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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Exception (2020) Brian Viner The film tries hard to conflate office politics with the psychology of genocide, but it's a conceit that feels too self-conscious to work and it all starts getting a bit silly - a fatal blow for any thriller. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Persian Lessons (2020) Brian Viner Persian Lessons is easily the pick: it's a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama, billed as Belarusian though it unfolds mostly in German, and said to have been inspired by true events. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
3/5 Baby Done (2020) Brian Viner At times it's a little obvious - the comedy strains and gurns a bit - but it's warm-hearted, and at an hour and a half, doesn't outstay its welcome. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Brian Viner It's extremely well done. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Brian Viner Fans will love it not just for the music, not just for his singular stage charisma and philosophical musings, but also for the startling look of the thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Brian Viner But what shines from this film is their prodigious talent, their profound influence, but also a certain humility, a rare commodity in that world... EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Brian Viner Of course, Sixties racism in America was iniquitous, deplorable and endemic, but this film, unhelpfully, makes a cartoon of it. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
2/5 Come Away (2020) Brian Viner [I]t's a mostly misbegotten affair, hamstrung not so much by some decidedly wooden acting (as it's nearly Christmas, I'll mention no names) as by a whimsical premise that simply doesn't work. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Brian Viner Written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, and adapted from Larry Watson's 2013 novel of the same name, Let Him Go is a curiosity. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Brian Viner It's a blast. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Brian Viner With or without that moving footnote, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is really worth sitting down for. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
5/5 Mank (2020) Brian Viner The performances, led by Oldman's, are all fantastic. It is a glorious film. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 Happiest Season (2020) Brian Viner Director Clea DuVall and her co-writer Mary Holland (who plays Harper's nervy other sister, Jane) have in effect crafted a second-rate Meet The Parents and squandered the chance to make the yuletide gay. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Brian Viner This film is like The Waltons on crack. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
2/5 Black Beauty (2020) Brian Viner Black Beauty, too, promises more than it delivers. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 Audrey (2020) Brian Viner Helena Coan's new documentary Audrey reminds us that, while far from the greatest screen actress of her generation, Hepburn was a consummate movie star. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
2/5 Finding Steve McQueen (2018) Brian Viner Alas, this comedy is a desperately derivative effort, a Seventies heist caper inspired by the true story of a gang who robbed a bank containing what they thought was President Nixon's slush-fund money. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
5/5 Finding Jack Charlton (2020) Brian Viner [I]t's a superb piece of documentary filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
2/5 The Kid Detective (2020) Brian Viner I don't think audiences will like being led up the garden path - not when the rewards are as relatively scant as they are here. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
3/5 Uncle Frank (2020) Brian Viner Moreover, the performances... keep us firmly invested at least until the last half-hour or so, when this warming Southern corn chowder of a movie overdoes the corn. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2020
4/5 Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) Brian Viner It becomes a little schmaltzy, especially in one pivotal scene towards the end, but it's still surprisingly rewarding: seek it out when you can. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/5 A Christmas Gift From Bob (2020) Brian Viner If moggies aren't your thing, or if you think festive tearjerkers should generally be held back until, oh I don't know, some date in December, then you might want to swerve this furball of a sequel to the 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
2/5 Stardust (2020) Brian Viner [G]round control to Major Tom, take your protein pills and put your helmets on, because Johnny Flynn, talented actor and singer-songwriter though he is, makes a rotten Bowie. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Brian Viner [A] compelling 1950s-set drama about a real-life American horror writer, Shirley Jackson, played quite brilliantly by Elisabeth Moss as a difficult, volatile agoraphobic. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 Relic (2020) Brian Viner Like His House [Relic] spins horror and dread out of a commonplace situation, in this case dealing with an elderly relative with dementia. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 His House (2020) Brian Viner The feature debut of short-film maker Remi Weekes, His House is not without flaws. But it is atmospheric, has unexpected twists and neatly incorporates racism in the plot, like a cut-price Get Out. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 Mogul Mowgli (2020) Brian Viner There are some slightly challenging fantasy sequences but on the whole this is a really admirable independently made British film, powerful, moving and at times very funny... EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
