Hilary A White

Hilary A White
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 70% Copilot (2021) Director Anne Zohra Berrached and co-writer Stefanie Misrahi concentrate more on character study (with the help of two strong co-stars) than trying to provide answers -- for what answers could be satisfactory? - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
4/5 80% Worth (2021) Worth is an eloquent and even-keeled insight into the unpopular but essential housekeeping from the time. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
4/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) What makes this film such a joy are the embellishments added on to the well-worn narrative. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
4/5 100% The Bright Side (2020) Only those with hearts of stone will be able to resist getting pulled along by The Bright Side's current. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) The visual pomp of our anti-heroine is unveiled with a great sense of mischievous fun by Gillespie. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 70% Land (2021) Wright is wonderful in the lead and good as a director, and the cinematography is exquisite. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 58% Flashback (2020) The script falters at times but it all pulls together and O'Brien is very good. Fans of convoluted, reality-bending plots should enjoy it. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
5/5 No Score Yet Skin + Soul (2020) You don't need to be a fan of, or know anything about Ogden to enjoy this lovely film. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place Part II is excruciatingly tense at times and pushes a series of devilish little buttons along the way just to make extra sure we're paying attention. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) A good day at the office for Marvel Studios. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 80% Free Guy (2021) Free Guy mightn't be the most original sci-fi action-comedy to appear this year, but that is not a roadblock to its entertainment value. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2021
3/5 88% Zola (2021) Stylistically, Bravo's film is full of flourish and pep, and is certainly eye-catching in this respect. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
3/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) There are just enough passages in it where it comes good in its remit -- even if that remit mightn't be your particular cup of shark soup. - Sunday Independent (Ireland) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
50% 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 67% 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 52% 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 50% 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