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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
78% Realive (2017) Mateo Gil's movie doesn't pack a huge emotional punch, but its willingness to grapple with weighty ideas makes it compelling viewing.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) Surprisingly, given how hyper-articulate everyone is, the duo's most potent scenes are wordless, conveying a wealth of emotion in glances and gestures.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2018
3/5 68% Tommy's Honour (2017) The script plays safe... but Mullan and Lowden supply a moving depth of emotion, while the rowdy nature of early golf matches and the bristling class conflict off the course both prove something of an eye-opener. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
83% American Satan (2017) Avildsen turns the dial up to 11, throwing music biz satire and heavy metal bombast into the mix, as well as shaping a cautionary tale about the cost of stardom.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Cop and a Half: New Recruit (2017) The gags are pretty feeble and the action flat, and Wilson (seen to much better effect in Annabelle: Creation) over-acts so much you fear her eyeballs will pop.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
3/5 58% The Battleship Island (2017) The characters are drawn in broad strokes... Yet with Ryoo giving the action a Spielbergian sweep as the action builds towards the climactic prison break, you'll find yourselves rooting for them all the same.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 59% Jungle (2017) Some hallucinogenic episodes and fantasy sequences don't' really work, but Radcliffe's wild-eyed grit keeps us watching to the end.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 40% Anon (2018) Not everything works... [but] Anon is spot on when it comes to our growing angst about snooping and sharing.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
3/5 33% Home Again (2017) Home Again is very much escapist fluff, but Witherspoon's screen charm just about makes it work.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
3/5 80% Double Date (2017) British horror comedy Double Date comes across as Dennis Wheatley meets Mike Leigh. The mix of laughs and scares don't always come off, but there's much to enjoy here all the same.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Toby Simpson (2017) This appealing British indie movie comes across as a balmy version of those American yuppie-in-peril movies of the 1980s... A Something Mild rather than Something Wild.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted May 1, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Palm Swings (2017) Beard's air of squeaky-voiced innocence jars nicely with her character's raunchy sexual adventures, while Farr gives off a naughtily seductive vibe. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/5 100% Just Charlie (2018) Just Charlie tackles the delicate subject of gender dysphoria with great sensitivity and grace.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 52% Rampage (2018) As popcorn movies go, Rampage is gleefully ridiculous. But if you can swallow Johnson's preposterous character - a special-forces soldier before he became a primatologist - then you shouldn't have any problem with its humungous, rapidly mutating beasts.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 16% The Dark Tower (2017) Elba, eyes narrowed, brow furrowed, delivers a one-note performance of weary stoicism, while McConaughey fails to embody evil incarnate, though he does at least display the odd flash of malevolent wit.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Spacewalk (Vremya pervykh) (2017) The Russian equivalent of Apollo 13... a thrillingly nerve-wracking watch.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4/5 82% Ghost Stories (2018) Nyman and Dyson [link their] stories with cunning craft and lots of sly humour. Be warned, though. The laughs catch in the throat.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 93% Logan (2017) Mangold's film is undoubtedly overlong and some stretches do drag, but Jackman and Stewart's superb, nuanced performances ensure that it's not just the fight scenes but also the emotionally charged ones that really pack a punch.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
4/5 73% Ready Player One (2018) An adventure tale whose plot revolves around the pleasures of losing yourself in fantasy worlds, Ready Player One is ... a giddy rush of a movie that zips along on a tide of breathless action and boundless pop-culture trivia.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) All the breathless action and cliffhanger thrills you could want from a souped-up B-movie of this kind. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) After the addictive pleasures of Nordic noir, brace yourself for the heart-in-mouth thrills of the first Scandinavian disaster movie.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) As the film flashes back and forth between Jasmine's gilded past and her self-pitying present, Blanchett creates an indelible portrait of a woman who oozes self-delusion, snobbery and a massive sense of entitlement.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
3/5 35% The November Man (2014) You'll have seen The November Man's espionage shenanigans done much better elsewhere, but Brosnan proves his spry spy veteran has still got what it takes while veteran director Roger Donaldson keeps the action nimble.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
4/5 89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) No matter how many times you've seen Janet Leigh's luckless Marion fall victim in this 1960 classic, you'll discover fresh nuances and perspectives.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
4/5 93% Thelma (2017) Amid all the supernatural weirdness, however, it is the film's emotional conviction that makes it work so well. And that's down to Harboe, superb in the lead and possessor of a tingling chemistry with co-star Wilkins.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Two Down (2015) Alex Hassell and Tori Hart make a good impression as the studiously polite gunman and his unflappable host.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) A blockbuster adventure that combines epic spectacle, moral complexity and surprising emotional depth.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
