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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Blackbird (2019) James Croot At times, with its single location and erudite dialogue, it feels like a star-studded, well-choreographed stage play, but veteran director Roger Michell ensures it never feels like an airless chamber piece. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
2/5 Coming 2 America (2021) James Croot Talents like Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones are also wasted, as the story veers violently between schmaltz and smut, off-colour jokes and sloppy sentiments. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3.5/5 Food Club (2021) Graeme Tuckett The magnificently monikered director Barbara Topsoe-Rothenborg, manages to transcend the worst of the Eat Pray Love-Marigold Hotel-Mamma Mia cliches, even while her film is sticking to the expected beats of the narrative. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) James Croot A rollicking adventure filled with colourful characters, exciting action sequences, a fabulous heroine and a timely message for us all. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4/5 The Kid Detective (2020) James Croot Writer-director Evan Morgan's feature debut is a fabulous black comedy anchored by a terrific performance by former The OC and Scream 4 star Brody. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/5 The Girl on the Train (2020) James Croot As the narrative twists pick up speed, the plot starts to unravel and we're left with a resolution that seems both stunningly predictable and deeply disappointing. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/5 Never Let Me Go (2010) James Croot Flawed but fascinating, the lasting impression of Never Let Me Go is perhaps best summed up by Kathy: "None of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time." EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3/5 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) James Croot Yes, there's a terrific natural arc in charting Eilish's journey from barely-teenage unknown online sensation to sweeping last year's Grammys... [but] it all leaves you with just as many questions as answers. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
1/5 Are We There Yet? (2005) James Croot Are We There Yet? manages to be utterly tasteless, saccharine and unsatisfying all at once. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
3.5/5 Flightplan (2005) James Croot Fans of action flicks will lap this up, but for those expecting an adult thriller, the 11th-hour diversion into unexpected territory is unwelcome turbulence, marring what, up until then, had been a slick, smooth and extremely enjoyable ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/5 Boss Level (2021) Graeme Tuckett proving there is no idea so good it can't be improved by adding more explosions and car chases - is Boss Level. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
4.5/5 Supernova (2020) James Croot Elegant and elegiac, haunting and, at times, harrowing, little-known British writer-director Harry Macqueen's understated drama is a heartwrenching study of love and loss. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
4.5/5 Nerve (2016) James Croot Just as they did with 2010 "documentary" Catfish, directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman delivered another timely and terrifying film six years later. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3.5/5 Pelé (2021) James Croot As a tightly focused look on one man's influence and dominance of a global game for more than a decade, Pele is a more than entertaining watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
3.5/5 Robin Hood (2010) James Croot Borrowing heavily both visually and thematically from his earlier projects, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, Scott weaves together a solid tale that emphasises Robin's moral rise and John's travails in the opposite direction. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2021
3.5/5 Never Too Late (2020) Graeme Tuckett The support cast all do what they are paid for, and mostly pretty well. But Cromwell and Weaver together drag Never Too Late over the finish line by the scruff of its neck. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
2/5 Occupation: Rainfall (2020) James Croot The result is a tale that drags outside of its admittedly impressive, but same-y set-pieces, that appears to have had more time spent on prosthetics than plot and, criminally, doesn't bring Tem back until an hour in. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3/5 Wrong Turn (2021) James Croot A tale that offers plenty of twists and turns, a few genuine frights and an allegory that, while a little heavy-handed, reflects the current divide in modern day America. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/5 I Care a Lot (2020) James Croot Pike may have finally found the role that delivers her the awards success she richly deserves. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
3.5/5 Bad Boys II (2003) James Croot It still won't impress your granny with its excessive violence, colourful language and repeated unpleasantness, but Bad Boys II is two-and-a-half hours of total Bayhem. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story (2020) James Croot Fascinating and disturbing... If nothing else, Happy Happy Joy Joy will mean you'll never look at Ren & Stimpy the same way again. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
2/5 The Little Things (2021) Graeme Tuckett The Little Things wears its influences too blatantly, gives up its mysteries too easily and then resolves its one final dilemma - what's haunting Deacon exactly? - with an unsatisfying, unconvincing afterthought. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
