Amber Wilkinson

Amber Wilkinson

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Eye for Film , iofilm.co.uk
Critics' Group:
Online Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
767
Total QuickRatings:
1
Location:
Edinburgh

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 767
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 —— La plaga (The Plague) " The characters may be variously plagued by debt, illness and emotional strain but they also prove there is conoslation in friendship and that a single shared chocolate can be more important and touching than a thousand words." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 12, 2013
3.5/5 79% 42 (2013) " A handsome and suprisingly sturdy undertaking that explores the insidious effects of racism with a sharp eye." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 12, 2013
4/5 100% Metro Manila (2013) " Metro Manila is a film to be reckoned with, offering a gripping narrative, poetic imagery and some social commentary to boot." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 11, 2013
4/5 100% A World Not Ours (2014) " Forgetting Ain El-Heweh seems to be something the rest of the world has got good act, Fleifel's heart-felt film is a powerful reminder." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2.5/5 —— When Night Falls " Nai puts in an understated performance as Wang, but Ying coats many of the scenes in heavy symbolism." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2.5/5 —— Svengali " The comedy and characterisations in Svengali are as broad as Johnny Owen's Welsh accent, but it is thanks to his sweet, engaging central performance that the film gets away with as much as it does." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 95% Stories We Tell (2013) " What is not in doubt is the raw emotion in this work - from Polley quivering with nervous energy as she watches her father read some of the more revelatory pieces of script - to the impact airing the family's dirty linen in public has on her siblings." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3.5/5 —— Motorway (Che sau) " Cheang brings a gritty aesthetic to bear, more interested than smoke and sparks than sleek set pieces." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3.5/5 —— The Color Of The Chameleon " Will best reward those who are prepared to pay attention and stick with its twirls and pirouettes until the complex pay-off." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3.5/5 —— Izmena (Betrayal) " Serebrennikov's film may be sometimes confusing, sometimes confounding and somewhat disappointing in the neatness of its ending, but there's no denying his talent." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 —— Før snøen faller (Before Snowfall) " Zaman is not looking to rush to judgement of his characters but to explore what makes them tick and give a feel for how traditions get passed down the generations." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 100% 36 " This photographic formula may sound as restrictive as it is perscriptive but Thamrongrattanarit has a light approach to his ideas of memory and recollection, weaving moments of comedy and poignancy into his sweet if slight drama." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4/5 —— Celluloid Man " A film about film history may sound dry, but the stories captured here crackle with life and enthusiasm." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3.5/5 85% Hawking (2013) " As with all personal documentaries, it is almost inevitable that what you gain in intimacy, you lose in objectivity." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
2/5 8% Justin and the Knights of Valour (2014) " Even Banderas' character feels like a cheap knock-off, who is not fit to polish the boots of Puss. " — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 9, 2013
3/5 68% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) (2013) " More sedate than scintillating, it is nevertheless handsomely shot by newcomer Daniel Vilar - a name to look out for - and beautifully acted." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 63% One Direction: This Is Us (2013) " While this documentary may be as carefully constructed as the band, no amount of stage management can stop genuine emotions seeping through, and you're likely to find your cynicism crumbling in the face of the lads' sheer energy and down-to-earth charm." — Eye for Film
Posted Sep 2, 2013
2.5/5 67% Magic Magic (2013) " Worth seeing for the performances but ultimately confusion reigns." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 17, 2013
3/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) " That it just about gets away with it is down to Kormákur's high energy and Wahlberg and Washington's winning performances, but less plot and more playfulness would have been welcome." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " The tone of of Jeff Wadlow's sequel flails about like a bar room drunk in a brawl - despite hitting out in all directions, very few of its punches strike their target." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 13, 2013
3.5/5 56% Bachelorette (2012) " No amount of zingy putdowns from Dunst or coke lines from Caplan can hide the fact that this film is fluffy at heart (and no worse for that)." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 12, 2013
4/5 —— Everyone's Going To Die " Shot with a bleached beauty by up-and-comer Dan Stafford Clark, the film may be drenched in melancholy but it never becomes maudlin thanks to a sparky script that is thoughtful, unforced and surprisingly funny." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 9, 2013
2/5 41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " The action sequences are reasonably handled - although shelling out for the 3D unecessary - but there's nothing here most kids won't have seen before and it lacks the emotional bite of franchises such as Harry Potter. " — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 6, 2013
2/5 58% Viramundo " Brazilian singer-songwriter-turned-politician Gilberto Gil may be taking a "musical voyage" around the indigenous populations of Australia, Africa and his homeland but documentarian Pierre-Yves Borgeaud is all at sea when it comes to making his point." — Eye for Film
Posted Aug 1, 2013
3.5/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " The reason this franchise succeeds is that it never takes itself too seriously." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/5 30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " British audiences may well embrace the film's oddness - and blatant anti-American stance - which while not always successfully executed, means there is rarely a dull moment. " — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 23, 2013
