Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 84% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Despite its frustrations, Sometimes Always Never is a pleasingly eccentric offering that will delight some. And it's guaranteed to improve your word scores. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Never mind that the [Rolling Thunder] Revue was a financial flop, [Martin] Scorsese's documentary smartly captures an era where commerce was, like, totally uncool, man. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
5/5 86% Diego Maradona (2019) Director Asif Kapadia adopts his signature style, rejecting talking heads to create an immersive viewing experience drawn from more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 81% Late Night (2019) Funny, yet unlike Thompson's awesome hair, not quite sharp enough. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
92% Gloria Bell (2019) Stunningly acted and sensitively detailed, it's a modest story of a normal, middle-aged life told with compelling honesty. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 24% Dark Phoenix (2019) A missable culmination to the 20-year X-Men franchise thus far. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 56% Ma (2019) Great concept, shame about the execution. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 40% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is a dull, cliché-riddled mess. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Confidently assured, snappy and hilarious, Booksmart is destined to become a classic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 100% My Days of Mercy (2017) Contrived yet interesting and undeniably erotic, it's a queer story in both senses. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 95% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Mesmerically shot by cinematographer David Gallego, this sprawling, surrealist-tinged moral fable explores the erosion of community values in the pursuit of a fast, dirty buck. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The John Wick movies stand apart due to their bone-crunchingly 'real' punch-ups and breath-stopping choreography. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Despite having only one character trait apiece, the cast each slip into their semi-fictionalised roles as comfortably as a trusty longline cardigan. If only there were a bit of edge on show. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) It's funny enough for parents to suck it up while children can giggle at the in-jokes and the silliness. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) It's a fascinating take on the horrors of World War II and one that confirms [Amandla] Stenberg as one of the most accomplished rising stars of her generation. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 51% Destination Wedding (2018) It's clear that both [Winona] Ryder and [Keanu] Reeves are having a blast in real life, and, meanwhile on screen, it's worth enduring the acrid vibe to get to the hilariously awkward kissy bits. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 61% Vox Lux (2018) [Vox Lux] is dazzlingly ambitious and phenomenally well acted, if indulgently edited and abruptly concluded. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) There's rarely a dull moment, and [Lily] Collins and [Zac] Efron slay it, but the bottom line has to be that if you really don't want to sensationalise [Ted] Bundy's crimes, then don't make yet another movie about him. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 81% Long Shot (2019) [The Long Shot] is a romcom that doesn't merely make you fall back in love with love, it almost makes you not hate politics. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame feels like the blockbuster to end all blockbusters. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) It's a chamber piece of many moods and moments and there are jarring notes as director Paul Weitz struggles with the orchestration. However, if you stick with Bel Canto for the first half hour, you'll find yourself hooked for the duration. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 94% Styx (2019) Yes, it's kind of a white saviour drama, but this intense moral story about racial injustice is a gripping watch. Sparely told and stylishly shot, it lists a bit in the final act but is undoubtedly worth the journey. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Effortlessly brilliant, [Elsie Fisher] possesses the plucky, conflicted vulnerability of a young Amy Adams. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) This is a bonkers movie best relished with a nice chianti. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 31% Red Joan (2019) Directed by theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn, it's as dusty as an old filing cabinet and only a tad more thrilling to watch. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) [Mel] Gibson and [Vince] Vaughn deliver consummate, charismatic performances, particularly in the hilariously slow stakeout scenes where they share Pulp Fiction-esque bantz about foodstuffs. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 34% Wonder Park (2019) Kind of a poor man's Inside Out or Up, the story fails to earn its emotional stripes and instead goes haywire with non-stop hecticness involving barely sketched characters. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 80% Mid90s (2018) It's not perfect but Hill captures the anger, pain, bliss, sadness, thrill and confusion of growing up so beautifully that the abrupt 84-minute running time leaves you feeling bereft. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 89% Wild Rose (2019) Rising star Jessie Buckley rocks in this home-grown answer to A Star Is Born. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 94% The Keeper (Trautmann) (2018) Given the amount squished into its final half hour, The Keeper's slow start seems perverse. The script has clunky moments but, still, this is a fascinating story whose complexities are not soft-pedalled. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Solid, generic entertainment that's out to make you both laugh and scream, its unremarkable jump scares are lifted by good acting, including an awesome turn by a very, very bad kitty indeed. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) Kid-friendly without straining to be too down with them, Shazam! is a film that finally injects the F-word into DC's dark and angsty universe: fun. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Willem Dafoe's Best Actor Oscar-nominated turn as Vincent van Gogh is not, it turns out, the only reason to catch this adulatory, wildly expressionistic biopic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 36% Out of Blue (2019) Ambitious is often critic speak for a movie that's interesting, challenging and borderline unwatchable. Thus 'ambitious' is the kindest way to describe this latest boundary-pushing work from Carol Morley. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 47% Dumbo (2019) Expensive, non-essential Disney remake saved by a very cute little CGI elephant. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
3/5 100% Sharkwater Extinction (2019) Sharkwater Extinction isn't just out to make you feel bad, though, it's cannily also out to entertain. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 67% The White Crow (2019) An oblique take on an icon that leaves you hungry for more. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 94% Us (2019) Get Out creator Jordan Peele continues to redefine horror with another fascinating funhouse. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 55% Under the Silver Lake (2019) SEEN David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? Director David Robert Mitchell has. His gorgeously shot Lynchian-Hitchcockian homage is a millennial neo-noir set in the Hollywood hills. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 84% Girl (2018) Given the current controversy about transgender women in sport, it's certainly timely. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 82% Ben is Back (2018) It's a dark story, a testimony to fiercely enduring parental love while also representing a mother's worst nightmare. Yet Julia Roberts shines through it all like a beacon of hope. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 93% Ray & Liz (2019) The adult inhabitants of this human zoo may be repellent but the searing authenticity of Billingham's nightmarish vision ensures we can't look away. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Originally a 2014 Israeli film, the script of this remake may not entirely satisfy but Gyllenhaal does. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Marvel takes a feminist leap forward with this superhero movie to change superhero movies forever. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole In The Ground strikes a couple of original notes but fails to cleave keenly enough to primal fears to get you freaking out any time a small boy with neatly parted hair looks at you. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
5/5 93% Fighting with My Family (2019) This is a feel-good Brit comedy with a heart the size of Giant Haystacks. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
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 69% 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 90% 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 89% 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