Tara Brady

Tara Brady
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Irish Times, Hot Press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Ultras (2020) Free-flowing and powered along by dance beats, Lettieri's film conveys the romance and camaraderie of the crew while maintaining a constant air of menace. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 91% Swallow (2020) The debut feature from writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis is a cool, contemporary takedown of domestic dissatisfaction. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
3/5 70% Stargirl (2020) Stargirl, as essayed by 16-year-old Grace VanderWaal, the ukulele-wielding 2016 winner of America's Got Talent, has a puppy-dog earnestness to recommend her. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020
4/5 87% Misbehaviour (2020) Misbehaviour makes for especially mortifying viewing in a country where a two-day beauty pageant is still a ratings winner. Equality activists might like to pay close attention. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 51% My Spy (2020) The script, written by Jon and Erich Hoeber, is nonsense, but it's the best darned nonsense it can be. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Greenfield-Sanders's film is not as structurally daring as its subject, but it makes great use of archive and text alongside its talking heads. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3/5 87% Onward (2020) Scanlon's film is an improvement on his previous directorial effort, the pointless prequel Monsters University. But Onward falls well short of magical. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) By the time the final heartbreaking, all-a-flutter sequence plays out to the strains of Vivaldi, it's been a remarkable sensory journey. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 88% Jihad Jane (2019) Cassidy's fascinating documentary ... touches down on the strange intersection of the dark web, alienation, and the grey area between free speech and hate speech - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 61% The Call of the Wild (2020) Exactly the kind of big-hearted entertainment that was once Disney's stock in trade. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
2/5 20% Like a Boss (2020) Everyone in this movie deserves better than this movie. And so do you. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
4/5 100% Midnight Traveler (2019) A film that finds poignant family moments even in the darkest depths of the ongoing refugee crisis. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/5 76% Richard Jewell (2019) Eastwood's "shut up and point the camera" style of storytelling is bluntly effective and the film is powered along by three terrific performances. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 82% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Adam Egypt Mortimer's second feature ... offers a novel convergence of mental health issues, toxic masculinity and occultish vibes. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1/5 15% Dolittle (2020) This nothingness doesn't even have the good grace to be a bad movie. The low-point of every single career involved. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) If only Margot Robbie's incessant winks at the audience and exhausting meta-voiceover would pause long enough for, well, a movie to occur. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 96% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Another tremendous film from one of our era's great young directors. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 20% Cats (2019) What we have here is future technology that, to borrow an old Irish phrase, needs to be put beyond use. Shoo. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Several of the plot twists might sit easy in a racy soap opera, but that powers the grandly-scaled film along. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 93% Ordinary Love (2020) Ignore the unassuming title: Ordinary Love is a love story that is extraordinary. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 71% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) For all its weird compromises, Jumanji: The Next Level never stops being good fun. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 50% Earthquake Bird (2019) A mousy Alicia Vikander casts a convincing spell...and Westmoreland finds plenty of additional intrigue in this late 1980s Japanese setting... - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) Dan Levy's mesmerising score, a stellar voice cast, and an unconventional denouement ensure that this is the best animated feature film of 2019. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 87% The Nightingale (2019) An extraordinary film, powered by political and historical fury. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 91% The Biggest Little Farm (2019) The word "diversity" is mentioned a little too often in the narration, but this is completely irresistible, nonetheless. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
2/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) At least half of the dialogue sounds like someone held the relevant actor's family at gunpoint and ordered them to speak random words. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Land Without God (2019) Beats a furious path to escape the weight of generations of trauma and systemic abuse. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Don't expect any of the wit or charm of the 1960s TV show or Barry Sonnenfeld's big-screen adaptations. Monstrous. But not in kooky, spooky way. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's fine for two hours. But all the diversity window dressing can't hide Dark Fate's inconsequentiality. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 92% Monos (2019) There's something ... of Werner Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God in Colombian director Alejandro Landes's surreal, wildly beautiful third feature. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 91% Luce (2019) Kelvin Harrison jnr, the young star of It Comes by Night, is superb in a shifting, slippery role. ... A performance and a film worth mulling over. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 79% Get Santa (2014) There are enough welcome details in the margins to keep viewers from fidgeting: a likeable if unevenly paced story, some inventive Lapland-related steampunk, and character actors one would happily crawl over jagged holly to see. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 87% Hustlers (2019) So here come words we weren't necessarily expecting to write : give Jennifer Lopez the freaking Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress right now. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) At times the film is so thoughtful, so interior, the dialogue can sound like it came from a classy mindfulness app. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) A lovely, warm family picture featuring a star-making turn from Awkwafina. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Sounds like it was cribbed off a particularly pompous stack of inspirational posters, with lots of guff about promises and "the things we wish we could leave behind". - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The phrase "Never bring a knife to a gunfight" is radically undermined by a sequence that goes from machine gun fight, to pistol duel, to knife fight, to fisticuffs, to homoerotic frenemy moment. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Satan hasn't looked this appealing since John Milton's romantic write-up in Paradise Lost. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
4/5 83% Crawl (2019) Note perfect, impeccably timed, thrillingly stressful, brilliantly cinematic, inventively gory, and under 90 minutes. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
1/5 27% UglyDolls (2019) Not so much a movie as a contemplative space wherein the viewer ... explores the shifting dynamic between the eponymous plush toys and the hegemony of play. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
5/5 80% Holiday (2018) The gauzy cinematography, languid pacing and glossy resort backdrop somehow add to the overall distress and the vice-like grip of the drama. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 87% Animals (2019) [A] preposterous version of the Irish capital wherein folk who can't hold down barista jobs live in vast Georgian houses, or perform sean-nós in salons surrounded by objects d'art. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield maintains a delicate balance throughout. It's a tribute to his skill that critics have pulled this way and that on the film's depiction of Cohen. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 96% Only You (2018) The beautifully streamlined screenplay is as economical as it is unexpectedly revelatory. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 92% In Fabric (2019) Unlike Strickland's previous work ... it always feels like homage rather than art in its own right. A fabulous, spooky thing just the same. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) In common with its predecessor, Midsommar is rooted in the sobbing, shrieking, Bergmanesque horrors of grief. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) At its best and funniest, Jon Watt's second Spider-Man film plays like Sweet Valley High with a powered guest star. But as a Marvel film, it's a little flat and low-key. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Himesh Patel has a wide-eyed charisma; Lily James, although underused, is a delight, and the earnestly-covered songs ensure this is a magical mystery tour worth boarding. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) A thing to be admired and puzzled over, featuring fantastic feats of millinery. Magic and hats, anyone? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/5 38% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) In keeping with the ideologically contradictory political theatre pioneered by Vladislav Surkov, the film's orthodoxy is offset by the film-makers' gleeful dismissal of Aristotelian structure - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019