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Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) An aspiring gangster tries to work his way up in a Japanese underworld teeming with monsters of every kind in a movie that's sometimes weirdly brilliant. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 7, 2015
29% Narcopolis (2015) A strong, if not genre-changing, feature debut for actor-turned-writer/director Justin Trefgarne. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 1, 2015
38% Gravy (2015) Cannibal killers invade a Mexican restaurant and torment the staff and patrons in this broad but not particularly funny comedy/horror picture. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Oct 1, 2015
11% Pay the Ghost (2015) While the film has some nice moments, they don't add up to anything particularly original. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 24, 2015
33% Some Kind of Hate (2015) Some Kind of Hate deserves credit for yoking the slasher-movie formula to an always timely message that's particularly relevant to the age group that dominates horror movie regulars. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 15, 2015
64% The Man Who Saved the World (2015) An idiosyncratic portrait of a man whose life went to hell after he did the planet a major favor. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 14, 2015
15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) The Transporter Refueled is shamelessly derivative, but it's a good show. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 3, 2015
61% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) Bloody enough to satisfy fans who want their comedy with some bite. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 3, 2015
33% Contracted: Phase II (2015) Impressively light on its feet given that it's slogging through the twists and turns of a plot heavy on maggots, gore and rotting flesh. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Sep 1, 2015
17% Zipper (2015) Zipper has ambitions that go beyond mere prurient exploitation appeal, but the film's reach significantly exceeds its grasp. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 27, 2015
15% The Curse of Downers Grove (2015) The Curse of Downers Grove has more on its mind than the teenage body-count movie it resembles in all except the steadily escalating body count. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 20, 2015
57% Brothers (2015) Brothers: Blood Against Blood is a surprisingly fast-paced and engaging drama rooted in subjects that never grow old. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 14, 2015
13% Return to Sender (2015) Neither director Fouad Mikati nor writers Patricia Beauchamp and Joe Gossett seem to have found a new angle [on the rape-revenge genre]. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 13, 2015
26% Dark Places (2015) It's hard to imagine Dark Places matching Gone Girl's big footprint-those shoes have already been filled. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 6, 2015
26% The Runner (2015) The odds that The Runner will change hearts and minds are slim. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Aug 5, 2015
40% 6 Ways To Die (2015) A neat little diversion filled with familiar faces, especially if you have a little thing for '90s genre movies. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 30, 2015
100% Two Step (2015) Sharply written, unusually well-acted and well worth a look that it will be lucky to get. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 30, 2015
19% The Vatican Tapes (2015) It's hard to imagine how this tedious rehash of exorcism-movie clichés secured a theatrical release. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 24, 2015
47% Dark Was The Night (2015) Consistently favors relationships over special effects and overall features characters who don't act like complete morons. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 23, 2015
6% Safelight (2015) There's just not much room to work with [the abundance of] clichés. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 16, 2015
76% The Suicide Theory (2015) Though the set-up sounds insufferably gimmicky [...] Michael Kospiah's screenplay for The Suicide Theory is a tight, thoughtful piece of work.‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 10, 2015
0% Mad Women (2015) [Mad Women] all too often feels as smug and self-satisfied as [its main characters], all of whom feel less like characters than wacky improv exercises. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
16% The Gallows (2015) Formulaic horror movie benefits from unusual setting but will still feel all-too-familiar to the genre fans who constitute its primary audience. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 9, 2015
57% Stung (2015) Kudos to the special-effects team, who relied less on CGI and more on practical effects. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jul 1, 2015
25% Terminator Genisys (2015) All three human leads-Courtney and the two Clarkes-fall somewhere on the spectrum of weak to terrible. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 30, 2015
77% Big Game (2015) ...plays out like a dumb but surprisingly entertaining action movie, but it's laced with bits of business and dialogue that make it clear the film isn't dumb at all. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
36% Into The Grizzly Maze (2015) Lacks the go-for-the-gut sense of grizzlies as hairy great white sharks that could have made it into a landlocked Jaws. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 25, 2015
No Score Yet Anarchy Parlor (2015) Anarchy Parlor is little more than a variation on the Hostel theme, which, however exploitative, does contain a nugget of wisdom. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 17, 2015
25% The Stranger (2015) The Stranger is far from a perfect film, but it's admirably eerie and remarkably restrained. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 11, 2015
58% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Genuinely spooky ghost story continues to favor atmosphere over gross-out shocks. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 4, 2015
95% We Are Still Here (2015) Pays tribute to a wide range of films, old and new, while staking out its own distinctive territory, one that's equal parts melancholic family drama and supernatural shocker. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jun 3, 2015
69% Sunset Edge (2015) Like the sort of sleepy slasher film it vaguely resembles, Sunset Edge [...] is ultimately all about the sins of the fathers being visited on the next generation. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted May 28, 2015
0% Any Day (2015) Any Day falls into the painfully crowded trough between not-bad and seriously not-good movies. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 30, 2015
33% Laugh Killer Laugh (2015) Too grim for the average fan of crime pictures, and too brutal for many viewers who might appreciate its matter-of-fact portrayal of the lives of many PTSD sufferers. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 23, 2015
40% 1915 (2015) 1915 is sadly dull and didactic, even within the parameters of a film whose primary purpose is to educate rather than entertain. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 16, 2015
80% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) ...a sadly obvious and pedantic exercise in making a classic story "relevant" to modern audiences. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Apr 10, 2015
25% Ghoul (2015) [Ghoul] is remarkably creepy, even if it's hard to work up a lot of initial sympathy for the callow, smug young filmmakers [at its core]. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 19, 2015
69% Zombeavers (2015) Kkudos to the filmmakers for opting to use practical effects rather than 100% CGI, which would have been easier to do but also easier for viewers to dismiss out of hand.‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 19, 2015
5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) [Home Sweet Hell is] nothing more or less than a toothless satire of suburban conformity that might have felt a little more dangerous six decades ago. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 16, 2015
81% These Final Hours (2015) Imagine 'Mad Max' populated by suburban morons crossed with 'On the Beach' through the eyes of people who just want to get messed up. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Mar 6, 2015
14% The Lazarus Effect (2015) Unfortunately, the film ultimately peters out rather than coming to a satisfactorily disquieting conclusion. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 27, 2015
26% Out Of The Dark (2015) While not a breakout feature, Out of the Dark should appeal to genre fans looking for fare beyond the usual slasher movies and creature pictures. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 26, 2015
56% Digging Up the Marrow (2015) A meta-variation on Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Digging Up the Marrow tackles all the same questions [...] with considerably less grace and intelligence. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 20, 2015
70% Girl House (2015) For all its au courant posturing, Girl House doesn't even cut it as old wine in a new bottle. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) [A] supremely silly film. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 12, 2015
23% Enter the Dangerous Mind (2015) [Enter the Dangerous Mind] lacks the depth and resonance required to keep it from being merely unpleasant.‐ Film Journal International
Posted Feb 6, 2015
21% Alien Outpost (2015) Though well-executed, [Alien Outpost is] ultimately overly familiar and predictable. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 29, 2015
No Score Yet The Phoenix Project (2015) [The Phoenix Project boasts a] slow build, subtle characterizations and a story that toys with genre expectations without betraying them. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 15, 2015
No Score Yet I (2015) For viewers fond of Indian movies, this delirious Tamil melodrama [...] makes surprisingly short work of its three-and-a-half-hour running time. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 15, 2015
32% Dark Summer (2015) Dark Summer falls short of knock-your-socks-off greatness: It's creepy and intelligent, but never leaps off the screen and into your nightmares. ‐ Film Journal International
Posted Jan 8, 2015