Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
78% Stowaway (2021) It's a box-ticking exercise of overplayed tropes, and at a certain point, you'll find yourself checking out from the mission in a way the characters can't. - Looper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 100% Rurangi (2020) It will prove enlightening for cis viewers, but the film isn't directly aimed at them - it's an authentic account of a specific trans experience that is rarely dramatised in this way. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
23% Thunder Force (2021) Melissa McCarthy, we are begging you: please stop making movies with your husband. - Looper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
79% Concrete Cowboy (2021) An unremarkable coming of age drama which teases out a more interesting history it never takes the time to explore. - Looper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
97% Shiva Baby (2021) For those expecting nothing more than a dark comedy, you may need to mentally prepare yourself for just how much this will put you through the wringer. - Looper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
96% Stray (2021) If you're a dog lover, you'll find much to admire with Stray, but the quietly powerful social commentary makes it of interest to more than just your average pet owner. - Movies on Weekends EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
100% Sweetheart (2021) Sweetheart doesn't offer many innovations to the genre, but it does breathe a little life into it. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
100% Enfant Terrible (2020) It's to Roehler's credit that he and actor Oliver Masucci bring Fassbinder to life so vividly that the biopic cliches don't feel as stale in practice as they should. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
3/5 93% Cowboys (2021) Cowboys may suffer from spending more time with the parents than the trans child at the centre of the narrative, but there is still much to commend it for. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Poppy Field (Câmp de Maci) (2020) Poppy Field has a bold idea, but very few moments live up to its promise, with its central character study paling next to the wider cultural commentary left in the margins. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) If you're feeling nostalgia for the original, give it a rewatch, and let this unnecessary sequel get lost to the streaming algorithm. - Movies on Weekends EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
84% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) We're All Going to the World's Fair would benefit from leaning more into the ambiguous lines between documentation and constructed fiction, but it remains a fascinating directorial debut nevertheless. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 89% Pleasure (2021) More than just the mere sum of its most explicit scenes, Pleasure gets under your skin and stays there long after the initial visceral reactions wear off. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Anchored by two exquisite and wonderfully contrasting lead performances, Judas and the Black Messiah is about as exciting as a biopic can get. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
76% In The Earth (2021) To write this off as a retread of A Field in England may seem tempting from the outside, but this is a deliriously entertaining companion piece. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
65% One for the Road (2021) One for the Road feels like a filmmaker trying to capture another director's voice to the extent that they lose their own in the process; a personal story made to feel inauthentic in execution. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
3/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) Whereas a film like Trial of the Chicago 7 is written in a way to reaffirm the political beliefs of the wider audience, The Mauritanian is designed to challenge them - it is bolder than its conventions may initially appear on the surface. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) An assured debut from Regina King. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2021
81% Funny Boy (2020) It's a strange case of a film that is doing all it can to minimise its cultural specificity to tell a "universal" coming of age story, generalising the historical context to such an extent that the story fails to have any impact. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 94% Nomadland (2021) The partial romanticisation of life on the road doesn't sit entirely comfortably with a more sobering character study and wider political commentary, never quite feeling the sum of its commendable parts as a result. - View of the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
7/10 88% Let Them All Talk (2020) Another cutting critique of wealth and class from Steven Soderbergh. Those expecting a breezy, straightforward comedy may be disappointed, but fans of the director will be reassured that this isn't as slight as it appears on first glance. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2020
98% Minari (2020) It's very likely the most distinctively American story of the year, but so richly realised in its study of family and the search for prosperity, it transcends borders in the way only the best cinema can. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) That rare thing: an adaptation of a stage play that cleverly hides the limitations of its source material. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/10 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) It's a missed opportunity to transform a problematic memoir into a meaningful statement, so terrified of becoming a political hot potato it opts to say as little as possible instead. Hillbilly Meh-legy indeed. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
C- 67% Falling (2020) What could be a truly affecting story of the difficulties of caring for a terminally ill family member with a history of bigotry winds up being a politically reductive tale about extending a hand to the other side. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
