Tara Brady

Tara Brady
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) Shares intriguing intersections with All the President's Men, The Post and The Candidate, the pacy chatter is never less than compelling, and there are lovely supporting turns.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) Knightley, as the titular French writer, has seldom been better or more dazzling.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 95% RBG (2018) A documentary that was as sober as its subject might have spent more time on the fascinating archival audio ... but this breezy primer is hard to argue with.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 63% Bird Box (2018) A challenging depiction of motherhood ... It's a compelling idea that stays with the viewer long after the genre trappings. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 100% Khrustalyov, mashinu! (Khrustalyov, My Car!) (1998) Shot in stark, high-contrast monochrome, a ceaseless, roving camera, Altmanesque overlapping dialogue and entirely random incidents make for chaotic viewing. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 98% Free Solo (2018) The vast, sublime shots of Honnold framed by trees and valleys far, far below, are simply magic. Terrifying, but magic.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
2/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) Mortal Engines is pathologically wedded to its steampunk aesthetic. Often it feels like being battered half to death with a copy of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) Essential, if sobering work‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
3/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Angelina Jolie is unimpeachably well cast as the hitherto evil - now merely misunderstood - sorceress who, outraged by patriarchal abuse, does what she does to the region's fairest princess.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Busy, boundless and brilliantly bonkers, this is the madcap Marxist adventure comedy you need to see right now.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 52% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) An adult-oriented Jungle Book might have been a neat innovation if only the script, credited to Callie Kloves, weren't so listless.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
3/5 41% Dark Skies (2013) Alas, several decades of Majestic 12 conspiracy theories work to undermine the novelty and Stewart's best efforts. Fun, nonetheless.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Disobedience eschews emotional pyrotechnics in favour of restraint, meaningful sideways glances, and whispered arguments.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) A story that effortlessly segues from feel-good to tragedy to full-blown conspiracy. Even the reenactments ... are carefully and economically used. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 0% Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) Never mind Christmas. Can you survive Surviving the Relatives at Christmas?‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3/5 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Fede Alvarez is a fine action director, and his exciting set-pieces provide decent compensation for Lisbeth's now omnipotent skills. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 0% Nativity Rocks! (2018) Marginally more tolerable than the last one.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 71% The Christmas Chronicles (2018) Angry Birds director Clay Kaytis delivers a predictable stocking filler from a screenplay that ultimately slides into mushy family melodrama.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Make Us Dream (2018) The most ardent Liverpool haters will find plenty of entertainment in the film's larger engagement with the Premier League. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Couldn't look more like a carefully constructed omnibus if it emerged from the Amicus imprint during the 1960s and featured Christopher Lee as the Host and Joan Collins as the Girl.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) It zips by cartoonishly and pleasingly enough. The gore and blood work is fun, even if none of it comes close to eliciting anything like a scare.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 58% The Grinch (2018) It's a short and simple movie which is a relief given the clutter of the 2000 version, not to mention Illumination's last messy seasonally-themed entertainment, Hop. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Decent actors attempt to prop up what quickly becomes a meaningless, indigestible blur of CGI.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 92% Mirai (2018) A crucial scene at a train station ... is almost heartstopping, but the film is never so intimidating that it won't charm audiences from Kun's age and up.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 75% Utøya: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) It's a grim, startling, and immersive experience, but without the historical rigour of Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday or the comforting heroics of United 93.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 62% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) In common with The Proclaimers film, this is very much a jukebox musical which rests entirely on the viewer's tolerance (or love) for Queen's music -- don't like the band; nothing to see here -- and Rami Malek's appropriately majestic performance.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 92% Mandy (2018) This is very much a 2018 film, with all our era's horrors and inadequacies and injustice exposed, writ large and remedied only by a retreat into fantasy.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 88% Under the Wire (2018) Under the Wire doesn't do enough to tease out the politics of the Syrian conflict. Worse, it fails to profile either Colvin or Conroy with anything like enough depth.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
4/5 97% Lucky (2017) This is no fluffy eulogy or hagiography. There are flashes of anger and discontentedness throughout.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
3/5 91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Aside from these important issues of representation and diversity, Crazy Rich Asians marks a welcome return for the funny, giddy, likeable, glamorous Hollywood romcom.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 48% Superfly (2018) The clothes are great. The cribs are well-appointed. The fight sequences, although too few, are nicely choreographed. Yet none of it seems to coalesce into a movie.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 69% The Seagull (2018) This isn't a movie. It's tonal warfare.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This exquisite, bittersweet sophomore effort announces Akhavan as a major talent.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 87% Upgrade (2018) Jed Palmer's excellent 1980s-alike score would alone justify the admission price. Good, clean, gory fun.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 88% American Animals (2018) It's a clever film even when its characters are the opposite. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 81% C'est la vie (Le sens de la fête) (2017) Despite a fine, fun, multicultural ensemble cast, not every character and subplot here is gold, but the film breezes along so amiably that its weaker moments never grate. It's a shame that such an obvious crowd-pleaser is getting such a limited release.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 78% The King (2018) It's all rather random, but never dull. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
1/5 24% Luis and The Aliens (2018) Tonally and narratively, Luis and the Aliens is a dog's dinner.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 79% Alpha (2018) Smit-McPhee has to do most of the heavy lifting, and he does so with such magnetism, he puts the aurora borealis sequence to shame.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
80% Silent Grace (2002) Wonderfully humane, even-handed and quietly joyful.‐ Hot Press
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) It's often cheesy and it's not deep, despite repeated cameos for a copy of Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, but it is, appropriately enough, the equal of The Equalizer.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
3/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Appropriately super. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) The biggest problem, however, is the Meg itself. Director Jon Turteltaub sees to have entirely misinterpreted the mechanics of the creature feature. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
5/5 84% Under the Tree (Undir trénu) (2018) A remarkable writer-director gifted with razor-sharp wit and an uncanny grasp of human foibles, Sigurðsson is the best approximation to a 21st century Billy Wilder that contemporary cinema has to offer.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/5 58% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Figuratively speaking, Unfriended 2 puts a sheet over its head and says "whooo; the internet is scary". It is seldom as scary as a sheet. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3/5 60% Dog Days (2018) Vanessa Hudgens pops up to ask the question that mankind has been grappling with for ages. Why isn't Vanessa Hudgens in more things?‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
4/5 93% Sicilian Ghost Story (2018) The film-makers deftly husband moods and tones. Everything still hinges on the excellent performances of Fernandez and Jedlikowska. The teenagers, who had never acted before, acquit themselves with plenty of verve.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2018
3/5 40% Extinction (2018) Budgetary constraints tell throughout. Although shot in Serbia, for long stretches Extinction might have been filmed in a cardboard box with a dry ice machine.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/5 59% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) Even watched beside various incarnations of the Addams and the Munsters, this remains the most family-friendly and proudly silly of all the monster dynasties.‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
4/5 100% The Bleeding Edge (2018) The only non-surprise in this eye-opening chronicle is that no representatives for the manufacturers or for the FDA agreed to be interviewed. ‐ Irish Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018