The Skinny

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Rating Title/Year Author
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
4/5 Sauvage (2018) Joe Goggins Frequently as beautiful as it is bruising, never moralising but not lacking in empathy for its subject, either. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Living the Light (2018) Gianni Marini The shots of Müller's family are full of love, and it is his ability to transmit this through his art that attracted so many filmmakers to work with him. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Sorry Angel (2018) Joseph Walsh Honoré offers up a love story that lingers in the mind. The intensity of feeling and love between his characters will haunt you long after the credits have faded. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) Kelli Weston For all the film's epic ambitions, mapping intimacy in all its oddness and beauty remains, as with most of Denis' work, at the forefront of this project. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Diamantino (2018) Ben Nicholson Form, tone, narrative and gender all slide around the backseat as Abrantes and Schmidt career down various winding roads; the result is an absolutely joyous ride brimming with charm and humanity. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 Ma (2019) Kelli Weston The film toys with very real traumas and avoids every event to engage with them. In the end, what fun there is to be had is shallow. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Dirty God (2019) Phil Kennedy [Vicky Knight's protagonist's] attempts and failures hit with visceral force, and Dirty God is successful in presenting rarely seen desires without judgement or artifice. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 We the Animals (2018) Phil Kennedy A work that acutely grasps the emotional dissonance borne of family ties. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Hurt by Paradise (2019) Iana Murray The touching friendship between the two leads is somewhat undermined by the film's heightened visual style that's likely attributed to a first-time director showing off their chops. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 Gwen (2018) Christopher Machell The real star is Adam Etherington's richly bleak cinematography. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Ross McIndoe Wong and Park are strong enough as both writers and performers to lend it an overwhelmingly pleasant flavour. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
5/5 Bait (2019) Jamie Dunn "A film that's both a celebration of community traditions and a triumph of old-school filmmaking." EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
3/5 Farming (2018) Carmen Paddock While the storytelling is somewhat emotionally distant and reactive, it highlights the systemic cracks thousands slipped through and the cycle of violence that ensued for one such man. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019