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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) Stephen A. Russell Positively glowing, it just might be one of the sweetest gay films to come out of England since Beautiful Thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
5/5 The Little Fugitive (1953) Eric Hynes Like childhood itself, it's over before you're ready to let it go. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
4/5 Encounter (2021) Hanna Flint Pearce shows both a visual and thematic appreciation for genre films in all sorts of endearing and enigmatic ways. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
4/5 Official Competition (2021) Philip De Semlyen Banderas and Martínez play their catty thesps dead straight to generally hilarious effect, while Cruz cuts loose as a fiery artiste prone to dancing the floss in moments of stress. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
3/5 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Stephen A. Russell As envisioned by Japanese director Sion Sono, the brains behind blood-drenched show Tokyo Vampire Hotel and flushed turtle-turned kaiju film Love & Peace, it's a hoot. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
2/5 The War Below (2021) Noah Barnett The War Belowis a story of duty and sacrifice, so heartstring-plucking comes pretty much guaranteed. But for all its authentic-feeling soldierly banter, the script never really humanises the men. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
4/5 Django & Django (2021) Philip De Semlyen An entertaining documentary that's a proper tummy tickle for fans of the genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
1/5 Halloween Kills (2021) Philip De Semlyen It all feels so rote and old-school, especially during such an exciting era for the genre. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
4/5 The Hand of God (2021) Philip De Semlyen Aside from iconic footballers -- and this film comes with a serious trigger warning for English football fans -- The Hand of God is backdropped by azure waters of the Gulf of Naples and a tapestry of extended family life that's a joy to witness. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
4/5 The Alpinist (2021) Philip De Semlyen Pack some motion sickness tablets and experience it on the biggest possible screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
4/5 Dune (2021) Philip De Semlyen Okay, technically it doesn't have an ending, and not everyone will get along with the levels of patience Villeneuve demands of his audience, but those who do will be rewarded with precise storytelling, visual fireworks and some god-level world-building. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
4/5 Spencer (2021) Sophie Monks Kaufman Showing how the dream of being a rich and beautiful princess curdled into a nightmare might sound like a hard sell, but Spencer pulls it off in heightened, claustrophobic and truly decadent fashion. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
4/5 Last Night in Soho (2021) Philip De Semlyen It all makes for an immersive evocation of time and place, and a more sober, if still stylish, filmmaking flex from Wright. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
The One and Only (1978) Geoff Brown If only the madcap strain had been strengthened, the film might have achieved more momentum; as it is, with good performances all round, it's pleasant but so-so. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
4/5 Candyman (2021) Amon Warmann Right from the first frame, DaCosta is always doing something interesting with the camera. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
3.5/5 Respect (2021) Stephen A. Russell Hudson sure steps up to the challenge, dazzling with the song that lends its name to the film's title EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
2/5 Reminiscence (2021) Anna Smith Reminiscence has imagination to spare, but it doesn't deliver the precious memories it promises. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
3/5 People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) Philip De Semlyen Long-time fans will love it, even if its charms wear a bit thin for anyone who doesn't already have Kurupt FM on their dial. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
4/5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Olly Richards Even though it doesn't stick the landing, Shang-Chi is one of the better Marvel intros. Thor and Captain America both debuted in films less assured than this, and look how they developed. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
2/5 Lucky (2011) Joshua Rothkopf It gets bogged down in slo-mo indie quirk when it should be faster, more in our face. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
El Norte (1983) Chris Peachment El Norte gives us a vision of the downside of the American dream. The film's concentration on the plight of its young hopefuls, however, is done with much humour and compassion, so that the tragedy of its message is very bracing. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
The Legacy (1979) Paul Taylor Dumps its statutory American leads (Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott) into a hardly-stirred plot-pot of diabolic conspiracy - and slowly congeals. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2021
4/5 The Suicide Squad (2021) Dan Jolin Gunn gels it together with a wicked sense of humour and an evident affection for his characters who, though not so endearing as his Guardians of the Galaxy, are a hoot to hang around with. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 The Courier (2020) Philip De Semlyen Don't expect anything on the same scale as Cumberbatch's last spy thriller, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy... If you're on the hunt for an old-fashioned spy flick, through, The Courier has just enough le Carré-ish thrills to get by. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 Jungle Cruise (2021) Olly Richards It seems rather coldly engineered, but that doesn't mean the result is without charm. In fact, it's packed with it. A huge part of the reason Jungle Cruise clips along cheerfully is the perfect casting of Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 Stillwater (2021) Hanna Flint Damon's chemistry with both Cottin and Siauvaud is charming to watch while his 'stoic​al​, simple man seeking atonement' storyline is rather moving. You can't help but root for the philistine. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
