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Kate Muir

Kate Muir
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) Around the 20-minute mark in War for the Planet of the Apes a bizarre and wonderful thing occurs. You, the viewer, start to feel like a monkey. No, really.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
4/5 98% Kedi (2017) Filmed at whisker-height, this charming documentary enters the daily lives of the many street cats of Istanbul.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
1/5 17% The House (2017) An outstanding candidate for the worst film of the year.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2017
3/5 81% Risk (2017) Julian Assange is less than delighted by Laura Poitras's intimate documentary, filmed over six years with the co-operation of the controversial founder of WikiLeaks.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
67% Chubby Funny (2016) Nothing goes right for Oscar, or for this comedy, which seems like a student project, and not fully formed.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
3/5 60% Alone in Berlin (2017) Thompson and Gleeson are a class act, in a relationship so stale and stiff they cannot even hug during their grief, and the chance to take positive action, however dangerous, begins to bring them back to life.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) One might be tempted to have a few cynical thoughts about Spider-Man: Homecoming, were it not for the puppyish form of British actor Tom Holland in the red-and-blue superhero onesie.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
5/5 100% The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1972) This is one of the most important -- and gripping -- documentaries on the Second World War and its aftermath. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
5/5 93% Baby Driver (2017) A hit of speed and cartoonish amusement, smoothly chauffeured on to the screen by Edgar Wright, the man behind Hot Fuzz.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
5/5 91% The Graduate (1967) Its pleasures and wit stand the test of time. Plus the cinematography is flat-out fantastic, like David Hockney's pool paintings made live.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 67% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) These four short films are really aimed at committed worshippers of the revolutionary art critic and writer John Berger, and will be somewhat puzzling -- or perhaps appetite-whetting -- to those coming fresh to the subject.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
2/5 21% The Book of Henry (2017) It's a toss-up between Kleenex and the sick bag at first, but later on the plot veers into improbably stupid territory and it's best just to bail out altogether.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
4/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) The quietly revealing tale from the director Sunao Katabuchi follows the childhood and arranged marriage of Suzu, an "ordinary", but utterly resilient girl, who also has a talent for drawing.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017) In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, this new documentary about the parlous state of social housing in Britain takes on grim relevance.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
4/5 82% The Fisher King (1991) The search for the Holy Grail reaches peak insanity in this wild, redemptive ride through two men's interconnected lives.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 80% Stockholm, My Love (2016) I am usually a fan of Cousins's curious projects, filmed ingeniously on near-zero budgets, but the thin gruel of this film failed to resonate with me.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 46% Rock Dog (2017) This Chinese-American production may make decent television for children on a rainy day, but there's not enough thrilling action or comedy for the big screen.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 88% By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao khanong) (2017) This Thai drama begins with the testimony of a survivor of the Thammasat massacre of protesting students by the government in 1976, and spirals into something woozy and strange, an investigation of the process of film-making itself.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
2/5 49% Churchill (2017) As this drama begins... the British prime minister is silhouetted on the horizon, a hunched, rotund figure, with his black Homburg, overcoat and cane, giving perhaps the first sign that this film will take the iconic and turn it into cliché.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 73% Ballerina (2016) Ballerina is an animation that's ideal for junior balletomanes.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
2/5 48% Wilson (2017) It struggles to fill the big screen, either emotionally or visually, and after a while Harrelson's say-it-as-it-is persona becomes irritating.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/5 32% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) French acting gentry Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel fall in love in a mountain sanatorium in the 1950s in this slightly wan drama from Nicole Garcia. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet The Naked Civil Servant (1975) Thanks to Hurt's extraordinary performance -- soft-skinned, red-lipped and determined to fight politely for his rights -- it still seems relevant and not just an exercise in nostalgia.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
