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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Like a Boss (2020) Danny Leigh Hayek brings more watchability to the project than it deserves. But she can't redeem a film this bafflingly slapdash. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 Greed (2019) Danny Leigh The best comedy in the film is usually the angriest. It tends to be tied up with the numbers too. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Danny Leigh On the page, the reader is transfixed by Didion's spare, sorrowful language. On screen, Hathaway's hard work can't stop the plot twist feeling silly. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 Midnight Family (2019) Danny Leigh Much of the film plays like a madly adrenal action movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2020
5/5 () Suzi Feay Baddiel travels to Lithuania, where Nazi collaboration among so-called "national heroes" is still widely obfuscated. He's more concerned to understand than to condemn - even here, where denial rates remain sky-high despite laws against it. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
2/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Danny Leigh Director Jeff Fowler gives the kids Spielberg-isms and scatology. Their parents get gags about out-of-town weddings. Thank heavens for Carrey. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 Horse Girl (2020) Danny Leigh Brie is rawly convincing as a troubled woman for whom the sides of reality have become too slippery, transformed into the heroine of a private sci-fi melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 First Love (2019) Danny Leigh Intricacies of plot come second to the buffet of outlandish characters ranged about the neon-lit underworld - but the film keeps you locked into the mayhem regardless. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Danny Leigh Taylor Joy suits the mood and Goth brings otherworldly charm to Harriet. The men are where it creaks. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The Deserter (1971) David Robinson Burt Kennedy is a very successful director of action pictures; but in The Deserter he is shackled with a rather unappetising script (by Clair Huffaker) of peculiarly unremitting and meaningless violence. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Klute (1971) David Robinson What lifts it above its B-picture origins (and the pastiche is certainly conscious) is the style -- crisp, elliptical, only moderately arty -- of Alan J. Pakula's direction. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Touch (1971) David Robinson It could be -- and almost is -- pure novelette; yet Bergman's gift is to create real people with problems and sufferings real enough to be more than trivial, engage your concern. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
Walkabout (1971) David Robinson Roeg's training as a cinematographer brings both advantages and hazards. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
A League of Their Own (1992) Stephen Amidon Director Penny Marshall once again proves herself to possess both a deft hand for light comedy and an unfortunate weakness for sentimentality. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
The Hours and Times (1991) Stephen Amidon [Writer/director Christopher Munch] is greatly aided by Ian Hart's deft impersonation of the cocky yet sensitive Lennon and David Angus's considered portrayal of the tortured Epstein. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) Nigel Andrews The film has swept through the American box office like a whirlwind, precipitating a rash of incipient college romps. One waits with trepidation: but at least the trailblazer has vitality and charm. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Titanic (1997) Nigel Andrews [The ending] is a masterpiece of popcorn tragedy: not deep, not sophisticated, barely even credible, but gut-clutching for those of us who have already lost the sensible use of our stomachs, as we would in any worthwhile fairground ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Unforgiven (1992) Stephen Amidon Clint Eastwood's brilliant and harrowing Unforgiven packs all the punch of a good Western without indulging in the plot cliches and moral certitudes so often inherent in the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Danny Leigh The tone established by director Cathy Yan is popping candy loud and slapstick silly. After the grim drag of Todd Phillips, it may come as a relief. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 Parasite (2019) Danny Leigh A film that always has two thoughts in its head at once, a spectacular epic and tightly wound chamber piece, chicly sophisticated, brutal as a hammer. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
2/5 Dolittle (2020) Danny Leigh How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this? EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Iluminacja (1972) Richard Combs Illumination is an intelligent if unexciting discourse which never quite bridges the gap... between the inevitable and the predictable in the lessons it draws about life. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
The Godfather, Part II (1974) Richard Combs In sheer physical terms, however, Godfather Part II displays even more spectacular panache than its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Nigel Andrews Kramer vs Kramer is a lopsided, sudsy movie that coasts through on its father-appeal, its star-power and its easy-paced comedy and pathos, seldom firing our brains and hearts into a fresh response. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
