Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Between Two Dawns (2021) This is a strong debut from Nacar, whose interest lies in creating moral dilemmas and showing how those with power will do anything to retain their position, no matter the cost. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
78% You Resemble Me (2021) Former journalist Dina Amer's You Resemble Me is tour-de-force filmmaking that defies conventions in its search for the truth about what makes us the people we are. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
100% Happening (2021) Diwan concentrates on what happened, rather than creating a morality around it. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2021
86% The Card Counter (2021) Schrader brings all of the themes together marvellously in a profound critique of the American psyche and the consequences of military action. The sexagenarian director's ace in the pack is a career-best performance by Isaac. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
No Score Yet At Full Throttle (2021) The film is so well put together that even before the doc's startling finale and singsong, it's clear that Jaroslav has completely lost his way. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
No Score Yet Sisterhood (2021) In telling this tale of toxic female friendships in the social-media age, Duma is aided by the sensitive and probing work of cinematographer Naum Doksevski as she creates a heart-breaking film. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
No Score Yet Two Ships (Martanské lode) (2021) It's languid, but perseverance, for those not turned off by the protagonists' lack of gusto, will eventually provide an ending that is a pay-off for the first scene. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
No Score Yet Every Single Minute (2021) Director Erika Hníková accomplishes quite a feat as she manages to film Michal and Lenka while remaining a passive observer. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
No Score Yet Bird Atlas (2021) Why, given all this, isn't Bird Atlas more pleasing? - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
100% Boiling Point (2021) oiling Point cooks up a good movie because it boasts decent performances, interesting characters and several fun twists. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
100% Kratt (2020) Something interesting is brewing in Estonia these days... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
90% She Will (2021) Charlotte Colbert blends film history, art and gothic horror in a genre-defying look at the politics surrounding #MeToo. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
65% Planet of the Humans (2020) The film plays out like a tale being told. The Italian director dares the audience to believe it is real. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2021
5/5 71% Annette (2021) A startling and unique look at the heartbreaking ways mental illness can disrupt a relationship. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
5/5 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) This pop-cultural document for the ages highlights themes and issues that are as pertinent today as they were in 1969, making it feel far more relevant than that concert up the road. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
5/5 94% The Souvenir: Part II (2021) The result, in Hogg's hands, is both one of the great feminist coming-of-age films, and an insightful look at the art of film-making. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
No Score Yet The Sea Ahead (2021) Dagher denies such simple explanations, taking us on a cinematic journey that echoes work by Michelangelo Antonioni and his view of depression. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/5 81% The French Dispatch (2021) Here is an artist at the top of his game. - iNews.co.uk EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2021
No Score Yet The Braves (Entre les vagues) (2021) It's an indictment to cinema that it seems so strange to watch 27-year-old women have fun and still be in pursuit of their dreams... [Anaïs] Volpé will be a new voice in cinema. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
No Score Yet Women Do Cry (2021) The co-directors have made a scrappy and uneven film storytelling-wise, but this narrative coherence seems secondary to the desire to highlight inequalities and make a political satire full of vim. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
No Score Yet Moneyboys (2021) Moneyboys is striking because it's a rare film that depicts homosexuality in China, and it does so with sensitivity and warmth for the turmoil that being an outsider can cause someone. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
73% Casablanca Beats (2021) Nabil Ayouch has made an excellent tale that is both a love affair with hip hop and a look at how the Moroccan youth is challenging orthodox views in the digital age. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2021
20% The Story of My Wife (2021) Ildikó Enyedi adapts Milán Füst's novel for the big screen with aplomb in this story of what can go wrong when jealousy and fear enter a relationship. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
100% A Hero (2022) Asghar Farhadi makes a satire on how social media is used to win over the court of public opinion in a film made in his signature style, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
94% Ali & Ava (2021) Barnard's film is an atypical romantic tale set in Bradford that is full of song and features a standout performance by Adeel Akhtar. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
