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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Balloon (2018) Christopher Machell Balloon is a poetic, bleak, funny, and deeply humane portrait of life in rural Tibet. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2021
4/5 The Alpinist (2021) Christopher Machell Somehow, every time he's on screen, either on the ground on in the sky, all that melts away in awe of the vertiginous sorcery before us, until, in moments of deeply-felt emotion, we are reminded that Leclerc is as human and vulnerable as the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2021
4/5 The Story of Looking (2021) Christopher Machell Cousins' films are always personal, but underpinned by his imminent cataract surgery, The Story of Looking is among his most deeply felt. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 Buddha Mountain (2010) Sabina Pasaniuc Buddha Mountain is a rewarding experience if you have the patience to scale its lofty heights. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2021
4/5 The Lost Leonardo (2021) Christopher Machell It is a truly fascinating and cynical display of political power by proxy, but at this stage no one is surely under any illusions that it was ever about the art. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2021
4/5 Wildfire (2020) Christopher Machell In its study of tragedy, Wildfire does not draw straight lines between its personal narrative and the broader political and social contexts. Instead, the film uses the Troubles and Brexit to frame its understanding of the past and the present. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2021
3/5 The Sadness (2021) Martyn Conterio On offer for 98 minutes is nothing but nihilism, misery, and murder. It's provocative cinema; less slap to the face, more like repeat punches to the gut. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2021
4/5 No Man of God (2021) Martyn Conterio Luke Ashby's excellent performance as Bundy is unshowy and hushed, as much about subtle body language as it is softly spoken dialogue. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
3/5 Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021) Martyn Conterio Sion Sono's stylish sensibilities, however, mean the result is always intriguing, if wildly uneven and sometimes lacking in energy. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
4/5 Post Mortem (2020) Martyn Conterio If Bergendy isn't above throwing in the odd cheap jump scare, the film's best moments rely more on phantasmagorical imagery and unsettling, surrealistic sequences. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
4/5 Knocking (2021) Martyn Conterio Knocking is a powerful statement on the place of women in society, wrapped inside a psycho-horror yarn with nods to J-horror, and the classics of Bergman and Polanski. It is spearheaded by Cecilia Milocco's superlative performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
4/5 The Retaliators (2021) Martyn Conterio The Retaliators' might well alarm some with its unusual stance on the subject matter, but there's a lot here that's served tongue-in-cheek, a lampooning of machismo and American bloodthirsty fantasy. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2021
3/5 Demonic (2021) Martyn Conterio Demonic is, for most part at least, pulpy fun with inventive sci-fi horror embellishments. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 Night Drive (2021) Martyn Conterio Tightly constructed, economical in its storytelling and editing, knowing it's got a strong hand to play by letting Bowen and Dalah drive the movie, Baruh and Leon's low budget indie flick is a wee cracker. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 The Nest (2020) Alasdair Bayman The Nest is a bold feature developed by a promising filmmaker, who feels established even two feature films in. For Law and Coon, their performances elevate an already sharp script on class dissection, marriage and aspiration. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 Pig (2021) Christopher Machell Pig offers something strangely tender and even sometimes lyrical, wrapped up in the trappings of a noirish thriller that is as much a satire on the meaning of value and social status as it is a straightforward revenge film. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2021
5/5 Censor (2021) Martyn Conterio An ambitious, clever, and inventive psychogenic fugue, Censor is rough around the edges and shot on a shoestring, sure, however Bailey-Bond has compelling and vital comments to make on art, media consumption, politics, and society. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2021
4/5 WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (2021) Sara Merican Capturing Neumann's fall from grace, this film illuminates some of the most hard-hitting professional and social anxieties of our age. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2021
2/5 New Order (2020) Christopher Machell It is possible to depict power's fluid indefatigability with nuance, care and humanity, but in the case of New Order, complexity and a fearless examination of political violence are eschewed in favour of exploitation and nihilism. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2021
5/5 The Fever (2019) Christopher Machell Da-Rin's documentary credentials bring an authenticity that avoids easy exoticisation of indigenous people. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
Now, Voyager (1942) Matthew Anderson In this conflict between inner and outer beauty, loving oneself without the affirmation of others, altruism, self-truth vs societal expectation and discovering that happiness comes from within, Now, Voyager -- and its leading lady -- soars. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2021
4/5 The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) Christopher Machell Andrésen became an overnight worldwide sensation and, through the lens of documentarians Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri, an object lesson in the exploitation of children by the entertainment industry. EDIT
Posted Jul 28, 2021
4/5 Old (2021) Tom Duggins This is a film which confronts you at speed, chasing after you with drool on its fangs - and frankly, that's a good thing. Its charm is where the mania is. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2021
4/5 Memoria (2021) John Bleasdale Yes, Weerasethakul's films may put you to sleep. But within that sleep, there are dreams and awakenings that are valuable and lasting. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Casablanca Beats (2021) John Bleasdale There's no revolutionary moment of success in which the meanies are ousted and hip-hop declared godly. Music is like education in this: it's all about the movement, not the destination. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Nitram (2021) John Bleasdale Jones, to a large extent, carries the film. His face reflects the rapidly changing weather of his thoughts from childish happiness, to wonder, confusion, blankness and panting rage. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2021
