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Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4.5/5 87% The Post (2017) Stories that explore moral choices in this more complex way are still rare in Hollywood and certainly in Spielberg's oeuvre. The Post is superbly handled throughout, intelligent and involving.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2017
3/5 88% Love and Saucers (2017) Ultimately, this film doesn't tell us very much about extraterrestrials (even if you're a believer you will have heard similar sories before), but it has plenty to say about being human.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
3.5/5 89% LA 92 (2017) LA 92 feels like a journey back in time, albeit all too much like today.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
2/5 79% Caniba (2017) The use of extreme close-up, often out of focus, invites us to focus on Sagawa's flesh and virtually press up against him, but unless you are innately phobic about cannibals this isn't a very interesting experience. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
4.5/5 90% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) An intelligent, incisive documentary that illustrates how events in that small town in 1944 still matter today, The Rape Of Recy Taylor deserves a wide audience.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 80% Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017) The film is stunningly beautiful. It doesn't flinch from the more brutal aspects of fishing and agriculture, but it captures classic American landscapes with a sense of awe rarely present in films set in the modern age. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes) (2017) The animation is full of personality, the characters fresh and engaging, and there's plenty of gentle yet irreverant humour.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4.5/5 95% The Shape of Water (2017) Del Toro might be criticised for relying heavily on archetypes in his characterisation, but such is the nature of fairy tales, and finely detailed performances bring each one of them to life.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Becoming Iconic (2018) [Jonathan] Baker seems determined to proclaim his genius to a world that has not as yet seen evidence of it, and Hollywood is littered with fallen stars who can testify to the folly of his claim that one only has to achieve success once.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
4/5 73% The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) No party is as joyous as a Muppet celebration, so don't wait until there's only one more sleep till Christmas - enjoy The Muppet Christmas Carol at every chance you get.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/5 100% Mary and the Witch's Flower (Meari to majo no hana) (2018) There's a sincerity to Mary that younger viewers, so often patronised by animated films, will welcome, and she also has plenty of spirit, but none of the supporting characters has enjoyed the same level of attention.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3.5/5 97% Mudbound (2017) It's a disappointing end to an important if somewhat underambitious film, but it still succeeds in providing emotional resolution that reminds viewers why all this matters.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Inoperable (2017) Much of it seems to be chaos for chaos' sake, with the punk aesthetic of the final credits suggesting that this was expected to be a lot more exciting than it is.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4/5 100% Dolores (2017) Seem[s] fairly formulaic with its linear narrative and mixture of talking heads with archive footage, but it is significant both in raising the profile of a woman too long overlooked and crucially in giving her back control over her own story. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
4.5/5 92% The Breadwinner (2017) Intelligent, humane and multi-layered, The Breadwinner is a much more substantial film than its central heroic narrative might suggest.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
3.5/5 100% Soufra (2017) It's a documentary full of little details that open up broader perspectives, and it serves as a reminder that refugees have the same ambition and desire to improve their own lives and others' as people lucky enough to come from stable countries.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Song of Sway Lake (2017) Melodies like this find magic in the familiar. Song Of Sway Lake is a film built around American archetypes.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper (2017) It's doomed to fall short of its creators' ambitions but it has a pleasing sincerity and enough substance to entertain even those unfamiliar with Poe's work. Enjoy it with a fine amontillado on a night when the wind is high.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
5/5 100% The Work (2017) Filming almost entirely within one room over just four days, directors Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous have captured something remarkable.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
5/5 87% Better Watch Out (2017) Every detail in this film has been beautifully realised, giving it a timeless quality that's likely to make it a seasonal favourite to rival Die Hard. It's one Christmas treat you can look forward to whether you've been naughty or nice.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Vampariah (2016) It bites off much more than it can chew but deserves credit for doing something different and for the verve with which it goes about that.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Il Tuo Vizio è una Stanza Chiusa e Solo Io ne ho la Chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) (1972) Although the dialogue is often clumsy and the story quite silly in places, this is a film that will delight genre fans.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet A Blade in the Dark (1983) There are real scares along the way ... and Bava shows an early mastery of tension. This film is a must for his fans, an interesting curiosity for others.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 100% Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017) Let It Fall runs to nearly two and a half hours but feels much shorter, packing in a lot of information yet moving at a rapid pace. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Unseen (2017) Overall, there's a polished quality to it that's relatively rare in British film, and its story unspools in a fluent way that's likely to keep viewers coming back to it over time. It may or may not scare you, but it's a properly effective thriller.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
