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Alison Rowat

Alison Rowat
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 44% You, Me and Him (2018) Had it stuck to this course, it would have been a cheery enough misfire; alas, it does not. One for Tennant superfans only.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
2/5 51% Rampage (2018) So that's a giant gorilla, a 60ft tall wolf, and an alligator as long as Great Western Road, all heading for a showdown with humanity with only the Rock, and sidekick Naomie Harris, to stop them... I may have imagined it.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 84% Ghost Stories (2018) Ghost Stories suffers a few lulls and dips in quality, but acquits itself in time courtesy of sly humour and the sheer energy with which it keeps the audience on edge.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) In playing so cleverly on our primal fears, reducing humans to the sum of animal instincts, A Quiet Place is a riot.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
4/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) A slow-burn charmer.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) This tale of a teenager coming out is at once old fashioned and cutting edge. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
2/5 17% Death Wish (2018) This time there is a shade more ambivalence towards lone guns as heroes, but ultimately all concerned live up to predictable type in a plod of a movie.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Blisteringly violent, fast-paced, utterly daft, John Wick is a rip-roaring piece of entertainment with Reeves still the king of cool as the man in black. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 83% The Founder (2017) Hancock tells the story in an engaging enough fashion, and watching Michael Keaton is never a waste of anyone's time. But as a look at big business versus small, the old America versus the new, The Founder is disappointingly bland fare. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 90% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) How did the youngster who says he came from a "super happy household" end up as a cinema prince of darkness? While one cannot promise a clear answer to that, Lynch has some good stories to tell, particularly one about seeing Dylan in concert.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 67% Cars 3 (2017) It's the usual stuff in praise of teamwork and good guys finishing first, but it's crammed with crashes, bashes and familiar characters, and young petrol-heads will love it.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 84% A United Kingdom (2017) This is rattlingly good tale well told, with the added bonus that many may not be familiar with it.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) A shocking and timely reminder of Syria's suffering, too much of it unseen.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
2/5 55% 47 Meters Down (2017) It is more tedious than terrifying to watch folk taking obviously daft decisions, and for a shark movie there is not nearly enough jaws action.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loach, then, is still the best at what he does - speaking the truth to power on behalf of those whose voices are so often unheard. And he can still appeal to the head as much as the heart.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 81% Tom of Finland (2017) An affectionate tribute with Pekka Strang just right as the man of few words and many drawings.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 70% Annabelle: Creation (2017) This tale of orphaned children and parental grief pulls all the wearingly familiar tricks, including ghostly youngsters appearing in the shadows, but there are a couple of well executed jump-out-your seat moments, some nice touches of humor.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 72% Catfight (2017) Ultimately overstretched, but kudos to Oh and Heche for giving this often wickedly funny tale their all.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) This star-laden action drama is proof that more money and gizmos do not necessarily make for a bigger thrill ride... a picture that has plenty of crash and bang but little in the way of emotional wallop.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
94% Notes on Blindness (2016) Hull writes beautifully about his disability but he is refreshingly hard-headed about it too...This remarkable film is testament to that spirit.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
4/5 95% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) What is marvellous about animator-turned-features director Yeon Sang-ho's live action debut is the way he cues up cliches only to demolish them.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 67% Tommy's Honour (2017) The story of Tom Morris and his eldest son is a handsome affair. But just as golf has been described as a good walk spoiled, so this could be regarded as a fair to middling movie held down staid subject matter. It is, alas, awfy dull in the golf parts.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 10% Cell (2016) Predictable in a lot of places, but all concerned wisely play things for knowing laughs when the occasion demands (and it often does) and Cusack and Jackson make a grand pairing.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 59% War Dogs (2016) Few play a hustler quite so entertainingly as Hill, and Teller matches him smart line for smart line. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 62% Truth (2015) Decent enough performances from Blanchett and Redford aside, Truth feels like ancient history with a heavy whiff of worthiness about it.