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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 68% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) A gore-filled delight, gleefully throwing around horror tropes with abandon. Not one to watch with a hangover while downing a Full English, but that, apart from not going to an isolated cabin with your friends, is my only warning.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
2.5/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Like my parenting methods, this is several great ideas that collapse into a bit of a mess when put into practice. Still, it's a useful watch for older siblings who may well identify with 7 year old Tim, feeling pushed out when his baby brother arrives. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) An enjoyable take on the legend though Hunnam is at times ill at ease. Law is a terrific Vortigern, wandering his stage or slouching across his throne like Richard III. Ritchie's flourishes don't always work; some of the jokes are endearingly awful. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 60% 300 (2007) A highly stylised fantasy, its colour palette both lush and gloomy. Leonidas is inspiring and practical and as usual when Butler's playing someone who isn't from Scotland, 50% Scottish. Headey is terrific, put her in charge of the Ancient World right now.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 77% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Despite a couple of missteps this is an enjoyable adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously, aided by a talented cast that bolsters a breezy script.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3/5 18% The House (2017) An honourable failure, "The House" needs more jokes but has an interesting bleakness (and a terrific cameo from Jeremy Renner as a mafia boss) that makes it worth a look. Just never forget that The House always wins. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 91% The Witch (2016) The film's sense of brooding, lurking menace is exceptionally chilling, precisely because director Robert Eggers entwines it with ordinary family life, and children being children. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 85% The Gospel According to André (2018) A thoroughly entertaining and moving look at the man and his world - both offer glamour, style, gossip, and fame, with a back story of hard graft and struggle. We never really get to the heart of the man though. Watch while wearing your "for best".‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
2/5 27% Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Quite amusing if rarely laugh-out-loud. And that modern staple of children's animated movies, the self-referentialism, becomes rather tiresome; the lines aren't that clever and just serve to downplay a movie we've actually paid to watch. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 69% Free Fire (2017) A golden hour and a half, if a slightly tarnished one. The many wisecracks fire as fast as the bullets in this enjoyable and stylish gangland romp, though it's curiously unengaging and I never cared who would win. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) A skyscraper caper that gives an occasional humorous nod to its craziness without being too knowing; this is a straight-up blockbuster to enjoy without having to feel clever at the same time. (I felt many things watching it but clever wasn't one of them.)‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3/5 56% Tag (2018) A mainstream comedy that tries to be different, Tag reminded me of "Game Night" and "The House" in its determination to go to the edge of the cliff, peer over, then jump right into the abyss. Funny and fast, though sometimes repetitive, it works (just!).‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
3.5/5 84% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) A murder mystery with more twists than a 1960s dancefloor. It's definitely gripping, and superbly acted, though I'll not deny it's also frustrating; as we try to work out who is being played.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
4.5/5 97% Love & Friendship (2016) Together, Kate Beckinsale and writer/director Whit Stillman ensure that "Love And Friendship" charges along at a cracking pace as Lady Susan drives a coach and horses through polite society. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 84% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Fantastic fun, though with so many superheroes jostling for position it's hard to delve deep even in 2.5 hours. There are plenty of jokes, some hilarious, some endearingly clunky. Brolin imbues Thanos with remarkable depth.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
3/5 57% The Commuter (2018) There's almost no tension. It plays like several different genre movies one after the other. And that guy who scares the hell out of you on the train, ignoring all your leave-me-alone signals? Well that's the hero. But yes, I did enjoy "The Commuter".‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 81% Ghost Stories (2018) A gloomy day in Britain makes the most ordinary places creepy, and in these caravan sites and empty pubs it's their ordinariness that makes what you see so spine-tingling. Menace and misery permeates everything, until each story is drenched in sadness.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 44% The Bad Batch (2017) A scorchingly enervating and rather hypnotic journey from cannibalism to Comfort, a post-apocalyptic town whose benevolent dictator soothes with drugs, raves and a working photocopier. Bluntly satirical, this is a stunning but starkly brutal experience.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4.5/5 88% American Animals (2018) Real and make-believe merge seamlessly in this true story of a rare books heist by students. Even knowing the outcome it's hugely exciting, though what is most interesting is their (lack of) motivation and the real men's re-evaluation of their exploits.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
2.5/5 40% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Welcome to Fantastic Films And Where To Find Them, as somewhere in here are several compelling stories trying to get noticed, yet sinking under the weight of everything else. There are some magical delights (especially Jude Law's Dumbledore). ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
4/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Facing off villains, middle age and broken bones, The Man From A.N.K.L.E is better than ever. Joyously exciting, with an amiably self-mocking Cruise throwing himself into death-defying stunts, and action scenes that go on longer than you think possible.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 84% Game Night (2018) There's a genuine (and I mean this nicely) mean streak in "Game Night". And the balance of jokes and genuine threat, along with the constant new twists, is nothing short of audacious.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 28% Event Horizon (1997) A misunderstood movie I loved on release and am thoroughly enjoying being smug about, now the rest of the world has realised its grave error. Tense and intensely frightening, though even after 20 years I have no idea what a baffle is.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 88% The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017) A retrospective of sorts, and a timely reminder of folk music's radicalism. This is a poignant but ultimately uplifting film, with First Lady Of Folk Shirley Collins honest and clear-sighted about the past, and what she wants going forward.