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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 66% Life (2017) Life has cool effects, real suspense and a sweet twist. It ain't rocket science, but it does what it does well -- even, one might say, with a kind of genius.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
1.5/4 38% Wilson (2017) There's a story here, all right, but it's a heartless and bitter one.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
2.5/4 71% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) Depending on how you take your twee - sparingly or, as is the case in this preciously concocted tale of English misfits, slathered like marmalade over a crumpet - it will either delight or quickly cloy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3.5/4 100% Betting on Zero (2017) It's likely to leave viewers in a state of Documentary High Dudgeon (that brand of cinematic outrage that is not entirely unmixed with a pleasurable feeling of moral superiority).‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
0.5/4 34% The Last Word (2017) A moribund movie that doesn't have a spontaneous, surprising - or genuine - bone in its body.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
4/4 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) It may not sound like it, but calling this barely 70-minute Swiss stop-motion film "heavy" - as in substantial and almost swollen with feeling - is a true compliment.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3/4 92% Logan (2017) It has, simultaneously, the exhilarating feel of a departure and the finality of a full stop.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
1.5/4 10% Bitter Harvest (2017) There ought to be no lack of firepower in telling this shameful tale. Too often, however, "Bitter Harvest" is guilty of overkill.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
1.5/4 27% Fist Fight (2017) Evidence would suggest that it's the creators of this rope-a-dopey farce who took too many blows to the head.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
2.5/4 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) Way late in the movie, by the time most thrillers have already begun parceling out a morsel or two of resolution, you will still be scratching your head and wondering just what in God's name is going on.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/4 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) It's a story with heart, heady humor and action - parts that snap together, with a satisfying click, like, well, you know what.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/4 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) It isn't easy to explain the appeal of the "John Wick" movies, and they are inarguably not for every taste, but there is a purity to them that transcends their barbarity and has something to do with the central character.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
1.5/4 25% The Comedian (2017) Although it hints at the unhappiness - and, occasionally, outright hostility - that underlie humor, "The Comedian" never really seems all that interested in probing the comic's psychological wounds.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 82% They Call Us Monsters (2017) Even if you agree with the film's argument that teenagers shouldn't be locked up for life when there are other ways to save them, "Monsters" doesn't offer a convincing argument that a screenwriting class is that lifeline.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
2/4 42% Gold (2017) The most ironic thing about "Gold" is this: For all its efforts, the movie seems to know it's sitting on a gold mine of a backstory, but it just can't figure out how to get the stuff out of the ground.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) "A Dog's Purpose" is hokey but harmless bunkum.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/4 75% Split (2017) The movie falls oddly flat: less tantalizingly enigmatic "et cetera" than "blah blah blah."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2.5/4 80% Patriots Day (2017) After dispensing with the sluggish setup of the film's first act, Berg shifts into high gear, powerfully evoking the feelings of dread and white-knuckle excitement that much of America no doubt felt as the manhunt progressed.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/4 85% Silence (2017) It sure takes [Scorsese] long enough to drive [his] point home - putting the film's audience through its own kind of torture - but the morale of his story is ultimately both tough and nuanced.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/4 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) "Assassin's Creed" isn't quite as bad as one might fear, as measured against the abysmal track record of movies inspired by video games.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
2.5/4 73% Sing (2016) If only real life could so easily be realigned, by a singing pig.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2016
3.5/4 83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Morbid comedy? Meditation on happiness? Theological allegory wrapped inside a silly joke? Maybe a little of all three.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
2.5/4 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) "Office Christmas Party" is an invitation to the kind of mind-and-conscience-erasing escapism that doesn't really exist outside of movie theaters.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
1.5/4 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) Shot in black-and-white video, the 76-minute horror film benefits from crisp, striking visuals that are well framed and moodily lit. But that's about all this absurd, illogical and underwhelming thriller has going for it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/4 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) "Bad Santa 2" insults the intelligence and taste of the first film's audience by including all of the biliousness and vulgarity of the first film, but none - or precious little - of its scabrous joie de vivre.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
