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Emma Simmonds

Emma Simmonds
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 91% Widows (2018) Working with a cast which bear the weight of his scrutiny, McQueen's contemplative, soul-searching style is in evidence enough without detracting from genre thrills and feminist fury.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4/5 92% Mandy (2018) Cosmatos harnesses the full transportive power of cinema for a psychedelia-infused horror that walks its treacherous path at a ponderous pace.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
4/5 93% Blindspotting (2018) There's a Clerks-esque vibe to the feckless, laidback bants, yet the zesty multiculturalism and feel for the local scene ensure Blindspotting is amply idiosyncratic and of our time.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2018
3/5 70% Hold the Dark (2018) Although unpredictable, explosive and engrossing, Hold the Dark doesn't find the depth and resonance it seeks.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 84% The Wife (2018) Built around a magnificently contained performance from Glenn Close that bristles with resentment, it sees a relationship unravel in tandem with the audience's assumptions.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 65% The Little Stranger (2018) It's a film that acts as a superb platform for its actors, with Abrahamson lingering long on reactions and resisting the desire to rev things up dramatically, or simply skip to the scares.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
3/5 92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) For the most part, Crazy Rich Asians feels appealingly sincere, even if its obsession with image somewhat contradicts the those-who-project-perfection-rarely-have-perfect-lives message.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Fuses documentary and drama in a masterfully balanced, insightful and impactful amalgam.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
4/5 86% Upgrade (2018) A tidy little thriller that takes a high-concept premise - RoboCop meets Death Wish - and seasons with both black and absurdist humour.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
3/5 49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) Ostensible leading lady Kunis must know she's playing second fiddle but gamely provides McKinnon with a fine foil.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
4/5 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The vibe is authentic, the period detail tasty, yet BlacKkKlansman burns with contemporary anger and concludes on an impossibly affecting, painfully relevant note.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) Sulking, frowning and quipping with aplomb, Statham brings to the table all the grandeur of a bloke fist-fighting in a car park - paired with the outlandish premise, the contrast works magnificently.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
4/5 100% Apostasy (2017) A meticulously measured drama that shows the toll of prioritising religious adherence over all else.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
4/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) There's finesse in the filmmaking, colour and conviction in the supporting performances... but it's Cole that really sells it, by making you feel like he's living every single horrible second.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2/5 33% Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle) (2018) Whilst far from an outright disaster, Racer and the Jailbird fails to satisfy on any level: its female lead is a passenger, its romance is lacklustre and, as a thriller, it's desperately short on engine power.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
3/5 80% The More You Ignore Me (2018) The way it interrogates and eventually embraces an unconventional female character and upends assumptions regarding mental illness is something to be celebrated.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
4/5 91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Finds a satisfying rhythm by combining feel-good vibes with crabby comedy and family strife.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
3/5 55% The Butterfly Tree (2017) If occasional forays into CGI fantasy betray the low budget, the production design and cinematography are, for the most part, gorgeous.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 92% Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Paul Kaye goes full pantomime villain in a wonderfully hissable performance, while there are hilarious scenes of zombies marauding in the backdrop as oblivious kids sing their troubles away.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 63% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Sicario 2 is shot with some style by Dariusz Wolski... But, with the cynicism of its protagonists seeping into every pore, the film can feel emotionally one-note, and the narrative pivots with a somewhat deadened predictability.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 94% Incredibles 2 (2018) The cannily appointed voice cast and silky, almost sculpted visuals ensure that this follow-up is still somewhat super.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
3/5 82% Puzzle (2018) What unfolds is the most unassuming of domestic dramas, sprinkled with just a hint of eccentricity, that nevertheless comes from a truthful, sometimes painfully honest place.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
4/5 76% In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) (2017) Kruger's outstanding work as Katja - by turns bewildered, determined, despairing and haunted - ensures it cuts deep.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/5 68% The Happy Prince (2018) Marks Everett's debut as writer-director and he proves accomplished at both, taking a far from rose-tinted look at an amply analysed figure.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
3/5 48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The film is often self-aware - as mega-budget franchises go this is one of the better ones, and the casting certainly helps.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 68% Ocean's 8 (2018) It looks and feels the part without ever overegging it. And if the script could have done with a touch more sass and the direction a little more distinction, the cast is divine and the overall effect is entertainingly empowered.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) Despite the provocative imagery and subject matter, First Reformed is a film that revels in its solemnity and speaks with a furious sincerity.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
4/5 100% Leave No Trace (2018) Alive to the majesty of the wilderness and the sanctuary it offers a tortured soul, Leave No Trace is a rich and refreshingly apolitical portrait of rural America.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
5/5 99% The Tale (2018) Dern is breathtaking as she grits her teeth and faces her fears, while Fox's courage and skill are hard to overstate.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) Collette is fallible, affecting and ferocious in one of her best roles for years.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
3/5 53% Book Club (2018) A film that's as irresistibly cheeky as it is shamelessly cheesy.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 28, 2018
2/5 17% Show Dogs (2018) The attempt to impose the requisite morality lessons on the ethically dubious practice of dog shows feels a bit rich, and goofier moments involving CG manipulation are truly cringing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The temptation might have been to go brasher yet, rather boldly, Deadpool 2 goes deeper and expands its core cast appealingly, making for a sequel that's not only funnier but more ambitious and satisfying.‐ Radio Times
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) For all its allure, French cinema has often tended toward overly fragrant depictions of femininity, so Jeune Femme's antagonistic and imperfect lead feels refreshing.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 26% Breaking In (2018) Union gives us a heroine we can get behind, but the lack of anything resembling an original idea ultimately tries the patience.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/5 92% Revenge (2018) Written and directed by Coralie Fargeat, her feature debut represents a welcome dose of feminism-fuelled subversion as she presents her own take on the rape-revenge narrative.‐ The List
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
3/5 63% 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 76% 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 83% 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 84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Probing, philosophical and endlessly intriguing, it offers a fascinating spin on a familiar subject.‐ The List
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 74% 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 81% 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 80% 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 20% 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 84% 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 96% 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 86% 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 89% 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 70% 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