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Rating Title/Year Author
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) David Levesley In the first few frames of the movie we're promised the story of a man who has fled and now needs to build a new life. Instead, we get something much less subtle, much more obvious and much less fulfilling. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Olive Pometsey Let's be clear, Gemini Man is not a terrible film, but it's the kind of film that would probably be better received on flight than in 3-D at your local iMax. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
Joker (2019) Stuart McGurk Gross isn't exactly a film-critic term. But then Joker isn't exactly a film. For one, it doesn't so much contain a plot as a series of brutal jolts to the senses. It doesn't so much contain characters as people who take and people who get taken. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Judy (2019) Nick Levine Zellweger's performance deserves a nod on sheer power alone. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Caspar Salmon ...these failings mean that the central storyline of an orphaned boy taking refuge in art and love, which should carry a substantial sentimental load, feels strained and remote. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Dylan Jones Its broad pool of new interviews and excellent archive footage makes this a complete joy... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019) Iana Murray [It] comes from a sincere place of exploring the deepest caverns of trauma and the unavoidable ugliness of being alive. The execution is far from perfect, but I think there's something to admire in the film's grandeur and ambition. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019) Daphne Bugler It is a reminder of why the show was so treasured, and a homecoming for everyone who fell in love with it. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Jonathan Dean Roy is meant to be incognito, but of all the stars in Hollywood, none are less incognito than Pitt. That has been an issue before, but here, it isn't. He just slips easily into the background, which is some achievement, some acting. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
Hustlers (2019) David Levesley Everything about Hustlers absolutely astonished me. It was juicy and nourishing yet brittle and venomous, familiar but different in all the right ways. I couldn't get enough of it. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The King (2019) Jack King As much as I enjoyed The King, the overbearing thought I had was this: do we really need another dark, edgy period adaptation of the Henriad? EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Joker (2019) Jack King Much of what shouldn't work are sold in entirety by Phoenix's performance; if Joker ultimately proves anything it's that he's the best actor of his generation. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jonathan Dean Funny, sad, beautiful, painful, poignant and slapstick. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
The Current War (2019) Jonathan Dean If, however, you want see how a Wikipedia page looks when millions of dollars are spent on it, then The Current War is for you. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Olive Pometsey While you can't fault Favreau's Lion King for its technical innovation and, yes, talking lions are still a thing of fantasy, it lacks the imagination of its predecessors. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Thomas Barrie People are beginning to question the bohemian sexual politics of Sixties counterculture. To the credit of Broomfield's film, it acknowledges the darker side of sunny Hydra. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Jonathan Dean It is a completely unique experience with obvious style and gut-punching substance and extremely funny as well. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Trip to Spain (2017) Stuart McGurk Set between the richness of their gleefully silly impressions and spiky chat, the overall feeling you get when watching The Trip [to Spain] is a kind of oddly contented melancholy. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Dorian Lynskey Warm, celebratory and unashamedly obvious, it's the cinematic equivalent of "Hey Jude"'s "na na na" coda. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Toy Story 4 (2019) David Levesley While Toy Story 4 feels unnecessary in many ways, it finds things worth saying, story arcs to satisfy and will make you cry more frequently than it's predecessor managed. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Diego Maradona (2019) Elliot Ross It uses the same techniques that made the director's earlier films so moving. The story unfolds at pace, with minimal narration and none of the talking heads that often clog up documentaries with layers of hindsight and personal recollection. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The Hummingbird Project (2018) Jonathan Dean It is [Jesse] Eisenberg's best work in years. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) David Levesley There is just so much heart in Always Be My Maybe. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) David Levesley This is the sort of film that'll make you think cinema is dead. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Thomas Barrie The film's not perfect but if this is the next step in the grand tradition of high-school movies, then it's in good hands. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Jonathan Dean While, one suspects, Bohemian Rhapsody had [Freddie] Mercury weeping in his grave, the film of [Elton] John fits his life like an expensive sequinned glove. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Thomas Barrie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile gaslights its audience like Bundy did a nation. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) David Levesley Detective Pikachu is so much more than the sum of its parts, a complete delight, and there is absolutely nobody who will leave this movie feeling anything other than joy. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Aladdin (2019) Olive Pometsey Despite my blue Will Smith-fuelled reservations about the film, I was immediately transported to my childhood living room and began to lap up the buzz of the Kingdom Of Agrabah with the same enthusiasm of an easily amused four-year-old. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Stuart McGurk With Avengers: Endgame, it some ways they've made the most adult superhero film yet. Because there are consequences. And things matter. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Guava Island (2019) Al Horner The cartoon sections of Guava Island are dazzlingly colourful. Glover's voice shines. And Rihanna turns what could have felt like a bit-part perfume ad acting role into a showcase for her natural, sparkling charisma. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Mid90s (2018) David Levesley It's a smart, slight tale that stands strong even without the benefit of its famous creator. It's not going to change the face of cinema, but it might just speak to your own mid-Nineties memories. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Thomas Barrie It can be hard, sometimes, to be afraid of a demonic being that lacks opposable thumbs. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
The Sisters Brothers (2018) Thomas Barrie [The Sisters Brothers] balance menace with charm. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Us (2019) Olive Pometsey Jump, laugh, wince, gasp: these are all things that puppeteer [Jordan] Peele will make you do throughout Us. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
On the Basis of Sex (2018) David Levesley It's a film that becomes very confident in who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, what makes her special, and why it came along in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Knock Down the House (2019) Thomas Barrie When it comes to political insurgents, Knock Down The House filmmaker Rachel Lears hit the jackpot when she chose to focus on an outsider seeking the Democratic candidacy for New York's 14th congressional district. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Stuart McGurk What's smart about the drama is how non-committal it is to the question of if [Dominic] Cummings is actually smart. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Jamie Graham Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is actually surprisingly pure of heart, a love letter to both the memory of Tate and to Old Hollywood as times are a changin'. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Stuart McGurk It's fun, witty, never less than enjoyable, but also somewhat slight. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Bill Prince As if in tribute to its subject, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind - which debuted at Sundance in January and hits screens on Sky Atlantic this month - is a tour de force. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Fyre (2019) Anna Conrad After the fallout, what stands out most is McFarland and Ja Rule's unapologetic attitude to their all consuming dream and how many people fell for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
Vice (2018) Jonathan Dean It's very likely nearly litigious. But for two hours, like the best scary movies, we watch this bogeyman stalk the corridors, ruining so many lives. We are afraid of him and we want him to have his comeuppance. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Aquaman (2018) David Levesley There are no answers, because none are deemed necessary. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (2018) Jonathan Heaf What we have is a 120+ minute piece of puffy propaganda, bloated and emotionally cold. Martin's intentions are honourable as always... EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Olly Richards You could very well argue that this film's version of Salander is a bastardisation of the one in the novel...the plot is enormously silly. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) David Levesley Nothing seems to matter and yet everyone tells us how much is at stake. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Favourite (2018) Teo van den Broeke Honest, searing and surprisingly modern, it's knocked Mrs Brown off my top spot once and for all. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
Sorry to Bother You (2018) Stuart McGurk Just how joyous is it - just how life-affirming, even with satire as dark and urgent as this - when a lightning bolt of a film like this comes along? EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
Venom (2018) Stuart McGurk When a major fight scene resembles a pair of black pants caught in a white wash, it's fair to say you haven't taken the audience with you. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018