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Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington
Paul Whitington's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Irish Independent

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% City of Ghosts (2017) [A] compelling documentary.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) If ever we needed an antidote to the mythologising pomposity of superhero movies, it's now. Enter Captain Underpants, a lovable and winningly irreverent animation inspired by the children's novels of Dav Pilkey.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
5/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) This is real cinema: spare, terse, expertly edited. I saw it in 70mm, and so should you if you can. But mostly, you should just go see it -- it's a masterpiece.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 88% Pilgrimage (2017) It's a tense, atmospheric, cleverly crafted period thriller.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 67% Cars 3 (2017) There's a nice twist involving a female car called Cruz, and the animation in the racing sequences is very good.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) This gag-laden kids' animation is bright, breezy and doesn't hang about.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Angourie Rice play young, frustrated women whose various foibles are skilfully revealed during Coppola's elegant, well-acted and wickedly funny drama.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) A sprawling Swedish drama that plunges back and forth in time, Hannes Holm's A Man Called Ove can be distilled to one simple message -- don't judge a book by its cover.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 94% Baby Driver (2017) In Edgar Wright's glibly stylish drama, bank raids and getaways are carefully choreographed in time to the music. This is mildly interesting at first, but fails to disguise the fact that this is a bog-standard genre picture.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3/5 83% Risk (2017) An interesting if rather unfocused documentary by Laura Poitras.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
2/5 33% Halal Daddy (2017) Halal Daddy is a well-meaning but ham-fisted attempt to refract the complexities of multicultural Ireland.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 94% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) The film's visuals are splendid, epic, and remind you of a David Lean film.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 100% Twice Shy (2016) Pat Shortt and Ardal O'Hanlon provide emotional resonance playing their respective parents. O'Hanlon in particular is excellent as an older man coping with depression, and overall, Twice Shy is a little gem.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 43% Hampstead (2017) Hampstead is a slighter, sillier affair, and reminded me of one of Richard Curtis's fluffier endeavours. It's very watchable, though, thanks to the winning pairing of Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 33% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) If From the Land of the Moon were not in French, and did not star Marion Cotillard, we'd be rolling around in the aisles laughing at it.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) I really enjoyed it, but don't blame me if you don't.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
2/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The problem with these films has always been the fact that they fatally lack charm. No matter how silly a voice you give them, the Transformers themselves are impossible to engage with.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 100% Cardboard Gangsters (2017) Salty, funny, and enlivened by some fantastic Dublin rap music, Cardboard Gangsters has a rare authenticity in terms of its subject matter and location.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) What emerges is a picture of a rather sweet and vulnerable woman who was overwhelmed by the trappings of wealth, and fame.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 69% Gifted (2017) Gentle it may be, even slightly clichéd in its storytelling, but I enjoyed Gifted, a nicely written treatise on the mixed blessing of being a childhood prodigy.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3/5 49% Churchill (2017) This worthy, solidly made drama would remain frustratingly two-dimensional were it not for Brian Cox.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1/5 21% The Shack (2017) Ghastly.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
3/5 76% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Berlin Syndrome [is] an ambitious thriller from Australian director Cate Shortland that aims for the psychological richness of Hitchcock and early Polanski but falls frustratingly short. Teresa Palmer is very effective, however‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
4/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) Du Maurier's stories are all about mystery, and atmosphere, and Roger Michell understands this very well. His film is handsome, genuinely cinematic, and both Claflin and Weisz are well cast.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 15% The Mummy (2017) The script lacks vigour, and overall the enterprise is hopelessly derivative.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
5/5 100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Painstakingly made using a stop-motion animation style similar to that favoured by Tim Burton, My Life as a Courgette is not at all as grim as it sounds, and focuses more on hope and kindness than the dark starts to the children's lives.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Full of humour, and beautifully acted, After the Storm tellingly explores the slights, resentments, rivalries and grudging affection that are lifeblood of every family.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) While the film descends into the usual pyrotechnical showdown late on, it's watchable, well made and not excessively violent overall, which should make it suitable for older children.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) There are few words, but The Red Turtle doesn't need them: nature is the star of this film.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
2/5 29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) The plots of these films have always been nonsensical, but this one seems daft above and beyond the call of duty.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
4/5 94% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Other Side of Hope is a film full of playful asides and moving moments, outbursts of music, joy and despair.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
2/5 20% Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) What the original actors executed with ease, this lot make look clumsy, and joyless.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
2/5 19% Baywatch (2017) Even the inevitable cameos from David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are mishandled, thrown away.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 35% Snatched (2017) It's predictable stuff for the most part, and the jokes thin out half way through, but Schumer and Hawn are great together, and Schumer wrings every last drop of laughter out of the script.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/5 100% In View (2016) Sombre, well-made and relentlessly depressing, In View is an earnest study of crippling grief that features a very strong performance from Caoilfhoinn Dunne.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/5 100% Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) [it's about] a depressingly familiar theme in Iranian society: the side-lining of women by a bull-headed, retrograde theocracy. But Behzadi's direction, and Dwolatshahi's subtle, elegant performance, make Inversion a lot less dryly didactic than that.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
2/5 28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) It flies along at a lunatic pace and while about half the jokes don't work, it is occasionally entertaining.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
4/5 71% Alien: Covenant (2017) There's a sort of soul to these films at their best, and here it's provided by the excellent Waterston, whose character seems like a gentler version of Ripley in the orginals.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 14, 2017
2/5 68% The Journey (2017) There's nothing wrong with anyone's acting. The problem here is the concept, which seems absurdly forced.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 30% A Dog's Purpose (2017) This all sounds sickeningly mawkish, but the hovering presence of death adds salt to the proceedings, and Hallstrom and his actors have made this film oddly watchable.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Harmonium builds uneasiness masterfully, and midway through a shocking act changes the film's direction entirely.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) It's very silly, and very funny, and Steve Coogan, Kenneth Branagh and Simon Callow give their all in hammy cameos.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 21% Sleepless (2017) Sleepless commits the cardinal sin for a thriller -- it's rather dull.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 82% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The jokes are good, the music's super cheesy, but the galaxy doesn't seem in too much peril.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
5/5 91% Lady Macbeth (2017) Pugh is outstandingly good as the spirited but ruthless young bride, who starts out as a seething victim before seizing control of her life in spectacular fashion.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/5 50% The Promise (2017) The Promise tells its story well, and should be commended for doing so.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
3/5 88% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Katell Quillévéré's Franco-Belgian drama Heal the Living is worth watching for its opening scenes alone.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 88% Their Finest (2017) There's something appealingly old-fashioned about Their Finest, a film that recalls with warmth and humour the glory days of British cinema, and includes some lovely acting, particularly from Nighy.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Beatty's performance is one of the production's brighter spots; his screenplay is the real problem as it never quite decides which story to tell, never mind how to tell it.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 60% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Sadly, Niki Caro's film makes a right old mess of telling this fantastic story, and even the normally resplendent Chastain does not escape with her dignity entirely intact.‐ Irish Independent
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017