Tara Brady

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt works in delicate movements as a storyteller. Magaro and Lee's wonderful chemistry keeps perfectly in step with the filmmaker. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) For all that empowerment one can't help but yearn for the sexist tropes and superior caveman jokes of The Flintstones. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
2/5 27% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) LeBron has charm to burn ... It's a shame this messy film can't keep pace with his likability or mad skills. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Air Conditioner (Ar condicionado) (2020) In keeping with the film's novel premise, this is like nothing you've seen anywhere else. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
3/5 74% The World to Come (2020) Makes terrific and tactile use of the landscape - rural Romania plays the eastern United States here - with brutal winters, springtime clotheslines, and clandestine woodland encounters. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 100% Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story (2021) At its best, Laura Fairrie's entertaining film finds parallels between its subject and her many, big-haired heroines, especially Lucky Santangelo. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2021
3/5 57% Fatima (2020) A film that, in stark contrast to most faith-based fodder, is gorgeously shot and designed. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
1/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Here comes Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard to test your faith in all of these stars and humanity in general. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
3/5 95% In the Heights (2021) Whither the urban grit? There's plenty of razzle dazzle here but little that passes for oomph. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
4/5 100% Mandabi (1969) Mandabi's playful grammar and arresting camerawork are as exciting and politically charged as anything that emerged from the contemporaneous Nouvelle Vague. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The biographical nuts and bolts are intriguing and, as ever, the jump scares and murk are professionally timed and delivered. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/5 98% The Father (2021) The Father distorts and disorients in keeping with its protagonist's increasingly confused view of the world. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/5 66% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) It's the human stars ... who truly shine. Domhnall Gleeson finds fun new ways to fall over. Rose Byrne delivers knowing lines. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
5/5 94% Dinner in America (2020) Despite the careful 1990s period details, this is a bruising and welcome riposte to John Hughes' 1980s teen movies. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
3/5 30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) Told in the anarchic, pop-soundtracked style of such 1960s youth-oriented psychedelica as The Monkees or The Banana Splits. Never mind the purists. Kids will love it. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 100% Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021) If this consistently engaging film has a flaw - here are words I did not expect to write - it's the truncation of the Man United years. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
4/5 87% State Funeral (2019) A found-footage documentary that captures life in thrilling, painstaking detail in the hours and days after Stalin's death. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) Decent tech specs, including some nifty shots from veteran horror cinematographer Maxime Alexandre, offset the slightly cobbled-together feel. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
3/5 85% The Swordsman (2020) In common with much of the wuxia fare that makes its way to this part of the world, the aesthetic owes a debt to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the films of King Hu. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
4/5 93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Intersects with the suburbia of Blue Velvet and, in common with that dark dramatic underbelly, there's a compelling soap opera bubbling under the sterile surface. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
5/5 89% Black Bear (2020) Tricksy, surreal cringe comedy, a film that falls somewhere between Fawlty Towers and Mulholland Drive. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 96% Sisters with Transistors (2020) There's nary a dull moment - nor a dull character - in this gripping history. Narrator Laurie Anderson is our amiable guide. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) A drama that's as visceral and hard-hitting as its protagonist's drum solos. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 88% Undine (2020) An intriguing romance that plays pleasing games with the viewer until the final ambiguous scene. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
4/5 98% Minari (2020) A rare film about assimilation that can be equally cherished by both poles of the American political landscape. And everybody in between. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 57% Malmkrog (2020) Malmkrog is a talky, challenging slog, but it's seldom short of ideas. One is unlikely to find greater consideration of pelagianism. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 92% Tina (2021) There's plenty to mull over, a fine array of contributors and wonderful archive material. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
4/5 83% 9 to 5 (1980) 9 to 5 retains a barbed relevance beneath its capering and unflattering hairstyles, not to mention one of cinema's most badass trios. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2021
3/5 69% Moxie (2021) As a love letter from grown-up Riot grrrls to their growing-up daughters, it's a lovely cross-generational gesture. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2021
3/5 81% Pelé (2021) Nicholas and Tryhorn's new film for Netflix, though plenty laudatory, presents a contemplative Pelé that appears human after all - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 93% Blue Story (2020) A moving, urgent, energetic drama inspired by south London's postcode gang rivalries. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 90% Luxor (2020) Luxor offers a strange marriage of travelogue, post-traumatic stress disorder, spirituality and something like romance. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2021
4/5 92% Relic (2020) The debut feature from writer-director Natalie Erika James functions as both an allegory and a nightmarish descent into this year's creepiest movie home. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Bodily betrayals marry tech conspiracy theories in this unnerving second feature from Brandon Cronenberg. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 98% Dirty God (2019) Knight delivers a terrific performance that is as complex as the sometimes maddening, frequently stupid, and always sympathetic character that she plays. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
4/5 98% Beats (2020) The film does a terrific job of replicating the rave scene adjacent to the cultural kerfuffle of Cool Britannia. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
3/5 8% Music (2020) For friends and family members of those on the spectrum, it's ... an acknowledgment that people with autism can be remarkable without having remarkable abilities. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 85% Just Mercy (2020) Foxx does his best work in a decade. For the charismatic Jordan, who puts in a tone-setting nuanced turn here, Just Mercy arrives between Creed II and Tom Clancy's Without Remorse. Let's hope he sticks with the "one for them, one for me" formula. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Rév's crystalline high-contrast black and white cinematography is gorgeous enough to transform a domestic dispute into something wonderfully cinematic. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 98% Assassins (2020) It's a fascinating news story, but the film's additional, if entertaining speculations remain just that. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 100% Away (2019) The propensity for magic recall several Studio Ghibli classics, particularly My Neighbour Totoro and The Red Turtle. But Away is as unique as it is lovely - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 91% The White Tiger (2020) The lively narration and rollicking pace make for favourable comparisons to Scorsese's Goodfellas. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 76% Savage (2019) The triptych structure is a little fiddly, but Savage is never less than powerful. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/5 21% Stardust (2020) Exasperating viewing for fans and certain to baffle newcomers, it's a curious, imaginative thing, but who exactly is it for? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) There's no quibbling with [King's] charisma or his humanity. Pollard's questioning, vital chronicle is a fitting tribute. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
4/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) There is plenty to admire here despite the dramatic lopsidedness and some rather obvious symbolism with withered houseplants and apples. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) I cannot think of another film ... that, in keeping with the spirit of the Golden Age of Hollywood, makes such dreamy use of hairstyles. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
4/5 93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) This may be a clever fiction but it's fascinating, comical, and dignified delve into the American underclass, nonetheless. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2021
1/5 13% After We Collided (2020) A series of half-digested movie tropes regurgitated by Google Rom-dram. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
4/5 95% Soul (2020) A metaphysical dramedy set against an often trippy, post-Sergeant Pepper vision of life before life and life after death, Soul is an imaginatively rendered mid-life crisis. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020