The Skinny

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Minari (2020) Katie Goh A painfully melancholic film about the limbo those with hyphens in their identity must navigate, Minari is touched by magic. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 Black Bear (2020) Ross McIndoe Black Bear is kept ferociously alive by three crackling performances that play every nervous glance and veiled comment like a form of sly emotional combat. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 Iorram - Boat Song (2021) Jamie Dunn An expressive doc blending oral history, folk song and seascape to celebrate a vibrant but endangered culture. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Riders of Justice (2021) Jamie Dunn If Taken featured scenes of screwball comedy and tender male bonding, it might look a bit like Riders of Justice. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 Castro's Spies (2020) Ross McIndoe Castro's Spies succeeds because of how well it ties its political and personal threads. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Creation Stories (2021) Ross McIndoe Even if it's playing a lot of other people's songs and relying more on volume than skill, Creation Stories is anchored by a magnetic lead performance from Ewen Bremner. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Tom Charles What Slahi goes through is horrifying, and although it's been better detailed elsewhere the humanity Rahim brings is a fresh and much-needed perspective. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Synchronic (2019) Rory Doherty Despite its messiness, Synchronic is suitably weird and sufficiently fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Jamie Dunn Pieces of a Woman is the kind of blistering melodrama for grown-ups that Hollywood barely makes anymore. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 County Lines (2019) Phil Kennedy A film that confidently blends unfussy naturalism with an eye for telling details and neat cinematic phrases. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
4/5 Relic (2020) Christopher Machell Relic positions three generations of women as a triptych, more a study of one woman at different points in time interacting with herself than three separate characters. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Enforcement (2020) Jamie Dunn There are shades of Walter Hill in Shorta, which is great when trading in cop movie clichés but less sure-footed when trying to address real-world issues. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
3/5 Apples (2020) Jamie Dunn Nikou's film is disappointingly literal compared to others from the Greek Weird Wave. Still, it's not without its wry pleasures. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
5/5 Saint Maud (2019) Jamie Dunn This subjective nightmare will surely end up being among the great debuts of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2021
4/5 Shirley (2020) Philip Concannon As in Madeline's Madeline, Josephine Decker probes at the point where artistic inspiration and exploitation meet. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Jamie Dunn The abuse and subjugation of women emerges as the movie's major theme, so it's appropriate that Maria Bakalova as Tutar is given as much opportunity to shine as Borat himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) Michael Lawson It brims with righteous indignation, particularly in relation to the leniency of Dan White's sentence. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
4/5 Before Stonewall (1984) Scott McKellar Thank God for Stonewall and the bravery of the people who put everything on the line for liberty and love. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2020
4/5 The Vast of Night (2019) Rory Doherty The Vast of Night relishes in the genre thrills of its predecessors, crafting a watch that's equal parts charming and suspenseful. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2020
2/5 Big Nothing (2006) Ilani Blanke Attempts are made to veil its insipidness through a series of banal, gimmicky plot twists which leave the audience more confused than riveted. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2020
2/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Jamie Dunn The ending manages to be both so bitter it curdles the whole picture but also cowardly in its crowd-pleasing wish-fulfilment. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 About Endlessness (2020) Jamie Dunn Roy Andersson is on sparkling form with his latest Beckett-esque study in the human condition. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2020
4/5 Patrick (2019) Jamie Dunn Plays like a Coen brothers-esque caper where everyone just happens to be naked EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Joseph Walsh A woozy, ethereal film, questioning the slippery nature of truth at its heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Patrick Gamble The Painted Bird might be difficult to endure, but it is even harder to ignore. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 Eternal Beauty (2019) Carmen Paddock Eternal Beauty captures cycles of dysfunction with well-judged doses of comedy and a glimmer of hope, making it a memorable tale of exploration. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 Master Cheng (2019) Ross McIndoe Master Cheng remains content to skirt gently along its surface. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
3/5 Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) Joe Goggins Chemistry between the leads is key. Schwartz comfortably holds his own against the evergreen Crystal, twinkle still firmly in his eye. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 Undine (2020) Jamie Dunn Petzold is clearly enjoying himself here, but his gonzo approach somewhat robs this tragic love story of any emotional power. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 () Katie Goh Shot with documentary-like restraint, Running to the Sky is an empathetic and mature sketch of a young man finding his feet. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 Driveways (2019) Adam Stafford Impeccably acted observational drama with reverberations of Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me and Lynch's The Straight Story. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
4/5 The Truth (2019) Josh Slater-Williams Kore-eda maintains his knack for the gradual accumulation of little moments for maximum effect. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2020
2/5 Road, Movie (2009) Helen Wright Unfortunately, this richness of influences and images can do nothing about the blandness of the story. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/5 Onward (2020) Jamie Dunn Onward's premise - part Weekend at Bernie's, part Cronenberg - is pleasingly original, but the execution is all too familiar. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
5/5 First Cow (2019) Jamie Dunn As well as being Reichardt's sweetest and funniest film to date, First Cow also acts as self-homage, tying together the threads that run through her entire career. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
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 By the Grace of God (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