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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Dark Waters (2019) James Croot Mark Ruffalo is outstanding as a man willing to risk his career and own life to expose the truth about perfluorooctanoic acids and the ongoing effects they can have on livestock and human health. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Graeme Tuckett I walked out wondering if this is a serious early contender for a Top 10 of 2020 list, in 10 short month's time. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
4/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Graeme Tuckett It is compelling, engrossing and shocking, but never bleak or morbid. Bravo. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 Guns Akimbo (2019) James Croot Kiwi visual-effects-specialist-turned-writer writer-director Jason Lei Howden's return to the big screen is another gleefully over-the-top take on a well-worn genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/5 The Current War (2019) James Croot In the end, The Current War really does feel like a product of its past. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
4/5 Isha Ovedet (2018) Graeme Tuckett Better known as a documentarian, veteran Israeli director Michael Aviad brings an unblinking eye to this harrowing and thought-provoking tale of sexual harassment. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 Come to Daddy (2019) Graeme Tuckett Although it wears its inspirations and influences proudly and openly, there is still some originality and a clear voice here. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) James Croot CGI shortcomings... slightly blight what is actually a terrific performance from Harrison Ford. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.5/5 The Professor and the Madman (2019) Graeme Tuckett Expecting not much, I walked out of The Professor and the Madman happy enough to have seen it. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
The Lighthouse (2019) Graeme Tuckett The Lighthouse is a horror movie done just the way I like them. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Freedom (2019) James Croot Haunting and spellbinding storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Graeme Tuckett Going in a cynic, Swift - and Lane Wilson's film-making - won me over in the end. Bravo. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 The Legend of Baron To'a (2020) James Croot A crowdpleasing action-comedy that feels like a cross between Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, cult Kiwi movie Tongan Ninja and the weird and wacky criminal world of Guy Richie movies. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Graeme Tuckett For a film about the efforts to clear one man's name, the treatment of Scruggs in Richard Jewell seems like hypocrisy - with a side-order of misogyny - of the worst sort. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 A Guide to Second Date Sex (2019) James Croot Not everyone will embrace Guide's frankness and awkwardness, but it offers a welcome, unpolished antidote to the usual gleaming, but shallow Hollywood rom-com fare. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Graeme Tuckett It makes me happy enough to come back with the news... that Sonic the Hedgehog is a far-better-than-average thrash at the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 EMMA. (2020) James Croot Nighy and Miranda Hart (as the bumbling, breathless Miss Bates) are terrific in their cameos, while the choice of Goth and Taylor-Joy (best known for their performances in horror movies like Suspiria, The Witch and Split) seems truly inspired. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Graeme Tuckett It's frenetic, giddily paced, stylish as all hell and bounces along with a likeable goofiness that won me over more than any DC movie has for years. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/5 For Sama (2019) Graeme Tuckett It is confronting and occasionally shocking. But also warm, moving, often surprisingly funny and utterly crucial. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Graeme Tuckett As imagined and filmed by Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life is a vast and meditative biopic that moves well beyond the confines of the story it is ostensibly here to tell. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Beats (2019) Graeme Tuckett As Johnno and Spanner, Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald are engaging, charismatic and basically perfectly cast. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
The Two Popes (2019) Kylie Klein-Nixon At its heart, The Two Popes is really about two old chaps, who just happen to be a Pope and a Pope-in-waiting, finding something liberating in an unexpected friendship. And what a blessing that story is. Don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3.5/5 Seberg (2019) James Croot Another terrific showcase for the talented Stewart. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3.5/5 The Grudge (2020) Graeme Tuckett An example of some quite startlingly good film-making. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 La belle époque (2019) James Croot Joyously complex and infectiously joyful. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
4/5 Frida. Viva la vida (2019) Graeme Tuckett Go see Frida: Viva La Vida. There is a lot not to love about the film, but you would be a bloody fool to not love the life. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4.5/5 The Specials (Hors normes) (2019) James Croot The French film-making duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano have done it again. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 Midway (2019) James Croot One of America's greatest intelligence failures and most important naval battles presented with all the nuance of a shoot-em-up video game. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 Underwater (2020) Graeme Tuckett Underwater does a lot of things right... but this mostly a muddled, rushed and over-complicated thrash at a genre that needs clear and concise storytelling to really work. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1.5/5 Like a Boss (2020) James Croot Both Haddish and Byrne are very talented comedians. But this is not their finest hour-and-20-minutes. Everything about this flat, fatuous scenario feels forced and rushed. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Graeme Tuckett In the "what film was robbed of an Oscar this year?" debate, the case is closed. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 The Third Wife (2018) James Croot This is a gorgeously shot, yet unflinching (although not prurient) look at a young woman attempting to survive and thrive in difficult and repressive conditions. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) James Croot This could have been cloyingly twee and sappily sentimental, instead it is heartwarming and endearing. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) James Croot Werner Herzog has a knack for unearthing colourful characters with fascinating stories. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
The Aeronauts (2019) James Croot A kind of Touching the Void-meets-Gravity - with sumptuous costuming - The Aeronauts is well worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Dolittle (2020) Graeme Tuckett There's a refreshing light-heartedness and good nature about this film that I liked more than I was expecting. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Graeme Tuckett I'm actually kinda delighted to report back that this Bad Boys scrubs up well. It might even be the best film of the bunch. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 My Spy (2020) James Croot Former wrestler Bautista is adept at both physical and verbal humour and, teamed with former Flight of the Concords' co-star Schaal, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments for viewers of all ages. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Graeme Tuckett Bombshell is an extraordinarily well acted and more than competently made film. But it misses by miles the raw engagement and visceral gut punch of, say, Spotlight. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3.5/5 () James Croot A bittersweet, charming tale which feels like an Ealing comedy-meets-Ken-Loach-lite. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 Playing With Fire (2019) Graeme Tuckett Playing With Fire is a good natured load of old rubbish that the kids mostly laughed along with. If that sounds like a recommendation to you, then have at it. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
4/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) James Croot As perhaps expected, the true delights of Aardman's latest effort are in the details. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) James Croot A war film that will take you on both a physical and emotional journey, 1917 is likely to be remembered as one of the great movies of 2020. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
3.5/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Graeme Tuckett Every Ritchie trope is present and correct. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Graeme Tuckett Spies in Disguise is a gem of a film. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 Cats (2019) Graeme Tuckett It's not the film-making that is wrong with Cats, it's the fact that the film even exists. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
6 Underground (2019) James Croot Reynolds has clearly been hired to deliver Deadpool-esque deadpan, which he does with aplomb. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Graeme Tuckett The Peanut Butter Falcon is an absolute gem. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
3.5/5 Happy New Year (2017) James Croot The ensemble cast tackle [Ben] Wheatley's memorable dialogue with aplomb, while also selling the increasingly chaotic scenarios. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 Zhi You Yun Zhi Dao (2019) James Croot Director Feng Xiaogang and screenwriter Zhang Ling have crafted a bittersweet love story that might be overly sentimental for some, but certainly packs an emotional punch. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019