Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 20% Moonbound (2021) The computer animation is surprisingly good. However, the characters, mostly drawn from German folklore, are sketchy and unappealing and the storytelling is a mess. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
4/5 88% Zola (2021) Raw, boundary-pushing cinema. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2021
2/5 54% Settlers (2021) There is life on Mars and it's a godawful small affair, according to this determinedly sombre sci-fi film. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
2/5 40% Into the Labyrinth (2020) Carrisi's puzzle is overstuffed and overlong. And his pay-off is so baffling that even after 24 hours of diving down Google rabbit holes, I'm still not convinced it amounts to a heap of carrots. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2021
4/5 91% Rams (2021) Watching Neill coo 'you are beautiful, no, you are beautiful' to his flock is entertainment factor alone but this is an unexpectedly lovely little film. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
2/5 57% Malcolm & Marie (2021) It's one long night observing someone else's relationship meltdown in exhausting and repetitive detail. And in case you wondered, I can confirm that it is not the ideal date night movie. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
1/5 71% Firedrake the Silver Dragon (Dragon Rider) (2020) Gags about online dating and Skype already date this formulaic snore fest, whose plot manages to be both fast-paced and boring, while the characterisation is as basic as the CGI-animation. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
1/5 62% Willy's Wonderland (2021) Half-baked and derivative, with a cast of not just one but 0.1-dimensional characters, even those viewers desperate to see Cage punch out a giant, murderous mechanical ostrich for laughs (me! Me!) will only be vaguely amused. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 88% News of the World (2020) It's all solid, well-turned stuff and, of course, you know you're in safe hands with Hanks, whose acting is so effortlessly good that you're in danger of not fully appreciating i - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) A feature debut written and directed with supreme assurance by Covino, it also boasts the most staggering long takes since 1917. As comedies go, this is our most exciting discovery of the year. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 68% The Secret Garden (2020) Familiar family comfort viewing for unsettling times - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 93% Mogul Mowgli (2021) Ahmed socks you with an electrifying turn; his film, however, is more diffuse. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 92% Relic (2020) Down Under's creepiest movie since The Babadook. You have been warned. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 85% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) This is Sacha Baron Cohen's funniest, edgiest, greatest movie since Borat 1. Very niiiice. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) A fizzy celebration of a New York that currently only exists inside the movies, there's a touch of Woody Allen about their gilded screwball antics. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's Oscars-bait galore in this star-studded courtroom drama from Aaron Sorkin. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Savage (Les fauves) (2019) Told in uneven flashback, this is a film that requires grimy, primal authenticity yet, particularly in the mid-section, doesn't quite punch home. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 100% Real (2020) That Omoshaybi keeps it real by drawing on his own roots as an Anglo-Nigerian foster boy in Portsmouth largely balances out the plot's more contrived soap opera-style twists. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 100% White Riot (2019) Rare, raw gig footage, featuring the likes of The Clash and Tom Robinson, is guaranteed to get you pogo-ing in your seat. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 97% Rocks (2020) It's the finest film yet from director Sarah Gavron, whose camera no longer hovers politely here, like an earnest tourist, but gets fully stuck in. A gorgeous movie packed with hope and powered by street cred, Rocks rocks. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) It's totally excellent (cue air guitar) to rediscover a corner of this dulled universe where joy and innocence still shine. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 73% 23 Walks (2020) This lovely little film by Paul Morrison has a quiet integrity and realism that makes its hopeful ending all the more delightful. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Debut writer/director Natalie Krinsky's script is full of zingers and its empowering message about resilience make her comedy just the ideal film to see right now. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Debut writer/director Ladj Ly grew up on these estates and he captures the raw energy of the streets with such skin-prickling authenticity, French president Emmanuel Macron declared himself 'upset by the accuracy'. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
5/5 100% Coup 53 (2020) [Amirani] transforms sifting through dusty plastic bags and filing cabinets into a thrilling detective case... - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
