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Simon Weaving

Simon Weaving
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/5 52% Gemma Bovery (2015) A strangely dull and dated affair, sugar coated by the beauty of the landscape and the beauty of Gemma Arterton. ‐ Screenwize
Posted May 26, 2015
3.5/5 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A spectacular demolition derby of action that totally overwhelms every other aspect of the film: characters, narrative, emotion and charm flattened in the dust. ‐ Screenwize
Posted May 22, 2015
3/5 5% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) No more than an excuse for James to play out his affable brand of humour - mixing physical slapstick with a verbose running commentary of both grandiose and self-depreciating observations on life and himself. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 22, 2015
4.5/5 83% Testament Of Youth (2015) A cinematic and moving coming-of-age love story, sticky with the personal fallout that comes with news from the trenches. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 22, 2015
3.5/5 80% Black Sea (2015) Twelve men in a leaky boat with greed for company and the Russian Navy above them. A shame that none of them are very likeable. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3.5/5 89% Mommy (2015) Although the performances are outstanding, and there's plenty of Dolan's trademark vigour, it's a long and at times overindulgent examination of a hyperactive teenager, his white-trash mum and their kindly neighbour. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 7, 2015
3/5 71% The DUFF (2015) A predictable prom-com, but the journey is fun. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 31, 2015
4.5/5 88% Foxcatcher (2014) Plays like a slow-motion wrestling bout, the characters edging and circling each other, occasionally finding an emotional grip before sliding apart to re-assess the stakes and manoeuvre positions. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014) A nostalgic, moving and tender story of love, change and loss, made beautiful by the mesmerising performance of Jessica Chastain. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4.5/5 74% Inherent Vice (2015) This preposterously funny hippie-noir is a warm, back-to-the-'70's journey of paranoia and intrigue, dentists and dope - a kind of fin de siecle of the Californian '60s. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 72% Big Eyes (2014) Athough this is not an entirely successful change of pace for director Tim Burton, there's enough in the story to make his version of events very watchable. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
3.5/5 96% '71 (2015) A superb debut feature from director Yann Demange, who expertly captures the mood of ragged violence and the naivety of British forces arriving in the midst of a deeply complex political conflict. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 83% Cinderella (2015) This is an enchantment - with the occasional touch of nostalgia - just the way it should be. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 24, 2015
4/5 82% Paper Planes (2015) A wholesome, feel good tale of a primary school under-dog who dreams of getting to the world paper plane championships in Japan. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 19, 2015
3/5 72% American Sniper (2015) Not one of Clint Eastwood's best film, this is a biopic of Chris Kyle, a Texan rodeo-rider who became a Navy SEAL sniper, credited with 160 kills while on duty in Iraq. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 19, 2015
2/5 59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) A disappointing messy instalment, this combination of battle scenes and soap-opera marks an extraordinary achievement - the completion of a 20 year journey in Middle-earth by Peter Jackson ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 13, 2015
5/5 91% Birdman (2014) A journey of crisis and transformation as an ageing actor (Michael Keaton) battles colleagues, family and friends, but mostly his own powerful inner demons. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 13, 2015
3.5/5 48% The Judge (2014) Highly watchable with a great cast, this tale of an estranged father and son coming together through a courtroom drama is undermined by moments of nostalgia. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 8, 2014
4/5 62% The Little Death (2015) A loveable, clever and feel-good film despite the fragmented structure. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Sep 25, 2014
2/5 0% Freedom (2015) Noble in intention, this story of slavery and the origin of John Newton's hymn Amazing Grace opens with style but then steadily sinks into messy theatricality, overwhelmed by its own earnestness. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2/5 32% The Expendables 3 (2014) The saggy-faced Stallone takes this old-school smaction franchise to new depths of inanity!! ‐ Screenwize
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3.5/5 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Think a wild ride through an amusement park with five crazy friends. Or Star Wars meets Flying High. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Aug 6, 2014
2.5/5 71% The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016) This predictable and one-dimensional Danish crime thriller sees an anti-social detective ignoring the rules and trying to rescue a damsel in distress. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 29, 2014
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) A powerful, often gruelling but supremely tender fable about two boys scrounging for scrap in Britain's industrial wasteland. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 28, 2014
