Calum Baker

Calum Baker
Calum Baker's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Radio Times One Room With A View

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T-Meter Title | Year
1/5 45% The Little Things (2021) Ultimately, though some elements, including a thoughtful climax, are almost on their way to being interesting, there is simply nothing working to make this worth enduring. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Ultimately, the big draw here is less the music and the message than Byrne himself; he may be older and stiffer, but he still goes for it like nobody else. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
4/5 87% Shirley (2020) Moss delivers another stand-out depiction of teetering sanity, while Decker perfectly utilises grainy film, low light and strange sound design to evoke Shirley's cooped up and isolated existence. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
4/5 79% Undergods (2021) Film fans are so accustomed to post-apocalyptic wastelands these days that it's a relief when writer/director Chino Moya cuts away from the grim, Chernobyl-esque setting that opens his portmanteau and dives into the first of several bizarre stories. - Radio Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 89% Socrates (2019) This surprising through-line works, though; carried, along with so many things, by Malheiros' moving debut performance. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
2/5 93% Around the Sun (2019) Around the Sun shows spark, and its creators could no doubt do well in future, but its genial intellectual curiosity never quite finds form. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2020
4/5 99% The Fight (2020) Despite its frequent slides into insulting disingenuousness, however, the film's sheer strength of character keeps it truly engaging, as it describes an important roadmap to a far better world. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
4/5 94% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) What distinguishes all this is Ingimundur's relationship with his charmingly spiky granddaughter, Salka (Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). The two bounce off one another remarkably, navigating the cutesier moments along with the more draining. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 91% Fire Will Come (A Sun That Never Sets) (O Que Arde) (2020) [Oliver] Laxe's particular brand of poetic realism is at its fullest expression yet: melancholic, careful, and gripping. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2020
4/5 96% Blood on Her Name (2020) Blood on Her Name is a surprisingly fresh and empathetic look at mayhem in small-town America. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 5% The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) With its strong performances, pacing and imagery, The Last Thing He Wanted is one (fairly hefty) script revision away from theoretical year-best territory. Instead it missteps, with increasing frailty. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 93% End of the Century (2019) This is lyrical, romantic, anxious. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
5/5 100% Talking About Trees (2019) Talking About Trees is a fascinating insight into fights faced by artists worldwide. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) No murders or revolutions necessary in this well-constructed and moving exploration of great talents who deserve their dues. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 76% Godzilla (2014) Though a lovingly-made and (relatively) worthwhile franchise update, the Nolanesque seriousness becomes pointless and distracting. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 73% Inherent Vice (2015) Compulsively watchable and suitably frustrating, this stoner noir is one of Anderson's cleverest films, no doubt - but by some distance his least wise. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
5/5 95% Amy (2015) An incredible study and a challenge to public complicity, what sticks most from this tender and complex portrait is its subject's gaze; Kapadia forces us into Amy's mind and keeps us there. A cinematic treat. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) A genuine must-see for anyone who wants a studious, moving, sometimes horrifying and ultimately inspirational insight into what makes the world tick. Unmissable. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 90% 52 Tuesdays (2015) Well-drawn and well-acted, this microbudget Australian pic deserves to be seen by everyone. Genuine and realistic, this is empathetic without kowtowing to overwrought trans tragedy: Adelaide Buyers Club this ain't. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 92% 99 Homes (2015) Bahrani's vérité gets somewhat lost among his amplified quasi-thrillery plot beats, but this low-key master continues to grow with a wider scope and commanding actors. Don't miss 99 Homes. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 100% Junun (2015) Better than a completist's curio, this experiment sees Anderson, on beautifully raw form, tackling a new theme: spiritual transcendence. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 85% Paper Planes (2015) Paper Planes hardly pushes the family film envelope, but fine acting and deft direction help stick the landing... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
4/5 96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) Stylistically Listen to Me Marlon is lyrical, emotive and, for its sheer formal qualities, quite perfect. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
5/5 92% Anomalisa (2015) A late-breaking dream sequence is perhaps a slice of Kaufman too far, threatening to derail this beautiful journey through its sheer lack of subtlety - thankfully though, a compelling, hugely affecting final sequence brings it all back with panache. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
3/5 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) A sincere treatment with better pacing than similar films, The Man Who Knew Infinity is really at its best when showcasing its brilliant lead performers. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
4/5 73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) The unhappiness occasionally descends into old clichés of difficult people being difficult - but it's that rare middle-class crisis so fascinatingly conceived, shot and edited that you'll forgive it anything. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 95% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) An original and leftfield look at the Afro-Eurasian migrant crisis of recent years, Fire at Sea is, more than anything, a showcase for the extraordinary intelligence of its director, Gianfranco Rosi. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 86% Maggie's Plan (2016) It sticks with familiar styles but does so with unique ideas and heartfelt panache. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 71% Café Society (2016) Effortlessly well-made cinematic comfort food at its warmest. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 37% Morgan (2016) Morgan boasts a stellar ensemble, an intriguing stylistic mishmash, and history's lamest car chase. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
5/5 97% 13th (2016) What we have here is an honest-to-god portfolio of horror and insanity, an exceedingly well-structured talking-head essay on the (black) body politic... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 95% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) An accomplished and moving drama about ignored narratives, womanhood and religion, The Innocents would perhaps be better served focusing less on the latter. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 81% The Founder (2017) The Founder is by and large very watchable, with a uniformly strong cast largely underused behind an under-directed Keaton. Ultimately, the filmmakers just weren't the right people for the job... - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 100% P.S. Jerusalem (2017) P.S. Jerusalem, narrated intermittently by its director-cinematographer, is a fascinating, frustrating personal study of dysphoria and turmoil. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 92% Tanna (2016) Some sequences sag, through little more than familiarity, but Tanna largely engages and, when the rhythms really click, moves with spine-tingling depth. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 95% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Building only anticlimactically, what it needed (ironically) was better planning. This film's message is vital; sadly the film itself isn't. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 49% War Machine (2017) Underusing countless charismatic performers in his ragtag bunch of what one assumes should be colourful characters, Michôd hasn't created a satisfying film so much as a series of impressively lifeless scenes. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) An uncharismatic documentary featuring many charismatic people, Whitney is basically watchable but hampered by an inability to push far enough. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 98% City of Ghosts (2017) The story, as assembled, therefore reflects the refugees' shifting situations, with a naturalistic combination of horror, tenderness and the vicarious heroic kick of seeing journalists sticking it to wrongdoers. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 92% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) This effortless picture is anchored by a barnstorming Roland Møller; he and his director juggle motives and expectations to alarming effect. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 91% High Flying Bird (2019) Not quite a slam-dunk, High Flying Bird is worth watching for its high points but often gets sluggish. - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 36% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This is dour, exposition-heavy, strangely under-imaginative, and aggravatingly boring - and what happened to those fantastic beasts? - One Room With A View EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019