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Wendy Ide

Wendy Ide
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 61% Snowden (2016) Snowden's intellect is most effectively conveyed in Gordon-Levitt's eyes - watchful, sober and clouded by doubt, they are a window into his impossible ethical quandary.‐ Observer (UK)
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2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Although sporadically very funny, this tale of an embattled business going all out on festivities in order to stay afloat is as predictable as Boxing Day indigestion.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
4/5 94% Life, Animated (2016) This documentary, through expressive sound design, appealing animation and Owen's observations, gives real insight into the mind of an autistic person.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2016
80% Chi-Raq (2015) This overlong picture is already repetitive and unfocused by the second act; by the third, it has made its point a thousand times over.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
3/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Although it's debatable whether we need another boxing movie, or whether there is anything new that can be added to an overcrowded genre, this serviceable true-life comeback story has a couple of things in its favour.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
3/5 62% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) The main issue, in the grim, rubbish-strewn naturalism of the film, is Jérémie Renier's overwrought performance and the abrupt third act reveal that he delivers.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
3/5 85% Sully (2016) Eastwood handles the action sequences with the same cool-headed efficiency as Sully brought to his piloting - you suspect that Eastwood felt a kinship with this no-frills, no-nonsense man who was just doing his job.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) With her sharp wit and a verbal maturity which far exceeds her emotional age, Nadine feels like Juno written by an actual teen rather than an ironic hipster.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
4/5 100% The Dreamed Ones (2016) The letters exchanged between the poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan form the basis for this intriguing exercise.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2016
2/5 74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Arresting as it is, however, there's a sense of wasted potential and shock tactics deployed for no reason other than to gross out the audience.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 100% The New Man (2016) Told simply through snatches of conversations with friends and family, and subtle sound design, this is a profoundly moving and revealing study of a life-changing event.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 88% United States of Love (Estados Unidos de Amor) (2016) The talented young writer-director Tomasz Wasilewski has an eye for eloquent framing and touches of absurdity, both of which evoke the work of Austrian film-maker Ulrich Seidl.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3/5 75% I, Olga Hepnarová (Já, Olga Hepnarová) (2017) Shot in black and white, with no music and a punishingly relentless rhythm of suffering, this real-life Czech drama is brutally austere.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) This highly entertaining twist on jazz age America breathes fresh life into the Potter franchise - and, with its themes of society divided and the persecution of minorities, the film finds itself to be perfectly timed.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
4/5 82% Indignation (2016) An elegantly muted, unashamedly talky period drama.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3/5 95% Gimme Danger (2016) With this punchy documentary, Jim Jarmusch makes a fairly persuasive case that the Stooges, fronted by snake-hipped rock legend Iggy Pop, were the greatest band of all time.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
2/5 46% Dog Eat Dog (2016) The plotting is muddy and the snickering amorality leaves a bad taste.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 93% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) It's a striking, sober film - the restrained use of music contrasts the exquisite devotional song of the sisters with the ugliness of their situation; the black and white of the habits is echoed in the stark winter landscape outside the convent walls.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
4/5 85% Don't Blink - Robert Frank (2016) With its punchy soundtrack, snappy editing and confrontational attitude, this documentary about the seminal photographer Robert Frank brilliantly captures the essence of the man.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
2/5 23% American Pastoral (2016) There's a crippling lack of emotional depth and honesty - it's hard to decide which is more stridently melodramatic, the bombast of the score or the shrill performances.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
2/5 86% Francofonia (2016) There's an unlovely self-importance to Sokurov's droning diatribe that rather distracts from the cultural significance of the subject.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
2/5 41% 100 Streets (2017) A solid cast can't save this soapy three-stranded London drama.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
5/5 93% Napoléon (1929) This magnificent piece of cinema history should be seen on the biggest screen possible.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) An achingly melancholy stop-motion animation about childhood tragedy, abandonment and the malleable nature of family.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2016
3/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Bob's weapons-grade cuteness is almost enough to power this slight but warm-hearted film by Roger Spottiswoode.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
4/5 93% Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016) At the very least, this will make you want to revisit his back catalogue. It may even prompt you to pick up a camera and make your own film.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
3/5 85% Girls Lost (Pojkarna) (2015) The intriguing promise of the setup is not quite sustained in the third act, but this heady, sensual picture captures something of the aching, longing and confusion of growing up in the wrong body.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
2/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) Instead of tear-jerking, this approach eventually sees the audience dry-eyed with irritation.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
4/5 70% The Darkest Universe (2016) A film that reveals its hand satisfyingly slowly.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
3/5 51% The Accountant (2016) Hopefully the inevitable sequel will plug some of the plot holes.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
4/5 100% My Feral Heart (2016) Achingly poignant and beautifully acted.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2016
80% Don't Call Me Son (Mãe Só Há Uma) (2016) Muylaert handles an atmosphere charged with intensely conflicting expectations with a light touch, and sparks of humour. The slight running time belies the emotional depth of Don't Call Me Son.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
3/5 89% Burn Burn Burn (2015) It's not wholly original, but Burn Burn Burn is nicely acted and emotionally authentic. Button shows real promise as a director.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
3/5 93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) It's a sporadically fascinating film that dips its toe into many different themes where perhaps it should have chosen to immerse itself in just one or two.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
4/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Cumberbatch makes the least immediately likable of the Marvel heroes into the most unpredictable and intriguing.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2/5 14% The Comedian's Guide to Survival (2016) Episodic and unfocused, the film meanders before deploying a highly unconvincing scene of long-awaited comic success.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2/5 81% Starfish (2016) A tale of endurance that is explored intimately but somewhat prosaically, this is probably better suited to television than cinema.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2/5 94% Ethel & Ernest (2016) The animation style is appealing and unthreatening, but the film lacks the beguiling magic of The Snowman or the thematic potency of When the Wind Blows.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
4/5 96% After Love (L'économie du couple) (2016) This is a superbly acted, unapologetically adult exploration of a relationship atrophied.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) As a viewing experience, it is both wearisome and stressful, like being lectured on Dante at gunpoint.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 63% Storks (2016) This unexpectedly charming animation bursts out of the screen with an aesthetic that is a sugar rush of cuteness.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) It's troubling, ambiguous, at times queasily unsettling, and an experience that is hard to shake off.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
4/5 89% Blood Father (2016) Some of the dialogue sounds a little written, though Gibson's tendency to bellow his lines like a wounded bull elephant compensates and carries us along with the story.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
4/5 56% War on Everyone (2017) It's not for everyone, certainly, but War on Everyone is a riot of bad behaviour.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
0/5 64% The Greasy Strangler (2016) Like an early John Waters movie but without the sophistication, this aggressively inane horror comedy manages to cram in every disgusting, deviant activity you couldn't begin to imagine.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
3/5 89% My Scientology Movie (2017) Less an in-depth investigation into the Church of Scientology than an entertaining but highly contrived string of scenes featuring Louis Theroux kicking an anthill and then watching the inhabitants react.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
2/5 50% The Guv'nor (2016) This is a slightly prurient documentary, which goes heavy on nostalgia for the good old days of the East End, when big men in sharp suits only hurt their own.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
4/5 96% 13th (2016) The words are so piercing and acute that we hardly need the stirring score that swirls in the background.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2016
71% Bleed For This (2016) Where the film works best is in evoking the brash blue collar Rhode Island backdrop that shaped Vinny Paz into the kind of man who refuses to let a spinal fracture end his career.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2016
2/5 47% Free State of Jones (2016) A fascinating and genuinely important period in American history is underserved here by an inelegant structure and unwieldy running time.‐ Observer (UK)
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2016