Uncut Magazine [UK]

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Rating Title/Year Author
Parasite (2019) Damon Wise ...director Bong is also working on other levels, not only making all of its characters relatable - the Parks are really quite sweet people, if a little lacking in self-awareness - but telling his story with a healthy dose of uproarious slapstick. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Damon Wise Baumbach's film is sincere, even affectionate, as it follows this disintegrating family unit. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Dave Calhoun Surely only a filmmaker with plenty of life behind him - and plenty of such stories - could make a film so entertaining and yet so solemn and sad. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Damon Wise Wes Anderson is a good reference point; Waititi's film is saturated in a similar aesthetic and tone. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Damon Wise We are rocketed through Ratner's world - a place of permanently raised voices, propulsive camera work and blaring noise - accompanied by a pulsing score from Daniel Lopatin... EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
7/10 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Damon Wise Sorry We Missed You shows that Loach is still acutely aware of the way unfairness manifests itself in the modern world. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Damon Wise Snoop Dogg is good value as Moondog's friend Lingerie, and Jonah Hill is a hoot as his snarky agent. But the real scene-stealer is Martin Lawrence... EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/10 Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002) Uncut Staff His breakneck delivery, camp mannerisms and array of accents (including a dismal Winston Churchill) only emphasize, rather than conceal, the weakness of his material. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
7/10 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Rob Mitchum When the filmmakers are as refreshingly honest as the film's subject, the documentary succeeds as a corrective to the over-told narrative of '60s rock, and the survivor's guilt of watching that world's sun set. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Damon Wise Even in its darkest moments, Tarantino's film never loses sight of its mission, which is to entertain at any cost. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Under the Silver Lake (2018) Damon Wise The frequent lapses into juvenilia can be annoying, but at the same time, Mitchell's film has a winning geeky charm, a daffy, shaggy dog tale that suggests promise, imagination and vision - if not discipline. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
8/10 Roma (2018) Damon Wise Cuarón has made more entertaining movies for sure, but none so heartfelt and even soulful. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
First Reformed (2017) Michael Bonner In Hawke, Schrader has found an actor willing to go the full mile - the presentation of self-violence here is extreme and extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
Whitney (2018) Michael Bonner While it is no Amy, it does at least capture something of Asif Kapadia's film: the fury of public judgment that turns to pity far too late in the day. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2018
8/10 A Ciambra (2017) Michael Bonner In Pio, Carpignano has found a natural star... EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2018
7/10 Double Lover (2017) Michael Bonner 50 Shades Of Grey directed by David Cronenberg. That is to say, there is sexual 'awakening', a subplot about rival twin psychiatrists and a smidgeon of body horror. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
8/10 On Chesil Beach (2017) Michael Bonner Mercifully not as cruel as some of McEwan's work, On Cheshil Beach offers accessible, hardback quality. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2018
8/10 Un beau soleil intérieur (2017) Michael Bonner It is very funny, very French. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2018
9/10 Isle of Dogs (2018) Michael Bonner It is, without doubt, the best film you'll see all year about a pack of scary, indestructible alpha dogs. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2018
1/10 The Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) It's basically 'Carry On Sherlock', and it does the memory of all concerned no favours. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2018
8/10 A Beautiful Day (2017) Michael Bonner But this being a [Lynne] Ramsay joint, there are other factors at work here. Her lean, electrically-charged film is really about trauma and it's grim, far-reaching effects. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2018
9/10 Lady Bird (2017) Michael Bonner As played by Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird is a mixed bag of emotions - hurtling between delight, sorrow, fear and anger, full of abrupt, capricious energy. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2018
8/10 The Shape of Water (2017) Michael Bonner What could be Amelie-style tweeness is invested with warmth, beauty and a surprisingly deep emotional richness. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2018
7/10 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Michael Bonner McDonagh's cast is superb, though - Harrelson provides the film's moral core while McDormand's controlled fury brings focus to the various plot contraptions. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
