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The Lost City of Z (2017)

"A richly atmospheric true-life Boy's Own tale." ‐Screen International
Posted Oct 16, 2016

A Monster Calls (2016)

"Bayona ... deluges his story - albeit well acted and technically-flawless - with emotionally coded representational imagery and hectors the viewer with stylistic shifts, mood swings, and frantic pacing." ‐Screen International
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Planetarium (2016)

"Rebecca Zlotowski's third feature packs in so many ideas and themes, and boasts so many ravishing and enigmatic images, that it seems choked with riches." ‐Screen International
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Una (2016)

"The play has been superbly opened out, and the prowling cinematography of Thimios Bakatakis (Attenberg, The Lobster) and Fiona Crombie's cheerless sets combine to sustain an oppressive mood throughout." ‐Screen International
Posted Aug 28, 2016
3/5 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"Its story is an excuse for kitschy visual grandeur. To complain that it prioritises style over substance is to miss the point: style is substance for Refn." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jul 7, 2016

Les Cowboys (2016)

"Les Cowboys is the first feature directed by Bidegain, cowriter of the last three Jacques Audiard films and thus a fair judge of violence's galvanizing effect." ‐Reverse Shot
Posted Jun 29, 2016
3/5 100%

Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016)

"Versus makes no claims for impartiality. It is unusually candid for a tribute to an artist, however." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jun 3, 2016
4/5 98%

Mustang (2015)

"This is lovely comedy, but the mood turns harrowing when it becomes clear most of the sisters will be forced to become the servile wives of older men." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted May 19, 2016

The Cinema Travellers (2016)

"Whatever masterpieces, if any, bow at this year's Cannes festival, it's likely none will communicate the excitement engendered by movies more headily than The Cinema Travellers." ‐Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
4/5 97%

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015)

"It is strongly advised to watch it over three days, not in a single sitting, especially since that's the best way to absorb its deeply felt compassion." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted May 13, 2016

Special Correspondents (2016)

"Perversely pleasurable, it works on its own self-conscious terms, though not all audiences will appreciate its English brand of sad-sack humour." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 25, 2016

King Cobra (2016)

"A movie of ... wit and daring ..." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Wolves (2016)

"Save the highly predictable decider, the on-court battles are satisfyingly fast and fierce, but the tension they generate is undercut by the labored Oedipal melodrama that contains them." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 16, 2016
No Score Yet

The Ticket (2016)

"A first-rate example of unsentimental, minimalistic indie filmmaking." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 81%

Sunset Song (2016)

"Lambently photographed by Michael McDonough, it succeeds as a paean to the spiritual tug exerted on Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn) by the landscape of the Mearns in north-east Scotland." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Anomalisa (2015)

"Though fellow fatalists Woody Allen (when in Dostoevskian mode) and Todd Solondz occupy similar territory, the arrival of Kaufman's stop-motion drama Anomalisa reiterates the uniqueness of [Kaufman's] surreally skewed metaphysical inquiries." ‐Sight and Sound
Posted Mar 11, 2016
3/5 85%

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"As satirical fantasies go, Hail, Caesar! is so loving and spectacular a celebration of the Hollywood studio system of the early 1950s that it looks like a riposte to 2006's Hollywoodland.." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Mar 4, 2016

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016)

"[A] persuasively melancholy socialist realist drama." ‐Reverse Shot
Posted Mar 4, 2016
4/5 73%

Youth (2015)

"Youth is as psychologically savvy as it is beautiful." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Feb 3, 2016

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"Robert Greene's latest fusion of reality and meta-fiction is fiercely intelligent, but inescapably tars itself with the ghoulishness it critiques." ‐Screen International
Posted Jan 24, 2016
5/5 81%

The Assassin (2015)

"A film of surpassingly exquisite visual beauty." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 22, 2016
3/5 75%

The Hateful Eight (2015)

"Like the seven previous movies written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight is violent, verbose, and self-regardingly funny." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 8, 2016
5/5 93%

The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)

"The Duke of Burgundy has many deeper, richer shades of complexity than the Hollywood bodice-ripper currently exercising control of the box-office." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 1, 2016
4/5 98%

Phoenix (2015)

"Based by Petzold and the late Harun Farocki on a 1961 novel by Hubert Monteilhet that was previously filmed in 1965, Phoenix is a meditation on the female perspective in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Jan 1, 2016

Joy (2015)

"Had Lawrence been born before 1910, she might have stolen roles from Jean Arthur or Carole Lombard -- if not the haute Myrna Loy." ‐Sight and Sound
Posted Jan 1, 2016

Carol (2015)

"The movie's sensory evocation of falling in love, with all its joys and miseries, is gender-blind; its critique of patriarchal power-hoarding and bourgeois repressiveness -- the Sirkian theme Haynes previously explored in Far from Heaven -- is timeless." ‐Cineaste Magazine
Posted Dec 13, 2015
5/5 95%

The Forbidden Room (2015)

