Mike McCahill

Mike McCahill
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% For Sama (2019) Profoundly moving and unignorable, whether as proof of Assad's barbarism, or the unfailing ability of this world - and its most engaged cinema - to break your heart and sear your soul. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 93% Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019) It's one of those docs that wins you over with its spirit: the collected histories reframe the music as one of resistance, resilience, survival, and the tried-and-tested beats pulsing through the cinema sound-system can't help but back them up. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 68% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) The equivalent of the last comic on the shelf at the campsite supermarket: it may provide some distraction, but don't expect much. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 38% Angel Has Fallen (2019) As with many of [Butler's] recent projects, it's been compiled with minimal quality control, insistently cancelling out its better ideas with turns for the derivative. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) An appreciably peppy entertainment. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Van Orman approaches this expanded universe with something of the visual ambition of Pixar's Brad Bird and a restless, playful spirit reminiscent of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/5 100% The Edge (2019) Some intriguing turn in this narrative elevates the film a notch or two over standard sports-doc fodder. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Queen's Corgi (2019) Kesteloot and Stassen are too busy scrabbling for content - basically fine, largely indifferent, sometimes misjudged - to fill the gaps between the frenetic set pieces. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Arifa (2019) Here's a homegrown debut that appears hellbent on snuffing out its own flickers of promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) The film gets episodic late on, yet remains stimulating and provocative - filmed history that means to prompt debate, rather than light matinee snoozing. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
4/5 70% Mari (2018) An engrossing close study of a thirtysomething woman caught between two worlds, and two states of being. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) It's the kind of verbose corporate parable David Mamet would sit down to write after a heavy night on the sauce. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) Think of it as a movie-length episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 59% Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019) Gallagher remains a showman; what the directors reveal is the musician having to work doubly hard to win back those fans he mugged off a decade ago. Odds are this story has a third act. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 29% Bharat (2019) Bharat needs rewrites, or at least some kind of breath test. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet I Love My Mum (2019) The writing rarely rises above bizarro sketchiness, and if you think the deployment of mute migrants as a plot device is glib, wait until you see the punchline. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 89% John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (L'empire de la perfection) (2018) McEnroe makes a fascinating focal point. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
2/5 60% Breakthrough (2019) Here is another illustration of how the faith-based drama has pushed into cinemas material indistinguishable from vast swathes of the afternoon TV schedule. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 91% Beats (2019) Compared with Mia Hansen-Løve's resonant French house drama Eden, or Michael Winterbottom's kaleidoscopic 24 Hour Party People, these beats sound tinny. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet The Corrupted (2019) The storytelling connecting its disparate elements starts to feel dashed-off, as if somebody involved couldn't wait for it to occupy the 10pm slot on London Live that may be its destiny. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Dead Good (2018) Rose leads us gently, and with obvious empathy, into surprising and enlightening areas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
2/5 51% A Dog's Journey (2019) Only its restlessness feels novel, tailored as it is to wet-nosed viewers made distractible by hours of scrolling through floof-centric Instagram feeds. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 81% Long Shot (2019) Casting Theron as a statuesque alpha is no stretch, yet the fun here lies in watching this performer relax around Rogen in a way few recent projects have allowed her to do. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Fischer literalises the turbulence we're now navigating, and asks some stern questions of our moral compasses. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 73% The Dig (2018) With admirable economy the Tohills and screenwriter Stuart Drennan establish a stand-off between men in small, dark holes who have sublimated all feeling into obsessive, possibly futile activity. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 38% Kalank (2019) A superlative piece of technical craft, one that rolls off several of the year's most beauteous shots. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) You and your children will have sat through many worse films that took far easier routes to the screen - which is not to say that Wonder Park is not immediately forgettable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 83% Amazon Adventure (2017) The film sets about its task in the same spirit of wide-eyed wonder as its subject, using movie art to bolster its science, and thereby retooling the Imax screen to serve as a high-powered microscope. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 55% Five Feet Apart (2019) [Richardson] surely realises, as Fault's Shailene Woodley did before her, that this is the kind of marshmallow martyrdom that has to be briskly worked through before they let you at the grownup scripts. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet 90 Minutes (2019) With Chelsea money and a few more drafts, Baker might have arrived at a match-day fresco that merited the Altman comparisons he surely set out for. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts (2018) Though the rehearsal footage is as sketchy as rehearsal footage tends to be, Zine has the sense to fold his cast-sourced anecdotes into the strongest potted history the movies have so far provided of this situation. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 53% Fisherman's Friends (2019) This gentle, sweet-natured comedy has warmth and a certain X factor of likability, helped by big-hearted performances from a cast including Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 86% The Hole in the Ground (2019) A film operating at a suspenseful, spider-like creep that allows it to skirt your defences and get some distance under the skin. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 82% Instant Family (2018) If it can't entirely banish the spectre of 12A-rated blandness from its doorstep, Instant Family retains the obvious appeal of watching basically nice people attempt a fundamentally decent thing for a few hours. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 73% Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) A closet door has been opened, calmly yet decisively and resonantly: it remains to be seen what - and who - comes out of it. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
1/5 No Score Yet The Gandhi Murder (2019) We may not witness an eggier film all year. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons (2018) We're left with glimpses and glimmers of a cinema growing in confidence - one that's learning how to put its resources up on screen in ways that might appeal to audiences at home and abroad. But it's still early days. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Plagi Breslau (2018) Offering a set-piece every 10 minutes, a twist every 30, it's pure pulp, but Vega knows how to sell it, and there are pearls of wisdom amid the nastiness. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
1/5 67% Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (2018) It never transcends its resemblance to a trailer for other forms of product, landing just in time for Christmas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2018
2/5 42% Hell Fest (2018) Plotkin's relentless button-pushing, coupled to the script's cringe-inducing yooftalk, instead mark Hell Fest as unmistakably the work of middle-aged execs trying to jab suggestible teenagers back into cinemas. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 21% Thugs of Hindostan (2018) This is a film with money to burn, and it unabashedly torches each rupee before your eyes. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Squadron 303 (Dywizjon 303) (2018) Another week, another plucky recruit to our ever-swelling reserves of war movies, attempting to recreate aspects of a major global conflict on a tuppence-ha'penny budget. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Waiting for You (2017) You wait for it to get good, gripping or perhaps great, yet it remains stubbornly passable. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet An Artist's Eyes (2018) A sketch of as yet unfulfilled promise. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 36% Hunter Killer (2018) Toning down his usual act in a manner that suggests he's finally read his reviews, Butler gives it handfuls of dramatic ballast, but this vessel has been badly compromised: any interest seeps out by the frame. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
2/5 48% Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Yielding fewer jolts and giggles than its predecessor, the results play more like functionally programmed babysitting software than any work of the imagination. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
B 100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) They Shall Not Grow Old arrives as clinching proof of just how far Peter Jackson has traveled in three decades. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Kler (2018) Here are sad, lonely, damaged men, clinging to their dog collars even as circumstances transform them into vices around their necks. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
2/5 41% MFKZ (2018) Enjoyment will depend on a tolerance for that randomness teenagers apparently find hilarious. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Strangeways Here We Come (2017) Green, 50, often gives the impression of being a 15-year-old whose parents bought him a camera to prise his hands from his underpants. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018