Empire Magazine

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Helen O'Hara A victory lap that moonwalks through the best part of the MCU back catalogue and emphasises emotion as much as action, this is an intensely satisfying piece of blockbuster filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Ella Kemp Eighth Grade doesn't capture the world ending, but never discredits the moments when Kayla feels like it could. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
4/5 Loro (2018) Ian Freer Like Berlusconi himself, Loro is bloated and overstuffed, but Sorrentino's film is a compelling mixture of the whimsical and the sleazy, the hedonistic and the sad. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Nick De Semlyen Impossible to dismiss, but hard to warm to. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 A Dark Place (2018) Ben Travis Steel Country's ambition often exceeds its grasp, but is valiant in its attempts to confront societal issues through a solid mystery plot - even if Andrew Scott's performance threatens to unbalance it. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
5/5 Threads (1984) Sam Toy Threads is most successful by its merciless refusal of sentimentality - every second is played for realism; this is a documentary of a nightmare, as we are taken, via a young unmarried couple, through a nuclear strike on Sheffield circa 1984, and beyond. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Ian Nathan Reappraisal is not due. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Amon Warmann Despite strong performances from Cookson and Dench, this potentially exciting espionage tale is dreary and forgettable. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Kambole Campbell Despite a familiar, somewhat tedious set-up, Greta truly comes into its own in the final act, a '90s thriller throwback elevated by Isabelle Huppert tearing up the scenery and dancing all over it. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Ian Freer The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a strange but enjoyable mishmash of genres and ideas held together by the gravitas and class of Sam Elliott. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Beth Webb Either choose to dwell on Little's formulaic storyline, or be charmed by the confident comedic performances of its three stars. One will lead to an infinitely more fun time at the movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) John Nugent Plenty of shock and gore, and David Harbour is more than worthy to wear the horns. But this is a reboot in need of a reboot. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Ian Freer mid90s is funny, observant and true. If the Wu Tang Clan and Ren & Stimpy references don't resonate, the portrait of finding your people and them schooling you in the world will. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Terri White A seemingly well-worn narrative becomes a more interesting look at the responsibilities and rights of being a mother with a dream. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Ian Freer It aspires to be Inside Out but falls way short. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Ian Freer Happy As Lazzaro is s-l-o-w and its narrative twist will alienate some. But this is deliberate, singular filmmaking, at once poetic and down-to-earth, from an unsung talent. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Chris Hewitt (UK) A decent, if inessential, take on one of Stephen King's best novels. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 Missing Link (2019) John Nugent A charming family-friendly story about adventure and friendship - told with bar-raising artistic craft and technical skill. We'd expect nothing less from Laika. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 Hello, Dolly! (1969) David Parkinson Emphasis has been placed on extravaganza, when it should really have been placed on getting good performances out of a talented cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
3/5 Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995) Ian Nathan Die Hard With A Vengeance is better than Die Hard 2, but not as good as the peerless original. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2/5 Xanadu (1980) William Thomas This modern musical with tunes written by Where Are They Now pop band ELO falls flat on its face simply because the premise is so utterly ludicrous. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 () Dan Jolin The film is let down by an approach that goes for impact over insight, but Last Breath is a worthy entry to the 'hostile environment' documentary subgenre. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Stepmom (1998) William Thomas Roberts holds her own with a very attractive performance, admittedly given that hers is the character who is likeable, good-humoured and too good to be true. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Nick De Semlyen An eccentric, funny yarn filled with eccentric, funny characters, Audiard's oater deftly twists Western tropes, sending its charming, ramshackle heroes scurrying from one bizarre incident to the next. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
