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Edward Lawrenson

Edward Lawrenson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) There's a poignant undertow to the rush.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
91% Isle of Dogs (2018) After a while such a fussy, just-so attention to detail grates - and there's only so much calculated whimsy that I can take.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
100% Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) The film sketches the rollercoaster trajectory of [Westwood's] career in bold strokes.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
84% The Square (2017) The Square is a fiercely witty comedy that requires and rewards patience from us...but there is also something blunt and ill-conceived about The Square's central thrust....the film is principally a social critique, but it's heavy-handed, even moralistic.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here is brilliantly made, daringly structured and invested with jumpy, lurid lyricism. But this stylistic triumph fails to resonate emotionally.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Marina battles on, a force of nature, despite the elements gathered in opposition, and this big-hearted, sweepingly realised melodrama plays like an intoxicating tribute to that fighting spirit.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
76% Dark River (2017) Dark River is a bracing reminder of Barnard's talent, but enter its depths with caution.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
99% Lady Bird (2017) The results borrow freely from French New Wave, American teen drama, and more - but the great triumph of Lady Bird is that it remains in Gerwig's voice: it's fresh, funny, and lastingly poignant. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loveless is brilliantly accomplished and yet I found its unsparing pessimism hard going. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) There are shades of Hitchcock, notably Rebecca and Notorious. But this is a film to savour not for its narrative twists but its air of thickening psychological complexity.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
76% Last Flag Flying (2017) But Last Flag Flying disappoints. By comparison to The Last Detail, it's bland and underpowered, with a script that lacks the earlier movie's poetry or razory wit. And on its own terms it struggles.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) The Final Year... is a kind of disaster movie, the chronicle of an impending catastrophe that creeps up on its victims.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sometimes you have the feeling you're watching a solid Netflix TV drama, an impression underscored by the film's ramblingly episodic structure.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
92% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) A breathtaking performance by Zhao Tao. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
87% Song of Granite (2017) An elliptic, bracingly experimental feature told mostly in Gaelic. ‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% Mountain (2018) From the makers of Sherpa, this visually breathtaking documentary features vertigo-inducing shots of climbers scaling various high-altitude summits, accompanied by a soaring orchestral score.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) [Salim] Shaheen is a force of nature, and a true cinematic maverick, and the documentary is a hoot.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Human Flow (2017) It is sombre and (to risk a rather pompous word) necessary viewing.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
67% Happy End (2017) As with so many portraits of family dysfunction there's a sense of unease here, one that Haneke amplifies brilliantly. It is a collection of disquieting fragments, discordant snapshots that create a mood of unsettling menace, of impending catastrophe.‐ The Big Issue
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% 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
79% 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
90% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) ... 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
84% 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
77% 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
82% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) [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
84% 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
91% 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
88% 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
51% 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
55% 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
90% 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
89% 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
97% 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
91% 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
93% 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