Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 96% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The director's fiercely intelligent voice is unmistakable in Parasite, but the playfulness keeps an audience irretrievably invested. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 61% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Matthias et Maxime cherishes the feelings Dolan has always mastered, but his tumultuous underbelly is softer, more mature. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 100% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait De La Jeune Fille En Feu) (2019) It's as if Marianne and Héloïse's story lives in the finite window of a neverending golden hour, shining only for them. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 83% L'Animale (2018) Using a wide range of bold influences while carving its own way, Mückstein's latest film is invigorating and admirable. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
No Score Yet Chicuarotes (2019) These kids lack the sensitivity of Y Tu Mamá También or the conviction of Amores Perros, and fail to bring much heart to their own story. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) First-time director Olivia Wilde carves a note-perfect millennial portrait rife with specificity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 88% Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is less electric than Almódovar's earlier and more impassioned melodramas, but no less colourful. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 71% Little Joe (2019) A stimulating and cerebral study of the indiscernible root of genuine emotion. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
80% And Then We Danced (2019) The softness of a first romance feels strong - at once through sharp bodies and honey-sweet desire. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
5/5 100% The Lighthouse (2019) Claustrophobic cacophony reigns supreme - the rest of this year's titles will have to furiously paddle to try and compete. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 76% Sorry We Missed You (2019) An unambiguous and affecting look at the dull strain of today's gig economy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
87% Zombi Child (2019) Bonello's electrifying folklore gets under your skin, with the audacious and cunning mystique of a magician who always has one more trick prepared. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 87% Rocketman (2019) Regal showmanship fuels Rocketman's mission, propelling the rousing, heartfelt musical to gleeful heights. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
82% Deerskin (Le Daim) (2019) An immaculate, taut portrait of pathetic navel-gazing masculinity. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 52% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Spotty suburban absurdity overtakes any sense of violent fear. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 96% Beats (2019) In its earsplitting appetite, Beats tears through the feeble noise of the status quo. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 15% The Hustle (2019) An embarrassment to the heist genre, an insult to all existing comedies, a disgrace to feminism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
5/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) With her third feature film, Josephine Decker is cementing herself as an irreplaceable voice in contemporary independent filmmaking. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace beams with raw talent. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Although Knock Down the House ticks a lot of familiar boxes, the authentic ambition is unrivalled. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The dissonant comedy makes entertainment out of anxiety, but loses momentum because of it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) What feels gripping during the film's runtime tastes a bit more sour once the credits have rolled. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2019
4/5 95% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien) (2018) It's a world of aesthetic outlandishness, woozy and exciting in turn. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade doesn't capture the world ending, but never discredits the moments when Kayla feels like it could. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 29% Red Joan (2019) There's little worth in simply retelling a story that only speaks as loud as a written word - we have Wikipedia for that. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 59% Greta (2019) Thanks to such tenacious actors and unpredictable storytelling tricks, Greta just about gets away with its nonsense. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2019
3/5 77% Guava Island (2019) Guava Island builds a land of promise and terror, while being fuelled by Glover's enigmatically militant soundtracking. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) A number of omissions skew the full story, but a charming and often enlightening watch all the same. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
5/5 89% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Happy As Lazzaro sways like a lullaby, whispered as if cognisance already feels slightly out of reach. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) The film brims with self-awareness and chutzpah, building a bridge between fearless kids and encouraging adults who know when to let the heroes take over. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
2/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) Morley's fussy neo-noir reveals an incapability to build a bridge between supernatural imagination and convincing drama. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) The story has shifted to ponder the glibness of performance art, rather than just letting young elephants fly. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Immersion here begets motion sickness, as Schnabel favours sporadic and impulsive moments in the place of fluid storytelling. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 94% Us (2019) Us stretches the shadow of Peele's Oscar-winning debut beyond its prescriptive dimensions, and wears it inside out with a smile full of teeth. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) The astonishing chemistry makes you wonder how long Julia Roberts had secretly been Lucas Hedges' mother without telling anyone. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/5 92% Benjamin (2018) Laughing is easy, loving is not - Benjamin has the emotional dexterity to do both. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) The first Marvel woman to show signs of heroism is given little more than a proton blast to develop her personality. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
5/5 94% Monos (2019) Your mileage may vary, but this, in the best way possible, instantly feels like the stuff of nightmares. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 96% The Souvenir (2019) A quiet masterpiece, an elegant glimpse at the past that savours the dangers of those in-between years, which is still so present. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2019
80% 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 89% 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 67% 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 85% 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 81% 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