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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) It is quite a magnificent achievement. The English-language film is an assault on the senses, in the best possible way.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
No Score Yet Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Coincoin et les Z'inhumains) (2018) All four episodes are excellent, and the body doubles are a tribute to the great cinematic tradition of doppelgangers.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
100% Ray & Liz (2018) It's an austere, autobiographical movie full of good performances and an overpowering sense of how a bad relationship, or a domineering parent, can create misery,‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
No Score Yet My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) Despite the occasional missteps, the movie is an exciting, experimental effort by filmmakers who are aware of cinematic history as well as the society in which they operate. ‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
93% Calibre (2018) The pace is relentless in kind, which isn't always to the benefit of the story... But Calibre is a great calling card for Palmer, who's proved that he's a talent and one to watch.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet The Devil Outside (2018) Plot flaws aside, The Devil Outside, is a handsomely shot, well-acted and engaging examination of faith and science.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
No Score Yet Silvana (Silvana - väck mig när ni vaknat) (2017) This is an excellent portrait of the artist, which deals with major themes with panache and in an entertaining style.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Man Who Stole Banksy (2018) ...The film is also successful in showing why Banksy decided to open the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem in 2017.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet Bruce Lee and the Outlaw (2018) The film evolves from an objective piece to personal, and more sentimental; yet the pull of the streets and of Bruce Lee remains strong.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
No Score Yet A Northern Soul (2018) McAllister often sacrifices proficient camerawork for an ability to get intimate moments, and there is an absence of the epic scope and the elements of surprise that made A Syrian Love Story such a transformative experience.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
2/5 71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) The action is surprisingly disappointing. Most of the blockbuster moments feature so many fast cuts that there is none of the epic quality that is a mainstay of the franchise. With no tension or sense of menace these scenes drag rather than exhilarate.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/5 58% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) There is so much goodwill towards Gilliam's quixotic Quixote project that it's easy to forgive its problems, of which there are many.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) Where Macdonald's work does excel is in its breadth and scope, and also in the director's ability to get his protagonists to open up.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
5/5 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) The film could easily have been a fun escapade but the director throughout makes comments on the present day American political divide with ironic jokes.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 52% The House That Jack Built (2018) The action plods along until it becomes apparent that von Trier is surreptitiously asking one of the big questions of the day, can we get rid of the bodies we've collated over our lives to make art, and will this art be accepted or appreciated?‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
92% Drag Me to Hell (2009) When violence appears in Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, it's not meant to be real, often it's hilarious, and what Raimi tries to show is what is going on in the mind of his principal character.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet Team Hurricane (2018) Mixes the realism of handheld cameras and documentary footage with the colour palette of a Japanese anime. Imagine Harmony Korine's Gummo overlaid with Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli classic Ponyo and edited by 1970s Jean-Luc Godard. ‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet Beautiful Things (2017) Beautiful Things should be a firm favourite with audiences seeking out challenging work, which deals with our everyday in an artistic and metaphoric manner.‐ Cineuropa
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
91% Burroughs: The Movie (1984) One of the most intimate and intriguing portraits of the iconic author... This is no hagiography, with Burroughs captured at his inimitable best and cranky worst.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
41% Midnight's Children (2013) Never complex enough to work as an allegory of the complex relationship between India and Pakistan.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
85% Tyson (2009) The result is a documentary that once again highlights that, of all sports, boxing is the one that cinema has been most successful in recording...‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
47% Hereafter (2010) Aged 80 Clint Eastwood has made a film that is completely different in style, tone and structure from anything he has delivered before.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
93% 127 Hours (2010) Any film that relies on one actor to carry the movie demands a lot of its leading man but James Franco applies a youthful exuberance that makes him so watchable it's all viewers could do not to blink.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
24% Filth and Wisdom (2008) The humour is slight and the directing often perfunctory, with Madonna failing to get more than ordinary performances from her cast.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
96% The Social Network (2010) Fincher is at pains to show that everyone involved in the legal talks believed they were in the right. That he does so successfully is what makes the action so riveting.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
88% Let Me In (2010) Cloverfield director Matt Reeves has been charged with filling Alfredson's considerable boots, and he does a fine job of not steering too far from the original, while also putting his own stamp on the vampire tale.‐ Independent (UK)
Posted May 14, 2018
51% The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) Given the source material and the endless possibilities, it's surprising that the movie has ended up with so few belly laughs.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
96% Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) Banksy proves that his talents extend beyond the spray can to the movie camera.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
99% Metropolis (1927) For years audiences have wondered how good this film might have been had it not been edited. It turns out that it's better than anyone could ever have expected.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
51% Brighton Rock (2011) Having to follow in the footsteps of Attenborough is an albatross around Sam Riley's neck.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
70% Never Let Me Go (2010) The lack of dramatic tension means it's difficult to emotionally connect with the central characters and their dilemma.‐ Independent (UK)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
1/5 10% Trespass (2011) As with watching a car crash, audiences will find it hard to take their eyes off Schumacher's attempt to make a thriller about the futility of materialism and infidelity.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
4/5 40% Players (2012) A feat worth its weight in gold.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Stone Council (2006) Overwrought and so full of plot holes that no acting performance, however great, could rescue this movie from the shackles of mediocrity. ‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
12% Feel the Noise (2007) The music will satisfy fans, but when the action returns to New York this becomes as annoying as a skipped CD.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Ultimately, this is a by-the-numbers superhero reboot where the only thing super about it is that it feels superfluous.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) The trouble with celebrating old-fashioned entertainment is that Scardino needs to complete the hardest trick in Hollywood - making clichés seem fresh and funny. Sadly, the director is no David Copperfield...‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010) The film simply meanders towards its inevitable conclusion.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet Catacombs (2008) It's not exactly a thrill a minute... However, like a rundown house, the major selling point of this yarn is its eerie location.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
1/5 0% Dark Tide (2012) No amount of breathtaking cinematography can save Dark Tide from its poor plot and dire dialogue.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
79% Solitary Man (2010) Douglas has always been at his best when he's playing someone with no scruples... Unfortunately, not even he can do anything about the message feeling distinctly one-note.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
78% In A Better World (2011) The performances and strong direction make light of some clunky plot devices. ‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
83% Avatar (2009) For Avatar to stand the test of time, what really matters is the story. And here it falls short.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
83% Paranormal Activity (2009) Despite the scares, the film soon becomes repetitive... simply not enough happens. That's a shame, because Paranormal Activity is at times extremely innovative.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 71% Hanna (2011) When a storyline is this flat, the characters need to be all the more engaging and Hanna fails in this regard.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
42% Death Defying Acts (2008) Every line spoken is so austere that the characters seem like they're acting in straitjackets. But it's the audience that will be most desperate to escape.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) Thankfully The Mummy doesn't forget its history and remains a tomb-raiding yarn without attempts to break genre conventions. For better or worse we get exactly what it says in the title: a mummy, a tomb and a dragon emperor.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
13% The Love Guru (2008) Watching this feels like you're being repeatedly dumped by the love of your life.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
40% He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Surely it isn't too much to expect more than a string of clichés about why men and women don't communicate well.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
61% Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) The rookie director, Erik Brevig, has an armful of credits working in the visual effects department but he shows absolutely no skill at directing actors.‐ The National (UAE)
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018