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Jennie Kermode

Jennie Kermode
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 No Score Yet The Senior Class (2017) There's a dearth of films that really get to the core of this less explicit sense of entitlement, or explore the damage it does. The Senior Class takes its time to build but has some devastating points to make, and doesn't pull any punches.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
4/5 100% Haruko Azumi Is Missing (Japanese Girls Never Die)(Azumi Haruko wa yukue fumei) (2016) This isn't simply a call for revolution, with female characters also troubled by the violence of the gangs, but it's an invitation to do some serious thinking, and it's presented with energy and style.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4.5/5 86% The Villainess (2017) Bookended by two astonishing action sequences, Byung-gil Jung's hotly anticipated Villainess is without doubt one of the most thrilling films of the year.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4.5/5 94% 78/52 (2017) This documentary is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the craft of filmmaking, and Hitchcock fans will love it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Westfront 1918 (1930) Often challenging for a modern audience to engage with, and never an easy watch, this is one for the connoisseurs and for those seeking to understand a conflict which no longer has any survivors.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4.5/5 64% Bitch (2017) Bitch takes a challenging premise and turns it into the smartest left-of-field take on mental health issues since Frank.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
4/5 80% Shock Wave (2017) Yau stands out in the Hong Kong crowd for his willingness to blend two very different styles of filmmaking: the traditional Chinese epic drama and the high octane thrillers that pull in the crowds today.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 100% Replace (2017) The core of the film is strong, and details around the interrelation of age, beauty, pain, identity and social status are well observed.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/5 17% Blind (2017) Moore, so often miscast in her youth, has been waiting a long time for a role like the one she has here.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Boys for Sale (Baibai bôizu) (2017) An intriguing piece of work that captures an underexplored side of modern Japan and provides sex workers with a rare chance to speak for themselves, this is a gem of a documentary, and well worth seeking out.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/5 63% The Persian Connection (2017) For all the predictable elements of the film, it's well structured and the pacing is impressive given the number of different threads involved.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
2/5 14% Battle Scars (2017) The result is a film weighed down by its own efforts to be meaningful.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4/5 100% Birthright: A War Story (2017) Birthright is a stark look at how far the rights of half the US population have been eroded, and it should make anybody -- no matter their feelings about abortion -- sit up and take notice.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
4.5/5 75% The Wrong Light (2017) A truly eye-opening documentary which challenges a lot of our most dearly held beliefs about charity.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Beauty Mark (2017) Angie is a fierce, focused protagonist; the film serves as a reminder of how much strength it can take simply to keep going, and of the invisible triumphs of people all around us whose stories we would never guess at.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet The Midnighters (2016) Scott Doherty's music underscores this family reunion in a minor key. The heist itself is gripping, but it is Russom's performance that holds the attention and refuses to let go.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Random Tropical Paradise (2017) There is practically nothing of substance in this film and, though glossy, it doesn't excel at style either - but sometimes that's exactly what a filmgoer needs.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/5 67% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) With a political edge that recalls some of the work of Ip Man's most famous pupil, the film is nevertheless at its strongest as a character study.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
3.5/5 100% From Hollywood To Rose (2017) A warm-hearted and thoughtful little film, From Hollywood To Rose travels along a familiar route but lets you appreciate what there is to observe along the way.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
4/5 67% Miles (2017) An astute, intelligent character study which neatly captures what may prove to be an important turning point in social history.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
3.5/5 45% Awakening the Zodiac (2017) If you go into it hoping for a Zodiac classic, you're ultimately going to be disappointed, but if you go into it prepared for a polished little thriller with dark overtones and just a little too much ambition, you'll find it an enjoyable ride.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4.5/5 89% Destiny (Der müde Tod) (1924) Very little of Lang's early work remains available to watch in this condition. Destiny is a real treat. Watch it, and see if it can inspire you as it did the likes of Alfred Hitchcock.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 70% Candyman (1992) This unusual bold film is well worth watching. The real tragedy is perhaps that it has stood the test of time so well and we have not, after 25 years, reached a point where the inequalities it portrays seem ridiculous.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3.5/5 29% Be Afraid (2017) The solid performances and good technical work combine to raise this film above similar genre fare.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
