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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 () Brian Viner All this might just about distract the under-eights, but that's probably the age cut-off before children twig that the voice-acting is pretty lousy and even the animation is under-powered. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 The Grudge (2020) Brian Viner [W]riter-director Nicolas Pesce keeps his film creaking and shrieking along within a taut 94 minutes, filling it with some disagreeable images even by the standards of the genre. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Brian Viner It certainly won't be everyone's jug of sangria. But I swigged it whole, mostly with pleasure. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Brian Viner Iannucci deals deftly with the challenge. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 Waves (2019) Brian Viner [A] bravura piece of film-making by Trey Edward Shults. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 Just Mercy (2019) Brian Viner Even death row is presented as a citadel of nobility, with every police station and courtroom a moral vacuum, while the narrative overflows with cliches and gossamer-thin characterisation. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Brian Viner Ultimately, this film feels as much an exercise in self-indulgence as storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Brian Viner But then, what's so horrifying about this extremely well-told story is not that it happened at Fox News, where Trump is lionised, but that it might have happened anywhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2020
2/5 The Runaways (2019) Brian Viner As a feature film, it outstays its welcome. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Brian Viner It's a missed opportunity... EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Brian Viner Let's just say that Uncut Gems is a heck of a ride. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Brian Viner It is a stunning film, fully deserving of all the gongs that will end up on the already-crowded Mendes mantelpiece. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Brian Viner Ritchie indulges himself with most of his beloved cinematic tics - the screen captions, the snappy editing, the slow-mo. None of it will stop this from being a film quickly forgotten, but you might get a kick out of it while it's here. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
2/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Brian Viner It's not nearly funny, daring or clever enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/5 () Christopher Stevens The quality of children's animations has improved sharply in the past decade, and Mimi And The Mountain Dragon was as good as any - not because of the drawings, which were pleasant though lightly sketched, but because the story was so well crafted. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
2/5 A Christmas Carol (2018) Christopher Stevens Traditionalists will hate it, while modern audiences will regard this three-parter as too dated. It is also so dimly lit and slow that you sometimes wonder whether the TV has switched itself off. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 High Life (2018) Brian Viner The film too often tumbles from whimsy into full-bore pretentiousness, while one sickeningly violent scene in particular seems designed purely to shock, not because it moves the story along. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Brian Viner Solid family fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Brian Viner A series of less-than-hilarious set-pieces ensue, followed by a twist that almost nobody in the audience under the age of 11 will see coming. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Stevens The star, though, was Billy Barratt as Ray, whose churning emotions were locked away behind a blank stare. His final scenes, tormented by nightmares in a hellish institution for young offenders, rocked us with their power. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
4/5 Cats (2019) Brian Viner I'm a dog man myself. But Hooper has made a surprisingly good fist of bringing it to life. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Roxy Simons Driver and Ridley's performances are sensational and make this film an interesting end to George Lucas' beloved space opera. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) Brian Viner It's a compelling tale, wonderfully told. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
5/5 The Bishop's Wife (1947) Brian Viner With the formidable Gladys Cooper and Elsa Lanchester in supporting roles, it's a sweet, funny, captivating, altogether delightful picture, which too often gets omitted from lists of greatest-ever Christmas films. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Brian Viner But there are plenty of pleasures, and the obligatory moralising - with the Jumanji experience teaching them all to be better, more contented human beings on their return to reality - is nicely handled. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens This case may represent a legal landmark, but there was nothing to celebrate. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens Blimey, rock royalty Elton John knows how to put mere commoners in their place. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens Takaya: Lone Wolf was a love letter of a documentary, heartfelt though sometimes too slow, that was filmed by conservationist Cheryl Alexander. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 () Christopher Stevens Kath was brave to look into her brother's face and tell him how much she despised him. This one-off film had no business squeezing low-budget entertainment out of her pain. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens No one can accuse Guy Martin of squandering his time. The man is a blur of hyperactivity, even when he's not racing his motorbike at 150mph. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens This combination of quirky facts, sentimental tales, courtly grandeur and light flirtation played to all her strengths. She was plainly having a lovely time and, when Professor Lucy [Worsley] is happy, entertaining telly follows naturally. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Brian Viner It's powerful stuff, brilliantly acted, and of course it is LaBeouf's show, but the film also represents another extravagant feather in the cap of young Jupe... EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Brian Viner The affection, the tenderness, the bickering, the rages... we don't doubt for a moment that they're a couple, a team. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Brian Viner It would be unfairly glib, though, to call Motherless Brooklyn an exercise in style over substance. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Stevens [Glenda] Jackson delivered a tour de force, making Maud as entertaining as she was monstrous. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Brian Viner [I]t's way more entertaining than even non-believers might anticipate... EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 The Nightingale (2018) Brian Viner It's also a kind of odd-couple road movie, and a violent revenge thriller. But I found it too long, at more than two-and-a-quarter hours; and too much like a history lesson at the hands of a really furious teacher. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 Knives Out (2019) Brian Viner [W]hile for all its jauntiness and whimsy, Johnson's script is serious enough to keep us guessing to the end. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Brian Viner [W]ill this film win over a whole new generation of fans already familiar with alpha-females Wonder Woman, Lara Croft, Black Widow and Captain Marvel? I doubt it. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Brian Viner What it is, is a joy from start to finish, a ravishingly-shot, exquisitely acted emotional rollercoaster that at times, I don't mind admitting, didn't just activate my tear ducts but had me gurning wildly to stop myself from blubbing audibly. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Brian Viner It's one thing watching the final credits roll to see the names of the voice cast, but by the time they detail all the people who worked on the film's 'Data and Pipeline Infrastructure', you'll be more than ready for the exit. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Brian Viner It's not so much life imitating art as subverting it, as Foulkes takes her own form of revenge on all those end-of-pier shows inviting children to laugh at a man beating up his wife. As I say, a curiosity. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 21 Bridges (2019) Brian Viner You could make a worse choice at your local multiplex this weekend. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Them That Follow (2019) Brian Viner As a result, Them That Follow is a trifle ponderous, but rewards the audience by developing into an extremely watchable melodrama, with top-notch performances all round. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Brian Viner It's not entirely free of caricature, and it might not get the same lavish plaudits as Steve McQueen's much-garlanded 12 Years A Slave (2013), but I found it less of a slog. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Brian Viner It's like an illustrated lecture by a stolid history professor, or if you prefer, an extended episode of The West Wing leeched of all the fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 Little Monsters (2019) Brian Viner There are, in truth, some funny moments. But sitting through the whole movie is too high a price to pay. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Brian Viner Mangold has made a winner. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Brian Viner Believe me, you won't thank someone for waking you up before you go-go. You'll wish you'd stayed in bed. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4/5 The Dreyfus Affair (2019) Kate Muir Polanski has made, at the age of 86, an absolutely terrific picture. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019