The List

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Emma Simmonds It's tough to top the original but they've clearly had a fine time trying. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
4/5 Ammonite (2020) Emma Simmonds A visually chilly yet pathos-filled evocation of a woman's lot in the 19th century. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Emma Simmonds Full of heart-breaking details as it highlights both the sadness and serenity of a lonesome existence, Nomadland is a triumph. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
2/5 Honest Thief (2020) Emma Simmonds Honest Thief is by no means the worst of Neeson's tough guy output. But although apparently offering up a different kind of criminal protagonist, it's so unsurprising in every aspect of its execution it feels like a bit of a relic. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Max Winslow and the House of Secrets (2019) Emma Simmonds It's no Hunger Games, nor Maze Runner, it's not even Divergent, but manages to generate suspense on a budget and work a host of relatable issues into its sci-fi story. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Pixie (2020) Emma Simmonds It's a pinwheeling, Sligo-set romp that riffs on better films - Pulp Fiction, Bande à Part - but offers decent-sized doses of Irish eccentricity and charm. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 Summer of 85 (2020) Emma Simmonds A tonally unpredictable film that's erratic and occasionally fascinating. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
4/5 His House (2020) Emma Simmonds Stunningly realised and rich with satire, critical commentary and depictions of displacement, civil war and life-or-death decisions, His House rises far above run-of-the-mill horror genre flicks. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
4/5 The Climb (2019) Emma Simmonds It's a touching, enjoyably ridiculous depiction of what amounts to a stubborn, brotherly bond; relationships come and go, circumstances change, and waistlines expand, but these men are each other's constant. Whether they want to be or not. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
5/5 Time (2020) Emma Simmonds Views the subject of incarceration through a fiercely personal and confrontational prism. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
3/5 Rebecca (2020) Emma Simmonds The director of Kill List does Daphne du Maurier in this sumptuous, entertaining but emotionally less engaging take on the novelist's most famous work. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
5/5 Another Round (2020) Emma Simmonds It'll put you through the wringer at times, but ends on such an exhilaratingly joyous note that it may well have you skipping out of the cinema. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
3/5 Over the Moon (2020) Emma Simmonds There's enough loveliness and class acts in the cast to impress adults and it'll certainly enchant kids. And a bit of familiarity is no bad thing, especially when it features in a film that's otherwise so finessed. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 Carmilla (2019) Emma Simmonds The tragedy of female oppression and the thrill of sexual discovery merge in Emily Harris's heady, streamlined take on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 Gothic novella. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 Being a Human Person (2020) Emma Simmonds It's a fascinating, often brutally honest insight into the artistic process of one of modern filmmaking's greats. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2020
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Emma Simmonds King brings these differing perspectives together in a way that's consistently classy and compelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2020
5/5 Shirley (2020) Emma Simmonds It's a fluidly shot film that blurs the real and imagined, showing the way creative ideas spring forth and take shape, feelings fester, and alliances are forged and broken. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
4/5 Herself (2020) Emma Simmonds Small of budget and huge of heart, thanks to its resilient protagonist, sense of community spirit and predominant faith in human decency, Herself rises above the potentially grim nature of the material. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Emma Simmonds Kajillionaire feels like a breath of giddily intoxicating air - a film as silly as it is sad, as romantic as it is cynical. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2020
2/5 Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! (2020) Emma Simmonds When the best gag is that the acronym of the animals' secret peacekeeping organisation accidently spells 'fart', you know you're in trouble. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2020
5/5 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Emma Simmonds Blank's voice feels distinct and vital; she's gone and given us one of the most exciting debuts of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Emma Simmonds Putting you through the wringer with every twist and turn, it's a powerful, enraging and pertinent evocation of what you're up against when the establishment is the enemy. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Emma Simmonds Although the film soars comedically every time Murray is on screen, it's grounded dramatically by a believably knackered Jones, who also has a nice line in put-downs. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 Eternal Beauty (2019) Emma Simmonds The film belongs to Hawkins, who ensures that the comedic edge doesn't deflect compassion away from her character. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Emma Simmonds It emphasises that we are very much in this together, pointing out that we share the same basic aims, with such overarching decency enhanced immeasurably by the permanent presence of a beloved guide. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 The Boys in the Band (2020) Emma Simmonds The insight into the attitudes of the time is fascinating and, given that we haven't come as far as we'd like, it has painful modern relevance too. But, for all its importance, it's also an awful lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2019) Emma Simmonds If an in-depth examination might have been more satisfying, the film makes its points clearly and concisely. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
