CineVue

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Bel Canto (2018) Lucy Popescu There are moments in Bel Canto that stretch credibility but the tension never lets up. It takes time to buy into the story but, as Weitz immerses us in the drama, together with the captives, we begin to sympathize with the rebels and their cause. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Alasdair Bayman Absent of the eccentric qualities that led Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 to be so well-received, Zahler's latest outing feels a mature step forward. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
1/5 Loro (2018) John Bleasdale Just like Berlusconi, it is misogynistic, tacky, morally and politically vacuous. Again, like Silvio, it thinks it's funny, but it most assuredly isn't. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 Red Joan (2018) Lucy Popescu There is much to admire: The solid acting, Lindsay Shapero's deft screen adaptation, Zac Nicholson's evocative cinematography, accompanied by George Fenton's original score. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
3/5 Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018) Sucheta Chakraborty The film takes great care in building its specific mood and atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
2/5 Mid90s (2018) Nick Hilton It is almost the definition of a minor film: low on plot, low on urgency, held together by little more than a sense of feeling and its A-list director. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018) Adam Lowes A compelling and largely original picture... Much of this has to be attributed to Elliott's commanding and assured performance which sells every aspect. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 Grass (2019) Sucheta Chakraborty Hong's films are a world unto themselves. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Wild Rose (2018) Alasdair Bayman The fierce passion from the performer, Buckley, creates tangible electricity... Wild Rose fits the bill for a British indie, yet apart from Buckley's radiance it sadly does not offer anything more or less. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 Speed Sisters (2015) Matthew Anderson The steadfast courage and well-rounded identities painted by Fares makes for an offbeat, engaging and insightful watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 () Matthew Anderson An awful lot of very big ideas, elaborate rhetoric and name-dropping of cultural luminaries attempt to elevate an old-fashioned game of cat and mouse to a higher plain but are lost in the mire. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Maryland (2015) Matthew Anderson A simmering but underwhelming thriller, its quiet, methodical contemplation of a simple thread is punctuated by admittedly punchy action sequences. The overall effect is not necessarily disorderly, but one that does not fulfil its full potential. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Risen (2016) Matthew Anderson The production values are solid, the soundtrack not overly intrusive and whilst the characterisation leaves something to be desired, Joseph Fiennes does his best with a lot of middle-distance staring. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 The Pearl Button (2015) Matthew Anderson An astoundingly beautiful visual essay which revels in the stunning scenery of Chilean Patagonia, it morphs into a harrowing depiction of the nation's distant and recent past. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Marguerite (2015) Matthew Anderson This is a poignant, simultaneously jubilant and deeply sad championing of singing like nobody's listening. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Patrick Gamble As a taut pot-boiler, 10 Cloverfield Lane is an unequivocal success, a crafty thriller that keeps the audience guessing up until its final act. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The Ones Below (2015) Matthew Anderson Elements of pastiche aside, Farr's suspense-filled first endeavor behind the camera shows signs of genuine promise. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Next to Her (2014) Maximilian Von Thun Director Asaf Korman, writer Liron Ben-Shlush and cinematographer Amit Yasur have come together to create what is a remarkably assured debut feature. The script is psychologically convincing and full of fascinating little details. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Efterskalv (2015) Matthew Anderson Von Horn maintains a menacing air of unease throughout without ever loosening a vice-like grip. With no noticeable score to speak of, the diegetic sounds of every day life somehow further the foreboding. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Anomalisa (2015) Matthew Anderson In choosing a medium that distances audience from onscreen subject, Kaufman has drawn the two closer together, telling a universal human story with puppets. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Truth (2015) Matthew Anderson Far from taking any risks, Truth is not the biographical account Rather and Mapes deserved. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 London Has Fallen (2016) Jordan Adcock It's not that London Has Fallen is hugely different from the original, just that its worst elements have been amplified. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Goodnight Mommy (2014) Maximilian Von Thun Goodnight Mommy might be a flawed film, but it remains an original and refreshing take on a tired genre. Its fantastic production values make it a highly enjoyable watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The Propaganda Game (2015) Ben Nicholson This is a snapshot accompanied by counter-claims that lacks any real digging into either. It all means that The Propaganda Game feels strangely inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 Exposed (2016) Matthew Anderson A truly unpleasant and unfulfilling watch in every way possible. Aiming for somewhere between the sacred and profane, it lands fully in the latter camp. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 The Benefactor (2015) Ben Nicholson At the heart of Andrew Renzi's directorial debut The Benefactor is a kernel of an intriguing character study... Surrounding it is a tangled mass of loose narrative threads, none of which offer any real satisfaction. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Orthodox (2015) Matthew Anderson Despite his best efforts, and never quite let off the leash, Graham cannot drag this drama up from off the canvas. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Only the Dead (2015) Maximilian Von Thun The footage is incredible -- both in terms of what it shows and the danger Ware puts himself through to get it -- and permits none of the censorship we're accustomed to. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Mavis! (2015) Matthew Anderson Although Mavis! doesn't quite have the same scope as the extraordinary vocal range of its magnetic, all-round wonderful subject, her zest for life, exuberance and good nature have clearly rubbed off on Edwards and it's likely they will on audiences too. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The Finest Hours (2016) Matthew Anderson Whilst playing things rather safe and without doing anything outside of what we expect from his film, Gillespie crafts an exhilarating ride thanks largely to huge scope for spectacle and a solid cast. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Chronic (2015) Lucy Popescu Chronic is a towering achievement. Roth gives a beautifully understated performance... EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Bone Tomahawk (2015) John Bleasdale It doesn't so much revise the western as bifurcates it with a genre mash of dark, gruesome and bloody originality. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Welcome to Leith (2015) John Bleasdale Some of the images seek for a closure that just isn't there... Given recent docs that have gone for the long haul, one wonders whether Walker might have been advised to have stuck around a little longer. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The Survivalist (2015) Allie Gemmill Every frame is a loaded gun and its dead fun waiting for it all to go off. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Allie Gemmill An excruciatingly long and tepid 107 minutes, a hollow pastiche of both the costume drama and the zombie movie. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Oddball (2015) Matthew Anderson Stuart McDonald's film is a warm and big-hearted tale with just that right dose of magic, teaching valuable environmental and life lessons along the way. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Matthew Anderson I'll See You In My Dreams is ninety minutes as familiar as that old woolly jumper you've had for a decade, but is just as comforting. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Rams (2015) Lucy Popescu Although shot through with humour, Rams is undeniably bleak. But don't let that put you off. It's captivating and one of the freshest films you will see all year. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Goosebumps (2015) Matthew Anderson Rob Letterman's mile-a-minute, edge of your seat, raucously funny Goosebumps confirms that the 1990s petrifier of children is alive and kicking. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 The American Dreamer (1971) Ben Nicholson The American Dreamer may fail as a definitive portrait of icon or movement, but works as a Polaroid snapshot of a fascinating man in a very specific place and time. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 Youth (2015) Matthew Anderson As a writer-director, Sorrentino is an unquestionable talent; it would just be nice if he didn't rely on such pretentious contrivances to tell us what we already know. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 One & Two (2015) Matthew Anderson Bogged down by loose direction, an underdeveloped script and little more than surface characterisation. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Innocence of Memories (2015) Matthew Anderson Part alternative travelogue, part meditation on love and loss, it explores the nature of a great city as a living, breathing entity and how memory is inextricably linked to time and place. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 () Allie Gemmill Backtrack plays as a tightly-wound drama working through themes of redemption and forgiveness. While it follows familiar genre beats, the work being done here is thoroughly engaging. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Lost in Karastan (2014) Matthew Anderson Despite apparently noble intentions, and what must constitute a healthy dose of personal experience from the film-within-a-film scenario chosen by the director... Lost in Karastan is a frustratingly fruitless endeavor. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
1/5 Dark Places (2015) Ben Nicholson The possibility of fast-tracking another of Gillian Flynn's intricately plotted thrillers from page to screen must have seemed like a fantastic idea... To call the final product a botch job would be a considerable kindness; it's just plain awful. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
4/5 Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (2014) Matthew Anderson It is a documentary that will enthrall, enlighten, enrage and distress. Crafted with precision and consideration for its subject matter and filled with a dense web of information, it is a well deserved and fitting testament to pioneering journalism. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Dragon Blade (2015) Matthew Anderson Chan demonstrates his perennial physicality, but it is hard to tell why Cusack and Brody became involved in a project where their acting talents are so forcibly stifled by an underdeveloped, porous script that is riddled with clichés. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
2/5 Breakdown (2016) Matthew Anderson Breakdown doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from an overcrowded canon of distinctly average British film. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
5/5 A War (2015) Ed Frankl Lindholm's film is one of the best movies about recent Western interventions into the Middle East, and a great post-9/11 war movie in its own right. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019