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Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) Nice enough - just not quite the knockout advance word promised. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 17, 2016
93% Napoléon (1929) It's a national origin myth, a monument to resistance and an enormous spectacle; a work of expansive genius, restored to us by a considerable labour of love. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 11, 2016
93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) Fontaine's film joins Chabrol's underseen A Story of Women as a rare work to seriously and successfully address the female experience of war from the inside out. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 10, 2016
41% 100 Streets (2017) 100 Streets emerges as one of those flawed yet promising debuts that encourages critics to retain its creators' names for future reference. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 10, 2016
93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) What Black offers, simply but appreciably, is a celebration of one of American cinema's good guys, whose progress we've been lucky indeed to witness. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It often resembles an exercise in seeing to what extent quote-unquote good taste can be used to dress up bad. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
45% Rupture (2016) Nobody's heart or soul is invested too heavily in it. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) More meme than movie, this cut-price rendering of James Bowen's bestselling memoirs sees homeless busker Luke Treadaway's plight positioned a distant second behind the ginger tom who reportedly hastened Bowen's return from the margins. ‐ Guardian
Posted Nov 3, 2016
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) [It's] worth catching, but only in its final chapters -- pondering what's coming down the wires -- do you feel Herzog delving deep. What goes before is all a bit too ZOMG to provoke much in the way of serious reflection. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Briggs's humanism and pacifism are the baselines here, and both the narrative and visuals keep finding ways to illustrate the uncertainties of wartime. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
95% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2016) It's very skilfully mounted, Lafosse pushing the naturalism of his earlier features to brave new heights. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 60% Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) Everyone's solid work gets undone by a clumsily handled plot turn that suggests a failure of nerve around the central relationship. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 22% Let's Be Evil (2016) The effects work is unusually sophisticated. Yet there's no dressing up some desperately ordinary stalk-and-slashing, and the budget undermines the world-building ... ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) Yeon keeps us guessing until the nervy closing seconds. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 27, 2016
96% Train to Busan (Bu-san-haeng) (2016) [Train to Busan is] uperbly orchestrated by Yeon, who whittles down his ensemble in ways that are generic yet still somehow unpredictable and thoroughly gripping. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 25, 2016
81% Starfish (2016) The film doesn't quite connect emotionally as it might. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 25, 2016
92% Queen of Katwe (2016) [Queen of Katwe is] a film that, like the best Disney fare, connects on some deep and profound level with that part of us that still seeks to improve ourselves -- and, who knows, perhaps even the world. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
100% Sonita (2015) What we're watching here, increasingly, isn't a documentary so much as an engrossing rescue attempt. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
93% In Pursuit of Silence (2016) Here are 80 minutes of genuine respite, a literal, much-needed pause for thought. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
87% Phantom Boy (2016) Alas, the storytelling remains one-dimensional. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) At every turn, Loach's humanism -- his total commitment to the specifics of the situations his characters find themselves in -- transcends all other political labels. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 21, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The leads huff and puff accordingly, but Michael LeSieur's dull-edged script squanders their timing, more concerned with reducing the actresses to their lingerie than with raising anything other than the occasional snicker. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 82% Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) Perhaps only the most lukewarm slumber party would truly need it. Yet if you were to ask whether Origin of Evil offers a better quality of timewasting than its predecessor, my finger would hover inexorably over YES. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 18, 2016
81% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Sheil really does manage to get across a sense of Chubbuck as an authentically complex individual, and her endeavours with Greene do succeed in putting us right there in her shoes as she takes the long walk towards her last broadcast. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 14, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) That all this nonsense is kept to exactly two hours makes Inferno less of a timewaster than its overstuffed predecessors; it doesn't, however, make it any less of a waste of talent, creative energy or your hard-earned disposable income. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 13, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) American Honey struck this viewer as Arnold's least impactful film to date, losing its moments of wonder and rapture amid an unvaryingly dreamy haze. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 13, 2016
