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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1.5/4 32% Wonder Wheel (2017) [A] well-acted, yet pointless and, most disappointingly, dull tale of lust.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
2.5/4 94% The Disaster Artist (2017) This sweet, affectionate (and unapologetically slight) comedy is an all-too-rare homage to harmless, hilarious incompetence, at a time when there is plenty of the more hurtful kind to go around.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
2.5/4 40% Justice League (2017) Miller's weird, antiheroic Flash is one of the most refreshing breezes to blow through Justice League, making three years seem a long time to wait for the character's 2020 stand-alone film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
2.5/4 99% God's Own Country (2017) The film by writer-director Francis Lee, who grew up on a Yorkshire farm before turning to acting - and, later, filmmaking - is sweet, even if Johnny is not.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
2.5/4 87% Novitiate (2017) Betts has put together a talented acting ensemble, and the performances are, for the most part, uniformly good and subtle, particularly among the actresses who play the young novices.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/4 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It may sound as if the movie is only for 13-year-old boys, or the Marvel faithful, but it isn't.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3/4 79% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) In his most bracing and maddening morality tale yet, Lanthimos doesn't so much paint himself into a corner as he runs into it, headlong, dragging us with him all the way.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/4 95% Human Flow (2017) The film is long ... but the cumulative effect is not exhaustion or boredom, but rather sorrow and outrage at the violence, economic despair and persecution - whether religious, ethnic or political - that have driven these people from their homes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
2/4 84% The King's Choice (2017) Set up like a suspense thriller, with on-screen titles that count down the minutes - not days or weeks - "The King's Choice" has the feel of a film that probably played better in its native country.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/4 87% Blade Runner 2049 (2017) The special effects are impeccable, and include sequences that blur the line, evocatively, between what's real and unreal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2017
1.5/4 64% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The tale of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim ... is one that's good and true and worth telling. But the way that "Victoria and Abdul" slops it around is - mostly - hogwash.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
3/4 71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) The question that looms large here, lingering long after the closing credits, is whether, despite our human need for forgiveness, absolution is ever truly possible.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 87% American Made (2017) Even as Cruise keeps us rooting for Barry, Liman reminds us that this is a story of bad guys.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
2.5/4 54% The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Often, "The Lego Ninjago Movie" feels like it's obeying the conventions of throwaway entertainment when it should be making more of an effort to comment on it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
2.5/4 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Tamarkin's point is clear: Women would do well to know their history before the future makes them regret it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
3/4 93% School Life (2017) In tone, "School Life" feels like a recruiting film for prospective students. It isn't exactly profound, except perhaps in the way it makes a case for the theory that happiness comes first, and then learning.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
3/4 85% It (2017) Call it a symphony of orchestral meta-horror, an elaborate waking nightmare in which you, as the dreamer, are constantly reminded of what the film is trying to do, and yet are powerless to stop it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
2/4 84% Beach Rats (2017) This very thinly sliced character study of beautiful if benighted adolescence is more a pre-coming-of-age tale, one that takes us close to, but not through, the transformative acquisition of good judgment.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
3/4 84% Polina (Polina, danser sa vie) (2017) As Polina, Shevstova delivers a performance that feels wonderfully unforced, if that's the right word, in a role that can only be called "driven."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017
3/4 88% RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) "Rumble" asks us to be still for a moment and to listen to the heartbeat - at once familiar and newly strange - that pumps the lifeblood that flows through the songs this country is known for.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2.5/4 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Plaza, of course, is marvelous in the title role, embracing Ingrid's unflattering neediness with a commitment that's scary.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
1.5/4 40% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Despite all the mayhem, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" is a surprisingly bland dish.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
1.5/4 33% The Only Living Boy in New York (2017) Round about the third act, "The Only Living Boy in New York" veers wildly off whatever course it had been on, leaving the realm of the improbable for the preposterous.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