3/5 44% Vincent N Roxxy (2017) As a sophomore feature (for director Gary Michael Schultz) this isn't bad, and it certainly has its moments, but ultimately it's a Thursday night DVD thriller rather than the Saturday night headliner Kravitz's work deserves.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Finding Kim (2017) Although it's simple in structure and transition stories are increasingly common as a subject, this film rises above the competition through a combination of excellent technical work and sensitivity towards Kim as a person.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3.5/5 100% The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead (2015) There are a lot of great stories in here, the fruit of long years of partying hard, and they ensure that the film is entertaining, but they also allow it to skim over other subjects.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 100% Swim Team (2017) Well paced and well produced, Swim Team is engaging throughout and would be easy to enjoy as light viewing, but there's more going on beneath the surface.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
1.5/5 No Score Yet Hellraiser - Inferno (2000) Consider watching it again and suddenly the idea of having your flesh torn apart by meathooks for eternity won't sound so bad after all.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
2/5 75% Wakefield (2017) There is neither the wit nor the energy here to sustain it for a full hour. Beware: if thou gaze long into a navel, the navel will also gaze into thee.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Special Blood (2016) It's an engaging documentary on a little known subject, and unlike most of its peers, it really could save lives.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
5/5 No Score Yet Alena (2015) There's a melancholy to it that's rare in such tales, and despite the high drama of some scenes, it always feels fresh and natural. You'd be a fool to miss it.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 40% Whisky Galore (2017) There's a place in the world for gentle comedies, and a place in most people's hearts for good whisky. This may not be the best you've ever tasted, but it'll warm your cockles.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
4/5 50% The Drowning (2017) Gordon is not out of her depth. She knows exactly that she's doing. Working with a story that could easily have become confused, she delivers something powerful.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 34% Railroad Tigers (2017) Ding has taken one of the darkest chapter's in China's history and created an adventure story that will entertain viewers of all ages.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
3/5 71% Tracktown (2017) A strong debut from such a young creative talent.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
5/5 100% Tampopo (1985) The film was a labour of love for all involved and it shows in every detail. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
2.5/5 31% Hellraiser - Bloodline (1996) [It's] the last [film of the franchise] to develop [its] story around the original premise rather than simply tacking Hellraiser elements onto a pre-existing script. As such it's one which, for all its problems, fans will want to seek out.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
4.5/5 86% Nise: The Heart of Madness (Nise: O Coração da Loucura) (2017) Nise - The Heart Of Madness is a brilliantly rendered slice of history which touches on numerous subjects and really does justice to the people it portrays.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 22% Below her Mouth (2017) A simple story told well, this is an affecting piece of cinema that punches well above its weight.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 81% Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978) Martial arts genius aside, it's the film's warm-heartedness that has really given it its staying power, charming generation after generation of fans. This is a simple story told well, and it gets results.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
5/5 100% The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) (1952) What really elevates Mizoguchi's work above other films of this type ... is his abstraction of the problem, looking beyond individuals at a set of behaviours and ideals that have no clear progenitor.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
23% Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) Hellraiser III is surprisingly watchable, and it's worth sitting through it till the end if only for Motörhead's spectacularly twee version of Hellraiser, the song they wrote with Ozzy Osbourne, over the closing credits. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3.5/5 86% The Dark Tapes (2017) Overall, this is considerably more successful in its thematic linkage than most of its ilk, and it' not hard to see why it has done well on the festival circuit. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 48% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) Though there's some good work here, it's a classic example of how not to approach making a sequel. When everything is turned up one notch louder, it's hard to make out anything clearly at all.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
2/5 64% Sword Master (2016) Sword Master will hypnotise viewers new to the genre who are easily distracted by shiny things, and Yiyan Jiang's performance is almost worth the price of admission on it own, but martial arts aficionados are likely to be disappointed.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 55% Speech & Debate (2017) All in all, this is a plucky but rather disorganised attempt to explore pressing issues. For a teen-focused film, it's refreshingly lacking in cynicism, but its fate will depend on whether or not its audience shares this quality.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
4/5 65% Hellraiser (1987) Not only did it revolutionise horror and force mainstream critics to accept that it could ... have real artistic weight, it captured a moment in time when social and sexual mores were shifting in a fascinating way. ‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3/5 73% The Void (2017) Gillespie and Kostanski's real talents become visible when it comes to the special effects work, and here the film excels.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
2.5/5 36% Live Cargo (2017) It's a compelling sketch stretched too thin, with not enough additional substance to fill out a feature.‐ Eye for Film
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017