Hilary A White

Hilary A White
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T-Meter Title | Year
49% Old (2021) Old hurtles along, and once the characters are stranded on the beach, there is no real let-up to the dread. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4/5 100% The 8th (2020) Watching The 8th and the manner in which it both zeroes-in on the issue while also capturing the broad tectonic shifts underfoot, you come to see this is a bit more than just a victory lap. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 80% Undergods (2021) Undergods is not a light watch, although it is done with humour; nor will it be to everyone's taste. But if thought-provoking dystopian treatises on society float your boat, you will be a happy sailor. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) The premise is inherently scary, and the opening scenes give a sense of claustrophobia which add to the fear factor very effectively. It also ties in well to the claustrophobia of lockdown. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The reason Army of the Dead rings hollow despite all these things is that we aren't given enough to get behind when it comes to the characters, and without that, we don't come to feel that the mission is necessary, or the characters' lives are precious. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 51% Yes Day (2021) It's enjoyable, wholesome family fun. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 78% The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2020) Its emotional authenticity makes it a good film for (not just) young people. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 53% SAS: Red Notice (2021) The plot is both simple and overcomplicated, but lots of not always well explained detail cannot hide its derivative nature. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
71% The Winter Lake (2021) Even though the good work has been done by this stage, it is a shame that it can't quite close the deal in its climax. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
2/5 8% Music (2020) Despite being intercut with extremely Sia-esque singing and dancing vignettes, the story is all too familiar and the script very ropey. Hudson does what she can with a cliché. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 80% Max Winslow and the House of Secrets (2020) It's perfectly serviceable and rather tame, a good, safe watch for tweens complete with expository ballads. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 78% I Care a Lot (2021) This slight ambiguity of morals makes I Care a Lot a more interesting and thought-provoking prospect than we are perhaps used to. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) The peculiarity of the world into which you are invited is the main event here, with the core narrative falling away somewhat as the culture shock takes centre stage. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 97% Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) (2019) How much you get out of Dominik Moll's elegant drama will depend on your willingness to embrace its far-fetched set of interlocking elements that bring all these characters on a transcontinental collision course. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 79% I See You (2019) It does keep you guessing, however, and despite the odd clunky twist and swivelling point of view, ticks along with admiral confidence. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
2/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) Other than its Nordic setting, The Wave has nothing new to offer the genre, lifting its entire structure from any number of volcano or earthquake films we've seen dozens of times already. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 87% Sea Fever (2019) Iffy accents aside, there is an old-school charm to this. Just don't expect any great innovations. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
3/5 67% Extraction (2020) Golshifteh Farahani adds a touch of class to the cast, while director Sam Hargrave, making his feature debut, goes all out to put on a spectacle. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
4/5 90% Moffie (2019) It is a powerful film that takes a steady-handed approach to an era of grave historical injustice. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
4/5 91% The Willoughbys (2020) It is unrelentingly hilarious but there is a slight air of threat to things, especially in the early scenes, that might be just a little too edgy for very young viewers. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/5 60% Sulphur & White (2020) While not a barrel of laughs, Susie Farrell's sensitive screenplay has much to say about trauma, masculinity and the power of love. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
3/5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) The plot is a mere device for breakneck medleys of chart hits with lyrics tweaked to serve the narrative. Best advised to stick this on and leave the little ones to it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
3/5 35% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) A breezy and pretty diversion, for sure, but this is just not really funny enough where it needs to be. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2020
4/5 48% Four Kids and It (2020) Even Brand is unable to sully the cast's good work, while director Andy De Emmony hits a balance between fun, fantasy and danger. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
3/5 74% Pink Wall (2019) Both actors are committed, but some extended bouts of navel-gazing dialogue are tiresome. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
4/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) A gently courageous piece of Arab cinema. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
4/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Kore-eda manages to have fun with his super characters while also telling a tale of memory and redemption. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
3/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) Rather than tackle the complex truth Hosten's character presents - that feminism can mean different things to different women - we're fed a version of events that is a little too neat and tidy, as if it was all about putting Bob Hope in his place. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
4/5 88% Onward (2020) While not strikingly original, the plot has huge fun with fantasy tropes, teenage kicks, and the incongruities and harmonies between. But as with all of the mighty animation studio's fare, it is the poignancy underpinning it all that gets you. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 89% Dark Waters (2019) While worthy and important, Dark Waters is a functional, by-numbers legal drama that is illuminating without setting your world alight. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) [A] film that works best when it takes its focus away from Schofield and Blake and loses itself in extravagant set piece. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 97% The Kingmaker (2019) Greenfield is careful to balance the vast shoe collections and showers of banknotes with victim testimony about the notorious period of martial law Imelda's husband imposed on enemies of the state. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 95% Citizen K (2019) As a primer for what has befallen Russia in the modern era, what with its limping economy, wide-scale corruption and hackneyed politics, Citizen K is a success, something to file near the social-realist dramas of Andrey Zvyagintsev. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The team bang heads before satisfying eureka moments are struck, and the feeling of a symphony coming to life becomes irresistible, despite the at-times overly glossy texture of it all. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) Academy ratio ups the feverish claustrophobia in a darkly sensual but over-cooked and exhausting schlep of a thing. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) While overpoweringly cheesy and downright rickety in places, the fluff being served is harmless and forgettable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is superb fare, with two towering performances and finely calibrated dialogue. But Ratzinger gets off too lightly, even if this is just "inspired by true events". - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 59% Them That Follow (2019) While comprising a fine cast... this feature debut by the writer-director team of Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage never quite seems to fully catch fire... - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 50% A Dog Called Money (2020) As a peek inside the artistic process, Murphy's film succeeds: it's the type of demystification that only serves to make the endeavour more remarkable. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
5/5 71% The Aeronauts (2019) That gorgeous double act is central to director Tom Harper's and co-writer Jack Thorne's thrilling, elegant and hugely satisfying mini epic that has its head firmly in the clouds. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) Director Bill Condon maintains a classy feel as he walks us through Nicholas Searle's novel of the same name, but the finale's unspooling reveal is perhaps a little too extravagant for the signposts preceding it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
5/5 95% The Irishman (2019) Vitally, it feels like more than just the sum of its excellent parts. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Sturdy, if light on surprises. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep seems at pains to explain every how and what of its supernatural caper, so that by the time we're zooming back over that same lake and mountain road, you feel like you've just been led on an elaborate scenic route to "Here's Johnny!". - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) Ozon puts courage and pain against a softened bourgeois setting in this slow-burner. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 44% The Addams Family (2019) The laughs are a bit dreary too, with little beyond the family's flipped tastes and macabre worldview. Pink and fluffy, they recoil. Sharp and nasty, they rejoice. Thirty years suddenly seems like a lifetime ago. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
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 50% 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 54% 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