 2016
82% Julieta (2016) This is classic Almodovar, at home in Madrid for the most part, throwing vibrant colour on the screen in silky reds, blues and greens.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 8, 2016
30% Criminal (2016) An awkward memory-transplant thriller which could have done with its own intelligence graft ...‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2016
17% The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) A shiny, sprawling, if profoundly silly, studio spectacular.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 4, 2016
82% Glassland (2016) Glassland is impressive, although Barrett struggles to give this carefully crafted narrative a coherent resolution.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 31, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Gorging on bombast and self-importance, swamped by its own mythology, Batman v Superman is loud, sprawling, and distracted. The action jumps around almost as fast as a man can fly, but nowhere near as smoothly.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 22, 2016
30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Vardalos' broad routine hasn't aged well, her heavily-(and widely-) accented 'oily' Greek family an uncomfortable, almost retro fit for today's global sensitivities. Apart from that, the gags just aren't that funny.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 21, 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Allegiant's plot, in which the protagonists climb the wall for a baffling origins story before returning to Chicago for the next film's showdown, is not always compelling.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 8, 2016
25% London Has Fallen (2016) It's hard to read which demographic London Has Fallen is aiming for - right-wing militias? - but even they're likely to come out feeling a little grubby ...‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 2, 2016
37% The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Grimsby is ... in a league of its own when it comes to audaciously filthy gags.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 23, 2016
78% Kiki (2016) Sad, proud, loud, funny, energetic and affecting, Kiki the documentary reflects accurately the spirit of kiki, the scene.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 18, 2016