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Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor
Rory O'Connor's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Film Stage

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A 98% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's latest work is simply exceptional; a film rich with narrative fluidity, profane laughs, standout performances and complex character studies.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
B+ 41% Suburbicon (2017) Suburbicon is the type of work to sink one's teeth into; cooked rare and oozing with hemoglobin.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
B- 89% Lean on Pete (2017) Large portions of Lean on Pete, while exquisitely photographed, are devoted to admiring stunning vistas, but you might be left wondering what happened to the plot.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
A- 97% The Shape of Water (2017) In order to enjoy the myriad pleasures of del Toro's world - with all its counterpointed humor, quicksilver pacing, endearing humanity, peculiar eroticism, and sudden eruptions of violence - one must simply take the plunge.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
B 65% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is arguably the most flawed of Payne's work, but despite its apocalyptic overtones, it's also his most optimistic. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
A 86% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) The Untamed does that very rare thing in cinema in that it blends mystery, horror and pseudo-reality with a kind of dark subconscious arousal.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
B 60% The Double Lover (L'amant double) (2017) The sort of film you wouldn't mind seeing Roman Polanski take a stab at.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
B+ 80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017) An alien invasion B movie packed with A-grade ideas and craft. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
A- 89% Good Time (2017) It's in parts a heist movie and a chase movie, but not an homage in any sense, more an evolution, like a 21st century fast-food hybrid.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
B- 48% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) A compelling (if somewhat ugly and hammy) contemporary revenge thriller wherein fear begets fear, hates begets hate, and thrills - however imprudent they might be - are easy to come by.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
B 89% A Ciambra (2017) A Ciambra follows the compelling coming of age story of a young man named Pio (Pio Amato) who is thrust into adulthood when his father and brother are locked up.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B- 97% The Florida Project (2017) Indeed, this struggle can feel like real life at times so it's a shame that no apparent effort has been made by the director to give the viewer cause to empathize.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
B+ 78% The Beguiled (2017) A sumptuous and often campy erotic horror, one that marks a confident debut genre outing for the director.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
B 89% Promised Land (2017) An abstract road movie, fueled on disillusionment and rock and roll, and one that attempts quite an ambitious task.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
B 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Stiller and Sandler strike a warm and believably awkward brotherly connection.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
B 29% Jupiter's Moon (Jupiter holdja) (2017) Strange, oft derivative, but undeniably unique genre outing.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
B- 69% Wonderstruck (2017) Cinema is fundamentally a visual art, and silence is golden in Todd Haynes' Wonderstruck - but also a little drab.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
C+ 78% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) It recalls - in a certain aesthetic and thematic light - the Danish Dogme films of the mid '90s, but without the pitch-black misanthropic wit that made that collective famous. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
A- 93% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) It's a self-aware film in many ways, and perhaps a self-deprecating one for a director who's never shied away from putting his own lesser angels on screen.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
B+ 93% Logan (2017) A rather brilliant mesh of dystopian and superhero tropes that proves to be as entertaining as it is timely. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
A- No Score Yet Close Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa) (2017) One might find the tremendous emotional swells of Close-Knit so moving at times that one can barely hear the sound of fresh ground being broken in Japanese cinema.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
A 88% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) A poignantly contemporaneous deadpan comedy which is surely amongst the greatest of his 20-or-so features.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
C- 51% The Dinner (2017) It can't help but go for those big meaty moments when a little veg might have helped in-between.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
B 100% Hedi (2016) This generational and ideological clash simmers quietly beneath the film's romantic surface and lends to its contemporary tone, perhaps quietly capturing the zeitgeist of modern Tunisia at the same time.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
B+ 88% Jackie (2016) A strange, refreshingly cynical, and unexpectedly cerebral account of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's actions in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
B+ 67% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) Malick might be singular in his earnest search for the sublime.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
B 42% The Bad Batch (2017) An ambitious, expansive dystopian sci-fi western which features partying, drugs, and cannibals.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
A- 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) The most remarkable thing about Dominik's film is that we are not only humble witnesses to such personal grief, but that we are seeing it actively articulated by such a fascinating mind.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
B+ 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) A thrilling mainstream war film, laden with broad emotional strokes. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2016
A- 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The sort of narratively bold exercise in page-turning suspense and cinematic class that used to be synonymous with Hollywood.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2016
B 81% Chuck (2017) The Bleeder isn't attempting to reinvent any wheels, but it is consistently gripping -- slick as a skip rope and just one hell of a story.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
B 94% Arrival (2016) A high-stakes, hard sci-fi action film.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2016
A- 92% La La Land (2016) A beautiful, audacious, aesthetically vibrant, and enchanting contemporary musical.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2016
A 96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) This is Kore-eda at his very best, facing up to the hardest truths with honesty and a nervous laugh - uncomfortable, invigorating, and ultimately cleansing, like the cinema's equivalent of a cold shower.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
F 5% The Last Face (2017) While perched upon his high horse [Sean Penn] chooses to use these horrors as a backdrop and catalyst for a romance between two of the planet's best-looking actors.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
B+ 94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) Michaël Dudok De Wit excels at producing compelling drama from such extreme self-imposed limitations. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
C 86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) [It's] a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
B 82% Julieta (2016) Riffing on Spanish telenovelas, Hitchcock, and film noir, Almodóvar and his production team have put together slight, but undeniably gorgeous entertainment.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
B 98% Hell or High Water (2016) A gritty, darkly humorous, and fiendishly violent neo-western.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
B+ 89% Loving (2016) This heartwarming and wonderfully refined film might not do a whole lot of things we haven't seen before in the civil rights era picture, but it does the familiar stuff with enormous care and control.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
A 79% American Honey (2016) This might be the freshest film about young people in America since Larry Clark's Kids from 1995.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
C+ 75% The BFG (2016) [It] leans so heavily on green-screen trickery that even Mark Rylance's kind eyes -- squinting out from that computer-generated abyss -- can't save it from mediocrity. ‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
A- 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) There's a combination of tenderness, simplicity, and political awareness to the script that few, if any, current writer-director combos are able to harness.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
C+ 43% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Sweet Dreams is a little long and overly nostalgic at times, but it's authentic to the last and, rather neatly, it focuses on that third great theme: the matriarch.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
A- 98% Inside Out (2015) It's amongst the smartest, funniest, and saddest films in the studio's history.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
B+ 95% Amy (2015) A devastating, infuriating and sometimes breathtaking watch.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
A- 91% Beasts of No Nation (2015) A relentlessly violent, vibrant, and electric film.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
B 97% Spotlight (2015) While it doesn't delve as deep into its subjects as one might hope, Spotlight is a zippy, taut, and mightily distracting film.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
A 95% In Jackson Heights (2015) Neither a snapshot nor a love letter of some static environment, but a dense, kaleidoscopic study of a dynamic, evolving place.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016
C 35% Equals (2016) Not really lacking in emotions -- quite the opposite if anything -- but it is, quite frankly, a bit dull as it plays out in a near constant melodramatic key.‐ The Film Stage
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2016