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) The beginning and end are fabulous, the middle is dull and slow. Terrific action, great styling and a female gaze; this is a film both realistic (injuries really hurt) and silly (as usual someone dies reaching for one last wisecrack instead of their gun).‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 59% Outlaw King (2018) An enjoyable Sunday evening movie, one's rage and glee safely several hundred years' removed from the action. Mackenzie's film is both epic and small-scale, crowd-pleasing and almost realistic (doesn't every generation rewrite history in its own image?)‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 58% Mobile Homes (2018) French director De Fontenay shines a light on the snakes-and-ladders reality of the American Dream for someone who's fallen through the cracks but still clings to the idea of new beginnings. Imogen Poots is excellent as the self-sabotaging young mum.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4.5/5 79% Sweet Virginia (2017) A dark and relentless thriller, with every character frayed by the realities of life and relationships. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 92% Mandy (2018) Cage blends heartbreaking pain with murderous thoroughness as his character crisscrosses the line into maniacal enthusiasm in this gleefully bloodthirsty and often moving revenge fantasy. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
3.5/5 82% Puzzle (2018) Despite this crying out to be described in jigsaw puns, I'll simply say that Kelly Macdonald as the blossoming Agnes blows everyone out of the water in a performance of subtle intensity and humour, and leave it at that.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4.5/5 89% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Extremely violent and deadpan funny, this is an elegantly bleak sequel that dares us to suspend disbelief just long enough. The assassins' expanded world is great fun, and it turns out John can speak nearly as many languages as Amy Adams in Arrival. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 86% John Wick (2014) An ex-hitman and his dog, who has such a sad plot-line I'm not even going to delve into the question of whether you should give someone a pet as a present. The violence is a murderous ballet, in a compelling underground world of self-contained perfection.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) Williams is magnificent, a coiled spring of emotion and jittery tension. Plummer's J Paul Getty towers over the movie far more than his screen-time would suggest. Though Scott is too languid when settling us into the dusty Calabrian countryside. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3.5/5 100% Ekaj (2015) Gonzalez doesn't spare us the unforgiving and painful details of lives lived at the edge in her engrossing and confident debut feature. Badd Idea, playing the brutally honest yet caring Mecca, is moving, charismatic and hilarious. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/5 45% The Meg (2018) Entertaining fun with not much gore. Statham's Australian-Cockney dive expert Jonas Taylor is stern and stoic, the Meg is impressive though takes a while to turn up. Pippin the terrier shows great promise.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 70% The Children Act (2018) An emotional and interesting drama, raised up by Emma Thompson's nuanced and subtle performance. Though some of the film's commentary is proclaimed so loudly they might as well have used a loud hailer and a giant blackboard.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dogged (2018) A menacing slice of British folk horror, "Dogged" works its isolation; hemmed in by a community that's sinister rather than soothing. Director Rowntree has created an interesting and jolting film on a tiny budget. Excellent cinematography and score.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2.5/5 33% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) Rowan Atkinson does as much as he can with a so-so script. There's a scattergun approach to humour, with gags of varying length and quality tumbling around. But in the right frame of mind, with small children, it almost works.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 100% Paddington 2 (2018) The jokes in this sequel come as thick as the cute bear's fur and as fast as the National Treasures' cameos. I laughed so much I cried, and then I sad-cried too. Hugh Grant is brilliant as ageing ham Phoenix.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 57% The Lodgers (2018) Horror motifs pile up in this stylishly directed, supernatural tale. It's a cold burn of a film though, and I felt dispassionate about the fate of the isolated teenage twins. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
5/5 93% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) I was worried memories of Death playing games with Bill and Ted would sour my first watch. Luckily this cinematic tour de force has the physical beauty and philosophical heft to rise above such trivial pursuits (see what I did there). Darkly funny.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 76% Funny Cow (2017) Its grimy 70s and 80s attitudes make it wince-inducing. Maxine Peake is extraordinary, Alun Armstrong is washed-up perfection. The smoking and hairspray alone mean it's no wonder we spent that time obsessed with spontaneous human combustion.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 41% Brimstone (2017) Starkly beautiful, and beautifully acted, though its relentlessness does become wearing; reiterating what women already, depressingly, know. Guy Pearce is terrifying, Dakota Fanning brings warmth and depth.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 46% Marrowbone (2018) Running from spookyish psycho-drama to florid, overcooked horror, with an increasing mood of almost gleeful melodrama. It doesn't quite work but it's an enjoyable, if bumpy, ride. George MacKay is a brilliant mess of arrogance and fear.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 58% Bad Moms (2016) There are some good gags and the female leads are engaging, but it could have been a whole lot more. Watch it with your expectations as low as if your kids were invited to a playdate at my house.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 61% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) This shouldn't so much have a star rating as a hankie rating, though the atmosphere is lightened by the world's bounciest baby camel. The accents are all over the place, but while it does veer into cliche, the most moving scenes are thankfully unforced.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4.5/5 88% Annihilation (2018) A horticultural dream and a zoological nightmare, Garland's terrifying film gets under your skin, leaving lots of unanswered questions. The performances, even up against its grand and unknowable ideas, lift it even higher.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 96% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) This beautifully played-out drama is as much about the emergence of Paraguay after so long under dictatorship as about the middle-aged Chela, now emerging from the literal darkness of her shadowy home. Ana Brun is exceptional as Chela.‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3.5/5 79% Anchor and Hope (2018) This all-consuming, constantly moving three-way relationship is well plotted, as true love and longstanding friendship are threatened by individual insecurities. The writers have a terrific ear for realistic dialogue. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 41% Den of Thieves (2018) A heist movie that's breathtakingly silly while maintaining an impressively serious level of self-belief, this is a disarmingly entertaining ride. There's no one called Den, though, which is a missed opportunity. ‐ Caution Spoilers
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018