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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 25% 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 94% 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 91% 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 97% 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 77% 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 87% 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 91% 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 88% 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 42% 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 85% 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 96% 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 95% 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 67% 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 95% 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 92% 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 44% 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 76% 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 (2016) 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 72% 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