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MovieMail is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Angie Errigo, Mike McCahill
Rating Title/Year Author
King Jack (2015) Mike McCahill [Director Thompson] has a particular ally in Plummer, a bashed-up presence more compelling than a dozen stage-school brats, displaying a fortitude you warm to even as you're watching all cockiness being kicked from his form. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
Ma ma (2015) Mike McCahill Ma Ma, at best minor Medem, unfolds like an afternoon TV movie that's been at the sherry, or placed on the heaviest of medication. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) Mike McCahill 13 Hours remains very much a combat movie made by the man who once hustled Armageddon onto our screens, no more nourishing, affecting or heavyweight than the popcorn ground into the multiplex carpet. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) Mike McCahill The second film is likewise sustained by a generosity of spirit you don't often get in self-penned star vehicles. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
The Ones Below (2015) Mike McCahill A horror-thriller that gets in several satirical shots at the status envy of modern urban professionals. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
Éperdument (2016) Mike McCahill Godeau reaches out frantically for material that might give the pair's encounters any measure of dramatic heft. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2015) Mike McCahill When she's at her sharpest, [director Eva Husson] permits both her characters and viewers free rein to think and feel their way through this particular moral maze as they see fit EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2016
The Pearl Button (2015) Mike McCahill Time and again, Guzman generates profound meanings from simple concepts. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Marguerite (2015) Mike McCahill It's handsomely turned out in its monochrome palette, and Marguerite's big numbers remain reliably amusing, Frot mangling her standards like a sham-dram Liza or Barbra while Marcon tersely clutches his hunting rifle in the wings. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2016
The Club (2015) Mike McCahill Few other films this year will provoke as much post-screening discussion, that's certain. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Court (2014) Mike McCahill The result provides a memorable introduction to a filmmaker clearly working in opposition to the lavish escapism Bollywood has enabled over the years. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Speed Sisters (2015) Mike McCahill The film's appeal is universal. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Fire at Sea (2016) Mike McCahill Fire at Sea is the kind of film that, without ever seeming to harass or harangue the viewer, could well change minds and save lives; a small film, certainly, but no mean feat. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2016
Green Room (2015) Mike McCahill Saulnier evidently wanted to provide audiences with a bad trip, but sometimes a bad trip is indistinguishable from a backward step, or simply a dead end. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2016
Évolution (2015) Mike McCahill By all means wallow in its imagery; when it comes to meaning, however, most viewers surely won't be waving but drowning. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Mike McCahill 10 Cloverfield Lane arrives as proof that, between the bloated junk and commercial no-brainers, the studio system can still surprise us. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
High-Rise (2015) Mike McCahill For the risks Wheatley takes, you should see it. It may be a very mixed bag -- no impediment for cult status, of course -- but High-Rise does feel like the ragged movie Britain deserves at this self-flagellating austerity moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Mike McCahill Hail, Caesar! is finally all too effortful, a doodle undertaken by scholars. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
The Witch (2015) Mike McCahill For pure spooky atmosphere, The Witch is unmatchable right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2016
Elvis & Nixon (2016) Mike McCahill It remains a naggingly slight experience: while its showbiz savvy should satiate the Elvis demographic, it feels at least a slight copout that a film where Nixon shares top billing should be so determinedly depoliticised. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Remainder (2015) Mike McCahill Although a few of these may escape Fast's reach, there's no denying the ambition on display here: whether in the gallery or the arthouse, we'll see more from this filmmaker. He is, if you will, a name to remember. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
The Commune (2016) Mike McCahill For much of its running time, Vinterberg's film is an agreeable, well-acted, funny wallow -- but it's no more profound than that. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
The Neon Demon (2016) Mike McCahill For once, Refn is on the side of the angels -- though you may prefer to avert your eyes as he finally gets his own fingers sticky. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Maggie's Plan (2015) Mike McCahill The juice of Maggie's Plan is all in the writing, however, and there's something quasi-mathematical in the way this triangle keeps reformulating, as if these characters were no more than symbols being plugged into an equation. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
The Wait (2015) Mike McCahill Messina stages events with a muted elegance, making a lot of the silence that serve as route markers in this winding conversation between two women at very different stages in life. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Sweet Bean (2015) Mike McCahill Sweet Bean senses how even the tiniest change in the basic ingredients of one's life can yield considerable rewards. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
