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Fionnuala Halligan

Fionnuala Halligan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
77% 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
91% 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
86% 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
64% 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
29% 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
73% 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
79% 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
93% 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
88% 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
42% 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
75% 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
63% 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 (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
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
76% 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
90% I, Tonya (2018) 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
79% 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
94% 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 (2018) [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
40% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) 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
83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) 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
75% 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
69% 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
92% 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
34% 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
29% 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
92% Zama (2018) 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
92% 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
60% 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
92% 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