Amber Wilkinson

Amber Wilkinson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Edinburgh

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 100% Shadow Country (Krajina ve Stínu) (2020) Divis Marek's flowing camerawork masterfully pulls the film together, as the action is allowed to flow across its large ensemble cast. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2021
4/5 100% Perfect 10 (2019) Steve Cameron Ferguson's camera always catching the details, a gold chain glinting here, a hand round a beer bottle there. Details sparkle in the script too, pared back to only what is needed - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 82% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) David is stubborn in ways that still retain sympathy, even from Nikki, thanks in no small part to Crawford's portrayal, which has a naturalistic looseness that springs taut just at the right moments. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3/5 71% Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (2020) It's a lot to fit into 75 minutes and while there's plenty here that is interesting, it's a shame Gabbert didn't distil things down a bit more. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 93% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Shot with a loose but observant style that captures energy and thoughtfulness in all the right places. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Lee is inventive in his shooting, without being flashy - particularly in his use of an aerial camera above the stage and another at the back at barefoot level, both capturing elements that an audience on the night would not be able to see. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 56% The Prom (2020) Puts the broad into Broadway and no mistake. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Translator (Le traducteur) (2020) Where many other filmmakers who have set films in Syria zoom in on the violence, the directors here concentrate more on the pervasive sense of dread, leaving much to the viewer's imagination. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 96% Dinner in America (2020) Adam Rehmeier's latest film arrives with the anarchic energy of a cherry bomb tossed into the bathroom toilet of Middle America. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 95% Le Cercle Rouge (1970) Thanks to Melville's spare approach, the film feels cool in both senses of the phrase and there's time to really focus on the look. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet When I'm Done Dying (2020) Dag makes interesting use of animation to take us into Fehmi's head space when he's high, showing that the 'escape' he is looking for is in fact as much of a nightmare as any sort of release. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Karnawal (2020) First-time feature director Juan Pablo Félix takes the same energetic, forthright approach to his filmmaking that his protagonist does to his beloved malambo dance. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
4.5/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Although he is dealing specifically with one instance in Romania, it's easy to see evidence of greater global malaise reflected here. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 100% Ronnie's (2020) The performance element - full of smoke and sweat as well as all the notes - gives the film life and rhythm that takes it beyond the realm of simple Wikipedia history. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/5 91% Luxor (2020) Durra isn't looking to make anything so simple as a romantic drama, though that element is there, but instead to consider what lies beneath Hana's words in terms as she grapples in the liminal space between her past and her future. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Havel (2020) Dvorák is well cast in the central role, couching Havel's charm and general enthusiasm with an air of uncertainty, especially when he faces tough choices and the loss of his freedom. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 100% 76 Days (2020) Across this film, two dominant themes emerge - the overwhelming nature of the situation and the importance of small acts of kindness. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 100% Being a Human Person (2020) Solely as an exploration of craft, Scott's film offers plenty of interest but it quickly opens out into a more psychological study of the director. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
4/5 95% About Endlessness (Om det Oändliga) (2020) There is more melancholy in About Endlessness, however, than in his preceding 'Living Trilogy', as despite moments of humour and hopefulness, its dominant themes are regret and loss. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
3/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) There's a solid serving of action sequences and chase scenes... with some fun with remote control cars feeling innovative and fresh among the more derivative elements of the film - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
No Score Yet Avalon (2020) While there's no doubting Pansittivorakul deeply cares about this material, he struggles to make us do the same. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
No Score Yet To the Moon (2020) The intertitles may nudge you towards connection but O'Sullivan has carefully woven the fabric of his film so it does the work for you, pulling you along in the same imperceptible way as the moon draws the tides. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Honeymood (2020) Although the thrust of the film focuses on the couple's foibles and relationship, there is also some sly skewering of wider Israeli society. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
