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Rating Title/Year Author
1/5 Ishtar (1987) David Parkinson One of the grossest miscalculations of the blockbuster era. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Escape From Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess (2018) David Butcher The film also asks if the image of Dubai being sold to the public, of winter sunshine and luxury hotels, is hiding a brutal dictatorship of human rights abuses. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Andrew Collins Uniquely for Chandor, we've seen it all before. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Portrait in Black (1960) Tony Sloman A film with a plot so full of holes that it's hard to stop the cast falling through them. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/5 () Jeremy Aspinall Not surprisingly for its vintage, the film is a bit creaky and its occasional broad humour seems ill placed, but Wong is a shimmering presence in a well-lit melodrama that doesn't overstay its welcome. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Impact (1949) Tony Sloman It's a clever B-movie that doesn't quite make it as an A-feature, but has a good deal more class and style than most of its kind. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Chu Chin Chow (1934) Tony Sloman George Robey's performance as Ali Baba is forever enshrined here, and there's some interesting period casting, with Anna May Wong as Zahrat the slave girl and villain Fritz Kortner as boss of the 40 thieves. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Andrew Collins Hancock turns the outlaws' fame into a narrative device and succeeds in rescuing Hamer's reputation after he was played as an incompetent in Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Twins (1988) Jo Berry Here's one of those rare things: a one-joke comedy that actually works. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
() Mark Braxton Like the end of that last book (and film), this is sometimes heartbreaking. It's also a warm, tender, pencilly portrait of the creative process. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
Revolution in Ruins: The Hugo Chávez Story (2019) Jack Seale Chavez is fascinating, and some who knew him closely are interviewed here. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 A Chorus Line (1985) Tony Sloman Since this is effectively a record of one of the greatest works of musical theatre, there is much of merit, especially Alyson Reed... and ex-Dallas regular Audrey Landers. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Police Academy (1984) John Ferguson While the follow-ups became increasingly puerile as the series went on, the original film produced its fair share of belly laughs. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Terry Staunton She's a welcome addition to the aforementioned Marvel family tree; let's just hope she's given a sturdier branch next time. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Andrew Collins At two-and-a-half-hours, it ought to drag; instead it builds with poetic flourishes and self-examination... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Andrew Collins A talky, constantly fist-bumping story... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
2/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Karen Krizanovich Despite a pacy script, Wilson's disbelief in a world where everyone finds her attractive soon becomes tiresome. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Jeremy Aspinall A genuinely life-affirming tale that displays a refreshingly unpatronising view of the challenges facing communities in 21st-century Africa and acts as a ringing endorsement of the importance of education. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 Three Amigos! (1986) John Ferguson It's nowhere near as funny as it should have been given the talent on show, but the chemistry between the stars and the gentle digs at the western genre make for a diverting enough entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Babylon (1980) David McGillivray Natural performances and desolate locations give a vivid impression of south London life prior to the Brixton riots only a year later. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/5 Invasion U.S.A. (1985) John Ferguson Even for its Reaganite times, this is complete trash. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) David Aldridge A daft attempt to further conceptualise the classic Beatles album by linking its songs via a contrived connective storyline. The attempt fails miserably. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 The Adventures of Tintin (2011) Adam Smith There's enough to delight the undemanding youngster here and it's passable entertainment for the rest, but how much better this film would have been had Spielberg not buried it under layers of digital jiggery-pokery, and truly brought it to life. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 The Trip (1967) Alan Jones Part exploitation flick, part non-preachy message picture, this fractured love-in, scripted by Jack Nicholson and told almost entirely through rapid-fire visuals, is a fascinating period piece. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Stay Human (2018) Andrew Collins It remains a heartfelt piece of work that could make a decent TV series. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/5 Destroyer (2018) Emma Simmonds Rather than just being content to tick all the usual boxes, Destroyer reveals itself to be the riveting story of a woman owning her own mistakes. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) David Parkinson Conrad Hall's Oscar-nominated photography is as impressive as the acting, with young Max Pomeranc, himself a top-ranking player, upstaging the likes of Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Ben Kingsley. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 Rope (1948) Robin Karney A disappointing addition to the great director's canon of work. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
3/5 The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Tony Sloman Lester is quite at home in this surreal world. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981) Alan Jones There are no real surprises, just plenty of methodical murders, with graphic impaling being the favourite. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 A Woman Under the Influence (1974) Robin Karney It should be seen for its undeniably brilliant elements. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
5/5 The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) Tom Hutchinson As an introduction to a unique personal vision, director Peter Greenaway's first commercially released feature film is a calling card of dazzling virtuosity. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Pretty Woman (1990) Jo Berry Originally meant to be a serious drama (called $3,000) about a man buying a prostitute for the night, this turned into a delightful romantic comedy in the hands of director Garry Marshall and sent the career of star Julia Roberts into the stratosphere. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Trevor Johnston Ultimately, the most disappointing thing about Alita: Battle Angel is how so much technical expertise (seen at its fullest in the 3D and 3D IMAX versions) is put in service of a confused, overstuffed narrative lacking a genuine human heartbeat. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Andrew Collins An achingly romantic but hard-centred slice of life. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) Emma Simmonds Mortensen and Ali make an irresistible duo in a well-meaning and touching, albeit slightly misjudged film... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Jo Berry Smartly paced, fun and funny, this is just as enjoyable for adults as it is for its intended teenage market. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 Baby Boom (1987) Tom Hutchinson Allegedly pro-feminist, it still defines a woman by the males who influence her, though its mix of cuteness and acuteness makes it one of Keaton's most likeable films. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) David Parkinson The steady direction of Anthony Asquith keeps Wilde's polished barbs and bons mots firmly to the fore and the film is an invaluable record of an expert cast at work. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Adrian Turner For nearly two hours, Ephron keeps her marvellous stars apart, a potentially dangerous tactic that works superbly. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Jeremy Aspinall Glass may be flawed but it's still a thoughtful tonic to today's all-action superhero sagas. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Terry Staunton Writer/director Adam McKay's savage and satirical film chronicles Cheney's entire career, although it's the VP years that provide the heft of a sinister true-life drama of Shakespearean proportions. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 Green Card (1990) David Parkinson It's slight and trite, but so what? EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
4/5 Only You (1994) Alan Jones Moonstruck director Norman Jewison successfully mines the same territory with this delicious "Cinderella Italian-style" romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Overlord (2018) Alan Jones This super-gory Nazi-zombie horror is great fun and unrelenting throughout its violent twists and atmospheric turns. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
3/5 Never Been Kissed (1999) Joanna Berry [T]hanks to Barrymore's captivating performance, a fun turn from David Arquette (as her slightly odd older brother) and a minor role for Leelee Sobieski, this is enjoyable fare. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
2/5 Pokémon 3: The Movie (2001) David Aldridge As ever, accompanying grown-ups should either take a good book or, better still, avoid the film completely by bribing another adult to go along instead. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
1/5 Pokémon: The First Movie (1999) David McGillivray The climactic battle is long, repetitious and boring, while the film's anti-violence message is crassly expressed. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Hard Times (1975) Radio Times Staff [T]here's much to admire here, especially the fine combination of cinematographer Philip Lathrop's images and Roger Spottiswoode's editing of the exciting fight sequences. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Alan Jones This tale of divided loyalties and duelling rulers feels like a quaint museum piece, and one that struggles to maintain the interest. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019