Shelagh Rowan-Legg

Shelagh Rowan-Legg
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: ScreenAnarchy, That Shelf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 90% The Twentieth Century (2019) We should hope all biopics are like this one: absurd, more than a little deranged, turning people's insides to the outside (metaphorically), examining the essence of this point in Canadian time, and playing with cinematic norms to great effect. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
5/5 100% The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open stands alongside many recent social realism dramas by the likes of Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay ... these performances will hit you like a punch to the gut. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
5/5 87% The Vast of Night (2019) The Vast of Night [is] one of the most accomplished films of the year, one that takes a story we think we've seen before, and gives us fresh eyes to see it with, and more importantly, fresh ears to hear it with. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
3.5/5 100% Dementer (2019) Dementer strips away excessive artifice and indulgences, and get to the heart and blood of a story on the ties that bind us, and our misguided attempts to help others, as the scars that can never quite heal or hold back the blood. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2019
80% Mope (2019) A deeply uncomfortable but absolutely compelling story... - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
77% Knives and Skin (2019) At times fraught with anxiety, haunting in quiet horror, blackly comedic, and aching with with sorrow and love, Knives and Skin is many things and also defies easy categorization, as it puts forth a perspective that is multiple and complicated. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
86% The Long Walk (Bor mi vanh chark) (2019) The Long Walk does not reveal its mysteries easily, and its elliptical concept of time transfers to a narrative that asks its audience to question how we perceive storytelling. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
84% Synchronic (2019) Benson and Moorhead urn their hand to a more mainstream story that still is smarter and more enjoyable than the average, thanks to their particular talents. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) Portrait of a Lady on Fire is about portraits and the secrets they hide, those hidden in plain sight, only accessbile to those who follow the clues. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
71% Gwen (2019) It is a startling debut, with economical direction and a tight script that belies the depths of its characters and themes. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet It is a startling debut, with economical direction and a tight script that belies the depths of its characters and themes. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet 70 Big Ones (70 Binladens) (2019) Smart, high stakes, a great heroine and an even greater criminal, a story that both keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you guessing, plenty of exciting action, some good (and dark) moments of comedy, and an ending that you won't see coming. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
73% Teen Spirit (2019) While there are some entertaining moments in Teen Spirit, its well-traveled route doesn't offer any new insights or profound meditations on this culture of instant success. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
96% Little Woods (2019) Little Woods is an assured debut, tinged with moments of anger, strength, frustration, and a glimmer of hope that comes from doing that you need to do to help those you love, even if it means going against a system that does not want you to hope. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2019
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
84% 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 31% 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
61% 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 80% 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
80% 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
83% 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
87% Mouthpiece (2019) 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
76% 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
78% 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 (2019) 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
58% 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
56% 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
56% 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
47% Marrowbone (2018) A film that encourages multiple viewings in order to unpack its layers and secrets. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
93% 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
74% Yomeddine (2019) 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
89% 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. - That Shelf 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. - That Shelf 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. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
83% Bright Star (2009) In a world where only Hollywood cinematic romance is acceptable, it is a risk that pays off. - That Shelf 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. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
46% Air Doll (Kûki ningyô) (2009) Even the climactic conclusion, while interesting enough, failed to resonate the way Koreeda's other films have. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018