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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 88% Sollers Point (2018) What "Sollers Point" accomplishes is a singular balancing act, compensating for the mood of heavy discouragement with only the slenderest thread of hope.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2.5/4 94% Beast (2018) The film's refusal to obey genre rules can be as disorienting as it is refreshing.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/4 77% The Seagull (2018) If nothing else, the movie is a double tour de force of acting.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
4/4 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) It is a fairly brilliant sendup of comic-book action movies, as well as also being an excellent example of one.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
0.5/4 39% Life of the Party (2018) Relegating McCarthy to the role of the comedic "straight man" is yet another odd career choice.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 45% Measure of a Man (2018) There is a lot to love in this gently funny and wise little movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/4 87% Tully (2018) That it works as well as it does is thanks to a screenplay that largely drops Cody's signature sarcasm - so often used to mask painful underlying secrets - for a voice that is much more raw and direct.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3/4 93% RBG (2018) [A] lively and thorough profile...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
2.5/4 100% After Auschwitz (2018) "Go home," they were told. But where, in the words of one of the film's subjects, was home? Where do you start, and where do you end up - not just literally, but emotionally - after such an experience?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3/4 83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Infinity War" is big, blustery and brave, taking viewers to places that they may not be used to going.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2.5/4 82% Ghost Stories (2018) It's still a horror movie, all right, but the nature of the fright is less supernatural, and more solid.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
1/4 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty wants to eat its cake and have it, too -- inviting us to laugh at women because of how they look, while scolding us for doing so.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3.5/4 96% The Endless (2018) Spooky, funny, touching and very, very well made.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/4 91% Lean on Pete (2018) At the center of this oddly riveting little picaresque is a performance of such quiet power by Plummer - as an antihero both rash and precociously resourceful - that it's easy to overlook the film's flaws.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/4 12% Aardvark (2018) The film feels stinting, as if there's more story somewhere that just hasn't been dished out.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
1.5/4 77% Gemini (2018) Kirke, so wonderful in "Mistress America," and Cho, of the underappreciated "Columbus," are endlessly fascinating to watch, but the gossamer-thin material underserves them.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
2/4 96% 1945 (2017) Features an intrusive sound design, including Tibor Szemzö's jarringly contemporary score and sound effects that include the ringing of a clock tower, buzzing flies, rumbling thunder and noisy birds...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
2/4 74% The China Hustle (2018) If the film accomplishes its goal, it's a win-win-lose proposition for everyone concerned.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
2.5/4 73% Ready Player One (2018) If "Ready Player One" is tedious at times, it's also oodles of fun at others ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/4 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) "Uprising" is loud, packed with impressive effects and propulsive - or as propulsive as a car with no brakes going downhill - but it lacks the heart of del Toro's original.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
0.5/4 79% Unsane (2018) Very, very bad.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
3/4 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) The dance's themes of conformity and deviation resonate powerfully with the movie's true theme, which questions whether Israel's robotic stance of non-negotiation has been effective, in the long run.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
3/4 80% Goldstone (2018) Ultimately, though set in the remote Australian bush, "Goldstone" is grounded in the vivid familiarity of the here and now.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
1.5/4 36% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) The whole thing has the air of a cynical, low-quality knockoff of something that wasn't very good to begin with.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2.5/4 96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) It's a fascinating story, if one that has been told before.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3.5/4 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Its message isn't subtle, but it is delivered with deadly, haunting finality.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
1.5/4 35% Nostalgia (2018) A slow, talky and only faintly moving meditation on mortality and memory.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
2.5/4 68% Happy End (2017) There's an implicit social critique here, as there often is in Haneke's work.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3/4 86% Vazante (2018) Every frame of Inti Briones's starkly gorgeous black-and-white cinematography ... hints at an inherent contradiction, either visually, in the narrative or in its larger themes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
2/4 54% 12 Strong (2018) More often than not, "12 Strong" feels like a sports movie, where all the stakes rest not on matters of honor and duty, but on a single field goal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
1.5/4 57% The Commuter (2018) "The Commuter" may be set on the way home after a long, hard day at the office, but this movie feels less like happy hour than work - and uncompensated overtime at that.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
3/4 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Everything and everyone has a price, the film suggests, in ways that are far from subtle, but effective.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
3.5/4 90% I, Tonya (2018) The film softens the bouts of cruelty with an abiding sense of humane, if absurdist, comedy, smoothing out the tonal shifts that may have you gasping in horror one minute and laughing the next.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
1.5/4 31% 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 91% 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 88% 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 80% 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 91% 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 66% 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 70% 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 86% 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 55% 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