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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Rather like the casing that falls from the gunslinger's pistol, it has been stripped of impact, and hits the ground as an empty shell.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Soulfully scored and every bit as powerful in moments of discomforting silence, it's haunting indeed.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
4/5 75% Atomic Blonde (2017) Shamelessly smouldering from start to finish and letting its ladies have most of the fun, it's an ace actioner, in perfect tune with our age of disillusionment.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2017
4/5 79% The Ghoul (2017) The Ghoul embraces its low-budget Britishness - it's both dynamic and despondent, while Tunley makes strong use of its London locations as his protagonist pounds the capital's streets in a futile search for existential answers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) The culture-clash comedy plays out with charming, sometimes toe-curling honesty and an acknowledgement of how complicated life can get when expectations weigh heavy and tradition unceremoniously intervenes.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2017
4/5 93% Dunkirk (2017) Once again Nolan shows himself to be a master of pure cinema. Incomparably immersive, Dunkirk does admirable justice to its story - it's a film that never lets up, never surrenders.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2017
2/5 50% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) A film that offers neither a contemporary twist on the well-worn conspiracy thriller, nor a satisfyingly meaty take on a true story.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
2/5 62% England Is Mine (2017) Smiths fans may well despair. And not in a way they'd enjoy.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
4/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Given its winning penchant for eccentric details and the blackest of humour, A Man Called Ove feels a shade sentimental in its final stretch; like its hero, it boasts a surprisingly big heart.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Candy-coloured, only fleetingly sentimental and with an embarrassment of mischievous energy, it's a bit like mainlining sugar.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 70% Final Portrait (2017) Tucci captures his subject from a range of interesting angles without ever resorting to po-faced portraiture himself.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Daphne (2017) It has ample promise for a debut and Beecham makes a persuasive pitch for star status.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 43% Song to Song (2017) Often feeling closer to a long perfume advert than a drama, Song to Song is indisputably stylish but lacking in both impact and soul.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
4/5 87% Maudie (2017) Hawkins ... delivers a performance of dogged detail; she's a woman who seems to absorb every insult and disappointment in the stoop of her stance, the pain etched across her face. ‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/5 95% God's Own Country (2017) Fluid photography and achingly honest performances merge magnificently, with the story of love amidst the livestock considerably more charming than it sounds.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
3/5 62% Slack Bay (Ma loute) (2017) As characters topple and tumble, float up in the air, hee-haw with laughter and feast on body parts, Slack Bay is speckled with hilarity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
2/5 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) Although shot with grace by Coco before Chanel's Christophe Beaucarne, it's a film that never sweeps you up in the story.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) The film has a fluid and psychologically penetrating feel, reframing the central dynamic as a shifting power play.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
4/5 74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Although near-miss escape attempts deliver the expected tension and the end is a tad fudged, this is far more than a vehicle for cheap shocks.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) As witty and heartfelt as it is thrilling - a film that fangirls, fanboys and even those suffering from superhero fatigue can enjoy.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2017
2/5 19% Baywatch (2017) The excessive runtime, repetitive antics, cringeworthy cameos and tediously formulaic denouement means that a film that feels like a fun splash-about at the outset is itself in dire need of rescue by the end.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
3/5 54% War Machine (2017) War Machine never feels like a mess, more an oddity; it might not say much that is new but it often says it in a way that hits home.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
3/5 80% Colossal (2017) This sensationally strange, sometimes raucously enjoyable feature from Spain's Nacho Vigalondo only gets curiouser and curiouser as it goes on.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 75% Miss Sloane (2016) Miss Sloane pivots entertainingly and it's fun watching a seasoned double-dealer rub up against more high-minded colleagues.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 90% Mindhorn (2016) Screamingly funny and helmed with madcap energy by debut director Sean Foley, Mindhorn wrings an astonishing amount of enjoyment from the exploits of a spectacular fool.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4/5 89% Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017) Heal the Living is a film about death whose reverence for life can be found in every frame.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
2/5 26% Unforgettable (2017) The film is a lot more entertaining when it cranks the histrionics all the way up to 11. Unfortunately, for the most part it's less camp, more crap.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
4/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The whole enterprise is presented with such breathtaking panache, intricacy and humour that it's impossible to resist.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) Like Fast 7, the film is effortlessly snatched away by two squabbling action stars who know how to raise a smile: Johnson and Statham.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2017
3/5 73% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) It's nicely cast, pleasantly wistful and the scenes between Broadbent and an alternately genial and withering Walter are to be savoured.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2017
5/5 94% Neruda (2016) Events are relayed with lashings of humour and romance, the sumptuous staging and showy camerawork fitting the flamboyant protagonist who's ill-suited to slumming it as a fugitive in the shadows.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 90% A Dark Song (2017) Positioning itself firmly at the arthouse end of horror, A Dark Song is a credible exploration of a desperately dysfunctional relationship.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) In the end, Raw turns out to be very well done as Ducournau serves up a tasty blend of gore, metaphor and mischief.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Against a backdrop of frustrated creativity and censorship, Farhadi explores the relationship between art and life.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
4/5 96% The Love Witch (2016) This smart and sexy comedy comes cloaked in faux innocence; it's a glorious oddity which casts quite the spell.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
4/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Quibbles fall by the wayside like toppling trees. A tantalising establisher for a clash of the titans, this ably-directed actioner is monstrously entertaining.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
4/5 92% Certain Women (2016) The director documents her protagonists' struggles using compassion and deceptive artistry. Although she shows restraint in the moment, the film's simple and truthful humanity will resonate long afterwards.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
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 57% 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 88% 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 73% 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 89% 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 43% 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 92% 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