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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Mike McCahill [Richardson] surely realises, as Fault's Shailene Woodley did before her, that this is the kind of marshmallow martyrdom that has to be briskly worked through before they let you at the grownup scripts. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Cath Clarke It's powerful stuff, in places. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 The Dirt (2019) Stephen Snart Booth, Webber and Rheon possess similar abilities to navigate between charm and repulsion, all working together to create such a chummy group that their power as an ensemble elevates the material. Just like their real-life counterparts. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
2/5 () Peter Bradshaw It doesn't really give us the "life, love and legacy" as promised. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
5/5 () Peter Bradshaw A form of digressive-poetic cinema, connecting images and ideas in a dream-associative logic. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Peter Bradshaw [A] brutally effective and convulsively disturbing story... EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
Cruel Intentions (1999) Peter Bradshaw Cruel Intentions should have been a great idea. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) (2018) Cath Clarke With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a cool, confident observer of a new generation of Chinese youth. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
4/5 Al rahal (2017) Leslie Felperin Ghandour... is astonishing, holding the still centre of the story with an intense, underplayed performance that delivers just the right blend of anguish, bafflement and blankness. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 Un Viaje a la Luna (2018) Peter Bradshaw The performance of Spinetta in the lead is self-conscious and blank, like a kid in a TV commercial for breakfast cereal. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Peter Bradshaw This is a fluent, watchable piece of work, though not quite as lucid as it might have been. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Benjamin Lee Booksmart is inclusive and progressive without feeling forced and announces Wilde, an actor who hasn't always found her groove on screen, as a major director, one of the more impressive behind-the-camera transitions I have seen for a while. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Peter Bradshaw An athletic, confident, undemanding film. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Hubert Adjei-Kontoh Gibney finds himself unable to show why Holmes was such a compelling figure. Instead, the viewer is lost in an endless maze of dry re-enactments and footage from Theranos promos and interviews. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Kristy Puchko Long Shot is a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that will have audiences howling in shock and awwww. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Good Boys (2019) Kristy Puchko Good Boys is a good time. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Peter Bradshaw Henson brings a charge of energy to every scene and there are some funny moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2/5 Harvie and the Magic Museum (2017) Cath Clarke It would leave no trace at all but for the irritating gender stereotypes: another wet-blanket girl character hammering home the cliche that boys are the risk-takers, while girls waggle their fingers and frown. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (2019) Leslie Felperin Arresting, occasionally straight-up but mostly fascinating reinterpretations of Mitchell's songs, performed by guest singers and an all-star house band. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Leslie Felperin Huber crafts a respectful, crisply told but depth-plumbing history of the label, drawing from original recordings, vintage audio of studio chatter, and talking heads interviews. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Captive State (2019) Benjamin Lee Captive State is imperfectly constructed, at times frustratingly so, but it's trying, doggedly, to do something different and given the bland efficiency of so many wide-releasing sci-fi movies, that's hard to fault. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 90 Minutes (2012) Mike McCahill With Chelsea money and a few more drafts, Baker might have arrived at a match-day fresco that merited the Altman comparisons he surely set out for. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Children of the Snow Land (2018) Cath Clarke With enormous sensitivity the film observes the distance these bright, confident city kids have travelled from poverty. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
1/5 The Prodigy (2019) Peter Bradshaw It's an unscary scary movie that quickly abandons the very thing that might have made it interesting... EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 The Fight (2018) Peter Bradshaw It feels like a very personal film, well acted by the A-list cast that Hynes has assembled: a cathartic meditation on the need to heal, the need to confront those who do wrong and to confront yourself when you've done wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts (2018) Mike McCahill Though the rehearsal footage is as sketchy as rehearsal footage tends to be, Zine has the sense to fold his cast-sourced anecdotes into the strongest potted history the movies have so far provided of this situation. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Mike McCahill This gentle, sweet-natured comedy has warmth and a certain X factor of likability, helped by big-hearted performances from a cast including Daniel Mays and Tuppence Middleton. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Peter Bradshaw A miraculously heartfelt love story, sweet and poignant in all its awkwardness. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Girl (2018) Peter Bradshaw The sheer sustained intensity of the drama and performances carry it through. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
The Beach Bum (2019) Kristy Puchko In The Beach Bum, the writer-director turns his observational eye and provocateur verve to a Miami community of misfits, who chase bliss in sex, drugs and misadventures. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Peter Bradshaw It's a satirical doppelgänger nightmare of the American Way, a horrified double-take in the mirror of certainty, a realisation that the corroborative image of happiness and prosperity you hoped to see has turned its back, like something by Magritte. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 () Benjamin Lee Morris handles a delicate balancing act with an expected ease, the work of a satirist with so much to say yet with an awareness that saying less leads to so much more. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
1/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Charles Bramesco Hancock and Fusco want their protagonists to be the good guys so badly that they have rigged the game, creating a world were everything they do becomes right by virtue of having been done by them. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 () Leslie Felperin For the most part, this is painfully amateurish stuff that doesn't offer many new or original themes apart from the modish concept of embryo adoption. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
5/5 Escape From Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess (2018) Rebecca Nicholson This sober, shocking documentary - as lean and measured as its contents are inflammatory - may lead viewers to wonder what the worst outcome for her could have been. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Care (2016) Lucy Mangan It is a spare, tight, moving piece of drama that should force us all to care - about who will look after us in our old age, who will look after them and who will fund it all. We're none of us getting any younger, you know. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Leslie Felperin Over the long haul, it's all enough to drive you to hit the gin bottle. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Heat and Dust (1983) Peter Bradshaw After 37 years, Heat and Dust stands up as an intelligent, ambitious, substantial picture - with flaws but also intriguing aspects that were perhaps not sufficiently understood at the time. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
2/5 () Hubert Adjei-Kontoh It's a step in the right direction for Netflix in one way, giving an older black woman her own narrative but one hopes that with progress, more adequate resources and more gifted storytellers will help bring these stories to light in the future. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 () Tim Dowling If the programme provided an unusually thorough portrait of a slightly opaque figure, it's partly because he has already done so much of the work himself. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/5 Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Lucy Mangan I'd especially like to know how Matthew Elliott feels about being portrayed as a borderline simpleton whenever Cummings heaves into view. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (2019) Chitra Ramaswamy Deeply depressing. So yes, this may be the last documentary you can face watching right now. But that probably means you should watch it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 A Year of British Murder (2019) Lucy Mangan I don't think it's enough, but perhaps - especially if taken in the round with other shows on the subject that opt for other approaches and do drill down - I'm wrong. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 The Last Survivors (2019) Stuart Jeffries For an hour and a half, I was crying. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 () Lucy Mangan Perhaps the greatest achievement of the film was to find two women at a weapons training camp run by a National Rifle Association (NRA)-funded charity, Faster, and let them be the sympathetic faces of those who do want teachers armed. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) Stuart Jeffries Bowie was, for once, not master manipulator of sound and vision, not virtuoso of a thousand disguises, but something sweeter: unguarded boy with a broken heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 () Lucy Mangan I rarely use the word, because it makes my teeth itch, but it was genuinely empowering. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
() Lucy Mangan In not giving in to the fear that giving airtime to such attitudes is to condone them, Levine and the makers produced a good and valuable programme, in terrible, terrible times. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 () Lucy Mangan As it layered tales of abuse in all its forms, from minutely subtle to murderous, we were offered valuable insight into the power evil men wield, the fear they instil and the dearth of psychological and physical options for their victims. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 () Rebecca Nicholson The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On poses complex and ever pressing questions about free speech, and whether limits should be imposed upon it. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019