Cineuropa

Cineuropa is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Boyd van Hoeij, Elena Lazic, Kaleem Aftab, Laurence Boyce
Rating Title/Year Author
() Kaleem Aftab A perfect introduction to the oft-overlooked works of [filmmaker Marion] Hänsel. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
The Painter and the Thief (2020) Kaleem Aftab he director uses inventive narrative techniques to move the story backwards and forwards in time, which can occasionally feel like he's imposing the story, rather than it being organic. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Epicentro (2020) Kaleem Aftab [Hubert] Sauper cleverly demands that we look again at the island and at the principles of the people, and implores us not to believe the propaganda that is everywhere, because when people stand up to great power, something beautiful happens. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
() Kaleem Aftab Sadly, this brilliantly told story is all too real, and the systemic abuses it highlights are a global problem. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
Ordinary Love (2019) Elena Lazic Its lack of dramatic tension eventually gives the film a rather sentimental tone. Its good intentions are irredeemably tarnished when it lazily resorts to [a] clichéd narrative device. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
() Elena Lazic An exciting and inventive debut, and Oakley is a director to keep an eye on. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
Luxor (2020) Kaleem Aftab [W]here Luxor powers through most effectively is in its desire to show that the only person who can "save" Hana is herself. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Kaleem Aftab The acting is low-key and interior, and Armand wisely chooses to keep things opaque, so as not to put too many demands on his performers. In return, they've delivered some beguiling characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
Possessor (2020) Kaleem Aftab It's an intriguing world, with much food for thought, as Cronenberg unpicks the scourge of surveillance capitalism. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
() Kaleem Aftab Despite aiming the film at young audiences, Migom doesn't hide the seriousness of the topic. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
The Two Popes (2019) Kaleem Aftab The reason why The Two Popes is such a good watch is that it takes a difficult subject and packages it in a manner that will have broad appeal. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
Muscle (2019) Kaleem Aftab Watching Muscle is a lot like going to the gym. It seems like it might be a big ordeal, and there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but if you make it through to the other side, there is a hell of a lot of satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
1917 (2019) Kaleem Aftab There is also a remarkable central performance from George MacKay, who carries the picture, through moments of darkness, joy and sadness. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
() Laurence Boyce Lillak's access is remarkable, with the film providing many an unguarded moment. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
Rare Beasts (2019) Kaleem Aftab Rare Beasts is a striking debut that demands active participation from the viewer. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Kaleem Aftab Armando Iannucci surprises with this remarkably madcap adaptation... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
My Zoe (2018) Kaleem Aftab This film works better if you don't think too hard about the science. It wants to elicit an emotional, rather than a rational, response. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Song of Names (2019) Kaleem Aftab [It] has some lovely music scored by the legendary Howard Shore, but this does little to deafen the dull narrative notes. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Other Lamb (2019) Kaleem Aftab Malgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film has rich rewards for those willing to uncover the cult... EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is as fascinating to watch Fisk talk about the media landscape as it is to read his inimitable writings on the Middle East. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
Judy (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a surprisingly dark film for a musical biopic, but Zellweger is a bright light, a one-woman show determined to "Get Happy." EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a visceral experience that challenges the notions of truth. Australian Kurzel combines the family troubles of his 2011 drama Snowtown with the eerie atmosphere of his 2015 Cannes competition entry Macbeth. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Greed (2019) Kaleem Aftab It is one of Winterbottom's better movies, which is saying a lot, given the quality of his oeuvre. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The story haunts us long after the end credits roll, especially the two excellent performances from the leads. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Elena Lazic The narrative of [Dirt Music] repeatedly relies on its characters' uncontrollable horniness yet fails to make them seem anything but profoundly unhinged. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Radioactive (2020) Kaleem Aftab The director efficiently packs a rich story into the film, and the personal sacrifices made by these scientists are not forgotten either. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
The Aeronauts (2019) Kaleem Aftab The film plays so loose with the truth that it feels like a complete fabrication. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Overall, there is more than enough to delight, indicating that de Bary will be worth looking out for in the future. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The director plays scenes long, leaving the status of relationships opaque and enforcing a sombre tone. However, it's a film that sits firmly in the consciousness for days afterwards, benefitting from hindsight. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Arab Blues (2019) Kaleem Aftab The comedy isn't always consistent....consequently, some of the eye rolling elicited is not down to the characters' mindsets, but rather the uneven quality of the film and its broad caricatures. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a shame that the narrative is so muddled and overly complicated, because the central story is powerful, urgent and ambitious. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a film that is very much in the tradition of British social realism. Nonetheless, it remains light and joyful enough to be enjoyed and recognised by an audience with the same demographic and age as the characters on screen. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Hope Gap (2019) Elena Lazic Striving hard not to be simplistic in its diagnosis of the characters, Hope Gap ends up being shapeless and monotonous. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Military Wives (2019) Elena Lazic Succeeds in striking a pleasant balance between the frankly inspiring and the refreshingly humble. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It's a film reminiscent of the work of Iranian master Asghar Farhadi, full of twists and turns as it puts its characters in increasingly tragic situations. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab While Hoss's performance never strays too far from excellent, the same is not true of the storyline. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is superbly edited, creating the illusion of simplicity when it's clear that weaving together the different elements to create a cohesive whole must have been a monumental task. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Dreyfus Affair (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a well-told film that occasionally gets bogged down by a sense of its own importance, but it's well made, and Dujardin is magnificent. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It takes on significant issues, but in a way that is illustrative, rather than combative. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab This is one of those frustrating movies that's got all the components but somehow manages to miss the boat. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The constraint of one-location films is that they can feel staged, and to succeed, they need all of the components of the movie to work: the visuals, the sound and the acting. That's not always the case here, which is a shame. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Mother (2017) Kaleem Aftab Madre is a movie that dares to be different. It succeeds because it has a strong central character, a sensational aesthetic and frames that move like ballet. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Citizen K (2019) Kaleem Aftab This movie also avoids pretending it has all the answers. What makes Citizen K so good is that Gibney always doubts what he is being told. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab It is the animation technique that is the knockout in Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The beauty of the film is how it plays with preconceptions. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
South Terminal (2019) Kaleem Aftab The problem with using such eclectic metaphors is that it feels as if the director should be on hand to decipher the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The images of villagers in the mountain tilling the land and living in seclusion, and those of their pets wandering around, are stunning. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The experimental non-linear storytelling style of the film suggests it might be better suited to a gallery context rather than to cinema exhibition. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Though the directors want to keep an everyday context, they don't always succeed, occasionally overdoing the layering of plot...most successful in the way it demonstrates having a liberal outlook and politics does not necessarily mean you are tolerant. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019