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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 61% Every Day (2018) It's a gentle drama with an interesting hook that features some heavy-handed moralising but gets by on its sincerity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
3/5 86% Funny Cow (2017) The film possesses enough swagger to paper over at least some of the cracks and, thanks to the stirring soundtrack and equally affecting central performance, benefits from a generous helping of northern soul.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2018
5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) There's love, tragedy and laughter in an inspiring, visually arresting look at a group who are living the hell out of life and not going down without a fight.‐ Radio Times
Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 82% Blockers (2018) Although not averse to grossing out its audience, Blockers is also disarmingly sweet and its sincerity sets it apart from other recent American comedies.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
4/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2017) Probing, philosophical and endlessly intriguing, it offers a fascinating spin on a familiar subject.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 73% Mom and Dad (2018) The cartoonish energy and maniacal performances keep things lively, a delivery-room sequence is simply jaw-dropping, and a punch-line involving the older generation kicks in just when it's needed.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
4/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) There's an overarching air of playfulness, from the casting of comedic stalwarts to the flashes of wry humour that provide fleeting respite from the tension, if only to allow the next shock to have its full, juddering impact.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 84% Journeyman (2017) Buoyed by an unshakeable faith in the knockout power of love, Journeyman is as earnest as they come.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
2/5 15% Mute (2018) With quirks galore but a shortage of substantial ideas, this sci-fi noir cribs from the Blade Runner films ad nauseam - indeed it seems to inhabit the very same world, rendered on the cheap.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
3/5 82% Game Night (2018) Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein keep things peppy, benefitting hugely from a pumped, overqualified ensemble that mine a commendable amount of laughter from a so-so script.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
4/5 92% Zama (2018) Cleverly drawing on her protagonist's predicament, Martel offers a scathing satire of colonialism as she documents the mental deterioration of a man left hanging, existing on a diet of promises, promises, promises.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
4/5 89% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Wielding a wonderful sense of the absurd, Denis also creates an intimacy which leaves you vulnerable to her protagonist's pain and disappointment.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
5/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson declares his love for all things Japanese in a sensationally rendered, soft-hearted tribute to the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/5 68% Finding Your Feet (2018) Sometimes it's hard not to cringe at their antics but the joie de vivre of these convention-defying pensioners is ultimately irresistible. It's a familiar blend, with just a dash of daring.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
3/5 90% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya celebrates Harding's talent and admires her rebellious spirit but hides behind its humour as her hard-knock life becomes an irreverent, entertaining patchwork.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
5/5 99% Lady Bird (2017) It's remarkable how heartfelt each and every moment feels, without the film once descending into sentimentality.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
2/5 25% The 15:17 to Paris (2018) That these men are brave beyond measure and saved countless lives is in no doubt but, with its focus on the dullest of details, lack of psychological insight and bizarre shifts in tone, it's a bewildering folly indeed.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Yet it's The Walking Dead's Gurira who steals the show as the ferocious Okoye, gloriously swinging her spear in a billowing red gown.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) Anderson's divine, poetically scripted and unpredictable melodrama examines the impact of emotional upheaval on the fragile mind of a finely tuned creative.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Director Wes Ball makes it a complete set and his ability to deliver punchy action and the occasional jolting jump-scare frightens some life into a predictable, albeit reasonably satisfying story.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
4/5 97% Coco (2017) Coco's sincerity is undeniable and its creativity often remarkable. The songs might be unlikely earworms but the film easily earns its place in your heart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 87% The Post (2018) When The Post moves into its final act, Spielberg cranks up the tension magnificently and there are flourishes enough, even if the pay-off feels cringingly feel-good and then strangely flat.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2018
3/5 82% Molly's Game (2018) Much can be forgiven due to its razzle-dazzle and the sheer pleasure of listening to Sorkin's target-obliterating dialogue - dialogue which Chastain and Idris Elba (playing Molly's lawyer) manage to make sound natural.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) If it doesn't get to the heart of what drives people to accumulate vast, unusable fortunes, it does show the vacuum of humanity this can leave behind.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