71% Bloody Oranges (Oranges sanguines) (2021) Jean-Christophe Meurisse has made the perfect movie for a Midnight Screening, which is brimming with comedy and shocking content. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
100% The Innocents (2021) ...more chillingly than any of the supernatural elements, the film throws in another question, one that haunts the viewer after the end of the credits, when it's time to try to calm down and relax again: who are the innocents? - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
75% Mothering Sunday (2021) It's skilful how Husson uses the film's structure to mimic the novel's format of a writer looking back at moments in life and going off at tangents. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
75% Jane by Charlotte (2021) Gainsbourg shows promise as a director in a movie that's trying to be bigger than just being one for the fans. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
100% The Story of Film: A New Generation (2021) It's tough creating a work about the present day, where there is little benefit of hindsight. It makes it far more challenging to deliver definitive arguments on the state of cinema. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
85% Brighton 4th (2021) Koguashvili deserves all the plaudits he can get for this movie that builds up a picture of Kakhi's kind nature through clever scenes and the avoidance of over-plotting. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
No Score Yet How to Kill a Cloud (2021) The issue of science versus ethics is complicated, and [filmmaker Tuija] Halttunen manages to deal with it without becoming portentous and melodramatic, leaving the ultimate decision on what side to come down on to the audience. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
90% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) It's a film that deserves to be seen, be discussed and win awards. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) Edgar Wright has made a smart, dynamic and definitive documentary about Ron and Russell Mael, brothers and founding members of the band Sparks. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
75% The Mauritanian (2021) Tahar Rahim delivers the performance of his career as Guántanamo Bay inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Kevin Macdonald's riveting The Mauritanian. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is quite some undertaking. By and large Lee succeeds, even if along the way the story hits some cul-de-sacs... - Sight & Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
100% Radiograph of a Family (2020) [Radiograph of a Family] benefits from exquisite poetic language of such an epic scope that, despite the sadness of the tale being told, it delivers the impression of a masterwork of Persian literature. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
98% The Father (2021) What's intriguing and well layered is that not only is Anthony struggling with his memory, but his traumas, fears and heartbreaks also haunt him. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
No Score Yet The Translator (Le traducteur) (2020) The strongest moments of The Translator are when it veers into thought-provoking and challenging statements on the power of peaceful protest. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
86% The Bike Thief (2020) The ending is choppy and abrupt, and Chambers doesn't quite manage to make work the central moral conundrum that life can force us to do crazy stuff to protect our family. It doesn't feel all that pertinent as a tale of Brexit Britain. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
No Score Yet Amercement (2020) Worthy of high praise is Evagelinos' confident central performance is this elevated gangster yarn that tries to rustle the features of a somewhat tired genre. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
96% After Love (2020) It's a striking debut from British director Aleem Khan that explores the themes of loss, secret lives and cultural assimilation. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
95% Wildfire (2020) What makes Wildfire so beguiling is the relationship between the sisters and the truths that they are finally able to communicate. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
A- 95% Soul (2020) Like some of the best jazz compositions, it uses a traditional framework to veer off in many unexpected directions, so that even the inevitable end point feels just right. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
No Score Yet Beginning (2004) Kulumbegashvili uses the camera's stillness to highlight the exasperation of Yana. Whether she's at her desk or in the kitchen, the length of the scene relays her frustration at her own life. It's pure cinema... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
No Score Yet The Garden (Gullregn) (2020) It lacks the distanced humour and style of some of the recent big hits of Icelandic cinema... but it makes up for it with a big heart. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
89% Supernova (2021) As soon as Sam and Tusker have scenes without each other, the story implodes. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
96% Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan (2020) Julien Temple has delivered the tribute to Shane McGowan, the frontman of the legendary Irish band The Pogues, which he deserves. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) It's all helped through a stupendous performance by the drinker-in-chief: Mikkelsen's Martin. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
92% Limbo (2021) Limbo is confirmation that [Ben Sharrock's] more than just a directing talent: he's the real deal, who can take a Ken Loach-esque subject matter and tell it like a Coen brothers comedy. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020