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Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% Brexit (2019) International viewers may be enthralled at witnessing Britain's spiral into madness dramatised in this manner, but for those who have had to live with this political reality since 2016, this film feels like old news.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
7/10 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary Queen of Scots isn't the formulaic period drama that you may fear - but the thrilling depiction of power dynamics is let down by a screenplay that doesn't explore the complicated personality of its lead character with the depth it deserves.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2019
82% Girl (2018) Dhont's film comes across as mere exploitation long before the bewildering third act, when it changes gears into a Black Swan-adjacent body horror that quickly loses the grip of reality.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
5/10 92% Stan & Ollie (2018) A workmanlike and entirely unremarkable biopic that fails to match the strengths of its two central performances.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
100% My Best Friend (Mi mejor amigo) (2018) A tender coming of age story, that upturns coming out narrative conventions to offer a rich, delicate portrayal of friendship.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
No Score Yet Boys (Jonas) (2018) Boys (Jonas) may be a TV movie, but it still suggests that its writer/director has a bright future ahead of him on the big screen.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
No Score Yet I Miss You When I See You (2018) An affecting, stripped down look at the emotional toll a fleeting romance can leave.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
No Score Yet Kapgang (2014) Teenage years are defined by a search to define your true identity, and there is no shortage of films about this - when coupled with a story about the messiness of grief, Oplev's film becomes far more original than it appears on the outside.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2019
78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) There are brief moments of magic, but you'll still be left wishing that you were spending your time with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and some of the best songs in the Disney catalogue.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
8/10 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) This is a film that should leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth for any number of reasons, and yet tells a story charming enough to make it easy to overlook the corporate nature of the whole project.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2018
92% Mirai (2018) Mirai may feel more like a series of thematically linked vignettes thrown together rather than a cohesive whole, but Mamoru Hosoda's wondrous animation style, coupled with a deeply personal look at family dynamics, makes it hard to resist.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
8/10 86% Gosford Park (2001) A riotously fun take on the murder mystery genre, and the finest of the director's late period works.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
91% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) You'd cross the street to avoid bumping into Sinan, but in the hands of Ceylan, you'll be eager to follow him throughout this film's epic length.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/10 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It refuses to have even the slightest bit of fun with the increasingly nonsensical story, chasing prestige respectability and becoming perversely unenjoyable as it lacks the self awareness to lean in to its overwrought silliness.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
8/10 94% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) A pioneering, essential work of arthouse cinema that remains as enrapturing and illusive as ever.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 92% Searching (2018) You may groan at the thought of another found footage desktop thriller, especially just a few weeks after an already-forgotten Unfriended sequel, but Aneesh Chaganty has managed to rejuvenate the genre. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Kate McKinnon gives it her all - but I couldn't help but wish that the formulaic film around her was as wild and unpredictable as she was.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) It won't wind up as the best film of the year, but I'll be surprised if something tops it as the timeliest.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 72% Christopher Robin (2018) Christopher Robin may engage adults who have grown up with Winnie the Pooh, but for children, it offers very little in the way of fun. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 60% Dog Days (2018) If you're looking for canine thrills, look elsewhere, as this film should be left firmly in the doghouse.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 93% The Gleaners and I (2001) One of Agnès Varda's best works, the down to earth charm effectively hides a damning political critique in plain sight.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) This won't become anybody's favourite Marvel movie, but at this point in their timeline, a gentle character comedy is exactly the movie we need from them.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/10 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Trying too hard to be a crazy cult movie, Mom and Dad forgets to be an enjoyable thrill ride in the process.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
9/10 93% First Reformed (2018) It's the sight of a filmmaker rediscovering the power their voice has - and using it as a cry for help that we are now too powerless to answer.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 64% Animal World (2018) Animal World may be stronger in its original manga form, or in its previous live action adaptation. In this iteration, however, it's nothing short of exhausting.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Fatih Akin's attempt to dramatise the shocking realities of far right terrorism is at least commendable on paper, but the muddled execution ensures that that the limited emotional impact it does have will only continue to fade over time.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 96% Zama (2018) Zama is an experience equal parts intoxicating and disorienting. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 97% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) It often feels like there is a great film within Jeune Femme, but it just got lost in the editing suite; the emotional essence of Paula's struggle remains, but it just doesn't hit as hard as it should do.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 37% Life of the Party (2018) It takes until the film's second half for this party to find any life, but the latest Mellissa McCarthy/Ben Falcone collaboration still feels devoid of any larger sense of purpose.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 92% Irma Vep (1996) Irma Vep is undeniably a complex and thought provoking work - but compared to the comparatively human films Assayas has made recently, it can't help but feel less rewarding as a result.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A better than expected sequel that provides plenty of fun - but falls into many problems by the time it reaches its exhausted third act.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 81% The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) A confused and largely unmemorable affair, leaving an aftertaste as unpleasant as a bite out of the titular pie.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 90% Stronger (2017) Stronger amiably avoids the trappings of inspirational disability dramas - but has difficulty balancing its emotional heart and socio-political themes.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 72% Ready Player One (2018) Ready Player One might not be Spielberg's worst film, but it is his most impersonal.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) A film about the relationship between mankind and man's best friend that feels oddly averse to showcasing any emotion of its own.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 95% Sweet Country (2018) Sweet Country is undeniably a "feel bad" movie, but that shouldn't put you off seeking it out.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 84% Game Night (2018) The dynamic direction and the committed performances from the cast help sell a preposterous high concept.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 90% The Nile Hilton Incident (2017) If you're a fan of classic noir movies and are disheartened by the fact that the genre has devolved into ineffective Blade Runner knock-offs (I'm looking at you, Mute), then The Nile Hilton Incident is well worth seeking out.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/10 80% The Party (2018) An underwritten political metaphor twinned with cringeworthy attempts at comedy leaves a party that'll make you want to head home early.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 98% In Between (2018) As an angry, impassioned work of socio-political cinema, In Between is highly commendable and it's safe to say that it's going to take a lot more than a fatwa to stop Maysaloun Hamoud fulfilling the promise of this impressive debut.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 84% The Final Year (2018) A candid insider's view of the Presidency, enlightening about diplomatic processes during the recent past and completely humanistic at addressing the challenges society still faces. After watching, you'll yearn for politics to be this boring again.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 97% The Light of the Moon (2017) As a debut film, The Light of the Moon is remarkable, condensing its weighty themes down in to a winningly perceptive and achingly human character drama.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 71% Hostiles (2018) Increases the boredom factor the more it chooses to brood instead of engage with the plights of its characters.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
9/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) There's an intuitiveness to Gerwig's masterful screenplay that, in its own way, feels quietly profound, every bit as relatable on this side of the pond as it will be to those who grew up in the boring Sacramento suburbs.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/10 95% Menashe (2017) There are welcome insights in to a culture largely ignored by society; unfortunately, they are married in to a domestic drama that slowly loses steam and never manages to overcome how boringly familiar its central scenario is.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
8/10 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Never has a bad movie been so good - The Disaster Artist will delight members of the Tommy Wiseau cult and newcomers simultaneously.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes is a fun biopic, albeit one that will likely leave you wishing you'd watched a documentary on the subject for more specific insights into these interesting characters. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 78% No Stone Unturned (2017) Gibney's film is undeniably flawed, but it's noble, and although it may only scratch the surface, will leave you invested enough to demand more answers.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 92% Thelma (2017) Joachim Trier's supernatural drama is a moving allegorical tale, that feels more human than its genre-tinged narrative might suggest.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
7/10 80% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The cross between Sophie's Choice and Funny Games that you never knew you wanted.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018