Hot Press

Hot Press is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Roe McDermott, Tara Brady
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Roe McDermott Levi at least is having fun, his puppyish excitement occasionally transcending the rote material. But he's a bright spark in a film that never ignites. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Roe McDermott A rousing, refreshing and layered journey of self-discovery, Wild Rose offers up music and truth - but it's Buckley who brings it all to life. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Roe McDermott A nice little gem. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
Eighth Grade (2018) Roe McDermott Gloriously, cringe-inducingly authentic, watch to understand the teenagers in your life - or just to forgive the teen you once were. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2019
() Roe McDermott Fittingly, An Engineer Imagines is a beautiful piece of art. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Roe McDermott Seána Kerslake shines in enjoyably creepy horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Instant Family (2018) Roe McDermott It's a sweet if stumbling film, though it hints at Anders' emotional intelligence. If he trusted himself to let that shine onscreen, it could be a game-changer. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 What They Had (2018) Roe McDermott Though the final act becomes predictably sentimental, it's the smaller, more subtle observations that linger. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Roe McDermott It's forgivable - the directing and performances are accomplished, and the inspiring story is well-told. It just feels very familiar and rote for the story of a woman fighting to unmake tired rules. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
A Private War (2018) Roe McDermott Heineman highlights the danger she endured, too, and the result is both a powerful psychological portrait and a fitting tribute. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Roe McDermott Shot in drab browns and greys that evoke the mustiness of Lee's closed-off life, this dramedy is nevertheless textured and complex, thoughtfully addressing age, connection and legacy. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Roe McDermott Cruelty of gay conversion therapy is necessarily - if predictably - highlighted in well-acted drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Roe McDermott Though the rules and boundaries of the Lego-verse and the real world become muddled and messy, the movie is never less than brilliant fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Cellar Door (2018) Roe McDermott More an immersive experience than a film to passively watch, the deliberately splintered nature of Cellar Door may be off-putting to some. However, it does showcase Nikci's unique vision, and marks him out as a director to watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
Glass (2019) Roe McDermott [E]ventually, Shyamalan will have to confront his delusion that he's so much smarter than his audience. It's been a while since he convinced anyone. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Roe McDermott Whilst Mary Queen Of Scots is a spirited offering, Rourke's modern perspective may have shone brighter with a less conventional approach. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Green Book (2018) Roe McDermott Peter Farrelly's Green Book offers an exploration of racism fatally undermined by white saviour syndrome. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Vice (2018) Roe McDermott Vice is a powerful skewering of the former Vice President of the US, Dick Cheney, the man who paved the way for 'alternative facts'. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
Widows (2018) Roe McDermott McQueen's usual cinematic artistry is also missing, leading to a more generic looking film than expected, but the pulp factor is just right. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Juliet, Naked (2018) Roe McDermott Overall, Juliet, Naked is light, charming and filled with characters you want to spend more time with. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2.5/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Roe McDermott With few jokes and one-dimensional characters, The Nutcracker remains a tin soldier - pretty, empty, echoing, and indistinguishable from its peers. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Wildlife (2018) Roe McDermott Carey Mulligan is mesmerizing in poetic portrait of unraveling family. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
4.5/5 Good Favour (2017) Roe McDermott A unique and wonderfully unnerving beast that is ripe for interpretation. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Peterloo (2018) Roe McDermott Peterloo is a vital story about the powerless and the powerful, and we understand it due to Leighıs approach - but it could have been much more impactful had we understood the characters, too. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2018
2.5/5 Touch Me Not (2018) Roe McDermott Touch Me Not proves that you can reveal a lot of the body while revealing very little of the self. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
4/5 Halloween (2018) Roe McDermott A tremendously fun frightfest. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2018
Katie (2018) Roe McDermott Accomplished doc provides insight into Ireland's most incredible - and private - athlete. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 The Gospel According to André (2017) Roe McDermott This gospel may be joyous and uplifting, but it could have used more depth and soul. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Roe McDermott But there's undeniable passion, talent and naked humanity onscreen, and for much of its run-time, A Star Is Born is impressively rapturous and romantic. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
Mandy (2018) Roe McDermott It's ludicrous, excessive and scuzzy. It rocks. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Roe McDermott After an hour, you'll forget Motown and instead be plagued by the taunts of a classic rock song: "You can check out any time you like / But you can never leave!" EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
4/5 Rosie (2018) Roe McDermott Though never particularly cinematic, the experience is immersive, exhausting and breathtakingly empathetic, with Cathal Watters' intimate cinematography and the tragic soundtrack from Stephen Rennicks adding to the emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Losing Alaska (2018) Roe McDermott Losing Alaska highlights the very real and encroaching danger of climate change, and its layered impacts. Alarming and engaging viewing. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
The Meeting (2018) Roe McDermott In The Meeting, Ailbhe Griffith recreates her mediated encounter with the man who sexually assaulted her, as she sought restorative justice. The result is one of the year's most powerful films. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Roe McDermott A culturally complex, swoon-worthy rom-com. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
American Animals (2018) Roe McDermott But as the men learn, violent crime isn't fun, or glamorous - it's terrifying and anxiety-laden and ultimately, doomed. But my god, is it fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
I, Dolours (2018) Roe McDermott Complex, deeply uncomfortable and endlessly compelling, this is a film about history seen from the perspective of a fascinating woman. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 Promised Land (2017) Roe McDermott Jarecki's road-trip never reaches answers or a destination, but it's a curiously diverting ride. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 Black '47 (2018) Roe McDermott Daly made a bold choice by approaching Black 47 as a genre film. It just mightn't be the choice to do full justice to the theme. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
The Children Act (2017) Roe McDermott The Children Act can feel sluggish and melodramatic, weighed down with the use of superfluous flashbacks, letter-reading voice-overs, and the repeated use of stodgy Bach passages. Intelligent, but airless. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Roe McDermott Spike Lee brings humor and a hard-hitting message to bizarre true story about the KKK. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
() Tara Brady Wonderfully humane, even-handed and quietly joyful. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
Older Than Ireland (2015) Roe McDermott As the comforting stillness of the camera lends an intimately observant feel to the film, Older Than Ireland acts as an organically flowing oral history of Ireland. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Roe McDermott ... if anyone can make meaningless look meaningful, it's Denzel. That's a big energy. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
3/5 Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Roe McDermott But when you've forgotten the hacky script, silly plotting and paper-thin characterisations, an uneasy sense of dread may well linger, causing you to adjust your privacy settings and cover up that webcam. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
2/5 The Darkest Minds (2018) Roe McDermott Dystopian young adult film fails to connect despite its relevant theme of youth resistance. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2018
4/5 The Image You Missed (2018) Roe McDermott An intriguing generational bridge. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Roe McDermott Every time the action seems almost comically exotic and death-defying, McQuarrie ups the ante, often filming over Cruise's shoulder so we experience every thrill up close. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
First Reformed (2017) Roe McDermott Masterful. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 Hotel Artemis (2018) Roe McDermott The plot is light and inconsequential, but for a slice of steampunk noir-lite, it's great fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018