Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet No Time To Die (2021) There's plenty to gawk at, and to argue over, in this episode - yet No Time To Die is oddly lacking in pleasure or real wit. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2021
No Score Yet Carajita (2021) A potent, visually gorgeous and sometimes potently enigmatic drama. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2021
No Score Yet Who's Stopping Us (2021) Not as revelatory as it intends, this is an only intermittently fascinating watch, an over-extended experiment... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2021
100% Aloners (2021) Aloners transcends its limitations through acute character observation, impressive directorial control and a strong performance from lead actress Gong Seung-yeon. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2021
No Score Yet Blue Moon (2021) As the Romanian New Wave generation continues to expand its repertoire thematically and stylistically, newcomer Grigore offers her own punchy, elliptical variation on the movement's basenote realism, to invigorating effect. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2021
No Score Yet Camila Comes Out Tonight (2021) A politically upfront rallying call that, while somewhat schematically polemical, gets its message across energetically and stylishly. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
40% Arthur Rambo (2021) It's so obviously material for debate that it never takes off dramatically. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2021
No Score Yet I Want to Talk About Duras (2021) Simon's film is the quintessence of intimate cinema, and a vehicle for superb minor-key acting from Swann Arlaud and Emmanuelle Devos. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
No Score Yet The Accusation (2021) It's all too calculated to really breathe as drama, though it's undeniably intelligent, classily mounted and well acted all round. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
2/5 71% The Last Duel (2021) By the time the film gets round to showing its hand as an episode of Medieval #MeToo, it has numbed us with so much flash and fustian that the heart of the story has almost been drowned. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
No Score Yet Leave No Traces (2021) Meticulously made and urgently committed as it is, the film suffers from a narrative laboriousness... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
100% Captain Volkonogov Escaped (2021) A powerful and troubling drama about the Stalin era. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
No Score Yet Republic of Silence (2021) Skirting obvious concessions to the viewer, the film nevertheless offers a vivid, sometimes emotionally charged insider view... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
88% Reflection (2021) A remarkable work from a remarkable director who is perhaps still weighing up the demands of uncompromising rigour and those of accessibility. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
3/5 59% Halloween Kills (2021) Forty years after John Carpenter made the defining slasher movie, director David Gordon Green has made a creditable stab, as it were, at reanimating the title. - Guardian EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
83% Lost Illusions (2021) For all its considerable virtues, Lost Illusions is an unwieldy, excessively sombre piece which might have worked brilliantly as a judiciously paced mini-series, but overstays its welcome by cramming too much into a demanding running time. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
89% The Box (La caja) (2021) A canny blend of detective story, political drama and rites of passage vignette, and is the sort of film that comes across as so simple and direct that it's easy to miss how meticulously conceived and constructed it is. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
90% Spencer (2021) An empathetic, intelligent insight into the prison of fame and privilege, with Kristen Stewart offering a lead performance that is brittle, tender, sometimes playful and not a little uncanny. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
100% Official Competition (Competencia oficial) (2021) Offers comic and visual pleasures alike, plus crisp acting from its lead trio... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
71% The Hand of God (È stata la mano di Dio) (2021) New intimacy... yields a lightness and tenderness that are a welcome addition to Sorrentino's palette. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
93% The Power of the Dog (2021) If The Power Of The Dog isn't the absolute killer coup that Campionites might have hoped, this is her most thoroughly conceived, consistently involving drama for years... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
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
92% 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
100% 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
64% 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
93% 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
58% 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
82% 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
88% 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
81% 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
70% 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
93% 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
94% 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