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Tim Robey

Tim Robey
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 79% The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015) Dyrholm won Best Actress in Berlin for her performance, and it's certainly The Commune's ace in the hole, swerving into full, boozy Gena Rowlands breakdown and not holding back on the self-absorbed anguish. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/5 56% Jason Bourne (2016) Crisply businesslike, straight-down-the-line, it's the Bourne we know, and the Bourne the box office wants. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 26, 2016
3/5 84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) It makes very few promises it can't keep, but also goes halfway out on every limb it can find, risking next to nothing, sights permalocked on par. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 76% Keanu (2016) Keanu is cool and breezy enough to live up to its title amply. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/5 34% Now You See Me 2 (2016) The best attitude to Now You See Me 2 is simply to go nowhere near it. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2/5 36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan is myth wrestling with history in the mud, and eventually shaking hands for an awkward truce. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/5 69% Central Intelligence (2016) If the race were on to find 2016's best stupid buddy-caper comedy, Central Intelligence just took an early lead. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
4/5 93% Notes on Blindness (2016) A fascinating documentary from the first-timer team of James Spinney and Peter Middleton. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2/5 22% The Boss (2016) McCarthy is stranded, salvaging only what she can through the stray excellence of her timing, which is more or less infallible. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 9, 2016
1/5 7% Misconduct (2016) It's with strange awe that you realise, halfway through the legal thriller Misconduct, that it may actually be the worst film either Anthony Hopkins or Al Pacino have ever starred in. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 61% Race (2016) Every sports film needs some solid opposition to raise the stakes. How about the entire Third Reich? ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2/5 58% Me Before You (2016) There's gentle manipulation, and then there's having your arms manacled to a freight train of weepy catharsis, which is roughly the experience awaiting viewers of Me Before You. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/5 30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Remember, this isn't Lewis Carroll in any way, shape or form. It's a sugary cake with EAT ME on it, and "I'm better than the last one" in necessary small print. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 26, 2016
3/5 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi may hardly be reinventing himself, but his old tools serve him just fine. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 26, 2016
4/5 95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2016) What Mungiu offers is baleful and believable because it's not totally closed to redemptive gestures - he doesn't blacken the picture with so much soot that human feeling is lost. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 26, 2016
1/5 12% The Last Face (2016) Penn seems to be begging for credit, for being the type of caring-and-sharing guy to alert our attention to a continent's woes, but then he consigns those very woes to thoughtless, backdroppy, vacuous oblivion. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 43% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Xavier Dolan's new film is going to drive people spare. It's what he does. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Park has genre-ised this material right up with a lip-smacking, borderline pervy glee, but leaves us with relationships that only sketchily make sense. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2016
4/5 83% Julieta (2016) It's like an unexpectedly dry martini in a dazzling Z-stem glass. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 18, 2016
5/5 96% Paterson (2016) The film has incidents rather than plot: disruptions, minor mishaps, happy accidents. How Jarmusch takes this match-stick house of nothings and fills it with such calm and wisdom is a mystery with only one real answer: he's an artist. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 17, 2016
4/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) For a pacy cops-and-robbers exercise, it doesn't only have smart things to say, but even smarter ways to put them. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 16, 2016
3/5 58% Ma loute (2016) Dumont is trying too hard to get these big laughs, and he's trying for too many. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 15, 2016
2/5 71% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) It's a film whose final shape feels dwindled by compromise - not unappealing, but stymied, like a luxury jet which spends two hours taxiing on the runway. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 71% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) A loose, drifty sojourn through themes of paternity, comfort and sex-based procrastination, which will intrigue as many viewers as it confounds. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 12, 2016
4/5 94% Sieranevada (2016) It earns respect and a cumulative awe in its intently amused vision of reality: it's a commanding and intellectually gratifying piece of work. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 12, 2016
3/5 43% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) It's buoyantly paced, and has just enough sincerity about its feathered society to keep you from sneaking glances down at WhatsApp. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 11, 2016
