Observer (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
Gun Crazy (1950) Observer (UK) Staff Poor Peggy Cummins! Not five i years out of London, not twenty out of Prestatyn and Hollywood has to go and cast her as a hard, homicidal, middle-western fairground trickshooter. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2021
4/5 Ninjababy (2021) Simran Hans The film is less a romcom than it is a coming-of-age movie about slacker Rakel finally being forced to grow up. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 Copilot (2021) Simran Hans The director treats the film as an empathy exercise, hoping to complicate and humanise a terrorist. Yet this is undermined by the obvious red flags that she plants in each section. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 The Collini Case (2019) Simran Hans There's a lot of dense plot and legal jargon to compress, but punchy editing ensures the film remains fast-paced and light on its feet. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 Copshop (2021) Simran Hans [A] lean, mean, 70s-inspired action thriller. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
3/5 Respect (2021) Mark Kermode Hudson... manages to make Respect sing. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2021
2/5 Herself (2020) Simran Hans Dunne, who also co-wrote the script, brings admirable grit and pathos to her character without allowing her to become a victim. Still, the film's abrupt tonal shifts are jarring. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2021
Real Women Have Curves (2002) Philip French Everything is spelt out and underlined. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2021
El Mariachi (1992) Philip French The best movie in the section... [A] vigorous action movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/5 Misha and the Wolves (2021) Wendy Ide [An] intriguing but slightly manipulative documentary... EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
3/5 Enforcement (2020) Wendy Ide While Shorta is certainly a propulsive piece of action cinema... there's a crudely schematic quality to the writing. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
4/5 Wildfire (2020) Wendy Ide Savagely powerful, directed with an unshowy but acute eye, this is a terrific feature debut from the writer and director Cathy Brady. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
2/5 Here Today (2021) Wendy Ide A glossily disingenuous piece of work. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
4/5 Annette (2021) Mark Kermode At the heart of its swirling strangeness lies something of real truth and beauty... EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2021
4/5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Wendy Ide It's vanishingly rare for a film to actually deserve its hype. But Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings does so, and more. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2021
3/5 Our Ladies (2019) Simran Hans For all its good-natured boisterousness, there is the sense that director Michael Caton-Jones is straining to get the tone just-so. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
2/5 The Last Bus (2021) Simran Hans [A] plodding road-trip movie... EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
4/5 Souad (2020) Simran Hans [A] sensitive take on teen life... EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
4/5 The Nest (2020) Wendy Ide The Nest is a belated cautionary tale - this tainted family is a skeleton in the closet of our current socioeconomic climate. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/5 Worth (2020) Simran Hans Though this stolid drama, based on a true case, begins as a procedural, about systems, processes and deadlines, it is most absorbing when it zeroes in on one man's moral arc. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
3/5 Candyman (2021) Simran Hans [A] smart, stylish "spiritual sequel"... EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2021
My Family/Mi Familia (1995) Philip French [A] corny, sentimental picture. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
Go Fish (1994) Philip French [Go Fish is] shot in a grainy, almost pointillist monochrome, frequently out of focus and out of synch. The acting is alternately tentative and overly assertive, and the hand-drawn tide credits are deliberately crude. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2021
The Littlest Outlaw (1955) C.A. Lejeune This is an affecting little tale of a Mexican boy's love for an Army horse that has been condemned to die. Here, too, the Technicolor is superb. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
2/5 Reminiscence (2021) Simran Hans The director has great fun playing with genre tropes, but it's unclear whether she's going for heightened camp. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 Sabaya (2021) Simran Hans [A] sensitive, frequently harrowing observational documentary... EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) Simran Hans Rarely does a half-hour TV show successfully stretch itself into a 90-minute film. It's a nice surprise, then, that the popular BBC mockumentary works as a feature. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
5/5 Censor (2021) Mark Kermode This thrilling, dizzying debut from Welsh writer-director Prano Bailey-Bond is a nostalgic treat for anyone old enough to remember the infamous "video nasties" scare of the early 80s. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
4/5 The Night House (2020) Simran Hans The fuzzy plotting is balanced by Hall's brilliantly controlled performance as the caustic, sceptical Beth, whose grief has pushed her to the knife edge of sanity. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2021
3/5 Pig (2021) Simran Hans Though the film is teed up as a kind of John Wick-style revenge bender, Cage's star persona is soon smartly subverted. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
The Two Jakes (1990) Philip French The verve, dramatic propulsion and sense of evil that informed Polanski's Chinatown are largely missing from The Two Jakes. But it is, for all its murkiness, an intelligent, enjoyable noir thriller. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
Valmont (1989) Philip French In every way inferior to Stephen Frears's film. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
Ama (1991) Philip French Sadly this stilted, uncertain movie fails to function at any level. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
Switch (1991) Philip French The invention flags, but the Edwards combination of lust and lustre keeps us watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
K2 (1992) Philip French The appearance of a Yeti would have given the film a human dimension. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
Point Break (1991) Philip French This handsome movie has well staged chases and shoot-outs, but humourlessly accepts its posturing hero at his own valuation. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2021
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985) Philip French The movie throws a most interesting light on pre-war Russia. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Kansas (1988) Philip French It is a long, unlikely tale and the Kansas police must be as stupid as they appear to be in the film to have assisted in its making. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
Above the Law (1988) Philip French Fortunately for democracy, nothing can stop Nico, who looks like Sylvester Stallone poured into the mould that produced Robert Valentino. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
3/5 WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) Wendy Ide Fascinating on cult capitalism and the power of personality as a marketing tool for an otherwise unremarkable business plan. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
4/5 Wildland (2020) Wendy Ide A tense, suspenseful piece of storytelling and a showcase for a treacherously mercurial performance from Knudsen as the fearsome matriarch. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
3/5 The Courier (2020) Wendy Ide Combines plenty of the ingredients for a first-class espionage thriller but doesn't quite deliver. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
3/5 CODA (2021) Simran Hans The film is a meticulously, perhaps even cynically crafted crowd-pleaser. Even those alive to its tactics might find themselves wiping away a tear or two. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
4/5 I'm Your Man (2021) Wendy Ide There's unexpected depth to this smart, Berlin-set relationship comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
4/5 Free Guy (2021) Wendy Ide There are thematic parallels with everything from The Lego Movie to The Matrix, but key to its appeal is an unabashed sweetness and goofy enthusiasm that proves irresistible. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2021
Hangin' With the Homeboys (1991) Philip French It's predictable, long on coincidence, but brisk, well acted and often very funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
Stand and Deliver (1988) Philip French Stand and Deliver takes an honourable place alongside The Paper Chase and Une Semaine de Vacances as one of the few movies that deal seriously with teaching and make the process of education exciting. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2021
2/5 Profile (2018) Simran Hans The ratcheting tension is sadly punctured by unintentionally hilarious scenes... EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2021
4/5 The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Simran Hans Indecision and miscommunication, it turns out, are timeless. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2021
4/5 Zola (2020) Wendy Ide That rarest of things: a film inspired by new media that deftly acknowledges the platform on which the story originally played out without becoming enslaved by it. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2021