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Hannah McGill

Hannah McGill
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
6 No Score Yet Tehran: City of Love (2019) There's a sense of energy bubbling under but being quashed by restrictive tone and format.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
85% Girl (2019) This film makes a gentle point of the fact that transitioning isn't trouble-free even if most of the people around you are broadly sympathetic to the undertaking.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
84% Distant Constellation (2018) it's characteristic of the restless verve and spirit of Mizrahi's filmmaking that she doesn't let his piece settle into fatalism or sentimentality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Not only is it warmly accessible thanks to the pulsing humanity of its performances, but its story goes far beyond tender-hearted social realism into darker and more morally challenging territory.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
91% What Richard Did (2013) As smoothly shot as a classy ad, slow-moving and short on spark, What Richard Did compels with its sensitivity and technical diligence, but crawls along in terms of onscreen energy and narrative tension.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
99% Le Havre (2011) Le Havre is brought to life by its raw, hopeful humanity; it feels close and real despite its deliberate distance. ‐ Sight and Sound
Posted Jul 9, 2018
6 98% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Is the woman whose adult capabilities are a thin veneer over hysteria a rebellious threat to patriarchal expectations, or a perfect product thereof?‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
3/5 94% Gook (2017) The spirit of early Spike Lee infuses this patchy but energetic sophomore feature by writer-actor-director Justin Chon.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) The film is a fun and sporadically revealing fly-on-the-wall piece about a movie eccentric, but it could have done with some more solid background, both about its subject and the film world in which he operates.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 96% Menashe (2017) The effort to raise a child, Menashe reminds us, is as likely to confront us with our own childishness as it is to bring out our maturity and responsibility.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
86% Beach Rats (2017) The film's mix of murky, up-close realism and dreamy vagueness is reminiscent of Gus Van Sant's and Larry Clark's detailed, faintly voyeuristic depictions of teen life, as well Matt Porterfield's unvarnished but elegant portraits of urban disaffection.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2017
3/5 67% Bitch (2017) If Bitch has some rough edges, Palka's wit and daring never cease to sparkle from the screen; and one leaves the film, if not entirely satisfied, certainly curious as to where this wild intelligence will wander next.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
98% Quest (2017) This is loving, humane, substantial stuff, with the richness of a fat novel rather than the sensationalism and cruelty of reality TV.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2017
3/5 89% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) A film which uses the time-honoured devices of the most manipulative of genres - the melodrama and the home-invasion horror - to lend cinematic shape to the shapeless misery ongoing in Syria.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
3/5 43% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) The film doesn't over-rely on aimless improvisation for laughs - and even allows its female characters to be funny.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
100% Edith Walks (2017) This whole project is in large part a lark; and it's Kötting's mixing of fairly serious intellectual conjecture with guesswork, whimsy, jokes and gossip that gives it its approachability and life.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
99% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) The upfront acknowledgement in My Life as a Courgette that many childhoods play out with nary a hint of magic, sparkle or sugar to help the medicine go down feels unorthodox and bracing.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
3/5 93% The Shepherd (El pastor) (2016) This Spanish drama / thriller gathers a gradual head of steam until its atmosphere is more reminiscent of the bloodier breed of western.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 30, 2017
3/5 83% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) As plots go, it's on the Byzantine side - and director Feng Xiaogang renders things still more elaborate with an unusual visual style that sees the picture largely confined to small circular frames.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 93% Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) If its literal context is specific to Iran, the film also speaks to all of us about what happens when what we want clashes with what is expected of us.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
4/5 100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) Showing tremendous assurance, writer-director Kôji Fukada deploys an attention-grabbing narrative structure that involves a daring leap part-way through.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 1, 2017
98% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) ...Olli Mäki bucks the cinematic convention of sporting self-sacrifice with one bracingly simple suggestion: that finding, being with and caring for the person you love might be more important than running yourself ragged in pursuit of passing glory.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
4/5 85% The Transfiguration (2017) The Transfiguration may prove too tender for horror fans and too grim for indie purists; but it slides between genres with a good deal of imagination, sensitivity and grace.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
99% Cameraperson (2016) Cameraperson is haunted - as one senses Johnson may be - by the question of whether and how much documentary filmmakers should intervene in the lives of their subjects.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
