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Simran Hans

Simran Hans
Simran Hans's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Sight and Sound, Film4, Observer (UK), Little White Lies, New Statesman

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) The steel-stomached will find there's fun to be had with the film's investment in the spectacle of bodies (variously gory or sexy), and Fernando's increasingly surreal misadventures, which dance violently between the sacred and the profane.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
3/5 53% On the Road (2016) The love story pads out the running time to a baggy two hours; fans of the band might prefer to see them On the Stage instead.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
2/5 49% The Glass Castle (2017) Larson is the weak link here as the adult Jeannette, a born-again neoliberal in an 80s power suit, failing to integrate her rich, boring boyfriend into her unconventional family.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
4/5 94% Blood Simple (1984) Blood Simple is a reminder that the Coens are formalist film-makers first, with keen noses for composition and taut, structured storytelling, as well as masters of black comedy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
2/5 43% The Mountain Between Us (2017) Disaster movie warps into schmaltzy romance, an odd misfire that ends up being inadvertently hilarious ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
2/5 78% The Reagan Show (2017) Uncritical, infatuated with Reagan's charisma rather than searching for the chinks in his armour, the film's lively score keeping things balefully light.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2017
4/5 82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) Not all of it comes together, but its balls-to-the-wall approach is riotous fun to behold ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 33% American Assassin (2017) It's shallow and self-congratulatory, refusing to justify its incessant violence with character development or genre spectacle.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 92% My Pure Land (2017) The action scenes are awkwardly choreographed and difficult to follow, further hindered by frequent flashbacks that interrupt the pace of the film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
2/5 55% The Case for Christ (2017) It's clearly intended as a teaching text, though its evidence-based defence of faith ... is a straw-man argument unlikely to have nonbelievers queuing up to be baptised.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
4/5 67% The Graduation (Le concours) (2016) Simon's fly-on-the-wall mode is a distancing tool, but shouldn't be confused with ambivalence.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Dench is captivating as the cantankerous queen, but Fazal isn't able to flesh out Abdul, who is thinly sketched on the page.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
3/5 89% Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast (2017) Won't win the 85-year-old Derbyshire native any new fans, but is nevertheless an absorbing portrait of "the Beast of Bolsover".‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/5 42% Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017) [An] inane sequel ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
3/5 85% In Syria (Insyriated) (2017) Van Leeuw captures both the everyday horror of living through war and the lurking threat of sexual violence.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
1/5 30% The Vault (2017) There's little to like in this undercooked "horror" about three siblings who stage a bank heist and run into trouble when they encounter a haunted vault.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/5 83% Tramontane (2016) Overall, the narrative lacks focus, though a musical number that stretches out over nine minutes provides a cathartic, if slightly clunky, conclusion.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
4/5 87% Wind River (2017) Renner is on good form here (and rocking a hard-to-pull-off pair of dungarees) as the sensitive, protective Cory, and as a genre exercise, it works.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
2/5 43% Bushwick (2017) The film works as a hollow tale of "resistance", with less of a stake in the politics of collective action than in the visceral business of individual survival.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
4/5 93% Logan Lucky (2017) Though the prison break and heist scenes are slickly and efficiently staged, the film's great strength is its good nature.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
3/5 100% Hotel Salvation (2017) Looks beautiful ... with night-time scenes rendered in gorgeous indigo blues and deep purples, brown faces lit by warm orange lamps.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2/5 89% Mimosas (2017) Plot is not the takeaway from Mimosas, which reminded me of Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry, another slow-winding ramble through the mountains.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
1/5 46% Rough Night (2017) Even the film's saltiness feels safe.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
2/5 87% American Made (2017) Liman's film is a playful, if not especially probing, jab in the ribs of Reagan's America and its interventionist politics. It also works nicely as a Tom Cruise star vehicle - his megawatt smile and aviator sunglasses on fine form here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2017
4/5 100% Quest (2017) Amplifying these voices is the film's definitive quest.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2017
