Scotsman

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Alistair Harkness Tarantino's finest work, Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood is a gorgeous celebration of everything that's magical about the movies and a savage exposé of everything disturbing lurking just beneath the surface of the industry. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Alistair Harkness Newcomer Isabela Moner, meanwhile, is an endearing ball of energy in the lead - wacky songs and all. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Transit (2018) Alistair Harkness It's a conceptually daring idea - the lack of specificity transforming its displaced protagonist, Georg's futile efforts to leave into a troubling, existential nightmare about the toxic air of paranoia that can't help but accompany any forced exodus. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Alistair Harkness Although Chadha's film is ultimately too sentimental to do full justice to Springsteen's work she is good at conveying the way music can feel as if it's speaking directly to you. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Alistair Harkness It's mawkish in the extreme - not helped by a lot of mystical chat about souls and reincarnation that brings back horrible memories of the similarly odd A Dog's Purpose. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016) Alistair Harkness [A]n intriguing film adaptation. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Holiday (2018) Alistair Harkness [T]he film carves out an identity of its own with Eklöf's detached, meticulously framed compositions reinforcing the rot beneath the film's yacht-filled world of luxurious idleness. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) Alistair Harkness Though a little too elliptical to be truly satisfying, it tells a familiar story with admirable gentleness. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 Animals (2019) Alistair Harkness Animals is the sort of film that's so desperate to be edgy it curdles into conventionality. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
2/5 () Alistair Harkness Padded out with embarrassing hip-hop inspired musical numbers, it's the sort of cringe-worthy British kids' films that will have its target audience running back to comfort of Pixar and Marvel. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Alistair Harkness [W]hile it's clearly also intended as a celebratory tribute to Marianne, she continues to be presented more as a mythological figure than as a human being with thoughts, feelings and desires of her own. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 () Alistair Harkness Allegations of collusion between the activists and the anglers duly follow but the film's strength lies in the way it subtly probes the murky role class plays in defining how a country presents itself to the world. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) Alistair Harkness Dramatising the literal and figurative power struggle that surged between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla... The Current War generates a few sparks but very little dramatic juice as it debates the merits of AC or DC. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 Gwen (2018) Alistair Harkness Despite teasing some supernatural elements though, William McGregor's film is too grounded in real-world bleakness to make its tale of patriarchal menace in mid-19th century Britain anything more than an artfully shot misery fest. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
1/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Alistair Harkness Director Annabel Jankel's overuse of beekeeping as a visual metaphor, meanwhile, just gets increasingly silly. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Alistair Harkness Mostly, though, this is a cheerful nostalgia simulator for parents who want to let their kids experience the film they remember in a format they'll appreciate and understand. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Crocodile (1996) Alistair Harkness that film's preoccupation with suicide and the need to find light even in the darkest realms of human existence demonstrates that these have been issues with which Kim has long grappled. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
2/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) Alistair Harkness Reprising the role he first played in Braveheart a quarter of a century ago, Angus Macfadyen - who co-wrote the script - makes a convincing case for Robert's battle weariness, but the story he's concocted to convey the themes lacks punch. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Alistair Harkness Yesterday squanders a promising premise by using it in service of a reactionary romcom about a bumbling guy learning to appreciate the beautiful best friend who's spent her entire adult life quietly pining for him. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 Support the Girls (2018) Alistair Harkness A leading dramatic role for rising star Regina Hall (Girls Trip) is the best reason to see Support the Girls. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Alistair Harkness The British high street has never seemed so strange. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Alistair Harkness With the 50th anniversary of the mission imminent, the film serves as both a glorious tribute to that moment and a positive, hope-filled reminder of the good that can be achieved even in times of great political turmoil. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Alistair Harkness What the film comes up with is manna from heaven for aficionados; the trenchant analysis had even this Alien nerd looking at the film in a new light. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
3/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Alistair Harkness It's hard to tell if the tonal inconsistencies are deliberate, but writer/director Riley Stearns certainly makes the most of them: the end result is intriguingly off-kilter. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alistair Harkness Bill Murray and Adam Driver feel like sly surrogates for a filmmaker now operating in a world that's far weirder than anything he's ever created... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Alistair Harkness Kael freed up film criticism with her slangy, evocative style and her willingness to pour her own life into her reviews; this film drains that life out of her work with its dull adherence to talking-head interviews and Wikipedia-style factoids. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Alistair Harkness It's an absolute gift of a film from a director whose understood that sharing was a key part of her creativity. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Alistair Harkness The end result is a sincere, audaciously complex, artistically rich attempt to grapple with the difficulty of figuring out how to articulate something meaningful in a medium built on artifice. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
() Alistair Harkness File under worthy but dull. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Alistair Harkness The special effects are certainly well done and the tech angle is a decent idea. If only the script was smart enough to pull off its post-modern flourishes. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) Alistair Harkness Pixar does pointlessness exceptionally well. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 () Alistair Harkness Boyz marks Doff out as a real talent to watch - and the young cast are a blast too. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Alistair Harkness A funny, illuminating portrait of a woman testing the relationship waters again with the wisdom of someone who has spent decades raising a family, but who has come to terms with the fact that she's no longer needed in quite the same way... EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Alistair Harkness It's a cliché-ridden role, but Thompson finds the grace notes in it. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Alistair Harkness A compelling origins story that imagines what might happen if an all-powerful superbeing turned bad instead of good. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
3/5 The Etruscan Smile (2018) Alistair Harkness A more entertaining prospect than its groaning fish-out-of-water premise initially promises. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Napszállta (2018) Alistair Harkness The cumulative effect is mesmerising, as vivid as a nightmarish dream that's too slippery to fully comprehend but too haunting to forget. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Ma (2019) Alistair Harkness An enjoyably trashy exploitation shocker... EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Alistair Harkness Unforgivably dull. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Alistair Harkness Cummings' protagonist is an empathetic marvel, a decent guy trying to hold it together as the world kicks him repeatedly in the groin. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Alistair Harkness The film traverses... new yet familiar territory with utter confidence, expertly subverting clichés at every turn and delivering great gags and brilliant performances. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Alistair Harkness As the film has it, music courses through every fibre of Elton's being, and these big show-stopping moments are a fun way of letting us understand the power music held over him... EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Irene's Ghost (2018) Alistair Harkness A haunting mix of documentary and animation in which British filmmaker Iain Cunningham turns detective to piece together the life story of his mother, who died before he could form any lasting memories of her. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
1/5 Breakthrough (2019) Alistair Harkness Breakthrough could have been done in an interesting way had its makers not been intent on turning it into a Sunday school recruitment video. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Alistair Harkness It's aesthetically atrocious. But as a record of one of greatest artists of the 20th century in her prime, it's a useful historical document... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 Beats (2019) Alistair Harkness Beats pulls off the tricky task of delivering a culturally specific coming-of-age movie in a way feels simultaneously cutting edge yet affectionate. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Alistair Harkness The effect is oddly distancing, but cumulatively intriguing, part of the holistic design of a film that is attempting to track the devastating impact of an increasingly globalised trade on a point in the supply chain that rarely features in movies. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 Final Ascent (2000) Alistair Harkness The film charts [MacInnes's] remarkable attempt to rescue himself from personal oblivion by re-engaging with his well-documented past - something the film smartly uses as a cue to look back at his incredible life and career. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Arctic (2018) Alistair Harkness Unfortunately, a script largely uninterested in the interior life of its main character proves the biggest obstacle to this transcending its status as just another man-vs-nature endurance test. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Alistair Harkness The plot pretty much recycles Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but it's fine for younger kids who perhaps don't have the bladder control for Avengers Endgame. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019