Guardian

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Rating Title/Year Author
Stormy Weather (1943) Guardian Staff The spell-binding athletic feats of the dancing Nicholas Brothers, Bill Robinson's eloquent and elegant tap-dancing, and Lena Home's nicely modulated singing are all added value. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/5 Twist (2021) Peter Bradshaw This movie's not unlikable, but the action and comedy are under par. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 The Capote Tapes (2020) Peter Bradshaw It is salutary to be reminded of a great writer, whose heyday was at a time when literary authors were at the centre of culture. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/5 The Queen of Black Magic (2020) Leslie Felperin Ultimately it is all a bit repetitive, derivative (particularly of other Asian horror pics) and somewhat sleep-inducing. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
4/5 Assassins (2020) Peter Bradshaw What an extraordinary story of sexism, violence, diplomatic bad faith and dishonesty on an international scale. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/5 The Little Things (2021) Benjamin Lee There are little things here that work but the big problems are impossible to ignore. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 High Ground (2020) Luke Buckmaster It's well made and directed gracefully, offsetting hard-hitting sequences with handsome production values. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 A Ghost Waits (2020) Leslie Felperin Chock full of delightful narrative surprises, imaginative genre tweaks, and warming performances from its two leads, this low-budget romcom-horror story is worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
2/5 Tuscaloosa (2019) Cath Clarke [The] film, though well-meaning, is disappointingly tame and soap opera-ish. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 God of the Piano (2019) Cath Clarke An elegant and disturbing family drama that has echoes of Michael Haneke: it's a film with a shard of ice lodged in its heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
1/5 Synchronic (2019) Peter Bradshaw Synchronic is frankly just silly and tedious, with faintly absurd and jeopardy-free time-travel scenes and a dramatic focus hopelessly split between Dennis and Steve's separate but equally tiresome lives. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
2/5 Palmer (2021) Benjamin Lee Ultimately, the only persistent feeling is that of deja vu, that we've been here before too many times, and wouldn't it be nice if we could go somewhere else instead. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
2/5 Beginning (2020) Peter Bradshaw Kulumbegashvili's style is confident, if derivative. Her technique now has to evolve away from these self-conscious influences. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
4/5 Josep (2020) Cath Clarke It's a delicate, thoughtful film, moving and real. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 Dark Whispers - Volume 1 (2019) Debbie Zhou When appreciated separately... there's distinctive artistry and promise in each chapter. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
3/5 Tokyo Dragon Chef (2020) Leslie Felperin It's playful and brisk, and what's not to love about any movie that has baddies who go around with giant eyeball masks on their heads, just like the immortal experimental punk band the Residents? EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Peter Bradshaw A smart, fiercely performed movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
5/5 The Masque of the Red Death (1964) Peter Bradshaw The Masque of the Red Death moves with a sinuous, unselfconscious elegance. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
2/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Luke Buckmaster There is a great, moving story to tell about the real Sam Bloom - but this film only gets part of the way there. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
2/5 The Exception (2020) Cath Clarke Throughout the film I had the niggling feeling that at the bottom of it is a deep dislike of women -- or, at the very least, a total lack of understanding. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2021
3/5 About Some Meaningless Events (1974) Peter Bradshaw An interesting archive oddity. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/5 Are We Lost Forever (2020) Phil Hoad Like its protagonist, Are We Lost Forever can't break free. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
5/5 Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Peter Bradshaw After 25 years, the time has come to look again at the horror of Srebrenica, and Zbanic has done this with clear-eyed compassion and candour. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/5 The Rental (2020) Peter Bradshaw It's pretty basic boilerplate, scary-movie stuff, with tropes and tricks that have already been extensively satirised elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/5 La gallina Turuleca (2019) Leslie Felperin Most of the nice, more-central-to-the-plot characters are very bland, while Turuleca herself is an emphatically hideous creation. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
2/5 Music (2021) Luke Buckmaster [Ziegler's] distracting performance feels ill-judged at best, and lacks the support of a credible, nuanced drama to help it resonate. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/5 12 Hour Shift (2020) Cath Clarke It's a throwaway film that perhaps I shouldn't have enjoyed as much as I did, but Mandy is such a deliciously sour character. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/5 Persian Lessons (2020) Cath Clarke This fable about language and memory is a troublingly easy watch - though it floored me in the devastating final moments, unexpectedly acquiring great depth and seriousness of purpose. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
3/5 LX 2048 (2020) Leslie Felperin [A] quirky, low-budget science-fiction feature... EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2021
2/5 Heroes Don't Die (2019) Phil Hoad It is a largely frustrating exercise; sometimes history is best left in the backdrop. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2021
3/5 Outside the Wire (2021) Benjamin Lee There's a more interesting film buried here and it's the small nuggets of debate about the military and artificial intelligence that keep us going through the bloated, almost two-hour runtime. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/5 Archive (2020) Cath Clarke Archive is refreshingly non-cerebral - and that's a compliment. It's a sci-fi movie that wants to entertain, not deliver a lecture on AI. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/5 Stardust (2020) Peter Bradshaw Flynn carries off Bowie's clothes and delicate mannerisms plausibly enough and, impressively, he does his own singing. But, all too often, this Bowie looks as if he is presenting TV's Bake Off. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
3/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Peter Bradshaw [A] startling but sometimes frustratingly reticent and guarded documentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 Dear Comrades! (2020) Peter Bradshaw A passionate drama of fear and rage. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
2/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Peter Bradshaw It's opaque and frustrating. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
1/5 Locked Down (2021) Benjamin Lee A shockingly early yet entirely convincing contender for worst film of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/5 Recon (2020) Ellen E Jones Bausch's book has been praised for its existential profundity on religious matters, but very little of that makes it to the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 The Dig (2021) Peter Bradshaw This movie has Englishness right through it like a stick of rock, a vigorous sense of place and period, though it's in the vein of hardback/tasteful cinema that's a bit of a Brit movie cliche. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/5 Imperial Blue (2019) Ellen E Jones Imperial Blue aims at a knowing satire of colonial arrogance, yet still, somehow, it's all about the white guy. Eurocentrism is one helluva drug. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
1/5 Blithe Spirit (2020) Peter Bradshaw Despite the heavyweight cast, the film's production values are those of a kids' TV show that might go out on a weekday afternoon. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
2/5 The Doorman (2020) Leslie Felperin There's little humour or invention to leaven the deadened inertness of the script. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 Daniel (2019) Leslie Felperin This is another film about a white European mixed up in a Middle Eastern war they barely seem to understand, but on its own terms it's a story well told. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 Hunted (2020) Leslie Felperin Unnerving in the right ways and flecked with colourful, unexpected specks of wit. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
3/5 The New Music (2021) Cath Clarke The film is a little patchy, but its feelgood mood is hard to resist. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2021
Out of Africa (1985) Derek Malcolm The book and its characters are simply not translatable to the screen, and what we get is a sufferable alternative. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
2/5 Max Cloud (2020) Cath Clarke In lampooning naffness without enough laughs, it veers perilously close to actually being naff. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
1/5 Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) Peter Bradshaw Watching this film is a nightmare in all the wrong ways. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019) Cath Clarke This is a severe, uncompromising film; it's more like a series of images strung together, each framed exactingly, like a painting. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 Ham on Rye (2019) Peter Bradshaw Very individual work, as creepy as a ghost story. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021