Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray
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Publications: The Upcoming

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 80% Ride or Die (2021) Complete with cinematography that's as smooth as its soundtrack, Ride or Die is far more than the Japanese Thelma and Louise that the trailers would have you believe. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
4/5 67% Steelers (2020) To them, this is more than rugby, and Steelers tells audiences exactly why that is in this emotive, personal, and uplifting documentary. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
4/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) While the plot stumbles with an unevenly paced final act, Sound of Metal is nevertheless an astoundingly affective and emotionally resonating character piece that shines an inspirational light on the Deaf community - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
3/5 72% The Tunnel (Tunnelen) (2019) Alongside a scattering of subpar performances from smaller parts and a hitchhiker subplot that goes nowhere, the main issue with this film is that it tries too hard to get audiences emotionally invested in every character - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
5/5 90% Possum (2018) The most disturbing bedtime story you'll ever see, Possum ... is a deeply unsettling tale that gradually crawls under the skin to shake its audience to the very core. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
5/5 59% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Under the Silver Lake is a fever dream of cinematic wonderment. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 62% Murder Me, Monster (Muere, monstro, muere) (2018) Alejandro Fadel's Murder Me, Monster is a thought-provoking and a viciously delirious thriller that morphs the murder mystery and monster movie genres together into its own horrifying and twisted entity. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Once again proving himself to be as provocative and imaginatively horrific as his father, Cronenberg equally disturbs and delights viewers with Possessor, the weirdest and most unique horror film in recent memory. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
1/5 No Score Yet The Glass Man (2015) A film that fails to live up to the names of its central cast, The Glass Man shatters on impact. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 50% A Night of Horror - Nightmare Radio (2019) Nightmare Radio packs a lot of contemporary talent into one package but with its uninspired central narrative, viewers might ask whether it would be better to watch the shorts separately instead. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 77% Spiral (2019) Though it's not the scariest, wittiest or most original contemporary horror out there, Spiral is nevertheless an enjoyable and satisfyingly creepy flick that genre fans won't regret seeing. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 98% Anything for Jackson (2020) Anything for Jackson may not be anything especially groundbreaking or terrifying, but it's an enjoyably schlocky and utterly entertaining romp that horror fans are sure to love, if they don't take it too seriously. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/5 50% The Midnight Sky (2020) However, underneath all the shiny visuals and lip service to concepts that other modern sci-fi epics have handled with more finesse, this flick is remarkably shallow in its execution. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/5 60% The Call (2020) Like everything else in this production, all the encompassing mystery, suspense and promise that enticed viewers in the first place slowly fizzles out by the climax. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) The director does a commendable job of condensing decades of America's past and delivering it in an insightful manner - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
3/5 71% Persian Lessons (2020) With Biscayart and Eidinger giving their strongest performances yet, Persian Lessons manages to end on a note that's both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the first hidden gems of the year. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) banić's film is yet another stark reminder of humanity's unrelenting cruelty. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/5 70% 23 Walks (2020) A textbook case of trying to do too much, 23 Walks' overly ambitious script is what ultimately undermines itself and the central stars' shining performances. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) Chaos Walking is supposed to be the start of a trilogy. The best thing to come out of this film is that its dismal reception may mean the sequels will never be made. One can only hope that's the case. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
4/5 100% Rurangi (2020) An understated but nevertheless monumentally moving drama, Rūrangi is a web series that should be added to your binge list. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
2/5 57% My Wonderful Wanda (Wanda, Mein Wunder) (2021) n short, it takes an awfully long time for not a lot to happen. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/5 63% Surge (2020) With no real sense of climax, the only viable option is to decelerate events back to normality. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
100% The Old Ways (2020) Director Christopher Alender blends supernatural and body horror to bone-crunching effect in The Old Ways, a chilling horror outing that has its roots in Latin-American folklore. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4/5 96% Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) (2020) Writer-director Suzanne Lindon's ... dazzling directorial debut once again proves that there's nothing more romantic than Parisian cafés and sun-bleached boulevards. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
3/5 100% Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation (2020) This picture is a compelling examination of Capote and Tennessee, and a fitting tribute to the impact their work continues to leave on our contemporary culture. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
