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Michael O'Sullivan
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/4 93% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) "Ballad" paints a deliciously dismal portrait of the human condition.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2.5/4 41% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Despite Lisbeth's makeover, there's still something cool, complicated and compelling about this "Girl."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3/4 54% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) "The Crimes of Grindelwald" has one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
1/4 56% Outlaw King (2018) This tedious slog through the highland muck should win no Oscars, only groans and raspberries.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/4 32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) In the end, Nutcracker is a delightfully old-school diversion. ‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
2/4 62% Suspiria (2018) Call it an art-house slasher film. Call it a beautiful mess. Just don't call me with questions about what any of it means.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
43% The Portrait of a Lady (1996) Director Jane Campion not only alludes to the contemporary resonance of this hundred-year-old tale, but with this bold stamp she lays claim to the story that follows as wholly her own.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
2.5/4 93% Wildlife (2018) A slightly wobbly - if just this side of wonderful - film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/4 96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) A balanced and deeply satisfying documentary assessment of his work...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2.5/4 61% The Oath (2018) A blistering political satire that may rip the bandage and the scab, as well as a lot of the skin, off a political wound that has barely had time to heal.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
3/4 73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Part B-movie sendup, part noirish hybrid of mystery and black comedy, and all original.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/4 95% Private Life (2018) "Private Life" earns its laughs, to be sure. But more important, it earns the tears of recognition that fall, gently and warmly, between the yuks.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/4 96% The Hate U Give (2018) Its dead seriousness lends this engrossing film urgency.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
2.5/4 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) "Fahrenheit 11/9" painstakingly pivots, from a movie that seems to be working overtime to depress us to a movie that means to inspire us.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 64% Lizzie (2018) Macneill and Kass weaken their message of female empowerment by pushing it past politics to pulp fiction.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
3/4 97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) A remarkable, strange and politically potent first film.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
2.5/4 58% White Boy Rick (2018) "White Boy Rick" is an engrossing-enough cautionary tale, if that's what it is. It's even an entertaining one, in an unsavory kind of way.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 91% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The film offers insight and eye candy, despite the fact that it is far more traditional - in style and format - than its subject.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/4 70% The Apparition (L'apparition) (2018) [A] peculiar yet provocative film, which exerts a slow, mesmeric pull over the course of nearly 2 1/2 hours.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/4 59% Operation Finale (2018) It's neither great nor terrible, neither stylish nor unsexy, but exists in some serviceable compromise between both extremes.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 55% The Bookshop (2018) It's a strange film: small, sad (without being tragic) and yet sweet without being syrupy.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/4 95% Crime + Punishment (2018) For the most part, the film balances its outrage with objectivity.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
1.5/4 52% Papillon (2018) Why on earth would anyone try to improve on - let alone equal - the rousingly entertaining, if melodramatic, original?‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
3/4 82% Juliet, Naked (2018) A sweet-tart confection that, like lemon sorbet, cleanses a palate gone sour from too many cinematic servings of the heavy stuff.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
2.5/4 81% Alpha (2018) Smit-McPhee is... quite affecting, in a performance that calls for very little speaking, and a screen partner that is, well, known for chewing the scenery.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
1.5/4 65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) This "Midsummer" is a chore.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
2/4 45% The Meg (2018) Unlike his action-movie rival Johnson, Statham does not have the charisma to carry this film. He gets the job done all right, but makes it feel more like work than play.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) "Miseducation" more often opts for nuance than burlesque, and that is its strength.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/4 71% Christopher Robin (2018) A sweetly good-natured fable, with winning voice performances by Disney veteran Jim Cummings in the dual roles of Pooh and Tigger, and especially by Brad Garrett as the perpetually gloomy Eeyore.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3.5/4 99% McQueen (2018) "McQueen" makes the case that its subject was an artist whose clay was clothing. It also, despite giving short shrift to psychoanalysis, reminds us that everything you might want to know about the artist can be found in the art.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
3/4 45% Generation Wealth (2018) If "Generation Wealth" has a message that empty acquisitiveness is bad, it delivers it, like the rest of her work, by showing, not telling.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2.5/4 79% Love, Cecil (2018) Thorough and pleasurable - if lightweight...‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
2/4 51% Equalizer 2 (2018) McCall, for all his high-minded talk, seems to take a little too much sick glee in all the bloodletting he engages in.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
2.5/4 95% Dark Money (2018) [It] will either bore you to death or boil your blood. As a Washington political junkie, I fall into the latter camp. Your results may vary.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
2/4 46% Skyscraper (2018) "Skyscraper" is dumb summer fun.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3.5/4 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Foster and McKenzie are almost symbiotic here, with the young actress, a native of New Zealand, delivering a startlingly confident performance that is, by every measure, the equal of Foster's.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
2.5/4 52% Boundaries (2018) That's the easy, low-grade charm of "Boundaries." Like the effects of Grandpa's weed, its performances loosen up - and at times even find the profundity in - a stiff and sometimes silly tale.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
45% Deep Impact (1998) When all is said and done, it is precisely such lackluster imitations of real life that prevent this lightweight melodrama from leaving any deep, or lasting, impact of its own.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
3/4 91% Eating Animals (2018) "Eating Animals," at its core, poses two hard questions, the latter of which might seem intractable: "How did we get here?" and "How do we go somewhere else?"‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
2/4 33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Despite sterling performances, "The Catcher Was a Spy" ultimately loses its luster in the murk surrounding the man it calls a "walking enigma."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3/4 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Its smallness is its strength - as is its silence. That's the odd and evocative resonance of "Hearts Beat Loud."‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
4/4 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Perhaps most intriguingly, Incredibles 2 is both pop-culture eye candy and a sly critique of it.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/4 88% American Animals (2018) "American Animals" is fascinating, funny and, in the end, deep.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) Awkwafina... injects a refreshing dash of street culture to a cast and story line that leans heavily on haute couture.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
2/4 74% Little Pink House (2018) "Litte Pink House" feels like it's only ever checking off the requisite moments of civic outrage, while failing to connect with viewers on a level that's deeper than the average made-for-TV issue-of-the-week movie.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
2.5/4 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) When it works, it works. And even when it doesn't, it's just endearing enough to earn a bit of forgiveness for its flaws.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/4 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) In its own delicate way, like a piece of tear-soaked tissue paper, it holds the memory of heartbreak.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/4 84% Sollers Point (2018) What "Sollers Point" accomplishes is a singular balancing act, compensating for the mood of heavy discouragement with only the slenderest thread of hope.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
2.5/4 94% Beast (2018) The film's refusal to obey genre rules can be as disorienting as it is refreshing.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
2.5/4 69% The Seagull (2018) If nothing else, the movie is a double tour de force of acting.‐ Washington Post
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018