Zehra Phelan

Zehra Phelan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
London based Critic, Reporter and podcaster. Reviews have featured in Flavourmag, HeyUGuys and 2 Minute Telly, as well as UK, based TV show London Film Club and Mail Online.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 59% F9 (2021) You can't fault director Justin Lin for his tremendous eye for stunning locations and intricate stunt shots but when you are lacking any sort of charm or charisma it's surely time to finally take this franchise to the scrap yard. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
3/5 25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Big on popcorn fodder but lacking in as many laughs as its predecessor, this explosive generic picture at least gives us an hour and '40 minutes to switch off from the world and lose ourselves. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
4/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Who says we need Christopher Nolan and his twisty turny theatrics to save cinema when John Krasinski barely requires dialogue to get the job done. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
2/5 59% Rare Beasts (2021) an incoherent storyline filled with neurotic women and despicable, wholly unlikeable male characters. Made for the Gen Z generation of timely conversation with a typically pretentious narrative, there are momentary sparks that quickly fizzle out and die. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
2/5 45% Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (2021) It's an all-around fail from a writer, director and star on a number of disappointing levels, refusing to light the fuse for an explosive and thrilling offering. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
1/5 22% Chaos Walking (2021) A dull plodder where misogynistic men rule results in an empty husk of a story that should have kept its thoughts to itself. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 75% The Mauritanian (2021) It's a solid offering with exceptional performances from both Jodie Foster and Tahir Rahim that leaves its audience wanting a retaliation that never arrives. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
3/5 74% Cruella (2021) A fierce and fiesty central performance from Emma Stone is matched by a creatively cruel turn from Emma Thompson. The real star here is the production design and the costumes. A great fun film, with a wicked look. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) The love at the heart of the Conjuring films is still strong, and fans of the series will follow the Warrens anywhere. However the change of pace may scare off some of the hardened horror fans. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
4/5 95% In the Heights (2021) The perfect summer cinema blockbuster - Chu and Miranda have successfully translated the joyous emotional journey from stage to screen. The result is one of most vibrant and essential films to see this year. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
5/5 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) King's approach to this story is unique. Spotlighting the Judas figure with a brush of compassion but never taking away from the enormity of his actions is a fresh take on the biopic. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 60% How to Stop a Recurring Dream (2021) Ed Morris is off to a flying start to his feature film career. He captures the pain and anguish of fragmented families that bury their issues under the carpet with potent realism. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 49% Coming 2 America (2021) A lazy script forgetting this was supposed to be a comedy and its try-hard attitude that dunks this blah revisiting into the less than impressive follow-up pile. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
4/5 95% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Filled to the brim with an excellent Asian-American voice cast, you're guaranteed to feel all the feels, especially as we gallop towards an end that delivers a colourful burst of heartfelt cries of unity. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 79% Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) A catastrophic comedy that would have been best cut down to a 20-minute sketch show, just so we don't have to sit through the pain of Jamie Dornan's excessive musical numbers for one. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
2/5 28% Bliss (2021) While trying to emulate the dizzying heights of the Matrix, Owen Wilson and Selma Hayek are left floating through the void of a derivative mess - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 87% The Dig (2021) Don't be fooled by the digging and the dirt, this Netflix feature is one of those rare hidden gems just waiting to be unearthed. Quintessentially English, full of charm and tenacity Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan put in star performances. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3/5 45% The Little Things (2021) A bleak and slow burning serial killer story with its big names making up much of the work the narrative shortfalls necessitate. - HeyUGuys EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2021
4/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) A soaring ride of adrenaline that champions women as the stronger sex. Jenkins teaches us lessons whilst delivering that nourishing Friday night popcorn fodder. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 70% Godmothered (2020) A modern-day Elf for feminists, whilst enjoyable for its escapism, won't be turning any frogs into princes any time soon. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 77% Uncle Frank (2020) A drama full of mental turmoil, whilst having a bucket load of charm, threatened to drown in a subject just a tad water-downed for mainstream audiences. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 78% A Christmas Gift from Bob (2020) A tear-jerker to fill all our hearts with a little festive spirit and to remind us all of the power of human kindness - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Lead by an eloquently laden dialogue-heavy storyline, its mere presence of its four leading men is nothing but mesmerizingly captivating. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 89% Supernova (2021) A beautiful and tender love story in which dementia dictates the rules and unearths truly flawless performances from both its leading men. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