3/4 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Sandberg knows how to ratchet up suspense, composing shots filled with beautiful shadows, in whose corners there always seems to be lurking something scary ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
1/4 94% Escapes (2017) "Escapes" is an eccentric portrait of a not especially eccentric - or even terribly interesting - subject ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
2.5/4 78% An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power (2017) Covers much of the same ground of the first film, but with a tone that feels, at times, midway between a sense of resignation and despair.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
3/4 87% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Provost's film is, in the end, a story about attaining the wisdom that comes from forgiveness and the acceptance of those things - namely the past and the future - that none of us can control.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
2/4 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) Ultimately, "Atomic Blonde" is, like its heroine, something of a machine.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
4/4 92% Dunkirk (2017) "Dunkirk" bolts out the gate not like a thoroughbred racehorse, but like a pack of them, never stopping until - thunderingly, and with a feeling that encompasses both victory and defeat - it crosses the finish line.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
1.5/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) There is more candy here, of the retinal variety, than a jumbo bag of Airheads.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
4/4 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) "War for the Planet of the Apes" may have the body of an action film, but it has the soul of an art-house drama and the brains of a political thriller.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 96% The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography (2017) Dorfman ... makes for a lively and loquacious subject ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
3/4 90% A Ghost Story (2017) Lowery pushes the tropes of the haunted house film past the breaking point, creating something that is entirely original - and oddly, if not profoundly unsettling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/4 76% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) A psychological portrait of resistance, made all the more timely - and creepily, almost offensively, unsettling - given the current political climate in the United States.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
3/4 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) An authentic, refreshingly nerdy and high-spirited reboot of the well-worn Marvel franchise ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
2/4 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) "Despicable Me 3" disappoints, if only mildly, not because it's bad, but because it only aspires to be good enough.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3.5/4 95% Sami Blood (2017) "Sami Blood" is a beautiful, haunting film, anchored by a startlingly accomplished lead performance. It has the feeling of a distant memory - one that is neither entirely pleasant nor painful, but persistent.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
1/4 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) A movie that's cut like the world's longest and most tedious trailer, pinballing from scene to scene and rarely spending more than a few seconds on any single shot.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3.5/4 88% Maudie (2017) Hawke is good at playing bad, but Hawkins is better, rendering, in "Maudie," a portrait of a woman that feels raw, real and revelatory.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/4 41% The Bad Batch (2017) In addition to presenting a parable about the collapse of society, Amirpour's film is also a kind of postmodern Adam-and-Eve story.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2.5/4 100% Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2017) What little dancing we do see is lovely to watch, but it's also lovely to see a performer who once seemed to have an iron grip on the barre finally learn how to be gracious and let go.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 68% Cars 3 (2017) "Cars 3" feels like it may be time for a trade-in.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
1.5/4 21% The Book of Henry (2017) In the end, "The Book of Henry" falls apart in a heap of loose pages, each one taken from a different script.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2.5/4 86% Band Aid (2017) I wouldn't call "Band Aid" profound, but it's wiser and deeper than the average pop song, if not by much.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3.5/4 88% It Comes At Night (2017) For much of its brisk running time, "It Comes at Night" teeters between delicious atmosphere and almost unbearable tension.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/4 74% Wakefield (2017) "I've stranded myself," Howard laments, as the film nears its open-ended climax. So, too, does "Wakefield," unfortunately.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/4 30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" remains true to its Disney theme park roots. Loud, overstimulating and hard to take in all in one sitting, it feels like the vacation that you'll need a vacation from.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
1.5/4 46% Everything, Everything (2017) Stenberg and Robinson are enormously appealing young actors, but charisma only goes so far in a story that manages to be, as directed by Stella Meghie, sterile and wildly far-fetched.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 100% Last Men in Aleppo (2017) While "Last Men in Aleppo" could stand a trim here and there, it mostly uses its length to good and heart-rending effect ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/4 67% The Wall (2017) It's pretty darn good.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017