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Rating Title/Year Author
Only You (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh A grown-up, low-budget British romantic drama about infertility might not get your pulses racing but this is one of 2019's hidden gems. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 The Brink (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh While [Alison] Klayman is clearly no fan, she rarely challenges [Steve] Bannon on camera, possibly realising it's a waste of time. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh With [Jim] Jarmusch and [Bill] Murray both in their late sixties, this ultimately stands as an older man's jaded existential statement -- one that invites you to stare into the nihilistic void and at least enjoy the funny side. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
() Jon O'Brien The result is a masterful one-man show that cements Birbiglia's reputation as one of contemporary comedy's ultimate storytellers. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Only existing fans of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are likely to be drawn to this stiff recounting of the writers' 1920s Sapphic affair. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Ambitious and sprawling, there are the bones of a richer movie in here if only they'd reduced the 147-minute run time. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Think Scooby Doo on a Eurotrip, without the dog. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh In other hands this would have been a tear-inducing chick-flick in the early-1990s, Julia Roberts mould. Instead, it's a brilliantly textured, slice of modern life that is unfortunately being mis-sold as a Girls Trip-type studio comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh A film to make you cry, laugh and leave with a song in your heart, it's an uneven watch but by the time the credits rolled all my troubles seemed so far away. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 Stockholm (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh [Ethan] Hawke and his Easy Rider moustache are clearly having a wild old time and their gonzo enthusiasm just about powers this otherwise inert drama over the county line. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh That this story's riddled with silly plot holes isn't make or break but, less forgivably, Brightburn is slow and often boring. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Pixar is notorious for reducing parents to puddles. Its movies are built from the pain of loss all explored here with tremendous sophistication. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Despite its frustrations, Sometimes Always Never is a pleasingly eccentric offering that will delight some. And it's guaranteed to improve your word scores. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Never mind that the [Rolling Thunder] Revue was a financial flop, [Martin] Scorsese's documentary smartly captures an era where commerce was, like, totally uncool, man. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
5/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Director Asif Kapadia adopts his signature style, rejecting talking heads to create an immersive viewing experience drawn from more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Funny, yet unlike Thompson's awesome hair, not quite sharp enough. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Stunningly acted and sensitively detailed, it's a modest story of a normal, middle-aged life told with compelling honesty. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh A missable culmination to the 20-year X-Men franchise thus far. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Great concept, shame about the execution. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Thunder Road (2018) James Mottram Like a one-stop shop, [Jim] Cummings writes, directs, edits, composes the music and, of course, acts. It's an impressive juggling act, although the end result is very mixed. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is a dull, cliché-riddled mess. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Confidently assured, snappy and hilarious, Booksmart is destined to become a classic. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Anna Smith It's [Quentin] Tarantino at his most restrained and sophisticated. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Anna Smith If you miss the crashing waves and sexual longing of The Piano, and think Carol could have used a bit more Call Me By Your Name, then Portrait Of A Lady On Fire will set your world alight. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) Anna Smith Pure Elton [John], and pure pleasure. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 My Days of Mercy (2017) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Contrived yet interesting and undeniably erotic, it's a queer story in both senses. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Mesmerically shot by cinematographer David Gallego, this sprawling, surrealist-tinged moral fable explores the erosion of community values in the pursuit of a fast, dirty buck. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh The John Wick movies stand apart due to their bone-crunchingly 'real' punch-ups and breath-stopping choreography. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's funny enough for parents to suck it up while children can giggle at the in-jokes and the silliness. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Where Hands Touch (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's a fascinating take on the horrors of World War II and one that confirms [Amandla] Stenberg as one of the most accomplished rising stars of her generation. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's clear that both [Winona] Ryder and [Keanu] Reeves are having a blast in real life, and, meanwhile on screen, it's worth enduring the acrid vibe to get to the hilariously awkward kissy bits. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh [Vox Lux] is dazzlingly ambitious and phenomenally well acted, if indulgently edited and abruptly concluded. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh There's rarely a dull moment, and [Lily] Collins and [Zac] Efron slay it, but the bottom line has to be that if you really don't want to sensationalise [Ted] Bundy's crimes, then don't make yet another movie about him. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh [The Long Shot] is a romcom that doesn't merely make you fall back in love with love, it almost makes you not hate politics. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Avengers: Endgame feels like the blockbuster to end all blockbusters. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Bel Canto (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's a chamber piece of many moods and moments and there are jarring notes as director Paul Weitz struggles with the orchestration. However, if you stick with Bel Canto for the first half hour, you'll find yourself hooked for the duration. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 Styx (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Yes, it's kind of a white saviour drama, but this intense moral story about racial injustice is a gripping watch. Sparely told and stylishly shot, it lists a bit in the final act but is undoubtedly worth the journey. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Effortlessly brilliant, [Elsie Fisher] possesses the plucky, conflicted vulnerability of a young Amy Adams. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
4/5 () Alicia Adejobi It feels like a celebration of emancipation. Beyonce finally feeling the freedom to embrace her true southern roots in a way she hasn't before, the richness of African-American culture and, her own truth. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh This is a bonkers movie best relished with a nice chianti. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 Red Joan (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Directed by theatre legend Sir Trevor Nunn, it's as dusty as an old filing cabinet and only a tad more thrilling to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh [Mel] Gibson and [Vince] Vaughn deliver consummate, charismatic performances, particularly in the hilariously slow stakeout scenes where they share Pulp Fiction-esque bantz about foodstuffs. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 Wonder Park (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Kind of a poor man's Inside Out or Up, the story fails to earn its emotional stripes and instead goes haywire with non-stop hecticness involving barely sketched characters. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
4/5 Mid90s (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's not perfect but Hill captures the anger, pain, bliss, sadness, thrill and confusion of growing up so beautifully that the abrupt 84-minute running time leaves you feeling bereft. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Rising star Jessie Buckley rocks in this home-grown answer to A Star Is Born. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 Trautmann (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Given the amount squished into its final half hour, The Keeper's slow start seems perverse. The script has clunky moments but, still, this is a fascinating story whose complexities are not soft-pedalled. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Solid, generic entertainment that's out to make you both laugh and scream, its unremarkable jump scares are lifted by good acting, including an awesome turn by a very, very bad kitty indeed. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 Shazam! (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Kid-friendly without straining to be too down with them, Shazam! is a film that finally injects the F-word into DC's dark and angsty universe: fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Willem Dafoe's Best Actor Oscar-nominated turn as Vincent van Gogh is not, it turns out, the only reason to catch this adulatory, wildly expressionistic biopic. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 Out of Blue (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Ambitious is often critic speak for a movie that's interesting, challenging and borderline unwatchable. Thus 'ambitious' is the kindest way to describe this latest boundary-pushing work from Carol Morley. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019