One Room With A View

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Midsommar (2019) Katy Moon Those excited to be confused, shocked, and utterly disgusted all over again should expect to be thoroughly satisfied. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
3/5 () Josefine A. With a set up as large as this, Bacurau would have benefitted from the more generous space of a (mini-)series in order to explore the nuances of this highly ambitious concept more fully. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (El viaje extraordinario de Celeste García) (2018) Josefine A. Celeste García is a truly original and affectionately humorous take on the sci-fi genre. Instead of focusing on the actual space travel, the film foregrounds the very human emotions of those desperate to escape their mundane existence. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 () Josefine A. The script by writer-director team Fernando Perez and Laura Cazador is taut and full of tension, bringing to life this tale of epic proportions in a dense 94 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Josefine A. Vita & Virginia is filled with odd stylistic choices - all of which ultimately leaves the viewer cold. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/5 Esto no es Berlín (2019) Josefine A. To tell the story of Carlos and his exploration of identity, (Hari) Sama expertly draws on the full potential of the cinematic medium. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) (2019) Josefine A. Golden Youth is, at times, visually stunning: both costumes and cinematography stand out, but ultimately cannot distract from a weak script. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 () Carmen Paddock Love Type D is slight, silly, and requires a large leap of faith from its viewers, but there is a lot of fun to be had watching the lengths people will go to find love. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Tom Bond Both [Jon] Watts' Spidey films have shown a Nolan-esque eye for developing a realist version of traditionally larger-than-life characters, so it will be intriguing to see where the series goes after a mic-drop of a post-credits sting. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 () Carmen Paddock Scheme Birds takes flight when it has the same fierce joy and pride in Motherwell that Gemma does. While perhaps overly narrative, it never condescends or seeks easy answers. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 () Carmen Paddock There is much to like in Carmilla, but it is let down by a hesitancy to throw itself into the grossest, maddest side of its protagonist's awakening. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
1/5 Bittersweet Symphony (2019) Carmen Paddock The only redeeming quality of Bittersweet Symphony is that it clocks in at 89 minutes. Dreadfully dull and self-indulgent, this drama stuns with its lack of emotional engagement. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Carmen Paddock While Skin may lack the laser focus that the narrative requires, it's refusal to offer an ounce of understanding to hate groups makes it a responsible film for our times. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Firecrackers (2018) Carmen Paddock Firecrackers captures the moments of reckoning that define these girls' coming of age, creating a compelling, non-judgmental portrait of survival and self-determination. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
2/5 () Carmen Paddock Balance, Not Symmetry is an uneven film that struggles to balance veracity with happily-ever-after. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 () Carmen Paddock What emerges from this elegiac drama and high adrenaline noir is a moving tale with staying power. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018) Carmen Paddock We Have Always Lived in the Castle relies less on outright scares than on the creeping, oppressive sense that all is not what it seems. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 The Flip Side (2018) Carmen Paddock There is nothing unduly special about The Flip Side, a fairly standard rom-com that balances out the genre's worst elements with charming performances and a surprisingly strong third act. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Tom Bond All these stresses reach boiling point in a fantastic few final scenes led by [Regina] Hall. Her silent reactions and then her screams show just how toxic and depressing her industry is, far more powerfully than any words. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Tom Bond [Richard] Curtis' script is warm and fun, spiced up by a great scene-stealing performance from Kate McKinnon, but it often feels like a first draft. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
1/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) Carmen Paddock It is hard not to immediately draw comparisons to Outlaw King due to the films' proximities. However, when the former is markedly stronger in terms of scripting, acting, and entertainment quality, it does Robert the Bruce no favours. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Carmen Paddock The Dead Don't Die is not quite weird enough to justify its metatheatricality and loses its edge with each sledgehammer blow of the same point. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) David Brake It may derive from cynical commercial roots, but it's an undeniable pleasure to spend time with Woody and co. once more. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
