Margaret Roarty

The Idea of You (2024) Review - Anne Hathaway stars in 'The Idea of You', an age gap romance fantasy that avoids saying anything real but is better than it needs to be. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Challengers (2024) Review - Zendaya, Mike Faist and Josh O'Connor star in the erotically charged tennis drama 'Challengers' (2024), an at times exhilarating but often underwhelming film from Luca Guadagnino. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Charade (1963) Review - 'Charade' (1963), Stanley Donen's thriller starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, has it all: laughter, suspense and a killer romantic pairing. Review by Margaret Roarty.
’10 Things I Hate About You’ at 25 – Review - At 25, '10 Things I Hate About You' invites us to remember how it feels to be young and foolish. It is one of the best teen comedies of all time. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) Review - Francis Ford Coppola and Gary Oldman gave vampires a whole new look in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', but it's the same story we know and love. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Lisa Frankenstein (2024) Review - Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse star in the uneven horror-romcom 'Lisa Frankenstein', from director Zelda Williams and writer Diablo Cody, a fun and cosmic ride. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Damsel (2024) Review - Millie Bobby Brown stars in Netflix film 'Damsel' (2024), an unimaginative take on the damsel in distress lacking in meaning or purpose. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Dune: Part Two (2024) Review - 'Dune: Part Two', starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and more, "feels monumental in the way all blockbusters should", is among cinema's greatest sci-fi films. Review by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Ways the Movies Say I Love You - Movies say love in big and small ways, through rain-soaked chases across town and poetic declarations of love, here are the 10 best ways they say "I love you". Article by Margaret Roarty.
Titanic (1997) Review - James Cameron's blockbuster romance 'Titanic' (1997) was a cultural phenomenon and impossible to ignore, and remains a testament to what movies can do: make us feel. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Every $1Billion+ Best Picture Nominee Ranked - Every billion-dollar box office megahit to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Titanic' and 'Barbie'. By Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with Cary Grant - Cary Grant was a brilliant, versatile actor who was one of the greatest movie stars of all time. Here's where to begin with his decades of cinema. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Mean Girls (2024) Review - The 2024 'Mean Girls' musical is as brittle and fake as plastic, Tina Fey phoning in what could have been a meaningful remake. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Sofia Coppola Movies Ranked - From 'The Virgin Suicides' to 'Priscilla' via Cannes and Oscars winners, the films of director Sofia Coppola ranked from worst to best. Article by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Films 2023: Margaret Roarty - In a year of struggle for filmmakers the world over, these 10 films - selected as the very best of 2023 - proved that relatable art is needed now more than ever. List by Margaret Roarty.
Anyone But You (2023) Review - 'Easy A' director Will Gluck balances humor and heart in 2023 romcom 'Anyone But You' starring Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell that proves love doesn't get old. Review by Margaret Roarty.
‘The Ten Commandments’ at 100 – Review - Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 silent epic 'The Ten Commandments' is impossible to watch without your mouth hanging open in awe. The artistry is astounding. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Wonka (2023) Review - Timothée Chalamet might be the only saving grace of Paul King's barely passable 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' prequel 'Wonka' (2023). Review by Margaret Roarty.
Little Women (1933) Review - George Cukor's 1933 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" starring Katharine Hepburn is perfect for those who may need an umbrella during a sun shower. Review by Margaret Roarty.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023) Review - The prequel to 'The Hunger Games' is another worthy entry into the canon, 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' offering a rich and intriguing peak into the past. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Bottoms (2023) Review - Emma Seligman's 'Bottoms' (2023) is a hilariously violent teen sex comedy co-written by co-star Rachel Sennott. This is a memorable satire that packs a punch. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Five Nights at Freddy’s (2023) Review - The long-awaited film adaptation of 'Five Nights at Freddy's' (2023), starring Josh Hutcherson in a haunted family fun restaurant, proves fan service can only get you so far. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Original vs Remake: Carrie (1976) vs Carrie (2013) - 'Carrie' (1976) vs 'Carrie' (2013), the Brian De Palma film versus the Kimberly Peirce adaptation based on Stephen King's novel. Which film is better? Article by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Films of All Time: Margaret Roarty - The 10 best films of all time according to The Film Magazine staff writer Margaret Roarty. List includes films from across genres, mediums and forms.