"If you're up for The Forbidden Room, it fulfills it's oneiric promise by leaving you with the vague impression that you dreamed it - and dreamed its dreams within dreams - even if you know you didn't." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Dec 11, 2015

Sisters (2015)

"A raucous and outrageously (if harmlessly) crude slapstick comedy ..." ‐Screen International
Posted Dec 10, 2015

Legend (2015)

"His fifth and most assured film as both writer and director, Legend is not the work of a dedicated stylist, but of a strong storyteller who, like Lawrence Kasdan in the Eighties and Nineties, creates clean, precise images." ‐Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 20, 2015
3/5 97%

Brooklyn (2015)

"The atmosphere's charming to be sure, but the drama sags from the weight of its mildness. Still, Ronan is unforgettable." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/5 91%

The Lady In The Van (2015)

"By his own admission, Hytner is not a film stylist who can "think with a camera," but he handles Bennett's tales with crisp economy." ‐Film Comment Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2015
4/5 73%

Suffragette (2015)

"Suffragette is exemplary in its attempt to depict the harrowing experiences of the British women who risked their lives to win the vote." ‐The Arts Desk
Posted Oct 29, 2015

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Cheadle ... should be applauded for dispensing with a safety net. Miles Ahead indicates he has an exciting future on both sides of the camera." ‐Screen International
Posted Oct 12, 2015

Bridge of Spies (2015)

"Re-invoking his 1990s reputation as the Baby Boomers' James Stewart, Hanks gives good value as the increasingly furrow-browed Brooklyn insurance claims lawyer James B. Donovan." ‐Screen International
Posted Oct 4, 2015

Steve Jobs (2015)

"A triumph in terms of Aaron Sorkin's screenwriting, Boyle's direction, the ensemble acting led by Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, and certainly set for awards attention ..." ‐Screen International
Posted Oct 3, 2015

The New Girlfriend (2015)

"François Ozon's delightful, intermittently morbid drama-lite offers his most textured meditation on gender identity since Water Drops on Burning Rocks ." ‐Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2015
2/5 74%

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (2015)

"This gossipy, affectionate movie about the daughter of Jewish Ukranian immigrants' rags-to-riches story and her survival as a star into the mid-1960s is a lot of fun. But it doesn't get under her skin." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Jul 22, 2015
4/5 77%

Jimmy's Hall (2015)

"With "Jimmy's Hall," Ken Loach creates a quiet but compelling drama about a real-life story." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Jul 2, 2015

The Wolfpack (2015)

"Their Reservoir Dogs-a multi-character story ideal for brothers-is a lovely homage, the 'Stuck in the Middle With You' torture scene a standout. " ‐Film Comment Magazine
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/5 43%

Madame Bovary (2015)

"The tragedy accelerates impressively, but the well-acted film doesn't leave us wiser about the enigmatic, ever-doomed figure at the center of things." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1/5 0%

Freedom (2015)

"The film tries to have the scope of "12 Years a Slave." But it's ruined by the sanctimonious songs that turn the drama into a half-baked musical. Much worse: the filmmakers' need to show that not all whites employed in the slave trade were evil." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Jun 4, 2015
1/5 No Score Yet

Dukale's Dream (2015)

"Sadly, the environmental message is packaged with the humble Dukale extolling Jackman's star status." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Jun 3, 2015
2/5 0%

Unfreedom (2015)

"Raj Amit Kumar's bold but ultimately muddled attempt to address extremism and intolerance." ‐New York Daily News
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 52%

In the Name of My Daughter (2015)

"This sinister French movie starts as an ordinary drama about a young divorcee returning from Africa to live near her wealthy mother on the Mediterranean coast. Then it turns into a sexy, sickening and gripping thriller." ‐New York Daily News
Posted May 15, 2015

Irrational Man (2015)

"Woody Allen comes out with all guns blazing on his modestly appointed but fiercely intellectual thriller Irrational Man - though the one-liners mouthed by Joaquin Phoenix's initially nihilistic philosophy professor are unusually grim." ‐Screen International
Posted May 14, 2015
2/5 51%

5 Flights Up (2015)

"Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are pleasantly entertaining in "5 Flights Up." But the movie's far too pleasant for far too long." ‐New York Daily News
Posted May 6, 2015
5/5 86%

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

"A thoroughly modern film anyone can relate to - it's like a "what a woman wants" discussion set in Victorian times. It's also an instant classic." ‐New York Daily News
Posted Apr 30, 2015

Man Up (2015)

"In focusing on Bell's flamboyant performance and moving the action along at a frenetic pace, [Palmer] did what was required here in making a rowdy, infectious entertainment." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 21, 2015

Dirty Weekend (2015)

"There's something heartening about such a scourge of middle-class mores as LaBute showing his generous, optimistic side." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 20, 2015

Meadowland (2015)

"Meadowland harrowingly depicts the delayed and very different reactions of a New York wife and husband to their son's abduction some 12 months earlier." ‐Screen International
Posted Apr 18, 2015
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