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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 99% Finding Nemo (2003) The animation is so sleek and the action so perfectly paced that even the sharpest viewer could be forgiven for overlooking some unimportant lapses in internal logic. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2013
5/5 90% Barry Lyndon (1975) Barry Lyndon is, despite its rigorous construction, also among Kubrick's more emotionally engaged films. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
10/10 95% Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Regularly voted the funniest British film. A contender.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
5/5 98% The Godfather, Part II (1974) The result is among the very greatest American films.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2014
5/5 83% Mulholland Drive (2001) Mulholland Dr is reissued some 15 years after it was released. It was rapidly hailed as the first great US film of the century. None since has been any more powerful.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
5/5 100% The Old Dark House (1932) Spanking digital restoration of James Whale's funniest, most subversive horror film.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
5/5 98% Up (2009) Another year, another Pixar masterpiece. Ho hum. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2009
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
5/5 93% Looper (2012) Looper does a better job of making sense of the nonsensical than any time-travel film since Shane Carruth's undervalued Primer.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/5 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) In short, it's utterly familiar and absolutely original. We couldn't have asked for more.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2013
5/5 85% The Master (2012) The Master is not short but, once you fill in the blanks, you find yourself constructing a meta-film that, if realised, would play for many, many more hours.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2012
5/5 83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy can assert a serious claim to be the best espionage film ever made.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2012
5/5 90% Frozen (2013) This loose adaptation of The Snow Queen is the best film from Walt Disney Animation in close to a generation.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2013
5/5 87% Foxcatcher (2014) It is something of a relief to finally surface at the end, but the voyage is certainly worth taking. A glum classic.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 26, 2014
5/5 87% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Few more brazenly cinematic pieces will come our way this year.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2012
5/5 92% Holy Motors (2012) Carax's piece is expansive, imaginative and intoxicated (sometimes to the point of nausea) with the seventh art.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2012
5/5 93% Amour (2012) If we were previously in any doubt, Haneke is confirmed as the premiere European director of his generation.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2012
5/5 85% Berberian Sound Studio (2013) For all the ghosts summoned up, Berberian Sound Studio still comes across like nothing else you've ever seen - or, more to the point, heard.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2012
5/5 91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Add in the director's gift for nesting stories, his taste for grotesques and his exquisite eye, and you have the best Wes Anderson film in a decade‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2014
5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) None of the films is faultless in itself, but, tinted with complementary tones, the complete cycle comes as close to perfection as any trilogy in cinema history.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2013
5/5 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) The American South's "peculiar institution" has, it seems, become a fit topic for narrative cinema. And it only took a century.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2014
5/5 86% Upstream Color (2013) The themes may be numerous and varied - concerns about drugs, surveillance, disease, alienation - but the story does have an impeccable (albeit deeply buried) logic to it.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2013
5/5 92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) The Coens have surged back to, once again, become the most consistently reliable American film-makers of their generation. The film is funny when it's sad and serious when it's frivolous.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2013
5/5 89% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Warmest Colour gets closer to accurately charting the dynamics of romantic love than any picture in recent memory. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2013
5/5 91% The Great Beauty (2013) The film is defiantly short on structure, but the beautiful chaos is so chaotically beautiful that only the surliest viewer will think to complain.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2013
5/5 95% Her (2013) As Her slips into an inevitable melancholy, it becomes less about trans-humanity and more about, well, humanity. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
5/5 85% Under the Skin (2014) So rigorous and singular is Glazer's technique that it is hard to believe the film will not register with future audiences as a classic of its era.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2014
5/5 96% Manakamana (2014) Manakamana works as a tone poem, a Warholian revel in the mundane and an ethnographic study of an isolated corner.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2014
5/5 100% Återträffen (The Reunion) (2015) What really gives the picture its punch, however, is the awareness that genuine personal grievances are being revenged in public fashion. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2015
5/5 97% Boyhood (2014) Linklater has allowed an enormously engaging, deeply moving saga to weave its tendrils about the loose structure. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2014
5/5 89% A Most Violent Year (2015) Here is a rare film that is remarkable for what it is not.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2015
5/5 89% Mommy (2015) A hugely emotional film that makes no apologies for its engagement with the ripest melodrama.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2015
5/5 95% It Follows (2015) This brilliantly unsettling, determinedly awkward film confirms that there is plenty of life in the high-end horror movie. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
5/5 92% Red Army (2015) Red Army can sit comfortably beside such great sports docs as When Were Kings, Senna and Once in a Lifetime. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2014
5/5 94% The Duke Of Burgundy (2015) D'Anna and Knudsen maintain a fantastic hauteur. Both lingerie and perfume are mentioned in the credits. Some may find all this a little arousing. Such reactions are allowed. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015
5/5 94% Carol (2015) Surges with such juddering, largely suppressed emotion that the whiff of the pop-cultural Senior Common Room will trouble only the most resistant observer. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2015
5/5 88% Pete's Dragon (2016) Generating at least three irresistible big-hanky sobs in the closing half-hour, Pete's Dragon delivers the emotional punch that The BFG so sorely missed.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
5/5 81% Mistress America (2015) Like Frances Ha, in which Gerwig reintroduced Baumbach to the human race, Mistress America is a compact marvel that will repay repeated viewings.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
5/5 93% Queen of Earth (2015) Moss is incandescently brilliant as a woman who smiles when she should be unnerved and boils with rage at the most inconsequential slights. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2016
5/5 96% Son of Saul (2015) The young Hungarian director has to strike a tricky balance between verisimilitude and an acknowledgement that not even a hint of the true horror can be conveyed on screen.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) It's a great New York movie. It's a great film about friendship. It's also a great cat movie (if that's your bag).‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 93% Room (2015) We are left with a film that manages a degree of optimism in the most unpromising circumstances. It is a substantial achievement. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2016
5/5 88% Jackie (2016) Larraín has made an incomparable film on the process of moving queasily into uncertainty. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) The great wonder of Paterson is that it makes a compelling tale of an apparently blissful life.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) One element of the film's genius is its ability to root us firmly in Lady Bird's perspective. It does more. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) It is made for a big screen, big sound and the comforting sorrow of the communal sob.Maybe we really do need another version of A Star is Born.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
5/5 99% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The film is a beautifully balanced visual marvel. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
5/5 94% Arrival (2016) The film develops an emotional undercurrent that becomes properly overwhelming in the final reel.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Cinema has been in and around this area time and time again, but Moonlight still feels abundantly fresh and endlessly imaginative.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 98% Get Out (2017) The film has more to do with discomfort and envy than blind hatred. What a strange marvel it is.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017