3/5 Night of the Kings (2020) Huw Oliver The film may be hard to follow -- CGI elephants stampeding in one minute, IRL news footage appearing the next -- but it's gloriously inventive too. Now, have you heard the one about the Ivorian prison? EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 Riders of Justice (2020) Philip De Semlyen What separates the ensuing mayhem from a thousand generic thrillers out there is an impish streak and writing that smartly juggles big ideas, mad gun battles and guilty laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 Hit the Road (2021) Philip De Semlyen The acting is note perfect across the board: six-year-old Rayan Sarlak is an effervescent explosion of rascally energy, while Madjooni is funny, laconic and pissed-off -- often all at once. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
2/5 Old (2021) Stephen A. Russell Shyamalan has never excelled at dialogue, but the mangling here is gobsmacking. Particularly when we're expected to swallow a six​-​year​-​old discussing mortgages. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime (2021) Philip De Semlyen Belle is also incredibly funny, gear-shifting from soaring uplift and plunging lows to bone-dry comic moments that Hosoda edits perfectly to nail the endless awkwardness of high-school romantic encounters... EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2021
The Runner (1984) Pierre Hodgson Young Nirumand gives a performance to make Rossellini weep, and the soundtrack is a joy. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2021
4/5 Memoria (2021) Philip De Semlyen It's an exercise in mindfulness that asks you to give yourself over to it lock, stock and barrel. If you're willing to do that, you can cancel that meditation course. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
5/5 The Restless (2021) Dave Calhoun It's a film that oozes clear-eyed empathy and has the lived-in feel of a story, director and cast working in strong harmony. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Paris, 13th District (2021) Philip De Semlyen It's maybe not a major Audiard work - not in comparison with A Prophet and The Beat My Heart Skipped - but Paris, 13th District is definitely a film that speaks to the moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 The French Dispatch (2021) Philip De Semlyen The richness of its world-building is a delight, as ever, but the heart that elevated Moonrise Kingdom is not in such ready evidence here, nor the sharp wit and effervescent storytelling of The Grand Budapest Hotel. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Titane (2021) Philip De Semlyen A dazzling, horrifying, tender, often brilliant, occasionally baffling and always wildly singular vision of lives and bodies in transition. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
5/5 A Hero (2021) Dave Calhoun A superb morality play that immerses us deeply in a society's values and rituals and keeps us guessing right to its powerful final shot. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Petrov's Flu (2021) Dave Calhoun This is some flu: it plunges us into a deeply strange and unsettling version of reality. It's undeniably confusing, but it leaves you with a powerful, if imprecise, feeling of a society that's sick from something far worse than a passing virus. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
3/5 Casablanca Beats (2021) Philip De Semlyen You'd travel a long way with Casablanca Beats's characters - it's just a shame the film doesn't quite take us the distance. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Compartment No. 6 (2021) Dave Calhoun As bleak as the settings may be, it has a delicious black comic streak and shares the buzz of personal re-awakening without ever feeling obvious or cheap. It turns out to be a beacon of warmth amid a frozen wasteland. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
4/5 Cow (2021) Dave Calhoun There's nothing cloying or corny about the way Arnold depicts these beasts. What she gives us is a straightforward slice of a cow's relentless life of muck, milk, breeding and feeding. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 The Souvenir: Part II (2021) Dave Calhoun Searching, leftfield, strange and imaginative -- you could call The Souvenir Part II all those things. It's also sensitive and funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 The Worst Person in the World (2021) Dave Calhoun Any film that can combine questions of mortality with funny, fully alive scenes of sex, social awkwardness, professional screw-ups and throwaway fun is a rich one. Its brilliant, full-on performance from Reinsve deserves to be celebrated far and wide. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
3/5 Benedetta (2021) Dave Calhoun Treat Benedetta as a pile-up of shallow pleasures undercut with a sardonic wink and some fairly obvious comments on power and corruption, and there's fun to be had. Look for any deeper logic and you'll be disappointed. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (2021) Dave Calhoun For Haroun, clarity is clearly king. The film feels more powerful in the moments when it spotlights and celebrates female collaboration, insisting on it in a world that's built and run so heavily in favour of men. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
3/5 Annette (2021) Dave Calhoun It's such a loopy endeavour overall that Annette will likely have some audiences running from it screaming as much as it will have others worshipping at its altar. It's a hard film to adore, but an easy one to thank for its very existence. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 Between Two Worlds (2021) Dave Calhoun Although Binoche is the film's star, her presence is smartly muted, allowing us time and space to discover the world as she does, and providing room for complexity in considering the ethics of his character's work and of Carrère's film itself. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
Last Train Home (2009) Keith Uhlich A deeply moving look at an unavoidably fractured family. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/5 Black Widow (2021) Philip De Semlyen A satisfying mix of muscle and emotion. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021