The Digital Fix

The Digital Fix is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alistair Ryder, Becky Kukla, Emily Maskell, Lewis Knight , Steven Sheehan
Rating Title/Year Author
4/10 News of the World (2020) Steven Sheehan There's nothing to take away beyond stating the obvious that America's racist foundations continue to thrive and that Tom Hanks is a nice guy. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
8/10 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Steven Sheehan It's thanks to Boseman, Davis and the rest of the cast that this transitions so well from the stage, despite it lacking real cinematic spark. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
5/10 Another Round (2020) Steven Sheehan Mostly, Another Round is just boring. The comedy fails to raise any laughs and the dramatic elements simply roll by without much spark. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
9/10 Wolfwalkers (2020) Steven Sheehan This is one for the adults as much as the kids and will bring a touch of magic into your home for 100 delightful minutes. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
8/10 Farewell Amor (2020) Steven Sheehan Msangi's debut showing her to be an accomplished filmmaker, setting the stage to tell more affecting and humane stories in years to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
7/10 Cocoon (2020) Steven Sheehan While there's nothing daringly new about Krippendorff's depiction, importantly it always feels honest. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
7/10 Let Them All Talk (2020) Alistair Ryder Another cutting critique of wealth and class from Steven Soderbergh. Those expecting a breezy, straightforward comedy may be disappointed, but fans of the director will be reassured that this isn't as slight as it appears on first glance. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2020
8/10 County Lines (2019) Steven Sheehan Blake's impressive and sobering debut displays an inherent understanding of how a cycle of hurt and missing identity can be corrupted at a young and vulnerable age. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
8/10 Finding Jack Charlton (2020) Steven Sheehan The documentary is a poignant trip down memory lane, recalling how a blunt Englishman was accepted by the Irish at the height of The Troubles. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
6/10 Sound of Metal (2019) Steven Sheehan The journey Ruben takes from recovering addict to a man at peace with himself largely fails to convince, the gaps in the storytelling too obvious to pick apart. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2020
4/10 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Alistair Ryder It's a missed opportunity to transform a problematic memoir into a meaningful statement, so terrified of becoming a political hot potato it opts to say as little as possible instead. Hillbilly Meh-legy indeed. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
8/10 About Endlessness (2019) Steven Sheehan In the hands of almost anyone else it wouldn't make any sense at all, but Andersson allows us to see through the madness - on and off-screen. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
8/10 His House (2020) Steven Sheehan Weekes had already made a name for himself at industry level, but His House introduces his talent to a wider audience with assured composure. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
8/10 African Apocalypse (2020) Steven Sheehan Despite the horrific nature of the stories being told it should never be forgotten that this is a tiny part of the atrocities carried out by colonialists. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2020
6/10 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Alistair Ryder Far too funny to be a disaster, but not the triumphant return of the iconic character many hoped for. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
8/10 On the Rocks (2020) Alistair Ryder Unlike many of Coppola's other films, it invites the audience into its characters' lives beyond their surface level alienation, with none of the arm's length remove of a film like Somewhere. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2020
7/10 One Man and His Shoes (2020) Steven Sheehan In only 90 minutes Bamiro makes his points with real clarity, pinpointing the good and bad of Jordan's sneaker empire. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
6/10 This Is My Desire (2020) Steven Sheehan There are millions of stories waiting to be told in Lagos alone and the it's high time they are afforded the opportunity to be heard on a grander stage. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
7/10 The Salt in Our Waters (2020) Steven Sheehan Sumit's strength at this stage of his career clearly lies in exhibiting the details of people's lives and their everyday existence. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
8/10 Being a Human Person (2020) Steven Sheehan Real or not, given the stage of his career, Being a Human Person still manages to reflect on the difficulties of transitioning from a life of creativity into one more docile. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
9/10 Limbo (2020) Alistair Ryder It's an instant British classic, but considering the real world systemic failures that are echoed in this story, that doesn't necessarily mean it's something we should be proud of. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
10/10 Time (2020) Steven Sheehan Bradley develops a level of emotional investment in 80 minutes that many films twice the length struggle to achieve, and like her subjects utilises every moment of time to make it count. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
7/10 The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Steven Sheehan A little long and baggy in places, but Radha is a star in the making and it will be interesting to see where she goes next. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
7/10 Herb Alpert Is... (2020) Steven Sheehan Profiling an artist like Herb Alpert doesn't require the reinvention of the documentary wheel and Scheinfeld moves through his career in traditional form. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
8/10 Days (2020) Alistair Ryder a tale of one sexual encounter that manages to illustrate the loneliness in the lives of two very different men, all without a single word spoken. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
