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Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% King Jack (2016) [Director Thompson] has a particular ally in Plummer, a bashed-up presence more compelling than a dozen stage-school brats, displaying a fortitude you warm to even as you're watching all cockiness being kicked from his form. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
22% Ma ma (2016) Ma Ma, at best minor Medem, unfolds like an afternoon TV movie that's been at the sherry, or placed on the heaviest of medication. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) 13 Hours remains very much a combat movie made by the man who once hustled Armageddon onto our screens, no more nourishing, affecting or heavyweight than the popcorn ground into the multiplex carpet. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) The second film is likewise sustained by a generosity of spirit you don't often get in self-penned star vehicles. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
72% The Ones Below (2016) A horror-thriller that gets in several satirical shots at the status envy of modern urban professionals. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
38% Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016) Godeau reaches out frantically for material that might give the pair's encounters any measure of dramatic heft. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) When she's at her sharpest, [director Eva Husson] permits both her characters and viewers free rein to think and feel their way through this particular moral maze as they see fit ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 31, 2016
93% The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015) Time and again, Guzman generates profound meanings from simple concepts. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 28, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) It's handsomely turned out in its monochrome palette, and Marguerite's big numbers remain reliably amusing, Frot mangling her standards like a sham-dram Liza or Barbra while Marcon tersely clutches his hunting rifle in the wings. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 28, 2016
87% The Club (El Club) (2016) Few other films this year will provoke as much post-screening discussion, that's certain. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 28, 2016
100% Court (2015) The result provides a memorable introduction to a filmmaker clearly working in opposition to the lavish escapism Bollywood has enabled over the years. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 28, 2016
89% Speed Sisters (2017) The film's appeal is universal. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 28, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Fire at Sea is the kind of film that, without ever seeming to harass or harangue the viewer, could well change minds and save lives; a small film, certainly, but no mean feat. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 27, 2016
90% Green Room (2016) Saulnier evidently wanted to provide audiences with a bad trip, but sometimes a bad trip is indistinguishable from a backward step, or simply a dead end. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) It has tentacles and hot wheels, yes, but not the legs or bright ideas to sustain itself. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 25, 2016
3/5 83% Dangal (2016) Very solid, very sound entertainment, with thumpingly good Pritam songs that make Eye of the Tiger seem like pipsqueakery. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 22, 2016
78% Evolution (2016) By all means wallow in its imagery; when it comes to meaning, however, most viewers surely won't be waving but drowning. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 19, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane arrives as proof that, between the bloated junk and commercial no-brainers, the studio system can still surprise us. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 19, 2016
61% High-Rise (2016) For the risks Wheatley takes, you should see it. It may be a very mixed bag -- no impediment for cult status, of course -- but High-Rise does feel like the ragged movie Britain deserves at this self-flagellating austerity moment. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 19, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! is finally all too effortful, a doodle undertaken by scholars. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 19, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) For pure spooky atmosphere, The Witch is unmatchable right now. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 19, 2016
3/5 87% Leap! (Ballerina) (2017) This serviceable French-Canadian digimation cleaves to the post-Cowell definition of the word "journey": its heroine is a redheaded dreamer (voiced by Elle Fanning) who flees her orphanage to blag a spot at the fin de siècle Paris Opera. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 15, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) It remains a naggingly slight experience: while its showbiz savvy should satiate the Elvis demographic, it feels at least a slight copout that a film where Nixon shares top billing should be so determinedly depoliticised. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
95% Remainder (2015) Although a few of these may escape Fast's reach, there's no denying the ambition on display here: whether in the gallery or the arthouse, we'll see more from this filmmaker. He is, if you will, a name to remember. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) For much of its running time, Vinterberg's film is an agreeable, well-acted, funny wallow -- but it's no more profound than that. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
57% The Neon Demon (2016) For once, Refn is on the side of the angels -- though you may prefer to avert your eyes as he finally gets his own fingers sticky. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) The juice of Maggie's Plan is all in the writing, however, and there's something quasi-mathematical in the way this triangle keeps reformulating, as if these characters were no more than symbols being plugged into an equation. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) Messina stages events with a muted elegance, making a lot of the silence that serve as route markers in this winding conversation between two women at very different stages in life. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) Sweet Bean senses how even the tiniest change in the basic ingredients of one's life can yield considerable rewards. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) Breaking down the world in order to remake and remodel it, From Afar reveals, with the heaviest of hearts, the brutal, dehumanising violence that lurks within the heart of some contemporary relationships. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) A diverting, often chuckleworthy, sometimes provocative act of creation. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
73% Disorder (Maryland) (2016) Disorder is a character study that flirts with becoming a love story while retaining the far cooler blood of a thriller in its veins. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) It's a delight to encounter a film that quietly, gradually creeps up on you; which, without seeming to expand a huge amount of effort in so doing, puts a smile on your face. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) When the last bullet hits, it's still the same old runaround, only with several new faces striking poses and emptying their weapons into one another. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
94% Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) (2016) While the emphasis on suggestion over standard biopic spectacle is novel, one suspects the film probably won't be suggestive, coherent or affecting enough for hardcore Hokusai admirers, leaving it to occupy a curious artistic no-man's-land. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) it's an obvious must-see, yet even newcomers may be surprised at the manner in which Joplin's spirit comes over loud and clear. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
76% Chronic (2016) I was poised to reclaim Franco as an earthy humanist, peering into the grimmer nooks and crannies of our existence. Then, alas, came Chronic's disastrous punchline. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
33% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) Dragon Blade feels like a dispiriting way for even seasoned bargain-bin trawlers to be seeing in the New Year. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
80% Bolshoi Babylon (2015) Bolshoi Babylon joins Frederick Wiseman's La Danse and National Gallery, and Nicolas Philibert's La Maison de la Radio, as another recent documentary that regards its chosen institution as a complex, living organism. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
57% Partisan (2015) A big fat meh. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
90% A War (Krigen) (2016) If A War can't, at the last, land the gutpunch of its predecessor, it scores points enough to provide a worthy watch -- and to confirm its writer-director as among the preeminent agonised consciences in contemporary world cinema. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% Notes on Blindness (2016) Sighted viewers should be thankful enough; for cinemagoers who've suffered or who are suffering sight problems, Notes on Blindness might well comprise the most powerful -- and most empowering -- audio-described screening in years. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Dec 12, 2016
3/5 93% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) A pleasingly macabre study of a mixed-up teen who could be a Dexter-in-waiting. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 8, 2016
1/5 67% Jet Trash (2016) Doubtless a nice holiday; shame about the movie. ‐ Guardian
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Steinfeld smartly weighs the comedy of Nadine's hormonal disquiet against her potentially tragic need for affirmation, never more adroitly than in a shaded set piece involving an accidental sext. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 29, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) Waters wrings occasional snickers from a patchy script, but the whole feels tamely conventional: misanthropy passed through the usual Hollywood motions. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 83% I Am Bolt (2016) If Bolt's talent continues to defy all explanation, the Turner brothers bring us close enough to it to witness bugs swarming over nerveless knuckles on the start line. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 24, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) All this is tribute to how Schamus both respects the text, its narrative thrust and its thematic undercurrents, while allowing it to breathe and open up before us. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 18, 2016
88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) If you wanted a film to remind you nobody had it better than we do - and I could well understand why you might right now - than United States of Love provides a bracing vodka-expresso jolt. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 17, 2016
97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) We get nice moments and cute characters (there's a thesis to be written on adorable younger sisters in recent Japanese cinema), but scrambled storytelling and only fitful emotional heft. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 17, 2016