From Afar (2015) Mike McCahill Breaking down the world in order to remake and remodel it, From Afar reveals, with the heaviest of hearts, the brutal, dehumanising violence that lurks within the heart of some contemporary relationships. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
The Brand New Testament (2015) Mike McCahill A diverting, often chuckleworthy, sometimes provocative act of creation. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Maryland (2015) Mike McCahill Disorder is a character study that flirts with becoming a love story while retaining the far cooler blood of a thriller in its veins. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Rams (2015) Mike McCahill It's a delight to encounter a film that quietly, gradually creeps up on you; which, without seeming to expand a huge amount of effort in so doing, puts a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Triple 9 (2016) Mike McCahill When the last bullet hits, it's still the same old runaround, only with several new faces striking poses and emptying their weapons into one another. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Miss Hokusai (2015) Mike McCahill While the emphasis on suggestion over standard biopic spectacle is novel, one suspects the film probably won't be suggestive, coherent or affecting enough for hardcore Hokusai admirers, leaving it to occupy a curious artistic no-man's-land. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Mike McCahill it's an obvious must-see, yet even newcomers may be surprised at the manner in which Joplin's spirit comes over loud and clear. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Chronic (2015) Mike McCahill I was poised to reclaim Franco as an earthy humanist, peering into the grimmer nooks and crannies of our existence. Then, alas, came Chronic's disastrous punchline. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Dragon Blade (2015) Mike McCahill Dragon Blade feels like a dispiriting way for even seasoned bargain-bin trawlers to be seeing in the New Year. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Bolshoi Babylon (2015) Mike McCahill Bolshoi Babylon joins Frederick Wiseman's La Danse and National Gallery, and Nicolas Philibert's La Maison de la Radio, as another recent documentary that regards its chosen institution as a complex, living organism. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Partisan (2015) Mike McCahill A big fat meh. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
A War (2015) Mike McCahill If A War can't, at the last, land the gutpunch of its predecessor, it scores points enough to provide a worthy watch -- and to confirm its writer-director as among the preeminent agonised consciences in contemporary world cinema. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2016
Notes on Blindness (2016) Mike McCahill Sighted viewers should be thankful enough; for cinemagoers who've suffered or who are suffering sight problems, Notes on Blindness might well comprise the most powerful -- and most empowering -- audio-described screening in years. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2016
Indignation (2016) Mike McCahill All this is tribute to how Schamus both respects the text, its narrative thrust and its thematic undercurrents, while allowing it to breathe and open up before us. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2016
United States of Love (2016) Mike McCahill If you wanted a film to remind you nobody had it better than we do - and I could well understand why you might right now - than United States of Love provides a bracing vodka-expresso jolt. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Your Name (2016) Mike McCahill We get nice moments and cute characters (there's a thesis to be written on adorable younger sisters in recent Japanese cinema), but scrambled storytelling and only fitful emotional heft. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2016
Napoleon (1927) Mike McCahill It's a national origin myth, a monument to resistance and an enormous spectacle; a work of expansive genius, restored to us by a considerable labour of love. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2016
The Innocents (2016) Mike McCahill Fontaine's film joins Chabrol's underseen A Story of Women as a rare work to seriously and successfully address the female experience of war from the inside out. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
100 Streets (2016) Mike McCahill 100 Streets emerges as one of those flawed yet promising debuts that encourages critics to retain its creators' names for future reference. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2016
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Mike McCahill What Black offers, simply but appreciably, is a celebration of one of American cinema's good guys, whose progress we've been lucky indeed to witness. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Mike McCahill It often resembles an exercise in seeing to what extent quote-unquote good taste can be used to dress up bad. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Rupture (2016) Mike McCahill Nobody's heart or soul is invested too heavily in it. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2016
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Mike McCahill [It's] worth catching, but only in its final chapters -- pondering what's coming down the wires -- do you feel Herzog delving deep. What goes before is all a bit too ZOMG to provoke much in the way of serious reflection. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016
Ethel & Ernest (2016) Mike McCahill Briggs's humanism and pacifism are the baselines here, and both the narrative and visuals keep finding ways to illustrate the uncertainties of wartime. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2016