Little White Lies

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Anton Bitel ...what Philippe's documentary traces is the way in which Alien transforms the perverted (pro)creative process at the heart of its own making into the main theme and central mystery of its ongoing story. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
Cruising (1980) Anton Bitel Here Steve's 'undercover' status serves as a metaphor for his closetedness (and vice versa) - while murder is committed at the behest of an internalised paternal voice of authority that regards homosexuality as a guilt that must be bloodily expunged. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Leto (2018) Iana Murray An earnest portrait of a little-known era in music history. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
5/5 Transit (2018) Trevor Johnston With so many layers to unpack, this one stays with you. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Ella Kemp This is a pre-teen movie that embraces its childishness at every turn. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 Opus Zero (2017) Hannah Woodhead Stylish scenery can't save this sluggish, over-laboured effort. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3/5 () David Jenkins A serious exploration into the nature of reparation and how the west look at and learn about cultures born out of colonialist aggression. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Tom Huddleston Boundless enthusiasm can't disguise a paperthin plot and some knuckle-biting musical sequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Animals (2019) Hannah Woodhead Well-observed but slightly lacking show of youth in revolt. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Photograph (2019) David Jenkins Well made, well performed, just a little too tamped down for its own good. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hannah Woodhead Perfect summer cinema. If that's your bag. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Holiday (2018) David Jenkins A very fine debut, if a little one-note. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 Do the Right Thing (1989) Kambole Campbell Lee's oft-maligned scattershot style of storytelling works to perfection here, creating irreplaceable parts of a neighbourhood collage that feels truly alive, with all the messiness that entails. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
3/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Matthew Thrift A funny, amiable riff on 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Catcher in the Rye'. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 The Intruder (2019) Elena Lazic The Intruder succeeds in making this scenario less blatantly paranoid and misanthropic than it often appears... It also helps that Quaid, showing remarkable dedication to the role, jumps effortlessly between magnanimous old fool and evil. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 Oldboy (2003) Kambole Campbell A lurid, complex, introspective beast, enacting astonishing cruelty on its protagonist like a slow-acting poison. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) Hannah Woodhead Given the subject matter, it's a disappointingly unstimulating affair. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 Die Tomorrow (2017) David Jenkins A really exceptional film about a subject that has been much plundered by this medium. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
2/5 Tell It to the Bees (2018) Ella Kemp Watery romance that has no real feeling to cling to. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 The Chambermaid (2018) David Jenkins Maybe lacks for a killer blow, but Avilés and star Gabriela Cartol are worth keeping an eye on. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 Gwen (2018) Josh Slater-Williams No shortage of striking images. A rewatch may be rewarding. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 Making Noise Quietly (2019) Kambole Campbell Eventually all does feel like noise, any particularly striking moment lost among the film's various monologues. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 My Friend the Polish Girl (2018) David Jenkins Has a hand-made, passion project feel to it - for better and for worse. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
3/5 The Edge (2019) Adam Woodward Fascinating from a sporting perspective, and very good on mental health. Well worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
5/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Aimee Knight Devotees and newbies alike will reap what Varda has sown. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Adam Woodward The king is dead. Long live the king. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Romance (1999) Anton Bitel a difficult film to love - perhaps as difficult as Marie finds it to love Paul - although there is something in its exploration of gender norms, deviant desires and the split between body and mind that remains compelling to the finish. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Only You (2018) David Jenkins In her writing and direction, Wootlif refuses to shirk from the darkness ahead, even if the film does take another shift before a somewhat conventional third act wrap-up. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 The Brink (2019) David Jenkins It's not a film that's going to change minds, and it has been produced to be consumed by Bannon's enemies rather than his friends. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 Kursk (2018) Anton Bitel Thomas Vinterberg reconstructs the K-141 Kursk submarine disaster but throws in a few too many gimmicks. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 Our Time (2018) David Jenkins Interludes of bulls locking horns in the twilight are a blunt visual metaphor which seem a little crass for this light-fingered director, but this is otherwise his most dramatically terse and conventional work. And definitely not in a bad way. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Anton Bitel As for Annabelle herself, her case may be closed, but we now know that it can be reopened anytime by the guilt-ridden, the transgressive or the curious, which is, at times, all of us. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) David Jenkins Yet much good will is squandered by some mood-killing touches, most prominently a score that can only be described as candle shop electronica. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) Adam Woodward It's all very educational, and not very exciting. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
1/5 Never Look Away (2018) Matthew Thrift "Never look away," we're told for the umpteenth time. But with von Donnersmarck serving as a dubious Virgil through the circles of 20th century history, you're better off just looking elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Don't Look Now (1973) David Jenkins Every frame is calculated perfection. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Anton Bitel a luridly coloured, transgressively queered piece of self-conscious schlock where cutting is the business of lovesick killers as much as filmmakers - and both cut right to the heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Adam Woodward A fun sojourn for the most part, but a rather awkward transition for the series as a whole. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/5 Midsommar (2019) Hannah Woodhead Meandering and underwhelming. One bad trip. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
The Vast of Night (2019) Josh Slater-Williams A riveting and ultimately heartbreaking story about seemingly insignificant people who are irrevocably changed by contact with big things beyond their comprehension. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) David Jenkins Amply breezy and amusing, but treats its novel conceit with contempt. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
5/5 Support the Girls (2018) Manuela Lazic A neorealist take on our capitalist times, reaffirming the essential need for camaraderie every day of the working week. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Philip Concannon A riveting and awe-inspiring tribute to one of mankind's great achievements. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
In Fabric (2018) Anton Bitel In this oneiric oddity, consumerism is everything, ultimately devouring even the consumer - while the real horror is the exploitative means of production, carefully kept underground beyond the sight of bourgeois shoppers above. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Adam Woodward A cut above your average horror reboot. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
The Daisies (1966) Christina Newland Chytilova understands the feminine decorum expected of women in Czech society, and she undermines it at every turn... Irrespective of the film's political specifics, it's this rebellious spirit that feels so fresh. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Hannah Woodhead Weird, sweet and worth a watch, but a symptom of an ongoing Hollywood problem. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
1/5 () David Jenkins Falls to pieces under mild scrutiny. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
2/5 Stockholm (2018) David Jenkins More like Dog's Dinner Afternoon. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
The Sender (1982) Anton Bitel left to the viewer to determine whether what is unfolding is more like Psycho or Carrie, given how much of what we see in the film proves to be an unreliable merger of a concealed reality, the protagonist's psychic interference & fugue-like denials EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019