2/5 29% The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié) (2020) The story is increasingly predictable. You can imagine a superior Disney remake already in the works, if you didn't feel like you'd already seen almost every element of this overprotective daddy comedy before. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 100% Away (2019) A mesmeric minimalist marvel. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 64% Hope Gap (2020) With an acting trio like that you're guaranteed an involving watch but somehow this intense relationship drama fails to cut to the bone. Nicholson adapted this from his own play The Retreat From Moscow, and you can feel it. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 71% The One and Only Ivan (2020) Ivan may be "the one and only", but this cuddly blend of Dumbo and Born Free feels far from unique. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
3/5 100% Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019) A divertingly clever cat-and-mouse thriller, the editing is niftier than the script. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) This Pinocchio may yet achieve cult status, via a generation of traumatised children. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 92% My Rembrandt (2021) Ultimately, though, it's the paintings that make this shine. As the camera lingers on tiny sections of a canvas, dealer Jan Six illuminates the untutored eye to the nuances of Rembrandt's genius. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 93% Babyteeth (2020) An inspired, un-schmaltzy antidote to the 'cancer weepie'. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 67% Spree (2020) Increasingly repetitive, the satire isn't as hard-hitting as it should be and the fact Kurt's main targets are WOC is uncomfortably unexamined, even if Sasheer Zamata makes for an awesome nemesis. A missed opportunity. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 48% Unhinged (2020) It's an increasingly silly roller-coaster ride, lifted by the committed classiness of Crowe, who strides through this nonsense like some determinedly porky Terminator. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 100% Perfect 10 (2019) Debut writer/director Eva Riley has a delicate touch but it's the naturalism of her two fresh leads that make her potentially grim, well-worn underclass drama truly glow. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet The Snow Queen: Mirrorlands (2018) As my confused - and soon bored - eight-year-old daughter put it: 'You just don't get this if you haven't watched the other films.' We hadn't. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) One to file under 'interesting' rather than 'hilarious', there's no shortage of themes bobbing around in this eccentric tale - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 78% Summerland (2020) If Swale is less assured behind the camera, she directs some keenly affecting scenes with dashes of magic to provide a radical period romance inside chocolate-box escapism. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 98% Make Up (2020) Writer/director Claire Oakley's atmospherically charged debut brilliantly confounds expectations and marks her as a visionary new talent to watch. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 83% Proxima (2019) Eva Green is out of this world in this parentally wrenching space drama - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 75% The King of Staten Island (2020) It works best as a tale of flawed men struggling to navigate a new world of #MeToo and mental health awareness whilst tackling the ghosts of their fathers' expectations. And the uplifting pay-off is diligently worked for, even if it's a long while coming. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2020
4/5 79% Screened Out (2020) By interviewing a cross-section of experts, Hyatt systematically confronts us with a lot of hard-hitting stats we'd rather swipe left on. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 89% Banana Split (2020) What truly zings about Banana Split, though, is that it's a Gen Z romcom actually written by a teenager, with all those accompanying imperfections. That and its ending totally hits the sweet spot. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
4/5 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Like the grim flip-side of Juno, it can be a bleak watch, with no-one cracking a smile for a good 45 minutes, but it's a slowly rewarding one. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
3/5 67% Extraction (2020) The body count is off the scale, yet you may well find the cartoonish violence oddly lulling. I did. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) Offering wall-to-wall gore and super-stylised visuals, this bloody chamber piece is not for the squeamish. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/5 48% Four Kids and It (2020) The pace sags in the middle and the CGI can look a bit 'telly' in places but there's enough mystery and intrigue to keep the plot tootling along. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
2/5 71% Trolls World Tour (2020) Could Trolls World Tour be the movie that kills cinema? Not because it's a turkey, (though it's clucking close to one) but because its radical, never-before-seen release strategy tosses a glittery grenade into the Hollywood machine. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
3/5 72% Vivarium (2020) The suffocating conformity of suburbia is a hardly a new movie metaphor - and this never fully delivers on the higher concepts it hints at. Still, it's an intriguing puzzle. - Metro Newspaper (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020