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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/5 96% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years a Slave is a film of searing sincerity and insight, whose central characters are drawn with real complexity. McQueen's third film doesn't just slide slavery under the microscope, it holds it there.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
2/5 49% Trespass Against Us (2017) It's a film that never seems to know what to make of its characters, eventually plumping for a quirky, feel-good climax that represents yet another departure from what came before.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2017
3/5 86% Their Finest (2017) Arterton carries it along with her charisma and her subtle emoting elevates a film that too often plumps for the obvious.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
4/5 80% Catfight (2017) An outrageously enjoyable bitch-fest of a movie from writer-director Onur Tukel which ridicules the 'geriaction' phenomenon even as it revels in its tropes.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) A film of rare empathy and shimmering beauty.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Part rehash of the first film, part expansion of its bizarro universe, it treats its plot like a trifle, serving little more than to thread together some indecently entertaining action.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) The highlight ... is the sparkling screenplay, blending wry observation, provocative conversation and frequent hilarity.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
3/5 41% Gold (2017) Energised by a game performance and toe-tapping soundtrack, this is nevertheless a film that never really settles into a satisfying groove, nor confidently projects an identity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Daringly intimate and unusually insightful, Jackie sees a South American provocateur take on an all-American idol - and the results are unforgettable.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
5/5 93% La La Land (2016) It's as gorgeous in its gloom as in its wonderfully shameless whimsy. It's a dizzying whirlwind of romance and sorrow, cinema to make you swoon.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) Sadly what transpires is stratospherically misjudged.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
4/5 84% Silence (2017) Fervent in its telling and unusually cerebral, Silence is a paragon of integrity from one of modern filmmaking's most reliable maestros.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2016
3/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Although the scenarios seem forced, the action feels natural thanks to the nonchalant delivery of a fine cast ...‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Teller demonstrates the requisite pluck, while Ciaran Hinds and Aaron Eckhart are cast against type as Vinny's father and his paunchy, balding coach.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 95% Moana (2016) With a gripping story fashioned from indigenous culture and a satisfying blend of the familiar and the knowing, Moana represents yet another triumph in the studio's impressive recent run.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2016
4/5 96% Paterson (2016) Jarmusch is at his most refined here, as he carefully chronicles the humble exploits of one of life's observers.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) There is such warmth and wisdom in these women standing together, that what at first appears to be a story of unimaginable suffering quickly reveals itself to be a celebration of astonishing strength.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Piling tragedy upon tragedy until it collapses under the weight, the fourth narrative feature from Derek Cianfrance makes a flagrant play for your heartstrings.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) Linklater's reverence for the everyday and the eloquence of his execution have made him a filmmaker for the ages, so this celebration of his achievements is welcome, even if it doesn't really do him justice.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2016
3/5 81% Free Fire (2017) The film runs out of ideas long before its (modest) runtime is up. Still, devotees of facial hair and firearms are likely to have a blast.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
5/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) It's a movie that explores the invigorating, engrossing impact of fiction - a beguiling creation that shows, appropriately enough, the way a great story can get right under the skin.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
4/5 94% Prevenge (2017) Considering that this is Lowe's directorial debut (it's her second feature as screenwriter after the superb and not dissimilar Sightseers), Prevenge is remarkably well-realised.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2016
4/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This is dynamic filmmaking whose story finds modern resonance in the Black Lives Matter movement, showing how important it is that tales like this continue to be told.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 93% Queen of Katwe (2016) Harnessing the power of understatement, Nalwanga gives a wonderfully engrossing turn helped along by the sensitive camerawork, while an energetic Oyelowo and an estimable Nyong'o provide the classy support.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
5/5 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A textured portrait of the parent-child relationship, as well as a shrewd satire of corporate shenanigans.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) It is a film that emphatically deserves to be in the mix come awards-time, from a director who knows that you don't need fast-paced action or expensive tricks to conjure truly spectacular cinema.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's astutely judged, beautifully humane and, in its final throes, devastatingly romantic.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Adhering so closely to the book results in a fan-pleasing adaptation that stays obediently on track, even if that means delivering us to an all-too predictable destination.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Mackenzie's tenth feature cultivates great compassion for its characters, while making wider points relating to exploitation and community erosion well.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2016
4/5 100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) The tone remains meticulously respectful as Björkman delivers a discerning appraisal of an endlessly intriguing, frequently contradictory individual.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2016
4/5 100% The Hard Stop (2015) Amponsah's access and the intimacy of his insights make the film deeply personal, but carefully drawn out wider resonances mean that it doubles as a compassionate portrait of black masculinity in crisis.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
4/5 70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) The result is a film whose narrative minimalism may frustrate, but whose core performances and visual majesty convey all that's left unsaid.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) By attempting to appease traditionalists and newcomers in equal measure, The Legend of Tarzan has compromised itself into anonymity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) Fun references and welcome cameos add to the appeal of a film that's much more successful in its stupidity than when it strives to be smart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2016
2/5 22% Ma ma (2016) Cruz keeps things engaging but she's really up against it in a film that's mawkish, melodramatic and sometimes comically misjudged.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) This film offers something a bit different from traditional biopics.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Away (2015) It's a well-meaning, often superbly acted film with nothing very original to say.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2016
3/5 71% The White King (2016) The White King isn't especially thought-provoking, nor sophisticated enough to win over accompanying adults. Regardless, the combination of brutality-lite, high jinks and life lessons may be enough to satisfy older kids.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 97% Little Men (2016) Little Men has a lightness of touch which belies its formidable powers of observation; frequently insightful and superbly performed, it presents us with a rainbow of recognisable humanity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2016
4/5 82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) The emphasis on female perspectives gives modern resonance to an adaptation that simultaneously has oodles of time for the traditional.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 66% Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2016) Frank and fairly explicit, the events nevertheless unfold through a prism of sensitivity and compassion, with Husson sidestepping the sensationalism suggested by the provocative title and subject matter.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2016
3/5 85% Maggie's Plan (2016) With white-hot performers at its fore and a screwball-style premise, Maggie's Plan promises more than it ultimately delivers but there's abundant fun to be had along the way.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
4/5 80% Adult Life Skills (2016) Adult Life Skills belies its homemade, careworn feel to present both a polished rib-tickler and a credible, intimate study of grief.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 79% Where to Invade Next (2016) Relevant, cogent and funny.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2016
2/5 43% Miracles from Heaven (2016) Those of a wobbly disposition may find themselves momentarily lifted up, but they should be prepared to come back to earth with a bump.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2016
2/5 38% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) At best maintaining the meagre standard set by its critically mauled precursor, the heroes in a half-shell are back for a tonally obnoxious, patience-testing second outing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
3/5 57% Money Monster (2016) An earnest and entertaining look at stock market skulduggery, constricted by its adherence to genre convention and further comprised by its commercialism, Money Monster has two shining stars in front of the camera and one at the helm.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
4/5 92% The Nice Guys (2016) The pair bounce so successfully off one another that this feels like a double act for the ages, in a film that actually deserves to spawn a sequel.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) X-Men is a franchise that can coast on the considerable appeal of its suitably extraordinary ensemble, but even these actors can't distract from the fact that this well has run desperately dry of ideas.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
3/5 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Kim feels substantially drawn thanks to Fey's sterling work, but Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is much less successful in the portrayal of its supporting players, many of whom are amalgamations of real people.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016