The List

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Last Night in Soho (2021) Emma Simmonds For those who love London, the picture it paints ain't pretty, but it's born of real violence and fear. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2021
5/5 Dune (2021) Emma Simmonds We need sensational cinema right now, that we can all enjoy, and Dune emphatically delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2021
3/5 Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) Emma Simmonds Hardy's game performance once again sells it; Eddie's hangdog schtick is nicely contrasted by the wild, slavering and puppyish enthusiasm of Venom. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2021
4/5 The Lost Daughter (2021) Emma Simmonds A film about motherhood that gets right to the heart of its middle-aged protagonist, highlighting her many contradictions and flaws, alongside her sparkling charm, intellect and kindness. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2021
4/5 Ron's Gone Wrong (2021) Emma Simmonds A familiar tale of technological catastrophe, deftly balancing child-pleasing chaos with adult-sating wisecracks and an intelligent unpacking of its ideas. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2021
4/5 The Harder They Fall (2021) Emma Simmonds It's a mighty confident debut and for a genre that regularly falls out of fashion it feels like a glorious reinvigoration. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2021
5/5 Spencer (2021) Emma Simmonds There's an overarching sense of authenticity, some satirical bite, and never has a royal retreat seemed more like a prison. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2021
4/5 The French Dispatch (2021) Emma Simmonds Those hoping for the giddy heights of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums or The Grand Budapest Hotel may be a tad disappointed, but the attention to detail is divine. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2021
4/5 No Time to Die (2021) Emma Simmonds Whatever the niggles, it exists on such a heightened plane of gloriously-rendered insanity it's hard not to get swept up in it. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2021
4/5 The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Emma Simmonds Confidently steps out of the colossal shadow of The Sopranos TV series with its leftfield approach to filling in backstory. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
3/5 The Green Knight (2021) Emma Simmonds The film's haunting imagery is hard to shake and the freshness it brings to the medieval adventure flick shows appropriate amounts of courage. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2021
4/5 Rose Plays Julie (2019) Emma Simmonds Crisp and contemplative, Rose Plays Julie features characters consumed by their anguish, by past horror, or existential torment. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
3/5 Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) Emma Simmonds There's a lot of charm in this less flashy British take on being true to yourself, regardless of what people say, which at least feels close to the origins of the story... EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
3/5 Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) Emma Simmonds Gunpowder Milkshake defies a lot of the stereotypes that have plagued women in action cinema - and that's when they are even allowed to participate. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2021
2/5 Copshop (2021) Emma Simmonds If you're going to make a B-picture, it still needs to bring its A-game. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
3/5 Black Power: A British Story of Resistance (2021) Brian Donaldson This film may suffer from a potential déjà vu but it's no less damning of the racism prevalent in British society and within its institutions in the post-war period. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2021
3/5 Respect (2021) Emma Simmonds As biopics go, Respect has some slickness and wears its lengthy runtime well, but the Queen of Soul undoubtedly deserved better. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
4/5 Annette (2021) Emma Simmonds Vividly realised and thrillingly cinematic... EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2021
4/5 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Emma Simmonds The film's fulsome embrace of martial arts adds impact and polish to the action, giving it a scaled-down sense of spectacle that's often very satisfying. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
4/5 Candyman (2021) Emma Simmonds Ultimately, it's more interested in revealing the real horror behind its story - the legacy of pain, violence and discrimination, as it slowly brushes aside the surface gloss to expose the dark heart of America. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2021
3/5 Here Today (2021) Eddie Harrison With two winning performances at its heart, Here Today makes for an easy watch despite tackling a difficult subject for comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2021
4/5 The Nest (2020) Emma Simmonds The Nest nails the exhaustion of keeping up appearances, the damage that is done by dishonesty, and the sheer creepiness of living with a liar. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
3/5 Mandibles (2020) Eddie Harrison This unusual premise is fresh enough to appeal to some, but such silliness works better in shorts than drawn-out features. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
3/5 The Beta Test (2021) Matthew Turner The film is anchored by Cummings' intriguingly layered performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2021
