Laurence Boyce

Laurence Boyce
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T-Meter Title | Year
97% Alien on Stage (2020) A genuinely fun, sweet and heartfelt documentary that celebrates how creative endeavour can be found in the most unlikely of places... - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
No Score Yet Raggie (Sipsik) (2020) Raggie feels very similar to many other animations of its ilk, designed to keep an audience of children happy throughout its scant 74 minutes. On that level, the film does work admirably. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
7/10 98% Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas) (2019) Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles is an often complex affair that tries to fit much in within a scant 75-minute runtim - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
No Score Yet A Loss of Something Ever Felt (Üht kaotust igavesti kandsin) (2019) While it is often unflinchingly tragic, it still shows something magnificent about the human spirit, even when faced with the most terrible of circumstances. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
2/5 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Rise of Skywalker is less a film and more a series of moments strung together to please a cabal of corporate overlords. - SF Crowsnest EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
9/10 93% Toni Erdmann (2016) A subtle yet affecting exploration of modern life values. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
9/10 93% Rafiki (2019) A tale of acceptance, hope and young love, Rafiki is a beautiful, thought-provoking romance. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
8/10 90% Dogs Don't Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (2019) A surprisingly joyful and darkly comic exploration of grief, trauma and desire. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2020
3/5 88% Superman: Red Son (2020) Keeps many of the core beats of the original comic and tries to provide a modicum of intelligent discourse on the nature of politics and personal ethics whilst concentrating on all the action orientated antics one would expect in a superhero film. - Tripwire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2020
10/10 100% I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) (1995) Mikhail Kalatozov's astonishing portrait of Cuba transcends its propaganda origins and deserves a more prominent place in cinema history. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
2/10 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) Etan Cohen's comedy take on Holmes and Watson is a load of old Baskerville hound droppings - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
9/10 84% Jellyfish (2018) This superbly acted coming-of-age Brit flick isn't exactly what you'd call a comedy - but it's a helluva set. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
7.3/10 79% Get Santa (2014) A starry cast and family-friendly humour make this British comedy an enjoyable - and sometimes unique - yuletide offering. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
9/10 89% 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action (2020) The Oscar selection of shorts are a diverse selection, but there are underlying themes - including youth, remembrance and the triumph of the human spirit - that unite them all - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
No Score Yet The Circle (Südamering) (2019) Lillak's access is remarkable, with the film providing many an unguarded moment. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Bull (Byk) (2019) There's not much new in The Bull, but there is enough verve and assuredness to declare this a strong debut from Akopov, and it will be interesting to see where his career will take him next. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
100% Away (2019) The production history of this feature by Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis is fascinating, but it's what finally made it to the big screen that truly impresses. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
No Score Yet Stress (2018) The result is a damning indictment of the industrial military complex, not because of the kinds of wars it fights, but because of how it treats a large number of those involved in said wars. Yet Stress does offer some sort of hope and redemption. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
9/10 88% Newly Single (2018) Caustic, cynical and clever, this funny takedown of the LA dating scene is a richly satisfying indie gem. - VODzilla.co EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is not only a fresh take on the character of Spider-Man, and an investigation on what makes him (and her) so enduring, but also one of the best superhero movies of the past few years. - Tripwire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
No Score Yet Birds are Singing in Kigali (Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali) (2017) The stand-out is Rwandan actress Elaine Umuhire whose combination of quiet dignity and fierce anger is mesmerising. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
No Score Yet Suleiman Mountain (2017) [A] sheen of familiarity is undercut by Stishova and screenwriter Alisa Khmelnitskaya's intelligent interweaving of some traditional narrative tropes with an examination of Kyrgyz folklore - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
No Score Yet Brothers (Kardesler) (2018) But even when the plot becomes predictable, the film is somewhat saved by its strong performances: in particular, Yazar strikes a believable tone as young Yusuf, as he brings some quiet understatement to the role. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet Blossom Valley (Virágvölgy) (2018) For all its chaos, there are things of interest to pull out in Blossom Valley. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
83% Putin's Witnesses (Svideteli Putina) (2018) An extraordinarily revealing portrait of Vladimir Putin's ascension to power at the turn of the century. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
