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Rating Title/Year Author
I Care a Lot (2020) Andy Lea As the pitch-black comedy gave way to a tense game of cat and mouse, I found it impossible to care. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2021
3/5 To Olivia (2021) Jenny Desborough The movie is fairly brief, not even coming in at 90 minutes, which does not seem a fair enough amount of time to cover the events of those tumultuous years. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Callum Crumlish While Kaluuya is thrilling to watch throughout the two-hour movie, Stanfield will keep viewers hanging off the edge of their seats. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 Willy's Wonderland (2021) Callum Crumlish It is full of cliches and tropes from various B-movie slasher pictures through the ages - but the cult fandom crowd are going to absolutely love this entry. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2021
Rams (2020) Andy Lea By the end, gentle comedy has given way to a touching human drama about identity, landscape and bloodlines. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 Greenland (2020) Jenny Desborough All in all, this is absolutely worth watching despite, at first glance, it purely fulfilling all the stereotypes of a disaster film. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
2/5 Twist (2021) Jenny Desborough The moral of the story is skewed, and ultimately the film does not pack anywhere near as much punch as this story should. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
4/5 The Dig (2021) Callum Crumlish The Dig is remarkable. Watch it now. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2021
5/5 News of the World (2020) George Simpson Both Hanks and newcomer Zengel provide Oscar-worthy performances from touching moments on the road to those of great danger, which is where Greengrass' intense action comes in. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2021
4/5 Soul (2020) Jenny Desborough Soul can remind us that being present with those we love, looking around at nature and the everyday turnings of our world is all we need to feel grateful for what we have, rather than focusing on that which we may have lost. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
3/5 The Prom (2020) Callum Crumlish While it certainly feels like an adaptation of a musical, it is at least a competent one, with great attention on defining its own aesthetic. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) George Simpson Gadot... continues to stun in the role she was born to play, continuing to top even Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as the best on-screen female superhero of the age. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
5/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Callum Crumlish A film that will be devoured by film buffs for years. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
Happiest Season (2020) Andy Lea For long stretches of the movie's 102 minutes, this unusually fraught romantic comedy fails to deliver the audience either romance or jokes. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
Finding Jack Charlton (2020) Andy Lea A rousing film about a life lived to the full. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Jenny Desborough Decker's style of creating ominous tension while using soft focus lenses adds to the sense of danger and uncertainty which Shirley poses, almost as if trying to recreate one of the author's novels themselves. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 Saint Maud (2019) Jenny Desborough Glass makes a stunning debut as she shows a woman escaping the shame of her past and dealing with the loneliness of her present by attempting to shape the future, with devastating consequences. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Jenny Desborough For those who love a quirky comedy, this is definitely one to see. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 Supernova (2020) Jenny Desborough All in all, this simple, heartbreaking tale of love will leave you blubbering in your seat, yet hopeful of the way we, as mere humans in a vast supernova, are able to love. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Callum Crumlish Fanning instantly delivers an endearing performance of a young woman trying her best to succeed in a world where her family is well known in very wealthy social circles. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Callum Crumlish The narrative is engaging enough that viewers will at least make it through to the end of the film - but most likely won't return for subsequent viewing. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 Bad Education (2019) Callum Crumlish A truly fantastic film that viewers will revel every second of. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 The Old Guard (2020) Callum Crumlish Theron is amazing as Andy. The Mad Max star delivers a powerful, brooding, sometimes heartbreaking performance which viewers will quickly latch on to. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Last Christmas (2019) Minnie Wright Clarke's first big post-Game of Thrones move is heavy on inclusivity and morality lessons but loses no sense of humour in the process, dodging preachiness with ease. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 The Report (2019) Minnie Wright The end result is a deeply affecting film which delivers intrigue and thrills without resorting to hammy Hollywood devices. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
