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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Jackson's film is more than a technical tribute: it's a testament to the bravery and camaraderie of the soldiers, the memory of which has faded like the photographs he brings back to life.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
No Score Yet Richard Says Goodbye (2018) This film is an easy target for being misintepreted by those with an axe to grind in the "me too" era; a sadder truth is that its clumsy approach was most likely unintentional.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2018
No Score Yet Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse (2018) Put simply: it's funny, albeit as broad as Mame's bottom.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% Firecrackers (2018) For all that it dances on familiar ground, Firecrackers ends on a pleasingly opaque note.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
No Score Yet Welcome To Sodom (2018) The camera delivers an industrial beauty in the apocalyptic landscape which exists only in its lens; a spirit amongst the people who lives there which exists only to be crushed.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Midnight Runner (Der Läufer) (2018) Its progressive use of sound as an accelerant to the main character's mental decline will distinguish Baumgartner's tightly focused and skilful film-making.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
No Score Yet Trautmann (2018) Continuously watchable despite some heavy handed touches.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
79% Mid90s (2018) This is classic rites-of-passage fare, but mid90s is executed with some real flair, most noticeable on the soundtrack.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
90% Wild Rose (2018) Much will be made of former musical reality show contestant Buckley's phenomenal performances. But it's as an actor that her RADA-trained register impresses the most.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% Widows (2018) An intelligent, entertaining drama...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
64% Beautiful Boy (2018) Strong, committed performances and the upsetting ring of reality anchor a highly-personal film which cycles through addiction, relapse and rehab in an episodic way, each high as inevitable as the low which follows.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
71% Greta (2018) A stupendously game Isabelle Huppert gives audiences yet another reason to venerate her as she raises arched eyebrows to new heights in this silly, funny, camp pulp thriller co-written by Jordan and Ray Wright.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
60% Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis) (2018) Punchily entertaining, and very seductively, claustrophobically shot and scored...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
68% Peterloo (2018) This magnificently-realised film moves from feeling like a long, dry history lesson to becoming an angrily-direct and emotional tribute to the reformers of the past.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
99% Roma (2018) Cuarón has written a love letter to all the women around the world who have devoted their lives to caring for the children of the families they work for.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
65% The Little Stranger (2018) Abrahamson assembles all the ingredients for Turn Of The Screw suspense but never quite twists them with the dread that needs to seep through the halls of the central stately home.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
88% First Man (2018) It's a beautifully made film, with an impeccable lead performance from Ryan Gosling as the sober, sensitive astronaut. Yet it's also a film which takes elegant flight but stalls across its extended closing sequences.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
40% The Dig (2018) A grittily effective oater, narratively tight as a drum and shot in the gloom of a never-ending winter where it unturfs a twisty ending to delight genre fans.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Katie (2018) Domestic audiences will want to hear Katie's words, but international crowds should also respond well to this beautifully crafted story of a supreme athlete who thrives by defying the odds.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Metal Heart (2018) It bounces over a boggy third-act thanks to a breakthrough performance from Jordanne Jones as the Goth-leaning sibling Emma.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
No Score Yet Cellar Door (2018) With its committed performances and air of enigma, this is fertile terrain for a short film, but one which comes aground at feature length.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
79% Don't Leave Home (2018) Refreshingly original even if it lacks the jump scare pay off to its heavily-signposted creepiness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2018
81% The Devil's Doorway (2018) Two strong leads, the doubting priest Lalor Roddy and the Nurse Ratchet-like Mother Superior played with gusto by Helena Bereen, help distinguish this Exorcist update and mark Clarke as a talent to watch.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
No Score Yet The Belly of the Whale (2018) Belly is a flawed work, albeit one of promise.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
No Score Yet Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (2016) Workmanlike, if palpably well-nourished, Dieter Berner's film sets about Schiele's life with stolid determination...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
31% Patrick (2018) Patrick is like having your face licked a little too eagerly by a clumsy puppy.; many will like the sensation and even those who don't will politely long for it to end.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
75% Dublin Oldschool (2018) Exhilarating though it may be, and elevated by Kirwan's poetry, the sheer speed of delivery coupled with strong accents and slang can make this Irish Trainspotting a - literally - semi-coherent trip, particularly during exchanges between the two leads.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) While Deadpool 2 delivers the gags and the gun-shot geeky Marvel insider references, the plot could have done with some more finesse.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
90% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Gives us a vision of a Poland in which everyone is a hardened survivor of conflict, where bridges have been crossed and one more betrayal or bargain for self-advancement is just another in a long line of similar events.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
27% Breaking In (2018) A by-the-book drama which relies so heavily on happenstance, it's almost a character in the film.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
85% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2018) A film without highs or lows, a collection of people and thoughts and dialogue which often has trouble connecting in translation.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
88% I, Dolours (2018) I, Dolours is a flawed documentary. It's short on context, long on unconvincing re-enactments; an added crime when you consider the real woman at its core.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet No. 1 Chung Ying Street (2017) This is a heartfelt, touching film by veteran director/producer Derek Chiu about his homeland, Hong Kong.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
100% Obey (2018) While he doesn't quite tackle a new subject for a first-time British film-maker, Jamie Jones delivers something different and for the most part absorbing in Obey, a drama set during the East London riots of 2011.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) British security-blanket film-making at its finest.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Raft (2018) Sadly, Genoves isn't around to tell his side of the story, but Lindeen has written a terrific narration from the anthropologist's diaries and poetry, read with a great deal of relish by the actor Daniel Giminez Cachao.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) If this was an easy thing to do, we'd have one of these films every week, but Krasinski's script brings human emotion to a genre entertainment to create suspense in a way that even Hitchcock might have enjoyed.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
72% Ready Player One (2018) How much do you really want to think about Back To The Future when you're having a pretty mediocre present watching Ready Player One?‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
51% Tomb Raider (2018) If the production had asked as much of its plot as it does of Vikander and co-star Daniel Wu, the end result might have been a different matter.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
86% A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) [A] fascinating, gutsy, yet elusive film ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
39% Mary Magdalene (2018) [A] clearly well-intentioned, attractive, wistful-to-the-point-of-inertia film ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
83% Eldorado (2018) Imhoof's gently-roaming camera holds a mirror to Western society, and it reflects a distorted and ugly face.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
74% Black '47 (2018) Using the 'Great Hunger' as a backdrop for a revenge western is an interesting way to exorcise old ghosts, but the end result drains pathos from the tragedy while muting The Proposition-style genre elements.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson's trademark tongue-in-cheek humour and deadpan quips are there to ease the way, which seem more fluidly delivered by puppets than in Anderson's live-action fare.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
89% MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. (2018) What distinguishes Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. from the crowd is its extensive access to the controversial artist, and the strong impression that she isn't terribly likeable, nor terribly keen to be liked.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
100% Shirkers (2018) But they were unusual people who liked unusual things in a place which put the idea of conforming above all else and made an unusual film. Helped by a gently choral score by Ishai Aidar, they finally get their due.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
73% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince is easily elevated past period Victoriana (and that wallpaper) to move and engage in equal parts.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
61% Yardie (2018) Although Elba stretches the narrative to its limits, this is a nicely-shot, -cast and -told period story of black Britain - when so few exist - with a geniality that cuts through some of its bleaker moments.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) Nancy rises above its dingy settings, drab costumes and Riseborough's alarmingly matted hair to become an unpredictable story about a character you can never comfortably know.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
89% American Animals (2018) A supremely-crafted doc/fiction hybrid which is genuinely innovative, pleasingly entertaining and deliciously more than the sum of its parts.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018