4/5 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) When life gives Radha Blank lemons, she makes lemonade and sticks two fingers up those who use age to stop you doing what makes you happy. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 88% Les Misérables (2020) Ladj Ly's feature directorial debut clings to the provocative nature of La Haine with empathy and ferocity. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
3/5 70% Tenet (2020) Christopher Nolan's mind-bending melting pot of confusion is a visually epic phenomena, but its vagueness and headache-inducing storyline leave a sour taste. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/5 28% Suburbicon (2017) A mixture of the racial tones, the murderous plot and the humour makes this a confusing mess of storytelling. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 86% Wonder (2017) Manipulates the tear ducts and the heartstrings with a choking effect with a lack of investment into its supporting characters diluting the inoffensive script of any edgy nuance. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A spunky ball of energetic entertainment, with a whole lot of fun and heartwarming moments. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/5 29% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Shockingly disappointing, it's undeniably time for the tired Bella's and its creative team to finally hang-up its boots. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 57% The Greatest Showman (2017) A festive musical treat with an enchanting performance from Jackman and a feel-good soundtrack you'll be hunting down as soon as you leave the cinema. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 79% All the Money in the World (2017) A soaringly gripping story that sucks you from the very beginning, transporting you on a thrill ride of unfathomable proportions. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) There is no doubt, had it not been for Oldman and the visually stunning composition of the film, Joe Wright's prelude to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk could have been a completely different film. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 88% The Post (2018) Multi-layered rich visitation to the era of 1971, is a timely stirring masterpiece and a reminder of how far we have come. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
5/5 97% Coco (2017) Sumptuously delightful, tenderly heartfelt with humour and culture, Coco is an emotional triumph. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 55% The Commuter (2018) The cliché plot and the predictability of its outcome hurtling at high speed throughout the storyline make The Commuter a surprisingly fun Friday night pleaser. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 81% Early Man (2018) Light-hearted humour frequently falls on deaf ears giving an air of a rush job to get this completed, Bland runs through its defence and lands a spectacular free kick. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
5/5 91% Journey's End (2018) Stripes back to just the essentials and delves deep into the souls of those forced onto the front lines of doom. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
5/5 91% Phantom Thread (2018) A sumptuously crafted masterpiece of icy opulence, elegance and a rigid yet bold humour. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 55% Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) A richly subtle compelling character study which struggles to overcome its own meandering plot. - 2 Minute Telly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 96% Black Panther (2018) Coogler firmly sports his crown in blurring the lines between the cultural importance Black Panther is set to play in bringing down the dinosaur illusions of Hollywood. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
5/5 92% The Shape of Water (2017) Simply beautifully enchanting and brutally mysterious, visually luscious and mesmerising, del Toro is a cinematic genius. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) A psycho-drama that evokes the splendour of Martin Scorsese' Taxi Driver with a broodingly paced plot, relying heavily on suggestion than any real brutality. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) A glimmer of a heart but has a massive hole in its universal soul, lacklustre performances and a weak plot with more holes than Swiss cheese. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 87% Tully (2018) With many light-hearted touches, the doom and gloom of what, at times, seems like a single parent scenario dissipates. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 94% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) Tough yet really inspiring, A timely, articulate voice that bellows with brave audacity. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
4/5 90% Studio 54 (2018) Embodies the hedonistic voice of the essential and legendary club; an end of a definitive era that strips bare the sugar coating with forthright honesty and absolutely no shame. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/5 23% Overboard (2018) Trying too desperately to be funny has exerted the opposite desired effect; the finished product is dull as dishwater. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
3/5 69% Adrift (2018) A one-woman crewed voyage of grit and determination, one that frequently gets lost in its convoluted storyline. - Flavourmag EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020