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Sheila O'Malley

Sheila O'Malley
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3.5/4 98% 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 37% 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 71% 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 90% 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 73% 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 69% 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 93% 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 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 87% 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 48% 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 91% 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 33% Irreplaceable You (2018) The film itself seems to be in denial about its own story.‐
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3/4 71% 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 13% 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 86% 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 51% 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 93% 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
99% Lady Bird (2017) [Gerwig's] first solo flight as a director and writer is beautifully confident in its rhythm and mood, the script whip-sawing from humor to earnest emotion to raw pain and back.‐ Film Comment Magazine
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/4 92% Princess Cyd (2017) Its leisurely quality-its disinterest in "pumping" things up, its focus on the small yet vivid spaces of listening, understanding, struggle, identity-is its greatest asset.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3/4 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) A nuanced and sensitive exploration of the many ways rape affects a person's life, even as she tries like hell to get back to normal.‐
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3/4 62% Maya Dardel (2017) The film has much to recommend it, in particular its lack of sentimentality about suicide, art, womanhood.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
3/4 80% Thy Father's Chair (2017) [A] gentle and emotionally stressful documentary.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
3.5/4 98% Dina (2017) There are some extremely dark moments in Dina, and these are even more powerful because of Santini and Sickles' humanistic approach. Their care for Dina and Scott is clear in every frame.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3/4 92% Barracuda (2017) A sometimes-riveting 'take' on the unexpected uninvited guest plot-line, grounded to the earth by the phenomenal performances of Allison Tolman and Sophie Reid.‐
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
3.5/4 92% Super Dark Times (2017) A genre film that has things to say about the world in which we live, its emptiness and the chasm between cause and effect.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
1/4 53% Bobbi Jene (2017) It doesn't know what it wants to be, or what story it wants to tell.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3.5/4 100% Strong Island (2017) There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 90% Rat Film (2017) Rat Film is an odd and captivating experience, and its fluid style is its most distinguishing characteristic.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
3/4 93% School Life (2017) A rambunctious collage of a self-contained self-sustaining world, with its own rules of play and concerns.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
2.5/4 31% A Boy Called Po (2017) A Boy Called Po is clearly a personal project for everyone involved (many of them have autistic children themselves), and it mostly does what it set out to do.‐
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017