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
5/10 Togo (2019) Alistair Ryder It ticks the box of being something children can watch with their grandparents when visiting them, before fading from memory on the car ride home. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2020
8/10 Vitalina Varela (2019) Steven Sheehan Pedro Costa leads his audience through seven shades of hell with a quietly intense journey into grief, faith and memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2020
6/10 The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Steven Sheehan There's more than enough in the film to enjoy, but it's hard not to be frustrated that its full potential is never realised. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
6/10 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Alistair Ryder By opening with a disclaimer that everything we'll see isn't real, Kurzel effectively gives himself an excuse to make something we have no reason to invest in. It succeeds in terms of pure style, but will fade from the memory. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
7/10 Dark Waters (2019) Alistair Ryder While it may look exactly like a director for hire gig on the surface, Dark Waters is based on a true story that echoes the same themes that have haunted Haynes' films throughout his career. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2020
8/10 Fin de siglo (2019) Steven Sheehan There's almost a serene, ghostly air to End of the Century that manipulates time, memory and romance, artfully spinning a simple story into something far more evocative. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
4/10 Greed (2019) Steven Sheehan Politics aside, first and foremost Greed wants to make you laugh, but even in that department it fails to do its job. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
3/10 The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Steven Sheehan Quickly identifies itself as an incoherent mess that eventually winds its way towards delivering an early contender for one of 2020's most ridiculous endings. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
8/10 Midnight Family (2019) Steven Sheehan An engrossing look at Mexico City at night and the underground industry that has filled the gap left by lack of government funding. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
8/10 When Lambs Become Lions (2018) Steven Sheehan The grey area between who is right and wrong feels like it has grown ten-fold by the end of the film. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
7/10 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Alistair Ryder Those expecting a train wreck on the level of Cats will walk away disappointed - it's a frequently fun family film that will leave younger audiences delighted, and surprise older ones convinced it was a disaster in the making. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
Dolittle (2020) Becky Kukla With lacklustre jokes, boring plot and a misused cast of voice talent, Dolittle is the remake no-one needed. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Mr. Jones (2019) Alistair Ryder Mr. Jones deserves plaudits for taking a true story about a journalist caught in one of the most hostile environments on earth, without falling victim to the many clichés of depicting the behind the scenes lives of journalists onscreen. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
9/10 The Favourite (2018) Steven Sheehan For all the laughter The Favourite raises, it is also a tragedy, and like the very best comedies it offers some sympathy for the demise of people being used for our entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) Steven Sheehan An intriguing and artistically-styled documentary that is mostly deserving of the critical praise. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
9/10 Monsters and Men (2018) Steven Sheehan This is a hugely impressive calling card from [writer and director Reinaldo Marcus] Green, and one that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Steven Sheehan Not only does the title of Brady's documentary sound like the name of a Apichatpong Weerasethakul film, but the eerie, snail-paced camera pans deep inside the jungle also seem to carry the Thai director's influence. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 Vice (2018) Steven Sheehan A film so enamoured by its own looks that once it opens its mouth you just want to cover your ears. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Steven Sheehan An inoffensive story that serves as a platform for its performers, rather than creating a character study that will be worth remembering in years to come. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Steven Sheehan It's difficult to know exactly what Gilroy is going for amidst these hodge-podge of ideas. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
9/10 High Flying Bird (2019) Steven Sheehan This is a film rich with ideas and discussion points, including black entrepreneurship, and the tangled racial history of a country intertwined with a sport that is supposed to offer people of colour a sense of 'freedom'. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 Boy Erased (2018) Steven Sheehan A film that mostly feels like a series of moments, rather than a coherent trajectory. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
