Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet You Deserve a Love (Tu Mérites Un Amour) (2019) The aesthetic of the film and the sense of intimacy it creates are also straight out of the Kechiche playbook, and that's high praise indeed for anyone making inroads into directing. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% For Sama (2019) What separates For Sama from the plethora of documentaries about Syria is that it is a brilliant analysis of why people decide to stay in war zones, and thus could apply anywhere around the world. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
83% Diego Maradona (2019) Kapadia struggles to find a new angle, despite having access to 500 hours of archive material - much of it from the personal collection of Maradona and his friends and enemies, and a great deal of it never seen before. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
76% A Hidden Life (Une vie cachée) (2019) The themes of resistance to fascism feel especially pertinent at this moment in time. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
80% Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2019) The movie follows the American tradition of Spotlight and All the President's Men to show how journalism can be a force for good in the face of state corruption. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
40% Joan of Arc (Jeanne) (2019) Dumont gets caught in a no man's land, as the film jumps from intellectual conversations to silly gesticulations without much rhyme or reason. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
88% Rocketman (2019) It becomes a character study of how fame and fortune mean so little when your personal life is a wreck. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
77% Sorry We Missed You (2019) Loach has made yet another important film about today's society. But in solely dramatic terms, the almost Shakespearian, schematic nature of Ricky's demise is too on the nose and predictable. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% Irene's Ghost (2018) While the filming and talking-heads approach is fairly staple, it's the tone of the movie... that is most impressive and allows us to really empathise with the director as he embarks on his quest. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 62% Lord of War (2005) Lord of War is the most intelligent action film to come out of Hollywood since David O. Russell's Three Kings. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 18% Domino (2005) Richard "Donnie Darko" Kelly's screenplay is a fantastical, incoherent fuzz while director Tony Scott tries and fails to recapture the energy and fun of his 1993 hit, True Romance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 87% A History of Violence (2005) This story could easily have fallen into Quentin Tarantino pop-violence territory, but Cronenberg, with tremendous skill, manages to use Hollywood cliché to pose questions about the world in which we live. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 47% Green Street Hooligans (2005) All this film succeeds in doing is glorifying violence. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 86% Pride and Prejudice (2005) Director Joe Wright and screenwriter Deborah Moggach have done an adequate job in cutting Austen's material down to size, allowing time for the secondary tales to develop while never losing sight of the all-pervading romance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 53% Wolf Creek (2005) To write Wolf Creek off as a splatter movie would be a serious disservice to the first rate filmmaking and the craftily ambitious ending. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
1/5 36% Asylum (2005) What could have been an interesting horror character study... is destroyed by tortuously labored dialogue and a sluggish pace. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 57% The Business (2005) The Business is at its best when it celebrates the fashion and the music of the 80s. Love's passion for the era is clear... The plot is not always of the same standard. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) Half the film is good and the other half sucks... A half-hearted pant swinger. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 57% Last Days (2005) The strength of Last Days is found in the nihilistic performance of Pitt. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 93% Solntse (The Sun) (2005) Lauding the work of Russia's finest living director is getting repetitive, but Sokurov goes from strength to strength. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 29% Rag Tale (2005) Rag Tale is packed with unseemly character who by sheer force of the performances are far more fascinating than the ludicrous plot. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Ghosts (2005) Ghosts has a mystical and supernatural quality. The work of a major talent. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 72% Thumbsucker (2005) Although Mill's debut is occasionally flawed, there is much to admire. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Dumplings (2004) The strong horror element of this fascinating film is added by the detached narrative stance, supported by the sumptuous colors of Chris Doyle's photography. Eat before you watch. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 24% Bewitched (2005) The concept may be enchanting, but the execution is not. The characters are such a ridiculous pastiche on the original show that they're bland and one-dimensional. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 85% The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005) The obligatory Bollywood songs are of poor quality... It's a shame because the central story and the dynamics of power explored by The Rising are first class and in keeping with the traditions of the 50s golden age of Indian cinema. