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      Wendy Ide

      Wendy Ide

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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) Rooney and Affleck never overplay their parts in fine performances that make you long for a smile from one of them. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 30, 2023
      2/5
      Master Gardener (2022) The weakest of Schrader’s stories foregrounding strong, silent, troubled men. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 28, 2023
      4/5
      Sisu (2022) Sometimes all you want is a grizzled Finnish gold prospector relentlessly slaughtering cartoon evil Nazis in a variety of inventive and messy ways. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 28, 2023
      3/5
      A Crack in the Mountain (2022) This well-meaning documentary sounds an ecological alarm, but rather ties itself up in knots exploring the issue. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 28, 2023
      4/5
      Full Time (2021) Watching the picture is a bit like getting your head clamped in a vice. Allow time to decompress afterward. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 28, 2023
      Strangers by Night (2023) Makes heavy weather of what should be an airily impetuous connection. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 27, 2023
      Last Summer (2023) It is something of a jump to believe that the characters would act on their desire. And all the uncomfortably overlong scenes of breathless, panting abandon fail to convince otherwise. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 25, 2023
      American Gigolo (1980) Stylish and deliberately alienating, the film took its lead from European arthouse rather than Hollywood. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2023
      Fight Club (1999) David Fincher’s adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk novel is a shrewd and expertly crafted study of the male in crisis. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2023
      Grace (2023) A picture that explores generational tensions and a coming-of-age narrative distinctively and originally. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2023
      Légua (2023) A film that embraces the mundane rhythms of domestic service as a means to interrogate the end of an era, but which is too passive in its storytelling to drive its point home. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2023
      Power Alley (2023) A punchy, confrontational energy infuses this celebration of queer sisterhood in the face of Brazilian conservatism. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2023
      Do the Right Thing (1989) [Spike Lee] offers no solutions, but confronts us with the facts — the audience is left with no doubts about the authenticity of the story. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2023
      Neighbors (2014) What it does best is nail the angst of people realising that the birth of their baby also means the death of cool. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 23, 2023
      Club Zero (2023) It looks terrific – as always Hausner’s use of colour and costume is striking and eloquent – but this is a thinly-written picture that operates on a largely superficial level. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2023
      Lost Country (2023) This impressive, nuanced picture works as a coming-of-age story, an examination of Balkan generational guilt and a mercurial portrait of a career politician. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2023
      The Settlers (2023) The Settlers shows promise: it’s the work of a daring director intent on developing a distinctive and original voice. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 22, 2023
      Along Came Love (2023) This is a solid, watchable drama that... evocatively tallies the costs of living on the wrong side of social and sexual conventions in the 1950s and 60s. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      2/5
      The Other Fellow (2022) It’s messy, overstretched and dedicates too much time to a rather off-putting Swedish Bond obsessive who has officially changed his name and is possibly a few cylinders short of the full Aston Martin. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      4/5
      Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV (2023) This very enjoyable film explores his extensive body of work, much of it daringly ahead of its time... - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      3/5
      White Men Can't Jump (2023) It’s fine. But the abrasive edges of the original have been smoothed in favour of a safer, more generic template sport movie approach. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      4/5
      Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. (2023) A warm, emotionally agile adaptation of Judy Blume’s much-loved 1970 novel. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      4/5
      Under the Fig Trees (2021) [A] beguiling, sun-dappled drama... - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 21, 2023
      Banel & Adama (2023) It’s a remarkable performance from Mane, who conveys the mutinous, deluded anger in a young woman who would bend the world around her to her will if she could. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 20, 2023
      Four Daughters (2023) Four Daughters stands on its own as a distinctive, daring and original work. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 20, 2023
      How to Have Sex (2023) The writing is sharp throughout: Manning Walker has an acute ear for teen vernacular and a sly sense of humour. But some of the film’s most powerful moments are wordless, playing out in tight shots of Mckenna Bruce’s face. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 19, 2023
      Déserts (2023) The contrast in tones is more jarring than complimentary and, most crucially, the picture runs out of steam long before it draws to a close. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 19, 2023
      Tea With Mussolini (1999) Franco Zeffirelli drew on his early life for this evocative portrait of an expat community in pre-Second World War Italy. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2023
      The Nature of Love (2023) As sharp and perceptive as it is funny. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2023
      The Delinquents (2023) While the generous running time can feel a little overstretched in the final hour, for the most part, this is a rewarding, humorous fable that meanders between the city and the Cordoba hills, via lakes, hills and a stint in prison. - Screen International
      Read More | Posted May 18, 2023
      3/5
      A Light Never Goes Out (2022) The neon hues are so saturated, so rich, you almost want to swim in them. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2023
      2/5
      Dead Shot (2023) The characters are underwritten and the performances underpowered. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2023
      1/5
      Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023) If anything, the writing in this chocolate-box travelogue of a sequel is even lazier than that of the first film, with much cackling innuendo and sparkly narcissism... - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2023
      3/5
      Plan 75 (2022) This is subdued storytelling that, while it drags a little in its pacing, asks tough questions about society’s relationship with elderly people. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2023
      4/5
      The Eight Mountains (2022) Combines the earthy, rooted grit of Jack London with the vivid emotional landscapes of Elena Ferrante. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 14, 2023
      Moonstruck (1987) Earthy, immediate and very funny, this is enjoyable stuff. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) ... As satisfying as an epic yarn as it is as an intimate study of male friendship and courage. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      2/5
      The Laureate (2021) I have seen wallpaper samples that contain more inherent excitement than this spiritless picture. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      4/5
      Pamfir (2022) Balances muscular, crime-thriller tropes against moments of striking, unsettling beauty, tension and urgency against knottily complex character development. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      4/5
      Harka (2022) While the symbolism can land a little heavily at times, Bessa’s fiercely committed performance and the palpable anger in the storytelling are the picture’s driving force. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      4/5
      The Blue Caftan (2022) It’s a gentle piece of Arabic-language storytelling, one that softly, slowly enfolds the audience rather than propels them on a journey. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      4/5
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) A picture that balances a slightly overstuffed storyline with mischief, humour and the biggest of hearts. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted May 08, 2023
      2/5
      Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World (2023) It’s solidly and safely directed by George Tillman Jr, but will likely appeal more to the Christian cinema crowd than to the sports movie audience. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2023
      4/5
      Love According to Dalva (2022) It’s an uncomfortable watch, but this assured French-language debut from director Emmanuelle Nicot negotiates its disturbing subject matter with delicacy, sensitivity and honesty. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2023
      3/5
      Polite Society (2023) The pinballing plot is constantly surprising, and both Kansara and Arya sparkle in this kickass celebration of sisterly bonds. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2023
      4/5
      The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2022) This politely unassuming little film builds into a wrenching examination of grief, guilt and eventual closure. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2023
      4/5
      Rodeo (2022) While it doesn’t entirely work, the film is as fearless and in-your-face as its formidable central character. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2023
      American Psycho (2000) ... A ferociously intelligent, horribly violent and darkly funny parable of greed and violence. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2023
      And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007) This is an intelligent drama that radiates quality. - Times (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2023
      3/5
      Pacifiction (2022) With its slow-burning build, it is an unsettling, atmospheric piece that has something of the unknowable quality of the central character, with his glassy diplomat’s smile and shark’s eyes, inscrutable behind his blue-lensed sunglasses. - Observer (UK)
      Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2023
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