6/10 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Far too funny to be a disaster, but not the triumphant return of the iconic character many hoped for. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
80% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) One of the best coming of age stories in recent memory - an affecting tale of first love and first heartbreak, all rolled into one. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
8/10 86% On The Rocks (2020) Unlike many of Coppola's other films, it invites the audience into its characters' lives beyond their surface level alienation, with none of the arm's length remove of a film like Somewhere. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
94% Dinner in America (2020) Uneven but not entirely enjoyable, even if it only truly works when acting as a retread of films you'd rather be watching instead. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
91% Bloody Hell (2020) Seemingly tailor-made for those sleep-deprived festival audiences in the middle of a horror all-nighter. It's a shame it won't be seen in the way it was clearly intended. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
9/10 91% Limbo (2021) It's an instant British classic, but considering the real world systemic failures that are echoed in this story, that doesn't necessarily mean it's something we should be proud of. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
B- 95% Soul (2020) There is fun to be had, but what would have been one of Pixar's best films had it been released a decade earlier now feels like one of their more formulaic efforts. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
8/10 100% Days (Rizi) (2020) a tale of one sexual encounter that manages to illustrate the loneliness in the lives of two very different men, all without a single word spoken. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
B- 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) It has many striking surface level pleasures, with Cronenberg sharing his father's eye for framing repulsive moments of violence. But it still feels like the work of a talented director struggling to find a distinctive voice of his own. - AwardsWatch EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
7/10 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) It doesn't update the text in any meaningful way, but thanks to excellent performances from the whole ensemble, it doesn't matter. This band know how to play a cover version well. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
5/10 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Enola Holmes doesn't feel like fan fiction so much as it feels like the work of someone who lifted universally famous characters for their own story, without so much as considering the characteristics that have made them so enduring for centuries. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) The most urgent documentary of the year - but not without flaws - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/10 40% Irresistible (2020) Expect Jon Stewart to get sued for false advertising, because Irresistible is anything but. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
8% Artemis Fowl (2020) I never grew up with the Artemis Fowl novels, but I can't imagine anybody who did having an emotional attachment to Kenneth Branagh's belated take on the franchise. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King of Staten Island is, like all Apatow films, overlong and unfocused. But at the heart lies a surprisingly effective character study - and one that made me understand the appeal of Pete Davidson, which is no small feat. - Film Inquiry EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
6/10 42% Guest of Honour (2020) One of Atom Egoyan's stronger recent efforts, but it's still a long way from recapturing those early career highs. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2020
8/10 92% The Vast of Night (2020) One of the most impressive American directorial debuts in some time, tipping its cap to sci-fi classics while creating a more intimate take on the genre. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
4/10 97% Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) (2019) As its mystery becomes increasingly overblown, spanning continents yet relying on overbearing contrivances that tie everything back to one small town, it became hard to view it as anything other than a self serious Euro cousin to Life Itself. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
6/10 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) The documentary is frustratingly always scratching the surface, despite having access to all but one of the researchers who took part. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
8/10 89% Ema (2019) If Marriage Story was a tale of separation that didn't want you to take sides because both were good natured people, then Ema is the thrilling inverse: a story of an estranged couple that draws you in due to their antagonism towards each other. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/10 70% Butt Boy (2020) Butt Boy isn't the worst film of 2020 - but it won't be far from the bottom. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
82% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) Takes a premise that could easily be adapted as a straight thriller and transforms it into a character drama of considerable empathy, albeit one that never excuses its protagonist. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
100% The Lawyer (Advokatas) (2020) Zabarauskas' film is about how stereotypical signifiers of identity can often overshadow characteristics that speak to a person's true self. But The Lawyer ends up becoming as simplified as what it was setting out to subvert. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
5/10 92% Togo (2019) It ticks the box of being something children can watch with their grandparents when visiting them, before fading from memory on the car ride home. - The Digital Fix EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) Unlike many other filmmakers who transition between languages for the first time, Kore-eda's style of filmmaking hasn't got lost in translation, but it's an awkward fit for such an inherently melodramatic premise. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020