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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Danny Leigh The film involves much, much more than the corner, doubling as a sprawling self-portrait. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 Pelé (2021) Danny Leigh The movie wanders into fascinating, uneasy areas. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 To Olivia (2021) Danny Leigh To its credit, the film finds a note of something stark for the tragedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
3/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Danny Leigh The director is savvy enough to know a good thing when he has one. Every time the film loses focus, Day reminds us what it is there for - capturing the outrage of the situation, the eternal power of one unflinching song. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2021
4/5 Uppercase Print (2020) Danny Leigh The film is austere but its power doesn't fade. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Danny Leigh The movie feels less necessary the more of it there is (20 minutes too much by my watch). Still, that first act is a blast... EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
1/5 Music (2021) Danny Leigh How nobody involved in this doomed fiasco simply said no at any - or every - stage is baffling. Fortunately, you can. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Danny Leigh Some jokes soar. Others are inscrutable. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
3/5 Slalom (2020) Danny Leigh At times, it can seem like a well-made TV dramatisation. But director Charlène Favier adds constant depth, unpicking the whole precarious dynamic of mentors and mentees. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
4/5 Dead Pigs (2018) Danny Leigh Not every idea pays off, but another is always coming. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 PVT Chat (2021) Danny Leigh The movie ends up feeling like an older vintage of New York story, the kind of pre-gentrification indie you expect a youthful Jim Jarmusch to wander through. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2021
5/5 () Suzi Feay The actual music seems beside the point, but since you ask, it ranges from the ear-achingly terrible to the surprisingly tuneful. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
5/5 News of the World (2020) Danny Leigh If everything in sight doubles as a metaphor, the story plays as pure human drama. And when the action cranks, this famously gifted director of mayhem slips into gear - with a twist. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2021
3/5 Bliss (2021) Danny Leigh It must have all made a great pitch, just as it would a fine episode of The Twilight Zone. But Lord knows, reality can be a drag. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Danny Leigh For all the ultra-modernity, the ghost of John Cassavetes - maestro of domestic strife - would not disapprove. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 Life in a Day 2020 (2021) Danny Leigh Am I giving a star rating to the film or the species? EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 A Glitch in the Matrix (2020) Danny Leigh As with his previous movie, Ascher is ultimately less concerned with the ideas than with the people swept up in them. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
3/5 The Dig (2021) Danny Leigh For a time, the film feels wildly original - as if no one involved had ever before seen an English period drama. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 Palmer (2021) Danny Leigh If you and I and everyone we know have seen the rest before, Timberlake plays it like we haven't. That much is sometimes - just about - enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 Assassins (2020) Danny Leigh A curious film, a no-frills documentary about a crime of outlandish aspect. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 The Capote Tapes (2020) Danny Leigh Just as friends forgave Capote's excesses - until they didn't - you let the poetic licence slide. The result is too damn entertaining not to. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Danny Leigh On the rare occasions Bahrani loses focus, Gourav holds the film together. Remarkably, this is his first starring role - a fitting note of novelty in a movie where the future doesn't wait for your permission. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/5 Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Danny Leigh Zbanic is not only making a memorial; she asks painful, vital questions. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/5 Archive (2020) Danny Leigh For all the familiarity, the movie has the brio of good pulp and a neat surprise in store. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/5 Baby Done (2020) Danny Leigh [An] affable comedy... EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/5 76 Days (2020) Danny Leigh The result is a time capsule in waiting, a real-time record of medicine adapting to the viciously unknown. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
1/5 Blithe Spirit (2020) Danny Leigh Hall recycles the set-up as pure missing trousers farce filled with smirky running jokes forced to keep going until they drop sobbing to their knees. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/5 Stardust (2020) Danny Leigh The clunk of it all is deafening, the dialogue booby-trapped. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Danny Leigh If Hollywood showcased the FBI as Hoover wanted it seen, Pollard spotlights another story, one that modern America tells about its past. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 Dear Comrades! (2020) Danny Leigh A dazzling, coldly furious account of events that year in Novocherkassk. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 Mother (2019) Raphael Abraham [An] unblinking but admirably impartial film. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/5 Robin's Wish (2020) Danny Leigh Director Tylor Norwood's film is modestly scaled, a loving correction of the record rather than attempted biography. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Danny Leigh The result is a celebration with jagged edges, history alive with contemporary echoes. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Danny Leigh The movie has moments that are almost overwhelming. The trouble is, there are other moments. Many other moments. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 Ham on Rye (2019) Danny Leigh A film that resembles the American Pie franchise as reimagined by conceptual artist Matthew Barney. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 Sylvie's Love (2020) Danny Leigh The whole movie is so tied up with the old-fashioned way of things you would have to call it pastiche. But be aware - a twist awaits. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 Soul (2020) Danny Leigh Soul finds the company doing the minor-chord uplift it does so well, even an inch short of top form. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 Cockroach (2020) Danny Leigh A looming vision of a collective future, one in which autocracies everywhere deploy brute force and facial recognition software. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
3/5 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Danny Leigh A heady vérité portrait of Las Vegas dive bar the Roaring 20s. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Nigel Andrews Elsewhere flat characterisation and flimsy subplots -- who ever dreamed up those Nazis? -- numb the brain and add up to an expense of spirit in a waste of time, talent and money. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Farewell Amor (2020) Wendy Ide An accomplished feature film debut from writer and director Ekwa Msangi. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Wendy Ide There are also long inert drags in which we might as well be watching Clooney's enormous beard growing, in real time. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Wendy Ide Bezucha's pulpy 1950s-set neo-Western is full of tobacco-chewing performances and backwoods clichés. But the explosive face-off between two formidable grannies is a blast. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 Le Sorelle Macaluso (2020) Wendy Ide It's a hauntingly lovely, strikingly unusual portrait of family trauma. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wendy Ide This dayglo romp, with its thrilling set pieces and optimistic depiction of a humanity which is able to accept personal sacrifice for the greater good, is exactly the kind of heady escapism we need right now. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
Crocodile Dundee (1986) Nigel Andrews The vote for the movie is a vote for human beings in a screen age elsewhere engulfed by ducks, chimps, puppets or aliens, and a vote for the "special effects" of a credible hero an: large in a credibly unnerving environment. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Harem (1985) Nigel Andrews [Harem] seems to be intended as a thinking man's Valentino movie. Unfortunately it is more like a sleeping man's Valentino movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
Howard the Duck (1986) Nigel Andrews The sophisticated tone of the project is set early on by its array of puns. Our hero reads Playduck magazine and has a wallet bursting with credit cards like Mallardcard and Bloomingducks. The problem is that these are the funniest things in the film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2020
5/5 Red Penguins (2019) Suzi Feay Beyond a montage of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Bush Sr and Clinton, dates and details are fairly scant in this riotous Storyville documentary, in which horror and humour share top billing. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 The Prom (2020) Wendy Ide Screamingly extroverted, shamelessly indulgent and as shiny and artificial as a set of dental veneers, Ryan Murphy's The Prom is a big, hammy exhibitionist of a movie. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020