The Mail on Sunday (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Let Him Go (2020) Matthew Bond Melodramatic but worth catching for Lesley Manville as a terrifying backwoods matriarch. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2/5 Come Away (2020) Matthew Bond But parents be warned: despite attempts to blend Alice In Wonderland with Peter Pan and emphasise the power of a child's imagination, it has some pretty dark moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Matthew Bond Sadly it's not quite as good as the original, but for sheer spectacle it still takes a lot of beating. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 Luxor (2020) Matthew Bond It's not a film to set the world on fire - the pace is slow but there are enjoyable amounts of sun, exotic foreign climes, extended scenes in those extraordinary ancient ruins, a bit of magic and a quietly upbeat ending. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Matthew Bond Vanessa Taylor's screenplay jumps fashionably backwards and forwards in time, making it difficult, initially, not just to understand how J. D. escaped but also the origins of the complex family problems that held - and still hold - him back. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 A Place Among The Dead (2020) Matthew Bond Part stylised documentary - Gary Oldman and Anne Rice are interviewed - part bloody murder mystery, it's an acquired taste. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 Saint Frances (2019) Matthew Bond The film eventually delivers some powerful and touching moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 A Christmas Gift From Bob (2020) Matthew Bond Luke Treadaway's thoroughly downbeat performance as James won't be for everyone, and the storyline is a touch thin, but its heart is in the right place. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Matthew Bond Geraldine Viswanathan is hugely engaging as the memorabilia-obsessed New York gallery assistant. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Matthew Bond It's Bill & Ted and it's impossible not to love them, at least a little. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 23 Walks (2020) Matthew Bond It's a bit slow to get going, and could have done with better chemistry between the two leads, but does feature nice parks and one of the most startling sex scenes you'll see all year. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Matthew Bond On The Rocks is a small, strange film but it's rich in New York atmosphere, touching about the complexities of family relationships, and Murray and Jones are very sweet together. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
2/5 Hope Gap (2019) Matthew Bond That's undoubtedly an interesting idea but Grace (Bening) and Edward (Nighy) are so odd and awkward together, you can't believe their marriage would have lasted a week, let alone the 29 years it apparently has. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 () Deborah Ross It's sometimes funny, but mostly it is extremely powerful and involving, with a wonderful cast of secondary characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
2/5 () Deborah Ross Admittedly, he is brilliant at what he does. You're always left scratching your head. How? How? How did he do that? But here, alas, we didn't even properly see what he did. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
1/5 Unhinged (2020) Matthew Bond I think you can see where we're heading for the next very nasty 90 minutes, in a film conspicuous for its complete inability to say anything interesting about mounting anger levels in the modern age. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 () Deborah Ross This documentary on Captain Sir Tom Moore -- he enjoyed being knighted "very much" -- was every bit as charming as Sir Tom himself. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2020
3/5 Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) Deborah Ross This was not a groundbreaking documentary. It was the usual. Talking heads. Old footage. But it was still absorbing as the surviving band members recollected. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/5 () Deborah Ross [Helen Macdonald] was terrific. Indeed, her use of language is so literate and seductive that I almost forgot the M25 is essentially the place you get stuck for three hours while trying not to cry. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
4/5 () Deborah Ross It was riveting, haunting TV, even if you did wonder whether TV was the place for it (she says, pompously). Slattery isn't someone I ever warmed to for some reason, but you couldn't help but warm to him here. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020
3/5 The Photograph (2020) Matthew Bond Finding out is contrived and over-indulged but good-looking, easy to watch and helped by a cool jazz soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 Escape From Pretoria (2020) Matthew Bond What ensues is a familiar prison-escape tale with not enough story or tension to really grip. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 Onward (2020) Matthew Bond Blending Harry Potter-style magic with the questing of a fantasy video game, it eventually serves up a teary five-star ending. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
4/5 Military Wives (2019) Matthew Bond Military Wives is very much that sort of British picture - funny, feelgood but with a generous dollop of heart-wringing emotion, too. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
3/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Matthew Bond Despite being based on a true story, there's something that doesn't quite convince about this undeniably handsome but overlong production. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
4/5 Parasite (2019) Matthew Bond Despite the occasionally slow pace, an impressively strong finish means you'll enjoy finding out. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Matthew Bond But while this definitely has its moments, it's a film that never quite bursts into life, held back by some nasty underlying violence, a story that is simply too complicated and a supporting team that don't quite grasp the opportunity they've been handed. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
1/5 Dolittle (2020) Matthew Bond Yes, less than a year after the aptly named Avengers: Endgame, he gives one of the worst performances of his career in a film that may make a few small children giggle (forgive them, they know no better) but disappoints on so many levels. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Matthew Bond It's cleverly structured and very nicely acted but also a little dated, convoluted and overlong. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Matthew Bond But what you really need to know about this exploration of madness, mermaids and marine isolation is that it's in black and white, shot in an old-fashioned upright ratio and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Matthew Bond Kaluuya is great, Turner-Smith even better, and while one shocking incident doesn't quite earn its place, the rest is an angry, powerful and surprisingly sexy delight. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Matthew Bond Someone clearly thinks Blake Lively should be a bigger star than she is - a view I shared until I caught up with this clumsily misfiring thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Matthew Bond All a bit strange, but rather lovely too. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Matthew Bond Yup, Clint is definitely still in the game. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 The Windermere Children (2020) Deborah Ross The Windermere Children told this story as a drama, which is a good thing, as memories can't be allowed to fade, and it all helps, but it was serviceable rather than anything more memorable. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
() Deborah Ross It is amazing what colour can do. It is magical. Suddenly, everything springs vividly to life, and it stops being about people from way back then who are somehow not the same as people of today. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 The Grudge (2020) Matthew Bond [T]he film probably delivers sufficient jump-scares for a young audience, despite a rather predictable ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
2/5 The Turning (2020) Matthew Bond [P]resumably in a misguided attempt to replicate James's own unresolved ending, Sigismondi serves up a succession of climactic scenes that will leave most people scratching their head and stumbling grumpily out into the street in frustration. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Matthew Bond It's certainly not Dickens as we know it, but the great man would definitely approve. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Matthew Bond It's a deeply moving story but the ponderous pace, endless introspection and almost three-hour running time will definitely damage its commercial prospects. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 Waves (2019) Matthew Bond ... touching but overlong and somewhat melodramatic picture. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Matthew Bond It's hard-hitting stuff... but director Destin Daniel Cretton, having certainly gained our attention, slowly loses it by flirting with cliché, over-indulging his actors and taking far too long to make his unarguable point. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Matthew Bond Bombshell is thankfully more than good enough to overcome both potential stumbling blocks. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 The Runaways (2019) Matthew Bond It's nicely shot and has some funny lines, but plot holes abound in a film that is too underlyingly nasty to be the children's adventure that was clearly intended. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
1/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Matthew Bond In some quarters this has been declared some sort of minor masterpiece. Me, I'd say it's hard to imagine a more uncomfortable way of spending over two hours in the cinema and advise you to avoid it, shock ending and all. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Matthew Bond Stewart... gives it her best shot as Seberg, but it's never quite enough in an uneven film that raises more questions than it answers and, at a more fundamental level, just never really convinces. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Matthew Bond Telling the story of two very ordinary lance corporals dispatched on a desperate mission behind enemy lines to prevent a massacre of British troops, it is an astonishing and, at times, quite dazzling piece of film-making. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Matthew Bond Provocative but definitely one to see for yourselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
4/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Matthew Bond There may be a plot twist too many but Ritchie is definitely back in town. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Matthew Bond One of the great treats of the holidays. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019