Tara Brady


Tara Brady
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Irish Times, Hot Press

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Artist (2011) The fiction, ultimately, is the thing. The Artist, in the best possible sense, is more of a movie than a film. It's played for laughs and tears; it switches from action to tenderness; it's got a really funny dog. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
4/5 94% 1985 (2018) The writer-director offers no easy solutions, relying instead on a stellar cast and nuanced responses. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) Boy Erased is careful to humanise Jared's parents as loving, but wrongheaded. If anything, it's too respectful of their damaging views. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Effective Hallmark sentiment, some terrific darkly humorous banter from Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro's case workers, and a grand lump-in-the-throat finale that salutes foster carers. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
4/5 65% Lizzie (2018) Takes its title character out of folk history and rewrites her as a queer proto-feminist battling against the worst excesses of patriarchal power. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 95% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) As with its predecessors, the third Dragon film zips along, punctuated by credible action sequences and gleeful silliness. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Sadly, the film is too muddled, overly serious, and wholly implausible to fly. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A decent, and very old-fashioned, family film. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 45% Second Act (2018) Lopez is still a star and no mistake. But not for the first time in her chequered screen career, one wishes she was better served by the material. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 88% Fyre (2019) Chris Smith's chronicle of the catastrophic event ought to be the schadenfreude event of the year, and for a while it is. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) The lack of any kind of third act doesn't even allow it to pass for a solid "disease of the week" picture. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) There are no answers here, easy or otherwise, only dilemmas and counterpoints. A remarkably sure-footed first film from writer-director Green. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 94% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
4/5 62% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
4/5 100% Dead Souls (2018) Essential, if sobering work - Irish Times EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (2018) Never mind Christmas. Can you survive Surviving the Relatives at Christmas? - Irish Times EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) Marginally more tolerable than the last one. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
3/5 70% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 91% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 76% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 61% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
5/5 91% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 49% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
2/5 68% The Seagull (2018) This isn't a movie. It's tonal warfare. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This exquisite, bittersweet sophomore effort announces Akhavan as a major talent. - Irish Times EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 78% The King (2018) It's all rather random, but never dull. - Irish Times EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018