Cinemole

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Paddington 2 (2017) Alistair Ryder Paddington 2 is a family film for the ages. A charming, superior sequel brimming with stunning visual designs, hilarious characters and overall, a gentle rush of emotions that warm the heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
2/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Alistair Ryder The first two Thor films were mediocre, forgettable affairs, but the most talented director to be given the keys to this incessantly underwhelming franchise-within-a-franchise has managed to make the biggest disappointment of them all. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 mother! (2017) Alistair Ryder Undoubtedly Aronofsky's best film to date, the film is unsubtle, uncomfortable and genuinely unsettling - just make sure you don't take it at face value. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
2.5/5 It (2017) Alistair Ryder The book is regarded as King's best, and this adaptation certainly has satisfied the book's admirers; for me, it felt too safe, with the distinctive moments feeling like a "greatest hits" compilation of other cinematic King adaptations. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 Detroit (2017) Alistair Ryder An intimate, horrifying story told on an expansive canvas. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 Handsome Devil (2016) Alistair Ryder It is without a doubt one of the feel good films of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3.5/5 Alien: Covenant (2017) Alistair Ryder Scott has finally built on the promise of an Alien prequel and delivered something delightfully odd, joyously gory and troublingly pessimistic. It may doom the entire franchise, but viewed as a self contained work, its ambition pays off. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
2/5 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Alistair Ryder It feels less like a remake of a revered classic so much as it feels like The Fifth Element without the joy, Blade Runner without the artistry or Total Recall without the self awareness and loveable campiness. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 Get Out (2017) Alistair Ryder Get Out is further proof of horror cinema's resurgence and burst in creativity, as well as being a great sign of things to come behind the camera for Jordan Peele. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
1.5/5 Kong: Skull Island (2017) Alistair Ryder This new Kong can never be crowned King. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3/5 Patriots Day (2016) Alistair Ryder Berg's film packs a punch with its extravagantly directed action and gruelling tension, but it often feels empty as it fails to fully grasp its subject matter in the awkwardly written screenplay. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Alistair Ryder Instead of going darker, The Lego Batman Movie goes several shades lighter - and proves to be an even more revolutionary approach to portraying the iconic caped crusader than Christopher Nolan's revered Dark Knight trilogy. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4/5 John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Alistair Ryder John Wick: Chapter Two isn't a masterpiece of cinema and that is precisely the point. It is entertaining, exciting action that revels in its own cheesiness and delivers elegantly staged spectacle. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5/5 20th Century Women (2016) Alistair Ryder 20th Century Women is one of the finest films of the year, unceremoniously buried in an awards season full of biopics and more overtly emotive dramas. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3.5/5 Jackie (2016) Alistair Ryder An intoxicating and quietly horrific look at one of the most public tragedies of the 20th century, that overcomes the flaws in the screenplay due to strong performances and direction. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
3.5/5 Elle (2016) Alistair Ryder Elle's primary subject matter proves to be problematic in the sense that it gets in the way of the dark heart of the film: the blackly comic family melodrama. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
2.5/5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Alistair Ryder As a piece of fan fiction, Rogue One neatly ties into the original movie in an impressive way. But as a piece of cinema, it is entirely inconsequential and no amount of impressive special effects can hide the fact that it is soul crushingly dull. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5/5 Your Name (2016) Alistair Ryder There are plenty of cinematic touchstones for which Your Name is comparable, but the end result still feels like the rarest find of all: a truly original work of mainstream cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
2.5/5 Moana (2016) Alistair Ryder Moana's heart is clearly in the right place, but it doesn't appear to have anything to offer beneath the surface - and certainly nothing to keep older viewers as entertained as younger ones on repeat viewings. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
4.5/5 Moonlight (2016) Alistair Ryder Moonlight could never fully live up to the widespread acclaim and hype - but the fact it manages to get close to cinematic perfection is a true testament to how strong the film is. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Alistair Ryder As a directorial comeback vehicle for Mel Gibson, this is well worth the decade long wait following the nihilistic mayhem of Apocalypto. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4.5/5 Nocturnal Animals (2016) Alistair Ryder Ford is no stranger to creating fashion statements - and here on the big screen, he's delivered his most striking one yet. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Under the Shadow (2016) Alistair Ryder This fantastic directorial debut is one of the essential foreign language works of the year - and further proof that 2016 is the greatest year for horror cinema in my lifetime. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4.5/5 Paterson (2016) Alistair Ryder Seeing the everyday through the perspective of a creative mind helps transform a low key character study into something more akin to magical realism; the end result is nothing short of utterly joyous. