GQ Magazine [UK]

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
A Star Is Born (2018) Olly Richards What makes Cooper so good is that he directs in a way that encourages you not to see what he is doing, but what is happening. Character above all. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
The Meg (2018) Olly Richards The Meg gives its audience exactly what it expects and what it wants: B-movie thrills on an A-movie scale. You'll see many better movies this year but you're unlikely to see many that are more purely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Jonathan Dean Here's the thing, though: I'd watch the next one. These mechanical films are efficient at making people want more and this one's formula ends with an idea that is genuinely new. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Olly Richards If you think of it as an isolated action movie, however, it's a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Olly Richards This is Marvel doing the absolute best version of the formula it's been criticised for overusing. They've blown it right up and now need to throw out that formula for good. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2018
Love, Simon (2018) Teo van den Broeke Robinson adeptly manages to capture the anxiety of being a gay teenager with even more dexterity than Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2018
Isle of Dogs (2018) Jonathan Dean I enjoyed the film. It looks fantastic, has some terrific lines and mixes politics with paws to create something thought-provoking...but the most vexing thing is that nobody saw challenges of glib Western theft coming. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2018
A Quiet Place (2018) Jonathan Dean [John Krasinski] has crafted a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen, with an audience as terrified as you. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2018
Annihilation (2018) Jonathan Dean A film this meticulous and poignant will have a life of its own, because it is about life itself. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Red Sparrow (2018) Jonathan Dean The Fast and Furious franchise treats its women better than this film. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2018
Lady Bird (2017) Jonathan Dean Lady Bird is an absolute sunrise of a movie, the kind of thing that makes your heart leap and gives you hope, brings you as much joy as your best friend's wedding, and makes people like me write over elaborate opening sentences to praise it. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2018
Black Panther (2018) Olive Pometsey Black Panther isn't just levelling out representation in Hollywood, it's inspiring the next generation of real-life heroes, and that's what makes this film truly magnificent. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2018
Downsizing (2017) Eleanor Halls Because instead of continuing with the wonderfully ridiculous notion of observing a 13cm man try and win back his 165cm wife, Payne decides to deliver a thunderously dull and miserable sermon on the human condition. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
The Post (2017) Jonathan Dean It's clear there is nothing brave about making a film about events from the past that are a bit like now. It is cosy cinema for gentle head shaking. As effective, politically, as leafleting for Hillary Clinton in Williamsburg. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2018
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017) Bill Prince Life In 12 Bars illuminates the relatively short distance been this public and private self... EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2018
Molly's Game (2017) Jonathan Dean In 2018, it's important to make sure you're more Jesse than Mack - and Molly's Game will show you how. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Alex Godfrey Everything is respected, but nothing is sacred. It's a sweeping gut-punch. How it deals with our own hopes and dreams for these characters, and how deep it cuts into existential concerns that drive us all - its effects will run around in the mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2017
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Jonathan Dean It's a fine mesh, well-costumed and well-shot, yet, weirdly, it never ignites as intended. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Mudbound (2017) Eleanor Halls Mudbound makes its point by taking its time. You have to be patient with it. There's no drama in Mudbound. This is no 12 Years A Slave or Django Unchained. This is a quiet depiction of family life, about daily endurance and survival. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Alex Godfrey It hardly stirs the heart, at least not as much as you feel it should have done. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2017
George Michael: Freedom (2017) Becky Lucas Freedom is a great work of documentary filmmaking: stylishly shot, narratively gripping and backed by string arrangements composed by Michael himself EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Alex Godfrey This film is a glorious carnival of nonsense. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Stuart McGurk ... in Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has not just lived up to lofty expectations, but surpassed them entirely. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Eleanor Halls Someone fire Halle Berry's agent, pronto, because the poor woman has one of the most demeaning roles of any female within the last decade. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2017
Baby Driver (2017) Stuart McGurk Baby Driver is, in a way, the natural culmination of the non-singing musical in recent years. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Becky Lucas Dunkirk feels like this decade's Band of Brothers, a film likely to be the launchpad for the next set of hot, young British actors. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Jonathan Dean Here we are again, watching the same thin plot told with great surface power, but little attention given to the great responsibility of keeping an audience surprised. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2017
Okja (2017) Jonathan Dean This is an anti-meat industry polemic, with serious tonal issues. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2017
Alien: Covenant (2017) Stuart McGurk Let me first say this: Alien: Covenant... is actually, against all odds, a pretty great film. But let me also add this: the actual alien, when it does show up feels slightly pointless. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Jonathan Dean When Guardians of the Galaxy launched in 2014, it was a pure blast; the antithesis to the morose Batman. Now, it is effectively a wake in a candy shop, where nobody knows if they should be crying or getting giddy on sweets. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2017
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Jason Barlow Director F. Gary Gray is a high-end journeyman, and clearly any exposition is merely grist to the mill before the chases and explosions and crazy s--- can resume. And there is an awful lot of that. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2017
Get Out (2017) Helen O'Hara If there were more African-American directors working in Tinseltown, this film's plot would surely be familiar. As it is, it's quite unlike anything else out there. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2017
Kong: Skull Island (2017) Helen O'Hara Fatally, the director never spends time on any of the characters who fill the screen -- and while no sensible person goes to a monster movie for deep human drama, you need at least a sprinkling to make it work. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2017
The Great Wall (2016) Helen O'Hara With different battalions arrayed in brightly coloured, beautifully constructed armour it's as elegantly constructed a fantasy as anything Zhang has ever done. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2017
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Helen O'Hara The ending isn't quite as metaphysically satisfying as The Lego Movie, but in terms of jokes per minute, this may score even higher. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2017
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Helen O'Hara In these troubled times, we could do worse for a hero than a man who put his enlistment papers where his mouth is and saved scores of lives. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2017
Jackie (2016) Helen O'Hara It's a time-fractured but close-focused look at the bereaved First Lady, and thanks to Natalie Portman's performance as the fragile, ferocious Jackie, it's one of the strongest dramas of the year. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2017
T2 Trainspotting (2017) Stuart McGurk hat is this sequel about? It's truly hard to say. There are many spinning plates of plot, but no meal to eat. You leave the cinema impressed but unsatisfied. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2017