1/5 Child's Play (2019) Jack King Child's Play is thematically disparate enough from the original, unlike other horror remakes being conveyed out of the Hollywood abattoir, that it justifies its existence. Unfortunately, said existence is entirely wasted by incongruous filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Jack Blackwell [Men in Black] International isn't outright offputting or fatally dull, and you'll be fine with its company for just under two hours. But it fades from the mind even as you're watching it, without ever coming up with a reason to recommend it. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 () Carmen Paddock She's Missing loses some emotional moments to disjointed cuts and plot points, but its redolent, tangible sense of place makes it a worthwhile watch. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
4/5 () Carmen Paddock Boyz in the Wood moves with the chaotic exuberance of its protagonists, combining all moving parts into a triumphant whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
3/5 Brightburn (2019) Phil W. Bayles Brightburn isn't as subversive as it thinks it is, but it's still a satisfyingly schlocky yarn that does a lot with a simple premise and a modest budget. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2019
2/5 Divergent (2014) Sophie WIng Saved by Woodley and James' performances, Divergent has every trope a teenage fan could ask for, and not much else. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 Noah (2014) Cameron Ward Despite Noah's vivid surface appeal, it ultimately fails to recreate the tale's original sense of thematic unity, and thus becomes acutely aware of its own deprived meaning. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Tom at the Farm (2013) Janz Anton-Iago A spellbinding, artfully disciplined psychodrama worthy of a top-tier Hitchcock. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 The Double (2013) Christopher Preston The Double, stitched together with Kafkaesque leftovers and Orwellian residue, is anchored by two good performances from just one actor. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Christopher Preston There are some giggles to be had and this isn't their worst outing, but Muppets Most Wanted remains Jim Henson's gang at their most mediocre. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
2/5 The Legend of Hercules (2014) Stephen O'Nion Less 300, more 2.99: cheap in every sense of the word but the cost - and all the more glorious because of it. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) Calum Baker No murders or revolutions necessary in this well-constructed and moving exploration of great talents who deserve their dues. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 Afternoon Delight (2013) Stephen O'Nion A little film with little to say - but what it does, it does with a refreshing conviction and winning performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Chris Davies Redford's still got it and Mackie shines, but this is Evans' show: melancholy, emotive and unfailingly heroic, he grounds the spectacle with humanity. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 The Past (2013) Chris Davies Another engrossing and intimate drama, revealing a keen understanding of filmmaking and character creation, realised by flawless performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 A Long Way Down (2014) Patrick Taylor Aside from a gloriously entertaining performance from Imogen Poots, A Long Way Down, though entertaining at times, is somewhat misjudged and profoundly forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
1/5 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Christopher Preston Boring, numbing, unnecessary. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
5/5 Under the Skin (2013) Cameron Ward A mesmerising, deeply attentive piece of filmmaking; acutely original in spite of its eminent heraldry. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 The Zero Theorem (2013) Tom Bond Its ideas are fascinating and the cast have a great chemistry, but the script is not sharp enough to match Twelve Monkeys or Brazil. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Starred Up (2013) Christopher Preston Despite its use of tried-and-tested tropes, David Mackenzie has made something that feels incredibly refreshing and relevant. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 The Brink (2019) Sophie Maxwell [The Brink's] observational style is undoubtedly problematic. Despite this, the film's behind-the-scenes focus on the rise of European fascism makes for important, if nerve-jangling, viewing. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Spring (2014) Tom Bond Death leads to dubious love in this endlessly inventive delight that pays no regard to traditional genre boundaries EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Dracula Untold (2014) Ellena Zellhuber-McMillan The film that has the potential to soar is thwarted by its saccharine moments and a lack of directorial confidence. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 The Imitation Game (2014) Danielle Davenport Gorgeously realised, engagingly witty and with great performances all around, The Imitation Game is engrossing and accomplished. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Shrew's Nest (2014) Tom Bond De Santiago and Silva are strong, but a scattergun performance from Gómez, a clichéd score from Joan Valent, and a weak script let this film down. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 Listen Up Philip (2014) Tom Bond Raw, audacious humour and excellent performances from Schwarztman and Pryce that find humanity in characters who don't deserve it. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
4/5 White God (2014) Danielle Davenport Imaginative, energetic and ambitious, White God is mysterious, unique and ethically perplexing. Warning dog lovers: some scenes may be distressing. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019