Shelagh Rowan-Legg

Shelagh Rowan-Legg
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: ScreenAnarchy, ThatShelf.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% Feral (2019) Feral, Andrew Wonder's narrative feature directorial debut, tells one woman's story, a story both filled with beautiful imagination and painful reality of her individual journey, one of both attempted progression and constant pushback. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
88% Rust Creek (2019) A thriller that keeps its tension high and sharp for most of the film, while allowing the story and characters some room to breathe and explore various power dynamics. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Captain Marvel is a fresh addition to the canon, taking it in a needed new direction, with a great soundtrack, the right kind of girl power, solid cast, exciting action, and the right dose of intelligence and humour. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World should satisfy fans of the series with its engaging action, off-kilter humour, and the endearing love between Hiccup and Toothless. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 22% Miss Bala (2019) With Hardwicke behind the camera and Rodriguez in front of it, Miss Bala is a woman's journey from innocent yet brave bystander to kick-ass heroine who doesn't take any shit from anyone. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
4/5 32% Io (2019) Io is that rare science fiction film that asks us to look beyond aliens, spaceships, and technology, to ask what of the future for humans as individuals and community in how we connect and how we live beyond mere survival. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
59% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux is an antidote to other recent films on music stardom, eschewing the usual narrative route to give its audience both the joy and discomfort around the role of trauma in addiction and the pressure of fame. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) At Eternity's Gate finds its strength in interpreting the life of the great artist, and in finding the cinematic route to understanding the how and why of Van Gogh's visions, both in their beauty and their sadness. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 84% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) A wonderful throwback to both giallo cinema and American 1970s crime thrillers, Knife + Heart puts its queerness front and centre, , infused with a high style that transports and reminds us of the beauty of print film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
79% The Wind (2019) The Wind is a confident, thoughtful, yet creeping and powerful film, with well-earned jump scares and demons both real and possibly imaginary, enough to make you afraid of the dark and the emptiness of even the most beautiful places. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
85% High Life (2019) High Life reveals its secrets in this slow-burn, disjointed, yet perfectly tuned narrative. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
78% Mouthpiece (2018) At once a piece of rage and anger, fear and bereavement, love and affection, that is not only one of the best play-to-film adaptations I've seen, but a cinematic punch to the gut and simultaneous grip on the heart. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) A glorious anthem; a poem of the deepest love; a vision of colour and a testament to pain; an ode to Black America in all of its variations, its beauty, suffering, and endurance. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
75% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Cattet and Forzani's unique signature style blends contemporary technique with wonderous homage, but its perhaps better suited to stories that are more abstract and require less concentration of attention, where emotions can run wild... - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
75% Fraud (2018) While not a documentary in the strictest sense, it is a documentary of how we live our lives both as consumers and stars of our own lives that might end up on the internet for all to consume. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
100% Number 37 (Nommer 37) (2018) There is a great new wave of genre film emerging from South Africa, and [director Nosipho Dumisa should be counted at the forefront. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
100% Chained for Life (2018) Both a commentary on the joys and pains of indie filmmaking, and a sly and deviously funny look at perceived identity via physical appearance, Chained for Life plays a discordant yet strangely sweet song. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
100% Amiko (2018) With the actions of its characters becoming both increasingly dangerous, and all too believable, Amiko is another strange yet poignant look at the complications of youth. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
11% Siberia (2018) It's hard to say exactly what the aim was of the filmmaking team behind Siberia... Whatever it was, the film falls flat both as love story and as crime drama. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
53% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Instead, it is a half-baked, superficial story, a prime example of straight white male hubris, trying and failing to masquerade as original and interesting, lacking... the humour or light-heartenedness that would make it entertaining. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
63% The Rainbow Experiment (2018) By recounting these stories of the private and public politics, the emotional and the professional, Kallas asks her audience to understand and question how easily we think we can know what happened in any terrible accident. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
No Score Yet Ingrid (2018) Ingrid is a intimate and fascinating portrait of an equally fascinating person, one that in many ways we might strive to be. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
95% Outside In (2018) [Outside In] is one of Shelton's strongest films, one in which she explores some darker territory without losing the heart of the matter. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
96% November (2018) A fairy tale, a cautionary tale, a magical dreamland, a dark comedy, a feverish yet cold nightmare. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
55% The Lodgers (2018) While the intent of the fearsome creatures is a little on-the-nose, the atmosphere created is creepy enough to get deep under your skin. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
No Score Yet Fish Bones (2018) [Director] Mony Park gives us some poignant, and some seemingly ordinary moments; but these are the moments that often meet side by side...where both the big and small revelations occur. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
46% Marrowbone (2018) A film that encourages multiple viewings in order to unpack its layers and secrets. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
92% Revenge (2018) I'll admit, I've always had a hard time with rape-revenge thrillers... but [Revenge] asks us to look deeper, especially in the behaviour of women which is often considered worthy of blame when there should be none. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
56% Yomeddine (2018) Yomeddine... gives us a true story, the one that we need to be reminded of every now and then. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Ramsay gives us a laser-focused thriller closer to Herman Melville than the usual Hollywood fare. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
67% Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles) (2010) A glorious mix of comedy and fantasy, Resnais is improving with age, creating characters that probably are a reflection of his view on the world, with his experience and charm. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet The Vintner's Luck (2011) But ultimately the film, like a vintage bottle, is left too long and turns to vinegar. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
91% Fish Tank (2010) Arnold's script and camera close in and tear apart ideas of the poor, youth, and what makes a good man. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
82% Bright Star (2009) In a world where only Hollywood cinematic romance is acceptable, it is a risk that pays off. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
66% Solomon Kane (2012) Bassett brings to the screen Solomon Kane...with all due seriousness and gravity, as apparently befits the character. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
43% Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009) Even the climactic conclusion, while interesting enough, failed to resonate the way Koreeda's other films have. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
68% [Rec] 2 (2010) There are fewer frightening moments [than the original], but the ones that do come are all the more frightening from the build-up of tension. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
67% Manson, My Name Is Evil (2009) Complemented by solid performances by the rest of the cast, Harkema creates a campy yet believable society. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
81% A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009) Bizarre and sophisticated enough for adults and children, A Town Called Panic makes you want to live in an upside-down house occupied by a horse. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
71% Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010) This is not necessarily a film to love or hate though. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
86% White Material (2010) Denis creates both sympathy for and anger at Marie. She is not a stereotypical colonial overlord, yet her insistence on remaining borders on madness. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
64% TiMER (2010) A romantic comedy (with a dash of science fiction) that will certainly appeal to single women, the film is very original in concept, if not so much in execution. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet Cargo (2010) While it comes close to cliche, Cargo is still an effective film. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
79% Amer (2010) These directors succeed by creating a film which needs no plot in order to keep the viewer haunted and fascinated. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
77% Heartless (2010) Ridley lets the darkness permeate the space and filter into his characters, who are unable to prevent their own hearts from being eaten alive. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet Macabre (2013) The directors crank up the tension at just the right pace to keep the adrenaline pumping. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
48% Doghouse (2009) [Doghouse] certainly adds a fun new twist to the becoming-tired-at-lightning-speed zombie subgenre. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
83% Ddongpari (Breathless) (2009) A triumphant and intense debut. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
No Score Yet Shadow Play: The Making of Anton Corbijn (2009) Overall it is clear that for director Josh Whiteman this film is a labor of love. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) [The director's] style works well with the script, which is, while perhaps not the most engaging story, interesting and fun enough to sustain the film. - ThatShelf.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018