Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Ghosts (Hayaletler) (2020) An impressive feature debut from Turkish writer/director Azra Deniz Okyay. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
100% Beans (2020) Beans vibrates with ferocious anger and righteous pride. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
No Score Yet The Book of Vision (2020) Straddling the past and the present, and weaving ideas of physiology, psychology and spiritualism, The Book Of Vision is a bold and uncompromising feature debut from Italian documentarian Carlo Hintermann. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% The Furnace (2020) Told through the experiences of a young Afghan camel driver who falls in with an Australian gold robber, The Furnace weaves this unusual viewpoint into a standard Western narrative to compelling effect. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
4/5 84% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Unnerving and compelling in equal measure, Amy Seimetz's film is an exploration of how fear and paranoia can spread like a disease, and how the acceptance of one's mortality remains the most terrifying thing of all. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 91% The Vigil (2019) Featuring strong performances and excellent effects work, The Vigil is a genuinely creepy debut which explores the ways in which our psychological demons can get their claws into our entire lives. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
4/5 99% Saint Frances (2020) Fresh, funny and frank, Saint Frances is a welcome shake-up of tired genre clichés; a messy, uplifting story about a woman who may not have everything figured out, but is fully in charge of her own fate. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 55% Stage Mother (2020) Jacki Weaver is excellent in this colourful culture-clash comedy which, despite an uneven tone, offers a welcome message about the power of love and acceptance. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
74% The Other Lamb (2020) While Selah's journey to realization and empowerment may not hold many narrative surprises, it's nevertheless one that commands attention. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2020
4/5 96% Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) While Maxine Peake shines in the lead role of a downtrodden woman finding her own voice, all aspects of Thomas Clay's gritty, immersive historical drama blaze with visceral authenticity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/5 89% Banana Split (2020) There is much satisfaction to be found in watching a female friendship painted in such detailed strokes, and seeing that deep emotional bond exist above and beyond any romantic entanglements. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
4/5 95% Dating Amber (2020) It all makes for a bittersweet coming-of-age tale which punches well above its weight. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
5/5 94% Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) An astonishing achievement, Mark Cousins' expertly assembled documentary provides both cracking entertainment and eye-opening education. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2020
4/5 93% Becoming (2020) The strength of this Netflix documentary about Mrs Obama is not only that it harnesses her unmatched energy, but also that it captures the quieter, more reflective moments of her story. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2020
4/5 75% The Wretched (2020) Successfully drawing on both ancient evils and modern teen angst, The Wretched is a neat, entertaining horror whose makers clearly know how to utilise genre tropes to their best advantage. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
4/5 97% Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2020) A rip-roaring, bloody slice of Russian genre cinema that combines a tightly plotted narrative with a stylish command of craft to hugely entertaining, immersive effect. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
3/5 86% Sea Fever (2020) Sea Fever reverberates with a timely unease. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
3/5 100% The Whalebone Box (2020) An intriguing collage of image and ideas, Andrew Kotting's The Whalebone Box weaves a hypnotic tapestry of the mystical and the mundane, of the power of legend and the impact of man upon his environment. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
100% Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) Dark City Beneath The Beat proves to be a vibrant tapestry of Baltimore; a reminder that the city that should no longer be defined only by its darkest elements. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
4/5 100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) [A] spirited and moving documentary, which also serves as a timely reminder that the battle for equal rights rages on. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2020
3/5 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) An atmospheric small-town thriller, Blow the Man Down makes the most of its wind-blown Maine fishing village location and the strength of its mostly female cast. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
4/5 72% Lost Girls (2020) It's a difficult watch, but Garbus avoids melodrama or soapboxing to instead focus on the horrific truths about the issues of class, crime and the abuse of power that were exposed by this case. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) A celebratory portrait of author Toni Morrison painted by those who knew her, this compelling documentary also explores how her work gives such a powerful voice to the African American experience. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
