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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Nigel Andrews This is a funny, clever, inventive, richly endearing film. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Nigel Andrews That the film is watchable at all, as incongruity, improbability and incomprehensibility accumulate, is a tribute to Canadian director Kim Nguyen, skilfully negotiating a script by Kim Nguyen. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Nigel Andrews A cherishable, rarefied mystery-comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Nigel Andrews Men in Black: International is what it says on the label. Give an old Hollywood franchise an air ticket. Take it to Paris, London and Marrakesh. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (2017) Nigel Andrews If you just want to potter blissfully for 75 minutes, this should do it. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 () Nigel Andrews We are allowed the "recollections in tranquillity" of a perhaps wiser, sadder Diego. But we're not allowed to watch him grow wiser and sadder. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Halston (2019) Danny Leigh A tour through some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American style, Halston's career a golden thread running from the pillbox hat worn by Jackie Kennedy... to the decadent 1970s in which he dressed half of Studio 54. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Danny Leigh Lelio structures his film not as a shopping list of plot points, but vignettes and snapshots of the multitudes that Gloria contains... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Danny Leigh Thompson's performance is compulsively fun, the actor relishing the bone-dry put-downs of a memorably serrated character. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 Dirty God (2019) Danny Leigh Polak's images jar and startle. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Danny Leigh Simon Kinberg's grand farewell to the big screen has the feel of a hurriedly arranged office leaving do. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Nigel Andrews An emotional tour de force. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 Napszállta (2018) Nigel Andrews I won't be deterred from believing that Nemes is a genius of some kind. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Nigel Andrews A sequel beckons even as we file out, fatigued, from the end credits. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 Ma (2019) Nigel Andrews Par for the expected course, though better made than most summer screamers. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Nigel Andrews The film doesn't add up. It doesn't attain cogency as an essay, documentary or work of cinema. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Tarde para morir joven (2018) Nigel Andrews A long dazed journey into night; holding the recurring question mark of a new dawn. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Nigel Andrews Wilde... turns a five-writer screenplay into a focused fresco of the hell and hedonism of adolescence. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Raphael Abraham Shot in a jagged, expressionist black and white, this is chiaroscuro with the emphasis on scuro, and confirms writer-director Robert Eggers as a major talent. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 XY Chelsea (2019) Nigel Andrews Hooray that Manning once "made a difference", exposing crimes that would never otherwise have glimpsed daylight. Sad that this film catches her in a fugitive, protean after-existence... EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 Aladdin (2019) Nigel Andrews I got so bored I started to scribble new songs myself in the dark. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Raphael Abraham The whole thing is so unashamedly soaked in nostalgia, it could be eye-rolling, but Pitt and DiCaprio carry it off with so much warmth, good humour and just enough knowingness, that it's impossible to resist. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 () Raphael Abraham Kapadia's approach - using only archive footage, dubbed over with audio interview snippets - is slick and compelling but never probes too deeply. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 Rocketman (2019) Nigel Andrews Because the film is a cartoon bus, we don't care if the road is often familiar. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 () Raphael Abraham The lasting message is that faith, familial love and nature's capacity for renewal outlast even the darkest times - and it comes through loud and clear. Malickites will no doubt be delighted. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Raphael Abraham There is a clear and cogent subtext here about how women were portrayed in the past and what they were allowed to portray, but Sciamma never gets on her soapbox or allows the dialogue to become didactic. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
5/5 The Climb (2017) Raphael Abraham What impresses most is that the laughs and bittersweet insights into rollercoaster relationships never flag - and that is what really elevates this comedy to greatness. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 () Raphael Abraham Pain and Glory may be too meandering to live up to the lofty standards of Almodóvar's best work, but for aficionados it is, if nothing else, a fascinating insight into how the great Spaniard may see himself. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Yes, Loach is didactic, yet you have to admire his undimmed passion and tireless dedication to the cause. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Like a psychotropic experience, it is as colourful as it is uncontrolled and may linger long in the memory. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham An urgent reminder of the social ills that troubled Hugo and still badly need curing today. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Raphael Abraham Driver keeps intoning "This is gonna end badly" and he's not wrong. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
1/5 Breakthrough (2019) Nigel Andrews As the film's saccharine sanctimoniousness swells, the intendedly God-awesome turns to the increasingly God-awful. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Nigel Andrews It's like watching a series of surreal animated tableaux, vivants yet at the same time hieratic, dreamish, like an oneiric pageant. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
2/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Nigel Andrews The film is truly terrible unless you think its maxed-up minimalism is truly, weirdly, metaphysically avant-garde. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Beats (2019) Nigel Andrews We are supposed to feel sympathy for the victims, and we do. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Tucked (2018) Nigel Andrews Tucked is small but bright and multi-faceted: like a jewel. Nesbitt is its biggest sparkle. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 () Suzi Feay Much is made of comparatively little here, but to make up for that there's fascinating wartime footage and the involvement of those guaranteed interest-piquers, double agents Garbo and Brutus. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) Danny Leigh Like all good sci-fi, Denis's film also speaks to the moment... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Danny Leigh The result can be exhausting - and exhilarating, Decker's approach splintered and unpredictable but slowly creating streams of narrative... EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
2/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Danny Leigh As the duo progress from allergic dislike towards odd coupling, the film's sheer cheapness is as distracting as spinach between the teeth. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Danny Leigh Glimpsed away from the mic, she sweeps past the camera with a Mona Lisa smile and no small talk. Between songs she again smiles and says nothing, that silence a story, her choice to be simply a vessel, not a star. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Raphael Abraham It's a mix that shouldn't work, but thanks to Elliott's rugged sincerity it somehow does. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Vox Lux (2018) Danny Leigh Vox Lux does what good pop songs do - it shushes your doubts and quickens your pulse. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Danny Leigh Director Dome Karukoski wisely understates the line from... carnage to orc-filled battlefields, even if the fine actor Craig Roberts is cast as a working class proto-Bilbo guiding Tolkien through the trenches. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Danny Leigh While Theron is a trouper and a deft enough comic actor to keep the set-up ticking, the film is more assured with pratfalls and tangents than a romance that only ever convinces as a slightly odd fantasy... EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Woman at War (2018) Danny Leigh Hollywood would make it a thriller; Erlingsson keeps his politics as teasingly agnostic as his tone, his Icelandic landscape raw, strange, and like everywhere, defended by more Hallas all the time. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Suzi Feay It's refreshing to see how polite the Democrat political discourse is, in contrast to the deliberate boorishness of Trump. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Danny Leigh The story is so richly novelistic the temptation is just to synopsise - but that risks not only spoilers, but failing to convey how much wonder is conjured beyond the plot, the stellar performance of Zhao, the insta-futuristic landscapes... EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Danny Leigh Eighth Grade is also deeply sweet in unexpected places and howlingly funny, attuned to the timeless indignities of any adolescence. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019