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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Danny Leigh Of interest principally to pre-existing fans, but a bigger picture takes shape too... EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Danny Leigh Hood knows how to crank the tension and a certain fury ticks under the story. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 Double Lives (2018) Danny Leigh A meal made up of nothing but appetisers. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Danny Leigh LaBeouf is scruffily compelling, while the pinpoint comic timing of Gottsagen should be a lesson to any drab corners of the film industry still resisting disabled actors. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Danny Leigh A familiar mix of splatter, lazy punchlines and target-audience wish-fulfilment in which the girl is always got by the geek. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Danny Leigh The tone on the border of deadpan and surreal remains in place, so too the frantic pinball scripting in which everything that can go wrong does, but rarely quite how you imagined. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Nigel Andrews After Goodfellas and Casino we thought we had had it all, for voluptuous crime-athons involving De Niro, Pesci and Scorsese. Now here's another tree with golden rotten apples, sumptuously shaken. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Farming (2018) Danny Leigh A less uncompromising film might give the withdrawn Enitan a way to articulate his trauma verbally, but it is here and now that Akinnuoye-Agbaje claims that voice. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Danny Leigh Fifteenth-century England is recreated - but the actual story is only half-familiar, the Globe transplanted into the age of Game of Thrones. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Raphael Abraham Morris has already proved he can do lacerating mockery. At a time when we hear ad nauseam that current events are "beyond satire", making people feel something may be the greater achievement. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 () Suzi Feay As the perma-smug Ian Hislop demonstrates, fake news is not a modern phenomenon tied to social media. However uncomfortable the thought, it's almost part of the DNA of the tabloid media... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Nigel Andrews Phoenix gives the role a frightening intensity. This actor doesn't favour dilettante distancing. He steps right through the looking glass to become the character he has been staring at. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross (2018) Nigel Andrews It isn't just a comic book for the education-needy. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Good Posture (2019) Nigel Andrews I'm all for ghastly novelists on screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Nigel Andrews Zellweger looks like Garland, sounds like her and even, at best, sings like her. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Nigel Andrews It isn't The Towering Inferno Goes to India. It's more United 93 Plays Out on Terra Firma; with the terrors of terrorism no less firmly and vividly portrayed before they are courageously combated. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Skin (2018) Nigel Andrews Skin is not a "nice" film to watch. But we watch it. And we keep watching it, in our heads, for a fair while after it ends. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Nigel Andrews [A] black comedy-thriller that blows up in your face, not once but regularly. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Nigel Andrews Everything, I'm sure, stands for something; except the audience, which wilts horizontally in its seats. I'll have to read the novel. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
5/5 The Last Tree (2019) Nigel Andrews The work of a natural-born moviemaker. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 () Suzi Feay Distance lends enchantment and so forth, and the warmth displayed by its original cast and crew members as they reminisce is enough to burn away cynicism. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 () Suzi Feay There are many theories about the fate of art dealer-turned-felon Michel Cohen. Film-maker Vanessa Engle has managed to run him to ground... but in many ways he's the least interesting interviewee and his story is best told by others. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Nigel Andrews This gangland thriller is fearless drivel and therefore obdurately enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 The Farewell (2019) Nigel Andrews The film could have had wit, attitude, poignancy, style - or any single one of the four. Instead it slithers along, shallow and soapy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Nigel Andrews Psychological platitude, Oedipal cliché and holistic commonplace about love and humanity can't be hidden by attractive clutter and kinetic action, even in space. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 () Suzi Feay This is a showcase of absolutely brilliant jobs. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Cunningham (2019) Apollinaire Scherr The alternately delightful and harrowing Cunningham homes in on the most urgent period in Merce Cunningham's dance-making career, which spanned seven decades. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Nigel Andrews Downton Abbey, on large screen as on small, is an elegiac delirium about an age of consenting feudalism. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Nigel Andrews This harrowing film restores our responsiveness. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Nigel Andrews Fancy a northern Macedonian film about beekeeping? "You will, Oscar, you will," I am tempted to say. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Midnight Cowboy (1969) Nigel Andrews For a street opera with incongruous inspirations and mix-and-match aspirations, Midnight Cowboy is startlingly accomplished. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 Hustlers (2019) Nigel Andrews Director Lorene Scafaria evidently thought that low-grade sex and crime could be done as high-class Sturm und Drang. It can't. Unless you're Martin Scorsese in a purple streak. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Murphy has marked herself as one to watch for sprightly direction and storytelling that doesn't feel the need to spell out every plot progression. And Scanlen has confirmed her status as one of the most promising young actors on either side of the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Sometimes words are inadequate or miss the point entirely, the sequence seems to suggest. Maybe that's the case with Ema. Best just to experience it and submit to its strange, intoxicating rhythms. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 The Dreyfus Affair (2019) Raphael Abraham Becomes a starchy military procedural with a cavalcade of handsome cabs and handlebar moustaches. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Nigel Andrews It's a movie that whenever all else fails (regularly here) sends for the digital effects team. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Nigel Andrews Shiny shrimps? More leftover prawn-flavoured fortune cookie containing trite motto. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Rapid Response (2019) Nigel Andrews The film's content is interesting; its conclusion - that we're all safer thanks to these doctors and their advances in field treatment - is warily optimistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Rojo (2018) Nigel Andrews Mad? Possibly. Watchable? Definitely. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Mustang (2019) Nigel Andrews Terse and elegiac at best, The Mustang is a dude Western from the Horse Whisperer school. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Raphael Abraham With more restraint this could have been a masterpiece; as it is, it's one only for arthouse connoisseurs with very strong stomachs. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Raphael Abraham Soderbergh keeps things loose and uses much fourth-wall breaking and comic digression to avoid a didactic tone, and in a country-hopping series of vignettes we see the vicious cycle of money laundering exposed and satirised. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Raphael Abraham The King has one treat up its sleeve: in a deliciously fruity turn as the vain and venomous dauphin, Robert Pattinson savours each French syllable as if it were an exquisite mouthful of dauphinoise. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Raphael Abraham Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Raphael Abraham Baumbach never tries to reconcile the messy vicissitudes of human relations, and so he draws us in deeper. Nor is does he take shortcuts for emotional effect. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Raphael Abraham It's like a movie giddily launched by a young Steven Spielberg before an older Terrence Malick wrests the controls and plots a new course for Planet Portentous. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Untouchable (2019) Suzi Feay Ursula Macfarlane's sombre film is largely composed of lengthy interviews, many of them gruelling, interspersed with archive stills and a bare minimum of film clips. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Danny Leigh The sense of real life rerun is vivid. Hogg keeps you in the palm of her hand as few film-makers could. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Danny Leigh Noble delivers what is really theatre on screen, clingfilmed sandwiches rustling from the stalls. But Spall and Redgrave excel and the art endures. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Seahorse (2019) Danny Leigh Finlay is alive both to the humdrum and astonishing. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019