3/5 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Brian Viner A complex thriller set in the world of fine art, The Burnt Orange Heresy is no masterpiece but well worth looking at, not least for the exquisitely agonising spectacle of Mick Jagger acting his heart out, if not his lips off. EDIT
Posted Nov 2, 2020
2/5 Agatha and the Midnight Murders (2020) Christopher Stevens It was all confined to three cramped sets, with the cast as posed and static as a third-rate am-dram production. The dialogue was crammed with foul language. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2020
4/5 Rocks (2019) Brian Viner Directed by Sarah Gavron... it's a gripping, beautifully acted slice of-life story. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 The Devil All the Time (2020) Brian Viner Wonderfully directed and co-written by Antonio Campos. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Brian Viner Do we really want to see Bill and Ted as middle-aged nincompoops? Yes and no, but mostly no. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
5/5 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Brian Viner It is a universal message made all the more potent for being so profoundly personal. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 Eternal Beauty (2019) Brian Viner Sally Hawkins gives a riveting performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Brian Viner Radha Blank, making her feature-film debut as writer, director, producer and star, has crafted a compellingly touching and funny story about race, middle age and frustrated artistic ambition in modern-day New York. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 On the Rocks (2020) Brian Viner While it's no Lost In Translation, you'll watch On The Rocks with a smile, as long as you find Felix appealingly charismatic rather than tediously louche. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Brian Viner Perfectly formed sentences fly like argument-seeking missiles, as characters stride purposefully towards the quickly retreating camera. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Brian Viner The book, with its themes of paranoia and totalitarianism, was acclaimed as a masterpiece. But the film, which also stars Robert Pattinson and was adapted by Coetzee himself, doesn't quite work. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
2/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Brian Viner Then again, a film can work too hard to be fun - and The Broken Hearts Gallery, a debut feature written and directed by Natalie Krinsky, is such a film. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 The Roads Not Taken (2020) Brian Viner The best reason to see the film is the acting. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
2/5 The New Mutants (2020) Brian Viner The New Mutants feels like a Disney Channel TV movie from the early 2000s in its scripting and performances, with comfortingly predictable individual story arcs and plodding dialogue. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
2/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Brian Viner Then things get even more peculiar, in a film that received exuberant plaudits following its limited cinema release last month but which, despite the quality of the acting, I'm afraid I found almost unendurably grim. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
3/5 Mulan (2020) Brian Viner The story's mystical elements, notably a fierce, shape-shifting sorceress, are handled deftly; the film never overdoses on CGI. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
5/5 The Duke (2020) Brian Viner It's a quirky but stirring tale, beautifully scripted by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, while director Roger Michell brings the same sureness of comedic touch he applied to the likes of Notting Hill and Venus. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020
4/5 Coup 53 (2019) Kate Muir Coup 53 is a gripping documentary... EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
3/5 Get Duked! (2019) Kate Muir This is a teen comedy pitched somewhere between The Inbetweeners and Trainspotting as four 16-year-old misfits are sent on a Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition into the Scottish Highlands. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
2/5 She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Kate Muir She Dies Tomorrow is a woozy, pretentious drama... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Matthias & Maxime (2019) Kate Muir Sometimes tender, sometimes unexpectedly brutal... EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
3/5 Hope Gap (2019) Kate Muir What's somehow radical here, however, is the way the film mostly follows Grace's point of view, and she is a difficult creature, hard to empathise with. But she is both magnificent and awful in a scene in a solicitor's office. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Michael Bond While my brain wrestled with 'temporal pincer movements' and a double helping of high-speed car-chases, what keeps you going is Nolan's obvious sincerity, his love of real cinematic spectacle and his tremendous talent for staging it. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2020