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Maitland McDonagh

Maitland McDonagh
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 66% The Pillow Book (1997) Seductive eye candy masquerading as thought-provoking art cinema.‐ TV Guide
Read More | Posted May 2, 2016
100% Older Than Ireland (2016) Weaves together oral histories to create a moving portrayal of living at the outer edge of mortality-the subjects are Irish, but the subject is life itself.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2016
50% Holidays (2016) The weakest segments are watchable and the best are genuinely good. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2016
No Score Yet The Syndrome (2016) This thought-provoking documentary presents a compelling case that "shaken baby syndrome" doesn't exist.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
77% 13 Cameras (2016) The throwaway grimness of the film's final scene is genuinely chilling.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
50% Bleed (2016) The filmmakers handle their material efficiently, but it's hard to imagine anyone familiar with the genre finding Bleed fresh or as vividly scary as its predecessors.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
82% Road Games (2016) [A] well-acted but formulaic thriller.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2016
90% Emelie (2016) Emelie isn't a genre-changing movie, but it's a sharp, on-point variation on the home-invasion theme that dedicated genre fans will want to see.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
51% Risen (2016) Risen never rises, if you will, above the material.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) A drama marketed as a horror movie, The Witch is sober, intelligent and not at all the kind of eerie creepshow its poster suggests. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2016
No Score Yet Fitoor (2016) Given that the source material is so familiar, Fitoor could have benefited by shaking it up a little.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
0% Cabin Fever (2016) A remake-sorry, reboot-of [the] 2002 movie of the same title in which attractive young people contract a super flesh-eating virus is, not surprisingly, more of the same.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
38% The Final Project (2016) [A] formulaic but atmospheric found-footage shocker.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's unexpected bestseller, [...] this adaptation does justice to the book while standing on its own two rotting feet.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
80% Rabid Dogs (Enragés) (2016) This remake of Mario Bava's 1974 thriller is a serviceable time-killer that benefits from star Lambert Wilson's slow-burn performance.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
6% Martyrs (2016) Remake of the infamous 2008 French-Canadian film fails to live up to the apocalyptic bleakness of the original tale.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
16% The 5th Wave (2016) For viewers not already committed to the series, The 5th Wave is painfully dull and shallow, hobbled by paper-thin characters and a generic mush of a story.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2016
45% Intruders (2016) Intruders is tautly directed by first-time feature filmmaker Adam Schindler.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
50% The Abandoned (2016) [A] polished but overly familiar psychological thriller.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
6% Extraction (2015) [An] unexceptional action picture with old-fashioned ideas about what it means to be a man.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2015
30% American Hero (2015) This drama about a deadbeat father trying to straighten up for his young son takes an unusual and not particularly convincing turn when it's revealed that dad has a superpower.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2015
85% Orion: The Man Who Would Be King (2015) This eye-opening documentary details the life and career of Jimmy Ellis, a country-western singer with the wonderful/terrible fortune to sound uncannily like Elvis Presley.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
65% Krampus (2015) Krampus nails the setup and delivers a satisfying second act that both makes sense and throws some nice curves.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
73% Dementia (2015) May not be a crowd-pleaser, but it's a movie that will stick with those who see it.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
No Score Yet The Priests (Geomeun Sajedeul) (2015) The fact that first-time feature writer-director Jae-hyun Jang was able to make The Priests so engaging constitutes no small feat.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2015
29% Submerged (2015) Aquaphobes beware: Submerged is a strong contender for the title of "2015 Release Most Likely to Give You an Anxiety Attack." ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2015
64% The Funhouse Massacre (2015) The Funhouse Massacre isn't the kind of unexpected eye-opener that keeps genre fans panning through the silt, but it has moments.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
100% Kilo Two Bravo (2015) While hardly a fun time at the movies, Kilo Two Bravo is a fine piece by first-time feature director Paul Katis.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
44% Dangerous Men (2015) Will entertain some viewers and infuriate others with its clunky mix of feminist fury and awkward action sequences.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2015
71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) Creepy critters, effectively used, are The Hallow's biggest asset; otherwise it's a standard-issue monster movie that doesn't bring much new to the groaning table.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet Wrecker (2015) Pitched somewhere between Duel and Joyride, this motor-psycho picture fails to stake out new territory or ring any significant changes on a decades-old formula.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
83% Hard Labor (2015) Hard Labor is a smart, sneaky little shocker whose subtexts add depth to its haunted-house framework and pay off in a final scene that's both weirdly off-kilter and entirely logical.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2015
57% Julia (2015) Julia does put a small spin on the by-now well-worn [rape revenge] formula[...] But ultimately that's not enough to elevate Julia above its genre roots.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2015
43% The Diabolical (2015) A sharp little genre mix-it-up that delivers one hell of thoroughly set-up sucker punch without ever undermining its spiffy sci-fi/spook-show hijinks.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
28% Momentum (2015) Momentum has plenty of visual flash, but the script is deeply dumb.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
33% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
15% The Transporter Refueled (2015) The Transporter Refueled is shamelessly derivative, but it's a good show. ‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
61% Bloodsucking Bastards (2015) Bloody enough to satisfy fans who want their comedy with some bite.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
38% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2015
56% Brothers (2015) Brothers: Blood Against Blood is a surprisingly fast-paced and engaging drama rooted in subjects that never grow old.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
26% The Runner (2015) The odds that The Runner will change hearts and minds are slim.‐ Film Journal International
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2015