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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 () 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
4/5 The Last Tree (2019) Sarah Cartland An acomplished and absorbing film. Writer-director Shola Amoo understands the many ways a teenager needs to belong; Sam Adewunmi is a captivating and charismatic lead. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3.5/5 Animals (2019) Sarah Cartland Non-judgemental, funny and utterly exhausting, Animals delves honestly into the physical and emotional messiness of female friendship, defying the frequent sanitation of how we think, act and feel. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 A Vigilante (2018) Sarah Cartland Wilde is spectacular. Writer-director Sarah Daggar-Nickson navigates with understanding and skill - her heroine is surprisingly believable, though that's partly because we want to believe. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 () Sarah Cartland Late Night isn't as incisive as it could be, and the chat show turnaround seems half-hearted - but its one liners are razor sharp, with Emma Thompson's delivery as dazzling as her wardrobe. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2019
3/5 Corporate Animals (2019) Sarah Cartland The Descent meets The Office in this thin but brutally funny and very blunt satire on modern business. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Sarah Cartland This is about the journey rather than the wholly expected destination, and it travels that path with sparkling humour, warmth and élan - including a detour around Keanu Reeves that's both zingy and surreal. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Sarah Cartland Rooster, wonderfully voiced by Harrison Ford, is top dog in this sequel. It's fun and colourful, but has too many separate storylines and most of the time is mildly rather than wildly funny. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
2/5 The Hustle (2019) Sarah Cartland A bad film but a great con, where you know you're being scammed every step of the way. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
4.5/5 Rocketman (2019) Sarah Cartland A joyous and boisterous fantasy grounded in reality and truth. Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell have wonderful chemistry; costume designer Julian Day has created a symphony of spangles. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
3.5/5 The Perfection (2018) Sarah Cartland An audacious, entertaining though sometimes bumpy movie, that despite its gruesome horrors is more about the 'why' than the 'what'. Browning and Williams are excellent, nuanced throughout the constant twists. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Carmine Street Guitars (2018) Sarah Cartland A beautiful and engrossing film full of little memories that together tell a much bigger story: about music, craftsmanship and history. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 Arctic (2018) Sarah Cartland A film so stark and spare requires an exceptional performance to carry it. Trudge forward a riveting Mads Mikkelsen, whose increasingly weatherbeaten face conveys every all-too-believable response to his life or death dilemmas. EDIT
Posted May 13, 2019
4.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Sarah Cartland Outlandish, pitiless, witty, madly entertaining, and like its predecessors utterly gorgeous. Reeves is exceptional, taking Wick to the next stage of a mind-boggling journey now so extreme you wonder what he can do next (usually right before he does it). EDIT
Posted May 11, 2019
5/5 Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Sarah Cartland Brilliant, bold, very funny, and terrifyingly plausible beneath its surface absurdities. (4k restoration and new short film) EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
4/5 Giant Little Ones (2018) Sarah Cartland Josh Wiggins as the teenage Franky, navigating isolation, ambiguity, and other people's pain, is magnificent. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
3.5/5 The Isle (2018) Sarah Cartland An eerie and utterly beautiful Victorian ghost story that skilfully blends ancient and modern. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Sarah Cartland Emotional heft combines with a sweeping sense of the epic, often within the same scene. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Sarah Cartland A world which conveys the best and worst about shopping: carnal, animalistic, beautiful, frightening and blackly funny, with as many touchable moments as teachable ones. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 Long Shot (2019) Sarah Cartland A comedy that sparkles to the very last joke (and it's a great one). EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Sarah Cartland Its inconsistencies mean it often feels flat, despite some highly enjoyable nonsense and a wonderfully histrionic Huppert as Greta. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
3/5 Stuck (2017) Sarah Cartland "Stuck" is mostly bouncy, the singing exuberant and sometimes very emotive. It feels like it's trying to make a difference. But it's also overly stagey, oversimplifies complex issues and portrays an obsessed young man as simply misunderstood. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 Her Smell (2018) Sarah Cartland Becky's story is all the sadder for its familiarity, and the film doesn't present a new angle. Moss, though, is riveting - terrifying and terrified, dangerous yet a victim, pulling us in, irritating us beyond belief. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Sarah Cartland Witty and weird, this is an enjoyably sprawling, slightly overlong epic. Like a dream where you never make your appointment because of delays and diversions, it's also maddeningly frustrating, so I certainly felt for Gilliam and its journey to the screen. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
4/5 Missing Link (2019) Sarah Cartland A gorgeous, genuinely funny film and a wonderful family treat. The transformative effect of friendship on Mr Link and explorer Sir Lionel Frost during their travels is delightful and rather moving. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 30 Miles From Nowhere (1970) Sarah Cartland A witty ensemble comedy-thriller. The excellent cast plays it completely straight, while director Koller ladles on the horror tropes. Writer Kofoed has a keen ear for 30-something reunions and their underlying bile. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
