Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet The Filmmaker's House (2020) When they're all put together, it's not quite a state-of-the-nation look at Brexit Britain. It can also be exasperating... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
No Score Yet King Rocker (2020) Cummings and Lee have created an enjoyable documentary, even if the music will not necessarily be to everyone's taste. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
94% Dating Amber (2020) To his credit, [David] Freyne wisely doesn't spend too much time on the couple pretending to be beards. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
92% Krabi, 2562 (2019) The result is an ethereal delight, with plenty of ghosts, the past and the present existing at the same time, a tourist guide with social realism and a study of capitalism thrown in as a counterbalance. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) Mark Cousins' Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema is essential viewing for anyone interested in how to read or make a film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) It's a stand-out coming-of-age film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
3/5 61% Minamata (2020) It might not be the film that will announce another resurrection of Depp, the actor, but it's a step in the right direction. - That Shelf EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2020
No Score Yet El Father Plays Himself (2020) Scarpelli doesn't make any big pronouncements; she is an interested observer. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
71% Pink Wall (2019) Ultimately, it's a movie that, like many relationships, promises a great deal initially but struggles to build on that. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
No Score Yet Shine Your Eyes (Cidade Pássaro) (2020) An extraordinary, lyrical film about tradition, family and new beginnings... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2020
95% The Shadow of Violence (2019) The strength of the film lies in its quietness when it concentrates on character dynamics. The plot feels a tad predictable and portrays a world of thuggery that cinema has tackled many times before. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
100% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Mogul Mowgli is an esoteric work, right up to its unexpected finale. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
82% DAU. Natasha (2020) DAU. Natasha takes this idea of fake lives becoming our reality to the extreme... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
100% Gunda (2020) As with all of Kossakovsky's films, it's beautifully-shot. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
59% My Salinger Year (2020) One of the film's overt messages is that if you spend all your time writing, and forsake parties and friends, then you too can make it. The unintentional subtext is that it only happens if you're rich and white enough. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
No Score Yet There Was a Little Ship (Il était un petit navire) (2020) A perfect introduction to the oft-overlooked works of [filmmaker Marion] Hänsel. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) he director uses inventive narrative techniques to move the story backwards and forwards in time, which can occasionally feel like he's imposing the story, rather than it being organic. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
80% Epicentro (2020) [Hubert] Sauper cleverly demands that we look again at the island and at the principles of the people, and implores us not to believe the propaganda that is everywhere, because when people stand up to great power, something beautiful happens. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
No Score Yet Vivos (2020) Sadly, this brilliantly told story is all too real, and the systemic abuses it highlights are a global problem. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
89% Luxor (2020) [W]here Luxor powers through most effectively is in its desire to show that the only person who can "save" Hana is herself. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
No Score Yet La Fortaleza (2020) The acting is low-key and interior, and Armand wisely chooses to keep things opaque, so as not to put too many demands on his performers. In return, they've delivered some beguiling characters. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
93% Possessor (2020) It's an intriguing world, with much food for thought, as Cronenberg unpicks the scourge of surveillance capitalism. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 89% The Two Popes (2019) The Two Popes is the perfect Christmas movie for our doubting times. It is a mix of fact and fiction, comedy and drama, and re-imagines the dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as an unlikely buddy film. - The National (UAE) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
No Score Yet Binti (2019) Despite aiming the film at young audiences, Migom doesn't hide the seriousness of the topic. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
89% The Two Popes (2019) The reason why The Two Popes is such a good watch is that it takes a difficult subject and packages it in a manner that will have broad appeal. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
No Score Yet Muscle (2019) Watching Muscle is a lot like going to the gym. It seems like it might be a big ordeal, and there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but if you make it through to the other side, there is a hell of a lot of satisfaction. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
89% 1917 (2020) There is also a remarkable central performance from George MacKay, who carries the picture, through moments of darkness, joy and sadness. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2019
36% Rare Beasts (2019) Rare Beasts is a striking debut that demands active participation from the viewer. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
93% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Armando Iannucci surprises with this remarkably madcap adaptation... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
78% My Zoe (2019) This film works better if you don't think too hard about the science. It wants to elicit an emotional, rather than a rational, response. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
39% The Song of Names (2019) [It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
72% The Other Lamb (2020) Malgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film has rich rewards for those willing to uncover the cult... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
100% This Is Not a Movie (2019) It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
82% Judy (2019) It's a surprisingly dark film for a musical biopic, but Zellweger is a bright light, a one-woman show determined to "Get Happy." - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It's a visceral experience that challenges the notions of truth. Australian Kurzel combines the family troubles of his 2011 drama Snowtown with the eerie atmosphere of his 2015 Cannes competition entry Macbeth. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
48% Greed (2020) It is one of Winterbottom's better movies, which is saying a lot, given the quality of his oeuvre. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
93% Saint Maud (2020) The story haunts us long after the end credits roll, especially the two excellent performances from the leads. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
40% Sweetness in the Belly (2020) The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
68% Radioactive (2020) The director efficiently packs a rich story into the film, and the personal sacrifices made by these scientists are not forgotten either. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
72% The Aeronauts (2019) The film plays so loose with the truth that it feels like a complete fabrication. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
No Score Yet My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire) (2019) Overall, there is more than enough to delight, indicating that de Bary will be worth looking out for in the future. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
100% Rialto (2019) The director plays scenes long, leaving the status of relationships opaque and enforcing a sombre tone. However, it's a film that sits firmly in the consciousness for days afterwards, benefitting from hindsight. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
86% Arab Blues (Un divan à Tunis) (2019) The comedy isn't always consistent....consequently, some of the eye rolling elicited is not down to the characters' mindsets, but rather the uneven quality of the film and its broad caricatures. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet The Scarecrows (Les Épouvantails) (2019) It's a shame that the narrative is so muddled and overly complicated, because the central story is powerful, urgent and ambitious. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
95% Rocks (2019) It's a film that is very much in the tradition of British social realism. Nonetheless, it remains light and joyful enough to be enjoyed and recognised by an audience with the same demographic and age as the characters on screen. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 68% Joker (2019) For the most part, it works a treat. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
100% A Son (Bik Eneich - Un Fils) (2019) It's a film reminiscent of the work of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, full of twists and turns as it puts its characters in increasingly tragic situations. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
69% Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) (2019) While Hoss's performance never strays too far from excellent, the same is not true of the storyline. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
No Score Yet Woman (2019) It is superbly edited, creating the illusion of simplicity when it's clear that weaving together the different elements to create a cohesive whole must have been a monumental task. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
77% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) It's a well-told film that occasionally gets bogged down by a sense of its own importance, but it's well made, and Dujardin is magnificent. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019