1/5 No Score Yet Fall of Grace (2017) One can only hope that it was a learning experience.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 80% Tag (Riaru Onigokko) (2015) Taking only the bare bones of its story from the book that inspired it, this film is as much a comment on cinema - and on other forms of contemporary art - as it is an experience in its own right, but it is no less gripping for that.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet 5 Bambole per la Luna d'Agosto (5 Dolls For an August Moon) (1970) Flawed as it is, for those with a fondness for Sixties excess, it's a treat.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4.5/5 67% Strangled (A martfüi rém) (2017) An intelligent and deeply unsettling reflection on troubled times, Strangled is a remarkable accomplishment that puts most other serial killer films of the past decade firmly in their place. Catch it if you can.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 90% Big Sonia (2017) Sonia is not a celebrity, a politician or a big business owner. She probably won't be around much longer; and yet, watching this, it would seem unsurprising if people were still talking about her influence in a century's time.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
1/5 74% Split (2017) This is Shyamalan laughing at his own joke: the idea that people who don't have to will watch this.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 100% AlphaGo (2017) To understand go is to understand the universe, the old saying goes. Alphago encourages viewers to look at the universe - and all the intellects within it - with a fresh sense of awe.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
3/5 67% Angelica (2017) For fans of the Gothic there are many sources of pleasure here.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
5/5 77% Sweet Virginia (2017) Cinema as complete as this is a rare treasure. Sweet Virginia is spellbinding.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 100% Mr. Roosevelt (2017) A bitter yet affectionate comedy that delights in awkward situations, Mr Roosevelt is limited in its ambition but, as a result, gives this new writer/director room to focus on what she knows she can do well.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 50% Numb (2015) Overall the pacing is good and there's enough tension to keep things interesting. There might be enough to put you off going treasure hunting. Then again, maybe not.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
4.5/5 91% Intent to Destroy (2017) It's not just a film you will feel obliged to watch out of horror at what it depicts, but a film that genuinely fascinates throughout, such is the breadth of thought contained within it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
4/5 100% The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale (Daeho) (2016) Despite its lack of subtlety and the sense that it needed to spend a little longer in post-production, this is a thriller in the truest sense.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Demons (2017) Demons is a great ride, ostensibly silly but with a lot more darkness underneath the surface.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Animals (2017) Concern for animals aside, this is a portrait of capitalism at its most destructive, and rhinos and elephants are not the only creatures it will leave you fearful for.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear) (1972) Geeson is impressive in a role which requires her to show weakness and mental fragility yet still keep viewers identifying with her. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
3.5/5 36% Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016) Its cultivated artificiality may seduce you; if not, you are likely to be left longing for the creations of his past.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
3.5/5 94% A Gray State (2017) A Gray State is a multi-layered essay on how we tell stories, what we watch, and what we fail to see.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
4/5 59% The Crazies (1973) There's a lot of meat in this double plot, and a lot of reflection on the techniques of cinema itself. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet There's Always Vanilla (1973) What it perhaps overlooks is that all too often what is described as vanilla has no flavour at all.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 90% Princess Cyd (2017) Thoughtful and sensitive yet energetic and never dull, Princess Cyd is a beautiful piece of filmmaking destined to find its way onto people's lists of favourites. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
3.5/5 63% Season of the Witch (1972) It's not at all what his fans will be familiar with, but it's an intriguing psychological drama.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
4/5 100% No Dresscode Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa) (2017) An intelligent, well constructed documentary that gets unusually close to its subjects, No Dress Code Required sets aside the usual drama and looks at all the small things that make love, community and social opportunity matter.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
4/5 67% The Ice Cream Truck (2017) With a highly distinctive style and a pleasing resistance to narrative convention, The Ice Cream Truck is a potent, moody, highly entertaining little film that you'll want to watch at least twice.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (2017) It all falls a bit flat, with nothing to offer but twists we've seen a dozen times before. It's a passable bit of seasonal entertainment but nothing more.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017