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Rating Title/Year Author
C+ Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Luke Whiston Velvet Buzzsaw isn't an objectively bad film by any stretch, it just feels held back. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B+ I Am Mother (2019) Luke Whiston This is where I Am Mother distinguishes itself - bypassing doomsday to what happens in the aftermath, and how we come back. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B Paddleton (2019) Luke Whiston A drily ambling exploration of masculinity and overcoming self-imposed barriers... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ Period. End of Sentence. (2018) Luke Whiston Period. End of Sentence. may be a fairly flimsy documentary that never lives up to that puntastic title, but what it does do is serve as a necessary conversation starter. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ Behind the Curve (2018) Luke Whiston The subjects are hopelessly blinkered and need either a good talking to or, in the worst cases, intervention and rehabilitation. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B+ Isn't It Romantic (2019) Luke Whiston It's a deft setup for a number of clever sight and continuation gags as romcom tropes are flipped and flipped again. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C Triple Frontier (2019) Luke Whiston There are at least three or four good films buried within Triple Frontier but they went with the surface level stuff and called it a day. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ The Highwaymen (2019) Luke Whiston It's a shame, then, that this meeting of weirdo star power is never more than pedestrian... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C- The Silence (2019) Luke Whiston The Silence is a dull affair that reads aloud from many pages in the Big Book of Horror Tropes... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- The Unicorn Store (2017) Luke Whiston Maybe we should start celebrating how close we came to fulfilling our dreams more often - that might encourage us to not give up and find a way to realise them eventually. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- () Luke Whiston Point Blank takes a by-the-numbers plot and floats to a finish. There's nothing wrong with that. Just nothing note-worthy. And in the battle for our attention that's not going to pay the bills. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- Elizabeth Harvest (2018) Luke Whiston Elizabeth Harvest is an effective enough sci-fi thriller which puts the science on the backseat in favour of shock twists. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
D+ Shaft (2019) Luke Whiston Whatever Shaft is saying about race, authority, age, gender or masculinity - which are interesting talking points no matter how badly fumbled they are - I keep going back to the rancid humour. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B See You Yesterday (2019) Luke Whiston As a debut feature from writer-director Stefon Bristol and co-writer Fredrica Bailey, See You Yesterday is an ambitious sci-fi in its own right, and a worthy entry into the canon of black representation. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C- Wine Country (2019) Luke Whiston This seems like one of those films where everyone got in a room with a rough idea of what was happening and ad-libbed, expecting the results to be natural cohesive comedy genius. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ Always Be My Maybe (2019) Luke Whiston ...a noble idea, but nothing close to the near-philosophical musings on life, loss, belonging and contentment is found here. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- Rim of the World (2019) Luke Whiston Films aren't just a collection of sensation-grabbing set-pieces - they have rules to engage with your brain, and viewers need someone to connect with. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
A The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (2019) Luke Whiston The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience is a dizzying mix of music and visuals that balances itself perfectly between overt ridiculousness, telling a bittersweet story, and respect for the craft. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Luke Whiston It's a shame spiral all the way to the bottom of the barrel. You can make your own helter skelter jokes. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B- The Wandering Earth (2019) Luke Whiston The Wandering Earth isn't a bad film at all if you want to kill a few hours wondering what is going to explode next - it's just hampered by an overly-rigid and predictable structure. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
B+ The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Luke Whiston It's refreshing and never not genuine. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ The Perfection (2018) Luke Whiston It's difficult to know when bungled takes are compensated by good enough film-making that the end result is acceptable... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
D Polar (2019) Luke Whiston Polar is a cliched, sloppy mess of sub-standard action and forgettable lines that might entertain someone who has never seen a movie from the last decade of R-rated action cinema. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
C+ Murder Mystery (2019) Luke Whiston It would be welcome to see more movies between them in the same vein, even if Murder Mystery was a bit of an uninspired trek... EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2020
Avengement (2019) Luke Whiston While Avengement isn't exactly a classic in any regard, it's a step in the right direction for a new breed of British thumpfests that - if Adkins can wield his sensibilities correctly - may just begin to rival their Eastern origins. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Luke Whiston The challenge is how to retrofit backstory to a format that was never meant to have any story at all, which hangs a lot of faith on an audience tuning in that probably weren't all that curious... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
