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Roe McDermott
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Overall, The Pieces I Am is a celebratory, empowering and vivacious documentary, allowing audiences to bask in the company of the woman behind the legacy.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) It's a level of insight and emotion the film should have brought to all of its characters. But The Photograph remains (sorry) underdeveloped.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 78% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Rewriting history may usually be more even, though it's rarely this evocative.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
95% Calm With Horses (2019) Jarvis is a compelling presence onscreen, bringing a clumsy warmth and innocence to his role, so that even as he beats men to a pulp, you're rooting for him to escape his no-exit existence.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
90% Dark Waters (2019) They say nothing sticks to Teflon, and in Todd Haynes' corporate conspiracy drama Dark Waters, you'll realise that not much sticks to evil corporations either.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
3.5/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Though some narrative and thematic threads fail to cohere, and Cage's performance and accent are mercurial mysteries, the visuals are beautiful and disturbing - and the wild, strange silliness never fails to entertain.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) The film is messy, with an occasionally strained script and meandering sequences.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) We need a different word for masterpiece.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) From his opening shots, Bong Joon-Ho establishes the upstairs/downstairs dynamic of his razorsharp, bleakly funny, unmistakably furious skewering of capitalism and class divides.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
82% Queen & Slim (2019) It's surprising that Lena Waithe's writing is the most disappointing aspect of the film. While Kaluuya and Turner-Smith are impressive, their characters - Queen especially - remain hugely underdeveloped.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
81% Mr. Jones (2020) While the film never matches the emotional power of its Ukraine sequences, the final act harnesses that impact for a rousing, conspiracy-fuelled drama.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
76% Richard Jewell (2019) Like the story at its core, Richard Jewell is alternately fascinating and frustrating - revealing the entrenched flaws and biases of those entrusted to tell it.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 94% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) [T]he consistently entertaining, crowd-pleasing, madcap film finds the joy both in Dickens' words, and the wealth of British talent on display - in all its diversity.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) While the cinematography and costuming capture the absurd, Barbie-blonde sheen demanded at Fox, this horrifying, ugly and all too real story could have done with less of a filter.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) An emotional and artistic masterclass.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) A radiant, huge-hearted film that embraces the messy beauty of growing up.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Griffin Davis is a wonderfully expressive young actor, and the film's Wes Anderson-like absurdity and great, Bowie-filled soundtrack are fun.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The wickedly talented ensemble cast are clearly having an absolute blast - and you will too.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
82% The Report (2019) In an era where important questions are being asked about transparency, accountability and how those who speak truth to power are treated, The Report is authentic, enraging and riveting thriller.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Still, the film is beautifully edited, moving from a violent portrait of tough men into a character study of loneliness and old age - but never quite remorse.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
91% Luce (2019) Watts and Spencer have some excellent scenes, crackling with energy and unarticulated tension, but the language can feel overburdened with significance.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) A sequence where a frostbitten Wren must climb the outside of the balloon is truly thrilling, but the slowly paced, drawn-out flashbacks and increasingly stilted script prove deflating. Still, it's a lovely journey to watch on the big screen.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Exquisite, scorching and utterly humane.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
88% Sorry We Missed You (2020) The performances feel realistic and understated, and the weight of Loach's vision is always evident: the debasing cruelty of these economies, the devastating impact they have on good people.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Overall, an underwhelming effort.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Though it may prove too slow and opaque for some, The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a heartbreaking elegy elevated by specificity, but universal in its emotion.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
68% Joker (2019) As a nightmarish portrait of urban isolation and a gritty comic book origin story, the movie is superbly acted and tensely paced. It also lacks nuance and plays into well-worn tropes. It's good. It's not great.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) It's both impressive and deeply conventional.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
88% Ready or Not (2019) It's silly subversive fun - it just could have sought out more smarts.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
2.5/5 42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) The tension-filled score, use of claustrophobic spaces and the central performances make this a serviceable late night TV offering. Just leave your brain four days behind you.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 82% Judy (2019) Zellweger's performance is more layered than the film, which remains superficial and conventional.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
98% The Farewell (2019) The Farewell can feel careful and overscripted, indicating Wang's personal instinct to protect the characters and not delve too deeply into harsh truths. But this decision feels as loving as the film does.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 94% The Mustang (2019) Matthias Schoenaerts is remarkable in soulful drama.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Yes, kids, strap in for Jaws-meets-Twister-meets-Snakes On A Plane. The chomping is coming from inside the house.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 95% Gaza (2019) [Keane and McConnell's] documentary is personal, compassionate and beautifully shot; their treatment of the people of Gaza empathetic and humane.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3/5 51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) Pretty, potential-filled, and ultimately a let-down.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2019
3.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Brilliantly acted, indulgent, predictable, and somehow still utterly convinced that being anti-progress and anti-counter-cultures makes you a rebel, not the status quo.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The definition of fun, silly escapism.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) 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.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 80% Photograph (2019) [Ritesh Batra] imbues Photograph with an impressive stillness and realism.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 87% Animals (2019) Hyde's poetic vision embodies the beautifully raw and transient experience of her characters.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2.5/5 70% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) It might distract young kids handily enough, but for your own sanity, just introduce them to Monty Python instead.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
41% Stuber (2019) Stuber's comedic elements make for an enjoyable if forgettable Friday cinema trip, but the action sequences are surprisingly gritty.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Made after their deaths, this film is a tribute to them, their enduring romance, and the culture that sparked it.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
72% Gwen (2019) Though playing with elements of horror, folklore and psychology, the narrative and character development remains undercooked and frustratingly opaque.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
87% Pavarotti (2019) 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.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) 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.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Maybe the ambience and irony are enough for diehard Jarmusch fans. But for everyone else, life's too short.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
84% The Brink (2019) 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.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) [T]his high-concept musical fairytale might be one of cinema's greatest representations of imposter syndrome.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019