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
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Roe McDermott The definition of fun, silly escapism. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Roe McDermott The effectiveness of these sequences varies, sometimes capturing the catharsis of a teenager finally feeling understood, sometimes feeling clumsy and mawkish... As for Viveik Kalra's career, this film is a spark that could start a fire. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Roe McDermott [Ritesh Batra] imbues Photograph with an impressive stillness and realism. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Roe McDermott Hyde's poetic vision embodies the beautifully raw and transient experience of her characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 () Roe McDermott It might distract young kids handily enough, but for your own sanity, just introduce them to Monty Python instead. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Stuber (2019) Roe McDermott Stuber's comedic elements make for an enjoyable if forgettable Friday cinema trip, but the action sequences are surprisingly gritty. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Roe McDermott Made after their deaths, this film is a tribute to them, their enduring romance, and the culture that sparked it. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Gwen (2018) Roe McDermott Though playing with elements of horror, folklore and psychology, the narrative and character development remains undercooked and frustratingly opaque. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Pavarotti (2019) Roe McDermott Watching Ron Howard's celebratory, crowd-pleasing, hagiographic documentary Pavarotti, I wished I could see Kapadia's interpretation of the same facts, to get a glimpse into the real story. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Roe McDermott And through Favreau's dedication to realism - a realism that excludes animals smiling, crying, eyebrow-raising, or dancing - he eliminates what animation evoked so beautifully, and what we all connected to: the animals' humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
The Dead Don't Die (2019) Roe McDermott Maybe the ambience and irony are enough for diehard Jarmusch fans. But for everyone else, life's too short. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
The Brink (2019) Roe McDermott Klayman's intimate footage captures this: his temper; his pathological lying; his repeated use of the dog-whistle racism and anti-Semitism echoed by terrorists and extremists. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Roe McDermott [T]his high-concept musical fairytale might be one of cinema's greatest representations of imposter syndrome. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Roe McDermott A fun, layered and action-packed effort. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Ma (2019) Roe McDermott It all adds up to a story lacking any internal logic, making the unexpectedly gruesome final act feel especially ludicrous. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Roe McDermott It can't quite pull off the balancing act of being a workplace comedy, a witty and pointed satire, and a cosy rom-com. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Roe McDermott Leilo's empathy for his characters is matched by his actors' skills. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Roe McDermott Fascinating, if flawed, portrait of football's most infamous star. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 Papi chulo (2018) Roe McDermott Warm exploration of vulnerability in unlikely friendship. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Roe McDermott Aladdin undoubtedly has more energy and excitement than the simpering Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast remakes. Not a perfectly realised wish, but there's some magic here. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Roe McDermott Rocketman sticks to the hits, avoiding any unexpected B-sides in soundtrack or story, but as a jukebox musical, it's a fun effort. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Memoir of War (2017) Roe McDermott An overly simple retelling of a complex story. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Roe McDermott With an exuberant soundtrack, a celebratory attitude towards diverse gender and sexuality, and a relentlessly hilarious script, Booksmart is an irresistible ode to the joy of young friendship. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Roe McDermott [A] deliberately OTT slice of vicious, entertaining pulp. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 Float Like a Butterfly (2018) Roe McDermott Touching on themes of classism, racism and sexism, Float Like A Butterfly shows the multiple, interconnecting ways that bigotry can box people in, leaving them no choice but to fight their way out. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Amazing Grace (2018) Roe McDermott Amazing Grace is a raw, sensory, reverent experience; an awe-inducing portrayal of a singer at the height of her powers. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Roe McDermott Solid performances and assured directing make Extremely Wicked an engaging watch, but it's too close to the glamourising spectacle it's supposed to critique. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Roe McDermott [A]n often hilarious, occasionally uncomfortable rom-com for the liberal stoner crowd. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
Mid90s (2018) Roe McDermott However, the attempt is interesting; the desire to explore young masculinity, the rejection of traditional structure, the interesting editing. Hill is in the adolescence of his filmmaking, and like his characters, the future is still wide open. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Roe McDermott You're playing with exploitation. And that will prevent many people - this reviewer included - from finding any entertainment or escapism here. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Roe McDermott It all makes for a decidedly underwhelming experience. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Vox Lux (2018) Roe McDermott In this fascinating, darkly funny and operatic examination of fame, Corbet's philosophy echoes Celeste's: "You wanted a show. I'll give them a show.". EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
The Dig (2018) Roe McDermott The poetic potential and emotional complexity get lost - but it's still an intriguing idea, marking an auspicious start to the Tohill brothers' career. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Roe McDermott Avengers:Endgame, as a slice of entertainment, may offer an emotional goodbye to some beloved characters. But as a slice of idealism, it offers a call to start living up to what we love about them. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
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