C+ In the Tall Grass (2019) Luke Whiston It all sounds intriguingly mysterious, but in play it's a frustratingly wrought sequence of vague weirdness that seems to be weird for the sake of it, until finally it has to somehow end. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- Fractured (2019) Luke Whiston Basically what I'm saying is we've seen this film several times before - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's plenty of room for contemporary remakes/re-tellings/rehashes... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B+ Guava Island (2019) Luke Whiston In just under an hour we get a tight and surprisingly dark plot with a powerful message about the evils of capitalism, charismatic performances from all involved, and some pleasing visuals of the island. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- The Laundromat (2019) Luke Whiston Ultimately you'll get the most out of The Laundromat if you're a Soderbergh completist, or looking for some slightly dated, mildly bizarre lightweight human drama inviting you to boo and tut at the screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B+ Earthquake Bird (2019) Luke Whiston Earthquake Bird is definitely a cut above Netflix's usual fare. On a surface level the film doesn't have that weird plastic sheen Netflix releases always seem to be cheapened by. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
D- 6 Underground (2019) Luke Whiston It's not clever. It's not classy. He thinks it is. But it's bold and tough, and you will respect the awesome might of military technology, else be visited in the night by wicked-rad army ninjas in stealth Blackhawks... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B The King (2019) Luke Whiston ...between Chalamet's solemn commitment and Pattinson's overt silliness there's an impeccably well made film, that feels authentically grounded when it comes to the costumes and interior decor of the Middle Ages... EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
B- The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Luke Whiston It's all harmless enough, and I'm not afraid to admit that despite my best efforts to be cynical I actually warmed to The Knight Before Christmas. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
A- Atlantics (2019) Luke Whiston The result is an unsettling tale of human plight and otherworldly reckoning that is haunting in every sense of the word. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Matt Looker This follow-up feels like a lack of conviction from the franchise as a whole. This is despite the film being just about the best possible version of a final Star Wars film. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
B+ Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Luke Whiston Murphy needs a good palate cleanser for a number of reasons - and in Dolemite Is My Name he's found it. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
B El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Luke Whiston If you enjoyed the original series and respect Gilligan's commitment to giving Jesse a send off, you'll probably get a lot out of this extra two hours of screen time. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
B- The Irishman (2019) Luke Whiston ...still a treat for us to see these giants of cinema coming together to do their thing but the wear is beginning to show, even if the will is strong and the mind is still sharp. Adjust your expectations accordingly. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
B+ Knock Down the House (2019) Luke Whiston Lears makes efficient use of time, diving just enough into the lives of the candidates to understand where they're coming from, but not making them come across so weepy as to be ineffectual. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
A Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Luke Whiston There's nothing else like it, and it is really, really good. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
B High Flying Bird (2019) Luke Whiston A thoughtful, cerebral entry in this black renaissance period. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Matt Looker Beyond this just being a fun, entertaining film, the real achievement is in [Johnson] understanding exactly what his audience is thinking at all times. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Matt Looker A movie that is just really, wonderfully, reliably good. It's a finely-tuned film that has all the right parts in place plus other car service analogies. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matt Looker It's a Shining film in detail, but not in tone. It contains some of the same ghosts, but this is the opposite of a spiritual sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
D+ Gemini Man (2019) Ali Gray What's truly baffling is why a movie boasting such impressive visuals would be sold so short by a story that feels like something Steven Seagal would have passed on in 1998. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
C+ Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Ali Gray Dark Fate manages to scrape an above average grade by clinging closely to the Terminator tropes with the kind of white-knuckled death grip that only three failed sequels can inspire. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Matt Looker It's an overlong carnival for the senses, and that's in addition to Pennywise continuing to give clowns like Bongo Bonzo and Catty Watty a bad name. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Matt Looker This is a ghost story that wants you thinking about touching cloth without ever making you do so. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019
5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matt Looker The film as a whole is conducting its own deception ... using gags and action to expertly divert audience attention away from the real trick it is performing. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2019