Simran Hans

Simran Hans
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T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 75% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Bjørkaas Thedin's debut performance is striking in its restraint, but the film's thriller mode and social commentary B-plot never quite cohere. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 85% Downton Abbey (2019) It's lighthearted stuff and mostly benign too, save its unashamedly effusive stance on the monarchy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) [A] gripping, Sundance-winning documentary. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a classically made film about capital - sexual, social and financial. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) There is something odd about the way the film condemns bloodshed while revelling in trigger-happy violence. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 82% Crawl (2019) Crawl benefits from its economical 87-minute runtime, but as a genre piece it's perhaps more skin than muscle. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
3/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Though she takes her subjects seriously, Lane allows herself to be led by her sense of humour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert... while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) One joke can't sustain the entire movie. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) [A] tightly coiled thriller... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Goofily charming and a rare, age-appropriate children's film in which the adults are silly and the kids, especially the girls, are smart. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Sometimes there is pleasure to be found in brainless action, but the extended video game-style finale left me furious and fatigued. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 79% Photograph (2019) This bland, sombre love story from the director of The Lunchbox (2013) lacks that film's flavour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Much funnier and flappier than it needs to be. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) This is brilliantly confident film-making. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda's tone remains generously intimate, friendly and unpretentious. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 68% Gwen (2019) There comes a point at which the suffering the characters endure undermines their power instead of reinforcing it. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 47% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The flirty tension between the two feels quietly credible, the camera occasionally shuddering with desire. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
4/5 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) More than anything, this wiry thriller works as a homage to the neo-noir genre. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 83% Midsommar (2019) As the film sways drunkenly towards its inevitable conclusion, Aster fails to conjure a sense of dread or even tension - essential qualities of the horror genre. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Debicki is wonderful as Woolf, a wry and solemn observer, but the rest of the film is all too literal. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Variously gorgeous, ethereal, artful and tacky, both Anne's film and Gonzalez's are sustained by a throbbing sexual energy, aided by French electronic act M83's twinkling, club‑inspired score. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 50% Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) Julien Temple's documentary links the island's long history to its modern clubbing reputation. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) From its gaudy 70s costuming to its goofy, wobbling tone, everything about this film feels uncomfortably broad. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) As an antihero with an oedipal complex, neither Brandon nor Dunn is sufficiently creepy or conflicted to launch a new franchise. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 64% Child's Play (2019) This playful reboot of the 1988 horror comedy relaunches the Chucky series, gently twisting its central conceit to reflect more contemporary anxieties. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 69% The Flood (2019) This drama notes the casual indignity with which the government treats displaced people. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
79% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) A nimble romantic comedy with a puckish sense of humour regarding crushes, fantasies and romantic affairs. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
1/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The ugly visual effects are outdone only by the sound design, which is relentlessly loud and thunderingly tedious. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) Those who enjoy Blumhouse productions for their unabashed silliness will be pleased to discover a sticky slice of schlock, with both household appliances and prosthetic genitals given their genre moments. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 73% Rory's Way (The Etruscan Smile) (2019) I'd have happily watched Cox flirt with Rosanna Arquette's museum curator for 90 minutes; her game attempts to parrot his Gaelic and a tentative kiss while gardening, knee-deep in soil, are strangely charming. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 59% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) It's all too vague to function effectively as either a commentary on the build-up to the Great War or as the story of a woman looking to find her place in a city predicated on rigid, gender-determined hierarchies. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/5 60% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) [A] charming sequel to Illumination Entertainment's animated comedy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 62% XY Chelsea (2019) Hawkins seems beguiled by Manning's natural charisma, and more interested in the highs and lows of her personal reckoning. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
2/5 57% Aladdin (2019) The CGI looks cheap and the sets are panto‑production small. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Dever and Feldstein sell the pair's charged, codependent dynamic, the former exuding a quiet confidence as the straight man to the latter's bossy, brassy, overcompensating comedian. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Is it fair to ask someone to traumatise (or retraumatise) themselves for the sake of art? Rather boldly, it seems as though Decker is also asking the question of herself. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
2/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Sexism is structural but yet again, female empowerment and sisterhood are presented as individual, economic imperatives and personal acts of revenge. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) Against the odds, Reeves and Ryder sell it. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
4/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) What's clever is the way this live-action spinoff exploits nostalgia for the family-friendly blockbusters of the late 1980s and the 1990s (a broader entry point) rather than the Japanese "Pocket Monsters" themselves. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
5/5 83% High Life (2019) Pattinson is as subtle, exacting and unpredictable as he's ever been, transmitting bone-deep loneliness and resigned fatalism with very little dialogue to help him. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4/5 71% Pond Life (2018) [A] sweet and, at times, rather sad slice-of-life drama, set during a stagnant summer in a working-class mining village in South Yorkshire. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1/5 48% Bel Canto (2018) There's a tepid, cross-cultural romantic comedy trapped inside this televisual hostage drama. The reliable Moore is trapped too. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
5/5 99% Ash Is Purest White (2019) Hits its stride somewhere in the middle, bounding confidently towards its hopeless, poetic conclusion. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) The final battle is giddily cathartic, but the catharsis arises from prioritising character development over plot and spectacle. This, I imagine, will be the Avengers' legacy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2019
3/5 60% Greta (2019) Mostly... as a B-movie, Greta works; the moments in which it leans into its own silliness are its best. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
4/5 100% A Deal with the Universe (2018) The film plays out as a love story rather than an issue film, with the couple's relationship soon becoming its most compelling element. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 95% Yuli (2018) At times the film's two storytelling modes feel disjointed, but here the use of choreography seems fittingly abstract, a bodily interpretation of an emotional memory. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 47% Little (2019) The film is cute enough, even if key ideas aren't especially novel: it's lonely at the top; we need to connect with our inner child; everyone is insecure as a teenager. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2019