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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 43% First Light (2018) There are superpowers and moments of awe -- but the focus on Sean's character and his acceptance of change keeps everything here admirably down to earth.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
35% Live By Night (2017) It is an ambitious period piece, clearly intended to be Affleck's Once Upon A Time In America... Yet somehow, the pacing feels off, the characters seem bland, and Live By Night never quite lives up to the sum of its parts. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
No Score Yet The Whispering Star (Hiso hiso boshi) (2015) Shot in monochrome to suggest the dreary drudgery of Yoko's existence... and with all its lines spoken in subdued tones..., The Whispering Star gently parcels out its messages about memory, loss, longing and loneliness over a leisurely duration.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
92% I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) in attempting to understand rather than merely demonise its 'villains', [it] earns its place as perhaps the most Capra-esque study of murder out there, as well as a Donnie Darko-like take on a young man's difficult rites of passage. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
69% The Infiltrator (2016) The Infiltrator introduces a dizzying ensemble of characters into its overstretched duration to weave a tale we already know too well.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
57% Patrick (1978) Richard Franklin's thriller injects medical ethics with a psychosexual cocktail.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet Threads (1984) Threads first aired on BBC2 on 23 September, 1984, and had much the same - albeit vicarious - impact of instant and lasting trauma on its millions of viewers (6.9 million, to be precise) as a megatonne bomb hitting a major city.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
72% Wildling (2018) Dogtooth for the American North. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 67% Wonderstruck (2017) This is all executed with real verve, showcasing a range of filmmaking styles and all at the service of a sweeping, even cosmic, story. Yet it also, despite the many emotions on display, feels a bit stuffy and soulless at times.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
3/5 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Presenting the domestic unit and protective parenting as crucial salves in times of despair, Krasinski finds room for sentiment, even optimism, amid this avalanche of toothy suspense thrills.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
No Score Yet Initiation Love (Inishieshon Rabu) (2015) ...delivers a trickily bittersweet chronicle of falling in and out of love - where the past is always present.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
No Score Yet Arachnid (2001) Arachnid is so dumbed-down that even its resident spider expert/expositor, Dr Henry Capri (Ravil Isyanov), has as his one academic credential a published book named "Arachnid fun facts"‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
100% Revenge (2018) Jen shifts violently from the film's object to its subject, messily deconstructing the 'look' (of which she was initially a part) of the film, to expose the ugly humanity (and, more particularly, masculinity) hidden beneath all that seductive sheen ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
No Score Yet Images (1972) Images is not only a portrait of a woman's mental breakdown (like Altman's earlier That Cold Day in the Park), but also a schizophrenic study of the creative process itself‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Charisma (2000) The visual style of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Charisma may be plain, and the premise may sound simple, but this film, as unnervingly calm as it is violent, concerns itself with huge eco-philosophical themes...‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
83% Paprika (2006) Its Inception-inspiring premise of a young woman who can expertly dive into other people's dreams fully exploits the fluid, plastic capacities of animation to realise an ever-shifting, unstable world ruled by arbitrariness and id‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2018
82% Prodigy (2018) Fonda will play his every move like both a Master and a mensch - always one step ahead, and always pushing Ellie to show her well-hidden humanity.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
No Score Yet The KAOS Brief (2016) How exactly all these close encounters, men in black, mysterious online parties, foreign implants & aerial abductions fit together is never fully clear... the real story is young people, on the cusp of adulthood, facing a future beyond their control‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet Secret Santa (2018) a snowy splatterfest that repeatedly plays upon the discrepancy between the supposedly seasonal joy of Christmas, and the seething aggressions and resentments that brew underneath... this is a vicious black comedy that packs one hell of a punch.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet Friendly Beast (O Animal Cordial) (2017) in Friendly Beast, food ultimately is art, the carving of red meat is all, and sex and death are dishes served very bloody. Human horror this confronting is rare indeed.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter (2017) most of the characters are woefully underwritten, some of the musical cues work to undermine... the action, the plotting is overdetermined to the point of making little sense, and actors of Assante's and Ashkenazi's calibre are largely wasted‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
No Score Yet Sixty Minutes to Midnight (2017) The film captures the siege mentality of a nation on the cusp of great, potentially violent change. For in Jack's paranoid conspiracy delusions we see both a foreshadowing of America's second Vietnam in Iraq, and the makings of today's electorate...‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) a disorienting, dreamy take on the revenge thriller, with suicide an ever-present possibility and recovery (in every sense) the near unattainable goal of the mission.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) the kind of allegorical, even spiritual, sci-fi found in Solaris and Stalker, or, more recently, in Imitation Girl, in which characters are on a quest to find their identity in alterity, their self in otherness, & their innermost being in the alien.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
50% Vampire Clay (Chi o sû nendo) (2018) this film of eerie earthenware and earthworms-that-turn comes with enough individuality and... idiosyncrasy, to earn itself the sort of appreciation (and, no doubt from some, abhorrent rejection) that typically greets products of outsider art.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
