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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Babyteeth (2019) PJ Nabarro It's in its quieter, less determined moments that Babyteeth moves away from its forced dramaturgical confections into something more meaningful and emotive. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) PJ Nabarro Its political prescience can't obscure from the fact that Borat Subsequent Moviefilm just isn't very good or funny EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2021
2/5 Tenet (2020) PJ Nabarro Nolan's reverence for tech and the cleverness of pulling off a metaphysical narrative puzzle finally swamps his awareness of whether the thing in question is even any good. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
2/5 The Holiday (2006) PJ Nabarro Thoroughly preposterous, utter bourgeois fantasy of a romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 Love Actually (2003) PJ Nabarro It's almost a shock to see such a well constructed and beautifully acted scene (Emma Thompson opening her present) amid the rest of this film's more mainstream machinations. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2021
2/5 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) PJ Nabarro Sorely lacks the situational specificity and just the vague whiff of 'this could actually happen' from the previous film. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
3/5 Home Alone (1990) PJ Nabarro A not completely unnuanced riff on the themes of family, safety and sanctity. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2021
4/5 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) PJ Nabarro Although, in essence, it could be considered a police procedural work, Demme films it like an arty horror, always cloaking the action in an air of non-omniscience. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 Elf (2003) PJ Nabarro Classic family Christmas fodder: the gorgeous candyfloss colour schemes and New York in all its resplendent wintry beauty help the film pass effortlessly by too. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
3/5 Parasite (2019) PJ Nabarro The film feels too insincere and hypocritical to take genuinely seriously on its theme of social injustice. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
2/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) PJ Nabarro The clumsiness of the drama and its crude didacticism obscures the potential import and power of the film's politics. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 Anelka: Misunderstood (2020) PJ Nabarro Revisiting Anelka's career makes for a strangely watchable documentary, and is a reminder of just how nomadic and mired in controversy his life in football actually was. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2020
3/5 Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (2008) PJ Nabarro The poignancy of Russell's orthodox Iowan upbringing, counterbalanced with the bohemianism of his latter New York lifestyle, makes for a fascinating contrast. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 The Headless Woman (2008) PJ Nabarro Where other arthouse filmmakers use the slow aesthetic to draw out the glaringly obvious metaphors and subtexts of their narratives, Martel's style is lucid and transcendent. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 The Descendants (2011) PJ Nabarro Payne has substituted his usual scepticism for a huge quota of sentiment and schmaltz which, though undoubtedly appealing to a mainstream audience, seems a fundamental misstep EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 A Dangerous Method (2011) PJ Nabarro Cronenberg plays the material straight down the line, employing renowned playwright, Christopher Hampton, and relying on the experienced trio of lead actors to get on with it. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 Carnage (2011) PJ Nabarro Polanski doesn't shy away from the inherent theatricality in the conceit of having four characters stuck in an apartment, and is wise to actually make a feature of it. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 The Woman in Black (2012) PJ Nabarro A largely effective shocker - one which will no doubt play well to the multiplex audience it so clearly covets - but it has no lasting value beyond its basic remit to spook. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) PJ Nabarro There are one or two nice moments, but the unmistakable whiff of mediocrity does sully even the gentle, crowd-pleasing pursuits of this film. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 This Means War (2012) PJ Nabarro It feels more like the first vague sketch of a goofy film concept, than anything else. And it's the film sheer confidence in its own stupidity that impresses me. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
5/5 Leave No Trace (2018) PJ Nabarro Another tour de force from Granik - a filmmaker who instinctively knows how to alchemise the dramatic, cinematographic and anthropological elements of her stories so acutely. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/5 Legally Blonde (2001) PJ Nabarro A crowd-pleasing, girl's own fantasia of self-empowerment. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
2/5 Greyhound (2020) PJ Nabarro The perpetual reminder that Hanks' character is a very Christian man betrays the 'sanctity of the everyman' thesis that is so prominent here and in much of Hanks' filmography. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
2/5 Dirty Dancing (1987) PJ Nabarro The film exists in the main for a handful of seductively lit and framed dance sequences that aestheticise Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze's bodies and physical chemistry. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/5 89 (2017) PJ Nabarro A genuinely illuminating football documentary, with something in it for the die-hard Arsenal fan, as well as a wider football supporter. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2020