100% Driving With Selvi (2016) There is material enough here to refute any number of hoary old jokes and assumptions about female drivers. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) To its credit, it's one of precious few US releases this year to deliver almost exactly on what its lip-smacking title promises. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
93% My Scientology Movie (2017) It does finally achieve its apparent aim: to tempt Miscavige's minions a little further towards the light, the better for us to witness their words and deeds, and thereby grasp the peculiarity of this particular credo. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) My advice: disembark. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 7, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Still Loved (2015) You can only be struck by the resilience the interviewees display, and the trust they place in Howard - repaid several times over by a work of commemoration that will also surely provide considerable consolation. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 6, 2016
1/5 60% War on Everyone (2017) That title's fair warning at least, but it's hard to engage in any rewarding way with a film in which not a single word is meant or felt - unless McDonagh really is the worst kind of reactionary. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 6, 2016
98% The Babadook (2014) Tell yourself it's only a story by all means, but you're still going to have to kiss the kids goodnight and then switch off the reading light. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) Pandey holds this career up as cause for communal celebration, and his film has the big-match temperament to set us cheering - or, in this Englishman's case, politely applauding. ‐ Guardian
Posted Oct 3, 2016
47% Free State of Jones (2016) As multiplex-bound awards bait, stillness and seriousness just aren't in this film's blood. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 29, 2016
90% Courted (L'hermine) (2015) Fabrice Luchini remains one of those actors it's a rare joy to watch: mischievous, authoritative when required, at all times drolly self-aware. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 29, 2016
98% Under The Shadow (2016) Clearly the recent wave of quiet-quiet-loud horrors -- and the slower creep of 2014's The Babadook -- have factored into Anvari's thinking, but Under the Shadow works as well as an evocation of a fraught moment in recent Iranian history. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 29, 2016
96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) If, at 90 minutes, The Fencer feels a touch lightweight when set against recent Teutonic considerations of the mid-to-late 20th century (Downfall, say, or The Lives of Others), it's nevertheless appreciably detailed and lived-in. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 69% Urban Hymn (2015) A mixed bag, but one that comes good in its closing stretch, working its way towards a place of quiet power. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/5 43% Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) This lean, unpretentious entertainment delivers everything one might want from a film titled Kickboxer: Vengeance - including, at the last, an homage to the younger Van Damme's disco-dancing prowess. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 29, 2016
0% ChickLit (2016) The comedy amounts to a succession of duff innuendos, often lost in the erratic sound mix, occasionally botched altogether by supporting players apparently sourced from Britten's bridge club. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/5 60% Light Years (2015) Ventures Bristol way, digs around at the intersection of social and poetic realism, and emerges with several extraordinary images alongside handfuls of arthouse filler. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet The Brother (2016) Not every gamble pays off - certain narrative backalleys remain under-illuminated - but it's strongly performed and full of bold, eye- and ear-catching directorial choices. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2016
1/5 No Score Yet Gangsters Gamblers Geezers (2016) Constants emerge: threadbare production values, underqualified performers and a failure to filter the amusingly crass from the merely offensive. ‐ Guardian
Posted Sep 23, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) The balance, wisdom and generosity displayed hereabouts is enough to propose Sachs as a modern master. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 22, 2016
84% The Girl With All the Gifts (2016) I have to confess this 38-year-old was pretty gripped by The Girl with All the Gifts - and my suspicion is that even those teenagers who sneak in to see it will be compelled to stop What's Apping for at least some of its running time. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 22, 2016
76% The Lovers And The Despot (2016) The result's perhaps no more than a diverting anecdote, albeit one that adds to our understanding of Kim Jong-il, thwarted auteur. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 22, 2016
83% Two Women (Mesyats v derevne) (2014) The BBFC's certification card hits the nail on the head: "Contains no material liable to offend or harm." ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) Almost wholly inessential. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 21, 2016
90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) The Clan mostly registers as evidence that a director pursuing his most commercial instincts often gives rise to his least interesting of films. ‐ MovieMail
Posted Sep 15, 2016