5/5 Clemency (2019) Callum Crumlish Clemency has a lot to say. But it says it well. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Roald Dahl's The Witches (2020) Stefan Kyriazis Younger children will have a blast but older ones will probably long for the darker undertones and deeper emotional resonances present in all of Dahl's books. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) Callum Crumlish Jingle Jangle is better than a lot of Christmas movies out there. Netflix have done an incredible job in creating an inclusive film full of wonder, magic, and joy. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Callum Crumlish Yes, God, Yes explores a never-before-seen story with a lot of wit, charm, and humour. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
2/5 Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Callum Crumlish Ultimately, this stylish and well-shot film has a fantastic pair of leads, a great premise, but absolutely no heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 A Christmas Gift From Bob (2020) Andy Lea Director Charles Martin Smith makes sure Bob and his not-quite-as-gorgeous stand-ins are given plenty of lingering close-ups. Which is a smart move as the plot is even thinner than the first one. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
Mary and Martha (2013) Daily Express (UK) Staff Written by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce, it's sentimental at times but still unmissable viewing. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
5/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Callum Crumlish Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard, and Sebastian Stan are standouts - but Tom Holland is transcendental. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
2/5 Mulan (2020) George Simpson If anything, Mulan looks nothing like a $200 million blockbuster, but an oddly sanitised B-movie that may well be the worst Disney live-action movie to date. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) George Simpson Tenet's twists and thoughtful complexities will have the most-devoted Nolan fans heading back to the cinema for a rewatch, to catch whatever they missed the first time around. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
3/5 Project Power (2020) Callum Crumlish Jamie Foxx delivers a pretty good performance, though. The heart of the movie lies with Art and his extensive, emotional backstory that will surely emit some emotion from viewers towards the end. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2020
4/5 An American Pickle (2020) George Simpson Showing off his acting chops expertly, here's hoping this isn't the last of Rogen's dramedies of this ilk. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
Survivor (2015) Henry Fitzherbert It is slow and unexciting but brightened up by Frances de la Tour as a wheelchair-bound MI5 tech genius: good to see the secret service supporting oldies in the workplace. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 All Stars (2013) Henry Fitzherbert It's formulaic but fun and energetically performed with an engaging performance by Ashley Jensen as the centres sparky supervisor. The dance sequences are well staged, including some inventive fantasy sequences. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2020
3/5 Essential Killing (2010) Allan Hunter Tightly controlled by veteran director Jerzy Skolimowski and beautifully shot on location in Israel and Poland, Essential Killing is an exciting if wildly implausible fable. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2020
2/5 The Air I Breathe (2007) Allan Hunter Any ensemble piece divided into chapters such as Happiness, Pleasure and Sorrow is already flirting with pretentiousness but Jieho Lee's overblown feature embraces the concept wholeheartedly with clunky dialogue and po-faced solemnity. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) George Simpson Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn returns for a bonkers comic book outing with Ewan McGregor's Black Mask that feels like John Wick and Kill Bill meets Looney Tunes. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Stefan Kyriazis As expected, the film is carried by the original six Avengers, but it does a remarkable job of bringing virtually every memorable character from all 22 movies back onto the screen. It is a staggering reminder of past and present pleasures. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) Molli Mitchell Her performance celebrated HBCUs, feminism, activism and the African-American community. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 Frozen II (2019) George Simpson What follows does provide a few big reveals for fans eager to know what was going on in the trailers, but beyond that, this is a film that lacks the heart and soul of the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Jenny Desborough Eventually even the biggest Stephen King fans may find themselves checking their watch and worrying about whether they can make it to the Overlook without a loo break. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Jenny Desborough Leave two men on an island together, and things will likely become fraught very quickly - and this film takes that to a whole new level. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) George Simpson The movie's third act makes up for this in a thrilling conclusion to this epic two-parter, one that may leave some fans with a nostalgic tear in their eye rather than thoughts of a sleepless night ahead. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) George Simpson Naturally, this method across the film's 161-minute runtime is somewhat self-indulgent of Tarantino, with a meandering middle, but ultimately proves a delight all-in-all. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Samuel Spencer This is The Lion King's greatest strength, but also its greatest weakness, as by trying to make the savannah as accurate as possible the Disney film seems to forget what it is we loved about the 1995 original. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019