Shelagh Rowan-Legg

Shelagh Rowan-Legg
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Publications: ScreenAnarchy, That Shelf

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 88% Too Late (2021) This is the kind of low-fi satire that works well with a premise that is both quite ridiculous and very believable. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
4/5 93% Les nôtres (2021) Les Nôtres finished on something of an unsatisfactory but realistic note, but such is the story that knows that sadly this is still common in small communities, those that only pretend to have everyone's best interests at heart. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
1.5/5 26% The Woman in the Window (2021) While there's nothing inherently wrong for opting for style over substance, when even the style lacks a certain depth, it ends up little more than a resonably packaged, empty shell. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) Oxygen keeps itself humming at a brisk pace, with a plot that has more than its fair share of twists. While it's not completely without substance, it certainly has an engaging style, which almost makes up for missed narrative opportunities. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2021
3.5/5 85% The County (Héradid) (2019) The County is a firm and unsentimental reminder of the force of community. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
4/5 94% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) About Endlessness (oddly) may clock in at a relatively short 76 minutes, but like the rest of his ouevre, time is not a factor when there are so many stories to tell. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
1.5/5 14% At Night Comes Wolves (2021) There are some good ideas in At Night Comes Wolves, but it never amounts to much beyond that, instead switching ideas and directions in its short running time that leaves too many interesting avenues unexplored. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
4/5 100% No Ordinary Man (2021) Knowing how much transgender people still have to struggle to be recognized, we can also take joy in hearing their voices made central to this story, and having Tipton's story be told, finally, as it should. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2021
3/5 83% Sin La Habana (2021) Sin La Habana weaves its tale of three souls who come together by strange force and circumstance, as each tries to figure out where home is, what family and love is, and what their place is in the world. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet The City of Wild Beasts (2021) Moving between the city and the country, Rincón walks a blurred line between hope and cynicism, finding the beauty and the anger of youth who strive to be heard, even as they are unsure of their direction. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Cuban Dancer (2020) Cuban Dancer is a joyous film, a rare moment of hope in a world too often cynical with the futures of young people. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 67% The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) The Yellow Wallpaper is a strong and unsettling adaptation of this gothic tale, one that allows for the moments of silence and atmosphere to permeate our minds. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
2.5/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) With Malcolm & Marie, there are two fine actors doing some good work with a script not quite worthy of their talents. Still, it's a journey worth taking, if taken as less than the sum of its parts. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2.5/5 58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) With Malcolm & Marie, there are two fine actors doing some good work with a script not quite worthy of their talents. Still, it's a journey worth taking, if taken as less than the sum of its parts. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
1/5 20% The Reckoning (2021) The Reckoking suffers from being too boring, too lacklustre, and too poorly constructed from start to finish, to recommend. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 89% I Blame Society (2020) The most enjoyable kind of dark comedy, I Blame Society takes a very tongue-in-cheek look at the indie film world, the struggle to express yourself, and the odd outlets we all find that will allow our skills to thrive. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
99% Saint Frances (2020) Saint Frances is a fine addition to a new generation of American films that seek to break taboos on subjects too long considered untouchable. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 45% Evil Eye (2020) Choudhury and Mani have terrific chemistry. They deepen what could be a stereotypical interefering mother/dismissive daughter relationship and show how layered it is, made of mutual love and respect as much as exacerbation. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
82% The Wanting Mare (2020) The Wanting Mare is both sparse and luscious, kind and harsh, filled with longing, anger, and love. It is a poetic fable wrapped in a strange fantastical futurism, one which escapes easy definition yet envelopes the viewer in a cold and brilliant light. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
100% Buck Alamo or (A Phantasmagorical Ballad) (2020) Davis imbues Eli with a deep heart and a soul that is as poetic as it is caustic. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Brown brings such delight with a joyous and fierce lead, who learns that even with good role models, she can forge her own path. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Brilliantly crafted and moving like a perfectly-oiled machine, endlessly watchable (I could have listened to these four talk for hours), One Night in Miami is a trememdous debut from King. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 94% Nomadland (2021) Deceptively complex, lyrical, and very necessary, Nomadland expresses the quiet strength of its characters, and the life they have chosen, or was forced on them. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 93% Residue (2020) Residue frames how a place of beauty and family and friendship, one where people looked out for each other, has become strained, slowly being stripped apart. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) She Dies Tomorrow is unshakeable, a tickle at the back of the brain that will seep into your daydreams, a vision of angst and despair, that leaves a hint of hope at its finale. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
3/5 77% Summerland (2020) If you're a fan of period dramas, then Summerland will feel like having your favourite comfort food for dinner, with maybe something daring for dessert. You know most of what's coming, but it's expanding your palette a bit for some added flavour. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) While Sklodowska-Curie did lead an interesting life, profoundly changed our understanding of science, and made discoveries that continue to be important today, it doesn't end up translating into an equally interesting film. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
78% Pacified (Pacificado) (2019) Pacified's focus on the psychological toll makes for a refreshing change, and still manages to find glimmers of hope. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
5/5 92% Relic (2020) Relic is an incredible feature debut, assured even as it takes its viewers into these dark corners of the psyche made all the more terrifying not only by their uncanniness, but their realistic portrayal of a future that awaits so many of us. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 80% The Old Guard (2020) The Old Guard proves there's life yet in comic book adaptations, when you get different faces behind the camera to breathe new life in what was fast becoming a stale genre. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
1/5 24% Inheritance (2020) Inheritance suffers from a poorly developed script and too many clichés, with a cast that, try as they might, cannot elevate the lacklustre material. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
4/5 90% Bull (2020) Silverstein gives us a window onto the lives of people passed over in America, who nonetheless manage to find glimmers of joy, even as they fight against those who would bring them down. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
4/5 100% They Call Me Dr. Miami (2020) They Call Me Dr. Miami does not seek to expose or endorse the plastic surgery industry, but rather the spectacle of it through the lens of Dr. Miami, and the way in which Salzhaeur has found ways to exist as both a commercial image and a private man. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) First Cow plays like a beautiful fable, a tale told around a campfire on a lonely night, a quiet and moving story about how two friends found and helped each other out of loneliness and desperation. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3/5 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Blood on Her Name shows not only how most of us could never cope with a terrible crime, but how those already under the thumb of the system can likely never escape it. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 72% Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2020) Disappearance at Clifton Hill gives us a good thriller that asks more questions that it answers, and shows us characters both stuck in place, going in circles, and struggling to get out. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) The Invisible Man aims to rise above its B-movie origins and stand alongside horror films that find the balance between entertainment and examination of real problems. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2/5 19% Cats (2019) It is at times extremely entertaining, with some great performances, but it's also baffling, and the effects would appear to belie the price tag, in that it frequently looks just a bit too cheap. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 39% Black Christmas (2019) With a keen eye and ear to teenage/college girls' experiences, and understanding our contemporary times, Takal has made was is sure to be a cornerstone of the new generations' movie oeuvre. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) It's a worthy and loving homage to great detective stories, and also a biting satire on contemporary American politics and the hubris of the nouveau riche who forget that they never actually worked for the money they so eagerly and ignorantly protect. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
3/5 69% Adopt a Highway (2019) While we're asked to suspend a but too much disbelief for the story to be consistent, Hawke's performance, as well as great music by Jason Isbell, are compelling enough to carry it through. - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 93% The Twentieth Century (2020) 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 97% 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 92% The Vast of Night (2020) 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 80% 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
50% Mope (2020) A deeply uncomfortable but absolutely compelling story... - ScreenAnarchy EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
69% 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
88% 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
79% Synchronic (2020) 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) (2020) 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