4.5/5 The Matrix (1999) James Croot Overall, for a complicated scenario, things are pretty tight story wise and the film noir feel adds to the aesthetics. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
2/5 Ted 2 (2015) James Croot Fans of MacFarlane's style of humour will enjoy the frequent pop-culture segues... but it also recycles far too many ideas from Family Guy. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
2.5/5 Synchronic (2019) Graeme Tuckett Mackie and Dornan are both fine, though the script gives them nothing much to do except banter and argue. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
1/5 Love, Weddings & Other Disasters (2020) Graeme Tuckett Love Actually is at least skilfully assembled and written, and performed by a cast who bring charisma and commitment to the party. But Love, Weddings and Other Disasters is just an exhausting mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4/5 The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) James Croot There are surprisingly deep meditations on love and loss surrounding the occasional zingers, big gestures and countless cinematic references. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
4.5/5 Rocks (2019) James Croot Raw, heartbreaking and fresh. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3.5/5 Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal (2021) James Croot To that fabulous list of great Australian characters brought to life by Sam Neill, you can now add Frankie Scales. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
4.5/5 Minari (2020) James Croot Minari is the kind of evocative and absorbing family drama that is in short supply these days. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
News of the World (2020) James Croot At the movie's heart though are simply two terrific performances. Zengel is a revelation as the young double-orphan, conveying so much with few words, while Hanks, in his first Western, is as reliable as ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
4/5 The Book of Life (2014) James Croot An unexpected delight for all ages. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Life in a Day 2020 (2021) James Croot The result is a fabulous time-capsule of a particularly turbulent time in human history, a testament to the "art" of film editing - and just a tiny bit disappointing. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 Ammonite (2020) James Croot Stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are terrific, both apart and together... However, it feels like a film of moments, rather than a truly compelling whole. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Malcolm & Marie (2021) James Croot Further proof that Zendaya is one of the finest actors of her generation. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
4/5 High Ground (2020) Graeme Tuckett High Ground pretty much succeeds at every level it pitches itself at. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4.5/5 The Nest (2020) Graeme Tuckett There are enough layers and ideas here to spark any number of discussions on the way home. And probably enough to make a second viewing worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 Rurangi (2020) Graeme Tuckett A film to celebrate and enjoy. It is also - and I've never written this in a review before - a film that will quite probably save a few lives. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 76 Days (2020) James Croot Filled with raw emotion and selfless acts of humanity, it might lack the social and political punch of [Totally Under Control], but it's still brave, bravura and powerful film-making. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4.5/5 Shadow in the Cloud (2020) James Croot Shadow in the Cloud is a cinematic tour-de-force and terrific fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
2.5/5 The Longest Yard (2005) James Croot Populated by one-note stereotypes and reliant on one-dimensional action. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
3.5/5 The Light Between Oceans (2016) James Croot Director Derek Cianfrance brings the same level of emotional intensity and visual acuity that punctuated his critically-acclaimed 2010 film Blue Valentine. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
1.5/5 Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005) James Croot Get Rich's story, inspired by Jackson's life, simply doesn't gel. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
4/5 Palmer (2021) James Croot [Director Fisher Stevens] has crafted a nuanced and sometimes haunting tale of redemption, prejudice and acceptance. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
2.5/5 Pixie (2020) Graeme Tuckett A lazy and shamelessly unoriginal entry in a tradition that includes such gems as The Guard, Breakfast on Pluto, I Went Down, In Bruges and a dozen or more other, often terrific films. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
4.5/5 Another Round (2020) James Croot Another Round is an intoxicating drama that will make you re-examine your own relationship with "the demon drink". EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3.5/5 Summerland (2020) James Croot It's a story whose twists you can see coming a mile off, but that doesn't stop Summerland being a deeply satisfying watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/5 The Marksman (2021) Graeme Tuckett The Marksman isn't exactly a bad film. If it was, I might have enjoyed it a lot more. It is merely a tired, under-inflated, woefully cliched and unadventurous one. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 Belushi (2020) James Croot [Sn] engaging and enlightening documentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 The Rental (2020) James Croot A tale built on people's prejudices, misconceptions and misunderstandings (including the audiences'), The Rental may not reinvent the genre or rock your world, but it's well worth checking out. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021