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Amber Wilkinson

Amber Wilkinson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 100% Manta Ray (2018) As Aroonpheng slowly but surely breaks our hearts across his measured 105-minute running time, he also shows that you don't need water to find yourself drowning.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
3.5/5 93% Hal (2018) Though it brings "18 tons of peace and love" to the man's memory, it only feels like part of the story‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Anons (2018) Recalling the bone-dry wit of the likes of Pablo Larrain mixed with a dash of the absurdity of Samuel Beckett, this is as much a waiting game as an action plan.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Jose (2018) Although the story is slight, Cheng treats the subject matter with care, allowing a slow but certain heat to build between José and Luis‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) Zoabi uses farcical comedy as his warm-hearted messenger, presenting his argument with a disarming hug and a surprising dash of romance.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Truk (L'enkas) (2018) Where most films of this ilk are driven by aggression, Marx instead pushes hers forward with a mix of melancholy, quiet desperation and futility.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Baronesa (2017) The scenario building has the benefit of allowing Antunes to focus sharply in on the difficulties faced by women in the violent favelas in ways that pure documentary would not.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
3.5/5 83% Mug (Twarz) (2018) Following in a fine tradition of 'the grotesque' stretching back into fairy tale, Jacek may face physical deformity ... but he remains a warm and upbeat character, while the moral ugliness of those around him ... is accentuated in relief. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
3.5/5 72% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) If there is rather more surface than substance and the ending is signposted, it is a surface full of intricacy and a signpost of admirable elegance.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
3.5/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Confection light, this is a perfect film for our long, hot summer that leaves a honeyed taste of warm nostalgia even as its specifics melt from the memory.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter) (1977) This is toxic masculinity masquerading as boredom, with Wenders' refusal to give it emotional adornment only adding to the sense of existential strangeness of the whole affair.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Volcano (2018) Bondarchuk subverts the idea of Kafka - rather than this proving to be hell, there's an increasing sense that a loss of structure could be less a tearing down of Lukas' life than an opportunity to build something different.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
4.5/5 71% Putin's Witnesses (Svideteli Putina) (2018) Mansky's bigger picture about the manipulation of a nation is crystal clear.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
3.5/5 100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The film wears its story lightly. Even when Simón is dealing with heavier themes her focus is on Frida and her emotions.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga terre des âmes) (2017) Although it is technically beautifully realised and features an impressively varied and supportive score from Terry and Gyan Riley, not all of Girard's connections fully work.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3.5/5 94% RBG (2018) Less a cross-examination than a powerful summing up of her career, Cohen and West succeed in revealing the personality of the woman beneath the gown but there's no doubt they want to heavily influence our verdict.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Metamorphosis (2018) The approach comes as a joyful reminder that science, philosophy and poetry need not be mutually exclusive.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 9% Dying of the Light (2014) A largely conventional thriller about the last-gasp of mission of a die-hard CIA agent that is lent moments of surprising poignancy and glimmers of madness thanks to Nic Cage's performance.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 93% Searching (2018) The film - co-written by Sev Ohanian - is not just clever in the way that it uses familiar programs and the Windows and Apple Mac environments but also in the way it triggers familiar emotions.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
4/5 70% Lek and the Dogs (Ivan and the Dogs) (2018) Kötting's real skill comes in the marrying together of images with Lek's memories, pushing at ideas of desolation, anxiety and trauma that take us into emotional territory that mere words cannot."‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/5 71% Fugue (Fuga) (2018) Though the mood is generally odd, there's a reticence to exploit the psychological tensions that leaves the narrative feeling watery and washed out. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Alone at My Wedding (Seule à mon mariage) (2018) Truth is found in detail and gesture. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
3.5/5 89% We the Animals (2018) The story, such as it is, has the dreamy flow of childhood remembered, but though the honeyed tones of the magic hour are often used, there's never a glossing over the toughness of life being faced by these free-range kids.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 100% When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Kasbe nudges us to remember the importance of food on the table - for all Kenyatta's show of might, wouldn't a better situation be kindled by simply paying people what they're owed?‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
3.5 88% Netizens (2018) A broadening out of the argument to examine what more can be done would have been welcome, but as a wake-up call about the impact of harassment and a celebration of what has already been achieved by this trio of fighters, Lowen's film is first-class.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 100% Wajib (2017) Annemarie Jacir's characters may not leave the city of Nazareth as they take a circular road trip in Wajib but the emotional distance they travel is considerable.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
