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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Just Mercy (2019) Chris Knight It's a perfect short within the larger, sometimes flawed film. And it serves as a reminder of how powerful the medium can be in its best moments. I just wish Just Mercy had a few more of them. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
1.5/5 Like a Boss (2020) Chris Knight Nothing feels essential; if you exfoliated this screenplay you'd be left with nothing but a cover page and a couple of staples. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
1/5 Underwater (2020) Chris Knight Underwater is a soggy mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4.5/5 Les misérables (2019) Chris Knight ...the director finds ways to keep pulling characters back from the edge. It makes the film's explosive climax all the more memorable, and the final shot one that won't soon leave you. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
The Grudge (2020) Chris Knight Come what may, I can confidently predict that The Grudge will be the best movie of the decade - at least, until another movie opens. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 Golda (2019) Chris Knight Students of Israeli history may get something out of this dusty doc, which chronicles the time in office of Golda Meir, the country's fourth Prime Minister. But as a general-interest film it's a bit dry. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3/5 The Song of Names (2019) Chris Knight The spaces between these notes may drag, but this song is ultimately one worth listening to. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
4.5/5 Little Women (2019) Chris Knight It's a gift. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
2/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Chris Knight The result is a bit of a slog, though if you want a film that pits one Will Smith against another but is family-friendlier than the recent Gemini Man, this is your movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (2019) Chris Knight Nomad is Herzog's paean to Chatwin in eight chapters, touching down in Australia, Wales, Patagonia and more, where the peripatetic writer had travelled to study art, archeology and anthropology. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3.5/5 () Chris Knight That said, this modern talkie tells a powerful story, worth putting up with the whirr and buzz of the film projector to experience it. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 She Never Died (2019) Chris Knight The film ends on a mildly confusing note that suggests a potential for more sequels - sister-in-law sequels? But the story stands up nicely on its own. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Chris Knight But the film hits hardest in the way it shows how, once a suspicion of guilt is made, the law can have a difficult time pivoting. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3.5/5 () Chris Knight The passage of decades makes the humour more palatable, even when it cuts not just at our nation's history but its character. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
3/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Chris Knight [T]he film, which combines pixels from Inception, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones franchise and the steampunk realm... rattles along at an amusing pace. You might not even notice it's a shade over two hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 63 Up (2019) Chris Knight If you're coming to the series cold, there's enough filmed background to get you up to speed. And if you've become hooked at some point over the years, 63 Up makes for essential viewing. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/5 Kingsway (2018) Chris Knight It's a busy screenplay, with the result that a few of the narrative threads get a little lost. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) Chris Knight The filmmakers have constructed a world that you'll remember when it broke your heart open. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Chris Knight No, we never wanted it to end. But if it had to, this is as good a way as any. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2.5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Chris Knight Malick lets the story run long and loose - at a shade under three hours, A Hidden Life features an almost overwhelming amount of scenery, and a lot of repetition in the scenes of Nazi officials trying to break Franz's will. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 Invisible Life (2019) Chris Knight The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao tells a simple, almost elemental story of two sisters separated by chance and circumstance. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4.5/5 Bombshell (2019) Chris Knight You'll shiver. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Chris Knight It's like watching someone watching the movie, which is itself like watching cats dry. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
High Life (2018) Chris Knight Denis explores the microcosm of life in space, raising uneasy, even queasy questions about humanity's need to push into that frontier, and the costs that will have to be born by individuals. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
Booksmart (2019) Chris Knight In some ways, youth never changes. But it always feels fresh. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3.5/5 Code 8 (2019) Chris Knight Either way, it's a lot of future to absorb in 98 minutes. But in the spirit of the movie I say: More powers to him. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 Stand! (2019) Chris Knight The production looks lovely, crammed with period detail and striving to resonate with today's gig economy... But the results are, dare I say, laboured. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Chris Knight I'd argue that one mystery remains: Why can't more films be this much fun? EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Chris Knight Regardless, this is a self-assured feature, smart and stylish in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 Dark Waters (2019) Chris Knight Fortunately, Ruffalo makes for a compelling and sympathetic character, and the movie does a good job of lionizing his tenaciousness. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Chris Knight It helps that two great actors perform these Odd Couple meetings. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 Varda by Agnès (2019) Chris Knight Varda by Agnès is a perfect introduction to a talented artist who, even at 90, left us far too soon. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2.5/5 The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful (2019) Chris Knight With its stock characters and regularly timed action sequences, The Divine Move 2 is not unlike the game it dramatizes; two-dimensional, and black and white. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
3/5 () Chris Knight It's worth pointing out the restraint shown in the section about electing assholes to run your country. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Chris Knight This is a first film from Bhise, and an ambitious one, though it doesn't always deliver the force the story deserves. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Chris Knight Aside from its best-supporting accolades, Charlie's Angels does little to advance the series. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Chris Knight In the narrative straightaways, with the drama and cinematography and actors firing on all cylinders, there's no stopping it. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2.5/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Chris Knight The plot seems a touch thin, the battle scenes interminable, and resolution, when it comes, unearned. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Chris Knight Bong leads us into this realm slowly and expertly, often relying on an eclectic soundtrack - opera one moment, a jazzy all-drums set the next - to carry us forward. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Chris Knight An important work of storytelling. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 Greener Grass (2019) Chris Knight I can see what the filmmakers are aiming for, but suburban life seems too easy a target, and the surreal comedy too broad to deliver the desired impact. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3.5/5 April in Autumn (2018) Chris Knight The film takes a welcome jog near the end, for a resolution that may feel like a letdown to some. But fearing a tidy conclusion, I was happy for the ambiguity. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 The Cave (2019) Chris Knight Fayyad's work is best when it's simple, like the shots of Dr. Ballour calling her parents, who praise her work but beg her to get away. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 Harriet (2019) Chris Knight The by-the-numbers telling doesn't do justice to the power and scale of her accomplishments, though Cynthia Erivo (Widows, Bad Times at the El Royale) does good work in the title role EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 Frankie (2019) Chris Knight Sachs gets points for the film's conclusion, a dialogue-free ten-minute finale shot mostly in a very wide angle over classical piano music; it feels like it was dropped in from a much more interesting movie. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/5 Synonyms (2018) Chris Knight Synonyms wraps itself in so many layers of metaphor - the final shot shows someone pounding on a door that refuses to open - that it loses any sense of character or plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
2.5/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Chris Knight And yet, sandwiched in the middle, the screenplay manages a few deep thoughts about the nature of free will, forgiveness and retribution, much of it channeled through Schwarzenegger's character... EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Chris Knight So there's much to enjoy, whether you immerse yourself in the gritty city or try to keep ahead of Lionel as he feels his way through the story's central mystery. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 The Irishman (2019) Chris Knight The Irishman is at heart quite a sombre story. Scorsese doesn't dwell on the violence, and seems more interested in the possibility of redemption. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Chris Knight Midway may not have the same lofty aspirations, but it provides thrilling popcorn fare nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019