Eye for Film

Eye for Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amber Wilkinson, Anton Bitel, Donald Munro, Jennie Kermode, Keith H. Brown, Stephen Carty
Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Killing Escobar (2021) Jennie Kermode For all its underlying brutality and its philosophical moments, it's a ripping yarn. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
3/5 Sweetheart (2021) Jennie Kermode A storyline that sometimes feels rushed or contrived is balanced here by a solid performance from Hartley and a tender one from Barlow. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4.5/5 () Jennie Kermode It takes courage to attempt a film like this and a certain genius to pull it off. [Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh] have created something special. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 Eye of the Storm (2021) Jennie Kermode A valuable record of a man whose legacy will long outlive him. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 Iorram - Boat Song (2021) Jennie Kermode With a ready wit to balance the gentle melody of the language, these are tales that will sweep you away. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 Jumbo (2020) Jennie Kermode It's a far from perfect film, but it's a lot better than the critical consensus suggests, and at the heart of it is a fascinating character study. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
4/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Jennie Kermode Its occasional clumsiness can be pardoned in light of its successes and it's a bold effort to explore in fiction an environment that has already been the subject of several documentaries. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 Spring Tide (2019) Jennie Kermode It's a film that cineastes with an interest in China's developing output will not want to miss. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 Spring Blossom (2020) Jennie Kermode Artfully confected and directed with a light touch, this is a layered yet knowingly insubstantial creation, un amour choux. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 Underplayed (2020) Jennie Kermode A celebration of past achievements and of those breaking the sound barrier today, Underplayed is an important piece of work. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 () Jennie Kermode A roundabout way to look at depression and the real reasons people become cut off from their roots, this is a much smarter film than its often lowbrow humour would have you believe. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3.5/5 The Swordsman (2020) Jennie Kermode A satisfying action thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat towards the end. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Jennie Kermode Whilst it would have been nice to see the story structure tightened up a bit here, Pike and Weist make it worth watching. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 Social Hygiene (2021) Amber Wilkinson Côté has often played with artifice, particularly in his documentaries, and here he pushes things to experimental extremes. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2021
4.5/5 Tina (2021) Jennie Kermode Music fans will love this film for the way it gets into the nitty gritty of the creative process. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3.5/5 The Last Ones (2020) Amber Wilkinson The whole place feels dislocated, not just in its sense of place but also of time. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Amber Wilkinson Day not only captures the vocals perfectly, which is no mean feat considering the smoke in Holiday's voice, but gives a feel for the star, retaining a sense of steely resolve in the face of alcoholism, heroin addiction and her often violent relationships. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2021
3.5/5 Enemies of the State (2020) Jennie Kermode In many ways more interesting for its structure than its content, this is a timely film, ultimately raising questions about how we navigate in a world where truth is difficult to pin down. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 The Stylist (2020) Jennie Kermode Townsend is fully committed to the role and her performance is as heartbreaking as it is disturbing. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 Creation Stories (2021) Jennie Kermode If you're really into this bit of music history, it might have some nostalgia value, but you may as well just listen to the music and reflect on your own doubtless more memorable experiences in the period. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 Run Hide Fight (2020) Jennie Kermode Well paced and with some nice set pieces, Run Hide Fight is a solid piece of entertainment. Director Kyle Rankin manages the tension well. It's not realistic but it delivers well on the scares and thrills that most viewers will be looking for. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 Câmp de Maci (2020) Jennie Kermode All the characters here are well drawn and well acted, with nobody really fitting into the black and white worldview that has Cristi in its grip. Some wonderful little vignettes give supporting cast members time to shine. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 Rising Phoenix (2020) Jennie Kermode It's triumphalism all the way, with eyes on the prize and no thought given to the daily struggle many face just to stay alive. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 His House (2020) Jennie Kermode Despite its failings, the film is worth watching for the good work from its two leads, and because there are some sorts of horror that don't get talked about nearly as much as they should. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 Farewell Amor (2020) Jennie Kermode A powerful immigrant story with a deep affection for its characters, this is a beautifully intimate piece of filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Jennie Kermode With a focus throughout on Poly's achievements as a writer, the film makes room for her to speak for herself as much as possible: to be heard, not just seen. