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Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 95% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) It is in the unspoken where The Heiresses is its most powerful.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/4 48% Touch Me Not (2019) Touch Me Not is definitely abstract and intellectualized ... but so much of the film left me cold, even bored.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/4 100% Communion (Komunia) (2019) Communion does not push for an emotional response from the audience. It doesn't have to.‐
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/4 71% Destroyer (2018) This is a pretty rote story, and many of the plot points beggar belief, but Kusama's flourishes help somewhat to elevate the material into something more meditative, a character study of a woman in ruins.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
2/4 46% Swimming with Men (2018) The ensemble work among the group of actors in Swimming With Men is very strong, with humorous asides, joshing, and banter that feels spontaneous (they are all very funny actors). But the film doesn't invest in them emotionally.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) The film is an onslaught, sometimes silly, sometimes profound, but always riveting and emotional, and dazzlingly sure of itself.‐
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 44% Write When You Get Work (2018) There are some interesting things going on, and some insight into New York's economic hierarchy, but the film veers off into a hard-to-believe crime heist, and, ultimately, none of it really hangs together.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/4 75% The Long Dumb Road (2018) The film is built on the chemistry of Revolori and Mantzoukas.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2.5/4 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) An engaging and accessible look at one of the most important figures in cinema.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
1/4 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bohemian Rhapsody is bad in the way a lot of biopics are bad: it's superficial, it avoids complexity, and the narrative has a connect-the-dots quality.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/4 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) A great film, engrossing, suspenseful, and strange.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 77% Mid90s (2018) The film's rough edges sometimes feel like a first draft.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2.5/4 89% The Sentence (2018) The Sentence is the beginning of a conversation that needs to continue.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/4 69% 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 69% 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 65% 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 36% 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 91% 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 50% 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 78% Cocote (2018) A challenging piece of art, but the challenges yield great rewards.‐
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
1.5/4 43% 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 41% 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 78% 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 92% 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 70% 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 99% 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 93% 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 95% 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 84% 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 96% 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 89% 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 11% 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 70% 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 66% 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