No Score Yet Los conductos (2020) An arresting, committed performance from newcomer Luis Felipe Lozano, otherwise known as Pinky - on whose experiences the story is based - helps to steer a film which asks a great deal from its audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% The American Sector (2020) An assured, intelligent piece of filmmaking that should capture the attention of further festivals; particularly those with a focus on human or political history, as well as an appreciative audience on streaming or broadcast platforms. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) It's vibrant, arresting stuff. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
3/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Cinematographer Steve Annis and composer Colin Stetson create an impressive intensity, and the effects and otherworldly beauty are quite something to behold. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
64% Paradise Hills (2019) An off-kilter, steampunk blend of Disney, The Handmaids Tale and The Stepford Wives, writer/director Alice Waddington's feature debut is entirely as intriguing as that sounds. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 48% Underwater (2020) [Stewart's] committed performance, and the camaraderie of the supporting players, helps steer this film through some of its more murky moments. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 83% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) It's all an exercise in style over substance. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
No Score Yet Chronology (2019) Narratively intriguing and confidently made, the second feature from Turkish filmmaker Ali Aydin proves to be a knotty domestic thriller which commands attention right from its striking opening sequence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
No Score Yet In a Whisper (A media voz) (2019) The immigrant experience, and the issue of global population displacement, is explored with an intimate touch and a lyrical tone in this deeply personal documentary from filmmakers Heidi Hassan and Patricia Perez Fernandez. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
97% The Cave (2019) The work is relentless, their bravery inspirational and the scale of inhumanity never less than breathtaking. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) While its structure is challenging - the narrative ducks back and forth in time, for brief moments or long sequences - the storytelling is so involving that it doesn't take long to sink into its rhythms. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) While it never quite escapes the soft-focus YA roots of Lisa Klein's source novel, McCarthy breathes vigorous new life into an age-old tale. - The List EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2019
5/5 79% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) (2008) [Soderbergh's] direction is flawless; choppy editing, a muddy pallet and a camera that gets up close and personal with every facet of the fight, however small, effectively making the viewer part of the revolution. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 68% Che: Part One (The Argentine) (2009) Del Toro in the lead role... is an absolutely masterful performance, a tour de force portrayal that gets under the skin of Che without resorting the caricature. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 56% Fuck (F*ck) (2005) [A]n interesting piece of film-making. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 98% The Wrestler (2008) But this is, of course, [Mickey] Rourke's moment. As the increasingly desperate and bewildered Ram he is aggressive and vulnerable, frightening and sympathetic as he struggles to find a place in a world that's leaving him behind. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 81% Gran Torino (2009) As a film, Gran Torino is powerful, moving and entertaining; as a tribute to a living legend, it's deeply, indelibly affecting. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Tattooist (2007) The Tattooist is an interesting, neat little thriller that effectively combines ancient customs with modern film-making techniques. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 10% The Unborn (2009) But the film's fundamental flaw is that these solid spooky moments hang on a narrative that's not nearly strong enough to bear their weight. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 76% Linha de Passe (2008) Energetic yet thoughtful, intelligent and provocative, [Walter] Salles and his co-director Daniela Thomas provide another mesmerising snapshot of Brazil as the beating heart of modern South America. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 40% Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) Essentially, it's a brave, bold and brash piece of film-making that deserves to find a cult home on DVD. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 65% Watchmen (2009) The essence of what made [Alan] Moore's tale a work of genius is up on the screen for all to see, and it looks phenomenal. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 95% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) It's a triumph of documentary making, and a truly entertaining movie in its own right. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 58% W. (2008) Ultimately this portrayal of Bush as a bumbling buffoon is lacking any real satirical teeth, particularly as it's all played out like a straightforward biopic. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
3/5 34% Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) But it's not meant to be deep - it's intended as an easy-going laugh-fest and on that front it succeeds thanks exclusively to Kevin James's energetic performance. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 48% Bottle Shock (2008) [A] film that acknowledges the passion, dedication and commitment of those owner/growers who keep our wine cellars, cupboards and fridges stocked and, to that end, it's worth a tipple. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Bond is being further shaped into the character we've always known, and will most definitely be back to fight another day. - Roll Credits EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019