10/10 Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016) Steven Sheehan A heart-felt love letter that confirms how even time cannot stop the transformative power of an art form still very much in its infancy. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 Cold Pursuit (2019) Steven Sheehan The more people that die, the less interesting and funny it becomes, until it becomes a task just to see it through to the end. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2018) Steven Sheehan Lichtenstein's documentary tells the story of one of soul's rawest and sexiest voices. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Steven Sheehan It doesn't take long for the film to fall into the same beats and predictable scare attempts seen in many of the lesser horror's now crowding out the genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 Todos lo saben (2018) Steven Sheehan While far from a dud, this is still some way below Fahardi's usual high standards. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Ray & Liz (2018) Steven Sheehan The film clearly demonstrates why Billingham's childhood has informed so much of his artistic career, but it proves a little harder to find a way to empathise with it. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 Triple Frontier (2019) Steven Sheehan Chandor teases the possibility of a sequel at the very last, but if this team decide to head back for part two there's quite a bit of work to be done to make it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (2018) Steven Sheehan Given the vastness of the label's history, Huber does manage to cover a lot of ground in its relatively brief runtime. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Steven Sheehan There's no holding back from Mitchell who delivers a cult classic that will offer rewards for years to come. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Minding the Gap (2018) Steven Sheehan While it's a film about skateboarding, it's also definitely not a film about skateboarding. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 The Vanishing (2018) Steven Sheehan Confident direction, a strong cast and an intense setting turn this into an extremely watchable thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Se rokh (2018) Steven Sheehan None of Panahi's usual wit or intelligence is missing, with the focus on outdated male attitudes and the restrictions they place on women in Iran proving to be as incisive as ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 () Steven Sheehan Mackerras raises some interesting ideas about the different ways men and women are perceived and treated by society, either through the legal system or even by their own blood. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 Lords of Chaos (2018) Steven Sheehan The result is a largely uninteresting mess that never once gets close to showing us anything new or vaguely interesting. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4/10 Shazam! (2019) Steven Sheehan Perhaps a case could be made that there is a good film waiting to burst out of Shazam! but no matter how many times you say the magic word, it never makes an appearance. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Steven Sheehan This slow, but well-paced drama, unexpectedly unfolds as a slice of traditional folklore, sitting somewhere between classic Italian neorealism and fantastical storytelling. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Wild Rose (2018) Steven Sheehan The performances feel genuine and Jack Arnold's subtle score is used intelligently enough to complement the peaks and troughs of the drama, rather than leading us by the hand. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Steven Sheehan Dragged Across Concrete is Zahler flexing his script-writing muscles, and it should come as no surprise he has also churned out five novels since 2010, with his latest feeling like an adaptation of one of his own books. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 A Dark Place (2018) Steven Sheehan It's a competently made film that retains your attention for the 85-minute runtime, but you are left to only imagine how good it could've been fuelled by better material. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/10 Loro (2018) Steven Sheehan Whether the two original versions of Loro hold more weight remains to be seen, and if so, something has been badly lost in this director's cut. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/10 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Steven Sheehan It isn't able to add anything new to the countless films, documentaries, TV shows and books that have already covered much of the same ground, with many doing so far more successfully. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
6/10 Diamantino (2018) Steven Sheehan What Diamantino lacks in cohesiveness it mostly makes up for with ambition. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
5/10 Tolkien (2019) Steven Sheehan Anyone who enjoys watching public school boy 'banter' being thrown around over cups of tea are in for a treat. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Steven Sheehan if you haven't got battle fatigue by the end you should prepare to suit up, reload and get ready to go out blazing. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
8/10 Tarde para morir joven (2018) Steven Sheehan Visually, Castillo's hazy, nostalgic look back at this key period in the country's recent history is akin to watching events as seen through a series of washed out Polaroid pictures. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 Animals (2019) Steven Sheehan Regardless of their gender, most people will see something of their current, or former, selves in Laura and Tyler - and the only thing left to decide is whether to party on or get off the ride. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/10 Corporate Animals (2019) Steven Sheehan Director Patrick Brice's film presents itself as a comedy and you might be of the mindset that there should be enough talent there to raise a few laughs. It doesn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
7/10 My Friend Fela (2019) Steven Sheehan As is so often the case with biographies, a film of any length probably isn't enough and only an extended TV series could offer the in-depth analysis fans would hope for. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020