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Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 94% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 73% The Happy Prince (2018) What [Everett] brings to the table--as a director, writer, and actor --is his intuitive 'take' on Oscar Wilde and the performance alone makes this riveting and revelatory viewing.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) Hahn is one of the best actresses working today, and it's a thrill to see her at the center of a film, jagged with heartbreak, rage, hormones. This is a role worthy of her tremendous gifts.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
3/4 87% All About Nina (2018) It's messy and raw and true.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/4 70% Nappily Ever After (2018) Nappily Ever After is as much a polemic as it is anything else.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/4 64% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie is at war with its own impulses. You can sense there's a sexy overheated melodrama in there, yearning to burst free of its corset.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 85% A Simple Favor (2018) What a relief to watch a film unafraid of letting its hair down.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3/4 100% City of Joy (2018) A powerful act of bearing witness.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2.5/4 33% Blue Iguana (2018) Rockwell and Fox are very funny and very strange together. You get weirdly invested in them.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3/4 90% We the Animals (2018) Any potential sentimentality is obliterated by the film's tone and by the performances. It works best when it's most impressionistic.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
2/4 46% Elizabeth Harvest (2018) It's not clear where Gutierrez's interest lies, why this story matters to him, what he's trying to say.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
3/4 77% Cocote (2018) A challenging piece of art, but the challenges yield great rewards.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
1.5/4 44% Hot Summer Nights (2018) Hot Summer Nights stumbles, grasping for meaning and mood, relying heavily on one of the more insistent soundtracks in recent memory.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
3.5/4 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is so grounded in the reality of middle school it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 36% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) The film is beautiful in spots, and features a believably tormented performance by Vincent Cassel as Gauguin, but unfortunately it has only a hazy idea of what it wants to be about.‐
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) An immensely moving portrait of a father and daughter who love each other, and who can't bear to be apart.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
3/4 77% The King (2018) So vast it often strains to make connections, but its form-an intricate intersecting montage, a flashcard bombardment of images and clips-keeps the film chugging along, just like Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
3.5/4 100% On the Seventh Day (En el Séptimo Día) (2018) McKay's control of tone and rhythm is in high gear, creating a work both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining.‐
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2.5/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) It's refreshing to watch a film that doesn't feel obligated to go for the brass ring (of emotion, or social commentary, or even plot).‐
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
3/4 71% Adrift (2018) It's not just a story of an incredible feat of survival. It's also a love story, presented with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.‐
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 98% The Tale (2018) The film is one long interrogation, not only from Jennifer the character's standpoint, but from a directorial standpoint.‐
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
1.5/4 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) The movie is fairly faithful to the book (except for a couple of awful invented scenes at the end), and yet so much is lost in the transfer.‐
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/4 94% Beast (2018) An extremely strong first feature from Pearce, and Buckley is riveting. You can't look away.‐
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
2.5/4 94% RBG (2018) Cohen and West's approach is so adulatory that the documentary becomes a surface-level work of hagiography.‐
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/4 85% Disobedience (2018) A good old-fashioned melodrama, albeit with a quieter touch.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
3/4 100% Mercury 13 (2018) At a brisk and efficient 78-minutes, Mercury 13 is engaging, yet sadness and anger seeps in as it progresses.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
1/4 12% Aardvark (2018) Aardvark doesn't know how to do what it wants to do. It's not that the tone is uneven or uncertain, it's that the film doesn't have a tone at all.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/4 95% Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018) Elvis Presley: The Searcher feels like a long overdue act of artistic redress.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
4/4 88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A taut and almost unbearably intense 90-minutes, without an ounce of fat on it. Ramsay doesn't give you a second to breathe.‐
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
2/4 13% God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018) It features all of the familiar elements from the two previous films: a persecution-complex, an 'us vs. them' attitude, and visions of the brave faithful going up against a hostile secular society.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/4 50% The Last Movie Star (2018) As a commentary on Reynolds' career trajectory, The Last Movie Star is hit-or-miss. What is undeniable, though, is the space Rifkin has created where Reynolds can do what Reynolds does best.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
3/4 68% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2018) When the film focuses on the wine-making process, in the progression from vine to bottle, it's a fascinating and detailed look at a very specific subculture.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/4 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon is filled with humor-in its characters, dialogue, and situations-but it doesn't sacrifice emotional depth. The two work in tandem.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
2.5/4 48% Souvenir (2018) The presence of Huppert makes Souvenir well worth a look.‐
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/4 32% Irreplaceable You (2018) The film itself seems to be in denial about its own story.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/4 65% Permission (2018) What is most unexpected about Permission is its sense of poignancy and tenderness. In its own way, it's quite heartbreaking.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
2.5/4 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) They're actually ... a boring couple, truth be told.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
3.5/4 94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Lelio approaches this material with sensitivity and empathy. There's restraint in his style, eloquent as it is.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
1/4 30% The Clapper (2018) If it's supposed to be a comedy, it's not funny. If it's supposed to be a satire, it doesn't know what it's satirizing.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
3/4 87% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) The animators invoke worlds upon worlds in Mary and the Witch's Flower.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
3/4 92% Saturday Church (2018) A sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
3/4 83% Blame (2018) Blame crackles with fires within fires.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
1.5/4 50% Downsizing (2017) Very quickly devolves into a bland story about a nondescript khaki-wearing guy who learns to care about the less-fortunate.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3.5/4 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) An unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/4 38% Permanent (2017) Permanent feels like a short film stretched to feature length. It never quite rises above the level of its premise.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2017
4/4 98% Quest (2017) [An] extraordinary documentary.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
2.5/4 92% The Shape of Water (2017) In a corporate-run franchise-driven industry, del Toro's movies are refreshingly personal. All of this is true of The Shape of Water, but still, something's off.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
98% The Last Laugh (2017) In its own way, "The Last Laugh" is a celebration of Jewish humor, not just its importance as a survival technique, but also just how much it has shaped our culture. ‐
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
3/4 100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) The premise of Mr. Roosevelt is pretty slight, but it's filled with funny performances and biting snippets of social commentary.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2017
3/4 92% Thelma (2017) The dread in Thelma is not so easy to pin down, coming as it does almost totally through Trier's choice of visuals.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017