3/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Rap is a rapid-fire art form, washing you in a torrent of thoughts, the beat carrying you through, and Tariq's film has a similar approach, but there are so many ideas being fired out that it's no wonder it sometimes struggles to retain its rhythm. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Courtroom 3H (2020) This is emotion in the raw, not just from those faced with the possibility of seeing someone else take on responsibility for their kids, but also from the advocates representing them who are being put through the emotional wringer as well. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3.5/5 80% Simple Passion (2020) Dosch is in her element here, bringing depth to every glance, captured by Pascal Granale not just in the thrust of sex but in more impressionistic interludes. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) We lack emotional investment in the underlying situation, possibly because Coppola is aiming to play almost everything for laughs. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3.5/5 87% Barking Dogs Never Bite (Flandersui gae) (2000) Bong's film is a sprawling affair, taking place mainly in Yun-ju's apartment block, complete with a shadowy basement, with the jazzy score reflecting the way the action bounces forward and backward to unexpected places. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
3/5 100% Undergods (2020) The dystopian stories in Spanish director Chino Moya's feature debut nest within one another like a series of Russian dolls - dolls that have been carved by someone with a soft-spot for JG Ballard. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 100% A Mermaid in Paris (Une Sirène à Paris) (2020) You can get a way with a lot when you deliver it with this much panache. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 100% 200 Meters (2020) Although the shift in the film's gears isn't exactly smooth, it's an ambitious idea for a first-time filmmaker and Nayfeh brings home the sharp reality of the smuggling business. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ghosts (Hayaletler) (2020) Shot with a fluid intimacy by cinematographer Baris Özbiçer, Oyay's film gathers momentum and an increasingly punk energy as it goes. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 91% Tragic Jungle (Selva Trágica) (2020) The scoring from Alejandro Otaola reinforces the otherworldly elements but the action feels underpowered by comparison. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 63% In Between Dying (2020) "Patience is the greatest gift on the path to perfection," we're told and, truth be known, you're going to need plenty of it when it comes to the plot. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Careless Crime (Jenayat-e bi deghat) (2020) Time doesn't just shift in Shahram Mokri's Iranian drama about a fire at a cinema that killed 478, it also folds like origami and pirouettes, the past and present so close as they dance they can feel each other's breath. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 100% Fugitive Dreams (2020) If Waiting For Godot's Vladimir and Estragon had a couple of American cousins, they might look a little like Mary (April Matthis) and John (Robbie Tann). - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 89% Socrates (2019) Not a huge amount may happen in terms of plot and Moratto keeps his storyline light on its feet, but the situation and emotions feel real and raw. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 96% Feels Good Man (2020) They say a story can grow legs and, here, it does that and then hops off in surprising directions - taking us on a journey not just into the world of memes and their manipulation but also into considerations of 'ownership' and misappropriation. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
4/5 70% Tenet (2020) whether you ultimately like the end result or not, you'll definitely feel something, even if it's only the booming bass of Richard King's sound design and Ludwig Göransson's score rattling your seat at key moments. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Be Good or Be Gone (2020) Offers a winning mix of grit, heart and charm. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3.5/5 100% Perfumes (Les Parfums) (2020) There's a gentle feel-good sweep to Grégory Magne's French dramedy, which though it is built of familiar elements, remains a very watchable blend. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 94% Babyteeth (2020) Milla might be dying but she's also, paradoxically, finding her way in the world and working out what she wants, even if time is short. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Trial (O Processo) (2018) Definitely not for dabblers - but for those with more than a passing interest in the corruption and misogyny which, in part, led to Jair Bolsonaro's rise to power, it's compelling viewing. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 100% A Thousand Cuts (2020) The film's broad scope also serves to further underline its title - the cuts it references aren't just being made in one place, but all over the body politic. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
4/5 64% 100% Wolf (2020) While adults might cry "cliche", youngsters are likely to fall in love with the familiar fairy tale elements, which are given a dash of modernity. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 20% SamSam (2020) It'll occupy the under-sevens well enough for an hour but it's a long way from being out of this world. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 100% Make Up (2020) Oakley doesn't oversell the unnerving elements, instead letting them unsettle us as they settle on Ruth. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 100% Big Fur (2019) Whether you believe in Sasquatch or not, you're likely to be convinced of Walker's talent by the time you've watched him recreate one. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4.5/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) As the sunny days pass and Bridget finds herself sinking into the job of caring for Frances more than she imagined, the warmth trickles into the corners of the film leaving cynicism no place to lurk. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 90% The Booksellers (2020) This is an immersive tour of bookselling and collecting that breezes along as pleasantly as a beach read, while still carrying with it chapter and verse. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020