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Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 55% 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 94% 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 95% 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 89% 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 72% 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 93% 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 61% 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 94% 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 90% 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 44% 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 67% 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 23% 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 85% 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 75% 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 29% 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 48% 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 68% The Wall (2017) It's pretty darn good.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2.5/4 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" is a fun, if sacrilegious, first step in a franchise creation - one that observes the first commandment of storytelling: Thou shalt not be boring.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/4 85% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017) It's crazy and ridiculous at times. But I can't help agreeing with Assaf, who observes, of his companions' rescue plans, "I like it. It has the logic of a dream."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/4 81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a toe-tapping, eye-popping indication that summer is here, and that it might not suck after all.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
2.5/4 28% Voice from the Stone (2017) Fans of haunted-house movies may be disappointed. But anyone who knows the depth of grief ... will feel the chills that this movie delivers deep in their bones.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
3/4 92% Finding Oscar (2017) [A] movie ... solidly constructed by American documentarian Ryan Suffern.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
82% Handsome Devil (2017) Handsome Devil succeeds in delivering a far more satisfying examination of masculinity than before, presenting an encouraging message for teenagers to not be bound by stereotype if it feels unnatural to them.‐ Film Ireland Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/4 100% Truman (2017) "Truman" avoids preachiness as scrupulously as it evades certainty.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/4 63% Tommy's Honour (2017) There's a subdued quality to watching golf as a spectator sport, and that same quality of reserved detachment applies to this golf movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
1.5/4 16% Queen of the Desert (2017) For a movie with so much heart, "Queen of the Desert" is a remarkably bloodless enterprise.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2/4 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) "Your Name" is still highly watchable, even when this mystical Young Adult love story cloys - or confounds.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 69% Gifted (2017) "Gifted" is a clever, if less than brilliant film. Like Mary, its true genius lies not in what's on the page, but in its humanity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/4 90% Frantz (2017) "Frantz" contains revelations unrelated to the manner in which it protects, and then peels away, its central mystery. Ultimately, it addresses the question: Why go on living when life itself betrays us?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/4 73% The Blackcoat's Daughter (February) (2017) Although very little happens in the way of traditional horror-movie jump-scares, "Blackcoat" builds and builds toward a profoundly disquieting sense that something really bad is coming.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
2.5/4 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Solid yet subtly sphinxlike ...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
3/4 67% 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 46% 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 35% 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 93% 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 42% 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 89% 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