3.5/5 83% Beirut (2018) The plotting, though not without cliche, retains a satisfying robust quality - dense enough to keep you intrigued without becoming overwrought.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 83% Puzzle (2018) As with a jigsaw puzzle, the overall picture may look familiar, but there's a real sense that craftsmanship has gone in to making sure each of the pieces fit satisfyingly together.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
5/5 98% The Tale (2018) The film is, necessarily, shocking but Fox handles what must have been difficult emotional material for her in a cool and responsible way that makes the message she delivers all the more devastating.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
4/5 100% Butterflies (Kelebekler) (2018) Turkish director Tolga Karaçelik shows a fine ear for family dynamics as well as a joyously off-the-wall sense of humour that ensures even though we've taken similar movie road trips in the past, this one feels fresh.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Interpreter (Tlmočník) (2018) For the most part this is a lyrical and lightly handled odd couple road movie that achieves a subtle resonance, although it is almost scuppered by a sudden major tonal shift in the film's final act.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
2/5 29% Modern Life Is Rubbish (2018) While the flashback element of the film is solidly worked, the dialogue is clunky to the point where the romantic moments sound like a cliche-swapping contest, rather than heartfelt emotions. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Poetess (2017) Brockhaus and Wolff include extensive interviews with Hilal, reflecting on the competition, also following her and her daughters as they prepare to attend a family wedding, which gives a broader snapshot of the social fabric of their homeland.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Men Don't Cry (2017) There are a lot of characters, but they gradually flow together to build a fractured patchwork of what it means to be a veteran of messy conflict on any side.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Blessed (Les bienheureux) (2017) Djama immediately captures the sense of old friendships and the way that 'jokes' can carry sentiment that's serious as a heart attack underneath.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Until the Birds Return (En attendant les hirondelles) (2017) Like so many anthology films, it suffers from the fact that the sections are uneven, with the middle segment soaring high above the two bookend stories.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Taste of Cement (2017) When the sound arrives it is intense, the noise of construction and the unmistakable clatter of war, acting along with heartbreaking visuals of the aftermath of a bombing, as an attack on the senses after the quietude of what has gone before. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2018
4.5/5 85% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The lightness of touch so evident in his family films is no less deft here, as he woos us with the promise of cast iron fact.... only to spend the rest of the film oiling the ground beneath our beliefs until they can't stop sliding this way and that. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/5 83% Nancy (2018) An intense character study in triplicate, made gripping both by the deliberately ambiguous way in which Christina Choe approaches everyone's mental state and by the performances.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3/5 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) While the characters are well drawn and the script gently amusing, it is also on the preachy side for adults - although young LGBTQ audiences certainly deserve the same sort of heroes and heroines that the straight kids have been indulged with for years‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
4/5 97% Leaning Into the Wind (2018) [Thomas] Riedelsheimer also has an artist's eye and approach, so this is less a recording of [Andy] Goldsworthy than a dialogue between his work and that of the filmmaker. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
4/5 97% Three Identical Strangers (2018) The surprises just keep coming in Tim Wardle's documentary, which starts in the realm of the remarkable and is likely to leave jaws dropped by record proportions by the time the credits roll.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 100% Watu Wote (All of Us) (2017) Benrath does an excellent job of building tension in double-quick time, also finding room for other, less easily evoked emotions, such as regret and doubt.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 90% My Nephew Emmett (2017) The writer/director achieves impressively high production values for his short and is clearly a man who knows how to surround himself with additional talent.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 92% The Silent Child (2017) The filmmakers do not want you to feel good after this short, they want you to think.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/5 86% Madeline's Madeline (2018) This is a woozily shot, dislocating experience that in its best moments generates the sort of tense mental anxiety that Lynne Ramsay has made her calling card.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2018
4/5 83% Eldorado (2018) Imhoof opens the debate out to consider the unsavoury economics of the situation, with the personal touchstone ensuring that his film retains a character of its own that marks it out from others on the same subject. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
4/5 88% A Ciambra (2018) Carpignano is interested in the margins - and the fringes of those margins.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Ziad Doueiri's latest film shows how the embers of history can stay warm for a long time, easily flaring up under the right circumstances - even those that seem innocuous.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
3.5/5 50% Pig (The Pig) (2018) There is satire here but this the director takes a jokes first, social comment second approach.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018