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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The film is stodgy in places, but its heart and its eyes are in the right place. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan You don't have to choose between Scorsese and superheroes. Let go of the guilt. Feel free to embrace these lesser spotted birds. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2020
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) David Sexton The Lighthouse is a pressure-cooker. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Sometimes Queen & Slim is too stylish for its own good and a few detours drag. But how can you find fault with a movie that combines the intelligence of Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th with the madcap energy of True Romance? EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan What a difference a day makes, when it's a day as beautiful as this. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 The Turning (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan The Hayes brothers channel the spirit of a writer called James. But - shudder! - it's EL James. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/5 The Grudge (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan Trapped in a pile of garbage: I'm sure the cast of The Grudge know how that feels. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan The plot is daft - Mexicans are out for Mike's blood - but it's knowingly daft and even minor characters manage to shine. Not bad. Not bad at all. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Still, by the time you reach the end - and realise how closely the film-makers have stuck to the facts - you won't care. That the truth will out is entertainment enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) David Sexton It's this element of recoil from total sympathy with these harassed women that makes the film intriguing though. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) David Sexton The film is thrilling, moving on effectively from one shocking set piece to another, studding the narrative too with starry cameos. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Having looked at it closely, I'd say it's being over-valued. But not by much. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
2/5 Seberg (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Alas, Australian director Benedict Andrews has no insight into this tragic story. He's more interested in making Seberg palatable to viewers who might see her as a Left-wing extremist or, indeed, a liberal phoney. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's possible to improve with age, but Ritchie hasn't. Via this movie, he creates a club for old boys that's horribly exclusive. His talented cast find ways to dazzle, but deserve so much better. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
2/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) David Sexton The tonal shifts in Jojo Rabbit don't work because they're not seriously intended, the intention here being instead to remain consistently cute. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 Little Women (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Flaws aside, this festive film feels like an event. Gerwig's characters aren't just for Christmas. We'll love them, I suspect, for the rest of our lives. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
A Christmas Carol (2018) Alastair McKay Classicists may quibble with the casting of Guy Pearce, but he's a fine actor, and just the man to lend existential impatience to the ice-hearted businessman. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) David Sexton It all just feels so wrong. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Star Wars IX may be imperfect, but it offers nostalgia hounds the space odyssey of their dreams. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) David Sexton It's funny and diverting and it's even found accommodation for the elderly. Thoughtful, that, in a family film. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 Pink Wall (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Since Cullen's take on a doomed romance owes more to Haigh than Julian Fellowes, this London-set story is unlikely to set the multiplex on fire. But it's gorgeous all the same. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
5/5 The Kingmaker (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan From her very first simper, I was hooked. Some see Imelda as one of the world's greatest villains. After this tour of her closet, that shoe fits. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan You'll feel nothing but fondness for your surroundings after watching this scaldingly fine romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) David Sexton As it is, his passionate commitment to the story has resulted in the very definition of a vanity project. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 Honey Boy (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan This is bleak stuff. But it's also hellishly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
Blue Story (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Needless to say, Blue Story is also funny, authentic and entertaining. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Thanks to a nimble script, zippy visuals and the superlative Jonathan Pryce, it's a pleasure to fall into line. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 Atlantics (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The French-African director practically invents a new genre - Senegalese gothic - and does it with such insouciance that all you can do is rub your eyes. It's so beautiful. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 The Nightingale (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The most shocking thing about this shocking film? When it was over, I felt like I'd been released from a warm hug. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
4/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Foulkes is bold and playful in her choices, even throwing in a smouldering ditty from Leonard Cohen. Basically, she's a natural when it comes to unpacking a punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Ultimately, though, Harriet is impressive, especially given the budget ($17 million). EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Little Monsters (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan What a jagged little gem. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 Last Christmas (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Last Christmas is patronising, illogical and silly. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's going to make a lot of money. It will also have millions of people counting the hours till Frozen 3. I. Just. Can't. Wait. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's not rocket science but it's jolly pleasant to go with the flow. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) David Sexton A brand new classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 The Good Liar (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The Good Liar offers an antidote to prejudice of all kinds, via sights and sounds best described as rainbow-hued. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
4/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Loach, clearly still buzzing from the success of I, Daniel Blake, is having the time of his life. Don't miss this. You'll be sorry if you do. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) David Sexton For the most part, the adaptation and abbreviation from the book is smart and deft. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The men behind The Last Black Man in San Francisco aren't trying to be cool or sleek. That's the last thing on their minds and probably explains why they do such a fine job of standing out from the crowd. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) David Sexton It's a ride. Sometimes a ride is what you need. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
5/5 Monos (2019) David Sexton Monos is gorgeous, but it is also lucid as hell. And it all happens at lightning speed. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan The bottom line is that Maleficent 2 takes a brilliant character and doesn't completely bugger things up. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Official Secrets (2019) David Sexton [H]obbled by fidelity, spatchcocked by earnestness, this film never takes off. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan If this is something of a tall story, though, it's an irresistible one, with Pesci and Harvey Keitel (in a small role) especially sharp. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) David Sexton The Day Shall Come has a disappointingly similar approach, while tackling a much less edgy and altogether easier-to-trounce subject. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
1/5 Gemini Man (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Obviously, the dire dialogue doesn't help, but what blunts Smith's performance and makes the film itself hell to watch is the innovative, ultra-high-frame-rate which renders actors, objects and even the air somehow flimsy and weird and fake. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Johnson, on temporary sabbatical from the Star Wars universe after The Last Jedi, has used his time well. Murder he wrote - and what a writer he is. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
5/5 () Charlotte O'Sullivan Saint Maud, like Ari Aster's Midsommar, is a law unto itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan If you're looking for a wild ride, here it be. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019