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T-Meter Title | Year Review
79% We Are Little Zombies (2019) The juxtaposition of cause and effects (death and music) skips any kind of emotional reasoning, in favour of an all-out glorious performance of cacophonous entertainment. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) While the film might occasionally lack in subtlety, the vital takeaways speak volumes. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) The lives that Labaki portrays are too often treated as scrolling buzzwords in faceless news reports, but receive a sweepingly sensitive treatment here. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 75% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) An implacable, phantasmagorical experiment of what our identities give, and what the dissatisfaction with them takes away. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
100% What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) This is a richly compelling work, one that makes you yearn to watch more films and to understand why we need them. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3/5 81% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) The film rarely offers any surprise in the way such extraordinary events are being explained. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
80% Light of My life (2019) The story of Caleb and Rag survives as one of thoughtful loyalty between a parent and their child - aware of the outside world, determined to love beyond it. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 90% A Private War (2018) What could have stood as a harrowing but removed fragment of history is brought to life with immediacy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 79% Mr. Jones (2019) Infusing a bleak moment of history with surprising verve. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
2/5 7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Every new idea shouts loud, in absurd and unnatural dialogue, leaving nothing more than a sense of confusion and flat-out deflation. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 45% Second Act (2018) The film bounces off Lopez's ability to charm both an audience and an unfair industry, in a formulaic but undeniably fun portrait of a headstrong woman. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 72% Destroyer (2018) However convoluted the plot becomes, the direction always favours a celebration of the bruised and betrayed people in this story. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
2/5 66% Vice (2018) McKay directs with an insistent hand, creating a frustrating mishmash of personal and historical politics. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 86% Monsters and Men (2018) By widening the story further to involve more than just those who are immediately affected, Green speaks to an audience and invites us to simply do better. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) The paint-by-numbers contemporary empowerment veers at times into distraction, when facts slip away in favour of feeling. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
2/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) The film reflects on the moment personal and professional politics became irrevocably intertwined without questioning what's really so harmful about it. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) The tropes are all the more recognisable within an industry dominated by endless feel-good look-glossy comedies, further flattening the singularity of what made Intouchables so special in the first place. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Clouds are replaced with balloons and the weightless hope feels infectious. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
1/5 60% The House That Jack Built (2018) The belligerence makes it impossible to celebrate any kind of fictional sadism, and it's all the more troubling when you look around the cinema and everyone is cackling. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
3/5 85% Dumplin' (2018) There's not a huge amount of everlasting profundity, but it's still incredibly easy to have a good time. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 84% Disobedience (2018) We observe a muted community and understand the women's struggle - but emotion is never felt in colour. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
4/5 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Three Identical Strangers tells a story so juicy it feels impossible, as the uncanny rears a much uglier head of a manipulative, dehumanising beast. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3/5 34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Everything that is wrong with the film is embodied by its titular character: there is nothing to learn about why he matters at all. Save the sugar, just crack a nut or two next time. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) In the reconciliation of what we know and what we are given, there's magic to be found - just as long as you remember to tread carefully. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Serious when it needs to be and hopeful whenever it can, there's gold dust in the maturity of The Hate U Give. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
2/5 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) The music of Queen will live forever, but this fan hopes the tonedeaf and overpriced tat will not. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) There's something singular about how perfect Redford and Tucker are suited for each other, as both artists live the true stories that hustlers have been trying to replicate ever since, each new copy just seeming paler in comparison. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 94% The Favourite (2018) in the seesawing emotions of the female-led monarchy, there's a newfound gravity that increases the credibility of Lanthimos' comedy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Heller directs the story of a woman who could be considered problematic, unlikeable or difficult, with engaging charisma that lets you laugh only to make you cry by the end. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 95% Ray & Liz (2018) Billingham uses his talent for still photography as much as his own memories to craft a portrait of poverty without pity, through love laced with dysfunction. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 60% Vox Lux (2018) The impressive ambition of Vox Lux exposes the tenuous links and dangerous effects of art and violence, without necessarily making sense of it. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
88% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) Wheatley manages to chisel a singularly charming scene from a house full of scorn. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) It offers as much satisfaction as an unstable advent calendar. There's definitely something sweet behind every door, but it rarely tastes as fun as it looks. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2018
3/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Drew Goddard crafts a pulpy world of sin and suspense, exhilirating until it's suffocating. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 88% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher asks clever questions of moral responsibility, creative control and emotional maturity to great, engaging effect. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) Amid the kitsch jump-scares and heightened theatrics of Sawyer's battle, Unsane might be the first film in a post-Weinstein era to actually make people listen. - Refinery29 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) The unassuming honesty of Eighth Grade is allowing a change in the way teenagers exist on film, by letting every contradictory emotion finally feel vital. - Birth.Movies.Death. EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
38% Angel Face (Gueule d'ange) (2018) Angel Face manages to frame an unstable relationship in a way that allows each suffering party to face their own vices, instead of only showing their mutual combustion. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) It doesn't feel like the intrigue generates much suspense, as warring elements and uneven emotions prevent the film from standing out as an innovative fantasy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 85% The Wife (2018) With such an assured lead performance that gives a compelling account of the fallacies that mar our proudest achievements, Glenn Close leads the film to great heights. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
92% Wild Rose (2019) Finding balance between what you've done and what you feel destined to do resonates beyond country music. When the film sings, it soars - Jessie Buckley was born to be a star. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
77% Mid90s (2018) What makes Mid90s an endlessly enjoyable, uplifting debut rather than a tragically melodramatic dud is its spirit: a higher pitch, a louder cheer and faster legs, at 13 years old Stevie is an invigorating, unapologetic, chutzpah-ridden force of nature. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 86% A Simple Favor (2018) The film ramps up its safe premise with relentless entertainment that deserves some kind of late-night secret screening, bravely packing a punch without ever losing any sartorial flair. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
4/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Infinity is an essential watch in order to understand why Yayoi Kusama's art matters, and how the person behind the dots is inspirational beyond the finite reach of our own individual universes. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
4/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) This is KiKi Layne's first role. Watching her chemistry with Stephan James feels like a secret we're lucky enough to be a part of, as her performance is raw and completely whole. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3/5 79% Green Book (2018) Effective in its aim but hardly revolutionary in its concept, Green Book follows a guidebook with the best intentions, and reaches its destination just in time for dinner. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) What separates this performance from other depictions of drug addiction or difficult teenagehood is that Chalamet walks a careful line of irrational disorder and genuine compassion which translates pain and hatred with incredible, universal sensitivity. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
5/5 91% Widows (2018) The film never loses credibility, as McQueen manages to mesh explosive entertainment with realistic politics of gender and societal injustice. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
61% Teen Spirit (2019) Teen Spirit is a celebration of candid energy and the cookie-cutter charm of a very specific dream-making machine. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 88% American Animals (2018) American Animals thrives on its messy humanity, giving a soul to these forgettable criminals but still pointing a finger at their foolishness in the process. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018