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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 59% They Remain (2018) [The film] pitches its tent in a disorienting space between nature and cult(ure), as Sean Kirby's initially lyrical camerawork takes on an increasingly hallucinatory urgency, and Keith falls prey to paranoia delusion.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
73% Existenz (1999) eXistenZ - both Allegra's latest beta release and David Cronenberg's dizzying B-movie - makes the different textures of game, film and life increasingly difficult to tease apart.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
No Score Yet Crocodile (2000) Crocodile remains a shocking depiction of day-to-day struggles in a dog-eat-dog world. It also comes with one of those hauntingly beautiful endings for which Kim has since become rightly famous.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
76% Appaloosa (2008) It is as though Harris could not decide whether he was making the classic western of his boyhood dreams, or merely a pastiche of it. The result, falling somewhere between the two, ends up being neither here nor there.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 19, 2018
3/5 46% Allure (2018) Allure sets itself up to be an erotic thriller, but is all the better for avoiding cheap bunny boiler tropes, and instead focusing on character.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
78% Father's Day (2012) it upends the conventions of rape revenge by making all the victims male, and having its killer literally Fuch the patriarchy.... It is all at once amateurish and sophisticated, funnily wrong and shockingly hilarious. ‐ VODzilla.co
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
78% Crowhurst (2017) Crowhurst is a timely tragic myth not just of English overreaching, but also of hubris, madness and catastrophe whose consequences are left for others.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) In the end, those three signs outside town are... also, writ large, the tensions - of race, of class, of gender, of religion, and between forgiveness and revenge - that beset and in many ways define contemporary America. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Soft Matter (2018) It's slacker trash camp -- and the prominent rôle played by a mop bucket (used as a portal by an ancient marine deity) betrays the film's Troma-like affiliations.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
100% The Dark (2018) the film's title alludes not just to the shadowy contours of the woods and of the ruined building at their centre, but also to some very dark adult themes of horrific depravity and the dehumanising legacy of abuse.‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet Chimera (2018) Maurice Haeems' debut Chimera updates the Frankenstein myth for a brave new world of genetic science‐ SciFiNow
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
96% Don't Look Now (1973) Here, every moment, every line and every detail seems to ripple, rhyme and resonate, bleeding uncannily into what ought to be entirely unrelated episodes - and everything bears the ghostly traces of a different story trying to break through.‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
51% Antichrist (2009) A beautiful battery of depraved images and irrational associations, Lars von Trier's two-handed essay in horror is as distracting and deadening as depression itself. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Astronauts' Bodies (Die Körper der Austronauten) (2018) The result is less science fiction than a metaphor drawn from it: a peculiar family portrait whose characters, though all lost in their own space, never stray far from their immediate earthbound environs (except in flights of fancy). ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Violentia (2018) An associative riff on the themes of Wim Wenders' The End of Violence (1997), Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm (1983), Raghavan's film is a twisty affair...‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Chimera (2018) Haeems' involuted narrative engineers haunting domestic tragedy from hard science, revealing that the path to immortality is paved with immorality.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
67% The Gateway (2018) Merging the multiverse confusion of James Ward Byrkit's Coherence (2013) with the resurrection-gone-wrong sensibilities of Mary Lambert's Pet Sematary (1989)...‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
No Score Yet Word from a Gamer (2018) Steve Wollett and Ryan Callaway's affectionate documentary Word from a Gamer is not just a sympathetic insiders' view of this retro community, but also shows it to be the same, mutatis mutandis, as any geek culture.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
94% Beast (2018) as Moll, after finding the one person who truly understands what makes her tick, finally flies the coop and makes her own nest, Beast is simultaneously a coming-of-age tale and a romance spattered in the muddy stains of amour fou. ‐ Projected Figures
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2018
91% Cure (1998) an increasingly hallucinatory piece where murderousness is a disease spreading rapidly through the susceptible Japanese psyche. ‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
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
71% 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
91% 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
100% 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
75% 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
86% 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
64% 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
81% 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