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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet The Chinese Widow (2017) A well-meaning, flat film which also feels somewhat unfinished - although there's not much in here to suggest that a further reworking is merited.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
96% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A clever, well-acted summer blockbuster which is an involving cross between a classic Western revenge and a war movie, dropping somewhere between The Searchers, Platoon and Watership Down, if that can be imagined.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
No Score Yet Our Time Will Come (2017) A film marked by strong performances - leads Zhou Xun and Deanie Ip in particular - and a poignant resonance which rings through to the territory's travails today.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
100% Nowhere To Hide (2017) One thing is bruisingly clear throughout Nowhere To Hide: war turns lives on a sixpence and the poor, as ever, are the first to lose what little they have.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
46% Hampstead (2017) Watching it is akin to witnessing Maggie Smith's The Van slowly rear-end Richard Curtis's Notting Hill: a cringing slow-mo car crash best viewed between your hands.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
15% The Mummy (2017) Even Dwayne Johnson in the sequel of the 2009 reboot, The Scorpion King is more fun than this.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2017
75% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Weisz shows her Oscar-winning talents by hitting precisely the right notes throughout My Cousin Rachel: from warmth to guile to chilly practicality.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
No Score Yet Jasmine (2017) Writer-director Dax Phelan uses the trope of the unreliable narrator to mixed effect in Jasmine.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
100% A Prayer Before Dawn (2017) Destined for cult appreciation and a breakthrough in the remarkable Cole's career.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
92% The Rider (2017) Zhao's story may strain as it edges down familiar routes, but its emotional connections pulsate throughout, making this a natural for festival and arthouse play to Zhao's growing fanbase.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
100% Elián (2017) It's not exactly revelatory, in the manner of OJ: MIA. But it does effectively plunge the viewer back in those choppy seas for an object lesson in how politics can rapidly inflame a situation to dangerous levels.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
100% School Life (2017) Everything in and about this film is eccentric, old-fashioned, [and] charmingly anachronistic.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
100% A Better Man (2017) The truth of what happened two decades ago is violent and shocking and still incomplete, but this powerful prising-open of a taboo subject has the quiet potential to terrify.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 9, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) Covenant raids its own trope cupboard, recycling plot points like the exhausted air in a ship that's spent too long in deep space.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted May 7, 2017
88% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) Whitney 'Can I Be Me' delivers yet another tragic lesson in the toxic mix of fame and talent and children: it should be required viewing for all those who seek to follow this diva's path to fame and fortune.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
24% Unlocked (2017) Preposterous, nonsensical, but fun nonetheless, Unbroken frustrates as much as it entertains.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
91% The Reagan Show (2017) Although this doc is slender, it's also fascinating, playing into nostalgia and current-day politics in equal measure.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
No Score Yet The Last Animals (2017) Filmic, often elegiac, and hopefully galvanising.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
No Score Yet Shadowman (2017) Jacoby delivers an adroit portrait of the artist at work in a technical package which wraps itself smoothly around this intense, surprising story.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
26% Unforgettable (2017) It's all glossily camped-up nonsense with an amusingly inappropriate title, but luridly - and ludicrously - entertaining nonetheless.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
65% Tommy's Honour (2017) These social tensions lift Tommy's Honour out of the rough, even as melodrama begins to take hold of Pamela Marin and Kevin Cook's screenplay.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
No Score Yet Walk With Me (2017) It's possible that the 94 minutes spent watching Walk With Me may be a suspension of life and its wonders, but Pugh and Frances have made a documentary which is fascinating enough to be worth the risk.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
39% Aftermath (2017) This grim psychological drama becomes ever more ponderous ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
No Score Yet Song of Granite (2017) This is a soulful, austere piece of auteur film-making which shirks narrative convention for a story told through haunting sound and fleeting impressions.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Jon Nguyen's carefully-calibrated ode to Lynch is in itself Lynchian, an essential picture for the director's legion of fans.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
80% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) For anyone mounting an exploration into a particular time - the 1970s - and Maupin's much beloved place - San Francisco - The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is as good a place as any to start.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2017
80% Super Dark Times (2017) Phillips' collaborators work in harmony with the natural, nuanced acting; credits across the board are stylish and smooth, with lensing a standout.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Lane 1974 (2017) A watchable, and even relatable drama, even though it could come from another planet now, never mind another era.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
100% In Loco Parentis (2016) Childhood is a mystery we endlessly come back to and a place the Leydens have never fully left; Ní Chianáin gives the viewer an intimate view of it in this unusual little story.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty and the Beast enchants again as a swirling blend of live-action story, stage, screen and sheer, rococo-spun fantasy.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
100% Cries From Syria (2017) Cries From Syria is a hard-hitting documentary which doesn't hesitate in the face of death and destruction.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
No Score Yet The Farthest (2017) In Reynolds' sympathetic hands, this becomes a reassuring message in troubled times for the human race, and one that should connect powerfully with global audiences if given the opportunity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
67% Tomato Red (2017) A film that's like a lost and wandering tourist, in need of a map, and, ultimately, a fast exit.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
No Score Yet Pickups (2017) Pickups has a rather delicious dark tarry underpinning which repeatedly bubbles up to the surface.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
42% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There's a certain pleasure to be had from an expensive misfire. That's the best that can be said for Gore Verbinski's archly Gothic psycho-drama A Cure For Wellness.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
65% Patti Cake$ (2017) Jasper has said Patti is part-modelled on his own life, and there's a real feeling on display here for her internal and external struggles, a gift which Mcdonald makes the most of in her own debut.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) It's a beautiful, supremely touching performance from Chalamet which gives this surprisingly safe story a deeply-moving purity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Step (2017) Three teenage girls and their mothers and educators open their hearts and lives for director Amanda Lipitz; it's quite a privilege to witness their story.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
80% To the Bone (2017) Lily Collins does exceptional work in a role which clearly involved a degree of weight loss which will make audiences uncomfortable, as it is clearly designed to do.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
86% Wind River (2017) Combustible, masculine and tense, it demonstrates both that Sheridan can direct with ease and that his written work is eminently filmable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% Thoroughbred (2017) First-time director Cory Finley makes a bold arrival with the pulpy, twisty psycho-thriller Thoroughbred.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
94% God's Own Country (2017) Lee's love for this hard land and the boy trapped in it - so fully embodied by young British actor Josh O'Connor - is unexpectedly moving and rich.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
96% The Big Sick (2017) This is a carefully-crafted comedy which can withstand the tonal shifts.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) It's hard to look at the lifeless young bodies here, but equally difficult to look at the hopeless eyes of their rescuers.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
91% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
71% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016