Tara Brady

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Land Without God (2019) Beats a furious path to escape the weight of generations of trauma and systemic abuse. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 43% The Addams Family (2019) Don't expect any of the wit or charm of the 1960s TV show or Barry Sonnenfeld's big-screen adaptations. Monstrous. But not in kooky, spooky way. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's fine for two hours. But all the diversity window dressing can't hide Dark Fate's inconsequentiality. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) There's something ... of Werner Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath of God in Colombian director Alejandro Landes's surreal, wildly beautiful third feature. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 91% Luce (2019) Kelvin Harrison jnr, the young star of It Comes by Night, is superb in a shifting, slippery role. ... A performance and a film worth mulling over. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 79% Get Santa (2014) There are enough welcome details in the margins to keep viewers from fidgeting: a likeable if unevenly paced story, some inventive Lapland-related steampunk, and character actors one would happily crawl over jagged holly to see. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) So here come words we weren't necessarily expecting to write : give Jennifer Lopez the freaking Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress right now. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) At times the film is so thoughtful, so interior, the dialogue can sound like it came from a classy mindfulness app. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) A lovely, warm family picture featuring a star-making turn from Awkwafina. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
1/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Sounds like it was cribbed off a particularly pompous stack of inspirational posters, with lots of guff about promises and "the things we wish we could leave behind". - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) The phrase "Never bring a knife to a gunfight" is radically undermined by a sequence that goes from machine gun fight, to pistol duel, to knife fight, to fisticuffs, to homoerotic frenemy moment. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Satan hasn't looked this appealing since John Milton's romantic write-up in Paradise Lost. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
4/5 82% Crawl (2019) Note perfect, impeccably timed, thrillingly stressful, brilliantly cinematic, inventively gory, and under 90 minutes. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
1/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Not so much a movie as a contemplative space wherein the viewer ... explores the shifting dynamic between the eponymous plush toys and the hegemony of play. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
5/5 80% Holiday (2018) The gauzy cinematography, languid pacing and glossy resort backdrop somehow add to the overall distress and the vice-like grip of the drama. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 86% Animals (2019) [A] preposterous version of the Irish capital wherein folk who can't hold down barista jobs live in vast Georgian houses, or perform sean-nós in salons surrounded by objects d'art. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield maintains a delicate balance throughout. It's a tribute to his skill that critics have pulled this way and that on the film's depiction of Cohen. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 100% Only You (2018) The beautifully streamlined screenplay is as economical as it is unexpectedly revelatory. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 95% In Fabric (2019) Unlike Strickland's previous work ... it always feels like homage rather than art in its own right. A fabulous, spooky thing just the same. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) In common with its predecessor, Midsommar is rooted in the sobbing, shrieking, Bergmanesque horrors of grief. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) At its best and funniest, Jon Watt's second Spider-Man film plays like Sweet Valley High with a powered guest star. But as a Marvel film, it's a little flat and low-key. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Himesh Patel has a wide-eyed charisma; Lily James, although underused, is a delight, and the earnestly-covered songs ensure this is a magical mystery tour worth boarding. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) A thing to be admired and puzzled over, featuring fantastic feats of millinery. Magic and hats, anyone? - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
1/5 38% PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups (2018) In keeping with the ideologically contradictory political theatre pioneered by Vladislav Surkov, the film's orthodoxy is offset by the film-makers' gleeful dismissal of Aristotelian structure - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) A sloppy affair, and Illumination's weakest film since 2011's Hop. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 64% Memoir of War (La douleur) (2018) La Douleur? Oui. Et les longueurs! - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) The glacial pace is counterpointed by wavy heat and golden, nostalgic hues. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) Director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) may be a dab hand at things that go bump in the night, but action is not his strong point. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) A huge showcase for Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who brings grit, determination, and quiet charisma to every scene. An engaging curiosity and an absolute joy. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Is A Dog's Journey manipulative? Absolutely. Is it effective? Hell, yes. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Fischer's second feature is so minimalist it makes JC Chandor man-in-a-boat survival drama All is Lost look like Waterworld. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 81% Sorry Angel (Plaire, aimer et courir vite) (2019) A dying-young movie where everything else is working towards a strangely low-key and life-affirming dénouement. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Above all things, this is a film about the impossibility of love: it's When Harry Met Sally played out on a thorny landscape with a thornier ending. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 60% Greta (2019) This is Jordan's lightest, darkest film in years. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 75% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Many genre fans will flinch, but if you can throw down with postmodernity and the prickliness, this is something to see. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 73% Lost & Found (2019) Some of the performances are better than others. And the long production period means that facial hair is apt to disappear from scene to scene. But O'Mochain gets the hard part right in maintaining a very whimsical tone. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s feels like a male retort to Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird or Crystal Moselle's Skate Kitchen. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 86% Out of Innocence (2016) Budgetary constraints occasionally tell, particularly during crowd scenes, but the bad old days have seldom looked grimmer. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) This writer would like to thank the young gentleman who vigorously kicked the back of her chair during the family preview screening, thereby keeping her awake. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) An experienced cast bring psychological depth and fun, and the animatronic cat is never dull, but it's newcomer Jeté Laurence who walks off with the movie. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The Sisters Brothers hovers unconvincingly between tones. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Although markedly less wispy than the director's award-winning The Wonders, Happy as Lazzaro, like its elusive protagonist, is dreamy, lightly comic and unfailingly nice. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Following on from the Freudian gothic of Coraline and the junkyard socialism of The Boxtrolls, Missing Link conjures a universe of faux-Victoriana, frontier America and Nepalese peaks - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) Working from a screenplay co-written with Dennis Magnusson, Åkerlund accentuates the squabbling, misogynist club-house mentality of what became the "Black Circle". - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 57% The Highwaymen (2019) It's a little disconcerting watching a film that begs you to root for killer American cops in the era of Black Lives Matter. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
3/5 37% Out of Blue (2019) There are moments when Carol Morley's fourth feature offers a fair approximation of early David Lynch or mid-period Nic Roeg - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2019
42% Faster (2010) A white trash cousin to Jason Statham's geezer fu movies, this is no-nonsense, high- octane and as speedy as the title dares to suggest. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 90% Benjamin (2018) Under the satire, there's an authentic sense of emotional uncertainty. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 95% Ray & Liz (2019) A sometimes gruelling, uncompromising and contrarily beautiful film, it's an intriguing headspace for both film-maker and viewer. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 44% What Men Want (2019) An excellent cast elevates a wacky, crowded script with too few, actual jokes and a disappointingly conventional denouement. - Irish Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019