Observer (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Loro (2018) Wendy Ide The film at times feels like a VR trip inside Berlusconi's mind. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Wendy Ide The storytelling, like the beige-heavy cinematography that takes its cues from liver spots and tea-stained dentures, could do with a bit more colour. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 A Dark Place (2018) Wendy Ide Scott is the most persuasive element in a film that is atmospherically photographed by Marcel Zyskind but let down by a clueless screenplay which borders, at times, on the risible. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
2/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Wendy Ide I'll pass. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Simran Hans Mostly... as a B-movie, Greta works; the moments in which it leans into its own silliness are its best. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Equilibrium (2002) Philip French Kurt Wimmer's Equilibrium is a dreary sci-fi action movie set after the Third World War in a dystopia from which all dangerous human emotion has been drained by the daily injection of the drug Prozium and the burning of art and books. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Mark Kermode A rousing, crowd-pleasing movie that promises to set hearts and heels pounding. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
4/5 A Deal With the Universe (2018) Simran Hans The film plays out as a love story rather than an issue film, with the couple's relationship soon becoming its most compelling element. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 Yuli (2018) Simran Hans At times the film's two storytelling modes feel disjointed, but here the use of choreography seems fittingly abstract, a bodily interpretation of an emotional memory. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 Little (2019) Simran Hans The film is cute enough, even if key ideas aren't especially novel: it's lonely at the top; we need to connect with our inner child; everyone is insecure as a teenager. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
2/5 Mid90s (2018) Simran Hans The attempts at authentic stoner dialogue soon become tedious, with too little plot or character development grounding the inanity. EDIT
Posted Apr 14, 2019
3/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Simran Hans Images of the Oregon trail's deserted beauty invoke the genre's cinematic history, but these aren't John Ford's stoic, taciturn cowboys. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Simran Hans There's a sense of Stranger Things camaraderie among Billy and his foster siblings, who are actually fun to spend time with, and the film's message of found family is a sweet one. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Mark Kermode It treats King's story with reverent affection and, unlike the cover version of the Ramones title song that plays over the end credits, it won't leave you nostalgically longing for the original. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 Missing Link (2019) Simran Hans A witty, nimble dismantling of British colonialism. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Simran Hans Rohrwacher's eye for gestures is revealing of class, pride, humour, and values. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2019
In the Cut (2003) Philip French The plotting and police procedural aspects of In the Cut are perfunctory and unconvincing, and for all its air of breaking new ground, it is ploughing down some familiar furrows. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) Philip French A deliberate and irritating absence of dramatic momentum is accompanied by delicious, often magical, moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
3/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Wendy Ide For all the feverish visual invention, there's a sluggishness to the storytelling that seems at odds with the frenzied creativity of the film's subject. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 Se rokh (2018) Wendy Ide Panahi remains one of the most intellectually inquisitive and agile voices in Iranian cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
4/5 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Wendy Ide This affectionate, frequently amusing documentary portrait explores the complex, symbiotic relationship between the late Sievey and the creation that threatened to swallow his whole identity. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
5/5 Out of Blue (2018) Mark Kermode When a film-maker aims this high, how can one do anything but watch in wonder? EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Wendy Ide Apart from Colin Farrell's widowed amputee stunt rider and Danny DeVito's deliciously unscrupulous ringmaster, the characters, Dumbo included, are rather underwritten. But more of a problem is an emotional missing link. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2019
Step Brothers (2008) Jason Solomons With their curly perms, slogan T-shirts (Life's a Beach, Spring Break '84 etc), nudie mags and Chewbacca masks, the stepbrothers make a nice comic pairing. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 Cradle of Champions (2018) Wendy Ide The film hits the expected beats of the sports documentary pretty squarely. What makes it so compelling to watch is the choice of characters and the examination of what, beyond sporting glory, they are actually fighting for. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
2/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Wendy Ide Honoré's picture is mannered, overlong and, at times, insufferably arch. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Wendy Ide There are moments of greatness here - in the climax of the final act, the defection itself - where the direction is as lean and agile as any of the dancers. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Mark Kermode Fearsomely entertaining, consistently thought-provoking and occasionally bloody scary. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
5/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Wendy Ide Liu documents his friends' fitful steps towards adulthood. He explores the way that violence can write itself into the DNA of a community, recurring in subsequent generations. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Simran Hans The material feels more like a play than a film, its drama shrunk down into a single, digestible day, but it's affecting in its muted seriousness. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
2/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Simran Hans It is too infatuated with its own cryptic mythology, too fawning in its references to LA noirs and too self-indulgent to be praised as parody, let alone an effective critique of its boring protagonist. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Simran Hans It's a fun idea to gender-flip the premise of Nancy Meyers' 2000 romcom What Women Want (starring Mel Gibson), and a shrewd decision to recast the film's protagonist as black... EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 Girl (2018) Mark Kermode A performance infused with great stillness and energy from actor/dancer Victor Polster drives Belgian director/co-writer Lukas Dhont's affecting if uneven coming-of-age tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Simran Hans Amstell's generosity in mining his own anxieties about celebrity, intimacy and the blunt desire to be loved is proof that pain can be productive. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 Rosie (2018) Wendy Ide Wrenchingly powerful and heartbreakingly relevant... EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Mark Kermode Throughout, I was mesmerised by the ambiguity that this smart, sharp film maintains, entranced by the deceptive simplicity of its complexities, unsettled by questions that are left deliberately unanswered. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 Ray & Liz (2018) Wendy Ide It's gruelling at times, but the film is extraordinary and unflinching. And remarkably, it's made with as much love as anger. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Wendy Ide The main strength is a core of female friendship: Carol Danvers is the only Marvel hero you could imagine getting hammered and belting out songs by No Doubt. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Wendy Ide While it's not vintage Farhadi, the film has merits, not least the magnificent Bárbara Lennie. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 Border (2018) Wendy Ide Like a mating between the mind of David Cronenberg and something that crawled out of a compost heap. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
() Euan Ferguson Throughout, I couldn't help wondering what the parallels would be in today's climate of offence-taking as digital artform. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Simran Hans Something is missing; the tone frustrates, caught awkwardly between lusty, full-out melodrama and thin period drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 Foxtrot (2017) Simran Hans The film's tastefully constricted aesthetic is enjoyably at odds with its unruly, philosophical themes; the slipperiness of a dual identity, the fragility of war and the relentless manner in which grief can leak into a home's every crevice. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
1/5 Serenity (2019) Simran Hans McConaughey and Hathaway are matched in their dead-eyed, phoned-in hamminess... EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Mark Kermode Fighting With My Family is a hugely likable underdog tale, packing plenty of crowd-pleasing comedy wallop, and boasting a smack-down turn from the indomitable Florence Pugh. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 Sauvage (2018) Simran Hans What's special about the film is how it refuses to moralise about sex work, finding tender moments of intimacy, desire and longing. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Female Human Animal (2018) Charlie Phillips It's trying something truly bizarre that punctures the pretentiousness of the art world while also, of course, being rather pretentious - and it's a triumph. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Simran Hans Rafeea, a non-professional actor and Syrian refugee, is the film's secret weapon. At times, the tragedy unfolding on screen feels borderline unwatchable, but his strange, fascinating, eerily adult face offers a litany of minute expressions. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
4/5 Old Boys (2018) Wendy Ide It takes two elements - the story of Cyrano de Bergerac and a British same-sex boarding school - that have already been mined extensively by film-makers over the years. And it somehow manages to create something fresh and distinctive. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Wendy Ide The whole tone of this glib black comedy, with its cartoon bad guys and conspiratorial wink with each addition to the body count, seems rather dated. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019