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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) Gathers together a century of material ... into a package that combines warmth with rigour, wit with technical know-how. It is essential.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
42% Cherrybomb (2009) Unfortunately, the longer the picture goes on, the more it becomes clear that we are missing any kind of serviceable plot.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 100% Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy (2020) Nothing Fancy is a rare documentary one would wish longer. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
3/5 67% We Summon the Darkness (2020) What really sets We Summon the Darkness apart ... is its joyous - if nasty - celebration of the female rock fan at a crucial point in her development.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
3/5 44% Sergio (2020) Something like a "faith drama" without the faith (unless you count unquestioning devotion to the United Nations).‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
1/5 31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Dean Craig's script relies on the cheaper fallbacks from Four Weddings: posh people swearing, posh people stammering, posh people falling off battlements.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2020
23% Leap Year (2010) If a worse film is released this year I'll eat my own weight in cuddly leprechauns. So I will. So I will.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
1/5 22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) A shockingly boring, endlessly unimaginative advertisement for pizza, soft drinks and the capitalist ideal.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
3/5 95% Calm With Horses (2019) Rowland has created an impressively spooky version of County Nowhere in this tense, well-acted variation on a Colin Barrett story about mad hoodlums.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 92% And Then We Danced (2020) And Then We Danced is a film full of life, emotion and - though the authorities may not like to hear it - uninhibited sexuality.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 56% The Hunt (2020) Appalling, irresponsible, reprehensible - and darn good fun. Don't ban this sick filth.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 56% Sulphur & White (2020) Atad too one-note to justify its substantial length. We eventually get a plausible semi-redemption, but there is a great deal of gruelling repetition on the path‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
2/5 74% The Photograph (2020) It's hard to imagine even the most susceptible audiences caring whether this bland couple get it together. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
3/5 75% Military Wives (2020) To suggest this cosy flick was by the numbers would be to do a disservice to integers, fractions and decimals.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Kurzel hits form again with a careering drama that harks back to bleary cinematic experiments of the early 1970s.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
3/5 37% Downhill (2020) Worth seeing. Which is not the same as saying it was worth making.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 92% The Invisible Man (2020) Why would you want another slavish translation when you have this level of frantic entertainment? An absolute cracker.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
3/5 48% Greed (2020) Greed is good enough (sorry). But we still deserve something better.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/5 99% Midnight Family (2019) Packed with tense moments and disturbing shots that, without compromising the clients' privacy, hint at the unhappiness just offscreen.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2020
1/5 48% Underwater (2020) "Last night I saw my Kristen making a bomb. Oo-oo-ee. Murky, murky, cheap, cheap!"‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 100% Honeyland (2019) Terribly sweet. Terribly sad.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 86% Emma. (2020) The overpowering prettiness is welcome in the windy months. But the characters are lost in a busy rush to find some new angle (any new angle).‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
1/5 64% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) They do make garbage like they used to.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 28% The Rhythm Section (2020) Somewhere along the line, a potentially promising idea has curdled into off-key pandemonium.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
5/5 94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) No term better sums up the Dickensian aesthetic than "generosity" and the busy clatter of cultures yells that word throughout.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/5 12% The Turning (2020) A total waste of time.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 89% 1917 (2020) A slice of prestige British film-making that nimbly avoids accusations of heritage cosiness. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Invites such total immersion in one corner of New York that the picture takes on an anthropological flavour.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 82% High Life (2019) There is much of Tarkovsky's Solaris in the main body and the flashbacks... could be lifted straight from the same director's Stalker. High Life is, however, stuffed with Denis' characteristic philosophical derangement.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It has no more use or appeal when examined in isolation than would a sparkplug or a distributor cap.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) It works as therapy. It works as an acting showcase. But the dips and flips we demand from narrative art are missing throughout.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 63% The Last Right (2019) A reasonably likeable salute to a Magic Ireland we don't see much anymore. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) It's a friendly record of an extraordinary moment.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Not absolute top-flight Pixar. No embarrassment either.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Decorating the action with brown wood and rep-theatre costumery, [Johnson] makes no concessions to safety in his vigorous hammering of the accelerator. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) If none of it were true, The Two Popes might register as a minor masterpiece.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
1/5 51% Charlie's Angels (2019) The film nobody asked for turns out to be the film nobody deserves.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story finds humour in the worst scenarios and hope in the most uncivil dissolutions. It's a wonder. It is Baumbach's best film.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Fails and Talbot's writing follows no script doctor's convention. The direction reveals no obvious influences.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) The sort of adventure that the movies rarely provide anymore. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The passion, the fluid film-making and the consistency of the acting more than compensate for the expected clunks.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 88% Meeting Gorbachev (2019) For all [its] flaws, Meeting Gorbachev remains a fascinating study of a remarkable life. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 96% The Irishman (2019) The busy wipes, lively zooms and fast cuts that characterised the earlier gangster flicks are not on display. This is as much the Scorsese of Silence as of Wolf of Wall Street. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) One of the film's messages is that there's no escaping your past. An odd, odd project, but not unenjoyable.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) [The] messages are packaged in baffling fantasy baloney that fails to achieve the discipline of your average Care Bear movie.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) Morris, who co-authored the screenplay with Jesse Armstrong, has transformed these fascinating yarns into the first out-and-out dud of his career.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) We are here for a grim fairground ride and Joaquin Phoenix, whose title character kicks everything else into distant wings, spares no effort in keeping us diverted throughout. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Thank You Come Again (2017) The characters arrange themselves in rigid rows and, to an almost constantly static camera, bark out lines that would, in too many cases, have better remained unsaid.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) The genuine charm of the cast will continue to disarm those who can't entirely erase thoughts of guillotines and tumbrils. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) t might be overstretching it to say the film ends with a message of hope. But it does, at least, speak to the human capacity for survival.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019