Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 96% Beats (2019) 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 88% 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 (2019) 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
80% 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 94% 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 94% 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
89% 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
93% 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
87% 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
89% 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
93% 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
60% The Vampire Lovers (1970) The psychology makes up for the fact that the film is terribly acted (Pitt aside) and cheaply staged. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
41% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (2018) A moderately satisfying biopic... Whatever satisfactions it affords, however, are compromised by the movie's evasions of the supposed truth. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
100% The Looming Storm (2017) Though grounded in the reality of recent Chinese history, it contrives to make many of the scenes seem like dreams within dreams. In this respect, it's pure cinema. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
53% Woman Walks Ahead (2018) White's atmospherically directed drama is a worthy addition to films that address the US Government's illegal seizure of Native American lands-and its genocidal policies. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
No Score Yet End of Summer (2017) End of Summer is deceptively slight and amiable on the surface. It is best understood as an effective three-way coming -of-age drama. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
92% Arcadia (2017) Arcadia is a kaleidoscopic critical commentary on how swathes of the British countryside have been eroded by increasing urbanization, resulting in despair, alienation, and pockets of spiritual malaise. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
89% The Wild Boys (Les garçons sauvages) (2018) Playful... but also perverse and densely imagistic... - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
30% Rodin (2018) They rather miss the point that Doillon presents Rodin and Claudel's relationship as a piece of beautiful marble that is slowly hewn away... Worse than the movie's so-called plodding-ness is its talkiness - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
40% The Last Witness (2018) As the movie proceeds, it shrugs off its televisual atmosphere and pacing, becoming a brooding and increasingly fatalistic noir in which Stephen's opportunities for disclosing what he knows diminish until there are none left. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
100% Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018) The journalistic level of the talking heads interviews in the film-and the anecdotes they come up with-is unusually rich, but that's down to Robson's inspirational quality. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
100% Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018) The uncanny performance of Laia Artigas as Frida, who appears in every scene, holds Simon's movie together. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
73% This Is Our Land (Chez nous) (2018) Lucas Belvaux's film about a French town simmering in right-wing hate is a frightening sign of the times. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
88% You Were Never Really Here (2018) You Were Never Really Here has been beautifully if discordantly crafted. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% The Queen (2006) The film makes brilliant use of juxtaposition to underscore the class divide between the Windsors and the Blairs. - Film Comment Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
81% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Michelle Pfeiffer's raw, lupine portrayal of Kyra captures the slow, miserable grind of creeping poverty and its debilitating effect on reason. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
46% Red Sparrow (2018) Frequently ludicrous, it is a powerful vehicle, nonetheless, for Lawrence as an unbreakable woman. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Don't expect an Oliver Twist-like ending. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) It's hard to imagine that a more beautiful screen romance will come along in 2018 than that between A Fantastic Woman's Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando (Francisco Reyes). - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
87% Vazante (2018) It has the aura of a foundation myth-at times beautiful, at time squalid. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) ... watching Faces Places is a reminder that there is a real country behind the fantasy one found in tourist brochures, or that of the haute, intellectual Paris. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) As usual, McDonagh is alert to how conflicts are codified into games by opponents who share affinities. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
84% Darkest Hour (2017) A stirring but flawed World War II film. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
1/5 75% Station To Station (2015) Organised by the artist Doug Aitken, the marathon must have brought the contributors and audiences much pleasure. His film of it is underwhelming. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Wenders doesn't miss the opportunity to announce, via a closing title, that "The destruction of nature can be reversed". Human nature, The Salt of the Earth suggests, could also use a rethink. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
5/5 97% Man With a Movie Camera (1929) A masterpiece of avant-garde experimentalism and, fleetingly, an unexpected critique of the continuing class struggle. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
97% Mudbound (2017) Except in one instance, the story is not overtly sentimentalized. Rees has been well served in this by her excellent ensemble. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3/5 90% A Fuller Life (2014) A Fuller Life is too small and too celebratory to contain analysis -- and the unpretentious Fuller would have thanked God for that, whatever he might have said to himself. Nonetheless, it's a solid primer about a remarkable man's journey. - The Arts Desk EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
84% Song of Granite (2017) Song of Granite was filmed in black and white by Richard Kendrick and is staggeringly beautiful. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
90% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A genuine anti-heroine, she has infinite humanity. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
100% Daughter of the Nile (Ni luo he nu er) (1987) [Hou Hsia-hsein's] observation of the fading, if garish, Taipei of the 1980s through the eyes of an as-yet-unformed young woman who has suffered tragedy and expects to suffer more endows the film with special poignancy. - Culture Trip EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017