Little White Lies

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Rating Title/Year Author
A Cop Movie (2021) Adam Woodward This is a serious, socially-conscious cop movie with a playful postmodern twist. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
Ballad of a White Cow (2021) Patrick Gamble A well-plotted and tightly structured drama about guilt and responsibility, Ballad of A White Cow exposes how Iran's 'eye for an eye' approach to justice has left society blinkered to the suffering of women. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) Matt Turner As a filmmaker who has displayed a steady proficiency in depicting the complexities of routine interpersonal dynamics, Hamaguchi is well prepared to exploit this narrative territory. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
Limbo (2021) Josh Slater-Williams Limbo is an incredibly bleak film, though also a stylistically audacious one that enthrals as much as it can disgust. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Notturno (2020) David Jenkins It's about the steps towards healing, challenging Western viewers to allow images of beauty and normalcy to play a part in that journey. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) Leila Latif There are films that are bad. There are films that are so bad they're good. Then there are films like The Scary of Sixty-First which, in their ill-conceived irony, breeze straight past 'so-bad-it's-good' to previously unmined depths of repugnance. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
Petite Maman (2021) Adam Woodward It's an understated yet transportive film that beautifully articulates the way children perceive and process loss and grief. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Ted K (2021) Lou Thomas Copley, also on board as a producer, is captivating in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Drift Away (2021) Adam Woodward Renier just about manages to keep things afloat, but ultimately there's not enough wind in the film's sails to keep it on course for its near-two-hour duration. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) Caitlin Quinlan It's a wholly inventive and amusing film that crashes societal norms against one another with sharp humour and navigates its politics with real bite and imagination. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
3/5 Moxie (2021) Emily Maskell A likeable but flawed high school drama. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Tides (2021) Josh Slater-Williams Atmospheric sci-fi anchored by an engaging performance from Nora Arnezeder. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
Tina (2021) Leila Latif It's only fitting that a woman who has spent so much of her life being controlled and misrepresented should finally get to tell her story her way. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
Introduction (2021) Matt Turner It's not clear with which position Hong's own opinion of acting aligns, but the director keeps creating consistently fascinating explorations of the tensions that this disagreement evokes. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
Memory Box (2021) Adam Woodward This affecting drama tackles intergenerational trauma while espousing the value of preserving the past for future generations. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) David Jenkins A moving study of mother-daughter dynamics. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
I'm Your Man (2021) Caitlin Quinlan The two actors pair well but the film lacks the space and imagination to take their characters anywhere more interesting. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
2/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) David Jenkins Respect the ambition, but just doesn't quite land. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
4/5 Justine (2021) Emily Maskell Patterson is proving himself a distinctive voice in British queer cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2021
4/5 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Sydney Urbanek An absorbing and refreshingly unvarnished look at one of our most distinctive rising stars. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 Verdict (2019) Leila Latif The world is a nightmare but nightmares make great films. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 Cherry (2021) Adam Woodward The title character's toxic behaviour leaves a sour aftertaste. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
Creation Stories (2021) Josh Slater-Williams Speeding through three decades' worth of events but lacking any actual momentum, Creation Stories is like a version of 24 Hour Party People gone horribly wrong. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 Pelé (2021) Adam Woodward If you want to know more about a genuine great of the game, this is a good place to start. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 Slalom (2020) David Jenkins Memorable mostly for a finely-shaded and committed performance from relative newcomer Noée Abita. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Charles Bramesco Like Barb and Star themselves, befriending everyone who crosses their path, it's so winningly ebullient and weird that it can pull in anybody with its cheery Midwestern looniness and make them into an instant convert. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/5 The World to Come (2020) Katie Goh The World to Come weaves a beguiling spell, told with both restraint and ecstasy. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) Anton Bitel it is utterly dumb, but smart enough to know just that; and while no gag is too low for its brand of anything-goes screwball, it really does bring a lumbering kind of life to its hybrid collection of ill-fitting ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
1/5 Music (2021) Charles Bramesco Today, Music is not the food of love. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Little Fish (2020) Keli Williams Built around dreamlike cinematography and Keegan DeWitt's melancholic score, this is an inventive exploration of the hardships and pain of losing a loved one that speaks from the heart. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 Bliss (2021) Charles Bramesco There's not much to worry about missing out on here. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2021
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Hannah Woodhead It is an excellent introduction to the director for anyone who hasn't dipped into his filmography. And Cage? It's another solid, snarling turn from the hardest working action man in Hollywood. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Jockey (2021) Emily Maskell Bentley's intimate character study shows a man coming to terms with his vulnerability, resting on a career-best performance from Clifton Collins Jr, who navigates the role of athlete and father with subtle but striking conviction. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
Pleasure (2021) Emily Maskell With clarity, the most dire and disgusting aspects of the porn industry are highlighted in this technically accomplished if potentially divisive 18+ feature. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 The Little Things (2021) Erik Nielsen Familiar and inessential, but still, they really don't make them like this anymore. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Hannah Woodhead It's a strong debut for both Schoenbrun and Cobb, capturing a profound sense of contemporary adolescent loneliness that many artists have tried (and failed) to portray on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Leila Latif Electrifying, urgent, life-changing cinema. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
All Light, Everywhere (2021) Hannah Woodhead A film about how unreliable film can be is a fascinating concept, and All, Light Everywhere is a rich achievement, brimming with ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Link (1986) Anton Bitel Perhaps, though, Link is a human comedy after all, showing us our not altogether elevated place on the evolutionary chain. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
Mass (2021) Hannah Woodhead It's a study of human pain and anger in painstaking detail, supported by a script which is hauntingly realistic without dipping into mawkish or exploitative territory. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
In The Earth (2021) Hannah Woodhead The film feels like the love child of Kill List and A Field in England, but cleaves closer to straight horror, with a creeping sense of dread established from the opening scene. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Passing (2021) Leila Latif Despite its imperfections, this is a beautifully crafted piece of filmmaking and one that heralds an exciting new direction for Hall. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
Superior (2021) Brianna Zigler Engaging performances from the Mesa sisters and retro-inspired production design - for a film whose time period is unplaceable - can't quite save the transparency of the plot. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 The Sparks Brothers (2021) Ed Gibbs Edgar Wright delivers a deliciously infectious, suitably absurdist ode to his unsung musical heroes. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
How It Ends (2021) Caitlin Quinlan It's a little meandering in structure but there is a feeling of real heart in the film's idiosyncrasies and glimmers of standout comedy in Lister-Jones and Spaeny's deadpan delivery. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Censor (2021) Hannah Woodhead If this is the future of British filmmaking, it's looking brighter than ever, and not just because of all the fake blood. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
On the Count of Three (2021) Hannah Woodhead This absurdity isn't easy to capture on screen, and On the Count of Three is an uneven movie, not quite sure how to balance its bleak subject matter with the comedy credentials of its writers and director/star. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
Cryptozoo (2021) Emily Maskell At times meandering and messy, Cryptozoo remains nonetheless a wondrous vision - itself a mythical creature in the context of cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
The Pink Cloud (2021) Caitlin Quinlan The Pink Cloud is an assured first feature, confident in tone and adept in handling both a closed, interior drama and an expansive metaphysical conundrum. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Human Factors (2021) Brianna Zigler A brutally tense yet restrained look at the unspoken ruptures within idealised upper-middle-class life, and how the littlest details give way to breaches that don't need to be reached through an all-consuming calamity. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021