4/5 Miss Juneteenth (2020) Emma Simmonds Beharie beautifully captures the toll of daily drudgery, and Turquoise's burning urge to simply do better. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
4/5 Enola Holmes (2020) Emma Simmonds Enola Holmes zips along delightfully, despite the reasonably weighty runtime, mostly thanks to a heroine that you wouldn't mind meeting again. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2020
3/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Emma Simmonds Convoluted time travel shenanigans aside, it's a film that's as simple, and sweet, as its heroes. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 White Riot (2019) Emma Simmonds A patchwork of evocative, often impassioned archive footage married with present-day talking head reflections from the likes of Clash drummer Topper Headon and Matumbi's Dennis Bovell. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
4/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Emma Simmonds Super cute and snarky, if it doesn't offer anything radically new, The Broken Hearts Gallery should satisfy cynics and romantics alike. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
4/5 Savage (2019) Emma Simmonds Finding your tribe is the essence of an intimately realised study of life on the fringes, which documents the powerful lure of gang membership when conventional society throws you to the wolves. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Allan Hunter However relentless the misery becomes, The Painted Bird is also utterly compelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
3/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Jeremy Aspinall It may be an acquired taste for some - more arthouse than grindhouse - but the combination of foreboding folklore, ghoulish black comedy and sheer oddness ensures this enigmatic tale of terror is never dull. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2020
4/5 Mulan (2020) Emma Simmonds Not exactly for the ages, but.. flamboyant and thrilling. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 The New Mutants (2020) Emma Simmonds Things may start a little sluggishly but the film does build in ferocity, identity and interest, and those who have missed their hits of big budget spectacle should find it enough of a fix. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 () Emma Simmonds It's a film that's smart enough to make you want to keep up, but wild enough to lose you. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
2/5 Hope Gap (2019) Emma Simmonds Although set in picturesque Seaford surroundings, it feels tremendously grim - other people's misery doesn't have to be this punishing. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Emma Simmonds Although shaky in its communication of the science, it more than makes up for it in ambition and stupendous action. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2020
3/5 () Brian Donaldson This is a thorough look at a governing party that might yet be fatally damaged over this affair with its former figurehead. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Emma Simmonds Karen Maine is a woman with lots to say and an unerringly accessible, very amusing way of presenting provocative situations. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
3/5 Project Power (2020) Emma Simmonds A film whose stupid concept nevertheless gives way to some affable dynamics and a smattering of well-judged humour. EDIT
Posted Aug 17, 2020
3/5 () Emma Simmonds With his deluded notions and frightening lack of remorse, Kurt really is an eerily credible figure, the kind of young spree-killer America has been notorious for. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
3/5 Pinocchio (2019) Emma Simmonds Garrone has a real gift for fantasy and his film is stunningly rendered - it's dilapidated yet dreamy and overflowing with eccentric, imaginative and disturbing details... EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
3/5 Babyteeth (2019) Emma Simmonds Babyteeth is impeccably performed all round, while the woozy, radiant cinematography is a good match for the wavering, raggedly glamorous characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
5/5 La llorona (2019) Emma Simmonds La Llorona is a beautifully conceived and constructed piece which cleverly utilises ghost story tropes, imagery and sound effects to enhance the impact of its real-life inspired revelations. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2020
4/5 Perfect 10 (2019) Emma Simmonds More than just a story about the comforting nature of kin, it shows how daring it feels to dream when your horizons are so limited. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 An American Pickle (2020) Emma Simmonds Although the narrative is choppy, moving in fits and starts, there are plenty of funny lines, surreal scenarios, and lots to chew on thematically. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
3/5 Papicha (2019) Emma Simmonds It's a journey that's impossible not to become intensely emotionally invested in, and rising star Khoudri turns in a genuinely fierce performance... EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020