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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Trauma Center (2019) Sarah Cartland Willis is an occasional presence and adds little when he does appear; luckily Nicky Whelan, who plays heroine Madison Taylor, is impressive enough to carry, and indeed elevate, this rather thin movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 15, 2020
2.5/5 Primal (2019) Sarah Cartland Despite its flaws, I warmed to Primal as it neared its close, and not just because it was nearly at a close. It's enjoyable nonsense that becomes weirdly compulsive viewing. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
3.5/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Sarah Cartland A funny, fizzing family film. Jim Carrey's evil genius Dr Robotnik is a splendidly wild-eyed villain; Natasha Rothwell, as Tom the sheriff's disapproving sister-in-law, steals every scene she's in. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2020
4/5 EMMA. (2020) Sarah Cartland Hugely enjoyable, fresh and exceedingly crisp, it nestles into its period setting yet reaches out to ours. Bill Nighy is a fretful delight, Anya Taylor-Joy brisk and forthright. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
3/5 Dolittle (2020) Sarah Cartland It's remarkably unadventurous. By the time it makes its money back animals will be able to talk anyway, meaning the inevitable reboot will be made by a badger on a smartphone for 200 pounds. But... it's fun and quite amusing. And I loved the dragon. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Sarah Cartland A joyfully colourful fairground ride of glitter bombs, baseball bats and top-notch action. Harley's team feels messily real rather than a contrived, Hollywood-friendly sisterhood. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
4.5/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Sarah Cartland A pacy, exuberant and hilarious film. Dev Patel is a gifted physical comedian; in a role about a man who doesn't really fit in, he's often banging his head or falling, seemingly too big for the space society has allocated him. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
3/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Sarah Cartland The story feels muddled but Blake Lively shines as Stephanie, a believably messy heroine who's never quite ready. It's because of this that the fight sequences work so well: urgent, frenzied, sometimes flailing. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000) Sarah Cartland Butler is certainly charismatic as the undead bloodsucker, despite only having two expressions: slight bafflement, and, when an attractive neck comes into view, that of a small boy who's just heard an ice-cream van tinkling round the corner. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4.5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Sarah Cartland A hugely enjoyable if agitatingly tense tragicomedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Sarah Cartland A fascinating if sometimes repetitive account of an emotionally abusive relationship between mother and son. The outdoor scenes that reference Lowry's paintings lighten the claustrophobia. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4.5/5 1917 (2019) Sarah Cartland I was expecting an exciting and technical marvel, but it's an emotional one too. It's breathtaking, in that I didn't want to breathe. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
3.5/5 Little Women (2019) Sarah Cartland While it didn't really resonate with me,Gerwig's film delivers the social and economic truths about women, marriage and work with verve and passion, the sparky editing moving the girls from one timeline to another with seamless wit. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 Cats (2019) Sarah Cartland While it is mostly jaw-dropping, there are still a few good moments, to be relished and savoured like a stinky five-day-old fish rescued by James Corden from a bin. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Sarah Cartland A worthy successor to Welcome To The Jungle, though you need to stick with it. The second half is more exciting, funnier and fresher than the first half. Kevin Hart and Awkwafina are the standouts. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Sarah Cartland Daniel Isn't Real will be hovering just beyond the corner of your eye, looking amusedly over your shoulder, and breathing menacingly on your neck, for a long time to come. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
2/5 Invasion Planet Earth (2019) Sarah Cartland You can't fault director Simon Cox's ambition, making a low budget film about an alien invasion. This is an uneven movie that often tries to do too much, and not just in its special effects - but when it does work, it's impressive. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 StarDog and TurboCat (2019) Sarah Cartland There's little depth to the world of Glenfield, but the cartoon slapstick, Bill Nighy's 1980s robot butler and an engaging double act from Nick Frost and Luke Evans still make this a good option for younger children. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Sarah Cartland Two popes, talking, turns out to be an unexpected treat: this is witty, thought-provoking and superbly acted. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Sarah Cartland A blend of thrilling action and nuanced character study, with a great big dollop of emotion. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Sarah Cartland Beautifully realised, with a terrific soundtrack (yes, better than last time). EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Sarah Cartland Brazen, bouncy and hugely entertaining. The film's tone of cheery viciousness is pitched to exactly the level we get in Punch and Judy shows, which makes seeing the story play out with real people highly disconcerting. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Sarah Cartland In this ensemble piece of excellent performances, biting social commentary and vicious humour, de Armas is exceptional, always the blazing light at the centre of the game board. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Sarah Cartland Romantic, witty and sincere, with an occasional sharpness to offset the festive syrup. Their bread dough kneading scene is very sweet, like Ghost for Nigella fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Sarah Cartland Agincourt excepted (the battle is superb), this is a rather conventional epic. Pattinson adds quirky humour to a film that's otherwise quite po-faced. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/5 Vivarium (2020) Sarah Cartland A highly enjoyable if unsubtle satire on suburbia and parenthood, its dark humour and nightmarish horror delivered with a blithely gleeful wink (and hopefully in an organic veg box). EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Sarah Cartland The film looks terrific, though the bravely bananas twist doesn't work. Michelle Yeoh is fantastic - Santa the Christmas shop boss is the tart lemon in a festive citrus fruit bowl. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 Klaus (2019) Sarah Cartland Gorgeous to look at, clever and funny, with a sometimes dark wit that's suitable for all ages. A Christmas classic in the making. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 Mickey and the Bear (2019) Sarah Cartland Morrone and Dale are superb; their relationship, too close in some ways and too distant in others, is perfectly judged in every scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 A Reindeer's Journey (2019) Sarah Cartland Part informative documentary, part anthropomorphic family film, this story about the first year in a reindeer calf's life is captivating and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Sarah Cartland A solid and entertaining thriller with a bonkers last stand. Mirren and McKellen are on great form. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Sarah Cartland A period drama about the weather really is peak British filmmaking. And this is a gorgeous and exhilarating journey, up, up and away. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4.5/5 Monos (2019) Sarah Cartland The unsentimental Monos is by turns almost hypnotically somnolent and edge-of-your-seat gripping. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 Buckout Road (2017) Sarah Cartland An uneven horror thriller, but if you can get past the (probably budget-related) clunky elements, there's a lot of fun to be had - especially from twins Derek 'n' Erik, who are a hoot. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Sarah Cartland This is a good-natured, bouncy movie, filled with good-natured, bouncy people, all existing in their own bubbles, where no one seems to need to go to work. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 The Addams Family (2019) Sarah Cartland Morticia is strangely subdued, her quips now as musty as their mansion. This is Wednesday's film though, and it does perk up as she deadpans her way around home and school, fighting conformity on both sides. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sarah Cartland Thrilling and great fun - the three women make a hugely watchable trio. Arnie is mournfully funny, Linda Hamilton is superb: Sarah is battle-weary and paranoid, even though they are indeed out to get her. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Zombieland (2009) Sarah Cartland Witty, tart, and sometimes touching, with a great cast and suitably disgusting, blood-drooling zombies. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Sarah Cartland Occasionally it misses the spot but on the whole this is a bitingly funny film, its satire and slapstick blunt and bold. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Little Monsters (2019) Sarah Cartland You'll enjoy "Little Monsters" much more if you succumb to its slow-moving rhythm rather than willing both children and zombies to hurry up. And Lupita Nyong'o is superb. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Sarah Cartland Full-on family fun, with some fabulous nods to the greats of sci fi TV and film - though the funniest segments mostly involve Shaun and his flockmates rather than Lu-La the alien. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) Sarah Cartland Zellweger is superb: self-destructive yet self-aware, her eyes all-knowing. When she takes the stage her voice veers between authentically spine-tingling and heartbreakingly croaky. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Sarah Cartland A familiar tale, beautifully told. Who wouldn't be delighted by Everest the yeti -- the friendliest, fluffiest mythical monster you could ever hope to meet. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Harpoon (2019) Sarah Cartland Behind Harpoon's magnificent surface heartlessness there is much to chew on. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Sarah Cartland Its message of autonomy and risk-taking is infused with a sense of magic as Zak, Tyler and Eleanor drift through the stultifyingly hot river-ways of the American South. And rather than leave its characters enervated it says that anything is possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Sarah Cartland Gritty and grubby, garish and loud, violent and depressing, Joker is a blunt instrument of a movie - though it is a good movie. Phoenix is superb, Arthur Fleck's downward spiral inverted into an ascent to antihero status as Gotham seethes then explodes. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Sarah Cartland This is definitely a comment rather than a question, but the fictional film director's Q&A in Almodvar's delicious movie is the most glorious I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Sarah Cartland A rather turgid thriller about changing timelines, which should, given its subject matter, be a lot more thrilling than it is. Luckily the performances are terrific, with Storm Reid a believably thoughtful, resilient and resourceful heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
4.5/5 Local Hero (1983) Sarah Cartland Forsyth both inverts expectations and runs with them in this story about the sea, the sky, and a dreamily weird village of straight-talking locals. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Sarah Cartland Roy McBride's internal conflicts as he dismantles the heroic carapace built around his dad show us Pitt at his best. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019