2.5/5 24% Devil's Knot (2014) With a rather stilted and unfocused aesthetic, this tale of bias and bungling covers the same sad ground that documentary WEST OF MEMPHIS did so very well. Reese Witherspoon works hard but she and Colin Firth are wasted. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 23, 2014
3.5/5 64% Still Life (2015) Contemplative and graceful, it's a showcase for highly watchable English character actor Eddie Marsan. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2.5/5 66% Reaching for the Moon (2013) The rather pale and uninspiring story of obscure poet Elizabeth Bishop's love affair in Brazil in the 1950s and '60s. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 16, 2014
4/5 94% Good Vibrations (2012) Chock full of vigour, great punk tunes and larrikin wit, this feel-good film tells the story of Terri Hooley, a man who brings music to a battered 1970s Belfast. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/5 92% Sunshine on Leith (2013) A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers. ‐ Screenwize
Posted May 21, 2014
3/5 86% Chef (2014) This easy-going, feel-good film about a passionate chef who looses his job, starts in sparkling style but turns into a predictable come-back story. ‐ Screenwize
Posted May 7, 2014
3.5/5 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) Intimate and erotic it's also a strangely restrained film, Ozon making sure that events never erupt and that emotions rarely boil over. It's a simmering, unresolved tale of secrets and discretion. ‐ Screenwize
Posted May 1, 2014
3/5 76% Canopy (2014) A concept film with strong similarities to ALL IS LOST (the recent lone sailor film starring Robert Redford), this low budget debut feature from Australian director Aaron Wilson is all lush jungle and eerie sound design. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 23, 2014
2.5/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) Von Trotta doesn't do justice to this strong woman and her contribution to thinking about the nature of evil. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3/5 79% Any Day Now (2012) Set in the 1970s, this drama about custody rights and gay relationships has noble intentions and some fine performances, but loses its way with melodrama and an overripe sound track. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3.5/5 21% Romeo and Juliet (2013) A sharply adapted version of the classic love story, stunningly visualised and tightly directed. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) A strange and tender film that owes as much to The Canterbury Tales as it does to Von Trier's personal psychology. Joe's sex-addicted life has been a lonely pilgrimage - and here she lies on a stranger's bed, seeking some kind of redemption. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Lars Von Trier's complex and brilliant double feature about a woman telling her life's story - a tale of insatiable sexual desire, loneliness and the search for self acceptance ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3.5/5 99% The Missing Picture (2014) A haunting and personal work of beauty and a testament to one man's refusal to accept oblivion. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 3% I, Frankenstein (2014) Mary Shelley's words come to mind: "Oh, why did you create me!" ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 18, 2014
2/5 30% The Monuments Men (2014) George Clooney's worst film to date, this is a congenial and inert story about irritatingly casual Americans saving Western Civilisation from the Nazis. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Mar 11, 2014
2.5/5 95% Her (2013) With Jonze playing down his trademark absurdist humour and opting for a melancholy tone, we are left with a rather sad cautionary tale about the future of human intimacy. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 93% American Hustle (2013) Wide characters, deep storytelling, bad hair and a great 1970s soundtrack fill this stylishly seductive comedy about small time con artists working their way up the food chain. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 22, 2014
4/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Martin Scorsese is back at his best with this rollicking update on the gangsters of New York, the mean streets now filled with stockbrokers and share dealers, driven characters in search of the good life the easy way. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jan 22, 2014
3.5/5 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Director Paul Greengrass mixes gritty realism with some stirring military ops for an edge of the seat piracy thriller ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 26, 2013
4.5/5 81% Prisoners (2013) This moody police procedural with Jake Gyllenhaal in sublime form may be nearly three hours long, but it's worth every minute. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 17, 2013
3.5/5 64% 2 Guns (2013) Washington & Wahlberg drop wisecracks and bad guys from one side of the Mexican border to the other in this playful cop-buddy action thriller. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 9, 2013
4/5 85% The Turning (2015) A bold and visionary cinema project, that evokes the Australian landscape with a collection of nostalgic haunted and very real characters. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 9, 2013
2/5 29% The Family (2013) This humourless satire about a Mob family in hiding in France collapses under the strain of meaningless violence and a charmless, wandering plot. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 9, 2013
3/5 89% Rush (2013) The dramatic events of the 1976 Formula One Championship are played out as superficial rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Oct 2, 2013
4/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) This warm and upbeat coming-of-age story is brought to life by some dazzling comic writing and the wonderful performances of Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney. ‐ Screenwize
Posted Jul 31, 2013