Niall Browne

Niall Browne
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Irish born Niall Browne has written extensively on film over the last decade and conducted numerous interviews with those throughout the industry. He has spoken at public events and on radio about film and covered numerous entertainment and awards events. In the past Niall has written for some of the web's most popular film sites including Screen Rant, Collider, CC2K Online, Movie Hole, Movie Scope Magazine and Contact Music.
Publications: Screen Rant, Movies in Focus

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 4% Reach Me (2014) Sadly, Collection doesn't even succeed on a visual level and it feels as if Herzfeld and the producers went for bargain basement tech credits in order to bring the film to the screen. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
2/4 28% Jiu Jitsu (2020) A lot of crazy things have happened in 2020, but the craziest in a cinematic sense has to be Jiu Jitsu starring the one and only Nicolas Cage. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 is a handsomely produced superhero sequel which continues the story of Diana Prince's fight to improve humanity. Patty Jenkins' film improves on her blockbusting 2017 original and delivers an entertaining and action-packed adventure. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 25% Breach (2020) Breach owes a huge debt to Ridley Scott's Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing and while it's nowhere near as good as those classics, this genre flick embraces its B-movie roots and makes for the most enjoyable Bruce Willis movie for a long time. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 82% Let Him Go (2020) Brilliantly acted and beautifully shot, Let Him Go is an intelligent thriller which is loaded with tension and surprises. It's thrilling and brutal and it will have a lasting impact on its audience long after the credits have rolled. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 53% Skyfire (2021) There's a ridiculous amount of fun to be had with director Simon West's Skyfire. The film takes Jurassic Park, blends it with Dante's Peak and adds-in some Chinese Five Spice for a rollicking rollercoaster ride of a movie. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2020
4/5 46% Fatman (2020) Fatman is much more than a gimmick which sees a bearded Mel Gibson playing a gun-toting Santa Claus. Sure, that's an element of this festive thriller but there's so much more to unpack in this hugely entertaining Christmas cracker. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Retreat (2019) The Retreat is a film which takes-on the Native American Wendigo myth and delivers a truly fascinating piece of genre cinema. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Nuclear (2019) Catherine Linstrum's Nuclear is a small scale dramatic thriller which radiates because of strong performances from Emilia Jones and George MacKay. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 100% The Stylist (2020) Richly layered and brilliantly characterised, The Stylist is a wonderful off-beat horror film. It once again shows that Jill Gervargizian is a strong and unique voice in genre filmmaking. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
2.5/5 40% Broil (2020) On a technical level Broil is excellent but sadly the film is let down by poor plotting and structure. It's a shame because I really wanted to like it. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 87% Honeydew (2020) Devereux Milburn's Honeydew is a gloriously atmospheric horror. The film's tension is taught and tense and it grips its viewer and drags them into is own special brand of drug-induced weirdness. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
5/5 94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) When watching It's A Wonderful Life it is easy to see that film is a legitimate art form and that Hollywood really doesn't make them like this anymore. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Acción mutante (Mutant Action) (1993) Action Mutante is a rip- roaring action-adventure comedy-sci-fi film. It's also bizarre, but I'll get to that later. Directed by Alex De La Iglesia and produced by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish language 1993 release is a totally unique experience. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
2/5 67% Ammonite (2020) Despite dedicated performances from Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Francis Lee's Ammonite is as bleak and dour as the film's wintry Lyme Regis setting. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
3/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor is a tricksy and complex thriller which takes a potentially commercial concept and gives it an arthouse spin. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2020
3.5/5 90% Rose: A Love Story (2020) A film about a couple self-isolating in the countryside because one of them has a virus. The need to wear masks and stay away from others, this is not a hastily shot COVID-19 drama but the outline for Jennifer Sheridan's slow-burning dramatic horror. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) One Night In Miami isn't just one of the most prescient films of 2020 - it also happens to be the best film of the year so far. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Monstrous (2020) Monstrous is a film which straddles multiple genres. Ostensibly a horror movie, it's a credit to director Bruce Wemple and writer (and star) Anna Shields that it also works as a thriller and a romantic drama. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 89% Supernova (2021) A richly-drawn character study with deft performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, Supernova tackles a tough subject but it does so in a very sensitive and thoughtful way. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3.5 93% Ten Minutes To Midnight (2020) If you have any expectations going into director Erik Bloomquist's Ten Minutes To Midnight, then I suggest that you leave them at the door. On the surface, Bloomquist's film is a vampire horror picture, but it's really so much more than that. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 65% Siberia (2020) There's a fine line between great art and pretension and Abel Ferrara's Sibera walks it, often stumbling between the two like a snow-blind traveller navigating an unknown terrain. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Mimesis: Nosferatu (2020) Littered with references to vampire movie lore, Mimesis: Nosferatu has plenty of easter eggs to keep genre fans entertained. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
2.5/5 93% Herself (2021) I have no doubt that everyone went into Herself with the best of intentions, but sadly the film fails to work and you'll be left disappointed once the end credits roll. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Night Of The Living Dead 50th Anniversary (2018) Low-budget filmmaker Douglas Schulze's latest horror effort, Mimesis (meaning imitation) manages to do something new, whilst still riffing on a classic - this time it's George A. Romero's 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
