The Mail on Sunday (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 () Deborah Ross We identify intensely because they are just like us and have had to negotiate the same experiences as us, and the series, which was once voted the greatest documentary of all time is, in effect, a meditation on what it is to be alive. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 Dirty God (2019) Matthew Bond Dutch film-maker Sacha Polak directs and, thanks to Knight's brave performance, delivers an unflinching film that, while undeniably harrowing and a tad overlong, has genuine heart and hope. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Matthew Bond With a final dance- floor scene to break the hardest heart, it's Moore's best film since Still Alice. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matthew Bond Despite the presence of pretty much the whole First Class gang... it doesn't reach the heights of Apocalypse, hampered by some occasionally dodgy visual effects and a familiar-feeling storyline that has rather too much of the Captain Marvel. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
5/5 Late Night (2019) Matthew Bond But what makes Late Night such an unexpected and delicious treat is that it does work - and quite wonderfully too. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 Thunder Road (2018) Matthew Bond Its laboured mix of dark humour and real sadness is likely to prove an uncomfortable watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Matthew Bond Sadly [Octavia Spencer's] reliably classy presence is not enough to save this standard teens-in-peril offering, with director Tate Taylor injecting neither the scares nor humour required. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Matthew Bond Honestly, I'd love to be able to say that in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters I saw some sort of grand cinematic homage at work... That's what I'd like to say, but unfortunately I can't. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Matthew Bond The animation is fabulous, the star-studded voice cast full of potential but the storyline is clumsily constructed. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Matthew Bond It does take a while to find its feet, and for Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever to convince as friends, but it's a funny, touching and slightly strange delight. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Matthew Bond The Egyptian-born Mena Massoud makes a convincing Aladdin, the British-born Naomi Scott is photogenic and tuneful as Jasmine, and Ritchie delivers the big musical numbers with surprising aplomb. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Matthew Bond [T]his is a film that hits you like a ton of bricks.Yellow road-building ones, naturally. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
2/5 () Matthew Bond This is apparently being released in more than 300 cinemas, which is strange as it's little more than an extended episode of the Nick Jr children's cartoon series on television and has no cinematic quality at all. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 Pick of the Litter (2018) Matthew Bond A word of warning: it's American, at times, very so. But it's worth sticking with as the story becomes more complex. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Beats (2019) Matthew Bond Trainspotting comparisons are unhelpful - the story is too slight and the pace too slow - but it's authentic, funny and touching, underpinned by our growing understanding that it's not just the rave scene that's coming to an end. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
2/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Matthew Bond Same old, same old, some will say; after all, this franchise has always been violent and is clearly not about to change given that the sequel's Latin subtitle translates as 'prepare for war'. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Matthew Bond Expect a Seventies Los Angeles setting, plenty of jump-scares and a generous dollop of The Exorcist. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 A Dog's Journey (2019) Matthew Bond Josh Gad's canine voiceover is as testing as the near two-hour running time. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Vox Lux (2018) Matthew Bond The film will divide opinion but the late Scott Walker's score is wonderful. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Matthew Bond This is surely one of the most welcome surprises of the cinematic year, with Jonathan Levine's enjoyable film showing that unorthodox casting combinations can work and that there is still life in the romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Tolkien (2019) Matthew Bond Anyone who was ever a Tolkien fan -- even if only for a few brief teenage years -- will find something to interest and enjoy here. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Pond Life (2017) Matthew Bond It's touching -- in parts -- but a tad self-conscious and uneven. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 Bel Canto (2018) Matthew Bond Well acted but lacking substance. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Matthew Bond At times, this is painful to watch...but Elsie Fisher is a naturalistic joy in the central role and there's an underlying and eventually rather touching optimism to what unfolds. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Matthew Bond If, like me, you've seen all 21 films that precede it, you won't begrudge it a single second. Definitely worth assembling for. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Red Joan (2018) Matthew Bond I loved the constant shifting to and fro in time between the younger...woman of principle and the older woman faced with the daunting prospect of finally paying for those principles. But it's the modest shift forward in history...that make the film work. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Matthew Bond What ensues relies rather too heavily on people doing stupid things and other genre clichés, but it's nicely acted by the two female leads and does feature two Jordan hallmarks. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Matthew Bond Mel Gibson stars as an ageing police detective in sudden need of money but it's only co-star Vince Vaughn who emerges with his reputation halfway intact. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
2/5 Little (2019) Matthew Bond It could be funny -- despite the best efforts of Issa Rae as her much-put-upon PA -- but it really isn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
1/5 Wonder Park (2019) Matthew Bond Even a voice cast that includes the great Tom Baker can't save it. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Matthew Bond There are some creative ill-judgments along the rites-of-passage way but a really good soundtrack eases the pain. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Hellboy (2019) Matthew Bond Loud music and an awful lot of swearing fail to disguise the obvious shortcomings. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Wild Rose (2018) Matthew Bond In their determination to give us something conspicuously different, they've ended up delivering a stubbornly uncompromising film that is easy to admire but surprisingly difficult to like. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Matthew Bond This retelling of the story of a sinister woodland graveyard that brings its occupants back to life is well acted but proves more silly than scary. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Missing Link (2019) Matthew Bond Still, it is commercial and funny and will fill a rainy Easter afternoon. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Yuli (2018) Matthew Bond The story addresses challenging subjects such as racism and homophobia, and Acosta's difficult father is beautifully played by Santiago Alfonso. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Matthew Bond It's wordy, slow-moving and reflective but it's also funny, well written and nicely played out by a cast firing on all guns. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Matthew Bond DC -- owner of the Batman, Superman and Justice League franchises, of course -- has found itself a new film superhero. And he's a winner. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999) Jason Solomons [But I'm a Cheerleader looks] like John Waters directing a hybrid of Private Benjamin and Girl Interrupted EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Matthew Bond Does he have time for one last love affair with a much younger man? I'm afraid, amid all the cigarette smoke and moody introspection, most of us will run out of patience before we find out. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 Us (2019) Matthew Bond While it's undoubtedly high time we saw more black leading characters in mainstream horror films -- and Lupita Nyong'o makes a good kick-ass mum here -- I remain unconvinced that he's really reinventing the wheel. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
4/5 The White Crow (2018) Matthew Bond Despite his clear preference for understatement, Fiennes delivers the big moments with undeniable skill. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
3/5 Benjamin (2018) Matthew Bond Colin Morgan is terrific as Benjamin, a struggling film-maker who finds stop-start solace with a French music student. But it's repetitive and eventually runs out of steam. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Matthew Bond Hidden codes and a naked, owl-mask-wearing murderess are all part of the well-made, seriously odd and protracted goings-on. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Matthew Bond Derivative, and maybe with too many basketball references for us, but well acted and good fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Matthew Bond Expect nice acting from Roberts and Hedges, an awful lot of swearing from the former and a Christmas Eve that seems to go on for ever. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Matthew Bond Slowly, however, the film gains its sea legs, helped by very nice performances from the three actors most naturally suited to their roles. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
5/5 Maiden (2018) Matthew Bond At first I thought Alex Holmes' documentary might as well be on telly, but the wonderful last hour is brilliantly effective and unexpectedly moving. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Matthew Bond Sara Colangelo writes and directs with understated style, while Gyllenhaal is her normal fearless self as a woman in the grip of a potentially life-changing obsession. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Todos lo saben (2018) Matthew Bond It's a surprise to see Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi...trying something more conventional, but he blends atmosphere and tension to terrific effect, while Cruz's real-life husband, Javier Bardem, is splendidly convincing as Laura's ex. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019