CineVue

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Daniel Green Ad Astra is, happily, the latest oddity to wriggle through the minefield of studio production. A well-worn story on paper is imbued with all the knotty human complexities and exquisite visual flourishes we now expect from the oft-overlooked Gray. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Honey Boy (2019) Christopher Machell Honey Boy is imperfect and messy, but few can doubt LaBeouf's commitment to self-exposé, or Har'el's hazy evocation of the subjective past. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell Never has the banality of the plight of refugees been laid out so plainly as in this heartbreaking, Kafka-esque documentary. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
2/5 () Christopher Machell Sea Fever proves better in concept than in execution, let down by a second act of fumbled editing and slackened tension. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
5/5 So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Christopher Machell So Long, My Son, is remarkable in its assured ordinariness; visually, it is rarely flashy, allowing the profoundly subtle performances to rise to the surface. Nevertheless, it is a deeply textured, often beautiful film. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell The dive into obsession, isolation and urban deprivation that you need right now... If mental illness has been leaned on by horror cinema as an easy signifier of monstrosity, Saint Maud seeks instead to understand and empathise. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell A light, airy and fun journey with flashes of poetry. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 () Christopher Machell This is filmmaking at its most visceral and primal; beneath the barbarism we are forced to examine the ritualistic nature of violence, both sanctioned and taboo. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Christopher Machell An impeccably-staged, gripping murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Christopher Machell The resilience of For Sama's subjects in the face of death is never less than astounding. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell A visceral, Atwoodian journey, The Other Lamb is as much an examination of narcissism and the existing structures of gendered power as it is of the limits of faith. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Christopher Machell The film's central message, that hate arrives not as a monster but as your friend, is movingly depicted. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 First Love (2019) Christopher Machell This is pop-punk filmmaking -- vibrant, disposable, and shallow. Still, it's difficult to care about the nutritional content of your confectionary when it tastes this sweet. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 Color Out of Space (2010) Christopher Machell A conceptual melange that is heavy on flavour but light on cohesiveness. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 () John Bleasdale Ma Yingi's screenplay describes a plot drawn in smoke with editors Lou Ye and Feng Shan Yu-Lin keeping everything moving at a fair clip and piling deception and character on character, betrayal on betrayal. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
5/5 Blow the Man Down (2019) Christopher Machell The brilliance of Cole and Krudy's Blow the Man Down is in its rich textures and its refusal to compromise on its characters. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell Despite the film's vérité style, Ferhani's eye can't help but be drawn to the sublimely cinematic landscape, ironically quoting the language of the Western in this most non-Western of settings. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 () John Bleasdale The cast is generally excellent, with Jeronimo exceptional in the lead. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Machell A strange, charming and occasionally confusing journey into isolation. Love Me Tender is buoyed by an eccentric lead performance from Barbara Giordano and a tight, claustrophobic visual style. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Machell Although its analysis of the nature of devotion and the intense narcissism that drives cult-like leaders is mostly pretty lightweight, Maria's Paradise is a well-mounted, effective thriller-drama. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Machell [An] exploration of heritage, culture and folk memory, seasoned with endearing, offbeat humour and a touch of body horror. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 () Joseph Walsh Babyteeth is a funny, vibrant and deeply moving piece of work. Its flaws are the flaws of youth, overcompensating for boredom with frenetic hyperactivity. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 () John Bleasdale We have to supply the empathy; we have to supply the horror. Nothing is given to us. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 () John Bleasdale Characters become less interesting as they are used up by the plot and thrown away... And yet the cast is so good and the rhythm is as vibrant and lively as the Cuban streets that we get to see. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 () John Bleasdale Only Roy Andersson would call a 76-minute film About Endlessness. It is of a piece with his droll Swedish wit, a universe drawn with fastidious precision and painted in a palette of greys, drab greens, beiges and browns. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 () John Bleasdale There's so much to enjoy in Ema that it comes as a surprise that there's so little there. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) John Bleasdale Hopefully, Soderbergh's film will raise more awareness as well as a chuckle. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) John Bleasdale Michôd and fellow screenwriter Joel Edgerton have made some bold new decisions and offer an intriguing new look at one of England's most heroic and iconic monarchs, even if perhaps inevitably it doesn't quite bring home a historic victory. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) John Bleasdale Phoenix has plumbed depths so deep and given such a complex, brutal and physically transformative performance, it would be no surprise to see him take home a statuette or two come award season. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 () John Bleasdale The truth is that The Truth is an above-average French comedy and Kore-eda has succeeded in a finely wrought act of ventriloquism and diva worship. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) John Bleasdale Marriage Story is a mature and rich work, deeply empathetic, coolly intelligent and beautifully wrought -- in both senses of the word. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 Ad Astra (2019) John Bleasdale Ad Astra looks handsome and there are flashes of brilliance -- the lunar chase and the opening set-piece in particular. But scenes come and go with a weightlessness that has nothing to do with zero gravity. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 Bait (2019) Alasdair Bayman Through its filmmaking craft, this debut remarkably operates in a timeless space. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Lucy Popescu Hogg captures to perfection the milieu of early 1980s London, destructive first love and artistic awakening. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
3/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Christopher Machell For anyone familiar with the original films from which this footage is taken, there's little of value to be picked over, bar the comfort of familiarity. Meanwhile, newcomers will be left frustrated at the scraps of anecdotes and allusions. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Christopher Machell Director Penny Lane's diabolical documentary asks us to reevaluate long-held assumptions about who has the monopoly on good and evil. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Christopher Machell About as Almodóvar as Almodóvar gets. It is also, undoubtedly, one of the director's best works and among the best films of the year. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 () John Bleasdale A fascinating impressionistic documentary by Kresmer and Peter... The alienness of humanity, when seen from another perspective, is evident throughout the film. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 () John Bleasdale What elevates the film is the superb acting from the ensemble, the restraint of the direction, always keeping melodrama at more than arm's length as well as Carla Pallone's atmospheric score. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Instinct (2019) John Bleasdale Sometimes complex and wrong and sometimes just plain wrong. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
5/5 Notorious (1946) Alasdair Bayman Hitchcock's most emotionally nuanced and most adult depiction of relationships feels as vital as ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Christopher Machell Taste shmaste: niceties like coherent editing or believable dialogue feel positively bourgeois in the face of such wonderful nonsense. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
5/5 A Gentle Creature (1969) Christopher Machell The film's muted qualities, its drained colours, languorous pace and understated, naturalistic sound design all tug the edges of unease; while the non-linear narrative suggests that time is out of joint. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Holiday (2018) Alasdair Bayman Adding her unique spin on this unique period of supposed relaxation, Isabella Eklöf's directorial debut Holiday is an assured feature brutal gaze at the assertive nature of masculinity upon a toxic feminity. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 The Current War (2017) Lucy Popescu It has been re-edited by Gomez-Rejon and is consummately well-acted. Somehow, though, the sparks just don't fly in Michael Mitnick's screenplay. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Tom Duggins It's a mesmerizing watch for fans of Cohen's music, a fitting portrait sewn artfully together. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 The Lion King (2019) Alasdair Bayman One cannot fault the African vistas on screen... However, judging this book by its cover, passion and flair lack from the mouths of these creatures. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 The Edge (2019) Alasdair Bayman The Edge offers a unique gaze into the dizzy heights of greatness. Although specific to cricket, in this case, emotions as fear are universal to us all. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Alasdair Bayman Rendering the passage of time as a painful yet serene experience, Varda by Agnès comprehends what it means to be a human with a natural flair for creative output. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
5/5 The Brink (2019) Tom Duggins The film is a compelling, concerning artefact which shows demagoguery in action, without coming across as heavy-handed. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019