2.5/4 61% Allied (2016) The dangerous sense of intrigue, potential betrayal and moral ambiguity - the very thing that keeps the film going for so long, and us on the edge of our seats - disappears, replaced by a slough of mawkishness ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
3/4 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a tale bluntly told that arouses intense, evanescent emotion and then leaves you haunted, long afterward, by provocative but arguably answerable questions.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 100% National Bird (2016) Kennebeck may be a newcomer to feature filmmaking, but her grasp of the material is accomplished.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) The plot thickens, along with the emotional tension, which was always the best part of the Potter universe, and not the dazzling special effects.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/4 100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Manages to harvest not just understanding of one peculiar, broken little man, but a broader wisdom about the cycle of seasons that we all must endure on this planet.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
1.5/4 29% The Pickle Recipe (2016) Despite a solid central performance by film veteran Lynn Cohen and a Detroit setting that will please expats and current residents of the Motor City, there is little here to lift this film beyond its regional appeal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/4 90% Doctor Strange (2016) All in all, "Doctor Strange" is a fun and trippy excursion to a place where Marvel rarely seems to go: that is, to the retinal roots of the comics.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
1.5/4 19% Inferno (2016) "Inferno" takes itself way too seriously, even for a movie in which the quarry is a ticking time bomb in the form of a virus that, once unleashed, will kill half the planet.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Uncomfortable squirms, not titillation, seem the only reasonable response to ... the whole point of the movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
2/4 88% Christine (2016) A great performance does not necessarily make for great tragedy, and "Christine" remains mired in the minutiae of its portrait of a doomed, bitter young woman.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 98% Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016) "Long Way North" combines thrilling adventure with a slightly somber mood. It's a beautiful trip, even if it's a little chilly and sad when it finally gets to where it's going.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 79% American Honey (2016) Like the inspiration for its title, there's a wild sweetness to the people - and maybe even to the land - depicted with such breathtaking honesty and raw beauty in "American Honey."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) The very idea of this - at once gruesome and darkly funny - is perfectly suited to Burton's sensibility, which also reveals itself in the casting of Butterfield, who has the quality of a young, slightly less freaky Johnny Depp.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 94% Command and Control (2016) Far from being a historical cautionary tale, "Command and Control" looks forward, not backward. Kenner's unsettling film casts its worried gaze not at the accidents that already have taken place, but at the ones yet to happen.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 63% Storks (2016) "Storks" delivers its package, but it's a bundle of just-okay, not joy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) The movie is at its best when it recreates what it must feel like to be in a constant state of paranoia and pain. If only that feeling were accompanied by one or two other emotions.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 83% In Order of Disappearance (2016) What saves it, paradoxically - even, at times, delightfully - from skidding off course into cliche is the profound appeal of its middle-of-the-road, but never dull, protagonist.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 40% Morgan (2016) If only the questions it asks were more involving, and not just philosophical window dressing on what is ultimately a fembot-in-a-cage action flick - albeit one with a nice bit of torque.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) The intimate, idiosyncratic and very funny Buffalo '66 --directed by and starring Vincent Gallo, from a semi-autobiographical script co-authored with Alison Bagnall --feels like a projection of Gallo's very psyche.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2016
2.5/4 87% Mia Madre (2016) As considerable as her gifts may be, Buy is ultimately unable to hold "Mia Madre" together.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) A saga that feels somehow both ancient and entirely fresh, at once steeped in the tradition of evocative Japanese poetry yet deeply, universally relatable.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
1.5/4 25% Ben-Hur (2016) This new "Ben-Hur" could just as easily have been called "Been There, Done That."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 87% Pete's Dragon (2016) While "Pete's Dragon" does a fine job of evoking the delight one might feel at flying over hill and dale on the back of a mythological creature, it is less successful in rendering real human emotion.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 98% Little Men (2016) With a firm grasp on the duality implicit in its title, "Little Men" is a story that's neither tragic nor triumphal in the way it resolves itself, but rather one that's sadly, even satisfyingly true.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 25% Suicide Squad (2016) In aiming for - but falling short of appealing to - the teenage demographic, the film is a double cop-out, disappointing both fans of the source material's grown-up gloom-and-doom aesthetic and discerning adolescents.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2016