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Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 47% Moon Dogs (2016) Unfortunately, this underpowered story is neither funny nor sexy enough to generate much narrative momentum.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
3/5 63% Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) (2017) Very watchable, but perhaps lacking in real drama, this is an easy-drinking vintage of a movie that won't challenge the palate of the audience.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
89% Lean on Pete (2017) There's a wistful quality to the storytelling which softens some of the sharper edges of tragedy and hardship in this undeniably affecting picture.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
4/5 91% A Ghost Story (2017) Pensive, precise and with an elegant, looping structure, this is a first-rate piece of direction from Lowery, who also wrote the screenplay.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4/5 76% Atomic Blonde (2017) You forget to breathe. More importantly, you forget to question the needlessly complicated layers of double-crossing that clog up the third act of an otherwise impressively lean piece of storytelling.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 84% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) This enjoyable but dialogue-heavy addition to the Godzilla family takes aim at the inert, top-heavy bureaucracy of Japanese government.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 10% The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (2017) It's a decent if unexceptional family option.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) If you can get past the utter, utter stupidity of pretty much everything every character does when faced with spooky peril, there are some effective scares here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 95% Step (2017) There's a slickness to this storytelling that makes everything feel slightly fraudulent, even if it isn't. And yet I kind of loved it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
4/5 84% Tom of Finland (2017) Tom of Finland is almost as handsome and glossy as the drawings of luxuriantly leather-clad fantasy figures with which he made his name.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2017
3/5 88% Maudie (2017) Walsh's film feels jarringly at odds with contemporary sensibilities. A bully is a bully, no matter how cheerfully he is painted.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
1/5 10% The Emoji Movie (2017) A strident palette of candy-coloured empty calories and poop jokes and a cynical message about accepting yourself had me searching for an emoji showing a dispirited film critic hanging from a noose fashioned from a phone-charger cable.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
2/5 93% Williams (2017) The film is let down by an overlong running time and a prurient attempt to crowbar an emotional response from the taciturn Williams.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
3/5 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) Besson might have been aiming for an astral fantasy in the vein of Avatar, but he ended up with something closer to the workmanlike galactic ripping yarn of John Carter.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
3/5 89% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) Silence, but for the oblivious buzz of insects, is a vacuum, and tension floods in.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/5 76% The Ghoul (2017) First time writer/director Gareth Tunley marshals the meagre resources of this micro-budget psychological thriller and creates a pleasingly perplexing enigma of a movie.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
2/5 51% England Is Mine (2017) There is very little here to disabuse the growing belief that what the young Steven Patrick Morrissey most needs is a slap.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2017
4/5 99% City of Ghosts (2017) Ultimately it's not the violence that is most disturbing. It's the effect on the central characters of the film, forced into exile, tallying each new death, each tortured friend or family member from afar.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
2/5 10% Monster Island (2017) This is a cobbled-together, plotless mess from director Leopoldo Aguilar, completely lacking in the internal logic that is essential for the successful creation of a fantasy world.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
2/5 70% Water and Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, the Colours of Life (2016) Well intentioned and reverential but it feels like a tombstone for the oeuvre of a man whose photography was vividly, mercurially alive.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
3/5 47% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) (2017) The ominous chill of the sound design and decent work from an impressive cast help to create an atmosphere that sucks the very oxygen from the cinema as the tension mounts.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
4/5 87% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) It's a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references. It's visually inventive, narratively agile. And yes, it has fart gags.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
4/5 94% SHOT!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock (2017) Rock's wildest years - both the man and the music - swirl together into a psychedelic maelstrom of pills, pictures and brilliantly creative swearing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) While the source material may have originally been aimed at younger audiences, Laudenbach's elegant execution has a sophistication which is more likely to recommend it to older ones.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
1/5 66% Tommy's Honour (2017) Ultimately this is stuffy, old man's cinema, narrow in scope and ambition and of little interest to anyone except golf movie completists.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/5 92% Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2017) Disarmingly human moments - the Sung daughters, all high-powered lawyers, fret over their 80-year-old father's disappointing sandwich - pepper this compelling courtroom drama.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
2/5 42% Song to Song (2017) It all adds up to a beautiful nothing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
2/5 38% The Last Word (2017) With its off-the-mark proclamations about the Kinks and hi-fi nerd jargon, this feels like a screenplay written by someone who once read about music on Wikipedia but prefers not to listen to it.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
3/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Part superhero movie, part high-school coming-of-age story, it's bouncy, likable and completely devoid of threat.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/5 47% The Human Surge (El auge del humano) (2017) Williams's bewildering, sinuous film encourages us to realise that getting lost is a destination in itself.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
3/5 50% A Change in the Weather (2017) A tendency towards navel-gazing improvised dialogue is balanced by evocative use of music and a poignant supernatural subplot.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
4/5 86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A low-key Dardennes-style realism is seasoned with just a touch of melodrama; two formidable actors attack their roles with the same gusto that Béatrice deploys when faced with a nice bottle of Graves.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2017
51% England Is Mine (2017) A suitably abrasive study of one of British pop's spikiest characters.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2017
No Score Yet That Good Night (2017) So effortlessly good is Hurt ... that he rather outclasses the rest of this somewhat workmanlike picture.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
92% My Pure Land (2017) A feminist perspective and a novel location add a new angle to a story which, in many ways, follows a classic Western format.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
No Score Yet The Last Photograph (2017) Although the story deals with emotionally wrenching themes, there is a coolness here which keeps us at arm's length.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
4/5 67% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2016) This is a film that celebrates the exchange of ideas, creating a microcosm for independent thought that is every bit as fertile as the fecund mountain farmlands where Berger made his home.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
1/5 21% The Book of Henry (2017) The plot combines child cancer death and pre-teen sexual abuse with such syrupy superficiality that it makes your teeth hurt.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
2/5 67% Souvenir (2016) Even the great Isabelle Huppert can have a misfire, it seems.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
4/5 100% Edith Walks (2017) The route is as the crow flies, but it's embellished with glorious curlicues of eccentricity.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Perhaps you need to be huffing petrol fumes (or whatever it is that the autobots run on) but 149 minutes have rarely felt so interminable.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
3/5 98% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) Set in and near Hiroshima during the second world war, this gentle but slightly unfocused anime looks at Japan through the eyes of an 18-year-old girl.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
1/5 44% Hampstead (2017) This ghastly faux-mance pays lip service to the housing crisis but has as much genuine empathy as someone whose main concern about rising rents is whether it might push up the price of nannies.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2017
18% All Eyez on Me (2017) It is hard to really get a sense of the rapper as a character, so armoured is he by the crackling forcefield of anger which builds exponentially along with his success.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
3/5 73% Ballerina (2016) Nineteenth-century Paris is handsomely captured in pleasing sun-dappled computer-animation. And the message of fortitude and resilience is undercut with humour.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) No amount of clunky expository dialogue can untangle this mess of bones, bandages and bald commercial cynicism.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
3/5 89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) (2017) It's a light-footed shimmy of a performance from Gere, who connects us with an unexpected dignity in the soul of this professional parasite.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
2/5 31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) The final twist ramps up the feverish silliness of a story that is already unintentionally daft.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
2/5 48% Wilson (2017) Despite the mordant humour and the full-throttle chaos of Harrelson's performance, we struggle to connect with any emotional truth here.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017
4/5 72% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Shortland delves into the knotty complexity of the co-dependent relationship between captor and captive.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2017