Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 89% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
3/5 66% The Secret Garden (2020) Familiar family comfort viewing for unsettling times - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
4/5 95% Mogul Mowgli (2020) Ahmed socks you with an electrifying turn; his film, however, is more diffuse. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
4/5 91% Relic (2020) Down Under's creepiest movie since The Babadook. You have been warned. - Metro (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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
4/5 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) It's Oscars-bait galore in this star-studded courtroom drama from Aaron Sorkin. - Metro (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 (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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 98% 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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 72% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 78% 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 (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 (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 33% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 100% Away (2019) A mesmeric minimalist marvel. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 63% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3/5 70% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 85% Pinocchio (2020) This Pinocchio may yet achieve cult status, via a generation of traumatised children. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3/5 91% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 94% Babyteeth (2020) An inspired, un-schmaltzy antidote to the 'cancer weepie'. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 65% 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 (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 (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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
2/5 73% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
3/5 76% 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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 100% 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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 74% 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
3/5 49% 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 (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 (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 (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
3/5 62% Radioactive (2020) The elliptical storytelling is full of fascinating details but is massively uneven. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 89% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) A stylish, sombre and occasionally unwatchable watch (unless you're into dental porn, of course). - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 88% The Truth (La vérité) (2020) There's wry humour, deliciously spiky exchanges and wistful tenderness but it's more about the slow accretion of moments than all-out weepiness. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2020
4/5 94% Calm with Horses (The Shadow of Violence) (2020) There's quite a bit you've seen before (eg, horses as symbols of hope) but it's shot with such confidence. And it's a breakthrough for Jarvis, who smoulders here with such wounded, inarticulate masculinity, he's being dubbed 'the new Marlon Brando'. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 85% Misbehaviour (2020) However commendable and interesting that is, it all gets A Bit Much. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
3/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) With its striking imagery and a soundtrack of quivering strings, gargled screaming and slow drumbeats, it's another bold, violent, critically divisive effort from director Justin Kurze. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 90% Dark Waters (2019) Already depressed that modern life is killing us all? Prepare not to be cheered up. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Based on an HP Lovecraft story, it's a fun, messy, hallucinogenic head trip of a movie, shot with cosmic gorgeousness by cult director Richard Stanley. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) It's a drop-dead beautiful film to look at too. Tactile, soft and limpid. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020