Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 92% Happiest Season (2020) An ode to impossible expectations, pride, bravery and loyalty, Happiest Season wraps up everything you could want for Christmas in a neat, thoughtful little bow. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 88% Mank (2020) David Fincher erects a beautiful and damning relic of Hollywood's greedy ambition. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
67% Ammonite (2020) Ammonite understands that devotion can be ephemeral, that love must so often fight to take up space in our lives. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) The zippy dialogue keeps the film light on its feet, but there's a sadness that undercuts the comedy and gives it a more emotional core, too. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
89% Pixie (2020) The glimmers of a good time found in Barnaby Thompson's Pixie are most certainly welcome in 2020. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
3/5 88% Summerland (2020) There's nothing new here, admittedly, but it's all too sweet, fun and eminently likeable not to have a good time. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 91% Herself (2020) The message feels poignant and relevant: you can't fix other people, but you'll always be able to rebuild yourself. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
3/5 87% BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky (2020) It sounds good, they have fun, but so do lots of things that have nowhere near 30 million followers. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
5/5 88% Shirley (2020) This is psychosexual cinema that also serves as an education, a biopic written in blood. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
5/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) This is the rare talent of Miranda July: she whisks you up in a sweet world, and drops you from 10,000 feet before you have time to process how it's shattered you into a million pieces. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 99% Time (2020) It's an enormous achievement to crystallise two decades of both fighting and loving in 81 minutes, as Bradley never takes Rich's voice away to patronise or preach to the viewer about what we should care about. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 88% Monsoon (2020) Golding's gentle, contemplative turn really brings across the character's feeling that he is a tourist in his own home. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 74% Shadow in the Cloud (2020) It's genre cinema at its finest, a thrilling step forward for the women who have spent their lives whooping and dreaming behind the scenes, never quite in charge of who these heroes are, or how they fight. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 60% Tesla (2020) Tesla feels like a biopic about the inventor's inventions, rather than the decisions and events that led the man towards becoming an inventor. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 78% Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020) This wistful love story feels more dated than nostalgic, offering a time capsule of an out-of-touch relationship imagined by a person still stuck in the past. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
4/5 97% Shiva Baby (2020) The premise of Shiva Baby might feel like a riff on "a guy walks into a bar" joke, but the delivery is whip-smart - one of the most infectiously enjoyable coming-of-agers in years. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
4/5 87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) A hungry, ambitious, often devastating portrait of a youth that has been wrestling with this confusion - this severe whiplash between legacy and desire - forever. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) It's devastating, yet Kirby feels it all with impossible grace. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Jack Thorne's sometimes thin screenplay aims for a sunny-side-up appeal, but too often these cheery morals hit you over the head like a ton of bricks. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) It's a devastating game of spot-the-difference in motion, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it magic trick that dances around your nervous system for two hours and 14 minutes. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 62% Chemical Hearts (2020) An impassioned and imperfect portrait of teenage grief and heartbreak, Chemical Hearts takes its audience seriously. For every teenager who has ever felt alone, this feels like a tailor-made care package. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
3/5 77% Summerland (2020) It hits all the right notes on paper, but might have felt more evocative merely left on the page as a novel. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
3/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Spaceship Earth accepts failures, both intimate and corporate, and rather than answering all the questions, it marvels at just how far humankind has come - even if there is always a long way to go. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
4/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) Saint Frances isn't merely a sugary little comedy about a charming pairing. It has that kind of likability, but there's also immense frustration and sadness here too. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
3/5 47% Arkansas (2020) Despite the strong cast, Arkansas is mostly just recycled scenarios from better movies that fail to create much of an original impact when strung together. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
2/5 55% Back Roads (2018) Despite its good intentions, condemning child abuse and sexual assault, Back Roads has little to offer in the way of sensitive or stirring storytelling. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
3/5 54% Lost Transmissions (2020) The lack of attention to detail comes from a script which is more interested in its political message than in believable world-building. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
2/5 51% Burden (2020) Burden feels like a prime example of misguided energy, where the focus is placed on a white man learning to repent for a lifetime of evil, rather than praising a Black man who shows kindness. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 100% Sitting in Limbo (2020) Sitting in Limbo doesn't aim to warp the truth, to glorify any one party. This isn't about rewriting history, it's about making sure the true mistakes and hardships are finally given the weight they deserve. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
3/5 100% Athlete A (2020) To give such detail to the stories themselves is what really matters, compensating for the years of silence from those in power at USA Gymnastics. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
3/5 88% The Girl with a Bracelet (2020) Because the film is more preoccupied by the process, by Lise's accounts, the truthful nature of the case which is still incomplete, there is no jaw-dropping twist. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) The execution is as kitsch as the description, but paced with such boisterous energy and unapologetic farce that it feels impossible to do anything but just cheer along. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
4/5 98% Disclosure (2020) It's about visibility as much as legacy, about acceptance and trauma and the future - why action beyond the screen is absolutely vital. For anyone, anywhere: it's essential viewing. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
2/5 56% Resistance (2020) Resistance fails to commit to anything: too confused to honour its hero, too generic to shine a new light on a crucial moment in history. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 89% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) The breezy pace comes from the fact that neither Daniel nor Sue are made into caricatures. They fulfil certain stereotypes on paper and also visually, but their personalities are accommodating. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 74% The King of Staten Island (2020) Apatow and Davidson never try to idolise Scott (and thus Davidson), but in smart direction and wry scripting, the different shades of Scott's nature earn empathy. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 95% Dating Amber (2020) Confused adolescents think out loud about the expiry dates of their own happiness, without ever tying down their stories to any sort of clichéd melodrama. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) The sell of Never Rarely Sometimes Always can and will capitalise on the film's relevance as an abortion drama, but its lasting impact is more tender, more deeply saddening and more personal. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2020
4/5 89% Ema (2019) The obsessions of a relationship powered and chained by love are examined in dizzying detail, in a masterful exploration of complicated emotions. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) A stirring, sober examination of an ongoing injustice, The Assistant speaks to women whose discomfort is ignored, and bravely says that they matter, their feelings have been noticed. Now is the time for us to act on them. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
3/5 67% Astronaut (2019) McLeod can be poetic, but what is most prominent is Angus' level-headed intelligence, conveyed in a whip-smart performance by Dreyfuss. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
4/5 88% Selah and the Spades (2020) By focusing on the slippery dynamics between peers rather than their vices, Selah and The Spades avoids the nightmarish outcomes often prompted by drug-infused storylines. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
3/5 90% School Life (La vie scolaire) (2020) School Life avoids resolutions that are too easy, twists of fate that magically fix the messy realities these kids live in. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
3/5 32% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) It's charming enough - but as with countless weddings, the cake looks divine but ends up tasting a little bland. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
4/5 81% Who You Think I Am (Celle que vous croyez) (2020) A sensitive portrait of a woman navigating the minefields of her romantic landscape, juggling fears of a ticking clock and the simple yearning to feel tethered to another. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
3/5 79% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) You can hear Markle smiling through her script, and you could imagine this being spun as a bedtime story without needing to make a single adjustment. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
3/5 66% Lady and the Tramp (2019) The film trots along at its own speed, full of low-stakes skits and romantic early 20th century nostalgia. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
4/5 94% System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) As a truthful portrait of a young person at once vulnerable and still so brilliant, System Crasher thrives, and earns a deep sense of urgency. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) By the end of the story, there is still the sense, 98 minutes later, that this has all made for an interesting 10 minutes of exposition, waiting for something greater. - WeLoveCinema EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2020
4/5 93% The Perfect Candidate (2020) Maryam's story is one to empathise with, but still precise enough to entirely belong to her. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2020