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Tim Robey

Tim Robey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 45% The Dinner (2017) It's the pace and panic of modernity Moverman grasps best as morally corrosive forces: the soft ping of iPhone email alerts never letting us be, and consciences wiped clean as quickly as the next news cycle whips around.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 100% The Party (2017) It has a vigorous sense of entertainment value and a cast relishing every moment.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
5/5 90% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) Watching these players try to out-deadpan each other, almost to out-Kaurismäki each other, as preposterous flukes wipe them out is every bit as addictive as being on a winning streak.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) A sequel is entirely welcome, and Chapter 2 does its job entirely ably, without exactly doing much overtime.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) Hidden Figures isn't pushing the cinematic boat out in any new directions, but it steers its prescribed course nimbly and nicely.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 57% Viceroy's House (2017) This is easily Chadha's most ambitious film to date, and her best in a long time.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
5/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) There are louder films jostling for attention out there. This one is the secret treasure of the season, though - crafted with tender precision, and built to last.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
2/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Ideally, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk shouldn't play like a demo reel for new technology Ang Lee wishes to unveil. Unfortunately, it does.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) The great coup Washington delivers, beyond framing his co-star's virtuous anguish so well, is the risky, brilliant, and frequently alienating performance he gives as Troy.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Anderson borrows so many bits and pieces from James Cameron's Aliens you sometimes wonder if he's seen a single other film.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 88% Christine (2016) The film's compassion towards Chubbuck emanates from a star turn of huge sensitivity: Hall's version of her is a crumbling person, not a concept.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 73% Sing (2016) It feels passionless and market-tested; an unconvincing cover version of fun.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
3/5 82% Denial (2016) Lipstadt's day in court with Irving has been dramatised by David Hare with his usual keen fidelity to argument and counter-argument.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
2/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Diesel isn't quite 50 yet, and has very big arms, but we're still nearing Roger-Moore-in-A-View-to-a- Kill levels of barely dominating his own film: you feel sorry for the conspicuously agile stunt doubles who've had to shave all their hair off.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) Whoever wins, we snooze.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
2/5 35% Live By Night (2017) The movie is immaculately dressed, but there's a mannequin blandness lurking beneath: it's all logistics, no guts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
4/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Lonergan is so precise with his actors, the sense of place, and the level control of tone that you feel him methodically striving here to avoid false notes.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 33% Monster Trucks (2017) The movie is completely innocuous, passably enjoyable in fits and spurts, and clearly a giant mistake.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
2/5 39% Why Him? (2016) Hamburg's always reaching for poo-based humour in his more desperate moments - fully a third of his worst movie, Along Came Polly, was spent hanging out in loo cubicles with Ben Stiller's irritable bowels. Must we again?‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
4/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) There's a Spielbergian showmanship to Bayona's films, wedded to an unabashed emotionalism, and this one reaches for you down in the gut.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) As a directing assignment, it at least proves that The Imitation Game was no fluke: Morten Tyldum can make glossily sexless, space-cadet guff out of whatever half-baked script you throw at him.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2016
2/5 67% Rats (2016) Spurlock globe-trots so antically here you suspect he's had a look at Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, imagining rat-spread as a blistering epidemic the world should panic about.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) A vivifying, sometimes inspiring watch ...‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
4/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) If Owen Suskind, its autistic subject, were a fictional character, we'd probably rebel against the heart-tugging arc of empowerment prescribed for him. We might even scoff.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
2/5 71% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Parker's directorial approach ... has the overconfidence that smacks of underconfidence, in terms of finding the right way to tell this story.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Feels like an excuse for a collection of Saturday Night Live skits broadly clumped into a wild end-times party romp. Aniston and Bateman, and several of their co-stars, mercifully know how to spike the punch.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Middleweight, non-intelligence-insulting fare right to the core, Bleed For This keeps you squarely in your seat, but barely once excites you enough to leap up out of it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) A teen comedy of warmth, wisdom, perspicacity and real emotional clout? Weren't these cancelled?‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) Stress is the film's whole motor - the stress Jenny's both carrying around and transmitting, to an assortment of possible witnesses she suspects are hiding something.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
1/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The level of not very funny things this entails, even by the standards of barely-awaited sequels to lowbrow Yuletide comedies, is kind of impressive.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
2/5 46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) There's half an argument that this schlocky lowlife caper energises its director's visual imagination more than we've seen lately - hey, at least he's trying something - but it's not a juggling feat he can keep up all day.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
3/5 82% Indignation (2016) It's considerably too polite to do Philip Roth justice.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
2/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) Roth's book, which attends with horror and dismay to the forces ripping America apart in the second half of the 20th century, has suffered a treatment that mechanically extracts its guts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
4/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's Herzog's uncertainty as a tourist in the field that gives the film its enticing charge, as surely as his wanderings in the Antarctic, or gropings in the dark to find the world's oldest cave paintings.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) Something about the familiarity of these voices, and their inescapable Mike Leigh-ishness in this setting, turns out to be exactly what the roles need.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Thankfully, amid all the film's wacky-trippy bending of space and time, [Cumberbatch] manages to steer an ideal path -- taking the role seriously but allowing himself to be flummoxed by it, wittily traumatised and taken off-guard.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2016
3/5 74% Trolls (2016) For a comedy about a tribe of manic homunculi with nylon faux-hawks, it's really got to be counted a pleasant surprise.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) Taken as a piece of consumer advice, it prompts the retroactive complaint that its predecessor lacked one. Don't Even Start?‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 53% Mascots (2016) If you've seen one Christopher Guest film, you haven't exactly seen them all, but you certainly know the lay of the land. He's the king of the ensemble mockumentary ...‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
4/5 85% Lion (2016) Involves no one you've ever heard of, doesn't star a soul you'll recognise for its first 40 minutes, and will rip you into a thousand pieces.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
5/5 79% American Honey (2016) You could also argue that this almost intentionally exhausting film is too much of a good thing. But there's amazingly little of it you'd want to live without.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 83% Oasis: Supersonic (2016) The cluster of interviewees here have it right that the band were curiously more than the sum of their parts.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 89% Blood Father (2016) In the grizzled spectacle Gibson willingly makes of himself, it has a B-movie equivalent of that A-plus Mickey Rourke comeback, delivered with just enough clout to count as a step in the right direction.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
1/5 57% War on Everyone (2017) It's all like first-draft Mamet, or Tarantino in a pissy, self-sabotaging mood: neither clever nor funny, but convinced it's both.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/5 43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Paula Hawkins' madly popular 2015 novel The Girl on the Train had a terrific main character. That she's still terrific in the film is reason alone to see it.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2016
2/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) The film too rarely confronts Knight with the vital difference between his predicament and theirs. It's guilty of sanctifying his struggle, and sidelining the people whose future it was for.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
4/5 69% Swiss Army Man (2016) Dano seems genially crazed with just the right amount of suicidal-existential angst; Radcliffe manages the not-inconsiderable feat of seeming like a dead dude who's clung on by fluke to the power of speech.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) In his best film since 2004's Texas sports drama Friday Night Lights, Peter Berg aces the crucial task of ensuring there's actual weight to these lives.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
4/5 83% The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) Just when you thought zombie apocalypses had run out of fresh DNA, The Girl with all the Gifts comes up with a brand new evolution.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
2.5/4 83% Imperium (2016) With all the political dangers America is genuinely facing at the moment, this plot ought to be a real powder-keg. But while the fuse gets lit, there's barely a pinch of explosive inside.‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2016