Irish Independent

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 What Men Want (2019) Paul Whitington The messages in this clumsy comedy are not new: men and women might as well be from different planets, and careerism comes at a price. It's not very funny, and only Ms. Henson makes it bearable. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
5/5 Girl (2018) Paul Whitington Girl is beautifully made: it's also an education. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Paul Whitington Under the Silver Lake has noir-ish overtones, and lays it on thick with clunky film references and a Douglas Sirk-style soundtrack. It thinks a lot of itself, but is a pretentious, aimless mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Paul Whitington [Julia Roberts is] at her very best here, playing a fierce and desperate mother determined to stick by her first-born whatever the cost. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Border (2018) Paul Whitington Border is a wonderfully original film, which blends horror tropes and Scandinavian folklore to mesmerising effect. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Paul Whitington What happens next is unexpected, troubling, and Gyllenhaal is as good as I've ever seen her. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Paul Whitington Farhadi handles this emotionally charged tale extremely well, and it's a treat to watch Cruz and Bardem play off each other. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Paul Whitington We wanted less of all that faux mythology, more of the hand-to-hand fighting and coy pop cultural references, and more opportunities for Brie Larson to show off her comic timing. Captain Marvel is good, but could easily have been better. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Sauvage (2018) Paul Whitington Very nicely made, Sauvage never succumbs to sentiment, and retains a fierce focus. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Foxtrot (2017) Paul Whitington It's a clever, funny, unsettling film. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Paul Whitington For the most part, Hole In The Ground is a clever, lean, well-made and nicely photographed chiller, its tone and direction remarkably assured. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Paul Whitington Kent's film is watchable though slow, and throws away its historic potential, but Jason Clarke is excellent. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Paul Whitington It's an amusing film, beautiful to look at, and Mr. Neeson enjoys himself hugely, and seems to be in on the joke. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Paul Whitington Nadine Labaki's film is frantic, fast, full of colour and feeling and bursts of raw humour. It's not a perfect film, but it is a fine one. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Paul Whitington There's nothing particularly cinematic about Mimi Leder's film...But it evokes well an era when misogyny was so omnipresent it went unnoticed, and celebrates the dogged heroism of a woman who changed the world. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Paul Whitington The juxtaposition of Arthurian legend and the shabby banality of modern Britain works rather nicely, and Cornish's film strikes a warm and pleasing tone. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Paul Whitington Happy Death Day 2U is even more frantically self aware than the original, and lays on the wacky humour pretty thick. But it trips over its own cleverness, and forgets to be scary. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 Instant Family (2018) Paul Whitington Wahlberg's comic timing is exceptional, and Byrne -- the perfect sparring partner -- brings out the best in him. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 A Private War (2018) Paul Whitington This is Pike's film, and her dedication and grit are to be commended. If only she'd been given a little bit more to work with. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 All Is True (2018) Paul Whitington It's entertaining, the acting is excellent and Ian McKellen adds a welcome acidic touch as Shakespeare's arrogant patron, the Earl of Southampton. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Paul Whitington Boy Erased features some fine performances, but The Miseducation Of Cameron Post tackled the same subject far more imaginatively. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Paul Whitington It's neither as busy nor original as the first film, but it's still extremely funny in parts and skates along with giddy and irresistible joie de vivre. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Paul Whitington A stunning-looking film, its stylistic elegance only emphasises its sombre underlying message. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Paul Whitington There are lots of jokes, but also surprising moments of pathos in this lively, funny, beautifully animated film. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 Escape Room (2019) Paul Whitington There's nothing remotely new or original about this low-budget horror, but director Adam Robitel and his cast do enough to make it interesting for a while. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Paul Whitington I can never understand why people are so amazed when comic actors turn out to be good straight ones, but Melissa McCarthy is so good in this funny, moving, true story that a career shift may ensue. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Paul Whitington Not previously known for his comic timing, Mortensen hilariously inhabits the pugnacious but fair-minded Tony, who constantly dispenses unasked for opinions. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Paul Whitington Heavily made up to look like someone mired in excess, Kidman staggers through this woozy film with a stubborn sense of purpose. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Second Act (2018) Paul Whitington Contrived and hackneyed, Second Act is also fun. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
The Mule (2018) Paul Whitington Clint Eastwood is 88, but still knocks out a film every year or so. Of late, they've been pretty ordinary, but The Mule marks something of a return to form. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Vice (2018) Paul Whitington Christian Bale's Cheney is an extraordinary creation, a lumbering predator who speaks quietly, watches everything and never misses a trick. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Katie (2018) John Boland As the final credits rolled, it was hard not to feel that we still don't know what makes our greatest sportswoman tick. That, though, seems to be the way she wants it, and good luck to her. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Paul Whitington Despite its slightly dreamy aesthetic, Felix Van Groeningen's film unstintingly explores the strange world of addiction therapy, which at one point boils down to a cold-blooded severing of ties. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Paul Whitington Hard to know how to describe it, but the phrase grandiose nonsense springs to mind. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 Monsters and Men (2018) Paul Whitington Monsters And Men is well made but rather dull, and all the characters feel like adjuncts of an argument rather than actual people. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Paul Whitington This might not be an entirely accurate history lesson, but it's certainly an entertaining one. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) John Boland Benedict Cumberbatch gave a bravura turn as Leave's chief strategist Dominic Cummings, though the viewer never learnt what made this Machiavellian character tick. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Paul Whitington Steve Coogan inhabits the character beautifully, his quietness and physical grace, but also the steely will that got him to the top in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 RBG (2018) Paul Whitington [A] partisan but entertaining and informative documentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Paul Whitington Steve Carell is excellent, of course: he's a genuine character actor, and his versatility is underappreciated. But he works here in the service of a flawed and hollow film. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
Mortal Engines (2018) Paul Whitington It's an awful mess, boring and plot-light, and may be an elaborate metaphor for Brexit. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
3/5 Un amour impossible (2018) Paul Whitington Virginie Efira anchors this imperfect film with her earthy beauty and compelling emotional honesty. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Paul Whitington This is a delightful movie, funny, absurd, anarchic and profound. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Paul Whitington Beautifully directed by Travis Knight..with a light, almost Spielbergian touch, Bumblebee is a delight from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Paul Whitington It's fine, I suppose, but is that enough? Poppins fans will enjoy the nostalgia of it all, but may feel a little deflated afterwards. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
Barbra Streisand, Becoming an Icon (2018) John Boland Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon [is] an engrossing profile of the Brooklyn-born Jewish girl whose father died when she was a baby and whose witheringly stern mother saw her leaving home as a teenager for the bright lights of Manhattan. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2018
3/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Paul Whitington It's good, bad, pretentious, reprehensible, sometimes hard to watch. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Paul Whitington It's gorgeously animated and succeeds more completely than any other Spider-Man movie in conveying the true terror of teenage angst. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
2/5 Aquaman (2018) Paul Whitington Aquaman is an adventure without an anchoring character or idea, and suffers from the plodding stolidness of its lead actors. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
Gun No. 6 (2017) John Boland The film made for chilling viewing. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018