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Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner
Michael Bonner's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% First Reformed (2018) In Hawke, Schrader has found an actor willing to go the full mile - the presentation of self-violence here is extreme and extraordinary.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) While it is no Amy, it does at least capture something of Asif Kapadia's film: the fury of public judgment that turns to pity far too late in the day. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
8/10 88% A Ciambra (2018) In Pio, Carpignano has found a natural star...‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
7/10 72% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) 50 Shades Of Grey directed by David Cronenberg. That is to say, there is sexual 'awakening', a subplot about rival twin psychiatrists and a smidgeon of body horror.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
8/10 68% On Chesil Beach (2018) Mercifully not as cruel as some of McEwan's work, On Cheshil Beach offers accessible, hardback quality. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
8/10 85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) It is very funny, very French.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
9/10 89% Isle of Dogs (2018) It is, without doubt, the best film you'll see all year about a pack of scary, indestructible alpha dogs.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
8/10 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) But this being a [Lynne] Ramsay joint, there are other factors at work here. Her lean, electrically-charged film is really about trauma and it's grim, far-reaching effects. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
9/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) As played by Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird is a mixed bag of emotions - hurtling between delight, sorrow, fear and anger, full of abrupt, capricious energy.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
8/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) What could be Amelie-style tweeness is invested with warmth, beauty and a surprisingly deep emotional richness.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
7/10 92% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) McDonagh's cast is superb, though - Harrelson provides the film's moral core while McDormand's controlled fury brings focus to the various plot contraptions. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
7/10 78% American Honey (2016) It is best, perhaps, to enjoy the dynamic cinematography by Robbie Ryan, who brings colours to life with burning intensity; his night scenes, particularly.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 93% I, Daniel Blake (2017) I, Daniel Blake finds plenty to be angry about as his titular hero struggling to make his way through the welfare state.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 91% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) It helps that Zappa is an articulate, witty interview -- indeed, some might find it a more rewarding experience to watch him being interviewed on late night US TV shows than listen to his music. Of that, there is plenty.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 68% Free Fire (2017) Ostensibly, Free Fire is (Wheatley's) most accessible film, but it contains few of the flourishes that distinguished his earlier work.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 94% Prevenge (2017) Prevenge is a major step up for Lowe. She finds dark humour in the condescending advice dished out by a midwife, but behind the film's barrage of macabre assaults, there is a strangely moving portrait of a woman discombobulated by her condition.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 91% Elle (2016) Huppert successfully navigates these tonal and narrative shifts, fusing Verhoeven's contradictory trails into a consistent, complex performance.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) To call The Salesman a revenge film is a little disingenuous: it is concerned with how one shocking incident -- malicious, unexplained -- can upend the comfortable existence of this middle-class couple.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 57% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Ehrenreich and Collins are both charming but framkly they're amuse-bouches for Beatty's bone-in prime rib.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Alien: Covenant knowingly replays many of the greatest hits of the original film (and, to an extent, James Cameron's sequel), albeit with some tweaks here and there.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Kaurismäki has often displayed compassion for the dispossessed... But here, he brings a torn-from-the-headlines immediacy to Khaled's tale.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 98% The Big Sick (2017) Working with director Michael Showalter and producer Judd Apatow, Nanjiani and Gordon have crafted a deft and appearling film that addresses subjects ranging from cultural change to the unhappy lot of the Uber driver.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) This debut feature from Yorkshire-born actor and first-time director Francis Lee shows the British countryside as a lonely and unforgiving place; his camera unflinching as it captures the graphic realities of livestock farming.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 83% Detroit (2017) "The hurt locker" refers to being in an enclosed space it is hard to get out of. Detroit does a very good job of putting you inside it as well.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 83% Borg Vs. McEnroe (2018) LaBoeuf has been enjoyably unhinged in films lately and he chews his way greedily through McEnroe, savouring every unpredictable tic, cuss and hissy fit.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 69% Happy End (2017) Happy End plays like a Haneke Greatest Hits set, full of misery and creeping dread.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
88% Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Frequently, this splendid documentary about the great American writer resembles a love letter to its subject.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) This is a compassionate film about the conditions of working class America, where the next knock on the door might well be from a child welfare agency. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2017
92% Good Time (2017) It is certainly a good time to be Robert Pattinson. It's hard to think of another young actor who has moved so far - and so fast - away from the long shadow cast by his breakthrough role.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
83% The Ballad Of Shirley Collins (2017) [Shirely Collins] is a sprightly, game interview, whose own secret history is as enticing as the lost, esoteric music she has championed. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) For all its familiar strokes, The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) is one of Baumbach's best.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2017
98% In Between (2018) Kanboura is given more opportunities to convey wider emotional range. Her quiet, studious Nour is the emotional centre of Hamoud's brilliant film.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) For those who've enjoyed Armando Iannucci's latter day career as the driving force behind The Thick Of It and Veep, The Death Of Stalin reassuringly offers more of the same. ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) [Casey] Affleck does an amazing job, managing to be hangdog while buried under a bedsheet for most of the film; how different would [A Ghost Story] be if he just hung around moping, without the linen? ‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2017
51% England Is Mine (2017) Unlike recent biopics Control and Nowhere Boy, England Is Mine never quite brings its subject clearly into focus.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) Both Kidman and Farrell are on splendid form for Coppola.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
96% Jawbone (2017) Like Steve McQueen's Shame or Gerard Johnson's Hyena, Jawbone is an intense and close-up depiction of a scarred individual going about his business with, largely, disastrous consequences.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
91% Mindhorn (2016) Mindhorn is a familiar comic creation in the tradition of Alan Partridge or Stephen Toast - pompous, overbearing, lacking self-awareness... But the film's strength lies in less obvious laughs.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Much as Lady Hideko's house is a clash of Western and Japanese architecture that somehow coalesces, so The Handmaiden mixes classical, formal composition with Park's typically twisted cinematic outlook.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) Raoul Peck has crafted a formidable documentary loosely structured around Baldwin's notes alongside archival footage stretching from the Civil Rights movement to the Ferguson riots and Black Lives Matter.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
80% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart reteams with Assayas after Clouds Of Sila Maria and Personal Shopper continues her run of faultless performances post-Twilight. There is a dark sadness in Maureen; she is like a ghost wandering through her own life.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2017
92% Certain Women (2016) These are all understated pieces, but like the performances they are intensely felt. Gladstone and Stewart, in particular, deliver exemplary work.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
92% Lost in France (2016) This is a warm, rich business.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight is a relatively intimate piece. This works to its advantages, certainly, in the final quiet set-piece between Chiron and Andre. It also allows Jenkins to tackle big subjects with care and tact.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2 Trainspotting does a good job of honouring the original while finding something new to say, after all, about its roguish anti-heroes.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
92% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) Certainly, while Endless Poetry is not without its trademark Jodorowsky surrealism, its weirdness is reined in, favouring instead a sincerity and quite possibly even sentimentality.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
8/10 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan's film has the same qualities as an early Springsteen song -- a narrative filled with a haunting, pervasive sadness, filled with guilt and loss.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
7/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Much of Rogue One is a push-me pull-you with George Lucas' original films.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
84% Silence (2017) [Neeson gives] a subtle, complex performance, where we are invited to conclude that Ferreira has identified the challenge to be located in the spiritual realm and also on the physical level.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
96% Paterson (2016) Paterson is a warm and uncynical in its celebration of small-town life and dreams.‐ Uncut Magazine [UK]
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2016