2/5 96% Red Army (2015) By focusing less on his characters and more on a supposed dark side of Russian hockey, Polsky's film is less documentary than it is didacticism.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet Lemonade (2016) Technically, it is a visual album (her second, and the follow-up to 2013's Beyoncé), though "visual album" is hardly an adequate description. Lemonade is a film - the most exciting film of 2016 so far.‐ New Statesman
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
3/5 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) Cleanly presented and crisply framed, each image is shot with a respectfully detached gaze, from the talking heads to the twisting Floridian highways shot at golden hour. Sadly, this means that Silver's treatment of the case feels overly forensic.‐ Little White Lies
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
91% Catch Me Daddy (2015) An exhilaratingly tense and stylish thriller that is a sure-fire sign of promising things to come.‐ Grolsch Film Works
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet Hilton! (2013) The pain in this film runs deep. Yet somehow, there is beauty in the bleakness.‐ DOX
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
90% The Punk Singer (2013) The film, with its zine-like construction, is a whistle-stop tour of the fun stuff, of Hanna's highs, and above all, a personal portrait of one girl's ambition to create a space for herself in the front.‐ DOX
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet Mirage Men (2013) Mirage Men is a chilling descent into the murky underworld of myth-making.‐ DOX
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
5/5 93% Howards End (1992) Deeply romantic, political, emotion-led, respectful of music and literature, impeccably dressed and, in one of the characters' own words, "overexpressive".‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
3/5 100% Cardboard Gangsters (2017) The violence isn't played for laughs and Connors's performance is genuinely moving, though there's an irresistible sprinkling of salty, vulgar humour to lighten the otherwise bleak mood ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2/5 53% 47 Meters Down (2017) A movie to be laughed at, not with, but there's pure popcorn pleasure to be found in its unapologetic schlock.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
3/5 89% Hounds of Love (2017) A terse, queasily effective thriller ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2/5 17% Wish Upon (2017) Fashioning itself as a teen horror, Wish Upon is far too tame for most actual adolescents ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2/5 67% The Wall (2017) It's an interesting premise, with moments of tension and visceral gore, but Taylor-Johnson's performance isn't strong enough to rescue the film from lengthy stretches of banality.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
4/5 89% Girls Trip (2017) Some of the comedy veers into the absurd, but each joke squarely hits its mark.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2017
2/5 68% Cars 3 (2017) It's a colourful, spry enough ride, but it doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
4/5 84% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Flashes of comedy soon give way to an atmosphere of quiet, inevitable tragedy.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
4/5 93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) All science fiction is philosophy; here, Reeves asks what distinguishes humans from animals.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
2/5 89% David Lynch: The Art Life (2017) Fans will make connections with Lynch's personal anecdotes and the images they know from his films, but watching the artist explain his work is never as interesting as the art itself.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2017
2/5 60% Alone in Berlin (2017) Visually, it's tedious, comprising staid, greyish greens. What's weirder is that the film is in English (though the accents are German), a distancing device that distracts.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
4/5 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) By giving voice to blue-collar anxieties before working to resolve them, the film suggests that community can cure almost all ailments.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
2/5 18% All Eyez on Me (2017) Demetrius Shipp Jr bears an uncanny resemblance to Shakur but doesn't quite possess the star quality to outshine the script, which is leaden and flatly expositional.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
4/5 81% Risk (2017) The access is impressive, and the oily, paranoid and "ruthlessly pragmatic" persona that emerges here is candid enough despite Poitras's intermittent narration.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
3/5 60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) It's all a bit sickly, but there are some fun set pieces involving little Agnes's earnest search for a unicorn, "heist music" (Michael Jackson's Bad) and some super-sticky, self-inflating bubblegum.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
3/5 98% Kedi (2017) The cats are captured with adoring attentiveness, their intelligent eyes narrowing to slits, their darting movements, a patch of sun-warmed fur, the way one kitten clambers a market stall to paw a pile of oranges.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
3/5 80% Stockholm, My Love (2016) Cherry's sultry, resonant voice helps along the otherwise wafty narration, which skirts themes of personal trauma before opening out to broader reflections on both the city and the soul.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2017