London Evening Standard

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 () Charlotte O'Sullivan This film makes us appreciate the revolution that's taken place in English cricket. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
() Alistair McKay Facebook exists in the margins of insinuation. The same thing is going on with this film. It is, to a large extent, a PR job. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Only You (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan All hail a lacerating romance that somehow gets us in the mood for love. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Proudly retro and coyly innocent, it's the perfect movie for a tweeny sleepover. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) David Sexton This Lion King just has more of everything visually, compared to the 1994 animation. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
() Samuel Fishwick Lovingly recreated portraits - all factually accurate - breathe new life into the first Moon landing story a week before its 50th anniversary. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
() David Sexton So Morgan succeeds in displaying a textbook psychopath. To what end, though? EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matthew Norman This mischievous film never tires of teasing the conventions and traditions of the genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/5 Midsommar (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Midsommar's] the feel-mad movie of the decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The makers of this biographical romance clearly adore Virginia Woolf and want viewers to engage with her personality, sexuality and lightning-bright words. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
() Susannah Butter Her quick, original brain has made her a success on panel shows including 8 out of 10 Cats and Your Face or Mine, and it's good to see her having more time to run with jokes. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
5/5 In Fabric (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The script never flags. Ben Wheatley's credited as a producer and his presence is felt. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Bujalski uses the past to make sense of the present... and the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
2/5 Yesterday (2019) Matthew Norman Fuelled by the engaging chemistry of its leads and the unflagging wonderment of the music, it zips along. But it can never quite reach escape velocity from the weight of its silliness. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
() Samuel Fishwick It is an emotive, nuanced examination of what it takes to compete, and what it means to belong. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 Child's Play (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The violence is OTT but rarely feels cheap because the tone is so knowing. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Matthew Norman Toy Story 4 is so good it's criminal. The legislation it flouts is the law of diminishing returns which governs movies with numbers after their names. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Kapadia has said he wanted to "test" himself by documenting "somebody who is still around". Kapadia has passed his own test. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan An off-beat comedy written by Frank Cottrell Boyce in which Bill Nighy plays a controlling, mordantly witty Scouser coming to terms with the unwritten rules of life. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
2/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Matthew Norman Tessa Thompson carries it to the best of her mighty abilities but it's a pulverising load to bear. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
() David Sexton I find watching competitive eating as hard to take as watching open-heart surgery. It is a shocking sight, even when, as here, gamesomely converted to slo-mo and set to operatic music. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Matthew Norman A stupendously dull series-ender without a shred of wit, narrative thrust or genuine emotional force. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Thompson and Kaling make a delicious odd couple. Good night and good luck to them both. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The result isn't better than the 2013 original but it's just as good. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
() David Sexton It's obvious why many people might be delighted to find homosexuality is common in animals too -- and this programme aims to please. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
() Alastair McKay As much an examination of the prejudices and predispositions of Michael Apted as it is a reliable document of the lives in question, and the ways they have been lived. Still, it's a wonderful thing, this episodic reality, and it gets richer with time. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
Deadwood: The Movie (2019) Alastair McKay The final moments of the drama are a worthy conclusion... If it feels abrupt, but that is the nature of farewells. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton In this levelly-presented documentary, "Foxy" returns to Afghanistan for the first time since he was medically discharged in 2012... The composure he displays in this return is a personal victory at least. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan At... moments you feel like you're in the trippiest of David Attenborough docs. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) Matthew Norman There may be a showbiz biopic to come that matches Rocketman for wit, energy, charm, candour and shameless exuberance. But I think it's gonna be a long, long time. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Smith hasn't been this entertaining for years. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 Matthias & Maxime (2019) David Sexton Matthias & Maxime is filmed all in tightly pressed close-up, faces looming, constantly erupting into furious rows, shouting and shrieking. It's like being at the worst party ever. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan There are so many memorable performances. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood (2019) David Sexton If not a career best, it's an extraordinary career summation. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
() Alastair McKay There is no panacea, but Campbell is generous with the revelatory honesty. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
3/5 () David Sexton Slow acting, mannered sets and stylized filming make this film itself sadly affectless. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) David Sexton Pain and Glory is Almodóvar's best work for years, marvellously framed and composed, comparatively restrained for him, hugely enjoyable moment by moment. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
5/5 A Hidden Life (2019) David Sexton A Hidden Life is a work of genius, at last a justification of Malick's late style. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 Diego Maradona (2019) David Sexton It is about his rise and fall, the way celebrity broke him. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 Beats (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Funny, as well as emotionally rewarding. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton For a debut, it has been really remarkably well put together, expertly paced, deftly edited. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
3/5 () David Sexton Bacurau is so determined to make its political point that it doesn't fully cohere as drama, and the Americans are grossly caricatured. But it's quite the hallucination. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) David Sexton Taron Egerton, in a fantastic performance, doesn't impersonate Elton John, he becomes him; he doesn't lip-sync, he sings, making the songs matter in that moment in the story. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
() David Sexton Psychosis and Me is a clear and valuable account of what it is like to lose your mind; to have known that and to live with it still. We've not heard enough about this before. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) David Sexton Though enjoyable, The Dead Don't Die is arch: Hollywood through the Cannes filter. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
() Lucy Pavia Most of the time we're watching a group of people sitting around a conference table thrashing through complex pieces of European legislation. It's important stuff, but that doesn't mean it makes good TV. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Matthew Norman Wilson's energy level never falters. You would sympathise with such a natural, engaging talent for the narrow typecasting if she hadn't done it to herself. Rebel, Rebel, your film is a mess. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Reynolds is in his element when allowed to be goofy, and this stuff is nothing if not surreal, especially in the second act. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
5/5 () Charlotte O'Sullivan Franklin - focused, transcendentally beautiful and sweating profusely - takes us back to her roots. EDIT
Posted May 12, 2019
() Alastair McKay What is it that they're revealing? The power of resilience, mostly, and that is worth celebrating. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019