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Helen O'Hara

Helen O'Hara
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Quest (2017) Olshefski captures the frustration, resignation and determination that leaves you struck by this family -- average in their concerns but extraordinary in their dedication to one another.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
1/5 44% The Star (2017) Unless you have tiny, religious children, it's probably best to avoid it.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 28% A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) It'll entertain you while on the verge of a turkey coma, but it will never rank among the Christmas classics.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 95% The Florida Project (2017) Vibrant and brimming with vitality, this is empathic towards its subjects but fiercely critical of the system that victimises them.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) A family adventure that's the right sort of heartwarming, delivering real human emotion through the medium of a small bear.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017
4/5 86% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Faris and Dayton are interested in how the players got there, not in the game itself, and their emphasis on the whole environment of the match creates a far richer and chewier film than the usual triumphant sports drama.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
4/5 100% Daphne (2017) Atmospheric and startlingly well performed by the cast, this is a compelling character study. Daphne may find people largely annoying, but there's inspiration in her determination to find her way.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
4/5 64% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) The whole thing reads as an indictment of the sort of upper class upbringing that Milne's children's books idealised, with only paid employees offering worthwhile parental affection.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
4/5 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Frenetic, kinetic action meets satisfyingly soapy drama. See it before everyone tries to copy the best bits.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/5 66% Breathe (2017) There's a hint of comforting, chocolate-box, Sunday-night TV here, but it's delivered via such quietly powerful performances and with such hope that it's hard to resist.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 36% The Jungle Bunch (Les as de la jungle) (2017) This feels like a dated echo of better films like 'Madagascar' and 'Kung Fu Panda'. ‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
2/5 9% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) Loud, silly and tired. Aside from an almost-fun Jackie Chan cameo, this is enough to give anyone a severe nut allergy.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) The fourth film in the Conjuring Universe, Annabelle: Creation is well performed, but the rhythm of the scares feels slightly off. Characters scream when they should be quiet and whimper when they should be hollering their heads off.‐ Time Out
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) It's loud, at times unwatchably gross and sometimes lingers on the verge of hysteria. But it's also a warm-hearted and optimistic celebration of black womanhood. Maybe friendship can save us all.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Elba is genuinely great as the tormented Roland, but the film does its best to suffocate him under a mountain of plot-heavy nonsense. Disappointing.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
3/5 77% Atomic Blonde (2017) It's cool and brutal, but with such impressive action credentials you almost wish there were fewer plot devices to distract you as Charlize gets up and at 'em.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
1/5 9% The Emoji Movie (2017) Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
2/5 67% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) Well-meaning and sometimes emotional, this is often too low-key for its own good, and might have benefited from a little more traditional documentary context and shape.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) An informative but incomplete look at Whitney Houston's life and death, this will frustrate fans as much as it fascinates them.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 43% Whisky Galore (2017) Too restrained and polite to really grip the attention, this feels more like comfortable Sunday night TV than cinematic fare.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
2/5 17% CHIPS (2017) Brainless action comedies are one of the great pleasures in cinema, but only when they're crafted with more care and intelligence than this.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) If there were more African-American directors working in Tinseltown, this film's plot would surely be familiar. As it is, it's quite unlike anything else out there.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Fatally, the director never spends time on any of the characters who fill the screen -- and while no sensible person goes to a monster movie for deep human drama, you need at least a sprinkling to make it work.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/5 91% Elle (2016) Huppert has always been good, but she's never been better than this. Often shocking, surprisingly funny and strangely powerful, this is intense and fascinating.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) With different battalions arrayed in brightly coloured, beautifully constructed armour it's as elegantly constructed a fantasy as anything Zhang has ever done.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The ending isn't quite as metaphysically satisfying as The Lego Movie, but in terms of jokes per minute, this may score even higher.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2017
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) In these troubled times, we could do worse for a hero than a man who put his enlistment papers where his mouth is and saved scores of lives.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
88% Jackie (2016) It's a time-fractured but close-focused look at the bereaved First Lady, and thanks to Natalie Portman's performance as the fragile, ferocious Jackie, it's one of the strongest dramas of the year.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
2/5 31% Monster Trucks (2017) Better than you could have predicted given the title but squarely aimed at a young and undiscerning audience.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The good news is that it's something genuinely fresh, a Star Wars story unlike any big screen adventure yet.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2016
84% Silence (2017) Much of the book's subtlety survives the translation. And the substance, for anyone with even a passing interest in philosophy and theology, is fascinating, valuable and timely.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
4/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) It glides romantically along on the surface while political turmoil boils away underneath. Its plea for tolerance isn't subtle, but it's a story that deserves to be told.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Quiet, thoughtful and deeply human, this is one of Jarmusch's finest and features Adam Driver's best performance yet - although you do risk coming out with a new affection for modernist poetry.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2016
3/5 74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) With this heavy lifting done, there's every reason to hope for an even more magical adventure next time.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) Yeon has come up with a take on zombies that is rooted deep in the genre but still feels innovative.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
89% Doctor Strange (2016) Happily, it's [Marvel 's] most impressive visual film yet.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
38% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) There's a point in every Reacher book... where the case seems unsolvable. This film never finds that point -- and worse, you'll be screaming the answer at Reacher through a key third-act scene while he thinks furiously.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 67% Free Fire (2017) Comparisons to Reservoir Dogs are probably inevitable given the warehouse setting, copious firearms and endlessly quotable script, but this is a sleeker and more violent film (though perhaps less sadistic).‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
4/5 78% American Honey (2016) It's a little too long, but holds the attention thanks to Lane's charisma, Ryan's breathtaking cinematography and the dizzying power of young love.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 22% Inferno (2016) It's not the worst of the trilogy, but this is less for fans of thrillers and more for people who are pining after last year's holiday to Florence.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
35% Blair Witch (2016) This is still a scary film, but the more Winguard shows, the less frightening it becomes -- and it leans on a few too many horror clichés instead of subverting them.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
5/5 85% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) The best zombie-ish apocalypse in years. Sennia Nanua is a major discovery, but it's the dense social commentary and moral dilemmas that will haunt you.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
2/5 39% Morgan (2016) It's well designed and shot, but in service of a story that never coalesces into something intelligent or compelling.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 83% Captain Fantastic (2016) A fiercely original, pleasantly unpredictable character piece. This is a gang of outsiders with something valuable to say about the world we live in.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) The film lives or dies on Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and that's a problem, because Ayer doesn't know what to do with her -- or any of his female cast.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) If you're a fan, you should offer thanks to the prophets of Bajor, because Star Trek is back on form.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
3/5 60% Concussion (2015) All the elements of a solid drama are here, yet in trying to overplay every single one of them Landesman winds up diminishing the whole, reaching for importance but coming away with a handful of adequacy.‐ Digital Spy
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
2/5 53% Triple 9 (2016) Triple 9 trips over its own lofty ambitions.‐ Digital Spy
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2016
74% Ghostbusters (2016) This feels far more fresh than it has any right to do, simply because it's casually feminist, unfailingly pacy and finds an exact mid-point between razor sharp and pleasingly dumb comedy.‐ GQ Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
3/5 59% Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) It's scatty, scrappy and thoroughly OTT, but then that's like the characters themselves.‐ Empire Magazine
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016