‘The Age of Innocence’ at 30 – Review - Thirty years on from the release of Martin Scorsese's 'The Age of Innocence' (1993), the Edith Wharton adaptation deserves a spot among his most accomplished works. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with Keanu Reeves - Where to start with the cinema of "the internet's boyfriend" Keanu Reeves, a beloved movie star for more than three decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Joe Wright Movies Ranked - Every feature film directed by British movie director Joe Wright ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Darkest Hour' and 'Atonement'. Article by Margaret Roarty.
‘The Piano’ at 30 – Review - The first film directed by a woman to win the Cannes Palme d'Or, 'The Piano' by Jane Campion is now 30. It is a gothic, dark tale that offers a strong female lead. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Barbie (2023) Review - It's easy to fall in love with 'Barbie' (2023) starring Margot Robbie because director Greta Gerwig speaks a universal truth about growing up and so much more. Review by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Lady Bird Moments - The best moments from Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut 'Lady Bird' (2017), starring Saoirse Ronan, Beanie Feldstein, Laurie Metcalf and others. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Asteroid City (2023) Review - Director Wes Anderson may have been mimicked on TikTok a lot recently, but his latest film 'Asteroid City' is all the proof you need of his genius. Review by Margaret Roarty.
‘Sleepless in Seattle’ at 30 – Review - 'Sleepless in Seattle' has endured as a top tier romantic comedy that could turn even the most steadfast cynic into a believer in love, fate, and the magic of the movies. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with Sidney Lumet - Sidney Lumet was one of American cinema's most prolific and celebrated filmmakers, an actor's director. Here is where to start with Sidney Lumet. Article by Margaret Roarty.
The Little Mermaid (2023) Review - Halle Bailey's vocal performance is the only highlight of a pale imitation of a much better movie. Disney and Rob Marshall's 'The Little Mermaid' (2023) review by Margaret Roarty.
Jane Campion Movies Ranked - From the Palme d'Or to the Oscar, history-making feat to challenging step into the unknown, the movies directed by Jane Campion ranked worst to best. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Pearl (2022) Review - Mia Goth carries 'X' prequel 'Pearl' (2022) on her back, her eyes wild and performance perfectly balanced. Ti West's sequel is better than the first. Review by Margaret Roarty.
X (2022) Review - Despite pacing issues and an unwillingness to engage with the time period, Mia Goth emerges as a star in Ti West's X (2022). Review by Margaret Roarty.
What Novelists Are For: ‘Atonement’ at 15 - Joe Wright's Oscar-winning period drama 'Atonement' is 15, and it remains an affecting film about stories and the very act of filmmaking. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
10 Sexiest Movie Vampires - The 10 sexiest movie vampires ever. From the silent era to the modern day, gory films to teen classics, the sexiest vampires in cinema history. List by Margaret Roarty.
The Others (2001) Review - With a twist "so obvious you won’t see it coming", Alejandro Amenábar's 'The Others' (2001) starring Nicole Kidman is still captivating and frightening today. Review by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Spirited Away Moments - The 10 best moments from 'Spirited Away', the Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli animated masterpiece about a young girl's adventures into another world. List by Margaret Roarty.
There’s No Place like St. Louis at Christmas - If 'The Wizard of Oz' taught us that there’s no place like home, 'Meet Me in St. Louis' taught us that, actually, there’s no place like St. Louis. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
Ten Women Who Defined and Evolved Horror’s Final Girl Trope - Ten of horror's most important final girls, from Sally Hardesty of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' to Laurie Strode of 'Halloween', Ellen Ripley of 'Alien' and beyond. List by Margaret Roarty.
Arrival and the Language of Cinema - In his 2016 science fiction film 'Arrival', director Denis Villeneuve expertly uses the power of cinematic language to take us on a mind bending journey of love, loss, and the inevitability of time. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
‘In the Cut’ and How Marriage Can Kill You, Actually - How Jane Campion erotic thriller 'In the Cut' (2003) starring Meg Ryan subverted the expectations of the erotic thriller genre and has gone underappreciated for close to two decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.