Observer (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Wendy Ide Ultimately, it's all about balance, a yin and yang of roots and identities, humour and pathos that comes together into a satisfying, bittersweet wedding banquet of a movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Mark Kermode For Sama interweaves its very personal narrative with a broader political story, finding the bigger picture in the tiniest of details. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Simran Hans Bjørkaas Thedin's debut performance is striking in its restraint, but the film's thriller mode and social commentary B-plot never quite cohere. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Simran Hans It's lighthearted stuff and mostly benign too, save its unashamedly effusive stance on the monarchy. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Simran Hans [A] gripping, Sundance-winning documentary. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Simran Hans Hustlers is a classically made film about capital - sexual, social and financial. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Wendy Ide The Shiny Shrimps has a rambunctious, carnivalesque quality, but it's also full of crude cliches and stereotypes. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 Scarborough (2018) Wendy Ide [A] queasily atmospheric drama... EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Mark Kermode A peculiar mix of the crowd-pleasing and the patience-testing, veering wildly between the entertaining and the frustrating, built round a story that ventures inexorably underground without ever getting to the heart of what lies beneath. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 Lejos de La Habana (2014) Wendy Ide It's as unmistakably French as the Provençal chestnut puree that provides a key plot device. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Wendy Ide The film does not serve up its ideas in easily digestible bites. The audience needs to work with a dislocated string of scenes that sometimes highlight absurdity, sometimes violence and frequently say very little at all. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/5 Bait (2019) Mark Kermode It's a genuine modern masterpiece, which establishes Jenkin as one of the most arresting and intriguing British film-makers of his generation. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
2/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Wendy Ide The script, by Martyn Hesford, gets bogged down in repetition. And Adrian Noble's direction leans too heavily on a score that is as frilly and prim as one of Mrs Lowry's lace doilies. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 () Wendy Ide Both the film and its cast of charismatic, dreadlocked old-timers are loaded with an easy charm that is as heady as anything that gets smoked during the course of the recording sessions. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Wendy Ide As Schoenaerts demonstrated with his pin-eyed rage in Bullhead, he's a physically gifted actor who can convey as much with stillness and silence as he can with pages full of dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Mark Kermode Hogg's work with actors has always been exceptional, but here she is at the top of her game, making each role count by maintaining that balance of closeness and separation that is her trademark. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4/5 Aniara (2018) Wendy Ide A haunting allegorical tale, Aniara warns of humanity hurtling in the wrong direction and realising too late that there is no turning back. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
() Barbara Ellen Gruelling, affecting. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Simran Hans There is something odd about the way the film condemns bloodshed while revelling in trigger-happy violence. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 Crawl (2019) Simran Hans Crawl benefits from its economical 87-minute runtime, but as a genre piece it's perhaps more skin than muscle. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Mark Kermode It all adds up to a richly satisfying work from a film-maker whose love of cinema, in all its pain and glory, shines through every frame. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Simran Hans This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Simran Hans Though she takes her subjects seriously, Lane allows herself to be led by her sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Simran Hans Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert... while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
2/5 Good Boys (2019) Simran Hans One joke can't sustain the entire movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Wendy Ide This is a film set in a stunningly evoked Hollywood past. It can also be read as a commentary on Hollywood present. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Simran Hans [A] tightly coiled thriller... EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Simran Hans Goofily charming and a rare, age-appropriate children's film in which the adults are silly and the kids, especially the girls, are smart. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 Stones Have Laws (2018) Wendy Ide It's languid, immersive and hypnotic. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
1/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Wendy Ide It's laughably contrived and shamelessly calculating. Dog's bollocks, but not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
1/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Wendy Ide Something with a passing resemblance to The Lego Movie, but one that doesn't fit together and isn't any fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
4/5 Gaza (2019) Wendy Ide It's a striking piece of film-making, beautifully shot by McConnell. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Simran Hans Sometimes there is pleasure to be found in brainless action, but the extended video game-style finale left me furious and fatigued. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 Photograph (2019) Simran Hans This bland, sombre love story from the director of The Lunchbox (2013) lacks that film's flavour. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
5/5 Holiday (2018) Wendy Ide Holiday makes the worlds of Michael Haneke look cuddly and inviting, the work of Ulrich Seidl seem positively jolly. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Simran Hans Much funnier and flappier than it needs to be. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 () Wendy Ide [An] earnest, informative but sometimes unwieldy documentary. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 () Wendy Ide The film lacks the punchy hit rate of gung-ho gross-out that made the series such a deliciously uncouth pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Wendy Ide The film gives an intriguing glimpse of a bohemian creative community on the Greek island of Hydra and an affecting double portrait of two linked lives. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 The Chambermaid (2018) Simran Hans This is brilliantly confident film-making. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) Wendy Ide Top-hatted, frock-coated, mutton-chopped chaps burbling on about the relative advantages of the alternating current versus direct current system does not, in fact, make for electrifying drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2019
4/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Simran Hans Varda's tone remains generously intimate, friendly and unpretentious. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 Gwen (2018) Simran Hans There comes a point at which the suffering the characters endure undermines their power instead of reinforcing it. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Simran Hans The flirty tension between the two feels quietly credible, the camera occasionally shuddering with desire. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
4/5 The Wedding Guest (2018) Simran Hans More than anything, this wiry thriller works as a homage to the neo-noir genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2019
1/5 Stuber (2019) Wendy Ide Dave Bautista might be able to bench press the combined weight of the rest of the cast in this inept action comedy - but he sure as hell can't carry a movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
4/5 The Brink (2019) Wendy Ide It's unsavoury viewing - flies on the wall are rarely attracted by the sweet smell of roses after all - but it's queasily fascinating nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Wendy Ide This is a testing experience even for people who loved the deadly ennui of Only Lovers Left Alive, Jarmusch's take on the vampire movie and in some ways a sister picture to this one. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
5/5 Only You (2018) Mark Kermode A terrifically engrossing drama about two wholly believable characters, made with the kind of wit, honesty and raw emotional intimacy that pierces right to the heart of their relationship. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2019
3/5 Our Time (2018) Wendy Ide A love-triangle drama featuring director Carlos Reygadas and his wife as fictional counterparts is intense, if a tad self-indulgent. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019