Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Tsugua Diaries (Journal de Tûoa) (2021) It's a minor pleasure, but a highly engaging one, with the actors and everyone involved visibly having a good time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
No Score Yet Tralala (2021) A droll, slight, sometimes infuriating, but ultimately rather charming exercise from Pyrenees-based brothers and comedy specialists Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
100% Vortex (2021) This is an utterly sober experience, troubling in a very new way for Noé. It's his most mature film, an unabashedly and audaciously experimental work. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
No Score Yet Întregalde (2021) An understated but piquant debate on social responsibility... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
No Score Yet Let It Be Morning (Et il y eut un matin) (2021) Visually and dramatically, Kolirin makes the most of an increasingly claustrophobic setting heated by rising internal tensions... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
62% Paris, 13th District (Les Olympiades) (2021) Stories of young love in Paris have long been two a sou in French cinema. But the genre is always up for reinvention, and Jacques Audiard rises to the occasion triumphantly in Paris 13th District - exuberantly reinventing his own cinema in the process. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
96% Titane (2021) You miss the combination of bravado and control that made Raw work so well, but the deranged cocktail of outrage, excess, conceptual ferocity and sheer silliness on display here will make you gasp - and occasionally flinch. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
100% Evolution (2021) Emotionally intense and visually arresting, Evolution is rewarding viewing for those willing to enter its austere territory, but the technical virtuosity leaves it on the edge being perceived as of something of an academic exercise. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
67% The Divide (La fracture) (2021) Mixing melodrama, action movie intensity and some high-pressure farce, The Divide is a heady cocktail that mixes its effects with as much abandon as one character mixes her medication. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
76% Bergman Island (2021) It's a film made with honesty, integrity and a certain grace, but it can't quite overcome an earnestness that was never a problem in Hansen-Love's best films, which carried their literary and cinematic inspirations lightly. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Rehana (2021) A moral dilemma, and one woman's emotional turmoil, are explored with a directorial style that grips like steel in Abdullah Mohammad Saad's Bangladeshi drama Rehana. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
100% Clara Sola (2021) A defiant challenge to prejudice and repression. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
86% A Radiant Girl (Une jeune fille qui va bien) (2021) A Radiant Girl is highly theatrical, not so much in the acting styles but in its emphasis on the nature of stage performance - which often gets the film bogged down in backstage discussion of a sort that can too easily feel alienating to film audiences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
83% Jane by Charlotte (2021) A tender and quite illuminating portrait of a mother-daughter relationship seen both within, and far away from, the public sphere of celebrity. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
80% After Yang (2021) Themes of organic versus artificial identity are mapped onto racial identity politics... in After Yang, a beautifully executed, intellectually searching and sometimes droll futuristic drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
89% Annette (2021) [T]he ultimate problem with this flamboyant, yet oddly oppressive-feeling film is Carax's bleakly Romantic world view - even working with exuberant wits like the Maels, he's unavoidably committed to the dark abyss himself. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
No Score Yet The Fourth Window (2021) A sober, engaging and thorough film that illuminates an unusually fraught life, and should gain Oz many curious new readers. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
No Score Yet Faceless (2021) Faceless offers an urgent insight into not just a key geopolitical flashpoint of our age, but into the reasons why ordinary people mobilise to defend the life and the community they love. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
No Score Yet Last Sweet Bulgaria (2021) An engaging departure. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
No Score Yet 1970 (2021) A provocative film that should win exposure on discerning platforms spanning the range of documentary, animation and human rights interests. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
85% The Apple (1999) The Apple has an acute feel for the city street and particularly the microcosm of life on a single corner -- the curiosity of neighbours, the busy negotiations between children. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
87% Bhaji On the Beach (1995) It's a shame to write off Gurinder Chadha's Bhaji On The Beach as merely a "worthy" project that deserves better, but that's how It looks from here. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
No Score Yet Is There Anybody Out There? (2021) An honourable, adventurous and engaging contribution to this form of crisis cinema. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
No Score Yet Je suis Karl (2021) Je Suis Karl can be excruciatingly on the nose... It is also more than a little awkward that a drama decrying racism barely bothers to have any non-white characters. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
