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Edward Lawrenson

Edward Lawrenson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100%

Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2015)

"It's a visually stunning portrait of a modern-day inferno. It's also a frankly depressing chronicle of the toxic legacy of industrial mining." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Aug 19, 2016
89%

The Childhood of a Leader (2016)

"This is a film where even the smallest gesture accrues a sinister weight; a film in which there are no moments of innocence." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Aug 19, 2016
76%

Wiener-Dog (2016)

"If the first half of the film sees the director on familiar territory, going around in circles like a dog chasing his tail, with these final two miniatures of disquieting pessimism and piercing melancholy he recovers his bite, and some." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Aug 12, 2016
100%

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

"A startlingly intimate portrait of a remarkable woman." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Aug 12, 2016
89%

Sid and Nancy (1986)

"I think it's a near classic, well deserving of this rerelease." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Aug 5, 2016
100%

The Hard Stop (2015)

"In an electrifying scene, Duggan's aunt urges restraint. "Instead of showing our anger, show our tears," she says. To its great credit, this urgent, sadly relevant film isn't short of either." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 29, 2016
82%

Chevalier (2016)

"Chevalier is a funny exposé of macho power and vulnerability from Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 29, 2016
75%

The BFG (2016)

"Mostly this is a film of freewheeling, happy-go-lucky eccentricity that speaks to kids directly and will bemuse their adult companions." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 29, 2016
97%

Barry Lyndon (1975)

"It is Kubrick's most moving film, and his most deeply felt exploration of romantic desire." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 29, 2016
34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The smoke-and-mirrors storyline is either too obvious in the way it anticipates surprise developments or too absurd for us to care. It gallivants all over the place, too." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 11, 2016
92%

Notes on Blindness (2016)

"A haunting, quietly affecting documentary." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jul 1, 2016
82%

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016)

"At a time when so many European films play it safe and small, Tale of Tales is an improbable folly, with an eccentric grandeur to be cherished." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 17, 2016
92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"The animation is zippy and crammed with smart sight gags." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 14, 2016
89%

The World's End (2013)

"The barrelling fun and fizzy invention of the film-making is unstoppable. Calling last orders on a great trilogy, this is one of the most entertaining British films of the year, so far." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 14, 2016
93%

Skyfall (2012)

"Skyfall has fun playing with Bond's image, but the producers are wary of being too revisionistic. In fact, the film is good because it's such a stirring affirmation of the things 007 films have always done well." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 13, 2016
91%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"This is a bloated splurge of special effects and gamey acting -- to say it's no worse than last month's Spider-Man film is to point up the lacklustre year it's been so far for blockbusters." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 13, 2016
93%

Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

"Made with the rigour of the best journalism and haunting emotional artistry, Fire at Sea deserves to be seen as widely as possible." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 10, 2016
93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"It's a brilliantly accomplished hostage drama -- claustrophobic and breathlessly paced -- and Greengrass' commanding piloting of a Hollywood juggernaut can blind you to the film's faults." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 8, 2016
71%

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

"Is anyone else in America making films like Lee Daniels? For my money, he deserves his name above the title." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 8, 2016
96%

Gravity (2013)

"It is exhilarating film-making, engineered with dizzying invention, and it combines commanding 3D digital effects -- some of the best I've ever seen -- with a surprisingly soulful touch." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 8, 2016
91%

Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)

"Blue is the Warmest Colour is a wonderful film: tender, raw, honest, sad and performed with intensity." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 8, 2016
100%

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

"Versus is a smart, respectful portrait of a towering film-maker." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jun 3, 2016
71%

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"There's a brash, wayward vigour about this film, and it features one of Hanks' best performances in a long time." ‐The Big Issue
Posted May 20, 2016
91%

Green Room (2016)

"Green Room is a nasty, cold-hearted, claustrophobic film with moments of gratuitous violence and sick comedy. I liked it much more than Almost Famous." ‐The Big Issue
Posted May 13, 2016
91%

Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (2007)

"Intermittently amusing." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 27, 2016
78%

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016)

"While I hesitate to attach anything so worthy as a message to a film as light and airy as this, its celebration of life, in all its odd, kinked, flawed variations, is winningly affirmative." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Apr 15, 2016
100%

