Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times (UK), Metro (UK)

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Solidly and sincerely directed by Mimi Leder, it's a must-see for any mother and daughter, reminding you how incredibly far female equality has leapt and bound within a single lifetime. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 71% Cold Pursuit (2019) Viewers will either hop aboard the black comedy or make like Laura Dern (here playing Neeson's wife) and exit early. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Deep breathing is required to get you through some of the movie's tougher scenes but, as a whole, it's a testimony to human resilience and the astonishing power of hope. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Given our current level of #BrexitShambles despair, it's a timely tonic to have a film extolling hope in an age when 'hearts are hollow and the land is lost and leaderless'. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Don't expect any real grit, though: the Hollywood ending slips down as easily as warm chocolate sauce. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
90% A Private War (2018) [Rosamund Pike] more than proves herself a powerfully convincing choice. Edgy, jittery and raw, she seems to channel [Marie] Colvin with an uncanny physical portrayal of a woman afraid of dying young and of growing old. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It's unclear if this is about how the genders play differently, toxic masculinity or growing up. But it's still tons of fun, if a little forgettable. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) The plot could be straight out of a soap opera but, as its Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay suggests, the script offers something far more textured and complex - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 79% Green Book (2018) There are a few cheesy moments as the two men learn life lessons from each other but the acting is a joy, the co-stars coaxing complexities from their characters. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The heart is strong with this franchise and given there are 12 books in Cressida Cowell's original multimillion-selling series, I doubt it's actually the last we'll see of Hiccup et al. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
5/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) A poignant and tender caper that doesn't sugar-coat its protagonists with redemptive Hollywood schmaltz, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a dirty martini of a movie you'll want to savour. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 70% The Mule (2018) While it's a little clunky, with Earl's casual racism likely to trouble some, it's gently paced and the script is wryly amusing - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 66% Vice (2018) It's an exhilarating explosion of a biopic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 72% Destroyer (2018) Directed by Karyn Kusama, it's a grim watch, which proves perversely compelling - up to a point. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 37% Glass (2019) M Night Shyamalan's trilogy isn't a shattering disappointment, Glass is so out to dazzle you with its convoluted universe-folding that it becomes a turn-off. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's not a perfect film, as you'd expect from a debut, but it's a gutsy and gorgeous landmark. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy is just all too pretty and weirdly unemotive. It's less a satisfying movie than a beautifully burnished actors' showcase. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) It's the bittersweet bromance between Stan and Ollie that provides the story's beating heart. This tribute may beat to a well-worn narrative drum but it's sure to extract both a tear and a smile. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 87% Colette (2018) This pansexual period biopic is remarkable, captivating and utterly fascinating. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
1/5 13% Life Itself (2018) Half an hour in (if you're generous) and you'll realise you don't give a hoot about any of them. Avoid. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) This is The Crown like you've never seen it before. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
2/5 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) It's a fascinating, multi-dimensional true story whose compelling complexities get frustratingly smoothed out... Engaging on the eye but, ultimately, something of a misfire. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
3/5 52% Papillon (2018) Both men put in good work but their bromance never convincingly ignites in this solid but anonymous effort by Danish director Michael Noer. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
5/5 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Emily Blunt sails serenely down from the sky on the end of a kite, she makes this role her own. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Thought-provoking points about racial injustice are raised, only to be sketched over by the script. Still, where White Boy Rick hooks you in is as a family drama. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Essentially a love letter to Redford's own screen career, it helps if you share his twinkle-eyed nostalgia for roguish criminals. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/5 93% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Stanfield effortlessly negotiates the crazy tone, engaging you so fully you want to marry him. It's a match made in movie heaven and this is one of the standout films of the year. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) Egerton is passable but his Robin lacks charisma. It's like the bland leading the bland. It's a movie that steals 116 minutes of your life and offers very little in return. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) Sadly, the first Creed's director, Ryan Coogler, didn't stick around for a sequel and it shows. But this is still a solid, earnestly acted effort. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 84% Disobedience (2018) Another thought-provoking study in how society dictates how women are allowed to feel, it's achingly eloquent and explosively erotic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Still, beneath the plethora of in-joke Easter eggs and already dated social media gags lies a film on a Pixar-like mission to make parents blub into their popcorn. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
2/5 15% Robin Hood (2018) It's like the bland leading the bland. It's a movie that steals 116 minutes of your life and offers very little in return. - Metro EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Nativity Rocks! (2018) Even by these undemanding standards you feel that Nativity Rocks! is taking the mickey. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/5 65% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria is a classy, tinglingly stylish, charismatically acted yet chilly affair that crescendos madly in the final act (surged on by Thom Yorke's score) into a frenzied, full-frontal, Grand Guignol finale. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Eccentric characters - including a mathematically blessed hen - abound in vignettes that boast a uniquely wry sense of the absurd. If some outstay their welcome, no matter - there's always another just round the corner. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) I'm already ravenous for the next instalment but the Fantastic Beasts series has yet to prove itself as more than just a gorgeous footnote to the Potterverse. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/5 94% Wildlife (2018) Wildlife is a quiet coming-of-age tale of lost men and women trying to redefine themselves. It may not set the world on fire but a career-best performance from Mulligan makes it worth a look. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 91% Widows (2018) It's a given that Davis is tremendous as the film's fierce linchpin but where Widows romps home is as a stunning ensemble piece, with Daniel Kaluuya's murderous mobster, Erivo's breakout turn and a revelatory Debicki. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 76% Bad Reputation (2018) Bad Reputation convincingly makes the case for Jett's importance as a music icon even if the seemingly ageless 60-year-old remains an enigma in a PVC catsuit. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 52% An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (2018) It shouldn't work, yet miraculously most of it does. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Yes, there are several 'speechy' moments, but you seldom feel like you're in a social studies lesson and the complexities raised are not sugar-coated for younger viewers. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 79% Dogman (2019) A daring mix of humour, morality play and extreme violence, it's stunningly composed and just as stunningly acted. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 83% VS. (2018) VS gains strength by not trotting out easy Hollywood solutions to complex problems. Nor does it lay on the seaside location too thick. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) Nicolas Cage going postal on screen is now so passé it's become an internet meme but the actor has finally met his match with Mandy, a grindhouse movie even more bat-poop bananas than he is. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
5/5 87% First Man (2018) A remarkable feat only a great actor can pull off. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
4/5 100% Female Human Animal (2018) What sounds tiresomely pretentious proves darkly fascinating and surprisingly funny. A release quite unlike any other, this is a choice morsel for culture vultures. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Kids may still giggle at Atkinson's well-practised buffoonery but his creaky character might want to consider permanent retirement after this one. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/5 90% A Star Is Born (2018) [Gag's] enchanting to watch, while the chemistry between her and Cooper is mesmerising. You'll fall in love with them falling in love and that goes a long way in carrying you through the movie's slightly sketchier second half. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 100% Two for Joy (2018) Sensitively realised and soundscaped, there's an almost unbearable tension surrounding these damaged, volatile characters who encounter danger at every turn - mainly from themselves. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
4/5 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) Authentic and dreamily shot - yet smartly edited - Skate Kitchen is the kind of movie you feel infinitely more hip just for watching. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018