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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Willoughbys (2020) Liam Maguren It's the same dark whimsy that made Roald Dahl a household name, that perfect entry point for growing kids to understand and relate to the more unfortunate aspects of life-albeit, with a kind heart and a bunch of belly laughs. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 Extraction (2020) Daniel Rutledge Director Sam Hargrave is obviously an admirer of contemporary genre titans Chad Stahelski and Gareth Evans, but with his feature debut he proves he's not just a fan but a similarly skilled peer. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2020
4/5 Bait (2019) Aaron Yap Bait can be disorienting, disjointed, and deliberately alien in the moment. But its homespun imperfections do stay with you after it's all over. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2020
4/5 El hoyo (2019) Aaron Yap Casts a stark light on all those socio-political triggers we're processing on a daily basis now more than ever: panic-driven consumption, individualism-versus-collectivism, the wealth divide. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2020
3/5 Lost Girls (2020) Steve Newall Ryan's powerful performance has more facets than her just snapping "suck my dick" at recalcitrant cops. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2020
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Matt Glasby Featuring split-screen sections à la Brian De Palma, and sped-up bits à la Benny Hill, it all passes in too much of a blur for the drama or any of Dickens' politic points to properly land. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2020
3/5 Dark Waters (2019) Steve Newall A competently told tale, sure, but one that doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other legal dramas outside of its subject matter. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2020
3/5 Guns Akimbo (2019) Daniel Rutledge Has this juvenile, punk rock vibe that mostly works really well-even if it is weirdly juxtaposed with some unnecessary serious comments about how violence actually is "in real life". EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2020
4/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Steve Newall Perfectly-timed horror examining the impact of psychological and domestic abuse, the long shadow it casts, and a particularly recognisable vile strain of masculinity. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
2/5 Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Aaron Yap A noble but frustratingly uneven attempt to revitalise stale haunted house conventions with pressing social currency. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2020
3/5 The Call of the Wild (2020) Liam Maguren Despite those setbacks, The Call of the Wild still pulls through as an entertaining heart-on-sleeve old-school adventure flick that favours emotive performances from its animal characters over bland hyper-realism. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/5 Come to Daddy (2019) Tony Stamp A true crowd-pleaser for adventurous audiences that packs a surprising amount of nuance under the hood. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Aaron Yap The Lighthouse is, at its squirmy core, one of the most uniquely deranged buddy movies to come out in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
2/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Liam Maguren Sonic the Hedgehog's absolute refusal to lean into its own weirdness has resulted in a predictably wholesome, blindingly forgettable experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Amanda Jane Robinson Emma is a fine, fun adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, with an exceptional lead performance and decadent styling making up for some of the film's messier elements. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 Horse Girl (2020) Liam Maguren I am certain of two things: this is one doozy of a watch and Alison Brie is at the height of her performing powers. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Katie Parker May not be the most powerful or poignant movie you'll see this year, but as a foray into female empowerment, it is a buoyant, bullshit-free blast. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
5/5 For Sama (2019) Daniel Rutledge Absolutely essential viewing and a testament to the power of film. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
3/5 La belle époque (2019) Steve Newall This French slice of boomer romantic nostalgia wish-fulfillment unexpectedly charmed me. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Sarah Voon A complex exposé of the explicit sexual harassment endured by many women in that icky petri dish of Republican fervour, political propaganda, and patriarchal white tycoonery-Fox News. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2020
4/5 1917 (2019) Daniel Rutledge Technically, it's absolutely extraordinary, but it says very little about the war itself, or war in general, or much at all, which is a missed opportunity. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Adam Fresco "If you can excuse Ritchie's macho-centric world, with its constant c-word curses and racist slurs, then there is plenty to relish." EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 Zhi You Yun Zhi Dao (2019) Liam Maguren As flashbacks continue to jump back and forth in time, there's a quiet hurt that creeps in when certain secrets are revealed-a hurt that turns into something quite bittersweet near the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 The Two Popes (2019) Adam Fresco Despite the acting masterclass, clever humour and sumptuous visuals, it's a film that feels based on wishful, feel-good fiction, rather than thorny fact. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2019
5/5 Fyre (2019) Steve Newall It's a gloriously watchable, often barely believable, documentary. You've simply got to see it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 I Lost My Body (2019) Liam Maguren On one hand, the bog-standard love story amuses but never resonates. Fortunately, the other hand fights rats, dodges traffic, and does all sorts of insane things you've never witnessed in a film. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson Where it feels a little egotistical at times, it's also extremely self-reflective, giving a compassionate look at the tangled intricacies that accrue over a marriage. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Liam Maguren "[Craig] sprinkles all 11 herbs and spices onto his Kentucky-fried accent, and while it may prove a bit much for some, it cleverly anchors the film's tone: very humorous, a bit preposterous, but always consistent." EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Aaron Yap There's a strain of knowing wistfulness threaded throughout Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, a 210-minute crime colossus that, for all intents and purposes, accomplishes the cumulative emotional high of a swan song. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
2/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Liam Maguren Seeing two photo-realistic canines lock lips? Well... it ain't romantic, to say the least. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 Klaus (2019) Liam Maguren The Christmas film of the decade. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Daniel Rutledge Everyone's trying their best, but the over-the-top cheesiness and painful predictability almost ruin the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Adam Fresco An accessible, intelligent tragedy of a reluctant young monarch, thrown into a world of savage politics and brutal battle. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Steve Newall Look, now that we're six films into a series that had become a run of disappointments, this is probably the best Terminator film we were going to get. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Steve Newall Honestly, days after watching it, it makes me happy just thinking about it-this is the epitome of a crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Liam Maguren An incredibly moving experience that men, in particular, should witness and absorb. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
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