I Am Belfast (2015)

"This is an admiring portrait of the city but it's also tinged with sadness." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Apr 8, 2016
84%

Victoria (2015)

"All credit to the actors for sustaining this intensity for more than two hours, especially Costa who, by the end of the film, gives a turn of raw, snotty intensity." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Apr 1, 2016
92%

The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015)

"This is a film of masterly artistry, heaving political anger and uncontained ambition." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Mar 18, 2016
92%

Anomalisa (2015)

"It has a haunting, desolate beauty, and it's achingly sad, like a half deserted zoo in the middle of a Midwestern winter." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Mar 11, 2016
95%

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

"Catnip for cinephiles." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Mar 4, 2016
85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"A hugely entertaining romp. But Hail, Caesar! also emerges as a smart and subtly unnerving exploration of the seductive appeal of films over its paying audience - over us. " ‐The Big Issue
Posted Mar 4, 2016
96%

Spotlight (2015)

"This is narrative film-making stripped of unnecessary detail or fabricated sentiment, and it's all the better for it: Spotlight is absorbing and revelatory." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Feb 3, 2016
82%

The Revenant (2015)

"The result is a gripping blend of psychological drama and epic adventure, brutal and bloody but underpinned with a delicate lyricism. Barely saying a word, DiCaprio is extraordinary." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jan 22, 2016
88%

The Big Short (2015)

"The Big Short does such a good job of shining a light into the dark crevices of financial mismanagement it almost performs a public service -- but in the form of whip-smart, wildly irreverent entertainment." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jan 22, 2016
78%

Bolshoi Babylon (2015)

"What emerges is a toxic fairytale about the beauty of artistic endeavour and the beastly behaviour that sometimes accompanies it." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Jan 8, 2016
97%

Sherpa (2015)

"With vertiginous helmet-mounted point-of-views of the slow crawl upwards, the film gives a terrifyingly immediate sense of the dangers the Sherpas face in order to make the trek ready for their wealthy clients." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 18, 2015
84%

Listen Up Philip (2014)

"Listen Up Philip is an astute, quietly complex and richly absorbing study of creative success, with note-perfect performances from a superb ensemble." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
89%

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2015)

"Yes, there's humour here, lugubrious and jet black, but it is allied to a vision of human nature as unrelenting bleakness. I love Andersson's work but watching his films can be excruciating: do you laugh or issue a howl of despair?" ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
88%

The Tribe (2015)

"While The Tribe often makes for troubling, confrontational viewing, it is ferociously engaging. Stripped of dialogue, this is cinema of high-wire purity: muscular, precise, emotionally complex -- and surprisingly easy to follow." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
52%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Like Electro plugging himself into any available energy source, the effect is momentarily impressive. Sparks fly. The air crackles. But the power soon drains -- and nothing quite works as it should. " ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
98%

8 1/2 (1963)

"8 1/2 is one of the great films about filmmaking." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
97%

Dark Horse (2016)

"Exciting though the races are, the film is most powerful as a tribute to Dream's many owners and to the community spirit -- dare I say solidarity -- of these working-class folk urging their horse to beat the odds." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
96%

12 Years a Slave (2013)

"12 Years a Slave puts things straight -- and some. Anchored by Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance of contained fortitude as Solomon, the film depicts almost unrelenting institutional brutality." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
96%

The Look of Silence (2015)

"This is documentary film-making of the highest order -- urgent, necessary and deeply compassionate viewing." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
97%

45 Years (2015)

"45 Years is an understated, restrained film but its impact is unnerving and haunting." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
95%

How To Change The World (2015)

"How to Change the World is in clear sympathy with the environmental causes Greenpeace champions but its portrait of the organisation is quite spiky and probing." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
49%

Manglehorn (2015)

"Thanks to a performance of wintry ferocity and dark charisma from Pacino, Manglehorn remains a fascinating enigma." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
73%

Everest (2015)

"The stunning location photography stays with you much longer than the script's shortcomings. The mountain, as ever, has the last word." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
50%

Snow in Paradise (2014)

"Hulmes' film is intelligent and original, a debut of promise." ‐The Big Issue
Posted Dec 12, 2015
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