Observer (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
You, the Living (2007) Philip French This is a funny, sad, cruel film, both crystalline and puzzling, hypnotic in its intensity. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2020
Tesla (2020) Wendy Ide It won't spark for everyone but I found it intriguing and unexpected. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
5/5 Rocks (2019) Mark Kermode What a wonderful, heart-breaking, life-affirming gem of a movie this is. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
3/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Wendy Ide This slapdash movie, with its big-hearted, puppyish positivity, might not save the world but it will surely lift the spirits. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2020
3/5 The Roads Not Taken (2020) Simran Hans The Roads Not Taken is frequently moving, and a fascinating creative idea, but without sufficient information about Leo's character to anchor the narrative, it feels too abstract. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Mark Kermode Campos takes another significant step up with this sprawling, sinewy epic, broodingly shot on 35mm by versatile cinematographer Lol Crawley with superb production design by Craig Lathrop. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Simran Hans The premise of writer Natalie Krinsky's directorial debut sounds cheesy, and it is, but watching the brooding Nick softening to putty in our goofball heroine's presence while she remains sparkily oblivious is an earnest pleasure. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
3/5 Mulan (2020) Wendy Ide The combat set pieces are terrific, the scale of the storytelling is epic. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
4/5 Les misérables (2019) Mark Kermode Slips stealthily from astute observation to urgent action, reminding us of Hugo's maxim that "there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators." EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
3/5 Miss Marx (2020) Jonathan Romney It's watchable, stately, sometimes ludicrous and - in sporadic doses - audacious. Revolutionary, however, it isn't. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Wendy Ide I'm Thinking of Ending Things is one of the most daringly unexpected films of the year, a sinewy, unsettling psychological horror, saturated with a squirming dream logic that tips over into the domain of nightmares. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
Too Big to Fail (2011) Phil Hogan For a film shot in dimly lit offices inhabited by unattractively driven men in suits barking financial twaddle at one other, it was surprisingly involving. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2020
4/5 Matthias & Maxime (2019) Wendy Ide Ultimately, the revelation here is not so much Dolan's more contemplative approach to film-making, but the subtlety and sensitivity of his performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Simran Hans Alternately hilarious and spine-tingling, it recalls David Lynch's Twin Peaks in its serious, penetrating sense of doom. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2020
3/5 Get Duked! (2019) Simran Hans Hyperactive editing, the jittery rap score and an obligatory acid trip scene grate, but Doff's social commentary is sharp. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2020
3/5 Chemical Hearts (2020) Wendy Ide Heavy-handed symbolism aside, this is a decent little drama which digs into the bewildering limbo state between childhood and the adult world - a time in which everything hurts, heads are full of hormones and time stretches out interminably. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
3/5 Tenet (2020) Simran Hans Nolan seems to be... encouraging the audience to trust the film's beats and to feel its impact on a gut level. As a strategy of film-making, it's a supremely confident one and in parts Nolan pulls it off. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2020
4/5 Ava (2017) Wendy Ide There's a jagged emotional authenticity scored into the film like initials carved into a desk. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/5 My Rembrandt (2019) Simran Hans My Rembrandt is at its most interesting when struggling to reconcile the slow, careful work of art restoration with the crass, instant gratification on acquiring such rarefied objects. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
5/5 Babyteeth (2019) Wendy Ide The kind of skittish, reckless film-making that makes you want to rush headlong into bad decisions and savour every last messy moment of the fallout. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
4/5 Pinocchio (2019) Simran Hans The source material is a neat fit for the Italian film-maker, who traversed similarly episodic fairytale terrain with 2015's Tale of Tales. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2020
4/5 Perfect 10 (2019) Wendy Ide The film's main asset is impressive newcomer Box: veering between bratty backchat and bruised reticence, she's tossed on unpredictable tides of teenage emotions. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
3/5 An American Pickle (2020) Simran Hans While its gags about politics are slippery, the film is surprisingly adept at handling the more substantial theme of generational guilt. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2020