2/5 10% Monster Family (2018) Frankly, this lacklustre computer animated effort is about as original as a second-hand Halloween costume and a lot less fun. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
4/5 92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) It's Hemsworth who is mostly responsible for the film's tongue-in-cheek hilarity and nails its best jokes with impeccably timed deadpan aplomb.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
3/5 72% The Ritual (2017) In the hands of director David Bruckner, the deep, dark woods are scary enough on their own, but hallucinatory psychological terrors and grisly physical dangers also lie in wait for the ill-fated quartet.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
3/5 26% Birth of the Dragon (2017) The film's lively inventions pay off, however, when we reach the epic showdown and Lee's fists of fury come up against Wong's serene Shaolin artistry. Even if this isn't how things happened, it is certainly rousing on screen.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet JL Ranch (2017) Along the way, Voight's crusty hero takes pops at interfering federal bureaucrats and pesky Greens. Which gives you an idea where the film is coming from.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet [This] sudsy melodrama boasts a noteworthy cast... But neither the long-simmering central feud nor a skein of subplots amount to very much.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Honey 3 (2016) The dance numbers have plenty of zip, but the scenes in between are painfully predictable.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2017) Get your head around the film's slightly convoluted mythology and you will be rewarded with an engaging adventure.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2018
1/5 No Score Yet Escape Room (2017) Getting yourself locked in a room and having to puzzle your way out of it isn't everyone's idea of fun. But you can see why the on-trend adventure game should appeal to horror filmmakers as a plot device.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
3/5 42% Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Wes Ball certainly gives the action a commendable amount of dash and panache... even if he does provide a few too many nick-in-time rescues for comfort.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) Jenkins handles this intimate tale with assurance and delicacy, seducing us with the film's gorgeous photography and drawing us ever deeper into its hero's fraught journey.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
3/5 84% The Transfiguration (2017) This psychological horror thriller is certainly dourly realistic. It is also very slow going. Yet it generates surprising sympathy for its sociopathic protagonist [and] makes some shrewd points about pain, loss and urban violence.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 85% It (2017) To be honest, Muschietti's movie is better at the tale's teen-bonding bits than its scary ones (the young cast are fabulous), and when it comes to doling out frights nothing tops the chilling opening sequence.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 20% Blind (2017) Baldwin and Moore have an appealingly mature chemistry that allows us to forgive the predictability of the story that brings them together.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2018
1/5 20% The Book of Henry (2017) Like a drunk clown at a children's party, this is the kind of movie you watch mouth agape. You just know the foolhardy juggling act it is attempting - a mix of precocious-kid comedy, crime thriller and weepie - is going to end in disaster. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2018
1/5 18% The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) What with the mishmash of accents, and Helmar's soporific voiceover, The Ottoman Lieutenant is ludicrous from start to finish. ‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
2/5 33% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) The modest scope of B-movie action thriller The Hunter's Prayer can be gauged by the fact that its big-time criminal tycoon (played by Downton Abbey's Allen Leech) has his international headquarters in Leeds.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
4/5 95% Sing Street (2016) A departure for Carney is that Sing Street is set in the past; another is that it has teenage protagonists; and this combination gives his new film a nostalgic sweetness and exuberance that is thoroughly winning.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
2/5 60% Come And Find Me (2016) Mystery thriller Come and Find Me has its share of suspenseful scenes, but countless flashback scenes... slow the film's momentum and stop us buying its many far-fetched twists.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
4/5 100% The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (Daeho) (2016) There's a mystical-patriotic undertow running through this epic period adventure, which pits a legendary hunter against a majestic, even more legendary tiger in Japanese-occupied Korea in 1925.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Heartbeats (2017) Striving for a fusion of Hollywood and Bollywood, dance music drama Heartbeats concocts a cross-cultural romance for an aspiring hip-hop dancer from LA and a Mumbai wedding entertainer. But the resulting masala is distinctly tepid.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Scottish Mussel (2016) Talulah Riley is clearly aiming for the whimsical Caledonian charm of Bill Forsyth's Local Hero or Ken Loach's The Angels' Share [with this] eco-friendly comedy about pearl piracy in the Scottish Highlands.Sadly, she falls some way short.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
4/5 67% Life (2017) The plot may not withstand calm reflection after the credits roll, but while the film is running Espinosa keeps our nerves far too jangled to care.‐ Movie Talk
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017