4/5 —— Juvenile Offender " Though it was written after an invitation from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea to direct a film on the human rights of offenders, the issues are never allowed to over-shadow the moving journey of the characters." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 20, 2013
4/5 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " This Paraguayan thriller, featuring almost as many twists and turns as the market in which it is set, is a fast-moving, audience-pleaser with decent helpings of tension and black humour." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 20, 2013
3/5 82% Eden (2013) " Griffiths handles the exploitation with care, hinting at what goes on rather than rubbing our faces in it. " — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 19, 2013
2.5/5 —— Noche (Night) " Leonardo Brzezicki's feature debut Noche demonstrates that he is able to manage individual moments a lot better than culmulative effects. " — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3/5 —— Lukas nino (Lukas the Strange) " Those who like films to start at A, proceed through B and end at C will find Torres' multi-layered, cluttered narrative difficult to contend with but those that prefer to disappear into a film without a road map will find plenty to enjoy." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
2.5/5 65% The Heat (2013) " First names are, of course, never used because they're out-menning the men in every department, including misogynist asides and police brutality - by the end of the runtime you wonder why they bothered casting women at all." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 16, 2013
1/5 —— Fat Shaker " After it premiered at Sundance it was branded in fundamentalist quarters as "anti-Iranian" - what is certainly not in doubt is that it is "anti-viewer"." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 13, 2013
3.5/5 69% Days Of Grace (Dias De Gracia) (2011) " Everardo Valerio Gout directs as though he may never get another chance, throwing just about everything he can at his first feature - and quite a lot of what he throws is impressive, even if he sometimes tries just a little too hard." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 13, 2013
3.5/5 88% A Field in England (2014) " Some of the trippiest black and white imagery you'll have seen on the big screen for a long time." — Eye for Film
Posted Jul 1, 2013
4/5 93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " This Is Martin Bonner is undoubtedly a small film but it is finely crafted and holds a big heart." — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3/5 74% The East (2013) " The setting may be current and sound edgy on paper but beneath the zeitgeist veneer, the mainstream thriller formula they employ is as familiar as your slippers." — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
2.5/5 70% C.O.G. (2013) " Despite Alvarez's good work with his actors, the oil of Sedaris's satirical characters and water of Alvarez's indie sensibilities, refuse to mix." — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 17, 2013
3.5/5 60% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic " This may be a jet-ski ride over Pryor's life rather than a deep-sea dive but it offers a firm celebration that's likely to encourage those who have watched it to seek out more material from the man himself - and that can never be a bad thing." — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3.5/5 52% Thérèse (2013) " Miller and cinematographer Gérard de Battista take their palette from Vermeer, with Thérèse less like a character than a piece of still life at the centre of muted earthy shades." — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 7, 2013
2/5 34% Everybody Has a Plan (2013) " When the presence of the mighty Viggo Mortensen in a dual role - and speaking perfect Spanish! - can't save your movie from mediocrity, then you know you're in trouble. " — Eye for Film
Posted Jun 1, 2013
5/5 94% I Wish (2012) " All life in its haphazard glory is here, but it's the children's friendship that holds you tight - and as the two trains crossed on the cinema screen, I wished more films about childhood were as good as this." — Eye for Film
Posted May 28, 2013
3.5/5 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Stritch's fearlessness in the face of age and illness dominates; whether she's ribbing 30 Rock's "Alec 'Joan Crawford' Baldwin" or berating cinematographer Shane Signer - "Don't you think you're awfully close to me?!", her default setting is candid." — Eye for Film
Posted May 21, 2013
2/5 73% Dark Touch (2013) " De Van appears to think that throwing every horror cliche in the book at something will make for atmosphere." — Eye for Film
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 64% Epic (2013) " This Epic is unlikely to go down in family animation legend but it's a perfectly respectable couple of hours of entertainment that is suitable for all ages." — Eye for Film
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 68% Fast & Furious 6 (2013) " The saving grace of the scripting silliness is a good dollop of humour, proving that writer Chris Morgan is fully aware of its daftness. " — Eye for Film
Posted May 15, 2013
4.5/5 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " Baz Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce take the slow, slow, quick, quick, slow rhythms of the foxtrot to heart in this adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. " — Eye for Film
Posted May 15, 2013
5/5 98% Mud (2013) " By setting the action within a quasi-mythic framework Nichols is able to draw us into his big adventure and help us to rediscover the whispers of youth." — Eye for Film
Posted May 7, 2013
4.5/5 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " Wrathall's considered, thorough and thoroughly entertaining film gives not just a sense of the man but also the importance to the world of iconoclasts like him." — Eye for Film
Posted May 6, 2013
1.5/5 71% Frankenstein's Army (2013) " Like the monster evoked by the film's title, everything feels tacked together." — Eye for Film
Posted May 5, 2013
3.5/5 34% Deadfall (2012) " For all that Dean's exploration of dysfunctional families punches squarely on the nose, Ruzowitzky bobs and weaves around the cliches in ways that lift Deadfall above many of its genre contemporaries." — Eye for Film
Posted May 5, 2013
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