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Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 80% George Best: All by Himself (2017) Most of the talking-head interviews here are second tier and their insights little more than pub anecdotes.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
3/5 47% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (2016) Dolan favours so many extreme, spittle-flecked closeups of shouting family members that it leaves you gasping for breath and longing for a wide shot.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
4/5 81% Patriots Day (2017) A taut, multi-stranded account of the Boston marathon bombing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
2/5 41% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Bellocchio's attempt to bring Massimo Gramellini's novel to the screen struggles to combine the childhood story of Gramellini and his adult life as a newspaper columnist.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
2/5 9% Bitter Harvest (2017) The Cossack horseback action sequences are impressive, but there are too few shots of thundering hooves and too many scenes of stilted political discourse for this picture to take flight.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
1/5 4% Arsenal (2017) The only thing that is less convincing than Cage's prosthetic schnozz is the car crash of a plot.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
3/5 40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) All the style and slithering horror is not enough to glue together a plot that favours atmosphere over coherence and overstays its welcome by at least 30 minutes.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2017
50% Return to Montauk (2017) What energy the picture had in New York's literary world dissipates as the film turns into the kind of conversation which is only really interesting for the two people it concerns.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
No Score Yet When the Day Had No Name (2017) A gruelling and confrontational watch which bluntly makes the point that Macedonia's hopes for the future can't coexist with a masculinity which is rooted in the past.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Headbang Lullaby (2017) This is as much a riddle as it is a movie.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
63% Viceroy's House (2017) A vivid and coherent account of an impossibly complex period of Indian history which is driven by fine performances by Dayal, Bonneville and, particularly, Anderson.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Hostages (2017) A taut, meticulously-researched account of the events and their aftermath.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet Just Like Our Parents (Como Nossos Pais) (2017) Laus Bodansky's portrait of a woman forced to confront her stale marriage and professional disappointment approaches familiar territory with a light touch.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
4/5 93% LoveTrue (2016) Weaves together real life with dramatisation to poetic effect.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
2/5 93% Fences (2016) The symbolism is heavy handed. It's like being repeatedly clobbered by Troy's prized baseball bat: Rose takes a phone call that delivers bad news; a lightning flash illuminates the crucifix on her wall.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
3/5 45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) The story, about a young soldier who is torn between leaving the army and loyalty to his brothers at arms, is affecting and well acted ...‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
3/5 91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) The dysfunctional bromance between Batman and the Joker brings a sly irony to a rattling, cacophonous kids' film that has an eye firmly fixed on the fanboy market.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
4/5 89% 20th Century Women (2017) There's a certain arch self-awareness in the screenwriting that won't appeal to everyone, but I loved the film for its scrapbook structure, its warmth and candour.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
100% Vazante (2017) Thomas makes her solo directing debut with this striking study of racial and gender politics in colonial Brazil.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
No Score Yet Close Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa) (2017) Gentle, empathetic and deliberately non-confrontational, Close Knit is definitely on the mild-mannered end of the spectrum when it comes to movies dealing with transgender issues.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
100% Hedi (2016) The performances from the leads, in particular Majd Mastoura as the browbeaten Hedi, are strong. Captured by spry hand-held camera, Mastoura negotiates a bold arc.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
2/5 33% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Perhaps you need to be a Resident Evil completist to get the finer points of the plotting.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
4/5 89% Loving (2016) Nichols's understated approach to the story, devoid of dramatic grandstanding, chimes with the dignity of the Lovings who "won't bother anyone" if only they can be left alone to live their lives.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
4/5 100% Tower (2016) Deftly combining archive footage, interviews and handsome rotoscoped animation, Tower is an innovative documentary account of the mass shootings on the University of Texas campus on 1 August 1966.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
2/5 41% Gold (2017) The propulsive soundtrack choices create an energy, but it's a hollow, restless energy, which emphasises the emptiness of the story and the characters within.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
