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Rating Title/Year Author
Us (2019) Norman Wilner It may not feel as revolutionary as Get Out, but the director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut is sharp, smart and artful. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Norman Wilner If I'm being honest, "bloodless" sums up the whole movie pretty well. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Norman Wilner The Mustang wears its heart on its sleeve: it's a film about the impossibility of rehabilitation without empathy or compassion, and how the American prison system has become a source of cheap labour... EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 () Michelle da Silva She skewers the absurdity of still being able to force friends to partake in your wedding when modern women have many other priorities than getting married. The bit comes off as smart, relatable and feminist. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 () Radheyan Simonpillai Grace Glowicki exerts total command over the material and mood, dredging up anxieties, discomforts and laughs with both the film's style and her own physical performance. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Marianna Lozowska Yes, Five Feet Apart is a cliché teenage love story, but Baldoni reminds us why we love them so much. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Level 16 (2018) Norman Wilner It's an invented reality that's awfully easy to sell. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Répertoire des villes disparues (2019) José Teodoro A compassionate, subtle commentary on the casualties of urbanization. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
3/5 () Radheyan Simonpillai Tollman manages to pull a muscular dark comedy from all this horrid behaviour. The debut writer/director shows off the confidence, skill and style we saw in Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Norman Wilner Star power aside, I'm not really sure why this is one of the few titles Netflix is putting into theatres this year. Maybe it's a contractual thing. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
2/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Captain Marvel effectively makes feminism a target, a goal to be achieved in ways that feel more self-congratulatory than progressive. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (2018) Norman Wilner Seeing all these different interpretations emerge from one narrative is beguiling, and Officer uses them as sources to illustrate the analysis and background provided by a host of experts. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2/5 Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Family Funeral isn't the best outing with Madea, and even that isn't a high bar to clear. But it's as good a farewell as we've come to expect. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 What Walaa Wants (2018) Norman Wilner Christy Garland's film about a woman who wants to join the Palestinian Security Forces is an observant, empathetic documentary. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Norman Wilner Thirty years later, we have the first project that comes close to challenging Reinert's majestic accomplishment; and it's dedicated to his memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Kevin Ritchie ...despite all this, Greta turns into a good time when it gets to where it's obviously going. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Norman Wilner Despite an impressive visual design, Milorad Krstic's feature debut is hobbled by flat characters and a stop-and-start narrative. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
2/5 Climax (2018) Kevin Ritchie Climax is a vision of hell stuck in limbo. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 Touched (2017) Norman Wilner Thompson, a veteran character actor, gives Gabriel little hesitations that speak volumes about his history. It's a complicated performance that looks simple. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Radheyan Simonpillai They tell a classic rise-and-fall crime story as elliptically as a dream while giving spiritual visions and traditional interpretations as much authority as a loaded gun. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Norman Wilner If it's strange to imagine a blockbuster CG franchise distilling itself down to tiny, pure moments of feeling, you haven't been paying attention. These movies have always been about connection and empathy... EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
Ramen Shop (2018) Norman Wilner Tan Fong Cheng and Wong Kim Hoh don't do anything innovative with their very simple premise, but Ramen Shop always remains engaging thanks to its delicate atmosphere, lived-in performances and exquisitely detailed food preparation. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 Never Look Away (2018) José Teodoro The film's saving grace [is] the third-act sequences. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Norman Wilner ...through it all, Rothe delivers another star turn... EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Isn't It Romantic just thumbs its nose at the genre before relenting to it, like a self-inflicted defeat. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Norman Wilner If this thing winds up launching a franchise, I hope Cameron is willing to direct the next one. He really is the only person who can make his own stuff sing. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Norman Wilner Full of off-centre jokes and visually spectacular backgrounds, the sequel is also a really fun musical. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 The Prodigy (2019) Norman Wilner Poor Colm Feore turns up as a specialist, delivering two laboured info-dumps and squirming through a therapy scene that could have been - and begs to be - staged as comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
2/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Fran Schecter Velvet Buzzsaw would capture more genuine horror if it had just followed the money. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 The World Before Your Feet (2018) Norman Wilner If The World Before Your Feet never gets to the psychological breakthrough it seems to be chasing, it's a very enjoyable slice of quixotic cinema, tagging along with a cheerful monomaniac... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 What Men Want (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai This movie relies completely on Henson, cutting loose as a woman who's both on top and bugging out uncontrollably. She's a riot with broad comedy... EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Norman Wilner We get to hurtle alongside [Holland], trying to figure out what it all means and enjoying the hell out of the ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Norman Wilner You're better off catching In Order Of Disappearance on Netflix and waiting for Cold Pursuit to join it. The new one just loses so much in translation. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Norman Wilner It's smart, funny and packed with interesting people clearly delighted to be talking about their work and the movies they love - even if that love comes with the knowledge that the movies might not love them back. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019) Rachna Raj Kaur It turns out Bollywood's first lesbian love story is just a backdrop for a larger story. And I'm okay with that. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 Miss Bala (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai This time things are slicker and sexier, with a touch of girl power and room for sequels. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
3/5 Wonders of the Sea (2017) Radheyan Simonpillai ...there's no denying that what the film gently says does matter. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Extreme Job (2019) Norman Wilner As in any great comedy, the story grows more complicated as it unfolds, and as Extreme Job races along a couple of its stars emerge as MVPs... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
1/5 The Misandrists (2017) Susan G. Cole The Misandrists is supposed to be a send-up of radical feminism, but it only occasionally shows any understanding of feminist thinking, and the film isn't funny for a second. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
4/5 Village Rockstars (2017) Radheyan Simonpillai Kids pass the time climbing trees or sinking into the marsh, Das's camera capturing them as lively extensions of nature. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
1/5 Serenity (2019) Radheyan Simonpillai Knight's showy contraption is built on a narrative about domestic abuse and the subsequent trauma, and it feels reckless. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
4/5 The Image Book (2018) Kevin Ritchie It's a damning account of self-deluded western power and its failures. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Norman Wilner The movie's target demographic won't be bothered. They'll be delighted by the heroics, the adventuring and the nifty, quirky physicality with which Imrie and Stewart perform Merlin's magic tricks. And maybe that's as it should be. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Norman Wilner The movie's perspective is simplistic, depicting most of Cummings's comrades on the Leave side as caricatures. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Kevin Ritchie ...subtly affecting and boldly ambitious. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 Glass (2019) Norman Wilner This is what happens when a stunt becomes canon. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Hal (2018) Norman Wilner I usually complain that most movies could lose 20 minutes or so. Some of them should be longer. This is one of those. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Inventing Tomorrow (2018) Radheyan Simonpillai Inventing Tomorrow feels more urgent and invested... EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Norman Wilner ...done with sensitivity and subtlety. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
1/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Norman Wilner Welcome To Marwen is one of the worst movies about trauma I've ever seen - a terrible film made with the best of intentions, oversimplifying the devastating story at its core for cheap sentiment or inexplicable action beats. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018