The List

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Karen Krizanovich Apollo 11 is a piece of gleaming history, showing the youth, hope and enthusiasm of that time. For those who were alive then, it's as if watching a scene from a dream - where America still stood for something great. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Nikki Baughan Bujalski is not only a white male storyteller who seems to genuinely understand women, but a filmmaker able to highlight the inherent sexism and racism knitted throughout society without resorting to soapbox or lecture. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
UglyDolls (2019) Eddie Harrison UglyDolls strives too hard to be cute, and the result can sometimes be a strain to watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Emma Simmonds The director paints a fairly unflattering portrait of her creative evolution, while offering her own unforgettable take on the truism: it's only once we've known heartache that we can turn our hand to art. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Emma Simmonds For at least some of the revamp's duration, smart ideas and schlock horror combine to entertaining effect. There are lots of new, interesting angles here. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
4/5 Bait (2019) Emma Simmonds Aping silent cinema in its aesthetic and intensity, it turns the mounting tensions of a Cornish fishing village into riveting dramatic fodder. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
5/5 Never Look Away (2018) Angie Errigo [An] engrossing historical romantic drama with a wonderful cast... EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 () Eddie Harrison Poorly scripted and casually made, Doff's film is a lame stab at comedy horror that offers precious little of either commodity. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 () Nikki Baughan The Flood is a powerful reminder that, underneath the headlines, millions of individual stories are waiting to be told, and millions of humans are simply fighting to survive. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 Stockholm (2018) Sophie Willard Ultimately, such intriguing subject matter deserves more depth and less drag. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Eddie Harrison Brightburn's coming-of-age story plays like Superman fused with Carrie but, even with some eye-catching effects, the result is less than luminous. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 A Season in France (2017) Allan Hunter Sometimes plodding in its execution, A Season in France is never less than sincere in its emotions, capturing a sense of lives that can all too easily remain invisible. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Kevin Harley Hunter's poised compositions brim with playful invention, though both the script and images sometimes seem to strain to draw attention to their quirks. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 () Allan Hunter It is an engrossing mixture of adventure yarn and methodical police procedural that generates moments of pulse-racing tension and captures a sense of a country where paranoia reigns and nobody can be trusted. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Nikki Baughan A quirky, intriguing drama which largely rests on the strength of its leads. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 We the Animals (2018) Katherine McLaughlin Working with writer Daniel Kitrosser, Zagar achieves something magical with an adaptation that's akin to films like Moonlight, Mustang and The Florida Project. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 Liam: As It Was (2019) Anna Smith If As It Was dug deeper into the sibling rivalry it could be a revealing and thought-provoking documentary; instead, it's a fun but repetitive one. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Demetrios Matheou Jean's transformation into a baddie has been covered before, in 2006's disappointing The Last Stand. The filmmakers wanted another stab. The result, for a time, is fantastic. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Emma Simmonds It's hard to watch and that's precisely the point. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 After the Wedding (2019) Emma Simmonds It's all too blandly polished, while Williams projects a dreaminess that makes her character hard to grasp... EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 Dirty God (2019) Anna Smith Dirty God isn't always an easy watch, but it's a rewarding one that marks both Knight and Polak as exceptional talents. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 Eating Animals (2017) Allan Hunter If ever a single film could inspire you to turn vegetarian it is Eating Animals. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Eddie Harrison In Gloria Bell, Moore gives one of her most sympathetic performances, ringing true as a mature, gutsy woman who won't let her age, or the failings of men, define her. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Emma Simmonds Wong and Park are terrifically talented and bring their own distinctive schtick, even if they are working within the straightjacket of the same old story. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Emma Simmonds It's by turns tender, raucous and wise. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Katherine McLaughlin The Farewell really resonates when it comes to the overwhelming experience of returning to the motherland, with lingering shots of changing neighbourhoods, and childhood memories floating to the surface. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Despite dabbling in dark material, in its humour and inspiring activism Hail Satan? acts as a beacon of hope for our troubled times. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Emma Simmonds A film that's as pertinent as it is personal. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
1/5 Ma (2019) Matthew Turner Ma simply doesn't deliver anything approaching actual scares or tension. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Kevin Harley If the chemistry between Farmiga and Brown goes underused, opportunities for monster mayhem do not. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 Napszállta (2018) Demetrios Matheou The style may be disorientating at times, preventing certain characters from making an impact but, for the most part, it's fascinating, thrilling, intoxicating. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 Thunder Road (2018) Katherine McLaughlin Cummings locates the humour and humanity in a calamitous and desperately lonely person who, even at his lowest ebb, never loses sight of the promised land. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 A Vigilante (2018) Nikki Baughan While it plays more like genre thriller than deep-dive drama, there's plenty to admire in the way in which director and star have chosen to tell this sadly familiar story. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Allan Hunter An oppressive, richly textured slow-burn of a psychological thriller, pitched somewhere between a silent cinema chiller and a Roman Polanski classic. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
2/5 () Katherine McLaughlin Reliance on clichés, an absurd shank-whittling scene and the brothers revisiting a moment from one of their earlier films in the denouement removes much of the tension as the story draws to a close. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Emma Simmonds Wonderfully played by a universally on-point ensemble, it's rare to see this many well-drawn and diverse teenage characters who all get their moment in the sun. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Jo Berry Kids will have tonnes of fun revelling in the vivid animation and animal antics and, if it was down to your average seven-year-old, the film's cornucopia of cuteness would be worth several stars on its own. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 () Allan Hunter It is contrived and unpersuasive; characters grate, situations don't quite ring true, jokes are strained and it all feels oddly old-fashioned. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Katherine McLaughlin To say much more would be to give away too many delicious surprises, but the film unfolds like a warped blend of Jordan's Peele's Us and Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters in its blazingly brutal, smart and heartfelt messaging. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Aladdin (2019) Jo Berry An enjoyable take on the Middle Eastern folk tale, benefitting from terrific performances from a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith, alongside Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, as Aladdin and Jasmine. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) Allan Hunter Tarantino's period mosaic is a compelling, provocative but, frankly, uneven affair. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Angie Errigo A lot of fun and very cute. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () Allan Hunter It has the intensity of a Carl Dreyer silent film but also a timely urgency, as Malick asks us to consider how one individual can hope to make a difference in a world at the mercy of the evil that men do. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 () Katherine McLaughlin It's a confrontational and chilling brainteaser that covers a multitude of thorny themes, concerning familial bonds, companionship, the impact of mood-altering drugs and toxic attitudes towards mental health. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 () Emma Simmonds While hardly the director's most emotionally honest work, it's a story that speaks compellingly, if a touch reticently, about the patchwork nature of our lives. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 () Allan Hunter The film's heart lies in its quiet observation of the lasting impact on family life. The unrelenting demands of work exact their toll in frayed tempers, critical absences and a lack of time to devote to the things that should matter most. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 () Katherine McLaughlin Atlantique is a damning supernatural horror about the refugee crisis, patriarchy and the way greedy capitalism sucks the life out of disenfranchised workers. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Jarmusch bites down hard on capitalism, consumerism and race relations in a film that's akin to Joe Dante's Matinee in its satire of wilfully destructive human behaviour. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Karen Krizanovich Wick 3 is jaw-droppingly violent, hilarious and surprising. It's also a hell-of-a lesson in cool. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
3/5 () Jo Berry Serves as an ideal introduction to the big screen for kids too little to sit still through anything longer. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019