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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/4 36% Glass (2019) "Glass" is a movie so muddled and so meta that it not only seeks to remind you - implicitly, and every five minutes - how movies work, but it includes a character who explicitly comments upon the action.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
60% Rush Hour (1998) A misbegotten marriage of sweet and sour.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 15% The Aspern Papers (2019) The film is smart, literary, nuanced, slightly stagy - and pedigreed to within an inch of its life. It practically reeks of dusty, yellowed pages and engraved-leather bookbinding.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
54% The Object of My Affection (1998) The viewpoint may not be exactly fresh, but [screenwriter Wendy] Wasserstein... delivers the heartfelt message that, male or female, gay or straight, black or white, old or young, the important thing is to pick some one person and make it work.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
1.5/4 64% Aquaman (2018) At times, the plot feels like the 12 Labors of Hercules, with a couple of extra labors thrown in just for the heck of it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/4 64% Vice (2018) Structurally, "Vice" is a mess, zigging here and zagging there, never knowing quite when to end, and when it finally does, leaving few penetrating or genuinely illuminating ideas to ponder.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2.5/4 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) A sometimes jarring but ultimately effective extended metaphor for healing...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
1.5/4 62% Bird Box (2018) The film essentially begins at its climax, and then backtracks, via flashback, to the onset of the crisis, hopping forward and back repeatedly over a five-year gap. This has the effect of destroying momentum.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
1.5/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) I mean, homage is one thing, but this reeks less of nostalgia than sweat.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
1.5/4 26% Mortal Engines (2018) The story is bloated and, despite flashes of imagination, overly familiar.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) "Vox Lux"... never does anything with its most intriguing themes: the commodification of tragedy and the hollowness of fame.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/4 89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Ultimately, "Divide and Conquer" offers useful lessons - and maybe even a little hope - for people on both sides of the national divide, about just how we came to this terrible, but not irreversible, place.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Moreso even than the film's violence and suspense, what sets "Mowgli" apart from other versions of this animal fable is its moral contradictions.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3/4 96% Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) Pippi Longstocking has sometimes been called an icon of feminist girl-power. If "Becoming Astrid' makes anything clear, it's that the character's creator was something of one herself.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
2.5/4 50% 55 Steps (2018) Somehow, these two difficult people are easy to watch, at least on the screen. They are honest to a fault, which is, in the end, their charm.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
1/4 16% Robin Hood (2018) Amounts to a chilly and flavorless frappé of historical speculation, revisionist folklore and every lazy action-movie cliche ever written.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/4 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Dafoe delivers an impassioned and believable performance, his deeply lined face capturing the mix of agony and ecstasy - to borrow a phrase from another artistic biopic - that this tortured artist must have felt.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
4/4 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) "Ballad" paints a deliciously dismal portrait of the human condition.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/4 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Despite Lisbeth's makeover, there's still something cool, complicated and compelling about this "Girl."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 38% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/4 63% Outlaw King (2018) This tedious slog through the highland muck should win no Oscars, only groans and raspberries.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) In the end, Nutcracker is a delightfully old-school diversion. ‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 64% Suspiria (2018) Call it an art-house slasher film. Call it a beautiful mess. Just don't call me with questions about what any of it means.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
45% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Director Jane Campion not only alludes to the contemporary resonance of this hundred-year-old tale, but with this bold stamp she lays claim to the story that follows as wholly her own.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 94% Wildlife (2018) A slightly wobbly - if just this side of wonderful - film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) A balanced and deeply satisfying documentary assessment of his work...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/4 61% The Oath (2018) A blistering political satire that may rip the bandage and the scab, as well as a lot of the skin, off a political wound that has barely had time to heal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 74% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Part B-movie sendup, part noirish hybrid of mystery and black comedy, and all original.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 94% Private Life (2018) "Private Life" earns its laughs, to be sure. But more important, it earns the tears of recognition that fall, gently and warmly, between the yuks.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Its dead seriousness lends this engrossing film urgency.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) "Fahrenheit 11/9" painstakingly pivots, from a movie that seems to be working overtime to depress us to a movie that means to inspire us.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 65% Lizzie (2018) Macneill and Kass weaken their message of female empowerment by pushing it past politics to pulp fiction.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2.5/4 60% White Boy Rick (2018) "White Boy Rick" is an engrossing-enough cautionary tale, if that's what it is. It's even an entertaining one, in an unsavory kind of way.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The film offers insight and eye candy, despite the fact that it is far more traditional - in style and format - than its subject.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 70% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) [A] peculiar yet provocative film, which exerts a slow, mesmeric pull over the course of nearly 2 1/2 hours.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 60% Operation Finale (2018) It's neither great nor terrible, neither stylish nor unsexy, but exists in some serviceable compromise between both extremes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 54% The Bookshop (2018) It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 95% Crime + Punishment (2018) For the most part, the film balances its outrage with objectivity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
1.5/4 52% Papillon (2018) Why on earth would anyone try to improve on - let alone equal - the rousingly entertaining, if melodramatic, original?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
3/4 83% Juliet, Naked (2018) A sweet-tart confection that, like lemon sorbet, cleanses a palate gone sour from too many cinematic servings of the heavy stuff.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
2.5/4 79% Alpha (2018) Smit-McPhee is... quite affecting, in a performance that calls for very little speaking, and a screen partner that is, well, known for chewing the scenery.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/4 65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) This "Midsummer" is a chore.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/4 45% The Meg (2018) Unlike his action-movie rival Johnson, Statham does not have the charisma to carry this film. He gets the job done all right, but makes it feel more like work than play.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) "Miseducation" more often opts for nuance than burlesque, and that is its strength.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 72% Christopher Robin (2018) A sweetly good-natured fable, with winning voice performances by Disney veteran Jim Cummings in the dual roles of Pooh and Tigger, and especially by Brad Garrett as the perpetually gloomy Eeyore.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" makes the case that its subject was an artist whose clay was clothing. It also, despite giving short shrift to psychoanalysis, reminds us that everything you might want to know about the artist can be found in the art.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) If "Generation Wealth" has a message that empty acquisitiveness is bad, it delivers it, like the rest of her work, by showing, not telling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2.5/4 80% Love, Cecil (2018) Thorough and pleasurable - if lightweight...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) McCall, for all his high-minded talk, seems to take a little too much sick glee in all the bloodletting he engages in.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018