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) This is a director having the ride of his life, one going all out to bring the audience along in the passenger seat. Just don't look too closely at what is whizzing past, and you too will have a blast.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/5 81% The Party (2018) This is the kind of artistic gamble that either sets a picture up to soar, or to come crashing down. Happily, it is the former‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2/5 80% Personal Shopper (2017) Olivier Assayas's drama does not quite know what it wants to be - a thriller, a study in grief, or one long advert for luxury brands.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) A tasty performance from Kaluuya, together with Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford as the parents, but Peele is the star find here.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) From slavery to Hollywood, from an equivocating Bobby Kennedy to the chances of a black man becoming president, from the dumbing down of television to consumer culture, Baldwin is on blistering, take no prisoners, form.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2/5 42% Mary Magdalene (2018) For a film that is meant to be all about belief, Mary Magdalene is curiously lacking in the stuff.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2/5 55% The Greatest Showman (2017) Everything is geared towards packaging Barnum as a sort of cuddly pioneer of inclusivity, rather than the hard-nosed businessman of his times that he was.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
2/5 82% Early Man (2018) The creators of Wallace and Gromit can usually be relied upon for a chuckle. This time, alas, you may struggle to raise a smile while sitting through this dull tale.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 76% Last Flag Flying (2017) Carell and company turn in uniformly terrific performances, with the screenplay by Linklater switching between unbearably poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/5 51% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing finds Payne taking a more ambitious direction, as if having something of a crossroads moment himself...Courageous, certainly. Intriguing, ditto. Successful? Not entirely.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) Preposterous, but Collet-Serra keeps the action going at a terrific lick and if you like to see Mr Neeson, 65, do his "geriaction" thing, get on board.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
5/5 97% Coco (2017) Set around the Mexican festival of the Day of the Dead, Coco is a riot of colour peppered with great songs, gags and thrills.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Hanks is marvellous as Bradlee, all guts and glory, but it is Streep who, without fuss and with grace, steals the show. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
4/5 92% Dunkirk (2017) At a deeper level it is a testament to the audacious power of pure elemental filmmaking.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
78% All the Money in the World (2017) The screenplay wisely digs deeper by taking a look at the earlier relationship between grandson and grandfather...All kudos to Plummer, who takes a character that might have been crashingly one-dimensional and makes him something more fascinating.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 84% The Final Year (2018) Barker's film is fascinating in a "West Wing brought to life" kind of way. It's a reminder, too, that all political careers end up in a cardboard box eventually. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) At 140 minutes the film itself overstays its welcome, it is not half as clever as it clearly thinks it is and women are strictly optional extras.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) This is an old-fashioned film about romance that dares to play out like the love affair it depicts. It sweeps the viewer up in its embrace, whirls them from one emotional extreme to the next, leaving them exhilarated.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
2/5 73% The Mercy (2017) Matters become more engrossing in the film's second half as Crowhurst tries to keep body, soul and mind together, but by this point it will be a rare viewer who has not succumbed to exhaustion.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Such an out of the ordinary picture demands an unconventional heroine and del Toro could not have chosen better than Hawkins. ‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 91% Isle of Dogs (2018) While it makes a few sharp points about politicians whipping up hysteria and man's treatment of animals, this is unashamedly a waggy dog story in praise of mutts, funny, exciting.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya is a sympathetic portrayal, made more so by the always engaging Robbie, which may not sit well with some...shifts in tone become more awkward still when it comes to the attack...more of a problem is the absence of Janney in the latter stages.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) Violent, provocative, and disturbing, Ramsay's picture is as bleak as a freshly dug grave...When everything works, we can see just how brilliant, original, and world class a director this Glaswegian can be.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 79% Unsane (2018) If the production method is a touch hit and miss, Foy's performance is an out and out triumph.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/5 74% Ready Player One (2018) Self-indulgent and far too long, but plenty of retro fun here for pop culture geeks, with Spielberg casting off the recent seriousness of The Post to become what he does best.‐ The Herald (Scotland)
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018