Helen O'Hara

Helen O'Hara
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 46% What Men Want (2019) The storytelling is a little loose, but as a workplace comedy with a side-line in romance, this earns its laughs thanks to the immensely game Henson and a stellar supporting cast. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 79% Captain Marvel (2019) This is not another cheap girl-power cliché; it's an explicitly feminist apotheosis. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 25% The Aftermath (2019) The bones of the story have been played a million times, but a talented and committed cast make this swoonsome rather than samey. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's not a hugely innovative biopic, covering just a short period of Bader Ginsburg's extraordinary career, but this is still a vastly inspiring account of the fight for equality. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
3/5 74% All Is True (2019) A quiet and meditative portrait of the artist as a retiree, this lacks incident or high stakes but has an elegiac feeling of regret and reckoning that fits its subject's twilight years. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A sort of Romeo And Juliet with systemic racism replacing the family feud, this is romantic and infuriating, hopeful and despairing. A sensory, desperately emotional experience for lovers and fighters alike. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 88% Colette (2018) All the affairs and scandals that a French literary genius could wish for, with the bonus of a modern heroine and a story that acknowledges the diversity that has always been with us. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 99% Free Solo (2018) This is daring, dangerous and dizzying stuff, the story of a one man simultaneously in competition and cooperation with nature. Meet Tom Cruise's hero, probably. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
4/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Bird's 1960s visuals and Michael Giacchino's jazzy score create the feel of a classic Bond, with all the dazzle you'd expect from a superhero blockbuster. - Good Movies for Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 88% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) It's a very loose adaptation of the book, as was Howl's Moving Castle and Arrietty, but there's charm in the mix of English kid-lit tropes and the sort of wild imagination cultivated in Japanese animation. - Good Movies for Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 65% Aquaman (2018) Welcome to Aquaman, where you won't have a clue what's going on, but you won't be able to look away either. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) It rips a few too many pages from familiar playbooks, but when it indulges in its own weirdness this film casts off those heavy caterpillar tracks and soars. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
2/5 87% Silent Light (Stellet licht) (2007) Beautiful but boring. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
4/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie's authoritative performance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) An intelligent film, 'The Price of Everything' is also very funny - usually on purpose, though some of the art is ridiculous. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) Pine supplies gravitas in the lead, but he's almost a lone voice of moderation. Bloody and brash and as subtle as a trebuchet, this is gleefully entertaining - unless you're English, anyway. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) As sweet as a sugar plum and only slightly more nutritious, this shows scars from a tumultuous road to the screen but still emerges as a whimsical, likeable fairy tale. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 72% Climax (2019) At times you'll be watching in horror, but you'll never look away. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) Lacks the sting in the tail of something like the similarly post-War The Others, but it offers a soupy atmosphere of low-level dread and paints a devastating portrait of a vanishing age. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 97% The Rider (2018) A thoughtful and thought-provoking look at identity, aspiration and a precarious way of life, this is anchored by a stunning performance by Brady Jundreau and inspired direction by Chloé Zhao. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) There are few filmmakers as consistently, burningly passionate as Spike Lee. This is vital and timely work that's up there with his best, with a gut-wrenching sting in the tail. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Unlike the bear of very little brain, this is a film pulled in different directions with entirely too many thoughts in its head. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Smart and stupid in equal measure, this is a palate cleanser after the doom and gloom of Justice League. The Titans could make you fall back in love with the entire DC Universe. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) A combination of thrilling stunts, insane daring and clever writing make this a stunning piece of action cinema. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 51% Freak Show (2018) That all said, Billy's story still has power and could still be a comfort to those fighting their own battles against bullying, and there's real inspiration in his refusal to be anyone other than who he is. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
3/5 70% The Happy Prince (2018) As a director, Everett is sometimes heavy-handed, but the performances, and the undeniable injustice of Wilde's ordeal, make for a tragedy worthy of its drama-loving subject. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) With its uncompromising commitment to gross-out injuries, nerdy pop culture in-jokes and inappropriate touching, Deadpool 2 was clearly made to cater to existing fans with every innuendo-filled moment... - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 27% Breaking In (2018) Union is committed and convincing, but the script apparently never met a cliche it didn't want to adopt wholesale. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) With the near-unbearable scenes of self-surgery, sexual violence and several bathtubs' worth of blood, this is an uneasy and intense watch. See it if you can stand it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
5/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel has solved their third-act problem and villain problem and then some. However prepared you feel, you are not ready for Thanos. But then, neither are our heroes. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
3/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes' film has lovely performances from both actors, and a keen sense of time and place help, but the story is a little too shaggy and unformed to entirely hold the attention. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 78% Crowhurst (2017) This story of a desperate man has power. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 44% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) These Mark 6 Jaegers with their electric whips, "gravity slings" and plasma swords deliver all the giant robot thrills you could wish. Thanks to Boyega and Spaeny, you might even care about the human characters, too. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Winslet's stunning turn is worth a look if you can stand the consciously stagey feel. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) This spectacular adventure sometimes wanders across the borders of invention into artificiality, but finds its feet when it focuses in on its characters and their relationships. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) A life story packed with incident means that this sometimes rushes past events that would be formative for anyone else, but equally means that Lamarr's life story is never, ever dull. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
3/5 84% Game Night (2018) Delivers all the undemanding laughs you could wish, and has such a plot of such baroque intricacy that it even manages a few genuine shocks. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Given it could be re-titled 'Microaggressions: The Movie', this is an unsurprisingly upsetting watch at times, but it's made compelling by Vega's dignified, heartfelt performance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
2/5 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) It's a promising set-up, but the story is profoundly predictable. - Daily Telegraph (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Robbie and Janney are flawless in a compelling and corrective account of a misunderstood figure; one of the more darkly funny biopics you'll ever see. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/5 43% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) It may not set the world alight - ironically, given the solar flare that started its story's disaster - but it 
will get the blood pumping. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
5/5 97% Coco (2017) Pixar has raised the animation bar again, with its most musical - and arguably most magical - film yet. If this is the afterlife we're all headed to, don't fear the reaper. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) It's an intriguing look into a secret world and a great performance from Chastain, but Sorkin's directorial debut never quite makes the leap from great poker movie to great movie. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2017
3/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It may not be quite the greatest show on Earth, but Gracey, Jackman and the entire cast are deeply committed to entertaining and leave you feeling an old-school musical thrill. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
2/5 30% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) A tired retread of better jokes in the first two movies, this drags along to an admittedly heartwarming conclusion. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
4/5 98% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
2/5 31% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
5/5 96% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2017