4/5 100% The Paper Tigers (2020) There's a serious amount of fun to be had with Tran Quoc Bao's The Paper Tigers. The film transcends its low budget origins and manages to stand toe-to-toe with comedies with five times the budget. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 60% The Blech Effect (2020) A fully engaging documentary, The Blech Effect is well worth your time and it once again illustrates something that we've always known - money can't buy happiness. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 76% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is a curious horror film from writer-director Thomas Robert Lee. It's a well acted genre piece which starts slow but it gains momentum as it goes along, offering-up enough intrigue to keep its audience interested. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Hard Kill (2020) In the grand pantheon of bad VOD action-thrillers starring Bruce Wills (of which there are many), Hard Kill is far from the worst. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) A well crated and intelligent horror film, The Dark And The Wicked is a strong and powerful slice of genre cinema which gets deep under the skin. It's one of the best horror films of the year. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/5 95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) Good old fashioned twisted fun, The Mortuary Collection ticks all the right boxes for an enjoyable horror anthology. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 71% Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) Deep Blue Sea 3 might not be as good as Renny Harlin's original, but this instalment is a tremendously entertaining piece of schlocky shark cinema. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
2.5/5 48% Unhinged (2020) The first wide release in the United States (and pretty much the rest of the world), since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, director Derek Borte's Unhinged arrives with much more fanfare than usually befits this type of film. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
2/5 17% The Silencing (2020) A film with a lot of wasted potential, The Silencing is a serial killer thriller which is nothing to shout about. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2020
4/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Bong's film is one which reveals itself in layers and it's almost impossible to categorise - it's at once a black comedy, thriller, horror, family drama and an allegory about class. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
5/5 83% Flash Gordon (1980) Director Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon is a wonderfully executed piece of science fiction cinema. It's a film which has become a much deserved cult classic since its original release way back in 1980. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3.5/5 22% Paydirt (2020) There's a lot of fun to be had with writer/director Christian Sesma's Paydirt. Headlined by Luke Goss and Val Kilmer, Sesma's thriller plays like Ocean's 11 filtered through a Quentin Tarantino prism. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 90% Alice (2019) Alice is a well composed piece which features a great central performance from actress Emilie Piponnier but the overall trajectory of the tale is a little to clean-cut to resonate. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) Actor Dave Franco makes a strong directorial debut with The Rental. The concept of the film might not be wholly original, but Franco litters the film with enough well played characterisation and tense moments to make it well worth your time. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2020
3.5/5 83% The Way Back (2020) Gavin O'Connor's Finding The Way Back (also known as The Way Back) might be a traditional sporting drama which uses the age-old trope of a coach taking a losing team to glory, but it manages to do it in a way that feels heartfelt and compelling. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet Elvis from Outer Space (2020) Throughout his career as an actor, Elvis Presley was involved in quite a few cinematic atrocities - none of them come anywhere near the debacle which is Elvis From Outer Space. It's a hunka a hunka burning junk. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 81% The Beach House (2020) Jeffrey A. Brown's The Beach House is a low key horror which offers up some interesting ideas and a fair amount squirmy body horror. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) On the surface, Natalie Erika James' Relic is a horror film - and for all intents and purposes it is. But there's much more to unpack in this richly layered piece of genre cinema. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 9% Force of Nature (2020) This throwback action film top-lined by Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth and Mel Gibson, keeps things simple and entertains across its tight ninety minute running time. It might not be high art - but it's damn good fun. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 88% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) After Midnight is another wonderful example of a small movie achieving great things. This quirky romantic comedy/horror from directors Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella delivers on almost every level. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet The Luring (2020) They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It might be, but if you're attempting to imitate something great and you don't have the chops to match it, then you come across as a very poor imitation indeed. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 79% Hammer (2019) Writer-director Christian Sparkes' Hammer is anchored by a wonderfully rich performance by the great Will Patton, a long-standing supporting actor who is given the opportunity to shine in a lead role. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2020
2.5/5 70% 7500 (2020) 7500 gets off to an engaging start, but sadly Vollrath's thriller begins to outstay its welcome as it approaches the half-way point. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
2.5/5 38% The Dinner Party (2020) Director Miles Doleac's deliciously gory The Dinner Party gets a few things right, but ultimately this horror/thriller fails to serve-up the requisite amount of tension to deliver the goods. - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
3/5 46% A Rainy Day in New York (2020) A Rainy Day In New York is Woody Allen's 48th film as writer-director and while it's far from his best work, it does have a certain amount of zing to it. Not bad for a director who is now in his 84th year! - Movies in Focus EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2020