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 74% Crash (2004) It's told with a searing panache that comes to a boil as characters are forced to confront their own prejudices. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 82% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Somehow everything comes up smelling of rose-scented chocolate... Burton outdoes himself and it's the inside of the chocolate factory and its community of singing Oompa-Loompas that scintillate. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 37% The Skeleton Key (2005) This surprisingly fun psychological thriller -- featuring brilliant turns from veterans Gena Rowlands and John Hurt -- could well be the sleeper hit of the year. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 40% The Last Mitterrand (2005) In spite of [a] lofty idea and the film's excellent pedigree, The Last Mitterand, like the great man's term in office, ultimately fails. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 47% Dark Water (2005) That fatal flaw that this shares with the original is the best part of the film being in the initial plot-revealing 20 minutes. From here, it fails to build on the tension. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 53% Wonderful Days (2004) The set up is great, but [Wonderful Days] unravels so slowly, over-elaborating the visuals, that it constantly borders on tedium. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 73% Clean (2005) Assayas handles the touchy topic judiciously and with remarkable panache. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet One Love (2004) Bogged down by the plot, the film quickly loses its way. It's a crying shame, because Letts is a fantastic filmmaker who can and should be doing better. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 34% Imaginary Heroes (2005) The fractured, non-linear narrative fires plenty of red herrings and there are plenty of pointless characters with melodramatic side plots that go nowhere. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 80% Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) It's an epic tale of jealousy, misplaced love and fraternal infighting that often feels closer in tone to Once Upon a Time in America than Platoon. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 66% We Don't Live Here Anymore (2004) It's the relationship that doesn't involve sex between [Mark Ruffalo] and [Peter Krause] that's the real clincher. Their games of one-upmanship and bravado fizzle with a kinetic tension... - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 91% Baadasssss! (2003) [An] enjoyable docu-romp... Sadly, there's neither enough first-hand evidence from Van Peebles Sr. himself nor sufficient social historical perspective for Baadasssss to make the leap from being a good documentary to a great one. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 33% Seed of Chucky (2004) The movie quickly implodes like an over-inflated plastic sex toy. Still, if you have been following this low-budget franchise, this is going to be essential viewing. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 20% The Ring Two (2005) The Ring Two works because [director Hideo] Nakata concentrates on what he knows best without trying to adapt his style to fit Hollywood. For once a U.S. remake of a classic Asian horror film proves itself to be a furtive work of fusion. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 82% In Good Company (2004) This structure works a treat for the family tale, but on the corporate side it becomes the deal breaker that undermines a plot which pleasingly inverses the age means power paradigm. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 12% Are We There Yet? (2005) Although it's far from perfect, there are enough laughs and endearing moments to just about keep you and -- more importantly perhaps -- the kids entertained for the whole ride. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 40% Creep (2005) Creep almost works, but the basic premise is ultimately too flimsy and the identity of the monster too ambiguous to keep our attention for the whole ride. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2/5 17% Paparazzi (2004) This is one picture that is definitely not worth a thousand words. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 91% Million Dollar Baby (2004) Million Dollar Baby is aesthetically and emotionally a dark movie that ultimately falls short because every rough edge is softened by a cliché. Here, Eastwood throws a handful of sugar in for good measure, too. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 16% Alexander (2004) Stone has always relished posing more questions than he has answers in biopics. In Alexander, however, he enjoys it a little too much. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 86% The Aviator (2004) Leonardo DiCaprio meticulously depicts the maverick entrepreneur in all his guises -- from the off, he cleverly conveys (through body language) the ailments that would beset Hughes -- noticeably OCD and deafness. It's a stunning performance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 38% Milwaukee, Minnesota (2003) The plot is telegraphed so early on that the mystery starts dissolving, and all that is left is for the film to meander towards its ultimately unsatisfying Hollywood ending. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) This film can be utterly brilliant one minute and less than zero a second later. It's an oddball film whose attempt at mainstream seduction may make it all too easy to overrate. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
1/5 15% White Chicks (2004) There is not one funny moment, the plot sucks and -- what seems like a given in these types of movies -- the protagonists are overdone caricatures. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019