CineVue

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Mortuary Collection (2019) Christopher Machell White Riot is a belligerently hopeful film: Shah vividly depicts the insidious violence of racism, but she also renders its futility in the face of community, and of music's limitless power to unite and strengthen. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
4/5 Max Richter's Sleep (2020) Christopher Machell An appropriately languorous, dreamy exploration of Richter's music taken at its own pace and pleasurably in thrall to its subject. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 Real (2020) Christopher Machell At its best, Omoshaybi's direction captures the messiness of life, the unspoken anxieties and understandings of new relationships, and the precious scarcity of closure in love and family. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2020
5/5 Hate (1995) Matthew Anderson Mathieu Kassovitz's account of police brutality is as ferocious a punch in the stomach as it was twenty-five years ago, and retains every spark of an explosive deconstruction of France's treatment of minorities and widening social inequality. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Matthew Anderson Kaufman's latest work, a creeping, deeply unsettling, cerebral horror of sorts, is a further addition to his challenging, thought-provoking brand of filmmaking which gets under your skin, and stays there. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
2/5 There's No Such Thing as Ghosts? (2019) Martyn Conterio There's No Such Thing as Vampires is an admirable if flawed attempt at sustained suspense and nail-biting tension. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 The Columnist (2020) Martyn Conterio Katja Herbers is simply phenomenal in the lead role, Femke, a heroine for our troubled times, the liberal who is mad as hell and fights back. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 12 Hour Shift (2020) Martyn Conterio Briskly paced and edited, Grant's dark bloody comedy benefits from just the right tone. It never goes truly over the top and silly. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 Skull: The Mask (2020) Martyn Conterio Natallia Rodrigues, in the lead, does her best, but she's often left floundering and going through the action heroine motions. For a 90-minute adventure, it is also overstuffed and falls flat where it should shine. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020) Martyn Conterio An eye-opening and informative documentary all about the rough road countless artists travel on to get films made and seen by audiences. For making a movie is just half the battle. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Hall (2020) Martyn Conterio Giannini has crafted a riveting, at times teasingly-abstract apocalyptic nightmare primed by domestic violence horrors and psychological trauma. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 A Ghost Waits (2020) Martyn Conterio A Ghost Waits is an unexpectedly heartfelt gem of micro-budgeted filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 Aquaslash (2019) Martyn Conterio The occasional use of slow-motion at key points allows us to savor the gory gags and well-done prosthetics work. If only the director and writer had put as much thought into the rest of their film. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 () Martyn Conterio Dark Place's mix of post-colonialist commentary and genre storytelling lends a fascinating perspective to a people outcast in their own land. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 The Swerve (2018) Martyn Conterio The Swerve is a compelling depiction of existential angst, melancholy, and mental illness, with director Kapsalis opting for subtlety over big-scene meltdown histrionics and much to his credit. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 () Martyn Conterio [Director Kim G-hey] and co-writer Courtney Ellum have crafted a vital morality lesson about the perils of screen entertainment. It's more Michael Haneke's Funny Games than Eli Roth's splatstick shenanigans. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Av: The Hunt (2020) Martyn Conterio Unbearably tense from the off, fiercely political, Av should be commended for tackling an ugly subject matter. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
2/5 Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Christopher Machell Koko-di Koko-da is so rich with texture, so sure of the profundity of its toy box of terrors, that it never stops to ask what they mean or what it really thinks of cycles of grief beyond the pat observation that they are difficult to escape. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Socrates (2018) Thomas Alexander Despite its apparent simplicity, Sócrates has a richly textured emotional range. First-time director Alexandre Moratto accomplishes a great deal using a limited arsenal of tools. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Les misérables (2019) Christopher Machell As a study of injustice and systemic deprivation, and in its description of the conditions necessary for revolution, Ly's film is in its very being a modern Les Misérables. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/5 The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Lee Cassanell Minnelli's love/hate letter to Hollywood is still essential viewing for any seasoned film buff. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
2/5 Hope Gap (2019) Christopher Machell Nicholson has form with writing later-life relationships, so it's a shame that the real hope gap here is that between expectation and reality. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
2/5 Tenet (2020) Tom Duggins Tenet is a bit like the myth whereby NASA spent millions of dollars on a pen that could work in zero gravity when the Soviets just used a pencil. Nolan should re-learn how to use a pencil. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Christopher Machell There's a melancholy to Seimetz' film that feels too fixed in place for the instability of horror. It's like those dreams where you can't run, but here, there's not even the desire to. Less horror, more entropic terror. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
4/5 Away (2019) Christopher Machell For parents... Away's minimalism represents a blessed oasis of calm, while for the kids, its simple style and wordless story represent boundless opportunities for imagination and magic. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020