No Score Yet Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists) (2014) Both a study of masculinity and an examination of revolutionary ideals, Velvet Terrorists is redolent of the likes of Czech Dream and manages to be a subtle work that deals with weighty themes in a clever and often affecting way. - DOX EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
20% Heil (2015) While any narrative line seems secondary to the jokes, the film's intense air of mania carries audiences through. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
67% The Notebook (2014) While the film has a tendency to sometimes stray into melodrama, Szász has crafted a strong adaptation that keeps its literary heart but surrounds it with strong cinematic emotion. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
89% Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (2017) The mix of comedy, drama and action is particularly well balanced. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
90% A Dark Song (2017) It's a strong debut from Gavin, who will be a talent to watch. - Cineuropa EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
3/5 94% Good Vibrations (2012) Joyous, but with a serious edge. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2013
69% Ted (2012) Those who detest Family Guy will not be converted but fans will surely lap up a film that - whilst sometimes flawed - is rude, crude and often very funny. - The Sabotage Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2012
93% Looper (2012) While it sometimes feels like it's trying to do much, Looper manages to be a creditable and exciting sci-fi flick that homages the past while carving out a unique identity. - The Sabotage Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2012
92% Skyfall (2012) As a blockbuster film, Skyfall is a skilfully executed film that rightfully takes its place amongst the Avengers and Dark Knights of 2012 - and is arguably even better than those two cinematic behemoths. - The Sabotage Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2012
3/5 71% El alma de las moscas (The Soul of Flies) (2013) Low budget and experimental cinema that is infectiously fun. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2012
4/5 96% Silent Souls (2011) An incredibly moving and masterfully controlled experience. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2012
3/5 100% Wild Bill (2011) The story won't win awards for originality but Fletcher has created a film that's both charming and true to life. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2012
3/5 86% Puss in Boots (2011) "Puss in Boots" shows that there's certainly enough in him to create a new hero beloved by both children and merchandise executives. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2012
2/5 33% Red Light Revolution (2012) A brave attempt to do something different. Revolution may not be entirely successful, but it is made with heart. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2012
3/5 92% Wreckers (2011) A low-key affair but an interesting take on social realism despite its flaws. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2011
2/5 42% The Expendables (2010) This has been clearly aimed at - pardon the pun - diehard action film fans. Anyone else, who might expect a vague sense of irony, will be sorely disappointed. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 66% The Karate Kid (2010) At two hours plus the film is much too long (do we really need that many montages of seeing Smith train?), but it just manages to provide enough watchable entertainment to keep less demanding members of the audience happy. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 52% The Switch (2010) Bateman and Aniston are fine but don't have any real chemistry together, whilst the direction is flat and rather uninteresting. It has the occasional good moment, but "The Switch" fails to push any buttons. Or, indeed, pull any switches. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) As a comment on the recession it's a spineless failure, but as a piece of entertaining fluff it does its job well. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
4/5 96% The Social Network (2010) Even if you've never touched a computer in your life, you'll find plenty to be fascinated by in this movie, as it shows that, whilst technology may be moving fast, the human capacity for hubris will always remain the same. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 82% Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) The entire film works on just how much you are willing to accept its premise: if you're fine with people developing amazing powers, characters talking directly to the camera and almost every other trick in the cinematic book, then you'll do fine - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 72% Red (2010) All the stars seem to be having great fun playing goodies and baddies and running around shooting things. But they could do the same thing paintballing, sparing us from having to watch them and avoiding having to spend 60 million dollars in the process. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 50% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) This is designed to keep the children happy over the Christmas period and fans of CS Lewis will enjoy the fact that it's a pretty faithful adaptation. But those wanting something different from the usual CGI extravaganza would do well to look elsewher - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
3/5 51% Tron Legacy (2010) If you examine it closely then the entire film falls apart. But if you go along to enjoy the thrills (especially when it's showing in 3D) and cool action sequences, then you should be thoroughly entertained. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011
2/5 44% The Green Hornet (2011) There are some good ideas here but they're buried under masses of conventional superhero dross and half hearted execution. This is one vigilante who should really just leave all the hard work to the police. - The Baltic Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2011