No Score Yet Forest: I See You Everywhere (2021) Both Fliegauf and his superb cast hold their nerve fearlessly, and viewers accustomed to art-house chill may find this new Forest a congenial place to visit. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
100% What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (2021) The question is not so much, What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? but what exactly we see when we look at Alexandre Koberidze's joyously elusive flight of fancy from Georgia. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
100% Mr. Bachmann and His Class (2021) Anyone who teaches, or has ever been taught, will find something to relish in this serious-minded but quietly celebratory film. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
100% Fabian: Going to the Dogs (2021) Graf gives this familiar subject matter a briskly involving new spin in Fabian - Going to the Dogs. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
96% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) Whatever the film's flaws, this is certainly the most unrepentantly confrontational work we've yet seen from Jude - and perhaps from any Romanian director. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
86% Son of Monarchs (2020) Rather like the butterfly wings that are its central metaphor, Son of Monarchs is deceptively fragile-seeming, yet robust, structurally complex and vibrantly hued. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) The film declines to maintain a cohesive story, and while it is clearly Wheatley's strategy to scatter loose threads, all the better to strand us without a map, viewers could feel short-changed. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
100% The Pink Cloud (2021) Brazilian drama The Pink Cloud, writer-director Iuli Gerbase's uncannily prescient debut, has accidentally made what could well be the definitive fictional statement about the experience of Covid-19 lockdown. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
68% Human Factors (2021) This deviously constructed puzzle film plays cat and mouse (or to be exact, pet rat) with the viewer, yields subtly disconcerting insights into the fault lines of bourgeois life, and features terrific lead performances... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) MacGowan fans will relish the sheer exuberance of a film that barrels along with the same hectic passion as a vintage Pogues number. - Uncut Magazine [UK] EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
81% Funny Boy (2020) It is undeniably executed with unsentimental intelligence, integrity and some bracing mischievousness. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) Crock of Gold is a riotous piece of storytelling... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
100% Radiograph of a Family (2020) Inventive and revealing... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
No Score Yet Inside the Red Brick Wall (2020) Setting a new standard for immediacy and intensity in current affairs reportage, Inside the Red Brick Wall is a vividly powerful account of the November 2019 siege of Hong Kong's Polytechnic University... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
No Score Yet The Last Hillbilly (2020) The viewer ultimately feels not quite immersed in the world depicted here: it's a good place to visit, but the trip could have taken us a little deeper. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% 'Til Kingdom Come (2021) A toxic mix of fundamentalist religion and real world politics is examined soberly but startlingly by Israeli documentarist Maya Zinstein in 'Til Kingdom Come. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% The Care of Others (El cuidado de los otros) (2019) An ostensibly slight yet subtly disquieting slow-burn contemplation on chance and responsibility. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
No Score Yet Gym (2020) This is a demanding and sometimes perplexing - even at moments, infuriating - proposition, but undeniably a tour de force for all involved. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
No Score Yet Vicenta (2020) The opening titles inform us that Argentinian feature Vicenta is a documentary, but Darío Doria's film is a more complex and ingenious creation than that suggests. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
100% Downstream to Kinshasa (En Route pour le Milliard) (2021) Uneven in form but arresting in content and especially vital as a commentary on contemporary African society, human rights and disability issues. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
No Score Yet Children (2020) Arguably overlong and narratively unfocused, it is nevertheless a revealing and sobering watch... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Girls/Museum (2020) At once a social inquiry, a critical essay in art history and a poised, even sculptural study of people, paintings and space, Girls/Museum is thought-provoking, engaging and visually striking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
No Score Yet Striding into the Wind (2020) A droll and suitably laid-back Chinese slacker comedy with a very cinephile flavour. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
No Score Yet The Show (2020) A knowing but wilfully arcane take on the gumshoe thriller... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
67% Genus, Pan (Lahi, Hayop) (2020) A journey that's at once similar to and entirely different from any Diaz itinerary you may yet have experienced. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
82% Forgotten We'll Be (El olvido que seremos) (2020) Visually over-sugared and narratively banal... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020