6/10 The Wanting Mare (2020) Steven Sheehan Although there isn't enough meat on the bone to capitalise on the eye-catching digital world-building, it does feel like the work of a director who is only just getting started. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
7/10 The Boys in the Band (2020) Alistair Ryder It doesn't update the text in any meaningful way, but thanks to excellent performances from the whole ensemble, it doesn't matter. This band know how to play a cover version well. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
7/10 White Riot (2019) Steven Sheehan Shah documents an important part of modern British history and lessons that are now in danger of being forgotten at our peril. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
7/10 The Nest (2020) Steven Sheehan While Durkin's name may not resonate immediately given the length of time between his two releases, The Nest demonstrates he has lost none of his filmmaking prowess. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
6/10 Real (2019) Steven Sheehan While the story being told isn't done effectively enough to leave a lasting mark post-credits, nonetheless, there's no denying it has a heartfelt earnestness that shines through. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
5/10 Enola Holmes (2020) Alistair Ryder Enola Holmes doesn't feel like fan fiction so much as it feels like the work of someone who lifted universally famous characters for their own story, without so much as considering the characteristics that have made them so enduring for centuries. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
8/10 Mr. Soul! (2018) Steven Sheehan Mr. SOUL! recalls a remarkable show that has sadly been forgotten in the sands of time. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
4/10 The Garden Left Behind (2019) Steven Sheehan The Garden Left Behind seems to want it both ways and succeeds in achieving neither, in-turn compromising its own message. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
8/10 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Steven Sheehan The inner-scream, almost nihilistic, ruminations will resonate in the most uncomfortable way possible. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
Lynn + Lucy (2019) Becky Kukla A quietly powerful tableaux of grief, friendship and working class realities with phenomenal performances throughout. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
House of Hummingbird (2018) Becky Kukla The small ups and downs of girlhood and teenage-hood (and all that goes along with it), is more than enough to keep to keep Kim's House of Hummingbird engaging from the first frame to the last. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2020
6/10 Palm Springs (2020) Steven Sheehan A nice twist to the time loop comedy that has some good gags, but underdeveloped writing leaves the two leads unable to find that all-important connection to click things into place. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
9/10 Relic (2020) Steven Sheehan Rarely will you see such an intimate and personal culmination to genre storytelling as the one crafted by James in her debut. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
7/10 Bad Education (2019) Steven Sheehan Finley employs a similar sense of verve and style seen in his debut, keeping a tight rein on camera movement and embellishing the visuals with small flourishes that ingratiate us into the increasingly icky interior of these people's lives. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
9/10 On the Record (2020) Steven Sheehan A documentary that unpacks a lot in only 90 minutes, with the sad reality that this is only the tip of the iceberg both inside and outside of the music industry. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
10/10 The Hard Stop (2015) Steven Sheehan George Amponsah's film highlights the abuse and racism suffered by the Black community at the hands of the police for the past seven decades. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
6/10 The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019) Steven Sheehan You can see many of the ingredients are there to transform it into something more memorable, yet it never quite comes together. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
10/10 () Steven Sheehan You can only watch in admiration at the drive and energy reserves they possess in the face of such blatant racism and neglect, their desire to uncover the truth stronger than the arrogance being offered in return. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
8/10 Babyteeth (2019) Steven Sheehan A beautifully human drama that will fill your mouth with laughter and swamp your eyes with tears. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
8/10 Shirley (2020) Steven Sheehan Shirley adds to the mystery of Jackson's life rather than unravelling it, making it all the more beguiling in the process. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
5/10 Lucky Grandma (2019) Steven Sheehan Mixing themes of old age, family support, independence, loneliness and more into a pot already more than half full with a crime caper doesn't allow room for much of it to breathe. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2020
4/10 Irresistible (2020) Alistair Ryder Expect Jon Stewart to get sued for false advertising, because Irresistible is anything but. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
6/10 Guest of Honour (2019) Alistair Ryder One of Atom Egoyan's stronger recent efforts, but it's still a long way from recapturing those early career highs. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2020
8/10 The Vast of Night (2019) Alistair Ryder One of the most impressive American directorial debuts in some time, tipping its cap to sci-fi classics while creating a more intimate take on the genre. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2020
4/10 Only the Animals (2019) Alistair Ryder As its mystery becomes increasingly overblown, spanning continents yet relying on overbearing contrivances that tie everything back to one small town, it became hard to view it as anything other than a self serious Euro cousin to Life Itself. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2020