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T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Souvenir (2019) The film is masterful in creating space for ambiguity, but audiences looking for rationale, or an authorial assessment of the events, will be left flummoxed. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
87% Shooting the Mafia (2019) [The story] is lovingly recounted by Longinotto, a documentarian who revels in making movies about female outsiders and rebels. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) The tone of the film emphasises the epic quality of the story, even as it eschews triumphalism. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
100% Midnight Traveler (2019) The film also excels in the way it shows that middle-class liberals who make movies and run a café can lose everything in an instant. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
30% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) It's a movie for those with a strong constitution; it's expertly made, but it's also one of the most heinous, bloody and gory films that have ever played in competition at a major film festival - and it might be advisable to bring a sick bag. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet Transnistra (2019) This is the seminal album that will ensure that [director Anna] Eborn is a voice that cannot be ignored. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
No Score Yet Privacy of Wounds (2018) In the end, what is most striking and rich about the film is the resolute personalities of these three very different men, all with their own unique stories to tell, but united in their ability not to let their imprisonment and torture define them. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
90% Sea of Shadows (2019) It is a documentary that brings home the awful truth of how hard it is to stop any organised illegal trade worth millions of dollars. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
89% The Last Tree (2019) The late detour to Lagos is also poignant and adds another emotional layer to Femi's heritage, and... there is a complexity and a profound investigation that is often missing in similar stories of teen angst - and for that he should be commended. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
100% Gaza (2019) It's a raw, emotive film, one that demands to be watched, and is unapologetic in its goals. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) In keeping with the fairy-tale aesthetic of Ionesco's debut, Golden Youth has a baroque quality to it, especially in its theatrical acting style. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
No Score Yet Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) ...it's an ambitious film that marks Salim out as a talent to keep an eye on. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
100% Beats (2019) Mostly it's the sheer fun and enjoyment of the club scenes that endear. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Amá (2018) The subject matter feels important, but in terms of filmmaking craft, it's a solid work, rather than spectacular. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) But despite the befuddling denouement, The Hole in the Ground is, for the most part, too conventional to live up to the hype. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
No Score Yet Where Man Returns (Hvor man vender tilbake) (2019) Despite the stylistic highs of Where Man Returns, it is at times too sombre and abstract to really hit home. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
74% All Is True (2019) It has a melancholic tone and is rather theatrical, and seems like a rather minor work from Branagh. However, its merit is that it gives some realism to the mythical character of Shakespeare. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) This lavishly staged film never hits royal status. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) It's a funny, delightful and reassuringly contemporary film with a cool aesthetic that pays homage to Golden Era comic books. - Good Movies for Kids EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) The fact that Serkis is even able to offer a challenge to the financial might of Disney, and come up trumps on occasions, shows that there may indeed be more than one lord of the jungle. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
100% They Shall Not Grow Old (2019) It's that rare cinematic beast: an instant classic. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
80% Friedkin Uncut (2018) With Friedkin Uncut... Italian director Francesco Zippel has made a friendly and breezy portrait of American filmmaker William Friedkin. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
4/5 83% Red Dog (2011) An endearing, funny, idiosyncratic tale, director Kriv Stender's film is made up of a series of hilarious and tearjerking scenes of human folly. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 11% Day of the Falcon (2013) French director Jean-Jacques Annaud falls short in directing the action and, ironically, can't avoid stereotypes of the Arab world, especially in it's depiction of female characters. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 78% Mother and Child (2010) While Garcia's principal preoccupation is with the fallout from adoption, it's the secondary storylines about women in the work place, and the stresses of marriage and pregnancy that are the film's strengths. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 35% The Lady (2012) It takes some doing to rob the biopic of Nobel prize-winning pro-democracy Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi of drama and tension. But, with his skewed view of history and ropey storytelling, Besson manages it. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 93% 50/50 (2011) Director Jonathan Levine manages to treat cancer with the respect it deserves whilst also showing the remarkable ability of humans to find laughter in the most heinous of circumstances. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 84% The Ides of March (2011) Surprisingly effective for such a by-the-numbers political drama. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 20% The Art of Getting By (2011) A film of slight but wry observation. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Fukunaga does a great job in making the action and emotions feel modern without updating the story to the present day. He's helped by Fassbender's excellent performance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 77% Kill List (2012) Wheatley cycles through the genres as the killing spree begins, but the ambiguity that is initially its strength becomes a weakness by the end. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 55% The Devil's Double (2011) This rambunctious romp is not for the faint-hearted but it is packed with over-the-top lines to quote for weeks after. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 42% The Taqwacores (2010) Initially such subversive and provocative characters come across as too crude to be credible. Yet the success of Zahra's film is to take these base elements and channel them into a film that explores identity crisis. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 86% The Big Picture (2012) As a study of a man pushed to the edge and unable to run away from himself, The Big Picture is as fascinating as it is slow-burning. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 94% Passenger Side (2010) [A] smartly written comedy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 47% Drive Angry (2011) It's excessive, otherworldly, and a bit batty. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 55% Unknown (2011) [Liam Neeson] growls his way through various preposterous situations, while remaining muscularly watchable. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 30% Sanctum (2011) An enjoyable if formulaic film. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 93% Abel (2013) Abel works best as a situational comedy... There is also a serious message about parental abandonment and the treatment of children by society that doesn't always hit home. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 9% Chatroom (2010) Veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It's strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 74% The Way Back (2011) It's about the landscapes and backdrops. They provide a great diversion away from the poor dialogue and the bluntly heroic characters. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
2/5 78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) This is less a movie than an appetiser before the main course next summer. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 93% The Kids Are All Right (2010) An all too rare example of a funny, heart warming and insightful adult American comedy. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 85% Easy A (2010) Hollywood is going gaga for Emma Stone at the moment, and on the strength of her performance in this hit American teen comedy, it's easy to see why. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 86% Buried (2010) Director Rodrigo Cortés does a brilliant job of making one man in a coffin look interesting for an hour and a half by the clever use of angles, cranes and dolly shots that provide a sense of motion. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 53% I'm Still Here (2010) This comic portrait of Phoenix's lost year ironically manages to raise some serious questions about fame and the media obsession with celebrity. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 93% The Town (2010) An authentic-feeling, action-packed adventure. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 81% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Wright delights in setting up the tale with a mix of comedy, great production design and Fight Club style visual gags. On the downside, Cera's standard goofy geek stereotype has become slightly wearing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Great songs, beautiful girls, lovely costumes and an artist in a constant state of flux are emphasised in Joann Sfar's imaginative, beautiful and suitably bizarre musing on the life of Serge Gainsbourg. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 51% South of the Border (2010) Stone achieves his goal of challenging the orthodoxy on Chávez and socialism in an engrossing and entertaining manner. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018