Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The socio-political context is submerged so deeply it's all but invisible. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) There are many reasons to praise Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens's The Personal History of David Copperfield...Iannucci's exuberant take on this classic Bildungsroman is doubly Dickensian... - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (1948) Passion hits the brick wall of decency in Fei Mu's 1948 masterpiece... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 100% The Golem (Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam) (1920) When the Golem bares his teeth, he's terrifying -- though the 1920 German film's cultural resonance is the eeriest thing about it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
3/5 92% Nocturnal (2019) For all the heavy psychological baggage Nocturnal drags along, it's a better mood piece than it is a melodrama. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 82% Blank City (2011) A useful but slightly frustrating primer on the grass-roots No Wave cinema movement that blossomed in New York's East Village and Lower East Side in the post-punk era of the late Seventies and early Eighties. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
4/5 85% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Sheil is so good she makes Amy's prolonged moping to Mozart's 'Requiem' a screen-smashing offence. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
90% Gilda (1946) The movie is more than the sum total of male neuroses, however, and more than a film noir. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
4/5 100% Make Up (2020) Oakley matches Make Up's eerie sound design with images that would be humdrum instead of charged with foreboding - a darkened amusement arcade, a light-pull wafting in the air - if they weren't being seen from Ruth's paranoid perspective - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2020
5/5 93% Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) A deceptively gentle polemical comedy so rich in ideas it deserves its own sequel. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 55% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) Though his Joan of Arc films feel like preparatory experiments for the masterpiece he has yet to deliver, they suffice as semi-whimsical works of scathing criticism and surprising compassion. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
2/5 90% Echo In the Canyon (2019) Echo in the Canyon is a lamentably thin documentary about the vibrant folk-rock music scene that flourished in the bohemian Los Angeles neighbourhood of Laurel Canyon from 1965 to 1967. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 41% Guest of Honour (2020) Alas, the father-daughter melodrama's subdued emotional payoff barely warrants Thewlis's nuanced performance and writer-director Atom Egoyan's intricately nested narrative... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2020
3/5 86% Sea Fever (2020) Hardiman, who has worked prolifically in television fiction and non-fiction, creates a claustrophobic atmosphere as the murky, ill-appointed boat slowly becomes a death trap - there's more than a hint of Alien's rusting space tug about it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2020
3/5 86% Run (2019) At its core, Run is about being mature enough to recognize your glass is half full. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) In terms of modern sexual politics, it's a pointed celebration of how some female lovers look, see, understand, empathize and argue with, and touch each other. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
4/5 68% Little Joe (2019) Little Joe charges its icy air with... thorny questions, but Hausner leaves the viewer to answer them. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Watching Hanks here should propel non-Americans to YouTube to find televised interviews with Rogers and excerpts from his late-afternoon half-hour show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which he developed with the child psychologist Margaret McFarland. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
5/5 93% Long Day's Journey Into Night (Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) (2019) [F]ans of directors Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Nicolas Roeg, and Wong Kar-wai will likely find this art-house stunner an enrapturing experience. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 97% The Cave (2019) To not see it - and Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts's likeminded For Sama, as well - is to bury one's head in the sand. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) [A] pleasurably larky action rollercoaster that makes the most of its lowballed feminism. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
42% A Dog Called Money (2020) Murphy has an unerring eye for poetic compositions that emphasise faces, isolated soldiers and civilians in battle zones, and anomalous juxtapositions of vulnerable non-combatants and military personnel. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 87% Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (2019) Though Assayas's dialogue is so sharp and is delivered so entertainingly by his actors that the subject never becomes dry, the characters' entangled love lives certainly help the pill go down... - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 98% The Last Tree (2020) The Last Tree is an advance on Amoo's gentrification film A Moving Image (2016) and announces him as an important British director - one whose work demands a multicultural audience. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
24% The Goldfinch (2019) In abandoning the strict linearity of Tartt's story, the film may replicate Theo's stream of consciousness, but it's at the cost of narrative rhythm and Stevensonian electricity. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) It's a film that makes all entertainment movies seem beside the point, and a film that shames the West and the UN security council for letting Assad wage war against his people, as if he were another Stalin. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
86% The Nightingale (2019) ... it amply demonstrates in microcosm the inherent barbarity of the colonizing of the island... - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
5/5 89% The Souvenir (2019) Hogg's movie almost forces the viewer to relive that shattering early romance, founded on collusion and self-delusion, that reordered her or his universe for all time. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4/5 80% Holiday (2018) Holiday is an allegory of relationships between trusting women and controlling men who abuse their power, and it makes for salutary viewing. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 53% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Tell It to the Bees is a solid movie - at least until it mobilises a swarm of the eponymous insects as a deus ex machina. However, the screenplay by Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth doesn't offer a clear enough sense of who the protagonist is. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 98% Beats (2020) Achingly nostalgic for rave culture, Beats will likely appeal to anyone whose formative experience of ardent friendships and communal joy peaked in a transcendent musical setting with or without the help of Ecstasy. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 86% Diamantino (2019) Consistently amusing... it's unexpectedly moving, too, Rahim/Aisha's and Diamantino's naturally warm relationship entering new territory after the cloning procedure gives him a new identity. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux outstrips Bohemian Rhapsody in terms of ambition and stylistic panache. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2019
No Score Yet A Taste of Sky (2019) Raises issues about family life, ambition, and women's opportunities while whetting the appetite with spectacular imagery - topographic as well as gastronomic. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2020) In life and death, he carved his own niche, and Mystify is a more than worthy tribute. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) Nito has made an auspicious debut about a world that looks as if it's going to hell. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) There's an admirable modesty in the way Jonah Hill has approached his first film as writer-director. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
79% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Haggardly embodied by Dafoe, Vincent is an ingenuous, socially alienated figure aghast at the suffering he must endure. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
4/5 94% Foxtrot (2018) Foxtrot excels at showing the tedium and dehumanizing effects of military deployment. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) If alienation and cruelty among South Korea's millennials are conditions of sociopolitical malaise on the East Asian peninsula, then Burning is a stunningly acted and directed expression of it. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
3/5 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) At its heart, 'Mary Queen of Scots' is a battle of wills and attitudes between Mary and Elizabeth. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2019
4/5 93% Wildlife (2018) Dano is not yet an Antonioni, but he has an eye for alienation which should serve him well in the future. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
76% The Prestige (2006) Although the film's stunning reveals make the audience realise it has been duped... there is a protagonist to empathise with each time. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
88% Love, Gilda (2018) Scrapbook-y in design, Love, Gilda sustains an optimistic mood despite its subject's premature death. Above all, it is Gilda Radner's wisdom and self-knowledge that shine through. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
66% Lizzie (2018) This is a genuine pressure-cooker movie in which every sound and footfall is unbearably loud; shrill or keening noises on the soundtrack keep the viewer on edge. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
91% Support the Girls (2018) As scrappy and noisy as it is - Southern rock blares away on the soundtrack - Support the Girls is a laid-back working-class movie that's ideal viewing on a summer Friday night. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
56% The Bookshop (2018) It's an unsentimental - even strangely violent - and affecting movie that speaks to the current siege on reading, literacy and independent bookshops everywhere. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The Miseducation of Cameron Post reiterates that Akhavan is carving a niche for the depiction of gay people who won't allow their identities to be undermined or, worse, destroyed. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
86% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) A well-constructed film, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is likely to elicit a wide array of moral reactions. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
92% Wanda (1971) Just by living an unheroic life as millions of others live it, and by conveying its condition, a maker of art can show what's wrong with a society or culture. This is what Loden does brilliantly... - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018