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 Arrival (2016) Alistair Ryder Arrival exists in a league of its own - a masterpiece of the genre that will endure for years to come. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 Café Society (2016) Alistair Ryder Woody Allen is a great filmmaker and there is no fault with him sticking to subjects he's familiar with. But in Cafe Society, his refusal to do anything new with his thematic obsessions grows boring really quickly. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 Men & Chicken (2015) Alistair Ryder This grotesque, pitch black slapstick romp feels narratively undercooked and comedically lost in translation. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Swiss Army Man (2016) Alistair Ryder As far as directorial debuts go, there are few this delightfully strange, that take the highest, most ridiculous concept imaginable and bring it back down to earth kicking and screaming. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) Alistair Ryder Kubo and the Two Strings is not a film that any other Western animation studio would ever dream of creating. The deeply philosophical tale told here is far closer to Studio Ghibli than anything Pixar would be able to come up with. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Blair Witch (2016) Alistair Ryder It is without a doubt one of the bleakest, most depressing American genre films of all time. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
1.5/5 Sausage Party (2016) Alistair Ryder Sausage Party appears to be written by a group of 11 year olds who have just heard curse words for the first time, but have never heard a single joke in their lives. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4.5/5 Finding Dory (2016) Alistair Ryder Sure, Disney green lit this for financial purposes first and foremost, but the final product feels like a labour of love, a crowd pleasing joy that really does need to be seen with the biggest crowd possible. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Jason Bourne (2016) Alistair Ryder It may be a disappointment to many fans due to the less intelligent narrative and repetitive nature, but in this dire summer season, an action packed disappointment is far better than any old disappointment. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 Star Trek Beyond (2016) Alistair Ryder Feels as likely to alienate the regular popcorn viewer as much as Into Darkness alienated fans of the old saga. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Ghostbusters (2016) Alistair Ryder There is plenty in director Paul Feig's new she-boot that suggests a new generation of children will love this franchise's oddball unruliness. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 The Neon Demon (2016) Alistair Ryder The end result isn't a rallying feminist cry so much as it is an intoxicatingly stylish slap across the face of good taste and moral decency. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
5/5 The Nice Guys (2016) Alistair Ryder Strip away the jokes that are the backbone of this terrific movie and you would still be left with one of the most solid crime thrillers in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 Race to World First (2013) Alistair Ryder It aims to reignite the same mythological sub-genre of fantasy movies that was popular in the eighties, but possesses a self-seriousness that ensures it will never be a cult classic like Conan or Krull. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Alistair Ryder Despite appearing emotionally and thematically hollow compared to the overwrought subtexts of previous entries, Apocalypse has managed to incorporate weighty themes of outsiderdom in an uncharacteristically subtle manner. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2.5/5 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Alistair Ryder With world domination planned and films mapped out for over a decade, Marvel need an injection of originality before the masses start to realise their schtick is wearing thin. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 Bastille Day (2016) Alistair Ryder The film may be ridiculous, but it isn't dumb. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Eye in the Sky (2015) Alistair Ryder The feel-bad mainstream film of the year. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3.5/5 The Jungle Book (2016) Alistair Ryder Favreau has done an excellent job crafting an entertaining, warm and visually sumptuous adaptation of a story we all know and love. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 Demolition (2015) Alistair Ryder A hymn to the fragility of an upper middle class male ego. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Alistair Ryder That $250 million of studio money was spent on making something so strange and incoherent is a rare achievement. It is not a good film by any means - but like a car crash unfolding before my very eyes, it proved impossible to look away. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
3/5 Eddie the Eagle (2016) Alistair Ryder Eddie the Eagle is far from perfect, but I'll be damned if it didn't charm my socks off. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
4/5 Deadpool (2016) Alistair Ryder You've heard the story Deadpool tells a million times before; but the attitude with which it is told here makes it feel fresh and as close to innovative as you're going to see in a tentpole blockbuster anytime soon. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2018
2/5 The Big Short (2015) Alistair Ryder It tries to be visually innovative but just feels technically inept, tries to be funny but just feels too forced, and in the final act, demands we get angry about a narrative it hasn't given any reason for us to get invested in. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
4/5 Creed (2015) Alistair Ryder Creed doesn't exactly reinvent the sports movie, so much as it merely breathes new life into old cliches. Every member of the audience knows the direction the story is going in, but it feels entertaining and captivating nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
3/5 The Revenant (2015) Alistair Ryder The film is emotionally and thematically empty, using the gorgeous cinematography as a means of distraction from how detached the film is from the characters and their extraordinary circumstances. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018