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Edward Lawrenson

Edward Lawrenson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
91% Good Time (2017) It's a sly and vivid dispatch from the struggling margins of Trump's America. And it's Robert Pattinson on peak form, giving a performance of desperate ferocity and trapped intensity.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Paddington 2 (2018) It's hard to resist this understated, delicate, winningly eccentric movie.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
78% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Colin Farrell's heart surgeon faces a nightmarish ultimatum, making Yorgos Lanthimos' latest one of this year's most bold and interesting films.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
84% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) ... the result is an up-close, surprisingly unguarded portrait of a compelling artist.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
100% I Am Not a Witch (2017) But this is still a wildly promising first feature from [Rungano] Nyoni, and marks her as a filmmaker to watch.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
80% Loving Vincent (2017) A remarkable stylistic achievement, then, but Loving Vincent has its flaws, and I can't say that its script is equal to the triumphant visual technique on display.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
78% The Reagan Show (2017) The Reagan Show will offer a peculiarly potent hit of nostalgia and cultural cringe.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
93% Young Frankenstein (1974) It's Mel Brooks at his most daft and puerile: sophisticated and silly, a black-and-white art film with schlong jokes.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
77% Borg vs McEnroe (Borg McEnroe) (2017) [Shia] LaBeouf is great value as McEnroe in his hair-trigger mood. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
71% The Graduation (Le concours) (2016) ... The Graduation is fascinating, gripping even.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
96% Belle de Jour (1968) he fact Belle de Jour resists such settled interpretation is one reason to see it... Another reason is Deneuve.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) A film delicately attuned to rural life in all its lyrical and sublime glories, with special credit to cinematographer Joshua James Richards for capturing the wild splendour of Yorkshire locations. Make no mistake: this is a determinedly unsentimental.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
83% Detroit (2017) Beyond its (admittedly virtuoso) restaging of facts, Detroit falls short, a blunt instrument with little insight into the systemic causes behind the racism.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2017
100% Victim (1961) It's a strenuously well-meaning, often chewy, sometimes stilted drama about a plummy London barrister's attempt to expose the criminals blackmailing a young gay man with whom he had a brief 'association'.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
90% A Ghost Story (2017) . . .a sumptuous study in atmosphere that lulls you into a hypnotic trance; a gently profound essay on time and its human limits.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2017
87% The Untamed (La región salvaje) (2017) This elegant, elliptical mood piece is an impressively original work, compelling proof that Escalante is one of Mexico's finest young directors.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
50% England Is Mine (2017) The lovely thing about England Is Mine is that it mostly eschews cliches.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
54% 47 Meters Down (2017) This is a cheerfully superficial film that orchestrates effective, and sometimes surprisingly nasty, thrills with unpretentious efficiency.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) As if you'd want it any other way, Lynch retains that sense of enigma, of velvety mystery that runs through his best work.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
86% Okja (2017) Some scenes carry the innocent charm of a Disney film. Others have a dark intensity that might trouble the most seasoned viewers. This isn't just a challenge to conventional marketing but an affront -- and all the better for it.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
91% The Graduate (1967) Watching it today I can appreciate the historical significance of The Graduate, and Mike Nichols' direction is sharp and stylish. Yet I'm ambivalent about the film.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
87% Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) This sensitive, not entirely uncritical, documentary grows ever more poignant as you realise Houston was never able to find a satisfactory answer to that question [in the title], not least for herself.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
48% Wilson (2017) This is all pleasantly watchable but it keeps the stakes low, and the mood of subdued sentimentality doesn't feel entirely appropriate for the often bleak crises that are inflicted on Wilson.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) [It] catches you unawares: seemingly so slight, a chamber piece in a minor key, it is in fact as honest and complex a depiction of family life -- and the fraught, tender, melancholy relationship between generations -- that I've seen in a long time.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
89% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) It is the latest film from Aki Kaurismäki, and fans will be glad to know he's doing what he does best: lugubrious, parched-dry deadpan, pitched with deceptive economy and masterly minimalism.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
80% Colossal (2017) It's watchable enough though, and Hathaway is terrific. Forget that rampaging CGI giant -- her performance is the film's most special effect.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
90% Frantz (2017) Essentially, the film is concerned with a deeper mystery: how to deal with the aftermath of a grief like Anna's; and director Ozon tackles this concern with subtlety, intelligence and affecting sensitivity.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Emerging from the well-chosen clips, Jacobs and Moses seem like opposites, but the film prefers to imply rather than dwell on any great differences. At its absorbing heart are conflicting ideas of how urban life should be organised.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Lady Macbeth is a deftly assured cinematic debut from theatre director William Oldroyd: a film of unnerving, accumulating tension, punctuated by moments of violence that leave you reeling.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) No joke, Toni Erdmann is an extraordinary piece of cinema.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) There is mordant humour here, rippled with moments of extraordinary tenderness, but at heart this is a grave, unconsoling and profoundly sad film.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) A startlingly intimate portrait of a remarkable woman.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2016
87% Sid and Nancy (1986) I think it's a near classic, well deserving of this rerelease.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
33% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
94% Notes on Blindness (2016) A haunting, quietly affecting documentary.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2016
94% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
72% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016