4/5 100% Vicious Fun (2020) Cody Calahan's latest feature has the makings of a future cult favourite. It's fabulously bloody, gleefully self-aware, and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Dreams on Fire (2021) The Tokyo clubs pulsate with sound and are home to a plethora of unique scenes. Dreams on Fire is a ticket to them all, consistently surprising and inspiring throughout. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 100% The Woman with Leopard Shoes (2020) Watching game-changing discoveries play out on a phone screen in the heat of a claustrophobic murder mystery sucks a lot of the tension away and no amount of exclamation marks (there are a lot of them) can make texting suspenseful. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 100% Sweetheart (2021) Morrison proves a rising talent to look out for with Sweetheart. The frustration is that this debut reveals the director is capable of doing far more than what's here. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 88% Wildland (Kød & Blod) (2020) Wildland...is an evocative portrait of the darker side of family. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet Killing Escobar (2021) Killing Escobar misses the target by a mile. It should have been a story of survival, camaraderie and violence. Instead, it's a group of veterans reliving the glory days while acting as hard as they can for the camera. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
3/5 91% A Brixton Tale (2021) A Brixton Tale is an ambitious first feature from its directors. In addition to constructing a touching central romance, [it also looks at] issues of class, race, drugs, and toxic masculinity within contemporary British culture. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Voice of Silence (2020) The result is a constantly twisting plot that will keep viewers gripped from beginning to end. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Back to the Wharf (2020) As a mood piece, Back to the Wharf is a gleeful blend of family drama and classic noir. As a drama, however, Xiofeng's film falls noticeably short. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
2/5 86% The Swordsman (2020) The Swordsman should have been a simple and stylish action adventure. Instead it is so overburdened by its excessive padding that it ultimately collapses under its own weight. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 90% Black Bear (2020) Black Bear is an extraordinarily strange film. Whether it's a dream, a warped version of reality or something much darker, Levine's feature will undoubtedly fascinate cinephiles for years to come. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 75% Jumbo (2021) Merlant is divine in the leading role and her surprisingly touching connection with a piece of machinery - as ridiculous as it sounds - is one of the most captivating and moving onscreen relationships in recent memory. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 83% The Toll (2021) Taking inspiration from the likes of Fargo, Pulp Fiction and A Fistful of Dollars, the Welsh director's film delivers in being a viciously entertaining and slyly self-aware thriller. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 73% The Mauritanian (2021) The Mauritanian is ultimately a noble attempt at a humanitarian film that fails to inject enough humanity to get the results that it wants. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet In the Shadows (2020) One part steampunk dystopia, another existential nightmare, In the Shadows is a fascinating concept that doesn't go far enough with its material to make the impact it should. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 72% Creation Stories (2021) "Moran's biopic is a riotous whirlwind of music and drugs." - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) "A monumentally moving and all-round heart-warming piece of cinema." - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 13% Dusty and Me (2016) As far as British indie films go, there are certainly funnier out there with a whole lot more creativity, but for anyone looking for a feel-good adventure to keep the family entertained on a rainy afternoon, they can't go wrong with Dusty & Me. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
2/5 80% Never Here (2017) There may be some viewers willing to find meaning in the various puzzles Theron puts on screen, but the rest of us will be far too disinterested to care by the time the credits roll. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Chelovek, kotoryy udivil vsekh) (2018) The Man Who Surprised Everyone is a surprising and bold film that approaches an important issue in a unique way. It's disappointing that it wasn't able to make a bigger statement. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 93% The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) (2018) [A]n elegant portrait of everyday life in an era plagued by devastation. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 88% News of the World (2020) Guided by endearing performances from Hanks and Zengel, News of the World is a vast and ambitious genre piece. Its only downfall is that the road the pair travel doesn't really lead to anywhere. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
3/5 100% The Domestics (2018) A whistle-stop tour of wicked creativity with an added serving of dark humour, this Warriors meets Escape From New York thriller ... makes for one hugely entertaining flick. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 100% Mario (2018) Simultaneously serving as a touching romantic drama and a critical exploration of masculinity within football, Mario is a poignant work of contemporary cinema. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021
2/5 43% The Butterfly Tree (2017) It may look like a vibrant and heartfelt story, but its colourful façade masks an empty and deeply uncomfortable situation. - The Upcoming EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2021