63% The Cured (2018) Coming at a moment when the Good Friday Agreement and the fragile peace in Northern Ireland... are at risk of being unravelled by Brexit negotiations, The Cured is a timely exploration of tinderbox issues through the prism of a familiar genre.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
100% Blue My Mind (2017) a fishy tail of growing up, presenting all the awkward ickiness of sexual awakening (and the easy susceptibility of young women to male exploitation) with not only disarming frankness but also a lyrical beauty.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
100% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2017) López's astonishing, beautiful film remains a state-of-the-nation allegory of a different stripe.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
80% Pyewacket (2018) an insidious slow burn that from the start deploys sinuous tracking shots to evoke either dreamy dissociation or a disembodied, predatory presence, & carefully builds to a climax as harrowingly tragic & emotionally honest as it is frightening. ‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
60% Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (El herrero y el diablo) (2018) With fantastic set designs and beautifully sombre lighting, The Blacksmith And The Devil transforms nineteenth-century northern Spain into a space all at once mythic and medieval...‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet Primal Rage (2018) As civilisation fast gives way to the wilderness, Primal Rage becomes ever more brutal and gory, while introducing some witchy, peyote-inflected Native mysticism that never quite fits the rest of the film's tone.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
50% Cold Skin (2018) Think of it as the darker flip(per)side to The Shape Of Water.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
94% Ravenous (Les affamés) (2018) The closest analogue is Tod Williams' Cell (2016), but Aubert's brilliant film is very much riding its own course, offering something that has not been seen before.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet Attack Of The Bat Monsters (2012) made for peanuts, [this] is a blast of affection for cinema's independent margins "with their cheap exploitation crap", and more than earns its place among bigger-budgeted but similarly-themed films like Matinee, Ed Wood, Barton Fink and Hail Caesar!‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
96% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) This dichotomy - between the emptiness of glamour and the great power of intellect - is what propels Alexandra Dean's debut documentary. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
No Score Yet La Prisonnière (Female Prisoner) (Woman in Chains) (1969) An abstract labyrinth of cell-like geometries and psychedelic colours in which Josée becomes trapped, only eventually - in an extended freak-out dream sequence - to find herself and her inner core of desire.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
52% The Lodgers (2018) seeps with oppressive, mouldy atmosphere, and with the sense that adulthood's inexorable approach will bring eternal horror for this young duo, as the cycles of familial abuse rise like damp to infect each new generation with its own monstrousness.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
100% Pin Cushion (2017) Pin Cushion may deconstruct its two heroines' delusions, even their madness, but in doing so, it also exposes the ills of the society beyond, from which we viewers, ourselves fantasists too, hope vainly to see these endearing characters protected. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
15% Mute (2018) the clash of tropes and types seems part of the point, as Jones brings the obsolescent values of cinema's silent era (embodied by Leo) into collision with a less rooted postmodern future, and sees what survives to emerge from the murky waters. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2018
75% Stake Land (2011) This landscape, although dressed in the trappings of genre, is a thinly veiled exaggeration of America's current, divisive culture wars, with Mickle and Damici leaving little doubt as to where they themselves stand or what is at stake for humanity.‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
78% Ned Rifle (2015) Seemingly everyone here, viewer included, is on a Fool's errand in trying to pin down the ever-fugitive Henry... which makes this most elusive of characters a perfect figure for a trilogy whose own significance is difficult to capture.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
46% Fay Grim (2007) Fay's intercontinental quest for the missing, maybe dead Henry is also a search for his now fragmented writings, whose meaning is both constantly evolving and forever evaporating.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
89% Henry Fool (1998) it is as philosophical, political and pornographic as Henry describes his own work to be - an expansive comic book 'novel of ideas' all at once provocative and funny, which will come to be regarded as Hartley's life work.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
No Score Yet Scalpel (1976) Scalpel belongs to a strain of films that explore the connections between plastic surgery, personal identity and mythic transformation... a Southern gothic melodrama whose bizarre love triangle drips with psychosexual subtexts and madness.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
93% L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970) It is as though The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is interrogating the different functions performed by graphic portrayals of murder (much like this film itself), and facing viewers with their own cathartic, and possibly dangerous, fears and desires.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
25% Grave Encounters 2 (2012) no film takes this postmodernism quite so far as John Poliquin's Grave Encounters 2, which... produces a conceptual hall of mirrors to match the labyrinthine asylum in which filmmaking characters will eventually become trapped (again).‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
90% House (Hausu) (1977) too smart and funny, too self-aware and post-modern, to be truly scary - but its trippy energy and surreal unpredictability make it a film that takes up long-term residence in your consciousness anyway.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
No Score Yet Bad Apples (2018) In an early scene an actual US flag is used by them as a murder weapon, hinting that Bad Apples is unmasking a peculiarly American legacy of abuse, abandonment and underclass alienation.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
100% Diverge (2016) James Morrison's debut begins with a viral doomsday scenario, then introduces a time-travel plot whose complexity gradually ramifies.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
90% Cronos (1994) "Not everything is garbage," Dieter insists to his thuggish nephew Angel (Perlman)... Del Toro, too, knows that he is working in a genre typically dismissed as trash, but nonetheless, like an alchemist, transmutes it into pure cinematic gold. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018