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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Sharkwater Extinction (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Sharkwater Extinction isn't just out to make you feel bad, though, it's cannily also out to entertain. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 The White Crow (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh An oblique take on an icon that leaves you hungry for more. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 Us (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Get Out creator Jordan Peele continues to redefine horror with another fascinating funhouse. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh SEEN David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? Director David Robert Mitchell has. His gorgeously shot Lynchian-Hitchcockian homage is a millennial neo-noir set in the Hollywood hills. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Girl (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Given the current controversy about transgender women in sport, it's certainly timely. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's a dark story, a testimony to fiercely enduring parental love while also representing a mother's worst nightmare. Yet Julia Roberts shines through it all like a beacon of hope. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Care (2016) Keith Watson Even in hard-to-watch scenes where she struggled to speak, lashed out violently and wandered the streets as her dementia developed, we glimpsed the humanity of the woman behind the breakdown. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
5/5 Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Keith Watson As a TV drama, it has flaws. More background on Cummings would not have gone amiss. But as a lesson in the new politics this is both chilling and compelling. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Ray & Liz (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh The adult inhabitants of this human zoo may be repellent but the searing authenticity of Billingham's nightmarish vision ensures we can't look away. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Originally a 2014 Israeli film, the script of this remake may not entirely satisfy but Gyllenhaal does. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Marvel takes a feminist leap forward with this superhero movie to change superhero movies forever. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh The Hole In The Ground strikes a couple of original notes but fails to cleave keenly enough to primal fears to get you freaking out any time a small boy with neatly parted hair looks at you. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
5/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh This is a feel-good Brit comedy with a heart the size of Giant Haystacks. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Solidly and sincerely directed by Mimi Leder, it's a must-see for any mother and daughter, reminding you how incredibly far female equality has leapt and bound within a single lifetime. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Viewers will either hop aboard the black comedy or make like Laura Dern (here playing Neeson's wife) and exit early. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 Capernaum (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Deep breathing is required to get you through some of the movie's tougher scenes but, as a whole, it's a testimony to human resilience and the astonishing power of hope. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3 Justice League (2017) Rebecca Lewis Ezra Miller and Wonder Woman can only do so much to save a film of stilted dialogue, bad direction, inexplicable angles and a plot that quite frankly is boring. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
4 The Hate U Give (2018) Rebecca Lewis It is at times tough to watch and never shies away from showing other points of view, often using black comedy to do so EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rebecca Lewis What follows is a story that any passing Queen fan already knows, and the problem arises in that the script never delves deep enough to escape what is essentially a Wikipedia entry. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Given our current level of #BrexitShambles despair, it's a timely tonic to have a film extolling hope in an age when 'hearts are hollow and the land is lost and leaderless'. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Don't expect any real grit, though: the Hollywood ending slips down as easily as warm chocolate sauce. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
A Private War (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh [Rosamund Pike] more than proves herself a powerfully convincing choice. Edgy, jittery and raw, she seems to channel [Marie] Colvin with an uncanny physical portrayal of a woman afraid of dying young and of growing old. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's unclear if this is about how the genders play differently, toxic masculinity or growing up. But it's still tons of fun, if a little forgettable. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh The plot could be straight out of a soap opera but, as its Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay suggests, the script offers something far more textured and complex EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh There are a few cheesy moments as the two men learn life lessons from each other but the acting is a joy, the co-stars coaxing complexities from their characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh The heart is strong with this franchise and given there are 12 books in Cressida Cowell's original multimillion-selling series, I doubt it's actually the last we'll see of Hiccup et al. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh A poignant and tender caper that doesn't sugar-coat its protagonists with redemptive Hollywood schmaltz, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a dirty martini of a movie you'll want to savour. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
3/5 The Mule (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh While it's a little clunky, with Earl's casual racism likely to trouble some, it's gently paced and the script is wryly amusing EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's an exhilarating explosion of a biopic. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 Destroyer (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Directed by Karyn Kusama, it's a grim watch, which proves perversely compelling - up to a point. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh M Night Shyamalan's trilogy isn't a shattering disappointment, Glass is so out to dazzle you with its convoluted universe-folding that it becomes a turn-off. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's not a perfect film, as you'd expect from a debut, but it's a gutsy and gorgeous landmark. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh Beautiful Boy is just all too pretty and weirdly unemotive. It's less a satisfying movie than a beautifully burnished actors' showcase. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
3/5 The Front Runner (2018) Anna Smith Not Reitman's most exciting work but still a watchable political thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh It's the bittersweet bromance between Stan and Ollie that provides the story's beating heart. This tribute may beat to a well-worn narrative drum but it's sure to extract both a tear and a smile. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 Colette (2018) Larushka Ivan-Zadeh This pansexual period biopic is remarkable, captivating and utterly fascinating. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
4/5 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) James Luxford An endearingly honest, darkly comic account of one man overcoming his past. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) James Luxford The plot is ludicrous, and talks about the internet like a confused grandmother trying to send an email, but if you're looking for Mr Bean-like laughs you've come to the right place. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) James Luxford Filled with great music, a captivating romance, and fine performances, A Star Is Born is ... an enthralling meditation on how the entertainment industry makes casualties of so many of its stars EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 The Happytime Murders (2018) James Luxford In the end, The Happytime Murders offers what's in the trailer, and very little else. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 The Festival (2018) James Luxford It takes a little while to get going, but once it does The Festival is a funny take on a British summer institution. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) James Luxford Characters are barely developed, their motivations seem flimsy, and the film's third act (set in a cavernous private mansion) is plain ridiculous. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Breaking In (2018) James Luxford Quick, disposable entertainment that leaves you wanting to see Union given a meatier action role. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 Sherlock Gnomes (2018) James Luxford A pleasant if unremarkable family film that will do just enough to keep young fans happy. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Journeyman (2017) James Luxford A moving tale of love and conflict, told by two wonderful British actors. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/3 Wonderstruck (2017) James Luxford Wonderstruck is absolutely gorgeous, but doesn't have the substance to back that up. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 Proud Mary (2018) James Luxford The idea of Henson as a cool action hero is something most movie fans can get excited for, but she needed a much better film than this. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
2/5 Mary Magdalene (2018) James Luxford A well-constructed drama, but one that will inform rather than inspire. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
1/5 Peter Rabbit (2018) James Luxford A 24 carrot flop EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day (2017) James Luxford The dark heart of Lynne Ramsay's latest may be too brutal for some, but You Were Never Really Here is a terrific piece of film making EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019