4/5 Papicha (2019) Wendy Ide While the final act frays a little, the sparking tensions of female friendship are vivid and persuasive. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
4/5 Unhinged (2020) Simran Hans [A] zippy car chase thriller... EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
4/5 Make Up (2019) Simran Hans Eerie images of a bloodied fingernail and long grass lit by amber floodlights signal Oakley's sly sense of humour and eye for visual poetry. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
4/5 Summerland (2020) Mark Kermode This boasts real substance beneath the surface, keeping its feet on the ground and its head in the clouds. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2020
3/5 Alice (2019) Simran Hans Piponnier is... a lanky joy to watch, all awkward, flailing limbs and expressive Bambi eyes. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
4/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Mark Kermode [An] entertainingly ramshackle coming-of-age story, adapted by screenwriter Caitlin Moran from her autobiographically inspired bestseller. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2020
2/5 Stage Mother (2020) Simran Hans The feelgood tone feels a little flaccid. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2020
3/5 Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) Wendy Ide With its dust and sherry-toned colour palette and starkly angular character design, it will intrigue animation fans. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
5/5 Clemency (2019) Mark Kermode It takes an actor of Woodard's calibre to show us how Bernadine arrived at this point, and why she finds herself so conflicted. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2020
3/5 Come as You Are (2019) Wendy Ide The film loses points for its decision to cast able actors in the central roles, but explores its theme of sexuality and disability with admirable candour. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2020
4/5 Litigante (2019) Wendy Ide There's an abrasively realist candour to this Colombian portrait of a woman pushed to the brink by the incremental stresses of her daily life. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
5/5 Saint Frances (2019) Mark Kermode A vibrant and emotionally engaging tale that dresses its subversive self-determination manifesto in the clothes of a ditzy, bittersweet comedy about midlife disappointment. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2020
3/5 The Old Guard (2020) Wendy Ide Gina Prince-Bythewood's crisp, efficient direction of this adaptation of an action-fantasy comic-book series by Greg Rucka serves the physical element of the performances well. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2020
4/5 Family Romance, LLC (2019) Simran Hans It might be staged, but it has a scrappy, fly-on-the-wall feel. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
4/5 A White, White Day (2019) Simran Hans The momentum really builds in the third act, but the film's quieter moments of contemplation are its most striking. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
5/5 Lynn + Lucy (2019) Mark Kermode A pair of electrifying performances lie at the heart of this terrific first feature by writer-director Fyzal Boulifa, a modern fable of tested friendships and public shaming. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2020
I Am Not Your Negro (2016) Euan Ferguson An astonishment. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/5 On the Record (2020) Wendy Ide A must watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
3/5 Irresistible (2020) Mark Kermode As a non-partisan response to the craziness of "this system, the way we elect people" (which is indeed "terrifying and exhausting"), it gets my vote. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 The Girl With a Bracelet (2019) Wendy Ide Demoustier has cooled down some of the more overheated melodrama of the original. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2020
4/5 White Riot (2019) Simran Hans Rubika Shah's smart, spirited feature debut is a whistle-stop tour of a DIY uprising. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 7500 (2019) Mark Kermode This lean hijack thriller marks a striking feature debut for German writer/director Patrick Vollrath. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
3/5 On a Magical Night (2019) Simran Hans [An] impish, rarefied morality play. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2020
Jules and Jim (1962) Philip French It's a majestic film, beautifully photographed in black-and-white widescreen by Raoul Coutard... EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
Sitting in Limbo (2020) Euan Ferguson An absorbing, rewatchable drama that quietly told loud truths, and wore its anger remarkably lightly. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2020
4/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Wendy Ide All loose limbs and exposed emotional scar tissue, Davidson is persuasively raw in a performance that becomes increasingly textured and interesting... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020
4/5 The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) Wendy Ide [A] tightly focused psychological drama... EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2020