4/5 Nowhere Special (2020) Christopher Machell It's a premise straight out of a supermarket paperback melodrama, yet Pasolini deftly strips his subject matter of histrionics to reveal the unvarnished humanity of his characters beneath. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2021
4/5 A Hero (2021) John Bleasdale The performances are beautifully observed. Jadidi plays Rahim with a kind of goofy charm, but at the same time he has a temper and an obstinacy that just keeps him digging deeper. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 Red Rocket (2021) John Bleasdale At the center of the film is Rex's extraordinary performance. His Mikey is a man-child, a shopworn Huckleberry Finn who enjoys biking leisurely through the peach-coloured twilights of Drew Daniels' cinematography. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
5/5 Hit the Road (2021) John Bleasdale Hit the Road is damned near to being a masterpiece -- if it isn't simply one already... The wonderful cast inhabit their roles so fully it's hard to believe this is not a bona fide family. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
4/5 Small Body (2021) John Bleasdale With Small Body, Samani has created a work of great maturity and power. It is a film about a personal grief which gradually, step by step, takes on a mythic resonance. This is a new and vibrant talent to be watched. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2021
2/5 Flag Day (2021) John Bleasdale The real tragedy here is that Sean Penn has been a fine director, with some genuinely great movies under his belt. One hopes that Penn will return to form, but on the evidence of Flag Day this could be just another case of deluded wishful thinking. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
4/5 The French Dispatch (2021) John Bleasdale Thankfully, the movie is a gas. It moves with, well, dispatch, clattering along in its own eccentric way. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2021
4/5 The Worst Person in the World (2021) John Bleasdale Though the film tries for ironic detachment ---twelve chapters with a prologue and epilogue -- it ultimately can't wink away its own heartfelt compassion and sympathy. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
4/5 After Yang (2021) John Bleasdale After Yang is a moving, subtle and grounded piece of science fiction that doesn't necessarily get to the core, but certainly hits the heart. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 The Souvenir: Part II (2021) John Bleasdale The two-part The Souvenir can be seen very much as one whole, and as such is one of the very best achievements in recent British cinema. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
3/5 Everything Went Fine (2021) John Bleasdale The performances are pitch perfect, particularly that of Marceau, who is superb in riding through the conflicts of the situation and the moments when the strong emotions riding over the niceties finally come to the fore. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
4/5 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Christopher Machell The film simultaneously underlines its own artifice while inviting us to enjoy the delightful absurdity of a rarefied global culture based on the misadventures of eccentrics digging bits of fungus out of the ground. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2021
5/5 Annette (2021) John Bleasdale As with Carax's last film Holy Motors, Annette has and will divide audiences. It is the classic five or one star film and making a judgement feels also like an admission or a declaration. So be it. EDIT
Posted Jul 7, 2021
4/5 Last Man Standing: Suge Knight and the Murders of Biggie & Tupac (2021) Christopher Machell Broomfield's triumph is in reimagining Biggie and Tupac's murders out of their mythology and into a new context in which they are emblematic of a social malaise characterised by toxic masculinity, misogyny, racism, and police corruption. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
5/5 Nashville (1975) Matthew Anderson For all of its casual, fleet footedness, sauntering across town from one club to the next, one hotel room to another, there are transcendent, breath-taking moments of melancholy and stillness. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/5 Sweat (2020) Christopher Machell Structured in parts like a thriller, Sweat is truly most successful as a character study, while its representation of social media gives rise to a nuanced understanding of contemporary anxieties over isolation and intimacy. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2021
4/5 It Must Be Heaven (2019) Christopher Machell [Director Elia Suleiman's] latest is at once a charming, deadpan study of national identities, an idiosyncratic love letter to his home and an unvarnished tribute to life's universal absurdities. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
4/5 In The Earth (2021) Matthew Anderson The cumulative effect of watching, or rather enduring, In the Earth is much like being pulled violently through a hedge backwards, such is the impact of its visceral assault on all of the senses. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
4/5 Shiva Baby (2020) Christopher Machell Shiva Baby is ostensibly a comedy yet has all the tension of a thriller. At its most emotionally fraught, it uses the visual and aural grammar of horror cinema. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2021
4/5 The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) Christopher Machell In his fourth feature, The Killing of Two Lovers, Machoian has crafted an intense, moving and bleak portrait of a disintegrating marriage and fractured masculinity. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
5/5 First Cow (2019) Christopher Machell A story of astonishing tenderness; a study of love as a tempering salve to the sublime of history's passing. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
3/5 A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Matthew Anderson The thrills and spills of A Quiet Place Part II are elevated by its strong performances and a director with a keen eye for this intelligent genre piece whose broad appeal makes for another sure-fire hit. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 Army Of The Dead (2021) John Bleasdale The gore is pleasantly gloopy, the action well-handled, and the slow motion kept to a minimum and is more effective as a result. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 Sound of Metal (2019) Christopher Machell Sound of Metal is an astonishing accomplishment for both its long-nascent director and its British star, Riz Ahmed, for whom his turn as heavy metal drummer Ruben represents a career-best performance. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2021