Tara Brady

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) Director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) may be a dab hand at things that go bump in the night, but action is not his strong point. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A huge showcase for Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who brings grit, determination, and quiet charisma to every scene. An engaging curiosity and an absolute joy. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Is A Dog's Journey manipulative? Absolutely. Is it effective? Hell, yes. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Fischer's second feature is so minimalist it makes JC Chandor man-in-a-boat survival drama All is Lost look like Waterworld. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 80% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) A dying-young movie where everything else is working towards a strangely low-key and life-affirming dénouement. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 98% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Above all things, this is a film about the impossibility of love: it's When Harry Met Sally played out on a thorny landscape with a thornier ending. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 59% Greta (2019) This is Jordan's lightest, darkest film in years. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Many genre fans will flinch, but if you can throw down with postmodernity and the prickliness, this is something to see. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 80% Lost & Found (2019) Some of the performances are better than others. And the long production period means that facial hair is apt to disappear from scene to scene. But O'Mochain gets the hard part right in maintaining a very whimsical tone. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s feels like a male retort to Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird or Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) Budgetary constraints occasionally tell, particularly during crowd scenes, but the bad old days have seldom looked grimmer. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) This writer would like to thank the young gentleman who vigorously kicked the back of her chair during the family preview screening, thereby keeping her awake. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) An experienced cast bring psychological depth and fun, and the animatronic cat is never dull, but it's newcomer Jeté Laurence who walks off with the movie. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers hovers unconvincingly between tones. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Although markedly less wispy than the director's award-winning The Wonders, Happy as Lazzaro, like its elusive protagonist, is dreamy, lightly comic and unfailingly nice. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Following on from the Freudian gothic of Coraline and the junkyard socialism of The Boxtrolls, Missing Link conjures a universe of faux-Victoriana, frontier America and Nepalese peaks - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 72% Lords of Chaos (2019) Working from a screenplay co-written with Dennis Magnusson, Åkerlund accentuates the squabbling, misogynist club-house mentality of what became the "Black Circle". - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It's a little disconcerting watching a film that begs you to root for killer American cops in the era of Black Lives Matter. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) There are moments when Carol Morley's fourth feature offers a fair approximation of early David Lynch or mid-period Nic Roeg - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
42% Faster (2010) A white trash cousin to Jason Statham's geezer fu movies, this is no-nonsense, high- octane and as speedy as the title dares to suggest. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 92% Benjamin (2018) Under the satire, there's an authentic sense of emotional uncertainty. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) A sometimes gruelling, uncompromising and contrarily beautiful film, it's an intriguing headspace for both film-maker and viewer. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 45% What Men Want (2019) An excellent cast elevates a wacky, crowded script with too few, actual jokes and a disappointingly conventional denouement. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 67% Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) A perfectly solid primer for a budding whisky novice hoping to progress to overbearing whisky bore. Fans of scenery might also appreciate a gander. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 100% Maiden (2019) In common with its subject matter, this is a real crowd-pleaser with a strong finish. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 89% Sauvage / Wild (2019) Sauvage is moving, powerful, upsetting, but never gratuitous. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) It's hard to argue with the irresistible results, however formulaic, and even when the material is thin, Pugh is there to, literally and figuratively, do the heavy lifting. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Hellerian surrealism. Slapstick comedy. There are many tones and textures set against two backdrops in Samuel Maoz's long-awaited follow-up to Lebanon. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) On the Basis of Sex is well-intentioned, cheesily enjoyable and a little uninspired. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2019
95% The Artist (2011) The fiction, ultimately, is the thing. The Artist, in the best possible sense, is more of a movie than a film. It's played for laughs and tears; it switches from action to tenderness; it's got a really funny dog. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 95% 1985 (2018) The writer-director offers no easy solutions, relying instead on a stellar cast and nuanced responses. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased is careful to humanise Jared's parents as loving, but wrongheaded. If anything, it's too respectful of their damaging views. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) Effective Hallmark sentiment, some terrific darkly humorous banter from Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro's case workers, and a grand lump-in-the-throat finale that salutes foster carers. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 66% Lizzie (2018) Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto-feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) As with its predecessors, the third Dragon film zips along, punctuated by credible action sequences and gleeful silliness. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 73% Destroyer (2018) Sadly, the film is too muddled, overly serious, and wholly implausible to fly. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A decent, and very old-fashioned, family film. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 45% Second Act (2018) Lopez is still a star and no mistake. But not for the first time in her chequered screen career, one wishes she was better served by the material. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 90% Fyre (2019) Chris Smith's chronicle of the catastrophic event ought to be the schadenfreude event of the year, and for a while it is. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The lack of any kind of third act doesn't even allow it to pass for a solid "disease of the week" picture. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 85% Monsters and Men (2018) There are no answers here, easy or otherwise, only dilemmas and counterpoints. A remarkably sure-footed first film from writer-director Green. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Shares intriguing intersections with All the President's Men, The Post and The Candidate, the pacy chatter is never less than compelling, and there are lovely supporting turns. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Knightley, as the titular French writer, has seldom been better or more dazzling. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 94% RBG (2018) A documentary that was as sober as its subject might have spent more time on the fascinating archival audio ... but this breezy primer is hard to argue with. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 63% Bird Box (2018) A challenging depiction of motherhood ... It's a compelling idea that stays with the viewer long after the genre trappings. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 100% Khrustalyov, mashinu! (Khrustalyov, My Car!) (1998) Shot in stark, high-contrast monochrome, a ceaseless, roving camera, Altmanesque overlapping dialogue and entirely random incidents make for chaotic viewing. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 99% Free Solo (2018) The vast, sublime shots of Honnold framed by trees and valleys far, far below, are simply magic. Terrifying, but magic. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is pathologically wedded to its steampunk aesthetic. Often it feels like being battered half to death with a copy of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) Essential, if sobering work - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Angelina Jolie is unimpeachably well cast as the hitherto evil - now merely misunderstood - sorceress who, outraged by patriarchal abuse, does what she does to the region's fairest princess. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018