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Rating Title/Year Author
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 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
3/5 Blink of an Eye (2019) Sarah Cartland Waltrip is warmly engaging though we only scratch the surface of what caused his losing streak, and the accident's aftermath. The most candid interviewees stand out: straight-talking publicist Brooke Hondros, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Waltrip's ex-wife Buffy. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Sarah Cartland Sumptuous to look at, unwittingly honest about the society it promotes, if you loved the TV series this is a pleasant if lengthy diversion. If you're a republican (the British not the American kind) you may find yourself snorting popcorn out of your nose. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 Rapid Response (2019) Sarah Cartland Shocking statistics, spectacular crashes and talking heads make up this film about the development of US motor racing safety. It's initially fascinating and sometimes jaws-dropping, though it's also repetitive and overlong. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 Freaks (2018) Sarah Cartland A neat little sci fi thriller, heavy on allegory but satisfyingly self-contained - answering all the questions it sets up. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Sarah Cartland While it settles into its own rhythm for the first two hours, it certainly doesn't whizz by. The casting is perfect and I enjoyed the jump scares, but overall it's not very frightening, or involving. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 The Witches (1990) Sarah Cartland Chock-full of gleeful nastiness, The Witches also retains a clear focus on its young audience, often with a mouse-view of the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4.5/5 Bait (2019) Sarah Cartland Shocking, sad and bitingly funny, as well as strikingly beautiful - casting a vintage net over a contemporary issue that isn't going away. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Falling Inn Love (2019) Sarah Cartland To B&B or not to B&B, that is the question! Delightful, sincere froth that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 Princess Emmy (2019) Sarah Cartland As a one-off watch for its target audience of younger children, it does just fine. Ruby Barnhill's fresh-voiced and very un-regal delivery does at least give Emmy some get up and go. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Sarah Cartland Moving through the tropes as methodically as Banning through the rooms and corridors of the wrecked White House, this is well-paced and never boring. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Sarah Cartland Cracking fun - with just enough earnestness about war to make us feel less bad about seeing so many people killed to prevent it, but not so much that we come out feeling we've been at a CND rally. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Aniara (2018) Sarah Cartland It's terrifying precisely because it looks current rather than space age. We see ourselves reflected more clearly, and don't have the luxury of thinking that a futuristic setting means we have time to spare. Oh and the ending is a belter. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 Notorious (1946) Sarah Cartland Sometimes bleakly humorous, frequently unbearably tense. Bergman and Grant spark off each other perfectly. (4K restoration) EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Sarah Cartland It's gorgeous and funny and sometimes hilarious, though often uncomfortably so. Shadows of "real" Hollywood are everywhere. There's a lot going on, so much so I nearly forgot about Tarantino's weird obsession with women snoring. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4.5/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Sarah Cartland Stirring in both senses, Penny Lane's documentary is an authentic and witty call to arms against an increasingly corrupt and oppressive State. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Sarah Cartland In a world where we're now so used to the therapeutic language of hope and healing that it can feel meaningless, the participants' generosity of spirit, thoughtfulness and humour shines. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Sarah Cartland A blend of gritty social commentary on racism and class in Thatcher's Britain, utterly sincere song and dance numbers and clear parallels with the present day. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's an exuberant, exhilarating joy. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Sarah Cartland An absolute hoot. The voice cast is excellent, particularly the terrific Leslie Jones as the exuberantly misguided, utterly unscrupulous Zeta. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
2.5/5 Charming (2018) Sarah Cartland It's trying to be feminist but I'm not sure decrying the young heroine for wanting to be paid commensurate with her (exceptional) skills is the way to go. Still, some of the songs are good, and Sia is excellent as a particularly ineffective Oracle. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Sarah Cartland A hilariously awkward tale of looking for love in the wrong places. Amstell is skilled at teasing out the comedy to be found in emotion, while reining in that found in the media world. They're weird, but they're real. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Sarah Cartland Playmobil: The Movie lacks the bite of the sharper-edged Lego films, though this is still a colourful, engaging adventure for young children. While it may not be original, it's bouncy, entertaining and often funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Sarah Cartland Excellent performances lift this study of grief, pain and powerlessness that's never exploitative but is utterly brutal: murder becomes almost mundane, and repeated assaults (combined with a long running time) can numb as much as enrage. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/5 Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa (2018) Sarah Cartland A bright and breezy adventure that bounces briskly to a close after 85 minutes. Heavily utilising the Renaissance man's inventions, it's otherwise neither groundbreaking nor sophisticated; though cheeringly success is based on science, teamwork and tech. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Sarah Cartland A visual feast if not an emotional one, it looks almost too realistic; were it not for singing animals wanting to preserve primogeniture, I could easily have forgotten there was any trickery involved. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Charlie Says (2018) Sarah Cartland Looking at the women looking at Charles Manson, "Charlie Says" is a frustrating watch that never really reveals why they did what they did. Murray and Wever are terrific though, and Harron nails that end-of-decade twisting of idealism and optimism. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Sarah Cartland A funny and profoundly moving film; Awkwafina's performance echoes with an intense understanding of the relationships she's portraying. Take tissues, and book somewhere for dinner straight after - there's a lot of food in this movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 21, 2019
3.5/5 () Sarah Cartland Cheerful and funny, its message of inclusivity comes with acknowledgment of the problems associated with stronger, invading cultures. And rest assured Horrible Histories fans, there's plenty about the classical world's toilet habits too. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 Gwen (2018) Sarah Cartland An eerie and shocking thriller, its threats growing from flitting shadow to solid force over the course of the film. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3.5/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Sarah Cartland Allegory with a sprinkle of pleasing karma, plus some intestines. Adam Driver's cop may be right that it's not going to end well, but mostly this is, as we say up north, dead good. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 Kursk (2018) Sarah Cartland This is a survival tale where we already know they don't survive; it's thoughtful, grim, and, considering we know the outcome, impressively tense. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
3.5/5 Midsommar (2019) Sarah Cartland Florence Pugh is outstanding in this gorgeous, gruesome revenge comedy, all about family. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Sarah Cartland A stunning documentary, though what Miller delivers most spectacularly is tension. We know this chapter in the history of space exploration has a happy ending, yet this is still edge-of-your-seat level suspense. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Sarah Cartland Patel is a winning lead but there's little to get his teeth into - Yesterday doesn't do enough with the questions its disruptive, clever premise raises. This is predictable fun where the biggest act of villainy is Ed Sheeran changing Hey Jude to Hey Dude. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2019
4/5 Anima (2019) Sarah Cartland Part dream, part nightmare, the witty and entertainingly disturbing Anima explores dystopian societies, conformity and the joy of freedom. And all in only 15 minutes, so you can get back to work quickly. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
1.5/5 Replicas (2018) Sarah Cartland While its questions about identity are intriguing, its execution is tedious. I was less interested in the cloning technology than how the family's phones still worked after immersion in river water, which could actually be useful. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) Sarah Cartland This isn't a sequel to Braveheart and it's a very different type of film: sober, sometimes staid, though increasingly exhilarating as it progresses - more so in its sword fights and hand-to-hand combat than many a huge battle. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4.5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Sarah Cartland Both hilarious and disturbing, the near-perfect Toy Story 4 doesn't shy away from the big questions, delving into sentience and self-determination around the slapstick. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Sarah Cartland Wilde approaches teen comedy tropes in new ways, combining them with frank honesty and a kinder sensibility (it reminded me very much of Blockers). Dever and Feldstein are an impressive double act but Lourd is the scene-stealer. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019