3/5 Pet Sematary (2019) Sarah Cartland This Pet Sematary works as a straight up, jump-filled horror movie, but it's not as layered as I was expecting, with the scares instant rather than ominous or menacing. Jason Clarke and Jeté Laurence are excellent. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
4/5 Bliss! (2016) Sarah Cartland Bliss! is an assured and well-judged feature debut from director Rita Osei -- an uplifting family film but an unsentimental one, and a movie that young girls can call their own. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
2/5 Valley of the Dolls (1967) Sarah Cartland I knew the clothes would be terrific when I spotted "Handbags by..." in the opening credits. And it's the outfits (along with the unintentionally fevered atmosphere) which stretches this film up to two stars. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3.5/5 () Sarah Cartland Wonderful performances fill this searingly honest short, that still ends on a note of realistic optimism. The statistic at the end of the film about carers under the age of 9 is shocking; just as horrifying is how normalised we've let it become. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
4/5 The Vanishing (2018) Sarah Cartland A brutally violent thriller that turns into a psychological drama, with a surprising (and unexpectedly sad) ending. It occasionally jars, but mostly I found the changes in tone darkly elegant. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
3/5 Wonder Park (2019) Sarah Cartland While it doesn't exhibit anything like the level of finesse around emotional pain as, say, Up, its focus on kids' anxieties is welcome. The UK version has a joyous turn from Tom Baker as the well-named Boomer, a highlight for parents of a certain age. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 Dumbo (2019) Sarah Cartland Dumbo himself is beautifully expressive, Keaton is spot on in his cartoon villainy, and its futuristic ideas are witty. But overall this is an underwhelming experience, and often dull. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
4/5 Wild Rose (2018) Sarah Cartland A fabulously entertaining, funny and affecting movie, accomplished filmmaking that is still raw when it needs to be. Buckley is extraordinary as a scrappy fighter with a voice that comes from her heart and her home. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Out of Blue (2018) Sarah Cartland A glorious mess -- Clarkson is magnetic in a film over-stuffed with ideas. Still, the feeling of uneasiness I was left with is always worth seeking out in movies. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019) Sarah Cartland An oddity with an invented twist, playing out with a delirium that sometimes works. Duff is dreamy and ethereal, until the horror unfolds. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4.5/5 Us (2019) Sarah Cartland Peele has done a superb job. The big themes are signposted, but each layer is also made up of carefully cut-out jigsaw pieces, their significance only becoming apparent afterwards. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey (2017) Sarah Cartland Like an old-style scrapbook, 75 years of mountaineering memories are told though old film, camp snapshots and scrappy notes. Director O'Leske steers a steady course trying to get to the uncompromising heart of the extraordinary and ordinary Fred Beckey. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 Najlepszy (2017) Sarah Cartland A mind-boggling true story of success against terrible odds. The effects of addiction are laid out in all their horror, but a verve and desire for life buoys up addict-turned-athlete Jerzy and the film (though we never find out what really makes him tick) EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2.5/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Sarah Cartland Too by-numbers to entirely succeed despite its winning performances (particularly Purefoy), sense of history and singing (which never sounds better then when they're in the acoustically perfect village church or in their fishing boat, heading out to sea). EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2019
3.5/5 Triple Threat (2019) Sarah Cartland A riotously exuberant thriller, with often eye-popping action. Sometimes it's frenzied and furious, sometimes measured and driven by cold rage, with an elegance to both the performers' moves and their stillness. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
2.5/5 Stanley a Man of Variety (2016) Sarah Cartland Spall treads a line between embodiment and impersonation with extraordinary skill. I'm not sure who the film's audience is though - if you don't find old-style variety funny, it'll grate. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/5 The Aftermath (2019) Sarah Cartland A truly beautiful-looking film that takes an absolute age to get going, and then tends to wobble into melodrama. Jason Clarke is fantastic as the buttoned-up British army colonel whose misplaced stoicism threatens any hope of reconciliation. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Sarah Cartland Entertaining, witty and sincere, it only loses out on excitement because Captain Marvel is just so capable. There's always a supporting character threatening to take over though and this time it's Goose the cat: the Fury-furry relationship is a highlight. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 The Hippopotamus (2017) Sarah Cartland Director John Jencks does a great job highlighting the cognitive dissonance resulting from the human race's uneasy blend of practicality and credulity. And Roger Allam is terrific as the self-loathing Ted Wallace, drunk poet turned drunk sleuth. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 () Sarah Cartland Tuna And Dill, the organic cafe-owning detectives we've been waiting for. Actually that could be a good movie. Serenity is not. But I'm still unsure whether it's a work of genius that went off the rails, or is simply self-indulgent (or both). EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019