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, Kaleem Aftab, Laurence Boyce
Rating Title/Year Author
() Kaleem Aftab The aesthetic of the film and the sense of intimacy it creates are also straight out of the Kechiche playbook, and that's high praise indeed for anyone making inroads into directing. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab What separates For Sama from the plethora of documentaries about Syria is that it is a brilliant analysis of why people decide to stay in war zones, and thus could apply anywhere around the world. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Kapadia struggles to find a new angle, despite having access to 500 hours of archive material - much of it from the personal collection of Maradona and his friends and enemies, and a great deal of it never seen before. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The themes of resistance to fascism feel especially pertinent at this moment in time. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Canción sin nombre (2018) Kaleem Aftab The movie follows the American tradition of Spotlight and All the President's Men to show how journalism can be a force for good in the face of state corruption. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Dumont gets caught in a no man's land, as the film jumps from intellectual conversations to silly gesticulations without much rhyme or reason. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Kaleem Aftab It becomes a character study of how fame and fortune mean so little when your personal life is a wreck. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Loach has made yet another important film about today's society. But in solely dramatic terms, the almost Shakespearian, schematic nature of Ricky's demise is too on the nose and predictable. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Irene's Ghost (2018) Kaleem Aftab While the filming and talking-heads approach is fairly staple, it's the tone of the movie... that is most impressive and allows us to really empathise with the director as he embarks on his quest. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab The standout feature of Tiny Souls is the authenticity and frankness in the assessments that Marwa and her siblings make of their own lives EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
The Souvenir (2019) Kaleem Aftab The film is masterful in creating space for ambiguity, but audiences looking for rationale, or an authorial assessment of the events, will be left flummoxed. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Shooting the Mafia (2019) Kaleem Aftab [The story] is lovingly recounted by Longinotto, a documentarian who revels in making movies about female outsiders and rebels. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
Wùlu (2016) Fabien Lemercier Wùlu strikes a very good balance between the action of its story and a relative restraint in the way it broaches the violence. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Kaleem Aftab The tone of the film emphasises the epic quality of the story, even as it eschews triumphalism. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Midnight Traveler (2019) Kaleem Aftab The film also excels in the way it shows that middle-class liberals who make movies and run a café can lose everything in an instant. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a movie for those with a strong constitution; it's expertly made, but it's also one of the most heinous, bloody and gory films that have ever played in competition at a major film festival - and it might be advisable to bring a sick bag. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
Transnistra (2019) Kaleem Aftab This is the seminal album that will ensure that [director Anna] Eborn is a voice that cannot be ignored. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Privacy of Wounds (2018) Kaleem Aftab In the end, what is most striking and rich about the film is the resolute personalities of these three very different men, all with their own unique stories to tell, but united in their ability not to let their imprisonment and torture define them. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Sea of Shadows (2019) Kaleem Aftab It is a documentary that brings home the awful truth of how hard it is to stop any organised illegal trade worth millions of dollars. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
The Last Tree (2019) Kaleem Aftab The late detour to Lagos is also poignant and adds another emotional layer to Femi's heritage, and... there is a complexity and a profound investigation that is often missing in similar stories of teen angst - and for that he should be commended. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Gaza (2019) Kaleem Aftab It's a raw, emotive film, one that demands to be watched, and is unapologetic in its goals. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) Kaleem Aftab In keeping with the fairy-tale aesthetic of Ionesco's debut, Golden Youth has a baroque quality to it, especially in its theatrical acting style. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner) (2019) Kaleem Aftab ...it's an ambitious film that marks Salim out as a talent to keep an eye on. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Beats (2019) Kaleem Aftab Mostly it's the sheer fun and enjoyment of the club scenes that endear. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Amá (2018) Kaleem Aftab The subject matter feels important, but in terms of filmmaking craft, it's a solid work, rather than spectacular. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kaleem Aftab But despite the befuddling denouement, The Hole in the Ground is, for the most part, too conventional to live up to the hype. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
() Kaleem Aftab Despite the stylistic highs of Where Man Returns, it is at times too sombre and abstract to really hit home. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
All Is True (2018) Kaleem Aftab It has a melancholic tone and is rather theatrical, and seems like a rather minor work from Branagh. However, its merit is that it gives some realism to the mythical character of Shakespeare. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Kaleem Aftab This lavishly staged film never hits royal status. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Kaleem Aftab The fact that Serkis is even able to offer a challenge to the financial might of Disney, and come up trumps on occasions, shows that there may indeed be more than one lord of the jungle. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's that rare cinematic beast: an instant classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
Friedkin Uncut (2018) Kaleem Aftab With Friedkin Uncut... Italian director Francesco Zippel has made a friendly and breezy portrait of American filmmaker William Friedkin. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
Maya (2018) Fabien Lemercier Maya is a visually rich and aesthetically accomplished film. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
In Fabric (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's a darkly funny look at consumerism, fetishism and lonely-hearts ads that features dreams, killer dresses and untimely deaths. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Farming (2018) Kaleem Aftab Farming has a visceral quality that gives the world depicted a sense of dread and fear, and the topic deserves discussion. But the good work is undone by the over-egged performances and the equation of aggression with emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Emma Peeters (2018) Kaleem Aftab Too full of clichés to be anything other than diverting. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Truk (L'enkas) (2018) Kaleem Aftab Cleverly takes prison drama clichés and unravels them by juxtaposing the world behind bars with the harsh realities of life in unusual and fresh ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Napszállta (2018) Kaleem Aftab Watching Sunset is an immensely frustrating experience. At first, the story, characters and city all seem to come straight from the pages of a Dostoyevsky work, but... a sense of tedium takes hold. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Anons (2018) Kaleem Aftab Throughout the film, Coşkun shows that he understands the increasingly little-practiced art of the slow burn before landing an unexpected payoff where pathos and comedy are bedfellows. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Masterpiece (2000) Kaleem Aftab This tale of forgeries and friendships survives on fine performances from Guillermo Francella and Luis Brandoni. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Kaleem Aftab Everyone is looking out for themselves, and while that ambition helps them on the way up, it also leads to their downfall. Meanwhile, watching The Favourite only has upsides. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Guest (2016) Kaleem Aftab Easy philosophising and analogies are par for the course in The Guest, which happily plods along with wry comments and melodramatic schemata. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2018) Kaleem Aftab A smart drama that expertly unravels the sexual relationship between adulterers... into a thriller with political and societal ramifications. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Female Human Animal (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's a surprising, elegiac film with a thumping soundtrack by Andy Cooke... Documentary surreality, if you will. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Ahlat Agaci (2018) Kaleem Aftab The Wild Pear Tree is 188 minutes long, but Ceylan makes light of the hefty running time with another involving drama that is like watching a filmed novel written in the style of Russian writers Fyodor Dostoevsky or Anton Chekov. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Los silencios (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's a film about how to deal with the loss of a loved one... Yet Seigner is careful not to hammer these points home; they slowly creep up on us, as we are rapt in the story of ghosts, and who and what is or is not real. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Cold War (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's got more energy and freedom than the more classically told Ida, and this can be seen in the camera movements, although occasionally it feels like the movie meanders as much as the characters do. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's a marvellous film that will please those more au fait with Welles' body of work as well as those looking for a unique, accessible introduction. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Obey (2018) Kaleem Aftab It's an ambitious first film, with a lot to admire, but there is also the nagging feeling that despite wanting to present another perspective, Obey is sometimes guilty of trotting out clichés... That aside, it's a valiant debut. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Kaleem Aftab They are prisoners in all but name. Yet director Brady is also conscious of the fact that these stories are in danger of becoming white noise, just another story or film about refugees. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018