Little White Lies

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Rating Title/Year Author
The Roads Not Taken (2020) Greg Wetherall Potter's ambitious film may sound intriguing on paper - after all, we all affected to some degree by the events of our past - but the execution is sorely lacking. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Hannah Woodhead Repeat viewings might expose further holes in the story, but Whannell remains a highly skilled genre filmmaker. As for Blumhouse, it's hard to think of another studio that currently knows its audience as well as they do. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
1/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Adam Woodward This is a film which... mistakes flamboyant posturing and raw physicality for authentic performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
The Woman Who Ran (2020) Sophie Monks Kaufman The Woman Who Ran is charming from beginning to end, evoking the delicious, tickling breeze found in the everyday tales of Eric Rohmer. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Hannah Woodhead This one stays with you, tightly-coiled and quietly horrifying. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2020
Raining in the Mountain (1979) Anton Bitel Ultimately, for all its sedate visual beauty and Henry Chan's mobile camerawork, Raining in the Mountain privileges content over form, and locates "true value" in a text's meaning rather than in its materiality. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Siberia (2018) Sophie Monks Kaufman One character recites a speech from 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' by Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher famed for the line, "If you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back." Siberia is The Abyss Stares Back: The Movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Jack King Welcome to Chechnya not only provides a stark reminder of the everyday reality of anti-queer oppression outside of our 'progressive' Western bubble, but also of the precarious nature of global LGBT+ rights. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Undine (2020) Sophie Monks Kaufman Petzold is in control of his craft, but there is a gnawing sense of anticlimax, which grows to a growl as the picture continues to unfold without any synthesis of the mythical romance with the geospecific musings. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
Anne at 13,000 ft (2019) Sophie Monks Kaufman Campbell embodies Anne with such naturalism that her performance scans more like the generous donation of her being than it does acting. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
() Lou Thomas A patchy but hugely entertaining film that would benefit from a nimbler script and more scrupulous edit... EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
First Cow (2019) Sophie Monks Kaufman With First Cow, Kelly Reichardt, America's foremost chronicler of small stories rooted in meticulously-crafted geographical expanses, has delivered another slowburn heartbreaker. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
() Caitlin Quinlan Tariq beautifully captures the textures of Zed's world and his father's memories that infiltrate his new understanding of his life: the dust, ashes, talc, spices, crushed flowers. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2020
() Lou Thomas A pleasant and diverting film, then, that may leave you craving more of the egotism and rancour that seems to seep from every pore of New York literary scene. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Midnight Family (2019) Matt Turner Fast paced, action packed. An intimate portrait of the human costs of Mexico's healthcare crisis. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Little Joe (2019) David Jenkins A weirder, subtler film than its surface suggests. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
3/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Elena Lazic A winning adaptation that never condescends its audience. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
Deadly Manor (1990) Anton Bitel the feeling remains that this is far from Larraz's best work, and that he too, along with the film's antagonists, is struggling impossibly against aesthetic decline. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Katie Goh Céline Sciamma's masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 EMMA. (2020) Hannah Clugston In the immortal words of Cher Horowitz... "As if!" EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
3/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Anton Bitel Fast and fun, but forgettable. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 Jihad Jane (2019) Max Copeman Lingers thanks to a pertinent story and well-balanced tone. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 First Love (2019) Anton Bitel A double-crossing, criss-crossing caper, fatalistic and fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
5/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Anton Bitel This schizophrenic buddy pic is the real deal. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
2/5 Horse Girl (2020) Stefania Sarrubba An empathetic depiction of mental illness, but the film fails to clear the hurdle it sets itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 Underwater (2020) David Jenkins Instantly forgettable. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 Plus One (2019) Max Copeman A love story with its heart in the right place. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Hannah Woodhead If only all comic book movies felt this fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Talking About Trees (2019) Maria Nae An honest, inspiring achievement. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Hannah Woodhead There's a sense of dread which haunts the film as its teenage protagonists attempt to navigate the complex healthcare system while also dealing with predatory men. But there's not an ounce of melodrama to be found. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (2019) Romelly Eavis There is a poignant irony about a man attuned to the emotions of his subjects but not necessarily his own. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
1/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Glenn Heath Jr. A staggering misfire that's both unambitious and bloated. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 Queen & Slim (2019) David Jenkins The film just doesn't work, but we'll be intrigued to see what Matsoukas does next. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
1/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Charles Bramesco Morano's lack of facility as a storyteller leaves the handful of bravura action set-pieces with nothing to connect them. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Possessor (2020) Hannah Woodhead Although it could stand to shave a few minutes off its runtime, Possessor benefits from a fascinating premise and exceptional cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Hannah Woodhead Sadly, this half-baked political thriller is far less than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Elena Lazic Eggers masters the dangerous mix of horror and comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Wendy (2020) Dilara Elbir Though the film contains some mesmerising visuals, the story does not correspond to the magical images on screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
The Nest (2019) Hannah Woodhead Although Law and Coon have great chemistry, and the film does well to touch on how isolation manifests in men, women and children alike, the various narrative strands never quite connect... EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Mark Asch A timely story of broken trust in institutions. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Minari (2020) Hannah Woodhead Minari can feel a little overwhelming, but in the best possible way. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Edge of the Axe (1988) Anton Bitel not just looking backwards to a moribund horror sub-genre, but also forwards to the then nascent digital age, all in an attempt to refresh slasher tropes that, by the late '80s, were already about half a decade past their use-by date. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
() Brianna Zigler Instead of pushing her father's death to the back of her mind, Johnson embraces it fully and even has fun with it. She takes her heartache and turns it into joy. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Worth (2019) Dilara Elbir Colangelo attempts to provide context to the ugly bureaucracy which compounded so many people's pain years after the fact, but its dullness and a lack of empathy in its main character means it does not leave a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Hannah Woodhead It's a delight to have July back behind the camera, especially with a project as tender and funny as this one... EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
2/5 Downhill (2020) Hannah Woodhead Even at a svelte 85 minutes, Downhill still manages to drag. It feels like the SparkNotes version of Force Majeure, the source material simplified to the point of being barely recognisable. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
() Hannah Woodhead So many films are branded 'urgent' nowadays, but in the case of Herself the term really does feel apt. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
Shirley (2020) Hannah Woodhead This is Decker's funniest film to date, yet also her most intimate and erotic. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Hannah Woodhead Provocative and recalcitrant, it's sure to spark plenty of debate, but also resonate with anyone who has seen their life (or, indeed, the life of someone they love) changed forever by rape. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Zola (2020) Hannah Woodhead Zola wouldn't work without such a great ensemble; much like the internet phenomenon it stems from, the magic is in the delivery. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2020