Discussing Film

Discussing Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alex Page, Ben Rolph
Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Ben Rolph Toy Story 4 is an utterly endearing joy, it had me cackling with laughter and sobbing with streams of tears. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 Brightburn (2019) Ben Rolph Brightburn takes time to build atmosphere and tension, utilising effective horror tropes to create sheer horror and fear in the spectator. EDIT
Posted Jun 15, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Ben Rolph This is filmmaking at its lowest form. Men in Black International is without life, unfunny, dull and horribly executed. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Ben Rolph The Nightingale is a gothic masterpiece of grief and revenge. It proves Jennifer Kent to be a masterful director at the height of her powers. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Ben Rolph The first part of the film I found myself asking, is this real? Was the footage new? EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019
3.5/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Ben Rolph Godzilla: King of The Monsters serves the pure monster extravaganza promised, whilst failing on the human side. The greatness does make mostly up for the poor. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Ben Rolph The Farewell is an overwhelming tragicomedy that hits you with a sledgehammer punch of emotions. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
4.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Ben Rolph It is a ravishingly beautiful musical extravaganza, teeming with energy and star-making performances. Naomi Scott is a marvelous Jasmine, who sings to the heavens. Will Smith is pitch-perfect, online skeptics will be eating their words. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
5/5 High Life (2018) Ben Rolph Claire Denis's High Life is a sensually intimate journey that overwhelms. An intoxicatingly wonderful space odyssey into the psyche of the human condition. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Ben Rolph Detective Pikachu is undoubtably a great time and it'll please fans, although Justice does no justice. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Ben Rolph Incredibly sharp and witty, Booksmart is 2019's best film. The two are the perfect pair of friends, Dever and Feldstein have unmatched chemistry. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
5/5 Stockholm (2018) Ben Rolph The Captor is an intriguing dark comedy laced with infectious energy. It is uniquely stylish and Hawke gives one of 2019's best performances so far. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2019
5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Ben Rolph A beautifully heartbreaking ending to a saga. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Ben Rolph The true standout of the film is Michael Chaves and his visual beauty in capturing horror. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Ben Rolph It is a successful genre exercise, but falls short as a whole film. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Ben Rolph 'Pet Sematary' gets under your skin and tickles your spine, utilising horror tropes to build an effective film. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Ben Rolph Dumbo is a touching film that is beautifully expressionistic and a great emotional and adventurous success. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
4.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Ben Rolph After the great success of Aquaman, many have been hoping that DC's next film, Shazam! will live up to the brilliance of the film prior and I'm beyond glad to say it does. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
5/5 Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Ben Rolph It is a beguiling fairy tale that mesmorises. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 Todos lo saben (2018) Ben Rolph Everybody Knows is personal and real, and that's what makes it work. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
5/5 Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Ben Rolph S. Craig Zahler's latest film is a true master stroke in filmmaking. It is elegantly slow, contained, precise and notably beautifully framed throughout. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Ben Rolph Captain Marvel is full of hysterical funny moments, gorgeous visuals and is an action packed spectacle. It is one of Marvel's best films, Brie Larson is perfectly cast as the relentless "Avenger". EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Serenity (2019) Ben Rolph Serenity is a weirdly intimate film that builds a world so peculiar and enigmatic, it keeps you constantly guessing. Knight's experiment is a great success with one of the most chilling twists, ever. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
4.5/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Ben Rolph It is a beautifully unnerving film that delves psychologically into the connection of two fruitfully dark characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Ben Rolph It's a fast paced, exhilarating and fun experience. Jessica Rothe is a treasure to not be missed. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
5/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Ben Rolph At Eternity's Gate is a beautiful portrait of Vincent Van Gogh's fractured mind. Julian Schnabel, like his paintings creates a gestural film that captures a searingly exquisite feel to this distorted world. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Ben Rolph The film uses its uncanny-valley-like nature as a charm and doesn't shy away from existing in a world between live-action and visual effects. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
4/5 The Wife (2017) Ben Rolph The Wife is a clever, subtle and moving portrait of a hidden woman brought to life by the Oscar-worthy Glenn Close with her quiet yet all-powerful performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The Mule (2018) Ben Rolph The Mule is a sentimental look at an unsuspecting criminal, driven by Eastwood's sly direction and performance. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3.5/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Ben Rolph Cold Pursuit takes a long hard look at those Liam Neeson films and shoots it right in the face, literally. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
1/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Ben Rolph It's a film about art made by people who don't understand art. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Escape Room (2019) Ben Rolph Escape Room is a nifty and smartly woven psychological concept that delivers. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
3.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Ben Rolph The film delivers closure in its cleverly woven plot with Kidman shining as a decaying alcoholic. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Ben Rolph It starts off slow, perhaps a little boring but as it goes on it finds its wings. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
4.5/5 Glass (2019) Ben Rolph Shyamalan's precise vision is delicately crafted within the frameworks of a comic book, yet it defies and delivers a complex psychological study of the human condition. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Ben Rolph Vice is an incredibly raw, visceral and humorous film with McKay putting his heart into the heartless. Bale is formidably puissant in this transformative role. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
4/5 Colette (2018) Ben Rolph It is delicate, powerful, meaningful and a feast to lay your eyes upon. EDIT
Posted Jan 12, 2019
4/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Ben Rolph An utterly new and state-of-the-art way of combining reality with fantasy. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
3.5/5 Bumblebee (2018) Ben Rolph For true Transformers fans this prequel will serve as a melancholic coming-of-age journey into the backstory of Bee and a great 'restart' to the direction of the film series as a whole. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4.5/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Ben Rolph This is an epic for the ages. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
5/5 Vox Lux (2018) Ben Rolph Vox lux is an ambitious film tackling a whole matter of ideas, reliant on subtext and expressionism in this intense and unnerving film from Brady Corbet. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2018
3.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ben Rolph Levelling up from the original with it's charming humour, smooth animation and lovable characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Ben Rolph Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is nothing short of a masterpiece in animation. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
4.5/5 Assassination Nation (2018) Ben Rolph It is a stylised-bloody allegory of modern America, exploring sexuality through the male gaze. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Ben Rolph From a filmmaker so bold and artfully talented, this film is a clear standout. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
4/5 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Ben Rolph Mackenzie Foy is enchanting as the brilliant Clara, who discovers a whole new fantastical world soaked in imagery of childhood and dreams. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Ben Rolph The Favourite delivers a sense of confidence from the very start, as Lanthimos controls the spectator's emotions with a balance of tragedy and wit in this rousing curve of supposed history. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
5/5 Suspiria (2018) Ben Rolph You will be left rendered questioning and shivering, kneeling before Guadagnino's Suspiria. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2018
5/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Ben Rolph A riveting tale of seven strangers and a motel. Lead by 60's R&B music, incredible performances and Goddard's extreme precision. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2018
4.5/5 Apostle (2018) Ben Rolph the brutality Evans uses so frequently is portrayed in such a gut-wrenching way that you can't help but squeal EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018