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Rating Title/Year Author
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Anton Bitel Girl On The Third Floor is both a highly accomplished haunted house story for the #metoo generation, and an examination of antediluvian male drives (for sex and power) that even the perfect domestic situation struggles to contain. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
() Anton Bitel Adrián García Bogliano's magnetically mesmeric 'cult' movie Black Circle will mess with your head. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
() Anton Bitel mostly it is just very, very funny, with the screenplay from Burgess, Cook and Wiele finding just the right place between smart and dumb, and turning garbage into pure gold. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
() Anton Bitel offers theatricalised thrills, reminiscent of My Little Eye or Dhogs, that place us uncomfortably in a long tradition of sadistic spectacle and vicarious sport, while asking what morbid curiosity drives us to seek out horror in the first place. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
() Anton Bitel the Infernal Princess is not the only automaton here, as Brendan and Rose too find themselves serving as puppets in an iterative drama whose words and gestures were written centuries before. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
() Anton Bitel clash of different horror modes & eras engenders an irony that is often funny & increasingly strange, as Here Comes Hell brings about its own deconstruction, literally collapsing on the ancient foundations that support its knowingly flimsy premise EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
The Rusalka (2018) Anton Bitel As these lost souls drink in their Otherness, risking everything as they meet halfway on the shoreline of desire, they are enacting the transcendent spirit of romance itself, with all its capacities for passion, self-sacrifice and transformation EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Amanda Keats Captain Marvel is a riotous explosion of fun and spectacle, with a badass heroine at its core. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
Freaks (2018) Anton Bitel a cleverly constructed, thrilling and often super-surreal coming-of-age story that gets right into your head. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (Manyeo) (2018) Anton Bitel ...requires lead actress Kim to put in a versatile performance (playing someone who is, precisely, putting in a versatile performance). In the end, after a very slow build-up, the film delivers an explosion of crazy, bloody violence... EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
Dead Ant (2017) Anton Bitel little original in the film's merger of hard formication, insect escapades and killer tracks.... Yet sometimes it is the old, familiar tunes that the audience really craves - and Dead Ant's comic playlist sure gives them a zany remix. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Jonathan Hatfull It's creepy in places, with striking cinematography, an excellent score and strong performances, but this is a promising debut rather than a home run. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Dead Center (2018) Anton Bitel By dividing us between two conflicting forms - psychodrama and apocalyptic horror - it occupies the ambiguous, intermediate space of its title, sending us spinning in mental circles around a centre that is, for all its uncertainty, sublimely creepy EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
Level 16 (2018) Anton Bitel Drawing on the disturbing hermetic worlds of Innocence, Never Let Me Go and The Handmaid's Tale, Level 16 places us in a supposedly educational environment that is rearing meek, docile illiterates for a purpose that will only gradually become clear. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Knives and Skin (2019) Katie Goh There is too much crammed into the film's 111-minute runtime and as a result everything is shiny, slippery, neon surface with little depth. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 Répertoire des villes disparues (2019) Katie Goh Ghost Town Anthology's atmospheric unreality is undoubtedly its greatest strength. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
2/5 Light of my life (2018) Katie Goh Pitched as a story about a girl, Light Of My Life is only concerned with one man's saviour complex, a patriarch's journey to safeguard his daughter's virtue. Everything else is background noise. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Amy West It's not perfect - Ferguson's Morgana is disappointingly all talk and no action until the final act - but The Kid Who Would Be King boasts plenty of heart, thrills and fun. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 Divine Love (2019) Kambole Campbell [It] is potent and fascinating in how it depicts its regressive dystopian future, trapping you in the point of view of its true believers. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Katherine McLaughlin It's a fun watch at points, with Rothe still a major charismatic draw but as is the problem with many sequels it just doesn't possess the same freshness or magic as the original. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
Werewolf (Wilkolak) (2018) Anton Bitel Anchoring this metaphor are the literal (and brilliantly wrangled) dogs, similarly hungry, similarly locked into destructive behavioural patterns, and similarly in need of transformative taming if they are ever to be reintegrated into normal life EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Why Don't You Just Die! (Papa, sdokhni) (2018) Anton Bitel You can feel the guiding hand of Quentin Tarantino & Sion Sono (especially his not dissimilarly titled Why Don't You Play In Hell?, 2013) all over this film's mosaic narrative structure, its anything-goes approach to genre & its grotesque brutality EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Katherine McLaughlin The sequel is still as funny as the first from the outset and the jokes come thick and fast but a whole new sparkling dimension is added along with some fantastic new characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Jonathan Hatfull Yes, it's big, silly and cheesy, but it's heartfelt and really quite loveable. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Amy West The charm that drew us in all those years ago still lingers in the air and while it would have been nice for the final chapter to reach new heights and stick the landing, it's still worth one last ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 Escape Room (2019) Elena Lazic How could it be entertaining and engaging enough to justify watching the game, instead of simply playing it Adam Robitel's slick, good-looking film takes up the challenge, and succeeds to a point. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
