Simran Hans

Simran Hans
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T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 78% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) The sci-fi stuff is tedious, but Wiig and Mumolo are bawdy and brilliant as ever, their effortless chemistry bolstered by years of collaboration. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
1/5 11% Music (2020) Self-consciously upbeat moments clash horribly with the wider redemption narrative. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2021
4/5 100% Slalom (2020) Favier is smart on the mechanics of abuse, and the sobering inevitability of her heroine's downhill skid. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2021
4/5 95% Beginning (Dasatskisi) (2020) Through this rigorous aesthetic, a distinctive point of view emerges. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2021
82% Two Lovers (2008) What's striking about this particular entry in the Phoenix-as-isolated-eccentric canon is its flavour of defeated animal loneliness. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 98% Assassins (2020) [White] spins the arrest of Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong - economic migrants from Indonesia and Vietnam respectively - into a parable about political corruption. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
3/5 75% Palmer (2021) The film's treatment of a gender-nonconforming character is clear-eyed. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
2/5 30% Blithe Spirit (2021) Edward Hall's film attempts to send up Condomine for leeching off a female muse, which clashes somewhat with the source material's "blithe" mood. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
1/5 18% Stardust (2020) The whole thing feels strangely pedestrian, unable to capture or channel Bowie's maverick spirit. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2021
4/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) Cleverly uses the FBI's pursuit of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr to tell the entwined history of leftwing protest and state-sanctioned surveillance. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) The ensemble cast electrifies Powers's dialogue, jockeying between black power and integration, activism and commerce, spiritual clarity, pork chops and sex. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
55% The Hunger (1983) The film's enduring quality is its ineffable coolness, which feels inextricable from Scott's supposedly lowbrow music video origins. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
4/5 92% Sylvie's Love (2020) Ashe takes the form of the 50s melodrama and recentres it on characters the genre has tended to ignore. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
5/5 93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) The sense of the watering hole as a haven for lost souls - not to mention the threat of gentrification to civic space - couldn't be more vérité. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 98% Farewell Amor (2020) There are three sides to every story in Ekwa Msangi's vivid and carefully observed feature debut, and so she cleverly splits the film into thirds, replaying the action but changing the vantage point with each chapter. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
4/5 98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Director Spike Lee and musician David Byrne have created a crowd-pleaser with this spry concert film of Byrne's 2018 tour turned Broadway performance. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2020
4/5 100% Il Mio Corpo (2020) This intimate observational documentary explores poverty in Sicily from two different vantage points, drawing poetic connections between lives that don't appear to touch. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 81% I'm Your Woman (2020) Reorienting a typically white male genre around themes of feminist awakening and racial tension is an intriguing proposition, so it's frustrating that Brosnahan remains blank and the film's pace plodding. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
4/5 51% The Midnight Sky (2020) Moving and deeply melancholy post-apocalyptic sci-fi... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 75% Jungleland (2020) Neon-lit diners, lonely service stations and empty parking lots are straight out of an Edward Hopper painting in this handsome, gloomy drama. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
2/5 25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) It's a prestige slog, full of flat, sneering caricatures. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 82% Happiest Season (2020) Stewart is low key and likable, creating real emotional stakes and strategically using her signature shoulders-down shuffle. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
83% Love and Basketball (2000) Too often dismissed as a soppy chick flick, the film is a drama that is clear-eyed and serious about female ambition and gender roles. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
3/5 90% Luxor (2020) Andrea Riseborough floats around the Egyptian city of Luxor in this contemplative drama from British writer-director Zeina Durra about a doctor with PTSD. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 95% Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project (2019) Stokes is a fascinating, elusive protagonist - she was a recluse who enjoyed daily martinis and felt a kinship with Steve Jobs. Yet Wolf treats her archive with reverence, rather than writing her off as an eccentric. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2020
2/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) With Neeson well within the confines of his comfort zone, tailed by corrupt cops and diving out of hotel windows, the film should be better. Yet it drags... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
2/5 80% Cordelia (2019) Tension is frequently punctured by clunky dialogue. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 100% His House (2020) Genuine jump scares are bolstered by the film's spooky sound design, as well as terrific performances from Dirisu and Mosaku, whose terror is palpable. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 90% The Climb (2020) The film is shrewd on male friendship, suggesting that a lot of men are vulnerable and crave intimacy, but are often too poor at communicating to truly reach for it. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) It's a sharply observed comment on the ways women of colour are encouraged to contort their creativity in order to be consumed by white audiences. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) On relationships, July remains as perceptive as ever. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2020
92% An Unmarried Woman (1978) Clayburgh is luminous as Erica, wounded and stumbling, yet somehow graceful. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 93% Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2020) It's brisk, first-rate stuff, and not especially radical. I can see it being shown in schools. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/5 100% Little Girl (Petite fille) (2020) [A] tender observational documentary... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
3/5 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) The Roads Not Taken is frequently moving, and a fascinating creative idea, but without sufficient information about Leo's character to anchor the narrative, it feels too abstract. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) The premise of writer Natalie Krinsky's directorial debut sounds cheesy, and it is, but watching the brooding Nick softening to putty in our goofball heroine's presence while she remains sparkily oblivious is an earnest pleasure. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2020
47% The Comfort of Strangers (1991) The distinctly Nineties sheen of the sex, schlock and gore has time travel potential, transporting me as much through time as through space, across to the floating city. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
4/5 83% She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Alternately hilarious and spine-tingling, it recalls David Lynch's Twin Peaks in its serious, penetrating sense of doom. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/5 87% Get Duked! (2020) Hyperactive editing, the jittery rap score and an obligatory acid trip scene grate, but Doff's social commentary is sharp. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 70% Tenet (2020) Nolan seems to be... encouraging the audience to trust the film's beats and to feel its impact on a gut level. As a strategy of film-making, it's a supremely confident one and in parts Nolan pulls it off. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2020
3/5 92% My Rembrandt (2021) My Rembrandt is at its most interesting when struggling to reconcile the slow, careful work of art restoration with the crass, instant gratification on acquiring such rarefied objects. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
4/5 83% Pinocchio (2020) The source material is a neat fit for the Italian film-maker, who traversed similarly episodic fairytale terrain with 2015's Tale of Tales. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
3/5 72% An American Pickle (2020) While its gags about politics are slippery, the film is surprisingly adept at handling the more substantial theme of generational guilt. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
4/5 48% Unhinged (2020) [A] zippy car chase thriller... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
4/5 100% Make Up (2020) Eerie images of a bloodied fingernail and long grass lit by amber floodlights signal Oakley's sly sense of humour and eye for visual poetry. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2020
3/5 90% Alice (2019) Piponnier is... a lanky joy to watch, all awkward, flailing limbs and expressive Bambi eyes. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2020
2/5 61% Stage Mother (2020) The feelgood tone feels a little flaccid. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
4/5 73% Family Romance, LLC (2020) It might be staged, but it has a scrappy, fly-on-the-wall feel. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 96% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) The momentum really builds in the third act, but the film's quieter moments of contemplation are its most striking. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
88% Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) The film makes excellent use of Washington's star persona; his natural authority, graceful intelligence, and movie-star good looks. - New Statesman EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020