2/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Apocalypse isn't quite the end of the world for X-Men fans, but it might be the end of the line. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 9, 2016
3/5 46% Knight of Cups (2016) Whatever Muse drives Malick, whose best work feels both found - in the sense of discovered in the shoot and edit - and profound, he could be accused of cheating on her in Knight of Cups, leapfrogging between unsatisfactory short-term conquests. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 5, 2016
2/5 62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) This is a lot of pedantic plot for a multiplex farce - and when it barely has room to breathe, you can't really blame it for lacking inspiration. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted May 5, 2016
2/5 39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) There's hardly a scene you watch without wondering, and doubting, if Ramsay would have done it quite this way. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 24, 2016
3/5 47% The Take (Bastille Day) (2016) Compared with the exhausting, seven-course dinner service we're increasingly being offered, it's like grabbing a swift cheeseburger on the way home. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/5 13% Despite The Falling Snow (2016) So many shivery night-time clinches in Moscow fill Despite the Falling Snow's modest runtime, you wonder what proportion of the budget went on that ever-whirring snow machine. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/5 30% Criminal (2016) It's wanton, low-down entertainment without the flair to pull this stuff off, or the neural stem cells to make wit or logic much of a priority. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 15, 2016
3/5 51% Boulevard (2015) It reminds you that Williams was a born empathiser - even more so, perhaps, than he was a born comic. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) A true story brimming with noble intentions to the point where you feel guilty resisting it. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Apr 7, 2016
3/5 64% Black Mountain Poets (2015) Wells has a face you never get tired of looking at, and makes self-pity sincere and rather sweet. Cullen's just so relaxed, never pushing a forced idea of "doing" comedy - he's content mainly to react ... ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 31, 2016
5/5 84% Victoria (2015) The dialogue was almost wholly improvised, from a 12-page script. And the film doesn't look cheap, hasty, scratchy or amateurish. It looks like peak Michael Mann. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 31, 2016
1/5 30% My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) It's too disposable a film to get especially huffy about, but the laziness of the writing and acting takes a creeping, spirit-sapping toll. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 24, 2016
4/5 61% High-Rise (2016) Ballard's concept is meticulously, lovingly recreated, like a museum exhibit of itself. But the tone is always more playful than it is disturbing, a walled-off black joke which opts out of saying anything new. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 17, 2016
4/5 87% Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) The first two films laid down a distinctive visual template which this pushes ever further into trippy, sliced-and-diced abstraction, nodding frenetically to the techniques of the wuxia martial arts genre. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 10, 2016
3/5 86% Goodnight Mommy (2015) Guardedly recommended. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Mar 3, 2016
2/5 38% Secret in Their Eyes (2015) Why, then, does it fall so flat? Ray hasn't nailed the structure, dug deeply enough into the characterisations, or finessed the big twist nearly well enough - that's why. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 25, 2016
4/5 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) You'll be watching - at least, I was - with your hand clamped over a mouth in various states of aghast-ness. But the film's bloodiest moments, in a real turn-up for the books, are also its saddest. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
3/5 91% Zero Days (2016) As with We Steal Secrets, his 2013 Edward Snowden doc, the secrecy of this topic gives Gibney a cool, throbbing, spy-thriller aesthetic to paint with, and he trots through everything he can tell us with typical, value-for-money intelligence. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 51% Genius (2016) All the blaring trumpets and martinis the director can fling us as jazzy background don't save the film from being very unappealingly lit indeed - full of drab, grey interiors, it's halfway to monochrome. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 38% Alone in Berlin (2017) It has a silly script, and gauche direction coming out of its ears - what's left is a coarse, will-this-do quality which the spotlight of a competition berth has done no favours. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
2/5 60% Concussion (2015) Concussion takes a serious subject - brain damage caused to professional American football players, and the collusion of the medical establishment in covering it up - and renders it in full-bore, crashing-bore, Oscar-courting prestige drama mode. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 18, 2016
4/5 83% Midnight Special (2016) If the search was on, or necessary, to find the next Steven Spielberg, it may be too soon to call it decided... [but] might it be Jeff Nichols? ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 12, 2016
2/5 33% The Green Inferno (2015) The film's failure is thumpingly basic: Roth just lacks the chops to turn everyone into chops, in any way which scores as either potent horror or lip-smacking satire. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 11, 2016
9% Point Break (2015) As maths, the film sounds like a simple enough equation, but manages to deduct everything it's doing off everything it's already done, and winds up with an accidental minus score. ‐ Daily Telegraph (UK)
Posted Feb 4, 2016