The Skinny

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Support the Girls (2018) Kelli Weston An empathetic, refreshingly incisive portrait of women at work, principally the work of navigating men, professionally and personally. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 () Jamie Dunn A rambunctious film shot through with daft humour and an endearing, toxic masculinity-smashing sweet streak. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Joseph Walsh It feels ridiculous that a film about the secret lives of toys could teach us so much about the dynamics of love, materialism, and psychological development, but here we have it. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 () Caitlin Quinlan The footage Kapadia slices together makes it clear to see why Maradona's flaws were all too easy to overlook. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Patrick Gamble Julianne Moore's effervescent performance adds a sensuality that's arguably missing from the original, but otherwise little has changed in this shot-for-shot remake. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Iana Murray Parasite flits between dark comedy, thriller, horror and farce with such ease that the boundaries become indistinguishable. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 () Iana Murray Much of the action is internal, desire repressed intensely to the brink of self-destruction. What a relief to see Xavier Dolan do what he does best. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Iana Murray A relentless piece of maritime madness, with transcendent performances from Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Iana Murray 'Tarantino' and 'quiet' are two contradictory terms, yet somehow this combination comes to pleasant fruition. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 () Iana Murray A horror movie, but not in the traditional sense; in lieu of jump scares and ghouls, Hausner depicts a more insidious type of terror. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Jamie Dunn Chapter 3 is relentless, only letting up for a few seconds to let you laugh at the absurdity and invention of its latest piece of ultraviolence. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 Tarde para morir joven (2018) Patrick Gamble Sotomayor's tactile feel for this way of life conjures a richly realised world that is nonetheless subject to adolescent idealism. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Jamie Dunn What we're left with is [Ryan] Reynolds being a PG-friendly goofball for 100 minutes, which might have been entertaining if we had a clue what was going on. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Thom 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 May 9, 2019
4/5 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Carmen Paddock An honest exploration of the brutality inherent when uneven power dynamics in close relationships reach their breaking points. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 Long Shot (2019) Jamie Dunn As well as a romantic comedy, Long Shot also fancies itself as a satire, but it pulls every one of its political punches. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 Destination Wedding (2018) Jamie Dunn The one-note script can be a tad wearing, but Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are irresistible as two narcissists falling for one another. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Joseph Walsh A truly satisfying and at times surprising watch, Endgame will leave you full of sadness, but also hope for what's to come. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 Guava Island (2019) Jamie Dunn The film is so breezy that resistance against its musical form will prove futile, though Glover doesn't leave much room for anyone else to shine. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Carmen Paddock Aquaman is not a flawlessly constructed film but takes the DCEU in a welcome direction, enthralling with stunning visuals and grounding itself in humanity. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
2/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Kelli Weston This latest rendition of Pet Sematary is so desperate to carve its own path that it loses sight of what made the tale such an effective one in the first place. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Joseph Walsh A rapturous and honest portrait of a rare and brilliant life. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story (2018) Lewis Porteous Director Steve Sullivan applies only gentle analysis to his subject, allowing audiences to think for themselves as he excavates a comprehensive narrative of a one-off career. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Iana Murray Something as breathtakingly sincere as Benjamin should be admired and cherished. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Jamie Dunn Triple Frontier never achieves the nightmarish insanity that the premise promises [...] but maybe we're getting a little greedy. This is fun, muscular filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Jamie Dunn It veers from space opera to buddy movie to Marvel action extravaganza, but Brie Larson's wise-cracking and a killer 90s soundtrack keep this latest MCU film watchable. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
4/5 Arctic (2018) Gianni Marini Mikkelsen gives Overgård a kind and occasionally faltering humanity - his pain, frustration and the freezing conditions are conveyed with captivating committal. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 The Sisters Brothers (2018) Ross McIndoe A film that is somehow at once brutal and nihilistic, beautiful, sweet and funny. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 The Vanishing (2018) Jamie Dunn The script is peppered with flinty dialogue and punctuated with a central sequence of intense violence that's so brutal and punishing its effects linger long after the incident. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Border (2018) Tom Charles There's a lot to get your teeth into, but Border struggles with its opposing instincts. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 Monos (2019) Jamie Dunn Alejandro Landes' thrilling, dreamy Monos is like the Duke of Edinburgh Awards gone feral; or maybe think a mini-Beau Travail. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Rosa Luxemburg (1986) Gianni Marini Von Trotta finds poetry in Luxemburg's own writing, creating images that emphasise the deepness of her humanity in a historical period so often over-simplified. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Dave Made a Maze (2017) Carmen Paddock Dave Made a Maze is an hour and a half of light-hearted fun, revelling in the whimsy of the mundane and celebrating the adventures that cement friendships and memories. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
5/5 Blindspotting (2018) Carmen Paddock Blindspotting is a near faultless film - bravely engaging with topical issues while providing a frank, often funny, look at those caught in the mess. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Her Smell (2018) Jamie Dunn Even in the darkest moments of this emotional tornado of a film, flecks of dark humour and shimmers of humanity break through. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Possum (2018) Carmen Paddock Possum is not particularly scary, but its portrait of a ruined life and horror of psychological trauma will haunt viewers well after the cut to black. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
5/5 Beats (2019) Jamie Dunn Beats is at its most thrilling when, like its lead duo, it breaks free of its grim reality and embraces the hallucinatory. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Tom Charles Maggie Gyllenhaal has carved herself quite the niche playing smart, capable, flawed women... such roles are few and far between, so thank heavens for director Sara Colangelo. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Jamie Dunn The great achievement of Bo Burnham's debut feature is that he manages to visually articulate teen angst, and the results are hilarious and oh so cringe-worthy. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Ian Mantgani Caught noncommittally between action and comedy, it goes from being a cheeky genre meditation to a bore, spinning its snow-capped wheels. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
5/5 Transit (2018) Jamie Dunn Past and present fold in on themselves, drawing parallels between the fear and paranoia of Nazi-occupied Europe and the treatment of refugees in Europe today. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Kelli Weston Comparisons to The Changeling and The Omen may well be inescapable, but The Hole in the Ground still manages to carve out a comfortable space for itself EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 () Katie Goh Despite its narrative problems, Disappearance is a bold statement on the state of healthcare in Iran and the lack of agency women have over their bodies. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Never Steady, Never Still (2017) Katie Goh Kathleen Hepburn makes her debut with Never Steady, Never Still, and her skill behind the camera is evident as she captures the Canadian landscape with beautiful delicacy. However, the film falls apart in its subject matter EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 The Islands and the Whales (2016) Katie Goh The Islands and the Whales is a sensitive portrait of the Faroe Islands that neither romanticises nor explicitly criticises a community's culture. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 Annihilation (2018) Katie Goh Annihilation is an ambitious and intellectual film that matches its rich themes of environmentalism, memory, and self-destruction with visceral horror and an emotional sucker punch of an ending. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Pin Cushion (2017) Katie Goh Despite its dreamlike qualities, as the film progresses, both Pin Cushion and Haywood show their teeth. Bullying, sexuality, ostracisation, and the social other are themes which Pin Cushion explores to an unnerving and violent end. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (2018) Philip Concannon A potent argument for truth in art, and a provocative challenge for all nations to reckon honestly with their own history. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Alex Barrett A penetrating study of grief, loss and mental breakdown that isn't easily forgotten. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Styx (2018) Philip Concannon One of the most compelling cinematic attempts to tackle the ongoing migrant crisis. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019