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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Stuber (2019) Edward Porter The gimmick here is that he's an Uber driver (called Stu, hence the title), so a few of the jokes involve talk of five-star ratings - wishful thinking for this uninspired movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Edward Porter In short, Gary Dauberman's film is a tale of kids in a haunted house, and its scares are par for the course. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Only You (2018) Edward Porter The characters' freshness and the film's attention to mood and atmosphere reveal plenty of talent in Wootliff, making her debut as a feature director. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Armstrong (2019) Edward Porter David Fairhead's portrait of Neil Armstrong has a slightly less demonstrative hero, but still finds examples of his genial nature. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 Pavarotti (2019) Edward Porter As a record of his warmth and charm, it works nicely: it has abundant footage and top-tier interviewees, including family members. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
2/5 Knife + Heart (2018) Edward Porter A giallo pastiche starring Vanessa Paradis as a maker of gay porn films who finds her team of actors menaced by a slasher, it's not short of weird incidents, but its spirit of kinky, compassionate melodrama has little energy. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 The Queen's Corgi (2019) Edward Porter None of the jokes is great; some are a bit crass. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Edward Porter The film's happiest viewers might be those who enjoy it as camp comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 () Edward Porter It's slightly monotonous and overstretched, but the island's pleasure-seekers might find it a useful way to expand their minds. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Never Look Away (2018) Edward Porter The plot is based on the life of Gerhard Richter, who has disavowed the movie, but you needn't be clued up on that to appreciate what's on offer: an engaging, eventful film that can't quite escape the tone of a staid miniseries. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
5/5 Don't Look Now (1973) Tom Shone To fall under the spell of this film is to fall under the spell of two screen actors in their prime, directed by one of the great screen formalists. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Tom Shone Ari Aster's Midsommar spooks its audiences not with what they don't know is about to happen, but what they can clearly see is about to happen, and can do nothing to stop. It's like being in a locked car rolling slowly towards a cliff. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Tom Shone Curtis's comic instincts are still tiptop, and his casting is admirably up-to-date, but his idea of romance is something out of the Ark. Talk about yesterday. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Tom Shone That future's failure to show up has lent the adventures of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins the feel of a time capsule, a one-shot wonder sealed off from the rub of history, a perfect evocation of a more heroic, ambitious time. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
2/5 Robert the Bruce (2019) Edward Porter It's a bland story with no deep connection to medieval Scotland. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Jonathan Dean A neat twist after an hour takes a convoluted plot somewhere more interesting, but it is Holland and Zendaya, as Spidey's love interest, who bring pep to familiar proceedings. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Edward Porter Two hours of such archness... won't be a good fit for everyone, but there's a strong cast, led by Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Hayley Squires, and you can't deny Strickland's inventiveness and fine craftsmanship. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Edward Porter Regina Hall is wonderful as the bar's hard-pressed manager, and the main waitresses are well drawn. I would happily watch this crew in a TV series. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Tom Shone Tradition has turned out to be Pixar's heart-light. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 Stockholm (2018) Tom Shone Budreau's film is fitfully entertaining, at its strongest on the similarity between Stockholm syndrome... and what most of us would simply call "a movie romance." EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 Brightburn (2019) Olly Richards Fun and jumpy as it is, that idea has more potential than is mined here. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 () Olly Richards The film's heart is in the right place, but it might have packed a bigger punch had it not been so neat in tying up a messy situation. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Olly Richards The best thing about this remake of a pretty shonky 1980s horror is that it knows exactly what it is - it's unapologetic trash. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Edward Porter Its internationalism provides a world tour worthy of a Bond movie, but takes us nowhere fresh in story terms; and the newly recruited stars, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, are underused. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf (2017) Edward Porter Thomas Piper's film could have dug deeper into the physical business of creating these gardens, but as a gentle stroll, it's thoroughly pleasant. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 We the Animals (2018) Edward Porter A gay coming-of-age drama set in a poor household and presented in a humid, impressionistic style, Jeremiah Zagar's film risks being a box-ticking example of a trendy indie. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Tom Shone The result is playful yet wispy and over-finickity - the film appears to have found a director more OCD than its hero - but Nighy fans will be happy. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Tom Shone Kapadia has a gift for unlocking these outsiders who attempt to outrun the system. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
Halston (2019) Edward Porter Frédéric Tcheng's film is colourful and substantial, but lacks the elegance its hero valued. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Edward Porter There's enough going on to keep devout fans reasonably entertained, but even they probably won't be too sad to see this phase of the franchise come to an end. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Liam: As It Was (2019) Edward Porter Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening haven't garnered enough comic or poignant moments to create a rock doc with something to offer a general audience, but their film is a likeable portrait for fans. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Dirty God (2019) Edward Porter When the script wallops its heroine with additional bad luck, the engineering is a bit too clumsy, but overall this is an impressive film. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Tom Shone Her shifting reactions - laughter at first, but tears by the end - are a reminder of why we go to see Julianne Moore at the movies. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Tom Shone Conceived as a valentine to Emma Thompson, the film works primarily as a valentine to Emma Thompson. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
3/5 Papi chulo (2018) Katy Hayes While the film's primary theme is the sundering of love, Irish writer-director John Butler brings a sharp outsider's eye to the functioning of class and ethnic distinctions between white and Latino Americans. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Tom Shone You'd probably get the most out of this film with your eyes shut. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
1/5 Ma (2019) Edward Porter There's no momentum, no tension and no decent scares. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 Napszállta (2018) Edward Porter It's a heady and spectacular production, but - like many dreams - it doesn't seem worth interpreting. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
2/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Tom Shone Unless you are desperate to get out of the house, I'd wait for the new Pixar. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Tom Shone Rocketman's flamboyant superficiality may be its saving grace. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
1/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Edward Porter Michael Chaves's film is content to be fodder for nervously giggling teenagers -- and even by that standard, it's subpar. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Edward Porter Efron's display of sinister charisma is the only intriguing thing in this redundant portrait. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Edward Porter There's still a whiff of sad male fantasy, however, and the stars don't have enough chemistry to sell us the politician's heavy passion for her lucky bloke. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
5/5 Woman at War (2018) Edward Porter This gimmick weakens the movie's emotional grip, but the director's yarn-spinning is likeable in its own way: it has warmth, humour and nimbleness. EDIT
Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 The Dig (2018) Katy Hayes The story delivers enough twists and dramatic turns to remain compelling, and the psychology is subtle. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
1/5 Bel Canto (2018) Edward Porter From all the storylines that could develop, the film chooses to have terrorists and prisoners discover their common humanity and build a rapport. It's arbitrary and unconvincing. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 Styx (2018) Edward Porter It's the refugee crisis in microcosm, and Wolfgang Fischer's movie finds tense ways to create action and complicate the state of play. Still, I'd have preferred a final act that turned this problem-pondering drama into a full-blown thriller. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Edward Porter Energised by this protagonist, the film gives us a love story, a slice of criminal life and a few scenes that can't be so easily categorised. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 Donbass (2018) Edward Porter It's an impressive film, in both the cleverness of its staging and the depth of its sourness, but it drags a bit. You might wish Loznitsa had occasionally changed the comic tone from realism to something more exaggerated. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
3/5 () Edward Porter Esme Creed-Miles's portrayal of a vulnerable teenager, though, has heart-rending peaks. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019