Hilary A White

Hilary A White
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T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) Make a note to seek out this beguiling gem that manages to be a gripping eco quasi-thriller as well as a quirky and sensitive character portrait. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Gail Susan Mancuso's film brings younger viewers into some admirably weighty themes, using winning doggies, light interludes and a broad scope to impart its wisdom. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) There's no doubting Efron's committal to the job and the sense of the era whipped together, but despite the portrayal's "idiosyncrasies" and ethical question marks, this film feels as awkward as its title and oddly lacking in verve or inspiration. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Some of the smarmy humour falls flat on its face, while other parts are surprisingly dark. All the same, you couldn't deny its sheer value for money. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
3/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) A two-and-a-half hour scenic route is taken to its finale, and this unhurried pace, constant off-kilter humour, and a devil-may-care attitude to violence, won't suit everyone. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
4/5 83% Loro (2019) Loro's narrative gaps are a result of it originally being two films that have here been condensed into one 150-minute job. But between Servillo's brilliance...and Sorrentino's majestic scene orchestration, you may be too agog to notice. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 31% Red Joan (2019) The atmospherics of the wartime scenes and its plucky cast serves to highlight the mundanity of those in the present, with Dench's conflicted turn the central highlight. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Go (2018) Simon Delaney's poker-playing priest is a small mercy in this muddled misstep of a film that collapses into complete confusion in its final act. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
5/5 89% Wild Rose (2019) Walters is in particularly excellent form -- though Buckley is the vortex at the centre whom you simply can't take your eyes off. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 92% Last Breath (2018) Last Breath milks the extraordinary drama of its real-life survival tale, but it can sometimes feel like the theatrics...are overdoing it. If ever there was a saga that didn't need embellishments, it's this deep-sea nightmare. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Alongside Dafoe's immersive turn and an intrusive, elliptical quality that is hard to tie down, this is often a dazzlingly heady biopic that has much affection for its subject and his struggles. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 100% Minding the Gap (2018) This uniquely insightful and award-winning documentary captures the urgent escapism that skateboarding holds for Bing's subjects -- alongside sensitive, patient investigation of the root of that urgency. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 84% Girl (2018) Polster is quite astounding for every second he is on screen here. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Mitchell's self-indulgence at the typewriter is this otherwise curious project's undoing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
1/5 19% Serenity (2019) With all of this foolishness going on...Serenity is a real stinker. There are lines of dialogue here that beggar belief, they are so lame. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 96% Border (Gräns) (2018) Ugly and twisted though some of it is, there is something bold, confident and wholly compelling about this Cannes-winning blizzard of odd that deserves praise and attention. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) Peter Hedges...writes and directs this family drama with mixed results, its sturdy and observant opening half giving way to tail-chasing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) This jewel finds a rare balance between the silliness of the "sport" (and the characters it attracts), a feel-good underdog yarn and some big-hearted sentiment. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 27% The Aftermath (2019) More problematic is the inert chemistry between Knightley and Skarsgard, the latter particularly lacking the requisite vulnerability given what his character has supposedly been through. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 88% What They Had (2018) The three-way excellence of Forster, Swank and Shannon is the throbbing, tumultuous heart of Chomko's debut. Top-notch dialogue, earthy characterisation, a rich score...and an authentic angle on a weighty theme do the rest. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
5/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Feel-good fare it most certainly is not -- but as an example of cinema's power to face uncomfortable real-life truths, look no further. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 69% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Christopher Landon's sequel is not guilty of lacking gusto, guffaws, or a spirited and comically spry leading lady...It's just that it feels like we were through all this 18 months ago with the much better original. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 82% Instant Family (2018) Lumps form in the throat and attention is held as Anders treats the issue with the dignity it deserves, even if the odd lashing of mawkishness gets through. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
4/5 89% A Private War (2018) Between the eye-patch, American drawl and chain-smoking rakishness, Colvin is a real-life gun-slinger who befits a big-screen portrait. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) The CGI-heavy action is super slick, but at the expense of storytelling, coherence and soul. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) [Boy Erased] is efficiently crafted film drama featuring a robust array of acting turns, even in periphery roles beyond the Hedges-Crowe-Kidman-Edgerton core. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 78% Green Book (2018) A portly Mortensen just about shaves Ali with a transformative performance but they make a nifty double act regardless. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 49% Escape Room (2019) The entertainment to be had watching people younger and prettier than yourself being tormented on the big screen will never tire. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 45% Second Act (2018) Second Act has a more surprising plot strand that gives the entire thing backbone. Yes, it has its share of cringe and cheesy dialogue, but for the most part this really is perfectly serviceable fare for a distracting January evening out. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
1/5 37% Glass (2019) Misplaced attempts at humour fall flat. Bizarre characters make bizarre decisions and yet we're asked to believe this is a superhero tale firmly grounded in reality. Willis and Jackson look bored, while McAvoy pushes the very limits of hamminess. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) [An] intelligent, thought-provoking political drama. Underpinning it all is classy filmmaking from Jason Reitman...who gets a fine ensemble cast moving to the same beat. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) Coogan arguably does his finest acting work to date, while Reilly, heavily made up with extra poundage, locates a particular twinkle in the eye that will be instantly recognisable to fans. A masterful double-act in its own right. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) Hums with an affectionate absurdity. Carell once again proves a buoyant and dexterous leading man. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Definitely the most watchable Transformers outing by a mile, then, but that is not saying a whole lot. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet The Belly of the Whale (2018) It is perplexing to see the release of lacklustre fare such as this dull, uninspired, and incomplete caper that does no one any favours, not least debutant director Morgan Bushe nor otherwise fine actors such as Smiley and Shortt. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
4/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Visually and tonally, Sorry To Bother You is a one-off, and hopefully heralds the arrival of an unorthodox new talent. The relentless fizz of absurdism might be too much for some palates, however. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Neither a spin-off nor a shameless jumping-off-point to some franchise assault, this is that rarest of things - a replete, self-contained Marvel film that dazzles with wit, ingenuity and heart. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
5/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Hollywood rarely does curtain calls this elegant. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Silliness aside, Robin Hood is devoid of atmosphere, as well as being thin on plot and overly reliant on bombastic hijinks. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) As with 99pc of horror outings, Suspiria unravels in its final acts into a wheezing farce. A bit of a missed opportunity, you feel. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This is a dour, swollen, and worst of all, boring slog that just feels like any other crumby post-Lord of The Rings sorcery epic that values franchise-building above closing narrative circles. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) From band of brothers to chamber of horrors, this is an oddly effective night out. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) In the unnervingly chirpy cadences of the era, we are told of rats, filth, and mutilation in the trenches, but also the emotional strain and dehumanisation that took place as pimply young men were isolated in a world that stank of death. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 64% Good Favour (2017) Newcomer Vincent Romeo is a striking screen presence, hovering between vulnerable and predatory throughout. Mayer stands out in the supporting ensemble. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 59% The Grinch (2018) A giddy sugar-rush that slows to reveal its big charms. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Mulligan is imperious in an excellent three-way cast, as woodwinds and setting sunlight float through the frame. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) A delightful three-way cast gel seamlessly. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 79% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) While visceral in its depiction of the horror that day, it is let down by trite dialogue and one frankly cringeworthy scene. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 81% Dogman (2019) The whole doesn't feel quite as great as the sum of its parts, as if its narrative circle is not fully closed. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Spooky fun with a side-order of Gremlins-esque nostalgic charm is let loose by this effective slab of entertainment for younger (but not too young) viewers. Job well done. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018