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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Carmen Paddock An ode to memories as much as it is to lost love... Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a love story for the ages. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2020
4/5 First Love (2019) Katie Goh With his mastery of the pulpy B-movie, Miike keeps the narrative moving with enough kinetic energy and tight storytelling that everything just about makes sense. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2020
3/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Jamie Dunn It quickly becomes clear Franz's faith will not waver, and any suspense that the stoic farmer might bend to save his skin soon evaporates EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
2/5 Bombshell (2019) Jamie Dunn The paper-thin characterisation of its main protagonist is indicative of a well-meaning but shallow approach. Rather than explode, this Bombshell just fizzles out. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Iana Murray A triumphant piece of filmmaking, all bravado and ambition, expertly realised at the hands of Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Joseph Walsh Abrams gives the saga one last epic push, delivering grand setpieces, derring-do duels, and a classic tale of good versus evil. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Little Women (2019) Kelli Weston It's the chemistry between the cast that elevates this elegant - if sometimes sentimental - portrayal of motherhood and sisterhood. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
2/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Philip Concannon As a piece of storytelling Motherless Brooklyn just feels so lifeless, with any real sense of danger and excitement seeping out of the picture. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Simon Killer (2012) Jamie Dunn Corbet brilliantly pitches his character on a razor's edge between pitiful and terrifying: even when he's being sweet he reeks of malevolence. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
3/5 Take This Waltz (2011) Jamie Dunn Polley captures this love triangle with a sharp eye for detail. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Katie Goh The Report is engaged, political filmmaking, featuring one of Adam Driver's best performances to date. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/5 A Dog Called Money (2019) Joe Goggins The lack of cohesion in the assembly would've rendered A Dog Called Money a disappointment even if it had arrived punctually... now it feels closer to an irrelevance. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Phil Kennedy In less capable hands, Sorry We Missed You would be run of the mill through-the-wringer stuff, but its sermonising is cloaked in an involving human story. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Carmen Paddock [By the Grace of God]'s ambition, urgency and unwillingness to reach for the easy answers or condemnations leave a lasting impression. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2019
5/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Carmen Paddock Ordinary Love makes the everyday idiosyncrasies of this long-married pair wholly captivating. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 () Thomas Atkinson Through it all, Larraín plays his cards thrillingly close to his chest, and the audience's only tether to the film is its near-physical power. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 Zombi Child (2019) Thomas Atkinson It plays like an anti-zombie movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Rose Plays Julie (2019) Jamie Dunn Molloy and Lawlor approach the psychological thriller in a pleasingly unique and unsettling fashion. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Run (2017) Carmen Paddock Underlined by homages to Springsteen's universal odes to the working man, Run is extremely specific to its time and place while reaching beyond to dreams all can recognise. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 () Jamie Dunn You won't find a livelier film about death. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Ian Mantgani The film is ultimately about what an indistinct mulch life can be - how little you can believe in if those closest to you are the ones you betrayed. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Marriage Story (2019) Carmen Paddock Audiences have seen this divorce narrative - the happy moments barely feature - play out in endless variations across cinematic history. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 () Jamie Dunn The film's chief selling point is the rambunctious chemistry between this ensemble and their authentically crude banter. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Thomas Atkinson The stench of death and dirt lingers on the frame, and the taciturn register of the film, even in its louder moments, makes it feel like a waking nightmare. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 Atlantics (2019) Thomas Atkinson As if to announce herself as a world-class talent, from the first scene of Diop's debut (the first frame, even), she displays a lightness of touch in the face of immense concepts. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Thomas Atkinson The Peanut Butter Falcon is better than it has any right to be, the potential mawkishness of its premise offset by its acuity for local detail. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Bacurau (2019) Thomas Atkinson The cultural drama doesn't just shift gears into a blistering shootout movie - it rips out the gearbox. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Jamie Dunn Chris Morris is the master of this kind of down-is-up logic, and here he pushes the Kafkaesque satire to delirious levels. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Ian Mantgani The sum of Joker's glib philosophy seems to be that there's a lot of dark stuff out there, and that should really make you think. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 American Woman (2018) Tom Charles What could easily come across as reductive is - in the hands of Sienna Miller - nuanced, subtle and compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Jamie Dunn John Crowley fails miserably to turn Peter Straughan's overstuffed script into something remotely compelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Caitlin Quinlan Directors Josh and Benny Safdie guide us down a glittering rabbit hole into the heart of a precious opal to begin this masterful work of filmmaking, and leave us there stunned by its brilliance. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Jamie Dunn Skin isn't always convincing - is the love of a good woman all a Nazi needs to change their ways? - but Bell certainly is. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Jamie Dunn Not since the days of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire has women's morally dubious pursuit of wealth been so much fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Caitlin Quinlan Taika Waititi has a knack for getting genuinely funny performances from child actors and with his latest film, Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit, he succeeds once again EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Joseph Walsh James Gray takes us on a breath-taking journey, reminding us that even at the edge of the galaxy it is our ability to hope and forgive that defines our humanity. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Katie Goh A crowd-pleasing comedy with a brilliant cast at their comedic best, but you can't help wondering if it would have made for a more satisfying TV series than movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Caitlin Quinlan A fundamentally nice film that is well-structured and confidently executed ... but it still lacks a lasting vigour to elevate it. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Katie Goh Honeyland is surprising in its ability to sink its hooks into the viewer, its fly-on-the-wall approach allowing action to unfold in front of our eyes. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Gianni Marini The film envelopes the audience in the turbulent emotions of a childhood with a depressive, alcoholic, yet loving mother. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Jamie Dunn If you're looking for a distraction from the chaos of British politics look elsewhere. Every second of The King is like looking in the mirror. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Patrick Gamble Rojo's elaborately constructed script is crammed with political symbolism and subplots designed to deceive. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 Hot Air (2018) Lewis Porteous Predictable, artless fare at its core, yet also disappointingly toothless. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Philip Concannon Often painfully intimate... The Souvenir is the kind of film you don't want to end. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Domino (2019) Jamie Dunn No amount of mutilation can disguise the fact that this is from the sick, brilliant mind that brought us Carrie, Blow Out and Body Double. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Joseph Walsh The big hitters like I Just Can't Wait to be King and the beloved Hakuna Matata still have the same magic, even if the visuals are now in a lower, less-pantomime key. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Kelli Weston Amazing Grace is a fascinating love song to the Black Church. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Knock Down the House (2019) Kelli Weston Knock Down the House aims for the easier work of honouring the process, the step forward, and if that is not always rewarding, sometimes it is enough. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 Minding the Gap (2018) Iana Murray Liu's emotional and powerful cine-memoir depicts a devastating portrait of how toxic masculinity can manifest in destructive ways. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Jamie Dunn The score suggests Vertigo, and like that film, our detective hero is not to be admired, although Garfield's endearing goofiness might fool you into doing so EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019