Simran Hans

Simran Hans
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Serkis dispenses with detailed explanations and instead amps up the humour, leaning into the goofy, flirtatious dynamic between Venom and Brock. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2021
3/5 80% Ron's Gone Wrong (2021) Cute but familiar: boy meets bot, bot beats bullies, boy and bot become best buds. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2021
4/5 97% The Velvet Underground (2021) A more conventional director might have chosen to focus on their most famous member, Reed, but Haynes smartly structures the film as a group show, giving space to the women in the ensemble. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2021
3/5 100% Redemption of a Rogue (2020) There are only so many grim jokes to be wrung from a noose, but Irish writer-director Philip Doherty has a good go with this gloomy comedy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
3/5 100% Even Mice Belong in Heaven (2021) The story is a little flat, but the gorgeous, hand-crafted puppets and sets give the film dimension. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2021
2/5 63% Next Door (2021) Though Brühl is an affable and witty screen presence, there's no getting round the fact that the film is a vanity project. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2021
4/5 100% Ninjababy (2021) The film is less a romcom than it is a coming-of-age movie about slacker Rakel finally being forced to grow up. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 70% Copilot (2021) The director treats the film as an empathy exercise, hoping to complicate and humanise a terrorist. Yet this is undermined by the obvious red flags that she plants in each section. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 79% The Collini Case (2020) There's a lot of dense plot and legal jargon to compress, but punchy editing ensures the film remains fast-paced and light on its feet. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 82% Copshop (2021) [A] lean, mean, 70s-inspired action thriller. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2021
2/5 93% Herself (2021) Dunne, who also co-wrote the script, brings admirable grit and pathos to her character without allowing her to become a victim. Still, the film's abrupt tonal shifts are jarring. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
3/5 93% Our Ladies (2019) For all its good-natured boisterousness, there is the sense that director Michael Caton-Jones is straining to get the tone just-so. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
2/5 43% The Last Bus (2021) [A] plodding road-trip movie... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
4/5 88% Souad (2020) [A] sensitive take on teen life... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/5 81% Worth (2021) Though this stolid drama, based on a true case, begins as a procedural, about systems, processes and deadlines, it is most absorbing when it zeroes in on one man's moral arc. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/5 84% Candyman (2021) [A] smart, stylish "spiritual sequel"... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2021
2/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) The director has great fun playing with genre tropes, but it's unclear whether she's going for heightened camp. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 100% Sabaya (2021) [A] sensitive, frequently harrowing observational documentary... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 79% People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) Rarely does a half-hour TV show successfully stretch itself into a 90-minute film. It's a nice surprise, then, that the popular BBC mockumentary works as a feature. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 86% The Night House (2021) The fuzzy plotting is balanced by Hall's brilliantly controlled performance as the caustic, sceptical Beth, whose grief has pushed her to the knife edge of sanity. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2021
3/5 97% Pig (2021) Though the film is teed up as a kind of John Wick-style revenge bender, Cage's star persona is soon smartly subverted. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2021
88% Zola (2021) It's very arch and very funny in its tone... It's sort of vibrating at this slightly scary frequency, and it really walks the line between comedy and drama. - Monocle EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 96% CODA (2021) The film is a meticulously, perhaps even cynically crafted crowd-pleaser. Even those alive to its tactics might find themselves wiping away a tear or two. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2021
2/5 60% Profile (2021) The ratcheting tension is sadly punctured by unintentionally hilarious scenes... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2021
4/5 56% The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Indecision and miscommunication, it turns out, are timeless. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2021
3/5 74% Stillwater (2021) This is a thoughtful, knotty character study, albeit one nestled inside a polished, and less interesting, action thriller. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2021
2/5 26% Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) James's natural charisma should allow the film to soar but he's bogged down by an avalanche of distracting cameos, from Gremlins to Game of Thrones. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
3/5 50% The Forever Purge (2021) It's a timely argument against self-regulation instead of safeguards, and an admonishment of a government that views human collateral damage as an inevitability. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
4/5 89% Deerskin (2020) [An] uproariously funny black comedy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
2/5 77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) Suffers from frantic pacing and overstuffed action sequences. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2021
4/5 100% Nowhere Special (2020) The film is understated rather than mawkish. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
3/5 88% Tove (2021) Alma Pöysti is luminous as Jansson, bringing to life her playful, pleasure-seeking artist's spirit. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 94% The Surrogate (2020) Writer-director Jeremy Hersh tackles the intersection of race, sexuality, class and disability with rare nuance in this wry indie drama, which observes sharply the trappings of millennial entitlement and liberal hypocrisy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 87% Martin Eden (2020) The film traces Martin's love affair with the pursuit of individual advancement. Like capitalism, it's seductive. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
2/5 60% Mary J. Blige's My Life (2021) We never really get a sense of where she's been, let alone My Life's musical and cultural context. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 57% Fatima (2020) Pontecorvo seems particularly interested in conveying the gravitas of Lúcia's spiritual burden, which is anchored by Gil, who is full of quiet intensity and impressive conviction. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 59% F9 (2021) Prior acquaintance with the eight previous instalments of this colossal action movie franchise isn't necessary for enjoyment of this one - the film's muscle cars and maximalist approach continue to serve it well. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
4/5 98% Sweat (2020) The film is not a straightforward send-up; it shows compassion for Sylwia and her search for self-definition - for her loneliness and her labour, its drudgery and its physical strain. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Krasinski's slick, skilful follow-up to his 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller works well as a genre exercise... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
3/5 97% Gunda (2020) To call the film meditative would be to undersell Kosakovskiy's instinct for drama and tension. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
4/5 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) [A] lean, stylish and frequently heartbreaking drama... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
3/5 88% Dream Horse (2021) Shamelessly predictable and thoroughly feelgood. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
2/5 69% Land (2021) Wright is sympathetic and believable, but we never truly get a sense of Edee or her desires outside the bounds of her loss. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2021
4/5 74% Cruella (2021) Stone is a joy: vampy, sneering and as eager to please as a dalmatian. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
2/5 30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) For a film about magic, there's little sparkle to spare. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
3/5 56% Frankie (2019) The approach taken by director Ira Sachs is utterly sincere and so utterly humourless, though the performances are quietly compelling... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
3/5 77% Surge (2020) Whishaw's intensity is gripping to watch but the character remains opaque; whether we're meant to read Joseph as experiencing psychosis or simply suffering the unforgiving conditions of city life under capitalism is ambiguous. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
4/5 94% Dinner in America (2020) This sweet romcom is buoyed up by the chemistry between its leads. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
4/5 93% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) It'd be easy to mistake the director's deadpan observation for mocking, but the space he holds for the darker aspects of his characters' individual stories helps to puncture any cultivated cutesyness. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021
4/5 100% Servants (Sluzobníci) (2020) Ostrochovský's camera emphasises the constricting architecture of both church and state, with its black and white morality and a claustrophobic central courtyard, frequently portrayed via stiff, judgmental God's-eye shots. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2021