3/5 94% Strike a Pose (2017) The approach could have been a little more hard-hitting, but it's a moving account of the way one huge opportunity can unbalance the life that follows.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2017
3/5 71% The White King (2016) It's an impressively realised world; the "Homeland" is an agrarian totalitarian state in which any form of dissent is quashed by jackboot justice.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4/5 99% Cameraperson (2016) Although we only see Johnson's face once, briefly, it's a detailed self-portrait of an extraordinary woman.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4/5 73% Sing (2016) Sing is by no means the first animation to incorporate the talent-show format into its narrative, but it's certainly the most successful.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4/5 82% Denial (2016) Weisz brings a barrelling energy to her performance as the academic who finds herself in the unaccustomed and decidedly uncomfortable position of having to let her legal team fight her battle for her.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
5/5 88% Christine (2016) It's certainly the stronger of the two films that tackle Chubbuck's strange, sorry story.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
3/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson's robust directorial technique brings an undeniable punch to the combat scenes ... Elsewhere in the film, however, there's a sledgehammer lack of subtlety that is only partially mitigated by Andrew Garfield's impressive performance.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
3/5 76% Split (2017) Marks a definite return to form for Shyamalan.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Close Relations (Rodnye) (2016) Appraisals of Ukrainian politics from vodka-sodden uncles might not be as reliable as an interview with an analyst or academic. Still, Mansky's eye for detail is peerless.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
2/5 43% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Cage skis through a forest, leaps out of a crashing plane without a parachute and braves some of the most treacherously terrible lines of dialogue ever written.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
5/5 97% GoodFellas (1990) For its swaggering energy, the heart-in-your-throat pacing and for some of the most memorable, most imitated scenes in mafia movie history, this must rank as one of Scorsese's finest films, if not the best.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Has some pacing issues and an overbearing score, but nothing that isn't erased by the swelling, tear-jerking crescendo of an ending.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
100% It's Not Yet Dark (2017) Tempers the wrenching nature of the subject matter with a crowd-pleasing message of the triumph of will and art over physical adversity.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
92% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Shortland takes a horror movie premise and imbues it with the knotty emotional complexity of a dysfunctional relationship psychodrama.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
No Score Yet Tokyo Idols (2017) This eye-opening documentary looks at the idol industry - with its seemingly endless supply of squeaky, cutesy, Manga-styled schoolgirl pop stars - and its principle consumers, predominantly adult males.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
56% Axolotl Overkill (2017) Chaotic lives can make for a muddled storyline, yet ultimately Hegemann allows her central character some kind of growth.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Novitiate (2017) What's most interesting is the way Betts taps into the complicated semi-romantic dynamic between the nuns and Jesus, the man to whom they have dedicated themselves.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
100% Free and Easy (2017) An offbeat, sidelong glance at Chinese society which combines a striking visual impact with underplayed, deadpan humour.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
60% iBoy (2017) iBoy misses out on the opportunity for entertaining mischief with a po-faced approach to the material and a lack of internal logic to the story.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Although there are plenty of moments of savage humour, the highs are just not quite so high any more. There's a melancholy maturity, however, which is satisfying in its own way.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
2/5 17% Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) This slick, violent but insubstantial picture will sate existing fans but has little chance of connecting with new ones.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
2/5 34% Live By Night (2017) It feels like a facsimile of prohibition America, a Vegas casino recreation rather than the real thing, lacking the grit and spit and sawdust of a country hurtling into the Great Depression.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 90% Trainspotting (1996) What's interesting, viewing the film now, is how it manages to be both inarguably of its time, the mid 90s, but also has not dated nearly as badly as most youth culture movies tend to.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
3/5 94% Irreplaceable (Médecin de campagne) (2016) A persuasively low-key drama featuring substantial, complex central characters.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017
4/5 100% The Young Offenders (2016) It's the most perceptive comic portrait of the adolescent male since The Inbetweeners, but with a naturalism that is unexpectedly disarming.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2017