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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Max Clifford: The Fall of a Tabloid King (2021) Katie Rosseinsky The unrelenting grimness of its subject matter naturally makes The Fall of a Tabloid King a difficult watch, full of shudder-inducing details that pile up like grime, but rightfully it's the victim's stories that are given precedence. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2021
4/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Coming 2 America gets a few things wrong, yet beats the odds by getting so much right. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2021
3/5 Pelé (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Pelé's contradictions are fascinating. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2021
4/5 Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell (2021) Jochan Embley So while perhaps the most notorious part of Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy is left largely to rest, there's plenty to get swept up by in this documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
5/5 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry (2021) Jochan Embley The documentary captures everything - it's as much of a warning of the dangers of fame as it is a celebration of Eilish's undoubted stardom. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Whether it attracts awards or not, The United States Vs Billie Holiday is worthy of your consideration. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
2/5 To Olivia (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Hugh Bonneville (Dahl) and Keeley Hawes (Neal) are extremely watchable. They're heavily hampered, however, by a whimsical script that often feels like propaganda for the problematic Dahl brand... EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
2/5 Music (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Four years ago, a musical genius shot a stinker. That she's promoting it so aggressively now suggests that she can't see, or smell, what's right under her nose. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Wiig and Mumola created Barb and Star years ago and seem genuinely excited to finally be sharing these characters with the world. And there's no room for snobbery at their joyful jamboree. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 I Care a Lot (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan If you're in the mood for bracing nihilism, welcome to one of the most savage films of the year. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Pinocchio (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Right from the start, Garrone's Pinocchio seems like a real boy, which makes it even more disturbing, and delightful, when the wood becomes flesh. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 The Capote Tapes (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan This Truman show doesn't contain much the tabloids would find interesting. But who cares? It's packed with revelations about the human heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 The Dig (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Stone's film never gets its hands dirty in the way that Francis Lee's does. But it's a whole lot rougher, and wryer, than Downton Abbey. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Move over Tiger King. There's a new tiger in town. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
5/5 Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan So let me put it another way. Jasmila Zbanic's offering is as suspenseful as The Great Escape and features a bunch of children so cute they belong in a John Lewis ad. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2021
4/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan A gruelling true-life story of incarceration and torture is made eminently watchable by a central performance from Tahar Rahim that ranks among his best. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
4/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Charlotte O'Sullivan Levinson and his cast play a lot of games to make a serious point. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
2/5 Death to 2020 (2020) Nancy Durrant Too often it wasn't quite clever enough to raise much more than a half-smile at this already listless moment in a miserably uncertain year. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Boseman, as skilful as he was talented, hits the right notes, all the time. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Jenkins is an expert at weaving emotion into set-pieces. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan This is Byrne's show, but it's also Lee's tale of the unexpected. Enjoy. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Clooney's been saved by the belly. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 The Prom (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan If you hate cheesy glitz, The Prom will make you want to puke into the nearest punch bowl. For the rest of us? It's time to party. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 County Lines (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan If you were looking for a word to describe writer-director Henry Blake's horribly timely debut you would not pick "fun", yet the filmmaking is so sharp I was hooked from the get-go. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 Mank (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan By siding with the writer, David Fincher draws attention to the small print and, in the process, concocts a fabulous and moving yarn of his own. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 Happiest Season (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's funny, as well as brave. Thanks, Santa! EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
3/5 Audrey (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan That said, this mostly feels like a project designed to soothe hard-core fans and is basically pretty bland. The real Hepburn had bite. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
4/5 Finding Jack Charlton (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Let's just say those looking for a fairy-tale ending won't find it, but what we do get feels like a pot of gold. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Suffice to say, unless you're a silly billy, you'll see through the pantomime. This fight ain't fair; it's been rigged. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
3/5 A Christmas Gift From Bob (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Bob's gift will almost certainly be embraced by a Covid-captive audience. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
4/5 Luxor (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Luxor is reminiscent of other deliberately excruciating movies in which uptight, middle-class singletons lose the plot. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine (2020) Jochan Embley Some of the writing can seem a tad obvious, but the show is at it's best when it indulges its darker tendencies. EDIT
Posted Oct 27, 2020
5/5 Ammonite (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan As with the rocks Anning can't get enough of, this romance contains multitudes. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Zhao's] movie gives a voice to the marginalised. If you listen hard, it might just change your life. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 Rose: A Love Story (2020) Audrey Owusu It's the modern love story most of us crave. Well, some of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and Legendary Tapes (2020) Audrey Owusu [T]his is a fascinating insight into the life and works of a genius. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
3/5 African Apocalypse (2020) Audrey Owusu Though the film generally provides an reflective and insightful look at the horrors of Paul Voulet and colonialism, it falls into a trap, as many documentaries on this topic do. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
5/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Baron Cohen gets America. In fact, he gets the world. It's a good thing someone understands us. In this time of trouble, the mirror held up by Sacha and co is just what we need. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
2/5 The Secret Garden (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Thorne's] tweaked the timeline, the story now begins in 1947, and is trying to explore some interesting ideas, such as colonialism's impact on bottom-of-the-pile Brits. But the plot is so clumsy and frantic that nothing sticks. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2020
4/5 Mogul Mowgli (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan If there's a formula for "sexy" film-making, Ahmed and director Bassam Tariq flout the rules at every turn. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
4/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Kajillionaire won't make anyone rich, but who cares? EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 Shirley (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's a flawed mistress-piece. I can't wait to watch it again. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 Supernova (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Without entering into spoiler territory, Tusker decides on a plan of action that feels more familiar than it should. But you need to see this movie. Just be aware that the script's not as stellar as the leading men. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan King's the greatest. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
5/5 Soul (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Co-directed and written by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, this is nourishment for, well, the soul. If you're feeling kind of blue, help is on its way. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show in Aaron Sorkin's mostly entertaining, occasionally cheesy, totally timely take on a notorious US trial. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan This voyage around a father navigates territory that often seems overly smooth. Luckily, Murray and Jones provide all the jagged edges we need. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2020
5/5 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan This is an emotional experience. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2020
4/5 The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan [T]he performances and one-liners are so droll you'll almost certainly come out beaming. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2020
4/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Charlie Kaufman's latest is so good it induces separation anxiety. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2020