4/5 93% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) It's grandiose, for sure, and sometimes a touch repetitive in its visual preoccupations, but charged with ceaseless curiosity and infectious energy.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
94% Life, Animated (2016) Particularly vivid and endearing.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
71% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) Part of the Dardennes' rarity as storytellers is their capacity to recognise not only basic moral character and social circumstances but also mood as pivotal in how things pan out for people.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 87% Francofonia (2016) A true conversation with the past, which reminds us that all of what we consider fixed in the canon or forged by history is in place because of specific human personalities and decisions.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet 16 Years Till Summer (2015) The viewer is liable to form his or her own views on aspects of the story; this hugely promising filmmaker, admirably, invests her craft in character, and resists forcing an agenda.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 100% Sonita (2015) A punchy, crowd-pleasing documentary about a young Afghan woman who becomes a rapper.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
4/5 82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) We watch as Sheil struggles to close in on a real person to whom she bears little resemblance and about whom close to nothing is known. Sound frustrating? It is, but deliberately and cleverly so.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
3/5 72% Valley Of Love (2016) It feels under-realised, and its quasi-supernatural moments have a somewhat forced air about them, but is insightful and moving about family dysfunction, long-held guilt and the instinctive intimacy that can linger between long-split lovers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
3/5 77% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) Intriguing as it is, the film could have done with more voices and facets and less of what one woman's learned about herself in therapy.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2016
4/5 No Score Yet Pale Star (2016) Even if some more sub-plotting might have rounded it out, Pale Star succeeds extremely impressively in holding the attention and keeping the audience guessing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
2/5 38% Kids in Love (2016) There's escapism, and then there's promoting vanity, self-interest and idleness like they're enviable lifestyle choices.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 77% The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) Both Roberts and Rudd do persuasive work.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
87% In the Fog (2013) The intellectual range is vast, and the images and performances stirring beyond the customary standard. In its thorough meditation on man's moral place, and its beautiful depiction of one version of life's trial, lies this film's joy.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
4/5 100% Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) A clear-eyed tribute to a unique career, and to the particular decades in British film and politics that it has spanned.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2016
3/5 94% The Last Man On The Moon (2016) Cernan is a wise, warm presence, and the specifics of his story are extraordinary enough to withstand the somewhat hackneyed treatment.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2016
4/5 94% King Jack (2016) At once harsh and wistful in its depiction of off-the-rails youth in a depressed New York town.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
4/5 33% Swung (2015) It's sleek, funny, and honest about life's discomforts.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2015
2/5 46% Closer To The Moon (2015) It has some moments that effectively convey the weirdness with which it deals; but for the most part it's a missed opportunity, marred by a lack of narrative conviction and tonal cohesion.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2015
3/5 73% Brand: A Second Coming (2015) Whether you like or loathe the man, this chaotic foray into his chaotic world has interesting things to say, not just about Brand and his fame, but about a personality type in which many will recognise aspects of themselves, or of people they know.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
3/5 67% Howl (2015) The black humour hits home without breaking the tension, while the gore - as one might expect given Hyett's background in makeup effects - is grimly convincing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2015
3/5 85% Just Jim (2015) Roberts shows more than enough skill in the film's better sequences to make his future efforts well worth keeping an eye out for.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
3/5 89% 52 Tuesdays (2015) Sophie Hyde's debut narrative feature is an unusual take on the 'issue film', which impresses by favouring intimacy, whimsical humour and spiky, inconsistent emotions over preaching.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2015
3/5 74% Welcome to Me (2015) Wiig's wearying brand of deadpan zaniness seems to work for a lot of people, but here it's stretched to its thinnest.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
4/5 77% Last Days In The Desert (2016) McGregor's dual role allows him to play to his strengths - open-faced amiability as Yeshua, and glinty mischief as the rather sympathetic Devil figure - and Hinds is marvellous.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2015
4/5 71% The Hallow (The Woods) (2015) Should be sought out by genre fans who like to cast their nets beyond Hollywood.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
3/5 80% Cop Car (2015) A knowing exercise in audience manipulation that has some impressive sequences, but always feels rather more show-offy than sincere, lacking the tightness and wit that could have made it a minimalist triumph.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015