The Mail on Sunday (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 () Deborah Ross Plain baffling... I can't imagine any of them needed the money, or a free holiday in Devon that was the opposite of swish. So why would she invade her own privacy like this? Deeply baffling, like I said. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Matthew Bond Slightly overcooked but very sweet. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matthew Bond If you really loved the 2009 original, by all means add another star to the above rating, while the rest of us ponder why on earth Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin reunited for this little-awaited sequel? EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Matthew Bond There are some nice visual gags along the familiar stop-motion way, and accompanying adults will enjoy spotting the classic sci-fi film references, but there's still a frustrating sense of anticlimax. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Matthew Bond Pushing what's acceptable, particularly in a PG film, to the limit, this is a strong sequel, but definitely not for the very young. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Matthew Bond Official Secrets is a film that provides a powerful reminder that there is nothing new about either of these wretchedly miserable situations. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 Farming (2018) Matthew Bond Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who writes, directs and experienced such 'farming' first-hand, delivers a searing account of the racism these youngsters encountered, before getting horribly bogged down in an over-extended skinhead drama... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Matthew Bond A convoluted film that is funny but never quite nails its target. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Matthew Bond Early on, it's difficult to get past the fact that, for a cartoon story set in China, all the young characters have semi-Westernised features and talk with American accents. But slowly the strange magic of this box-office hit begins to shine through... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Matthew Bond It's good, but it's Zellweger that's great. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Matthew Bond Phoenix, an actor capable of overcooking a performance, gets it spot-on, delivering a tour de force. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Matthew Bond But for me - despite decent performances from the likes of Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs - it crosses the line where too many truly horrible deaths are served up in unflinching detail as entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
1/5 () Matthew Bond This is film-making by numbers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Matthew Bond With a supporting cast that includes Bill Camp and Vera Farmiga, it's clearly well intentioned but never quite delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Matthew Bond Weaving's spirited performance and a game cameo from Andie MacDowell help leaven the bloody, tongue-in-cheek carnage. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Matthew Bond This is an ambitious film that adds up to something distinctly less than the sum of its lovingly polished parts. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
2/5 The Farewell (2019) Matthew Bond Zhao Shuzhen is excellent as Nai Nai but Awkwafina is decidedly ordinary. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Matthew Bond Based on a comic-book series, it feels formulaic, unconvincing and disappointing. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 Ad Astra (2019) Matthew Bond The underwhelming end result is an all too predictable film that undeniably delivers a bang but also an awful lot of whimper. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 Nomis (2018) Matthew Bond [I]t all turns out to be ridiculously far-fetched and dated in feel. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 Hustlers (2019) Matthew Bond And yet for all this it stubbornly refuses to come to life, hampered by a lack of sympathetic characters, a repetitive story and by Scafaria's apparent doubts as to who this distinctly tawdry tale belongs to. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Matthew Bond If this is to be a final farewell - and there seems no reason why it should be - then it's certainly a good one. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 The Big Meeting (2019) Matthew Bond If you want to know why Pride - the 2014 film about a gay and lesbian group supporting striking miners - brings a lump to the throat, this film explains all. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Matthew Bond What comes as more of a surprise is how protracted it is, how many rather tired gay stereotypes are celebrated along the slow-moving way, and how poorly it compares with its obvious synchronised swimming counterparts, Swimming With Men and Sink Or Swim. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matthew Bond [G]oodness this is disappointing and dismally slow old stuff. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Matthew Bond It covers all the normal messy, shivery, violently angry ground but benefits from an unexpectedly warm heart, a decent central turn from Taylor-Johnson and a touchingly funny performance from Billy Bob Thornton. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 The Mustang (2019) Matthew Bond With both man and horse suffering from anger-management problems, it's a well acted if not always subtle affair. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
2/5 The Informer (2020) Matthew Bond Amid a riot of muscles and tattoos, we're supposed to care whether it's his violent drug-lord bosses or an avenging NYPD that catches up with him first. We don't. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Matthew Bond Writer-director Joanna Hogg is the queen of upper-middle- class, art-house awkwardness, and she's on top form here as she tells the reportedly very personal story of Julie. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Matthew Bond Unfortunately, and rather like the critical reception that Lowry's work received for much of his lifetime, it's getting only a grudging cheer from me. Matchstalk men, indeed. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
3/5 Transit (2018) Matthew Bond This may be based on a 1944 wartime novel but director-adapter Christian Petzold has shifted it to an alternate version of the present day to initially intriguing effect... The time-shift muddies everything though. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
2/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Matthew Bond Despite the switch from animation to live action, this still feels like something you would see on TV, with over-the-top performances from the adults, some decidedly dodgy visual effects and a Scooby-Doo-like plot. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Matthew Bond What duly ensues is rude, funny and surprisingly sweet. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Matthew Bond Brutal, but unexpectedly touching too. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Matthew Bond There are some funny lines, nice visual gags and an endearing underlying silliness, but somehow the whole thing never comes together convincingly. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Matthew Bond Improbably directed by Simon Curtis, it's a misjudged mix of melodrama and genre cliché that will surely only appeal to the most committed doggy-film devotees. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Matthew Bond It may have its singalong moments - come on, who can resist Born To Run? - but this is a film with serious backbone too. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Charming (2018) Matthew Bond It takes a good while to get going and the songs are short of magic, but there's an imaginative, Burton-esque style to some of the animation, the female voice cast... is pretty good, and we do get somewhere quite interesting in the end. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Matthew Bond There are some funny moments but the franchise still seems uncertain about its target audience, and there's a charmless undercurrent of cruelty to some of the more grown-up moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Matthew Bond Can the girls' astonishingly intimate friendship survive, or is it time to grow up? It's a little on the long side but you'll enjoy finding out. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Matthew Bond Not so much fast and furious, then, as slow and familiar. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 () Matthew Bond With Craig Roberts and Kim Cattrall catching the eye as Nero and Agrippina, it's a solid IV stars from me. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Matthew Bond Nick Broomfield's poignant but overlong documentary left me with two thoughts - that the drugs really don't work and that old age is not for cissies. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
3/5 The Current War (2019) Matthew Bond Despite the enjoyably rough treatment it dishes out to red-nosed bankers and its obvious playing to the gallery - 'There will never be anything called Tesla ever again!' - this is a film that always interests but never quite enthrals. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2019
2/5 Making Noise Quietly (2019) Matthew Bond Essentially conversation pieces, all are marked by modestly decent acting but fairly indifferent writing. Sincerely made but perilously close to unwatchable. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
2/5 Gwen (2018) Matthew Bond McGregor, who has directed Poldark, writes and directs and whips up a convincing sense of impending doom but eventually goes too far and loses us along the relentlessly unsunny way. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Matthew Bond Directed by Annabel Jankel, it's a frustrating film, but nice performances from Grainger and Paquin, and structural echoes of The Go-Between, slowly win you over, only to let you down as the film descends into a strange mix of melodrama and apian fantasy. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Matthew Bond Even Favreau, however, can't stop the denouement from feeling contrived, complicated and unconvincing. But by then The Lion King has surely woven enough screen magic to ensure huge success at the summer box office. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Matthew Bond Will frighten a teenage audience in the end. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 Stuber (2019) Matthew Bond Alas, no five-star ratings here. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019