2/5 Glass (2019) Elena Lazic Caught between the high stakes of a superhero film, and the narrative intricacy that is Shyamalan's specialty, the film fails at both. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Death of Superman / Reign of the Supermen Double Feature (2019) Kambole Campbell Both The Death Of Superman and Reign Of The Supermen are occasionally fun, but inessential entries in the animated DC canon, bringing nothing new to a pretty uninspiring story. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 Bird Box (2018) Elena Lazic Bird Box will creep under your skin without you noticing. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Hannah Woodhead There's no redemptive narrative arc to The House That Jack Built; it's murder as farce, and if you can stomach it, you're in for one hell of a trip. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Abigail Chandler It's just a fun, unchallenging adventure movie - perfect for the Christmas season. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Amy West It's just a shame its messy pacing and clunky, predictable story are so hard to stomach. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Abigail Chandler The scale of it, the visual inventiveness, the heart and the humor - this film is the closest we've yet managed to get to a comic book come alive. And it's brilliant. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Amy West In a sense, Ralph Breaks The Internet is like most things online these days; it's amusing while you're engaged with it but as soon as your mind is elsewhere, there's not all that much about it to hold on to. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
Perfect (2018) Anton Bitel Pitched somewhere between Altered States and Beyond the Black Rainbow, Perfect offers an unsettling, narcissistic, even solipsistic journey into selfhood... EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
Tumbbad (2018) Anton Bitel beautifully shot fairytale gothic... allegorises the corrupting rapacity of colonialism in Imperial India, & looks forward to an independent India who may - or may not - be able to free herself once & for all from the hidden complicities of history. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2018
3/5 I Think We're Alone Now (2018) Josh Slater-Williams Pulling double duty as director and cinematographer, Reed Morano's capturing of the melancholic beauty in a quiet earth proves this drama's greatest strength, alongside Dinklage's finest film work in ages. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
4/5 Suspiria (2018) Elena Lazic Over-the-top and a little goofy, but in a good way: this is a film without limits, and you never know what's coming. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 Overlord (2018) Jonathan Hatfull It's great to see a genre movie on this scale that's so ambitious, and it's an intense, entertaining, if slightly wobbly, slice of gory Friday night fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Amanda Keats Hallström and Johnston's take on this story is a loving tribute to what has come before, ramped up to entertain a younger audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
1/5 Escape Room (2017) Jonathan Hatfull The performances are mostly fine but a couple of fun gory surprises can't get rid of the nasty taste Escape Room leaves in your mouth and there's really not enough here to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
2/5 The Super (2017) Jonathan Hatfull It's not without its charms and you could certainly do worse, but don't expect too much from The Super. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 All the Gods in the Sky (Tous les dieux du ciel) (2018) Katherine McLaughlin Genuinely bleak and upsetting in places, this is a horror intent on both shocking audiences and inspiring awe. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 Diamantino (2018) Kambole Campbell There's a wonderful method to the madness of Diamantino, which crams an unbelievable amount of commentary into a surreal, entertaining 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
4/5 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018) Elena Lazic Very clearly aimed at younger children, but does not take the hyperactive approach that so many kids' films do. This is instead a very classical, old-school movie, which paradoxically makes it quite refreshing. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 Jonathan (2018) Katherine McLaughlin It's a thinker that's both comforting and confronting. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 Apostle (2018) Jonathan Hatfull For everything that works, Apostle never quite delivers on its promise. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2018
4/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Katherine McLaughlin The combination of committed performances and inspired magical realism lends the film a wild and frantic energy that explodes to unexpected ends in the final throes. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2018
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Elena Lazic The rather light, sarcastic film feels a little overextended at almost 2 hours, and its visual style less polished than one might hope. But the odd and unique style of In Fabric is worth trying on for size. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 Cam (2018) Katherine McLaughlin The smartly written and layered script calls out prudish and toxic attitudes towards sex workers. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018