3/5 50% The Glass Castle (2017) The narrative serves up carefully balanced helpings of tears and laughter, showing a deep understanding of the father-daughter bond and the sometimes twisted roots of family.‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 81% The Party (2018) The cast spar splendidly, with Patricia Clarkson on spectacularly withering form.‐ Radio Times
Posted Dec 21, 2017
3/5 68% Bitch (2017) As an actress, Palka is the very definition of game, while her freewheeling and intimate directorial style captures the chaos at close quarters, and she does well to stretch what seems like a novelty concept fruitfully to feature-length.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
4/5 63% Shot Caller (2017) The melancholic brand of machismo and Coster-Waldau's affecting turn never fail to mesmerise in a film that consistently foregrounds the human cost of crime.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
3/5 82% Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo - O rei das manhãs) (2017) Documents the rise and fall of a Brazilian kids' TV presenter in an explosion of colour, irreverence and excess.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
4/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's not for the easily offended. However the unlikely combination of ultra-violence and compassion may just slash its way to your heart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2017
4/5 87% Mia Madre (2016) Operating with an impeccable sense of restraint, Moretti has created a work of great sincerity and unshowy insight.‐ The Arts Desk
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) Despite his hulking frame, Vince has rarely gotten his hands dirty onscreen; here, he makes up for lost time.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) If the Thor films have been a bit 'meh' thus far, by allowing Waititi room to do his genuinely eccentric thing, the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might just be its best.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
5/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) The fluid visuals are a perfect match for the curiosity and exuberance of the kids, who prowl the motel grounds and beyond on the hunt for mischief.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
5/5 96% The Death of Stalin (2018) A film as riotously funny as it is alarmingly pertinent.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2017
5/5 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) It's all about McDormand - truly a performer you can build a whole film around, and one who can whisk a scene away from even her most seasoned peers.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
2/5 8% The Snowman (2017) It's unusual for a whodunnit to have such a powerful sedative effect as The Snowman.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Shannon, Jenkins, Spencer and Stuhlbarg are precision-cast but it's Hawkins that will steal your heart.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 85% Ingrid Goes West (2017) Attempts to shade in Ingrid and Dan's tragic backstories are cursory and more than a little clichéd, but so spot on is the satire that it's hard to imagine this being done better.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 76% Dark River (2017) Stanley is superb, yet it is Wilson that will leave you shaken.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2017
4/5 92% Good Time (2017) An enjoyably grimy, 80s-infused, Queens-set crime thriller about a bank robber busting his gut to free his incarcerated brother.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
4/5 88% Beast (2018) Polite society and conventional femininity form a suffocating straightjacket in the eerily intoxicating Beast.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
4/5 90% Lean on Pete (2018) What should be desperately hard-going is rendered anything but by Haigh's delicate directorial style, an approach complemented by Plummer's appealingly understated performance.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2017
3/5 75% Killing Ground (2017) The structure generates considerable suspense and Power keeps conventional horror histrionics to a bare minimum.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2017
3/5 69% mother! (2017) Even when Aronofsky doesn't have much to say, at least he says it with gusto.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
2/5 34% American Assassin (2017) Cuesta does a competent job at the helm, delivering the occasional bravura flourish, but any punch and polish he brings to the table is undermined by the myriad failings of the script.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/5 87% Wind River (2017) Wind River is a film that intermittently impresses, even if it keeps getting blown off course.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
4/5 82% Patti Cake$ (2017) As Patti spits out her lyrics - lewd, incendiary and eventually empowering - writer-director Jasper announces his own arrival with a great deal of swagger.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
2/5 44% Rough Night (2017) Unfortunately this 'women go wild' movie comes with a twist. The twist being that it sucks.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2017
4/5 84% Detroit (2017) Who knows whether there will ever be a time where the lives of black Americans seem like they actually matter, but it is the duty of filmmakers as formidable as Bigelow to keep reminding us they should.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2017