The List

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Jo Berry An entire movie of Pfeiffer and Jolie throwing special effects and shade at each other would have made this the most fun fantasy flick of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 () Nikki Baughan Ideas of emancipation, identity and pushing one's own limits reverberate in this richly-textured story of a modern London teenager forced to grow up before her time. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Emma Simmonds Cuteness abounds, lovingly moulded in the studio's inimitable claymation style, in service of a rattling good yarn. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Katherine McLaughlin The title asks a pertinent and provocative question, which the film answers with intimate footage that acts as compelling testament to the power of the human spirit. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Eddie Harrison Mystify can only be a cautionary tale, yet there's plenty of evidence that Hutchence was an electrifying performer in his prime. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Gottsagen is endearingly funny and LaBeouf once again nails it as an appealing scruffbag. Together, they're a cockle-warming delight. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Katherine McLaughlin It distils the crucial elements of the book and interrogates the gangster flick with a wistful eye. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Katherine McLaughlin Larraín cultivates an explosive and bewildering atmosphere, aided by an intense performance from Di Girolamo in the gleefully perverse lead role, and by creative choreography from Jose Luís Vidal. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 Harriet (2019) Sophie Willard Ultimately, this feels like only a surface-level exploration of an incredible figure - one who surely deserves further filmic attention - but it will rightly ensure that Tubman's story is now more widely known. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 () Katherine McLaughlin The material is undoubtedly blood-boiling but, in its imperfect execution, Greed ends up feeling like an opportunity missed. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Sophie Willard Most striking is writer-director Foulkes' clarity of vision and mastery of tonal balance; impressively, this is her first feature film. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 Waves (2019) Katherine McLaughlin The whole structure of the film relies on placing the viewer in its protagonists' shoes to feel their elation, rage and vulnerability, which makes Waves both a captivating and hard-hitting experience. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
3/5 Little Monsters (2019) Nikki Baughan Nyong'o completely steals the show - and stops the premise running out of steam... EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 Deerskin (2019) Emma Simmonds Those with strong stomachs and twisted senses of humour will have a hoot; adjust your expectations, and it's just over an hour well spent. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Emma Simmonds Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver invest their emotional disintegration with raw authenticity, while Noah Baumbach combines Woody Allen-style irreverence with the no-holds-barred naturalism of John Cassavetes. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 Tehran: City of Love (2018) Allan Hunter Director/co-writer Ali Jaberansari's trio of melancholy, low-key tales are marked by unrequited love, crossed wires and false hope. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Jo Berry It's enjoyable, smartly paced, and the animation is gorgeous. So what if it's not that original? EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Emma Simmonds A glossy, perfectly pitched production, put together with spry style and an equal desire to honour and subvert the tropes of the genre... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 A Bump Along The Way (2019) Nikki Baughan Love has crafted a well-observed film which sensitively explores the middle-aged female experience, something that's rarely portrayed with such authenticity on the big screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Emma Simmonds For some, the subject should be no laughing matter, but Waititi ridicules Nazi ideology with aplomb and his brand of winningly juvenile humour underpinned by sweetness is an ideal fit for a child's-eye view of events. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Jo Berry Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned here, if nothing else: if a script has been gathering dust on a shelf for over 20 years, it's probably best to leave it there. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 American Woman (2018) Sophie Willard Miller makes naturalistic choices in her physical performance, and knows when to deploy a whisper instead of a shout. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Emma Simmonds As hilarious as it almost always is, there's sincerity too as well as twitchiness and tension, in a film gearing up to deliver one heck of a gut-punch. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Sophie Willard A fact-focused retelling that's intellectually interesting and thrilling in its condemnation, yet devoid of tension, drama, and emotion. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Bad Education (2019) Nikki Baughan It's a superb piece of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 () Nikki Baughan This is a story of David versus Goliath corruption, of class warfare at its most extreme; it's a damning indictment of the injustices that run rife in modern Brazil, and the world at large. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Katherine McLaughlin The superbly directed mud-and-guts battle at Agincourt speaks volumes on the savagery of conflict, even if the overall film strikes a disappointingly uneven tone. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
5/5 Clemency (2019) Nikki Baughan While performances are strong across the board, Woodard is nothing short of mesmerising. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Allan Hunter Restrained in its depiction of violence and bloodshed, Werewolf provides a thoughtful, sensitive exploration of how humanity endures in the face of such evil. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 Good Posture (2019) Katherine McLaughlin Van Patten is a dream as she delivers spiteful and self-centred lines with aplomb. It's her performance that elevates the material... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Anna Smith This is a portrait of a deeply lonely woman, and its best scenes are both poignant and gently amusing. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Brian Donaldson Galifianakis is the chat-show host from hell, a sullen presence reading his highly invasive and often inappropriate queries straight from a bit of paper, allowing for zero chemistry to spark between himself and his guests. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 The Last Tree (2019) Nikki Baughan Amoo presents a far more sensitive representation of the black British experience than is often seen on screen, challenging his audience to confront their own prejudices along the way. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Allan Hunter There are many pleasures in The Goldfinch... but it never quite becomes the sum of its beautiful, languid parts. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Eddie Harrison Hotel Mumbai does an effective job of forcing the audience to imagine what it feels like to be on the end of the barrel of a gun. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 Sea of Shadows (2019) Nikki Baughan Sea of Shadows makes clear the devastating impact of man's desire to ride roughshod over nature, and the strength and bravery of those determined to redress the balance, for the sake of us all. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 () Angie Errigo As self-started projects go, Street and Brennan can be pleased with theirs, the finished film as much a tribute to optimism and perseverance as the plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2019
1/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Matthew Turner The horrific finale makes Rambo himself seem like the real monster, making you briefly wonder if Stallone is aware of the irony. On balance, one suspects not. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Anna Smith This underdog story puts a gun to the head of sexism, and isn't afraid to pull the trigger. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Allan Hunter Feels more like a self-indulgent romp than a lament for the sorry state of the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Allan Hunter In the end, there is more style than substance to his tale. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Allan Hunter Some of the emotional baggage may tend towards the earthbound but when The Aeronauts takes to the skies it is a film that positively soars. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Allan Hunter Cretton impressively keeps hitting home what is at stake here. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Allan Hunter Hanks is masterful as he captures the measured cadences of Rogers' speech pattern and his cosy cardigan manner, but he also lets us see the deeper levels of someone who works hard to be a force for good and knows just how much effort that requires. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/5 Nomis (2018) Sophie Willard Whatever whiff of genius may have been present on the page to have attracted such a recognisable cast is entirely missing from first-time writer-director David Raymond's execution. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Allan Hunter A mournful, impressively assured first feature from Norwegian actress-turned-writer-director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Sophie Willard This is urgent filmmaking at its very finest. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Katherine McLaughlin A hugely entertaining cavort that's by turns gorgeous, funny and surprisingly moving. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Katherine McLaughlin An intermittently horrifying experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Allan Hunter This absorbing, deeply satisfying thriller confirms writer-director Naishtat as one of the most exciting voices in new Argentinean cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019