Alan Bett

Alan Bett
Alan Bett's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): The Skinny
Publications: The Skinny

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 82% White Shadow (2013) This is a confrontational but disjointed work, challenging in theme and languid in pace. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2015
5/5 94% A Touch of Sin (2013) This major work is cinematic in scope but loses none of the provocative truth that defines Zhangke's oeuvre. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2014
3/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Strongly played by all four leads, Half of a Yellow Sun is sumptuous and enjoyable, but there is just too much paint in this story for the canvas provided. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/5 90% Locke (2014) This does not quite share the subtlety of Beckett (metaphors of hardening concrete footprints are a little too obvious), or the poetry of language, but must be considered a modern equivalent. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2014
3/5 78% Salvo (2014) Visually confident with a notably bare sound design of introspective silences, ticking clocks, a solitary barking dog, it's a film sure of its movement, strolling like a lion. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 49% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) It's a confusing and demanding film, at times exhausting; so subjective as to defy simple rating. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2014
4/5 83% Of Good Report (2013) The riffs on Lolita are obvious and well referenced, but where Nabokov provoked in prose, Qubeka uses images and angles, forcing us into an uncomfortable complicity. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2013
2/5 69% About Time (2013) There is no dissection of love or the human condition here, only a syrupy river flowing away from the comedy zeitgeist that's so sweet it should come with a shot of insulin. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2013
3/5 89% A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao) (2013) The directors build a melancholy collage of beautiful images, many of which worthy of a gallery wall, in this attempt to untwine both individual and national displaced histories. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2013
4/5 85% Mister John (2013) This is a complex experiment on evolving identity and the need to escape a damaged life. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 67% U Want Me 2 Kill Him? (2014) This true story ... has been knit into a taut thriller by British director Andrew Douglas. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2013
3/5 No Score Yet Namyeong-dong 1985 (National Security) (2012) Picks a subject ingrained in the Korean subconscious while retaining relevance. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2013
4/5 31% The Berlin File (2013) Retrospectively cold war in tone this provides action more brutal than balletic and the promise of a Bourne-style franchise in the making. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2013
4/5 90% Shell (2013) Scott Graham's excellent debut feature is a triumph, a film which troubles the mind for days after viewing. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2013
2/5 80% Tower (2012) An anaemic take on the We Need to Talk About Kevin nature/nurture debate. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2013
3/5 93% Our Children (2013) A film which tackles serious issues that are both intensely personal and widely political, but which fails to offer understanding of subjects which are perhaps simply incomprehensible. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2013
3/5 20% The Wee Man (2012) An undeniably watchable criminal soap opera offering personal redemption. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2013
4/5 93% A Simple Life (2012) eteran Director Ann Hui paints in delicate strokes, but while this may seem soft he is playing with powerful emotions. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 88% In Darkness (2012) What sounds like standard glossy fare is handled with cold candour. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2012
3/5 54% Albatross (2012) A serving of teenage angst with a side order of syrup which, like the films of John Hughes, treats both characters and audience with respect and affection. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2012
4/5 100% Blood in the Mobile (2011) This is a valuable film which needs to be seen and which holds an uneasy truth that makes us all complicit. - The Skinny EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2011