3/5 Iverson (2014) PJ Nabarro There are some really interesting social politics: the absence of the father figure in many Black communities, and the sense that sport is often the only way out of the ghetto EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
1/5 Burn After Reading (2008) PJ Nabarro Intended as a pastiche of those grim Washington paranoia movies, it's almost as if that strived-for drabness drains the film of any real intent. It's patently unfunny too. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
3/5 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) PJ Nabarro As evidence of Guy Ritchie's new position as one of the better genre directors around, it's a diverting confection and worth a visit. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2020
1/5 Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) PJ Nabarro This film hasn't aged at all well and really does, in light of #metoo, look like an unfortunate anomaly in the otherwise compassionate and humane filmography of Almodóvar. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2020
3/5 Julieta (2016) PJ Nabarro There are lovely individual moments and sentiments in Pedro Almodóvar's Julieta, but these touches fail to cohere into a satisfying whole. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2020
3/5 Nightcrawler (2014) PJ Nabarro Gyllenhaal is compelling and there is some truth in the way his character is able to elevate his status through sheer dogged determination and the demented zeal of a sociopath EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2020
3/5 American Psycho (2000) PJ Nabarro The idea that this is all a fantasy inside Bateman's head is brilliantly realised in his growing realisation that he's been able to get away with all of this in plain sight. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2020
4/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) PJ Nabarro One of Lee's great successes is to re-appropriate the Vietnam War and its subsequent mythologization from the stranglehold of white Hollywood's narrative of the last 40 years. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
3/5 Thunder Road (2018) PJ Nabarro Is it pure screwball or more sweet indie fare? Either way, there's no denying Thunder Road projects charm and generates some smiles along the way. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 Ex Machina (2015) PJ Nabarro At best, it feels more like a calling card or extended short film, but there is enough singularity here to mark Alex Garland out as a writer-director of promise. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2020
4/5 Bamako (2006) PJ Nabarro Bamako works because it offers a corrective to the - sometimes unintentionally - condescending western stereotype of Africa as an afflicted and pitiable continent. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
2/5 Bel Ami (2012) PJ Nabarro This transparent Robert Pattinson vehicle is little more than a nineteenth century Parisian episode of Gossip Girl. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
3/5 Enduring Love (2004) PJ Nabarro Michell finds a way of filming the balloon accident in such an unnerving manner that it hints at the psychological torrents that will ripple through the narrative from thereon EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
1/5 Proof (2005) PJ Nabarro An unlovely film about an unlovely group of people. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
4/5 Liverpool (2008) PJ Nabarro Shot with the otherworldliness of science fiction, Alonso's gaze follows a middle-aged sailor disembarking in Ushuaia before wandering into the wilds of Tierra del Fuego. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
3/5 Shattered Glass (2003) PJ Nabarro Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard in the two main roles turn in career-best performances as their respective characters' descent/ascent is so cleverly played out. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2020
4/5 Ema (2019) PJ Nabarro Ema stands as a harbinger for the 2019 spirit of revolution, with her ingenuity and the tearing asunder of the conventions of patriarchy and bourgeois family structures. EDIT
Posted May 29, 2020
3/5 The Post (2017) PJ Nabarro Steven Spielberg's didactic and mainstream sensibilities restrict The Post from being anything other than a slightly shallow reconstruction of its incendiary journalism story. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2020
4/5 Maria Full of Grace (2004) PJ Nabarro The drug mule theme is somewhat of a distraction from Marston's more transcendent aim to push the story as a parable about one woman's self-determination. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
4/5 Carancho (2010) PJ Nabarro Comparisons between Martin Scorsese's crackling brand of fraught, moralistic cinema and that of Trapero's doesn't feel at all far-fetched. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
3/5 Gone (2012) PJ Nabarro One of the most purely thrilling genre films of recent times, although, in some respects, its end effect is greater than the sum of its parts. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
1/5 Holiday in the Wild (2019) PJ Nabarro Beyond satire. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
3/5 Lion (2016) PJ Nabarro There are some structural problems with Lion, but the undeniably emotive pulse of the narrative is hard to deny in its final moments. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2020
3/5 Private Life (2018) PJ Nabarro Jenkins' writing and directing feels more fruitful when it veers more toward the dramatic and avoids the contrived, screwball machinations. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2020
4/5 The Eclipse (1962) PJ Nabarro As with L'Avventura and La Notte, Antonioni's attentiveness to the sensory and almost karmic aura of the modern world is to the fore. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2020