7/10 American Honey (2016) Michael Bonner It is best, perhaps, to enjoy the dynamic cinematography by Robbie Ryan, who brings colours to life with burning intensity; his night scenes, particularly. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 I, Daniel Blake (2016) Michael Bonner I, Daniel Blake finds plenty to be angry about as his titular hero struggling to make his way through the welfare state. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016) Michael Bonner It helps that Zappa is an articulate, witty interview -- indeed, some might find it a more rewarding experience to watch him being interviewed on late night US TV shows than listen to his music. Of that, there is plenty. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 Free Fire (2016) Michael Bonner Ostensibly, Free Fire is (Wheatley's) most accessible film, but it contains few of the flourishes that distinguished his earlier work. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 Prevenge (2016) Michael Bonner Prevenge is a major step up for Lowe. She finds dark humour in the condescending advice dished out by a midwife, but behind the film's barrage of macabre assaults, there is a strangely moving portrait of a woman discombobulated by her condition. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 Elle (2016) Michael Bonner Huppert successfully navigates these tonal and narrative shifts, fusing Verhoeven's contradictory trails into a consistent, complex performance. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 Forushande (2016) Michael Bonner To call The Salesman a revenge film is a little disingenuous: it is concerned with how one shocking incident -- malicious, unexplained -- can upend the comfortable existence of this middle-class couple. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 Rules Don't Apply (2016) Michael Bonner Ehrenreich and Collins are both charming but framkly they're amuse-bouches for Beatty's bone-in prime rib. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 Alien: Covenant (2017) Michael Bonner Alien: Covenant knowingly replays many of the greatest hits of the original film (and, to an extent, James Cameron's sequel), albeit with some tweaks here and there. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 The Other Side of Hope (2017) Michael Bonner Kaurismäki has often displayed compassion for the dispossessed... But here, he brings a torn-from-the-headlines immediacy to Khaled's tale. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
8/10 The Big Sick (2017) Michael Bonner Working with director Michael Showalter and producer Judd Apatow, Nanjiani and Gordon have crafted a deft and appearling film that addresses subjects ranging from cultural change to the unhappy lot of the Uber driver. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
God's Own Country (2017) Michael Bonner This debut feature from Yorkshire-born actor and first-time director Francis Lee shows the British countryside as a lonely and unforgiving place; his camera unflinching as it captures the graphic realities of livestock farming. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 Detroit (2017) Michael Bonner "The hurt locker" refers to being in an enclosed space it is hard to get out of. Detroit does a very good job of putting you inside it as well. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
7/10 Borg vs. McEnroe (2017) Michael Bonner LaBoeuf has been enjoyably unhinged in films lately and he chews his way greedily through McEnroe, savouring every unpredictable tic, cuss and hissy fit. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
9/10 Happy End (2017) Michael Bonner Happy End plays like a Haneke Greatest Hits set, full of misery and creeping dread. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2017
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017) Michael Bonner Frequently, this splendid documentary about the great American writer resembles a love letter to its subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2017
The Florida Project (2017) Michael Bonner This is a compassionate film about the conditions of working class America, where the next knock on the door might well be from a child welfare agency. EDIT
Posted Nov 10, 2017
Good Time (2017) Michael Bonner It is certainly a good time to be Robert Pattinson. It's hard to think of another young actor who has moved so far - and so fast - away from the long shadow cast by his breakthrough role. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2017
The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017) Michael Bonner [Shirely Collins] is a sprightly, game interview, whose own secret history is as enticing as the lost, esoteric music she has championed. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2017
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) Michael Bonner For all its familiar strokes, The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) is one of Baumbach's best. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2017
Bar Bahar (2016) Michael Bonner Kanboura is given more opportunities to convey wider emotional range. Her quiet, studious Nour is the emotional centre of Hamoud's brilliant film. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2017
The Death of Stalin (2017) Michael Bonner For those who've enjoyed Armando Iannucci's latter day career as the driving force behind The Thick Of It and Veep, The Death Of Stalin reassuringly offers more of the same. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2017
A Ghost Story (2017) Michael Bonner [Casey] Affleck does an amazing job, managing to be hangdog while buried under a bedsheet for most of the film; how different would [A Ghost Story] be if he just hung around moping, without the linen? EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2017
England Is Mine (2017) Michael Bonner Unlike recent biopics Control and Nowhere Boy, England Is Mine never quite brings its subject clearly into focus. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2017
The Beguiled (2017) Michael Bonner Both Kidman and Farrell are on splendid form for Coppola. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2017
Jawbone (2017) Michael Bonner Like Steve McQueen's Shame or Gerard Johnson's Hyena, Jawbone is an intense and close-up depiction of a scarred individual going about his business with, largely, disastrous consequences. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2017