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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet 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
70% 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
40% 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
64% 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
82% 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
92% 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
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
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
83% 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
78% 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
77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) A slyly subversive film with a social point to make ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
80% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016) This is, visually, an electrifying debut for Barajoun Entertainment.‐ Screen International
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2016
84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Nail-bitingly tense, even if it's frustratingly superficial.‐ Screen International
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2016
82% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
100% Tramps (2016) A sweet-natured, modern film with a charming patina.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
86% Lion (2016) A dignified, authentic yet highly-moving crowd-pleaser.‐ Screen International
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet Auf Safari (2016) Intentionally, of course, Ulrich Seidl's Safari is a very difficult watch.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
87% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge assaults the viewer by surprise, and it turns out to be a lethal blow.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
97% The Age of Shadows (2016) Bracingly explosive ... sumptuously mounted ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
73% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2016
59% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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