4/5 The Justice of Bunny King (2021) Eddie Harrison The Justice Of Bunny King examines the fissures created when social theories meet gritty reality. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 Ninjababy (2021) Emma Simmonds There's nothing more refreshing than a film that isn't afraid to tell it like it is, especially when the norm is to tiptoe around difficult issues or tie things up in a dishonest little bow. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
3/5 The Night House (2020) Katherine McLaughlin Suspenseful, if occasionally ridiculous viewing. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2021
4/5 Pig (2021) Katherine McLaughlin Pig plays out like a modern western, with just a pinch of Pixar's Ratatouille adding a few more tender notes. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2021
3/5 People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan (2021) Emma Simmonds Although it's largely one for the fans, there are enough explainers to allow newbies to get quickly up to speed. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
4/5 Censor (2021) Emma Simmonds Beautifully shot and cleverly constructed, Censor is a monument to an age of handbag-clutching hysteria and bloody outrage. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
4/5 I'm Your Man (2021) Emma Simmonds I'm Your Man takes a thoughtful, charming and amusingly left-field look at love, with affecting work from Eggert and a glassy-eyed, almost wryly smiling Stevens absolutely spot on, and once again having the time of his life. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2021
3/5 Free Guy (2021) Emma Simmonds Hey, at least it's not another darn sequel. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/5 The Courier (2020) Emma Simmonds It all revolves around Cumberbatch's turn; he gets his awards-pitch moments as things get ugly for Wynne, but is most impressive in the early scenes. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2021
3/5 The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021) Emma Simmonds It's pretty as a picture and full of feeling, while romantics will no doubt swoon. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
4/5 Zola (2020) Emma Simmonds This high-camp film has both its finger on the pulse and an irresistibly wicked sense of humour. EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2021
3/5 Stillwater (2021) Emma Simmonds Even over a fairly epic runtime, with its beautiful cinematography, quiet passages and eccentric interludes Stillwater remains perversely watchable. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
4/5 The Suicide Squad (2021) Emma Simmonds With a robustly anarchic air, The Suicide Squad is funnier, grittier, more sardonic and better cast than its predecessor - and, with its love for comedy infused ultra-violence, both more grown-up and a lot sillier. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2021
3/5 Spirit Untamed (2021) Emma Simmonds Spirit Untamed is not terribly original but the bravery of these girls is inspiring and, for those looking to entertain youngsters, it's sweet and stirring summer fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2021
4/5 The World to Come (2020) Emma Simmonds As well as being deeply touching, Fastvold's film is also tremendously tense, given our understanding of the era and the ominously watchful men, one thing is for sure: this will not end well. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
2/5 Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Emma Simmonds You're generally right to worry when a film has six screenwriters, and the story is about as comprehensible as that suggests. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
3/5 The Forever Purge (2021) Emma Simmonds If it's as crude as ever, The Forever Purge builds its dystopian nightmare on a foundation of ugly truth; however demented the story gets, it has humanity's number. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
3/5 The Croods: A New Age (2020) Emma Simmonds What The Croods 2 lacks in narrative ingenuity it makes up for in vibrant, eye-popping animation, as it floods the screen with a plethora of imaginative flora and fauna. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 The Surrogate (2020) Emma Simmonds Sporting credibility in spades and managing to consider things from all sides, it firmly places you in the shoes of its protagonist as she finds herself in a predicament with no easy answers. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 Black Widow (2021) Emma Simmonds It all adds up to a film that feels like a fittingly emotional final hurrah for a much-loved heroine. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2021
3/5 The Tomorrow War (2021) Emma Simmonds Don't scrutinise this one too closely, simply let its combination of lauding smarts and practising stupidity wash over you and you'll have a fine time. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2021
4/5 Freaky (2020) Emma Simmonds Freaky is unashamedly derivative and celebratory, and a whole heap of fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2021
3/5 French Exit (2020) Emma Simmonds Michelle Pfeiffer is sensational in this sometimes-sparkling comedy about a high society lady who has fallen on hard times. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2021
2/5 F9 The Fast Saga (2021) Emma Simmonds Spectacle without jeopardy, and therefore tension, just feels hollow and, when stretched over a shamelessly elongated, two-and-a-half-hour runtime, it can get pretty tedious. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2021
3/5 Supernova (2020) Emma Simmonds It's the little things that get you in this quietly devastating film. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021
4/5 Sweat (2020) Emma Simmonds It would have been so easy to sneer, but Swedish director Magnus von Horn instead takes a compassionate look at that most modern of phenomena: social media influencers. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2021