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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 69% Hold the Dark (2018) While the shifts in genre, plot and location do prove intriguing for much of the film, they ultimately result in a feeling of mild dissatisfaction, the whole never quite the sum of its parts.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/5 83% Boy Erased (2018) As a PSA it surely has a necessity and it's undoubtedly well-intentioned but as film with its heart in the right place, I just wish its heart was beating a bit louder.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3/5 100% Green Book (2018) There's clearly a more nuanced drama to be made from this story but given the scale, there's still a lot here to praise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 82% Destroyer (2018) It's a mechanical noir dressed up as something more substantial and this is especially felt in an ending that drowns in unearned profundity.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
1/5 7% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018) It starts to feel like Dolan is parodying a Dolan movie.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 100% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) There is a melancholic atmosphere to the film at large, a frankness about the impossibility of dreams and the importance of growing old without shackling one's self to an idealised notion of what life will be.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 81% Ben is Back (2018) There are good intentions and good performances here, but they're squandered in a movie that isn't quite sure what it should be and how far it should go.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 92% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) It's a film with love at its root, both familial and romantic, and Jenkins fills so much of it with a radiating warmth.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 48% Where Hands Touch (2018) It's a film entirely devoid of subtlety yet one that also fails to provide the grand emotion it yearns to deliver, despite the use of a sledgehammer.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
2/5 85% Halloween (2018) Green can't seem to decide whether he wants it to be gritty and lo-fi or slick and cinematic and so ends up awkwardly between the two, anything resembling an atmosphere sorely missing.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 94% Widows (2018) McQueen is in confident control of the material. It's such a thrill to see him at play with genre material and Widows glides like so few multiplex-packing thrillers do these days.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 62% The Front Runner (2018) There's an authenticity underpinning the portrayal of events in The Front Runner that lifts it above the less-than-groundbreaking set-up.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 73% Beautiful Boy (2018) A grim endurance test that's undeniably flawed but in doggedly aiming to portray this unbearable pain with rare authenticity, it has a raw, haunting power.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
2/5 56% Donnybrook (2018) It's a pulpy slab of exploitation masquerading as an important treatise on the struggles faced by the working class in rural America, thumping us in the face with its shallow viewpoint until we beg for mercy. Or at least the credits.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
3/5 34% The Predator (2018) Black populates his film with recognisable tropes and character types as well a grand throwback score, and there's a certain charm in his ability to conjure up the past without resorting to pastiche.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 64% Greta (2018) It's everything and nothing, a familiar regurgitation of a formula with precious little to add.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4/5 62% Kursk (2018) It's a heartbreaking, troubling film about men whose lives were cruelly deprioritised and whose families remain ever altered as a result.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3/5 43% Destination Wedding (2018) The pair share an easy, spiky chemistry and Reeves in particular shows himself to be surprisingly skilled at delivering such bile-filled dialogue.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 49% Like Father (2018) A mostly likable if wholly unremarkable heap of froth.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 57% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) It's hardly a script with a great deal of depth but as first-time director Stephen Susco ups the ante, and the violence, we're just that little bit more invested.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
4/5 98% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade isn't easy, both on screen and in life, but it's a film that should be a rite of passage for all, no matter the age.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) This is stupid but it's also mostly entertaining, thanks to Johnson and a plot that moves fast enough to retain our attention yet without enough, ahem, originality to ensure it lingers in our minds once the fire has been extinguished.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
2/5 54% The First Purge (2018) It's a film clearly made with one eye on the news and it's stuffed with increasingly queasy nods to what's been afflicting America. ‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 58% Hotel Artemis (2018) For all of its faults, there's still plenty here to praise, the result of so much being thrown at the wall is that some of it will stick.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It's made watchable thanks to the cast but star power alone cannot mask creative inadequacy. Stealing a diamond necklace is bad but wasting an opportunity like this is unforgivable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
3/5 71% Ibiza (2018) The three leads are so strong that one wishes Netflix had granted them a whole series to live in, their everyday lives worthy of a deeper dive.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
1/5 38% Life of the Party (2018) McCarthy remains the life of the party, but this is not a party you'll want to attend.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3/5 30% Zoe (2018) Doremus, and screenwriter Richard Greenberg, have packed their film with intriguing questions.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
2/5 55% Duck Butter (2018) After their seemingly endless day together, it's hard to feel invested in what might happen to them next, despite committed performances from Shawkat and Costa.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2018
2/5 33% I Feel Pretty (2018) The lessons at the end are as superficial as the culture the film was originally trying to critique.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3/5 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) It rattles along at a fair lick, never resting for too long before another nasty surprise.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 88% 6 Balloons (2018) At just over an hour, it feels worthy of expansion, but as a short, sharp reminder of the sprawling horror of addiction, it makes its point with a stinging sadness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
3/5 75% Gemini (2018) It's a delicious appetizer but you'll crave more.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
3/5 43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) The film in general moves at a sleeker pace, with more of an actual plot to match the shiny visuals. It's strange given that Del Toro, a newly minted Oscar-winning director, couldn't make a more entertaining film than Uprising's Steven S DeKnight,‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/5 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Audience members will be too busy sighing at the screen to be scared.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Love, Simon won't be short of critics (and many of them will be adamant that its story is either unimportant or, gasp, amoral) but within its sleek studio skeleton, there's genuine heart.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
4/5 87% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is more than mere visuals and it will shock, fascinate and haunt whatever screen it's watched on.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
3/5 84% Game Night (2018) The Jason Bateman comedy model hasn't quite been radically altered in Game Night but it's one of his more entertaining outings. Just don't count on remembering much of it once the night is over.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
3/5 47% Red Sparrow (2018) ... Red Sparrow is not exactly the home run Lawrence could do with right now. But it's far from a disaster.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
2/5 32% Irreplaceable You (2018) By the end, Irreplaceable You could be replaced by pretty much any other terminal romance and it would be hard to notice the difference.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
1/5 12% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) As usual it's left entirely up to the beleaguered Johnson to make any of it even remotely watchable.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
2/5 17% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) The Cloverfield Paradox is an unholy mess.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
3/5 46% Generation Wealth (2018) An ambitious essay documentary that is often brilliant but is let down by a parallel focus on Greenfield's own family and career which becomes too sentimental and stretches the film out beyond its natural length.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mosaic (2017) Mosaic is undeniably a mixed proposition but ultimately feels like a worthy folly nonetheless.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) There's a trademark slickness that sells it and while recognizable tropes are present, there's something warm and comforting about their familiarity, and it helps that they play out within such fantastical, fresh-feeling surroundings.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 87% 1922 (2017) There's an unshakable menace that lingers, a tale of guilt and regret that burrows its way under the skin.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 30% Wonder Wheel (2017) Like Winslet's character, Allen is stuck in the past and Wonder Wheel is a crushing reminder of his present.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 70% Happy Death Day (2017) It's Groundhog Day meets Scream, although lacking the first film's novelty and the latter's postmodern smarts.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
3/5 96% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) It's a bittersweet film: for every strong figure willing to put their life on the line for a bigger cause, there's another who's been beaten or murdered as a direct result for displaying such braveness.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
3/5 90% Gerald's Game (2017) It's a barnstorming showcase for Gugino, so often underused, who tackles a difficult, physically restricted role with gusto.‐ Guardian
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017