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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Steve Newall It's evident how much of a journey the character's taken, and how Paul's portrayal has evolved along the way, from troubled protracted adolescent to deeply traumatised adult. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 The Forest of Love (2019) Daniel Rutledge "Has the weird, punk kind of energy many of [Sion Sono's] movies have. But this is a fairly grueling watch that may be too nasty and too long for its own good." EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Hustlers (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson Recognises that under capitalism, working-class single mothers will always be the ultimate hustlers. But it's also so much fun! EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson If you want to watch a rejected loner with a history of trauma and a conflicted relationship with their mother make the world burn for how they were treated, try Carrie. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Adam Fresco Simply recounting the book's plot isn't enough to engage. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Tony Stamp Story-wise it ain't much, but that's fine... it's all just an excuse to watch celebrities squirm, and on that front B2F:TM doesn't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Steve Newall Not only is Pitt tremendously watchable and utterly convincing as McBride, but likely the most traditionally masculine hero you're going to see in a film that takes a strong point of view about the follies of traditionally masculine heroes. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Aaron Yap Enhanced by some pointedly weird and gorgeous production design, Midsommar's meandering descent into crazy town makes for a deftly disturbing viewing experience for at least two-thirds. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Steve Newall Good Boys is what you want from this sort of comedy (if not much more). EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Aaron Yap Between Stallone mumbling stuff like "I'm full of rage" and "Death is coming" in a perennially granite scowl, shit gets ridiculously barbaric. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Steve Newall More voyeuristic than revealing-and deeply tragic, of course. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Steve Newall Amazing performance. Amazing setting. Amazing footage. Amazing Grace puts you right in the room with Aretha Franklin... EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Aaron Yap Lulu Wang's semi-autobiographical indie charmer The Farewell cuts deep and close to home. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 () Steve Newall The film brings us intimately into their orbit as they share their stories and showcase collective chemistry some 40 years after the band's formation-and the results show that's exactly as it should be. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 2040 (2019) Liam Maguren 2040 might just shift your world for the better. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Daniel Rutledge It's a particularly pleasurable groove that for some fans will make for Tarantino's most beloved work to date. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson Its portrayal of working class struggle is resonant without being didactic, and its hopeful to watch these characters find ways to survive, and sometimes even thrive, in this tough old world. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Adam Fresco Often funny, with top-tier supporting cast, it's a surprisingly old-fashioned comedy of manners. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Daniel Rutledge There was magic in this franchise for a while, but its gas tank of goodwill is slowly being drained and Hobbs & Shaw pushes it dangerously close to empty. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Katie Parker Warm, gentle and self-consciously woke, Booksmart isn't taking any chances with its comedy-and as such could hardly be considered ground-breaking or radical. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Liam Maguren Thrilling moments become more tense thanks to the photorealism, and when the Lions vs. Hyena climax kicks in, they go wild with it. It's kinda awesome. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Aaron Yap You want big alligators attacking people? You'll definitely get big alligators attacking the sh-t out of people. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Ophelia (2018) Steve Newall Daisy Ridley brings Ophelia to life here, raising the (ok, probably unlikely) prospect of Shakespeare fandom now being torn into opposing camps as happened to Star Wars in the wake of The Last Jedi... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Daniel Rutledge The best thing about Stuber is the two leads, Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Liam Maguren Some may write off Far From Home as 'just another superhero film', but doing so would overlook its mightily impressive ability to address immediate, real-world concerns in a palpable way for general audiences. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Steve Newall Bong has crafted a modern classic... a gripping, frequently funny and often nerve-wracking film... EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Liam Maguren Boyle's hyper-speed direction assures you move on before you can question any of this thoroughly. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 Anna (2019) Katie Parker To describe the plot in much more detail would take away that rare and wonderful thing that so many action films sorely lack: fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Aaron Yap Call it Charlie Brooker's Small Soldiers. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson Visually striking. Comparisons to Debra Granik's Winter's Bone and Leave No Trace are fitting... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 Beats (2019) Tony Stamp Beats is entertaining enough, but like many Netflix offerings can feel inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Adam Fresco Josh Cooley's direction keeps the pace sprightly and the voice cast and animators knock it out the park... EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Matt Glasby A Golden Dream may sometimes feel like a promo film, or a very, very good DVD extra, but it really knows its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Liam Maguren Imagine a Taika Waititi-less Thor: Ragnarok rewritten by the guys who penned Transformers: The Last Knight. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Tony Stamp It's a bummer, a once-mighty franchise going out not with a bang, but a shrug. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Steve Newall There's plenty to recommend in this streaming sci-fi thriller-tense, keeping the viewer curious, and a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Adam Fresco In Nighy, the witty script leaps to life, in a tour-de-force of darkly downbeat comedic timing... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Matt Glasby Tolkien may not be 100 per cent accurate, but it is convincing and compelling... EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Steve Newall A film that's frequently difficult to follow, bordering on the incoherent-not exactly what one might be after in a giant monster action spectacular. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Katie Parker A fun, self-serving, sing-a-long-able romp that is at its best when it's being as much a diva as its subject. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
4/5 Brightburn (2019) Steve Newall Collectively [the filmmakers] show a fondness for genre, a sporadic appetite for the nasty, and have delivered a bloody watchable superhero-horror mash-up. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Tony Stamp It's all very nice to look at, but it's sloppy, and ultimately unsatisfying. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Liam Maguren It's the modifications in Ritchie's enjoyable take on Aladdin that ultimately justifies its existence-even if it bends a few nails in the execution. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Daniel Rutledge While there may be less headshots in this third outing, the inventiveness has been notched up and it's a bloody good time. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Prospect (2018) Steve Newall With seemingly a lot of world-building to inform proceedings, but much of it unseen, the filmmakers keep a firm hand on the wheel, with Prospect remaining engrossing until the last. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Liam Maguren Fortunately, the concept fires on enough cylinders to prevent the story from being a write-off. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
5/5 Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018) Steve Newall The more personal the film gets, the more universal it becomes. Less academic, perhaps, it still celebrates the filmmaking talent of the first indigenous woman to direct a feature film, but doesn't shy from the damage done along the way. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
5/5 Cold War (2018) Steve Newall Pawlikowski somehow manages to whip through this decade-and-a-half-long tale in a mere 88 minutes, this all killer, no filler love story at turns reaching right into your heart for squeezes both gentle and much more crushing. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Aaron Yap Even if the film doesn't hang together in the moment as tightly as one might prefer, it fires up our synapses in the aftermath. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
3/5 Shazam! (2019) Tony Stamp David F. Sandberg has made Shazam! intentionally small, leaning into the goofiness of its concept and leaving some time for small-scale human drama. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019