4/5 King of the Cruise (2019) Thomas Alexander King of the Cruise is a lavishly shot and expertly constructed documentary film. Whatever you think of Ronnie, the quality of the craftsmanship on display here is difficult to deny. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Ava (2017) Christopher Machell Ava is a singular vision marking Foroughi as a talent to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 Perfumes (2019) Matthew Anderson Grégory Magne's Perfumes is a charming, unconventional, odd-couple buddy movie of sorts. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 Pinocchio (2019) Christopher Machell Coulier's make up is at the centre of an enchanting aesthetic that captures the sentimentality and strangeness of Collodi's novel without relying on showstopping set pieces. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
2/5 Sputnik (2020) Christopher Machell A smart little creature feature with a great hook, but whose star beast ultimately only succeeds at nipping at our nerves. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
4/5 My Rembrandt (2019) Matthew Anderson There's much more to Oeke Hoogendijk's My Rembrandt than initially meets the eye... Her latest documentary explores, to great effect, the motives for possession, obsession and ongoing fascination with the Dutch Old Master. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 Babyteeth (2019) John Bleasdale With Babyteeth, Murphy has directed a moving piece that avoids the mawkish and promises great things for the future. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2020
4/5 Napoleon (1927) Jordan Adcock At the heart of all these great scenes lies a great central performance. Albert Dieudonné's measured expressions and fierce gaze give Napoleon the exact authority and self-belief required to portray a man able to move hostile crowds to his point of view. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2020
4/5 Flash Gordon (1980) Alasdair Bayman A kaleidoscopic trip, Flash Gordon remains a cheerful tale of rich textural spaces. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
4/5 Perfect 10 (2019) Thomas Alexander Packed with raw, prickly emotion and featuring a terrific debut performance by Frankie Box, writer-director Eva Riley's first feature Perfect 10 is an acutely observed and beautifully shot coming-of-age story. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
5/5 The Fight (2020) Thomas Alexander A documentary of tremendous urgency and compassion, The Fight is essential viewing for anybody who wants to understand the present political moment. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 Make Up (2019) Christopher Machell Make Up isn't strictly a horror film, but it's an unsettling experience, brilliantly mining the familiar weirdness of an off-season British holiday resort and its spectral inhabitants. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
4/5 Proxima (2019) Sara Merican It's a fiery mix of ambition, mother-daughter love, female empowerment and childhood dreams -- the gravities of each masterfully held together in the film, like planets in the canvas of space, revolving harmoniously around the sun. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2020
3/5 The Traitor (2019) Matthew Anderson The moral ambiguities and questions of legacy, friendship, family and integrity in Marco Bellochio's The Traitor are the strongest points of an ambitious, punishing addition to a long line of films to explore the inner workings of the Cosa Nostra. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
4/5 Alice (2019) Josh Sandy It skillfully combines narrative realism with compelling character development and whip-smart dialogue to produce an engrossing look into a subject matter that is all too frequently over-sexed and sensationalized. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Clara Bradbury-Rance A funny and touching coming-of-age story that occasionally loses its way, just like its protagonist. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
3/5 Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018) Christopher Machell Labyrinth of the Turtles is a charming and occasionally moving love letter to the legendary Spanish-Mexican surrealist, and at a spry 80 minutes, doesn't outstay its welcome. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2020
2/5 Eden (2012) Patrick Gamble Eden may function as an inauspicious window into the distressing real world of sex works, but its underlying story not only deserves but positively demands a far more considerate and attentive approach than is shown here. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2020
4/5 Clemency (2019) Christopher Machell One of this era's most powerful actors, Alfre Woodard, leads with one of her best, most understated performances yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
4/5 Litigante (2019) Christopher Machell A tender family drama that captures the exhausting bitter-sweetness and competing priorities of family life in middle-age. Centred on a naturalistic, deeply empathetic turn from Carolina Sanin, Litigante transforms the banal into the elegiac. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
3/5 Spaceship Earth (2020) Christopher Machell Spaceship Earth deftly captures the sincere wonder and optimism of those who believed in the project. There's simply no denying the sheer ambition of the damn thing, let alone that they more or less pulled it off. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2020
2/5 Bear With Us (2016) Christopher Machell It's a fine, if well-worn set up for a comic chamber piece... Sadly, Bear with Us begins to lose focus just when it should be hitting its stride. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
3/5 Lynn + Lucy (2019) Alasdair Bayman The ultimate feeling Lynn + Lucy leaves is one of a pertinent social commentary on the devastating impact of gossip on friendship. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
4/5 A White, White Day (2019) Christopher Machell A White, White Day is Ingimundur's film through and through, centered on Sigurdsson's intensely gruff, brooding performance. But Hlynsdóttir's Salka gives him a run for his money. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2020
5/5 Fanny Lye Deliver'd (2019) Tom Duggins The film's unusual blend of genre conventions can be a little disorienting, but the film is so careful and considered, its blend of modern ideas and historical detail so unexpected and exciting, that it's hard not to walk away feeling exhilarated. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020