1/5 Billy Madison (1995) Ian Nathan Where Dumb And Dumber was clever enough to play dumb to amuse the child in all of us, this suffers under the illusion that just having a central character blissfully unaware of the need for a brain is actually a funny concept. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 Practical Magic (1998) Angie Errigo It tootles along being cute... but to further its notions of sisterhood and the power of women, it also takes a spin through Thelma And Louise territory, then revisits The Exorcist to up the supernatural content. It's enough to make your head spin. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2019
2/5 Zombie: Uncut (1979) Kim Newman A few memorable scenes but this doesn't keep up the pace or plausability sufficiently. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Dan Jolin An impressive sift through one of the UK's weirdest pop-cult phenomena, even if it doesn't manage to unpick the strange relationship between Sievey and Sidebottom. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Ian Freer Leisurely and light on excitement, The Highwaymen is enjoyable, getting by on the chemistry of its two stars and strong filmmaking. But strangely, it feels more old-school than its 50-year-old predecessor. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/5 Eaten by Lions (2018) David Parkinson Making splendid use of its seaside setting and cannily exploring issues of xenophobia, integration, disability and family, this isn't particularly original. But its heart is definitely in the right place. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Ian Freer Vibrant and intoxicating, At Eternity's Gate is a terrific study of both an artist at work and the fragile nature of genius. And Willem Dafoe gives one of the performances of his career, inhabiting and illuminating a complex, crumbling soul. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/5 See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) James Rampton The credits for 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil' show that there were five scriptwriters (including Wilder himself). What on earth were they all doing? EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
1/5 Zardoz (1974) William Thomas You have to hand it to John Boorman. When he's brilliant, he's brilliant (Point Blank, Deliverance) but when he's terrible, he's really terrible. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 Out of Blue (2018) Ella Kemp Morley's fussy neo-noir reveals an incapability to build a bridge between supernatural imagination and convincing drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Ian Nathan We've been there, done that, and bought the plastic orang-utan figurines. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/5 Harlem Nights (1989) William Thomas Unfortunately, a real comedy needs a decent plot, interesting characters and some kind of creative context to work out of. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
3/5 Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Ian Nathan Clint doing roughneck humour with an orang-utan, what's not to like? EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 The 'Burbs (1989) Kim Newman It fumbles at the last moment... but this is still mainly a pleasantly nasty delight that was strangely overlooked in the cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
1/5 Orca (1977) Ian Nathan A cheap and tacky attempt by producer Dino De Laurentiis to cash on the phenomenon of Jaws. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 Dumbo (2019) Ben Travis Come for the super-cute elephant, stay for Keaton and DeVito's glorious reunion. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Kim Newman The hardest power to depict onscreen is the wisdom of Solomon, but Shazam! makes clever decisions, mixing middle school snark with disarming sweetness. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Beth Webb Sprouse and Richardson are proven heavyweights in the young-adult pocket of Hollywood, but this soft-hearted teen romance spreads on sugary sentiment too thickly to leave a lasting message. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
1/5 Mannequin (1987) Gavin Bainbridge A pallid shopfloor fairytale with absolutely no magic to speak of. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Ben Travis Its skating sequences are impressive, but it's the intimate examinations of fracturing friendships and emerging adulthood that make Minding The Gap surprisingly resonant. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Ian Freer An interesting, challenging mess. The White Crow offers lots that's impressive - Ivenko as Nureyev, the dance sequences, a knuckle-whitening last 20 minutes - but can't render it in a dramatically engaging way. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Chris Hewitt (UK) A stunning sophomore effort from Jordan Peele. Get in. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Helen O'Hara The storytelling is a little loose, but as a workplace comedy with a side-line in romance, this earns its laughs thanks to the immensely game Henson and a stellar supporting cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Ian Freer Part film industry satire, part winning love story, Benjamin is low-key and shambling but emerges funny, bittersweet and affecting. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Ian Freer Bolting together a fish-out-of-water story and a victory-of-the-underdog yarn, Fisherman's Friends delivers on neither front. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Liz Beardsworth Ben Is Back begins with nuance but is let down by its familiar Drugs Are Hell tropes. Still, the pairing of the ever-excellent Roberts and Hedges keep it a largely compelling watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019