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4.5/5 Test Pattern (2021) Jennie Kermode Fist time feature director Shatara Michelle Ford weaves these two threads together with a confidence that is reflected in the patience with which she lets the story unfold. Nothing here is rushed. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/5 Archenemy (2020) Jennie Kermode Although the film's limitations are clear, it has an essential integrity and flair which are likely to make it a favourite of genre cinema clubs and a great choice for small retrospectives. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 Buoyancy (2019) Amber Wilkinson Rathjen captures the monotony of this existence and the casual violence of it with mounting tension as Chakra himself becomes brutalised - we view key violent acts, not by watching them, but by observing the effect they have. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 I Am Samuel (2020) Amber Wilkinson Although the film has a heartfelt sweep, it is so tightly focused that questions go unanswered. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 Strah (2020) Amber Wilkinson We might be laughing at this small town mentality but we'll soon also be feeling a growing fear about what might happen to Sveta and Bamba as things begin to spiral. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
4/5 Murmur (2019) Amber Wilkinson By keeping the secondary cast to a minimum, Young allows us to share Donna's loneliness. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
2/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Amber Wilkinson The good performances can't overcome the fragmented structure of the film in general - a vestige, presumably, of the stage play it once was, which jumps forwards in time in leaps that also get in the way of character connection. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/5 Soul (2020) Amber Wilkinson With its fragmented narrative, it feels almost like a shorts collection jazz riff on the theme of existence and metaphysics, plus quite a few of the jokes feel extremely American-specific and won't translate well for international audiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
5/5 The Reason I Jump (2020) Amber Wilkinson This is a film that is all about connection, not just between parent and child but aiming to bridge the gap between the way those with nonspeaking autism perceive the world and the way that they, in turn, are perceived by the neurotypical. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
3.5/5 Father (2020) Amber Wilkinson Golubovic wants us to feel the weight of all this, and we certainly do, as cinematographer Aleksandar Ilic not only captures the countryside of Serbia but also a sense of dilapidation. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 Stray (2021) Amber Wilkinson Although the focus is on the strays that roam the streets of Istanbul.. the wider human world is reflected through the prism of the dog's domain. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
4.5/5 Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Amber Wilkinson Zbanic's measured approach ensures that we can't look away from the unfolding horror - something that she makes clear many at the time, both peacekeepers and non-Muslim residents, found all too easy to do. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 Apples (2020) Amber Wilkinson There's sadness here for isolation and a grief that goes beyond the loss of a single life once lived. There's also a heightened sense of the smaller absurdities of existence. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
3/5 A Brixton Tale (2021) Amber Wilkinson There's a nervy energy to this feature debut from Darragh Carrey and Betrand Desrochers, who show a flair for visual storytelling even if the narrative ultimately treads a predictable path. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
4/5 The Life Ahead (2020) Jennie Kermode Gueye is quite a find, confident and charismatic enough to convince as the only person in the city who can really stand up to Madame Rosa -- and, perhaps, reawaken feelings she long ago learned to do without. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
3/5 Shook (2021) Jennie Kermode Despite its shortcomings, Shook deserves credit for trying to do a little more with its themes than the average slasher film. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
4.5/5 My Octopus Teacher (2020) Jennie Kermode Although not everything Foster has to say should be taken at face value, this is an engaging film which viewers will want to watch again and again. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/5 Blizzard of Souls (2019) Jennie Kermode Strip away the national trappings and this is an old, old story, but director Dzintars Dreibergs, despite working with a tiny budget, tells it well. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/5 Dara of Jasenovac (2020) Jennie Kermode Biljana Cekic is well chosen for the role, diffident but forceful when she needs to be. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 Sator (2019) Jennie Kermode An unnerving, poetic horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
4/5 Night of the Kings (2020) Jennie Kermode Bold, cleverly choreographed and gorgeously lensed by Tobie Marier-Robitaille. From ancient story elements, [director Philippe] Lacôte has created a true original. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/5 Lingua Franca (2019) Jennie Kermode Ably performed all round, with a strong turn from [Isabel] Sandoval in the lead, this is a timely reflection on how it feels to be an outsider in the land of the free. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
4.5/5 Greenland (2020) Jennie Kermode Director Ric Roman Waugh has an economic approach to filmmaking which promises a significantly richer experience than the average disaster movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/5 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Jennie Kermode All of the acting is of a high calibre, with Beharie the standout, bringing Turquoise to life not only in the moment but also in the context of her past experiences. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2021