Katie Walsh


Katie Walsh
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 41% Donnybrook (2019) Anchored by a quartet of fierce performances, "Donnybrook" is an intense, visceral tone poem, a rumination on money and drugs and bloodshed as a means of making ends meet in the heartland of modern America. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
2.5/4 68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) "Isn't It Romantic" walks the line between subversive and sendup. It gleefully makes fun of the well-known tropes of romantic comedies, while also satisfying our desire to delight in said tropes. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet Heartlock (2019) Heartlock is lean, stylish and confidently crafted. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/4 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) With tonal inconsistencies and poorly written characters, any awe inspired by "Alita: Battle Angel" is replaced with a profound sense of confusion. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/4 76% Never Look Away (2019) Donnersmarck has crafted an unparalleled masterpiece, a three-plus hour epic that leaves you wanting more. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
46% Under the Eiffel Tower (2019) The film is light and follows a distinct formula, but Walsh is incredibly charming, and shares a potent chemistry with Godrèche. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
46% What Men Want (2019) Henson is a gifted actress and physical comedian. She manages to hold together "What Men Want" with the sheer force of her powerful charisma, but the film around her is harried, messy and woefully underwritten. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) You'll want to stand up and cheer when Paige triumphs in this winning family wrestling dramedy... just might make a a few more wrestling fans while it's at it, too. - Nerdist EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
88% Braid (2019) Peirone's first feature is marked by a daring style and a willingness to dive deeply into the darker psychology of female friendship. A uniquely feminine horror film, "Braid" is a bold debut worth watching. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 73% Cold Pursuit (2019) Bone-dry, ice-black, darkly violent and laugh-out-loud funny. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/4 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A sly, subversive and decidedly pointed argument against xenophobia that asks, can't we all just get along? ... Although it's packaged in a wild, neon-bright, irreverent movie about toy bricks, it's a moral that resonates deeply. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/4 88% Arctic (2019) A fine reminder of how cinematic language can and should transcend the spoken word... a meticulous portrait of survival and human determination. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
3.5/4 71% Piercing (2019) What a deliciously demented and disturbing drama Nicolas Pesce's "Piercing" is, dripping with gore and laden with forbidden innuendo. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 24% Miss Bala (2019) Achieving tonal balance between sociology and schlock is no easy task, and this film doesn't pull it off. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
21% Serenity (2019) The off-kilter, colorful, cartoonish fantasy of "Serenity" is just so odd and appealing that you want to spend time with the characters, aboard this ship, among the people of Plymouth in this crazy, upside-down world. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
89% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Cornish crafts a King Arthur movie that draws in a younger crowd, reinterprets the tale for a modern age and speaks consciously to the current political climate. That's quite the feat. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
86% Maggie's Plan (2016) Sweet but analytical and pragmatic in its approach to exploring the ways of navigating partnership, parenthood and personal values. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
36% Glass (2019) Shyamalan tosses the audience morsels of McAvoy during the dour treatise on comic book morality and existential questions about superheroes that is "Glass." - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
11% Replicas (2019) The filmmakers manage to avoid every potentially interesting choice for far dumber, and far more inexplicable, conclusions. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
2/4 40% The Upside (2019) It's a struggle to find the bright side to this rather hackneyed film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
2/4 58% A Dog's Way Home (2019) When the story lags, these are the flaws that pester, and even the cute factor of "A Dog's Way Home" can't obscure its narrative weaknesses. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/4 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) A rather broad biopic, but it beautifully argues the importance of Ginsburg's work - prior to the Supreme Court - and is a lovely tribute to the woman who would become the Notorious RBG. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
56% Maine (2018) Where "Maine" ultimately goes is a little off the map, but the mysterious emotional journey is nevertheless fascinating. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2.5/4 93% Bumblebee (2018) Several of the best lines come with a bit too big of a wink at the teen movie formula, which lends to a sense of irony that lingers around the edges of the otherwise deeply sincere film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2/4 72% Destroyer (2018) "Destroyer" feels like David Lynch directing a Michael Mann film, which is to say it's both not as entertaining as a Mann film and not as surreally intoxicating as a Lynch film. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/4 66% Vice (2018) An unyielding and necessary search party on a mission to excavate Cheney's soul. It's both frustrating and fitting that McKay never finds it. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