4/5 100% Destination Unknown (2017) This documentary from the director Claire Ferguson gathers gripping testimony from 12 Jewish survivors, now in their eighties and nineties, who were mostly teenagers in Nazi death camps, or who escaped to join the partisans hiding in forests.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 73% Berlin Syndrome (2017) While there are a few plot holes, Palmer and Riemelt sustain the tense arthouse thriller.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) [The Mummy] begins with B-movie fun, but descends into an impenetrable soup of battling pixels.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
3/5 92% The Shepherd (El pastor) (2016) Your pulse rate slows to the rhythms of lost rural life at the start of The Shepherd, but by the end it has hearts racing in a western-style stand-off.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2/5 53% Dough (2016) [Pryce] is horribly let down by a predictable paint-by-numbers script and some overcooked supporting performances.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 97% Daughters of the Dust (1991) This elegiac, dreamlike drama set on the Sea Islands off South Carolina in 1902 has an iron core of painful history‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
4/5 92% Wonder Woman (2017) I blanched slightly at Wonder Woman's almost two-and-a-half-hour running time, but the film raced by -- perhaps because every cliché was subverted by the freshness of a female lead.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
4/5 52% War Machine (2017) Brad Pitt stars as the deluded but determined four-star US army general Glen McMahon in this satire on the late days of the war in Afghanistan.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
4/5 91% Good Time (2017) Pattinson makes you root for his character from the start. ‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
4/5 86% Okja (2017) This is an international melting pot of a movie, with fresh and surprising ingredients.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
2/5 78% The Beguiled (2017) Sofia Coppola's American Civil War movie, The Beguiled, turns out to be a comedy as floaty and insubstantial as the dresses that her seven Southern belles wear.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
4/5 93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) With Noah Baumbach directing, Sandler pulls off a performance as one of the Meyerowitz siblings that gently reveals his character's insecurity and irritation beneath a shroud of laughter.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
5/5 71% Wonderstruck (2017) Todd Haynes's glorious celebration of a boy's own and a girl's own adventure really does leave you wonderstruck -- and in my case, weeping discreetly during the final scenes.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
3/5 91% Machines (2016) In this vision of industrial insanity humans have become minuscule cogs in the vast machines they serve, day and night.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
1/5 29% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) This latest take on the Arthurian classic is epic in many ways, none of them good.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
4/5 90% Frantz (2017) François Ozon is a master at taking apart the French chattering classes, but here he attempts an almost classical piece of film-making in black and white, French and German, a tangled tale of love and friendship.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
1/5 50% Spaceship (2016) It might have worked as a collection of DayGlo YouTube music videos, but the story of an alien abduction -- or perhaps just an Ecstasy-fuelled fantasy -- turns into self-indulgent ennui.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 68% Alien: Covenant (2017) You are, frankly, astonished that in the nearly four decades since Ridley Scott's first Alien burst spectacularly out of John Hurt's chest, this aggressive face pack of a creature... is still flourishing cinematically.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 93% The Levelling (2017) It's a magnetic performance from Kendrick, at once lost and angry, agonised and tender.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
2/5 68% The Journey (2017) This is a horribly misguided attempt to dramatise a meeting between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during talks leading to the 2006 St Andrews agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 94% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) As the world's urban population grows by more than one million every week, so does the resonance of this documentary about a New Yorker who campaigned in the 1960s against the inhuman and brutal scale of new housing.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 33% A Dog's Purpose (2017) While the canine performances are impeccable in A Dog's Purpose, this family movie is more of a dog's breakfast in terms of construction and tone.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
4/5 43% Whisky Galore (2017) Its setting on the imaginary isle of Todday off the west coast of Scotland lends itself to gorgeous colour photography and the gentle, subversive wit of the 1949 version has been left intact.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/5 83% Handsome Devil (2017) Some comic moments, but no surprises, and a twee ending.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
4/5 89% Lady Macbeth (2017) Pugh is superb in the role: a powerful potion of rebellion, determination and lust.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) If you're looking for a popcorn lobotomy, and I mean that in a good way, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is the space comedy for you.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2017
4/5 100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Mäki is played by the small, sinewy, mildly puzzled Jarkko Lahti; the wonderfully warm Oona Airola plays his fiancée, Raija. The black-and-white film pays careful attention to period detail and character, and less to the blood, sweat and tears.‐ Times (UK)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017