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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The latest film from Simon Curtis loses a genuinely moving story in cinematic contrivances.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
60% The Cured (2017) There's a drab air to this low-budget film ... which even Sam Keeley's presence and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor's menace can't totally re-animate.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
89% The Children Act (2017) The Children Act is a cerebral piece, for sure, and a disturbing one by the end, but Thompson's performance brings life to the complex moral questions it attempts to examine.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Served up with star turns from Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Battle Of The Sexes slams a crowdpleaser across the net.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
80% Dark River (2017) Once again, Barnard delivers an intimate take on a difficult subject, raising anticipation for her future work should she decide to scale up.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
96% I, Tonya (2017) I, Tonya ... gives Robbie the chance - her first, really - to show her full range as an actress. And she shines.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
60% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) Co-directors and screenwriters Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (Untouchables) pull another magical trick out of the hat with a ruthlessly-plotted breeze of ensemble good humour, C'est La Vie!‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
85% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2017) An almost unbearably-tense, no-holds-barred drive through the nightmare of domestic terrorism, Custody is a can't-look-away hybrid of gruelling reality and heightened cinematic technique.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
90% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) [Director] Sophie Fiennes' intuitive, full-throated documentary is a meditation on a singular performer, if the shock of Jones in full-flight can be described as such.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
25% The Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2017) An indulgent 130-minute running time and a plot that wildly over-stretches sees Racer ultimately bounce off the rails.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
73% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) A love-all crowdpleaser for the most part, more Borg than McEnroe thanks to an arresting performance from lookalike Sverrir Gudnason.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
67% The Challenge (2017) There's an exquisite visual luxury at play in this loose trip across the Arabian gulf to a falconry competition in Qatar. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
67% mother! (2017) A devouring and restless experience: a creative surge that's like the lancing of a boil, releasing a torrent of despair and disgust for the greedy chaos of society today as well as a self-loathing portrait of the artist as an emotional succubus.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
97% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Punchy sequences bounce off each other as McDonagh's well-written pages often struggle to slot together. When it's funny, though, Ebbing really scores, and many viewers will find the laughter carries them over its problems.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
56% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Cluttered with clichés and stalled in softness, pot-holed by its self-serving use of Alzheimer's as a narrative convenience.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
42% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is a solid, pleasing piece, even if it never quite reaches the bleak heights its set-up promises.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
90% Zama (2017) It's confusing and heavy and bears down hard until a third-act swerve throws in colours and movement and spins the viewer out of the theatre in wonder. It won't be forgotten.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
96% The Shape of Water (2017) Guillermo del Toro channels all the streams that make him unique into The Shape Of Water, pouring his heart, soul and considerable craft into an exquisite creature fable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
No Score Yet Dragonfly Eyes (2017) Dragonfly Eyes is quietly disturbing, filled with unease and malaise but also rich in poetry: it's a provocative film for our times which marries conceptual art with cinema in a fresh and unusual way.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
93% Williams (2017) Stories of obsession play well on the big screen, whether drama or documentary. And Sir Frank Williams' passion for going fast is particularly intense.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
100% The Drummer and the Keeper (2017) Kelly is fearless in the way he tackles mental illness and his command of comic tone is strong, making this film anything but the traumatic experience it may appear on paper and more like a gentle romcom between two odd and lonely souls.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
93% Dunkirk (2017) From script level, which pilots three time frames and strafes his own fiction onto the reality of the Allied evacuation of June 1940, to its astonishing technical prowess, this is heart-stopping entertainment.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
No Score Yet Michael Inside (2017) While its tough subject matter may be a hard ask for audiences outside Ireland, where it should find an enthusiastic reception, this is a film shot with integrity and heart.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
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
93% 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
91% 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
43% 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
Posted Jun 14, 2017
16% 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
94% 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
93% 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
70% 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
87% 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
80% 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
66% 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
86% 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
40% 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
89% 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
86% 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
85% 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