2.5/4 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) It all just feels incredibly effortful, not effervescent and light. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/4 65% Aquaman (2018) "Aquaman" is pure camp, wildly entertaining and an eye-popping spectacle. You have to admire the effort, scope and sheer audacity of everyone involved. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/4 27% Mortal Engines (2018) Visually, it's busy, hefty and propulsive, but emotionally and thematically, it's as light as air. These engines could have used a bit more in the tank. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/4 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) The delights of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" bring a newfound sense of joy and playfulness to the beloved character - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/4 70% The Mule (2018) By the end of the boring, racist melodrama that is "The Mule," thinking twice doesn't even seem worth the effort. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
3.5/4 64% Tyrel (2018) Silva's most political work yet--though it is sly and subtle, the intention is palpable, the emotions elicited all too real, and ultimately, "Tyrel" proves to be a fascinating entry in his body of work. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 59% Vox Lux (2018) It's rare that a movie with such a promising first half completely falls apart in the second - when the Oscar winner shows up. Portman's performance is a big, big swing - and a huge miss. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/5 17% The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) There are a few jumps and bumps, but there's no real sense of dread, unease or questioning. We simply watch the events unfold with a full understanding of what's going on. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/4 80% Ben is Back (2018) Roberts gives one of her most sensitive and searching performances yet... She is sensational across from Hedges, who portrays Ben with a sense of haunted, plaintive anguish. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/4 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) One can't help but feel this version of "Mary Queen of Scots" could only have been made in a post-Hillary world, fueled by feminist anger searching for validation, for confirmation that men have ruined everything for centuries. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/4 77% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) "Anna and the Apocalypse" draws from generic formulas but feels completely fresh. It's a blast, and the perfect antidote to sickly sweet holiday fare - this one's got some bite. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
71% Narcissister Organ Player (2018) A beautifully heartfelt and poetic tribute to the filmmaker's mother... a profoundly moving acknowledgement of the ineffable closeness of their bond, [is] an artist's statement as much as it is a performance piece. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
No Score Yet Be Natural (2018) What starts as a biography turns into a detective thriller as Green crisscrosses the globe, searching for clues as to why Guy-Blaché has been forgotten. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 84% Creed II (2018) The film simmers before it explodes, and it often, it maintains the slow burn for a moment too long in the quieter moments between family members. But when Caple really lets "Creed II" run wild, it's breathtaking. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) It's pretty incredible to see how the filmmakers easily and boldly slip concepts right from the therapist's office into the wild rumpus through the internet. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
83/100 14% Robin Hood (2018) While it plays fast and loose with loaded political iconography, this Robin Hood has brought a whole new dimension to this age-old tale. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
100% I Am Another You (2017) "I Am Another You" is a remarkably sensitive and lovely portrait of an individual, a family, and a life that shines an uncommonly humane light on the issues of mental illness and homelessness. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) While the pace of Instant Family can be relentless, with the supporting cast and a whole lot of genuine authenticity, Anders hits that sweet-spot of hilarious and heartwarming. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/4 91% Widows (2018) McQueen seems to be saying look again, look harder, because underneath the roiling tension of big money heists and the crunching of political gears is an examination about the ugly machinations of power, money and patriarchy. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
2.5/4 80% Overlord (2018) If anyone ever wished "Saving Private Ryan" were more of a B-movie splatterfest, "Overlord" is the movie for you. - Tribune News Service EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
64% Weightless (2018) There's a sense of beauty and contemplation in Albertin's work, and though it seems like danger hangs in the air, there's an odd lack of tension or suspense, and the film's pace requires incredible patience. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
80% Overlord (2018) For anyone who ever wished "Saving Private Ryan" were more of a B-movie splatterfest, "Overlord" is the movie for you. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
57% The Grinch (2018) "The Grinch" is beautiful to look at, and diverting enough. The material written to fill out the story is entertaining, but it doesn't resonate. You can't top what Seuss wrote. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
73% El Angel (El ángel) (2018) A nonchalant, sexy "Goodfellas"; a "Bonnie & Clyde" featuring two young men in a love story of sorts, one that defies categorization or labels, and is entirely driven by the taboo thrills of criminality. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018