Forrest Gump (1994) Nigel Andrews Self-ingratiatingly, and for this viewer maddeningly, it blends the comic with the Christly, the satirical with the sentimental, the free-thinking with the fuddy-duddy. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The English Patient (1996) Nigel Andrews If Minghella's debut feature Truly, Madly, Deeply was overrated -- a Ghost for the NW3 set -- this movie is a quantum leap towards cinema's potential for magic. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Terms of Endearment (1983) Nigel Andrews Anyone who believes that television styles are new taking over the cinema -- or at least large sections of it -- will have their fears confirmed here. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Nigel Andrews It is competent melodrama spun off from a fiendishly clever book. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
The Last Emperor (1987) Nigel Andrews Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor is like a lavishly prepared six-course meal during which the host keeps telling us we would all be happier and healthier with a place of cold porridge. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Rain Man (1988) Nigel Andrews Mostly the film abounds with wit, charm and ingenuity. And above all it abounds with Dustin Hoffman. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Nigel Andrews This is a chamber movie with the courage to stay small and resonant. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
Detective (1985) Nigel Andrews Once or twice I thought I espied a theme, much as a birdwatcher after a long vigil in the freezing dawn might think he espied a rare bird. But either I was wrong or it flew away before identification. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Ran (1985) Nigel Andrews There is not a wasted second. [Here] is proof of what we seldom doubted: Kurosawa is a director who becomes godlike rather than gaga in old age. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Out of Africa (1985) Nigel Andrews We (the audience) wish at several paints during 2 1/2 hours of watching Blixen' s book vaporise into Love Story Goes To Kenya to be free of the movie. How it does go on. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Danny Leigh The longer the film goes on, the weirder it gets and the more it resembles a sitcom - The Odd Couple in sou'westers, a droll symphony of bodily functions, bubbling friction and all manner of desires that dare not speak their name. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Danny Leigh Nothing is accidental in a Clint Eastwood film - such is the shame of Richard Jewell. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Danny Leigh The film feels at once adventurous and classically simple. And of all things, lovely - as disarmingly, implausibly so as Mister Rogers. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2020
All of Me (1984) Nigel Andrews Most of the film is about as funny as falling off a cliff while trying to solve a crossword puzzle. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Water (1985) Nigel Andrews How on earth do films like this make the mighty leap from drawing board to movie camera -- and then from camera to audience? EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Edith and Marcel (1983) Nigel Andrews The audience, unfortunately, will regret if they get snarled up in this 2 1/2 hours' traffic jam of song, schmaltz, and melodrama. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Danny Leigh Matsoukas has the high style you would expect from a career in music video... But look closer and the pop-culture strut is an inheritance from movie history. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Danny Leigh The melancholy is the saving grace, one man out of time immortalising another. Gilliam refrains from explicit meta, but winks over the fourth wall. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Danny Leigh If one scene could capture the whole movie, it would be Patel emerging from the Trotwood residence laden with pots and pans, bellowing and clattering to scare a passing donkey. We are all that donkey. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 Midnight Traveler (2019) Danny Leigh A film that should be required viewing for anyone seeking to enter the debate on the refugee crisis, not as polemic but as a digital box of surprises. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Danny Leigh The markers of the story are so familiar (venal law enforcement, leaned-on witnesses, the courtroom), it takes nerve to tell it this simply. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Danny Leigh Eyes may instinctively roll at Malick's fixation with magical dawn and dusk light - confronted by real darkness, the result is his best film in years. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Danny Leigh A playful but ardent documentary tribute to Guy Blaché, a film-maker fully deserving the overworked title of pioneer. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Danny Leigh There is more to the Safdies' secret sauce than panic. At first glance the cast has the feel of a group of strangers grabbed at random from the sidewalk, yet it clicks and keeps clicking. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
2/5 Seberg (2019) Danny Leigh For all her charisma, the miscasting of Stewart isn't helped by a berserker wardrobe department. The costumes wear the movie - the story is half-buried under a pile of sherbet lemon negligees. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Danny Leigh If Mendes' film-making has sometimes felt to have not fully outgrown his beginnings in theatre, 1917 is wildly cinematic, a movie that makes you feel the breath of mortality on your neck. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020