Clarisse Loughrey

Clarisse Loughrey
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 83% Happiest Season (2020) It's the performances, each funny and grounded in their own way, that make Happiest Season feel like such a gift. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
2/5 38% Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) It may speak eloquently to its fanbase, but it's guaranteed to baffle any outsider. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 84% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) All that's really needed to understand Arquette's motivations are the words of his brother, Richmond: "David wants love"... For all its bravado and mystique, what's most striking about You Cannot Kill David Arquette are these simple truths. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 100% Billie (2020) There's a lingering sense that Kuehl understood something deeper, but Billie never seems all that curious to find out what that might be. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 92% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Jingle Jangle might just be this season's showstopper. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
1/5 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) A narrative that belongs to a writer who refuses to admit his larger place in the world - and a filmmaker who thinks that a positive outlook alone can fix the world. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) Its premise may sound quaint, but the whimsy of An American Pickle helps nurture all kinds of delicate emotions. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 77% Summerland (2020) Summerland shows us how being robbed of self-expression - sexual or emotional - can feel like slow suffocation. But it's too afraid of uncertainty. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
5/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) If there is hope to be found, it's in Buckley's lopsided smile - the trademark of an actor who's shown herself capable of unearthing fathomless empathy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
2/5 33% The New Mutants (2020) The New Mutants tramples over its own comic book credentials in order to chase after a concept already more convincingly dealt with by The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Despite its origins, Mantello's film still feels like another shiny, highly consumable product of what could be called "the Murphyverse". - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 40% Rebecca (2020) This dreary, garish take on Rebecca never justifies its presence. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
3/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) Today's Secret Garden is modern to its core: socially conscious, but also wildly overstimulated. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) The risks that Baron Cohen took here - both artistic and personal - are admirable. And the pay-off is worth a lifetime of being subjected to the words "very nice!" - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) It's that slow creep that lies at the heart of Natalie Erika James's debut film. Co-written with author Christian White, her debut is the richest, most satisfying brand of chiller there is. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
5/5 87% Shirley (2020) Shirley is sensuous and beguiling, an act of pure witchcraft. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 100% His House (2020) A commanding debut from writer-director Remi Weekes, here working from a story written by Felicity Evans and Toby Venables. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
2/5 53% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) It's a sequel suffering from all the things sequels tend to suffer from: familiar tropes, an explosion in special effects, and thematic weightlessness. Now it's bigger, shaggier, and far less focused. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 90% Mank (2020) Mank leaves its mark - in its own way, on its own terms. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
4/5 69% Ammonite (2020) Kate Winslet is ferocious... - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
3/5 50% The Witches (2020) Did we really need another stab at it? No, but Anne Hathaway clearly relished the opportunity. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It has all the moral force of someone who spends their days writing sarcastic replies to Trump's tweets, all the while he tears down democracy piece by piece. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) Time is a pure, unembellished call for empathy. It would be foolish to ignore it. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
5/5 97% Saint Maud (2020) Rose Glass's debut film is an exquisite slice of religious horror, centred on an unexpected premise: what would the opposite of demonic possession look like? - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) Miranda July's films are miniature fairytales played out of tune - whimsical and sweet, with a tartness right at their centre. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) [Radha's] real hope is if she can create her own space. The Forty-Year-Old Version -- witty and deeply personal -- is Blank doing exactly that. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
5/5 100% Soul (2020) [N]ot only does Soul live up to Pixar's own impossibly high standards, but it represents the very best the studio has to offer: beauty, humour, heart, and a gut-punch of an existential crisis. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 78% Eternal Beauty (2019) It's a far more nuanced, evolved take on mental illness than most films are capable of. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
4/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) On the Rocks is the most grounded of Coppola's films, though its wit and charm are just as plentiful. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
4/5 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Channing Godfrey Peoples's debut -- the mellow, tender-hearted Miss Juneteenth -- is a portrait of a life robbed of its dreams. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 60% Tesla (2020) The biopic is an impossible art. You either bore your audience or reduce your subject to a mere collection of ideas and symbols. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) [Millie Bobby] Brown gets to be witty, candid, and confident -- all the things a young heroine needs to inspire the next generation. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
3/5 64% The Devil All the Time (2020) When The Devil All the Time does plunge into the moral abyss, it's intoxicating -- if only it did it more often. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) We could all do with a little dose of Bill and Ted's optimism - the simple belief that kindness and camaraderie can bring us all together. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 98% Rocks (2020) The most authentic film about British teens in years. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 81% The Painted Bird (2020) It's much easier, says The Painted Bird, to simply throw our hands in the air and declare humanity doomed. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
2/5 53% Waiting for the Barbarians (2020) Its declarations are too easy, its conclusions too neat. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) The Roads Not Taken, an understated drama from Sally Potter, is rich with small moments of intimacy. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 74% Mulan (2020) Mulan isn't what we've come to expect from Disney's live-action remakes - it's far more sober, meditative, and refined. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Amy Seimetz wrote and shot her film ... long before the Covid-19 pandemic. But the parallels are undeniably eerie. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 63% Hope Gap (2020) Though the cast gamely delivers each idea ... Hope Gap never seems to grasp the crucial differences between theatre and film. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 71% Tenet (2020) Tenet is a thrilling place to get lost in. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 61% Chemical Hearts (2020) Adolescence is put forth as the personal and poetic peak of all human existence ... It's a strange, myopic kind of nostalgia. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) The film serves as an ode to the sexually naive - pioneers in their own pleasure. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 70% The One and Only Ivan (2020) A few clumsy jokes aside, including an extended bit on chickens crossing roads, there's much to admire about The One and Only Ivan. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
4/5 94% Babyteeth (2020) Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth ... makes for a thrillingly subversive work. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
2/5 60% Project Power (2020) [A]ny self-seriousness that the film might possess feels undercut by its obsession with pop culture... - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 8% Artemis Fowl (2020) The mischievous glint in [Judi Dench]'s eyes is Artemis Fowl's only nod to irony and self-awareness. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 93% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is so busy with ideas, thoughts, and passions that, at times, it feels like it's drowning in them. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020
5/5 92% The Assistant (2020) The Assistant isn't about empowerment (that's a task for other filmmakers), but presents a cruel, unvarnished reality. - Independent (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2020