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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Tom Shone Triple Frontier is not a waste of your time exactly -- it's a good film to curl up with on Netflix -- but Chandor surely has better movies ahead of him. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Tom Shone Ben is a much more slippery character than you think...but Roberts is at her best in the movie's first hour, when everything is still up in the air, as her megawatt smile flickers with uncertainty and little prickles of dread over what Ben might do next. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
1/5 What Men Want (2019) Edward Porter Adam Shankman's movie isn't as defiantly feminist as it might have been...This might disappoint some observers, but I'd have settled for the film being passably funny, which it sure isn't. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
1/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Edward Porter It gives you little reason to hope for much from its plot's secrets -- and, when they are finally exposed, they don't exceed expectations. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 Benjamin (2018) Edward Porter Even if you don't think the dithering, anxious Benjamin should just get a grip, you might wish Amstell had asserted himself more as a dramatist. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 The Fight (2018) Edward Porter It's a memorably honest, heartfelt and surprising piece of work. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Edward Porter Chris Foggin's movie has a storyline faintly similar to that of Local Hero in 1983. So why couldn't it have taken cues from that film's wit and romanticism? EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 Girl (2018) Edward Porter The movie's fundamental sympathy for Lara is clear. It's channelled through a subtle performance from Victor Polster...and it shapes several tender and credible scenes. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
3/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Francesca Angelini Gyllenhaal is superb at capturing the teacher's conflicting motivations, but the contrasting of mediocrity and genius is a little extreme. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Rosie (2018) Edward Porter The film is thoroughly convincing, so we're spared seeing the family agonised by some excessively grim plot development. At the same time, we might wonder if a documentary with a similar story wouldn't have more power. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Maiden (2018) Edward Porter Video footage gives us an idea of the harsh seas the sailors endured, while media clips record the staggering sexism they faced. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4/5 Ray & Liz (2018) Edward Porter You may not have had an upbringing anywhere near as gruelling as his...but you might still recognise the vivid way in which certain details come to the fore, and the film's keen sense of the textures of objects. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Edward Porter In this movie, Farhadi has a better grasp of familial togetherness than he does of strife and break-ups. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Edward Porter Still, the exploits of a ginger cat add a distinctive touch of comedy; and the feminist message in the protagonist's self-discovery is endearing, partly because it's never overstated. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
2/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Edward Porter Having previously been honest about wrestling's contrivances, Merchant suddenly asks us to believe that a newcomer and a reigning champ would compete in a genuine tussle. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Edward Porter It seems to be offering a rather simplistic take on postwar grief and reconciliation: when forging bonds with the people of a former enemy nation, start with someone you fancy. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Katy Hayes The camera loves Kerslake, and the actress excels as she stumbles between thinking she is going mad and that her son is possessed. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Edward Porter Directing his first feature, Lee Cronin delivers the jolts pretty well, but the storyline is disjointed, even by horror standards. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
1/5 What They Had (2018) Edward Porter The film I found hardest to endure was this drama by Elizabeth Chomko, an especially dreary addition to the crowd of earnest American movies about families working through their issues. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
2/5 Serenity (2019) Edward Porter It's not quite "It was all a dream", but it's in the same league of shoddy narrative gimmicks. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 Foxtrot (2017) Edward Porter Its intensity is too artfully channelled ever to turn into poignancy. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 Sauvage (2018) Edward Porter [Félix Maritaud 's] guilelessness is fascinating, giving the film the force it needs to be a potent spiritual study. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 Hannah (2017) Edward Porter Undoubtedly, though, Rampling is compelling: Hannah is impassive for much of the time, but we can tell she's weighed down by misery. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017) Camilla Long Like all these shows, it was surrounded by hype and snakily promised to be higher quality than the stuff you find on the Crime Channel. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Tom Shone The miscasting of Jones actually ends up working in her favour: if you find yourself dismissing her as too pretty or too lightweight for the role, then her victory at the end is all the sweeter. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Tom Shone Talk about perfect casting. Neeson always looks great against snow. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Old Boys (2018) Francesca Angelini The tropes and jokes are old, but MacDonald wrings plenty of fun out of his setting. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Francesca Angelini [Labaki] never shows us the worst abuse in Zain's underworld, instead giving the piece emotional force through a crushing build-up of everyday incident. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
4/5 The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018) Edward Porter To be a fan of Welles's movies is, above all, to like the way they look. Cousins does, however, cater to that fandom with uncommon expertise and zeal. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 A Private War (2018) Tom Shone A better encapsulation of the dangers of speaking up, and the equally pressing need to, could not be imagined. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 Isn't It Romantic (2019) Tom Shone With her wobbly-Weeble build and air of surly defiance, Wilson mines her self-hatred for genuine flashes of gold. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 Piercing (2018) Edward Porter Pesce presumably wants to give us an exquisite tease, but I found it a bit of a pain. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 Jellyfish (2018) Edward Porter The first-time feature maker still has a bit to learn. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Edward Porter The first movie qualified as a slasher flick; this one is more of a sci-fi caper with occasional stab wounds. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 Instant Family (2018) Edward Porter Even though this rare hint of conviction in a Hollywood family comedy is quite refreshing, it's still accompanied by the genre's usual stuffing: lame jokes, schmaltzy emotions and a ridiculously perfect house. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) Edward Porter The dawdling is tedious at times, and the camera's attentions to young women don't always seem artistically valid, yet Kechiche's gift for naturalism still has power: the characters draw you in. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Edward Porter It might be too quaint a film for some tastes, and it's surely too long...but the characters are likeable, the scattered jokes are funny and the action scenes work. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
High Flying Bird (2019) Victoria Segal If, for the characters, it ends in the grey zone between victory and defeat, the film is a provocative triumph. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2019
2/5 All Is True (2018) Edward Porter Stiff dialogue sets up a number of shaky conceits and the climax hits us with an almost King Lear level of misery while adding no artistic reward. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Edward Porter Despite visual snazziness, it's not a fresh enough film to sway anyone who has tired of its genre. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Edward Porter This is very much one of those animated films equipped to please children and keep their parents smiling. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Tom Shone [Hedges] suggests great confusion and great intelligence at the same time, his most minute flickers of scepticism, shame and alarm riveting. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Tom Shone Jenkins knows how to seduce the ear and eye. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
David Bowie: Finding Fame (2019) Victoria Segal Whately's documentary did excellent work in rolling up all these untidy loose ends, covering both Bowie's childhood and the astonishing 11 years it took for him to achieve unbreakable fame with Ziggy Stardust. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Tom Shone Whippet thin, cigarette holder clamped between his teeth, fedora pulled down over his eyes, [Grant] steals the movie the same way Hock filches dollars from Lee's haul of cash. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) Tom Shone The performances strengthen each other as the film progresses, Ali drily amused and withheld, Mortensen earthy and expansive. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
2/5 Escape Room (2019) Edward Porter This was always going to be a trivial movie with paper-thin characters, but it should at least spring clever surprises. Generally, though, its mechanics are rusty and uninspired. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Burning (2018) Edward Porter There is perhaps a tiny bit of pretentiousness in Lee's approach, but he knows how to fascinate viewers with resonant, tantalising scenes. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Edward Porter It's the rhapsodic sequences, with their flying-dragon choreography, that prove Dean DeBlois (the trilogy's overseer) to be a top-class animation director. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Victoria Segal This is Gallery of Blood, then, a satire on art v commerce that wants to be as camp as it is horrific, yet only manages a thin watercolour wash of either. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019