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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 62%

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"This account of a doctor trying to salve her conscience after an understandable professional misjudgement often feels conventionally melodramatic." ‐Radio Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
96%

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

"A poetic tribute to African culture, the oral tradition and the spirit of the Gullah people." ‐Radio Times
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 50%

Mum's List (2016)

"Good as Emilia Fox is ... it's Spall's bluff charm and unexpected resourcefulness that keeps the film as rooted in reality as cinematographer Eben Bolter's seascapes." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 79%

Magnus (2016)

"Ree does what he can to fathom the mind of an inscrutable youth, but he struggles to delve too deeply into Magnus's personal life or psyche, while his distinctive approach to strategy remains a closely guarded secret." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 94%

Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016)

"Has its share of shuddersome moments." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 86%

United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016)

"Intimate, oppressive and persuasively played, it's a film that nimbly shifts perspective to capture the impact of transition on ordinary lives." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 79%

I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2016)

"Atmospheric and engrossing, this meticulous recreation of time and place acquires an unsettling contemporary relevance through its analysis of the mindset of a mass murderer with a death wish." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2016
4/5 95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"While her sense of pace and place is assured, director Anne Fontaine continues to lay great emphasis on performance and Kulesza particularly repays her faith with a chilling display of misplaced piety." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 85%

Francofonia (2016)

"It demands to be seen." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 85%

Francofonia (2016)

"Impossible to appreciate in a single sitting, this masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 95%

The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016)

"Played with restraint and individuality by a fine ensemble, this is a moving but provocative study of belief, duty, compassion and acceptance." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 100%

My Feral Heart (2016)

"[An] affecting study of independence and friendship." ‐Radio Times
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 50%

Attack of the Lederhosenzombies (2016)

"Rising to the challenge of doing something new(ish) with an overworked sub-genre, this may not be particularly scary or funny. But it belies its modest budget to splatter to knowing effect." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 81%

Starfish (2016)

"Depicting a courageous fight back with compassion and sincerity, this capably played drama has its heart firmly in the right place." Empire Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2016
3/5 92%

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"While Herzog is right to express concerns about the possibility of civilisation being taken over by machines, he is most worried about humanity's capacity for collective folly and the abnegation of responsibility for its very future." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 100%

After Love (2016)

"Notwithstanding a climactic lapse into melodrama, this is an emotionally raw record of the breakdown of a very modern marriage." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 28, 2016
2/5 92%

In Pursuit of Silence (2016)

"This is a fascinating subject and Shen's heart is clearly in the right place. But a touch more wit, warmth and wonder would not have gone amiss." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
4/5 98%

Spoorloos (The Vanishing) (1988)

"Sluizer inexorably and expertly draws us deeper into the mystery, exposing our own morbid curiosity in the process." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 19, 2016
4/5 86%

The Spiral Staircase (1946)

"Although its whodunnit aspect is weak, the strong camera angles and cast performance make this a fine film." Empire Magazine
Posted Oct 17, 2016
4/5 100%

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

"One of the key films in the development of expressionist cinema." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 17, 2016
2/5 92%

My Scientology Movie (2017)

"While the instances of "squirrel-busting" and intimidation by counter-surveillance are unsettling and Theroux clearly gets under Miscavige's skin, he offers few fresh insights into Scientology or its methodologies." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 69%

Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)

"Poignant and pertinent, perhaps, but ultimately somewhat self-satisfied." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/5 86%

Orlacs Hände (The Hands of Orlac) (1924)

"Conrad Veidt is mesmerising as the concert pianist living on his nerves after his shattered hands are replaced with those of a murderer." ‐Radio Times
Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 69%

Urban Hymn (2015)

"Good intentions can't keep this stab at social realism from descending into maudlin melodrama." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
3/5 90%

Courted (L'hermine) (2015)

"At its heart this is a study of how people caught up in the legal process must navigate the formalities while retaining hope and humanity. To that end, the everyday details are deftly observed and the performances, exemplary." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 30, 2016
2/5 10%

Dare To Be Wild (2015)

"There is evocative use of the scenery in Cork and Africa, doing justice to the colourful flora, but in the end, this lacks its heroine's free spirit." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
4/5 94%

Baden Baden (2016)

"Writer/director director Rachel Lang fleshes out two acclaimed short films to make her big screen debut with this fun, freewheeling rite of passage story." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 23, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet

Set the Thames on Fire (2016)

"It hardly helps that in seeking to channel their inner Withnail & I, Winder and Bennett struggle to register against their scene-stealing co-stars or that Al Joshua's loquaciously episodic script makes so few expository compromises." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 16, 2016
4/5 88%

The Blue Room (2014)

"Amalric is a fine director in his own right and his performances on either side of the camera ensure this is mesmerising and unsettling." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 8, 2016
2/5 0%

ChickLit (2016)

"A resistible chauvinism colours the jokes about female reading habits and, even though the middle-class gents have the tables turned on them, this always feels a touch parochial and smug." ‐Radio Times
Posted Sep 2, 2016
3/5 90%

Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

"Well-meaning, sobering, but imperfect." Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
4/5 88%

The Blue Room (2014)

"Taut, tense and teasing, this fascinating exercise in screen storytelling keeps viewers guessing whether the prime suspect might just be a victim." Empire Magazine
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/5 75%

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land (2016)

"Full of fine musical moments and sparky domestic banter, this unveiling of the unexpectedly sweet side of a famously inert pop icon should intrigue more than devoted Numanoids." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 28, 2016
4/5 71%

Black Sunday (1977)

"The clash between police helicopters and a hijacked blimp is the highlight of the outstanding set pieces -- it's the sort of thing that Frankenheimer can do with one hand tied behind his back." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 23, 2016
3/5 85%

Cosmos (2016)

"[An] intellectually playful and slyly subversive treatise on communication, freedom, identity and chaos that pays homage to a range of literary and cinematic influences, including Wojciech Has, Jacques Rivette and Luis Buñuel." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet

Clean Hands (Schone Handen) (2016)

"The script loses its necessary sense of dread and fails to mine the pyschological depths of a woman now glaringly aware of the spousal faults she had been willing to ignore during the good times." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 73%

Blinky Bill The Movie (2016)

"The animation isn't particularly sophisticated, but the ideas certainly are." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 60%

Black (2015)

"The potency of this depiction, with its powder-keg tensions, starts with an unflinching approach behind the camera." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 98%

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Hoover is careful to balance Mokhnenko's tough-love philanthropy and hot-dog-guzzling geniality with his messianic egotism ..." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
4/5 92%

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

"An engaging if sometimes pedestrian adaptation of the Arthur Ransome children's novel." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 21, 2016
3/5 85%

Cosmos (2016)

"Parodying the whodunit and the country house farce, this gleefully deranged romp is undeniably a head-scratcher. But it's also bold, witty and rewarding." Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
4/5 100%

Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2015)

"Filled with striking and scarringly disconcerting images of vandalised nature, satanic mills and redundant modernity, this is a mournful tribute to a maligned migrant workforce and a sobering reminder that nothing comes cheap." Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2016
3/5 85%

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016)

"Abu-Assad deftly intercuts authentic footage with reconstruction as the tension builds to the grand final. But, for all its feel-good appeal, this is less substantial than his earlier outings." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 14, 2016
2/5 No Score Yet

ID2: Shadwell Army (2016)

"This always cleaves closer to BritCrime than social realism and contains its quota of stereotypes, clichés and contrivances." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 14, 2016
3/5 100%

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015)

"Bjorkman makes solid use of the family archive to focus on the Swedish star's personal travails, while Alicia Vikander reads poignantly from her letters and diaries." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 14, 2016
4/5 86%

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

"The excellent cast makes up for Pollack's occasional lapses in pacing." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 9, 2016
2/5 34%

Up for Love (Un homme à la hauteur) (2016)

"Tirard never hits the right balance between slapstick, sentiment and social satire." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 86%

Sweet Bean (An) (2016)

"This delicately played picture remains poignant and astute." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
4/5 89%

Sid and Nancy (1986)

"It brilliantly recaptures the rage, cynicism and self-destructiveness of the late 1970s punk scene, while never setting up the rock 'n' roll lifestyle as a blissful idyll." ‐Radio Times
Posted Aug 4, 2016
3/5 86%

Sweet Bean (An) (2016)

"Ostensibly, a lovingly made study of homemade cooking and old-fashioned values, this beautifully played drama also contains a mordant denunciation of the lack of compassion that shapes Japanese attitudes to social stigma." Empire Magazine
Posted Aug 4, 2016
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