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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
70% 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
38% 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
100% 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
24% 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
81% 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
No Score Yet 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
79% 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
73% 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
49% 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
No Score Yet A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) [A] fascinating, gutsy, yet elusive film ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
42% Mary Magdalene (2018) [A] clearly well-intentioned, attractive, wistful-to-the-point-of-inertia film ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
80% 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
50% 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
90% 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
88% 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
74% 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
33% 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
81% 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
85% 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
95% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Strangers is distinguished by its persistent approach to the investigative documentary, framing a story but not content to leave it in an easy box. ‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
100% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) It's an ask, commercially: wider audiences usually express a desire to leave their office, not enter a new, smaller one, in their leisure time. But this is almost perfect for prestige cable, where connoisseurs will rightly view Möller as a name to watch.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
89% Loveling (Benzinho) (2018) Loveling relies on the charm of its chaotic central family (an overweight son who insists on carrying a giant tuba around with him, for example) and the warmth of Teles to seduce and dazzle audiences into submission.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
41% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) The franchise puts itself, and viewers, to sleep.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Distant Barking of Dogs (2018) [A] moving and effective documentary ...‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
100% Signature Move (2017) Signature Move is - like its heroine - cautious when tackling its most contentious themes.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2017
71% Ajji (2017) Direct and effective, Ajji finds the lurid line between child rape drama and genre revenge thriller and walks it steadily through to a satisfyingly gruesome conclusion.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
No Score Yet Wrath of Silence (2017) Long and twisty and attention-grabbing from the outset, this Chinese western cloaks its human poignancy in intricate action choreography and occasionally gory thrills.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
8% The Snowman (2017) It eventually melts into an exhausted puddle.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
61% 6 Days (2017) There is a payoff here, even if the film does come across like an oddly nostalgic ode to the hard-line stance of Britain's 'Iron Lady', Margaret Thatcher.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
77% No Stone Unturned (2017) Long and detailed and frequently terrifying, Alex Gibney's documentary about a 1994 massacre in a pub in Northern Ireland is investigative journalism at its rigorous best.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
No Score Yet Decor (2014) The director of the film-within-a-film may not care about what he is shooting, but Ahmad Abdalla cares a great deal, and Décor is beautiful to look at.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
64% 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
64% The Cured (2018) 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
83% The Children Act (2018) 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
85% 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
77% Dark River (2018) 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