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Rating Title/Year Author
Escape From Dubai: The Mystery of the Missing Princess (2018) David Sexton [Latifa] recorded the video in the hope that her endeavour wouldn't be entirely in vain if she didn't. This documentary fully honours that hope. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 What Men Want (2019) Matthew Norman What begins as a standard gross-out affair (with a prosthetic #MeToo limb clumsily grafted to the body) ends in a treacly, glib, made-for-TV wasteland. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 The Fight (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan It was brave and smart of Hynes to leave her comfort zone. Her desperately angry characters linger on, just as they should. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Mitchell - using gorgeously extravagant camera moves and an orgasmically lush score - pays homage to Old Hollywood and is equally indebted to the work of Richard Linklater, David Lynch and the Coen brothers. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2019
5/5 Ray & Liz (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan All hail an instant classic. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Matthew Norman For Marvel there's a new boss in town. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Exquisitely non-judgmental, this is one of those little films that restores your faith in indie cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
Serenity (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan A hilariously terrible noir-cum-brainteaser from Steven Knight, starring Matthew McConaughey's bottom. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Pugh is the film's main weapon. Hauntingly intense in The Falling and Lady Macbeth, the 23-year-old turns out to be an effortlessly nuanced comedian. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Sarah and her sort-of boy prove hard to shake off. Don't be surprised if weeks after you see this they grope their way into your dreams. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
2/5 The Aftermath (2019) Matthew Norman A post-wartime love triangle drama that champions The Bleeding Obvious with every frame. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2019
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Taking its cue from Ruth, On the Basis of Sex includes everyone in the equation. Mothers - and fathers! - should take their brainy kids to see it. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Jail and courtroom scenes, at the beginning and end, may be a tad implausible, not to mention scrappy. But the middle section, mostly shot on handheld cameras on the streets of Beirut, is breathtaking, topical, hilarious, tender and brutal. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Matthew Norman After a zingy, tight first hour, the concision gives way to flab. The executions become a touch mechanical, the gags start to feel forced, and the avalanche of lavishly nicknamed baddies loses distinction. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 Three Identical Strangers (2018) David Sexton It combines interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstructions to take us as close in to the story as possible, not coming to any conclusions. You won't be able to look away. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 () Guy Pewsey You are unlikely to finish viewing this experiment with any surprise -- bad food is not good for you -- but it's a nice enough meal. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton Riveting viewing. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan One of those efficiently lazy sequels that by turns bores you to death and induces chuckles. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 Jellyfish (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Jellyfish - moving, provocative, often hilarious - is quite a debut. Gardner and Hill. Remember those names. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 A Private War (2018) Matthew Norman At a time when pressured media budgets are conspiring, with the general preference for escapism over reality, to threaten war reporting's very existence, A Private War unflinchingly reminds us of its value. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Matthew Norman Jenkins doesn't scratch the surface of the black American experience. He takes you deep into its bones and suggests that far less has changed than the naive may believe. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan A semi-brilliant family movie, guaranteed to leave both kids and adults buzzing. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) David Sexton The movie, so determined to celebrate small acts of kindness among those who have least, feels a little too calculated and emphatic - a tearjerker that doesn't quite draw tears. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
3/5 All Is True (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Dramatically it works. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
5/5 Burning (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Wave your lighters in the air. This bleak movie is one of the year's best. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 Green Book (2018) Matthew Norman [A] flawed but oddly joyful movie elevated far above its limitations by two sublime performances. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan This film takes an altogether different view of the imitation game. By embracing frauds and failures, it achieves greatness on the sly. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
3/5 Vice (2018) Matthew Norman When a movie's premise is that its subject single-handedly moulded recent history, you want more depth and grandeur than this one provides. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 The Mule (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Watching this movie is like checking the news after popping a Xanax. The world's going to hell in a handcart. But it's all good. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan This uneven and downbeat film will play to small audiences - but that it exists is kind of wonderful. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Matthew Norman Beau Willimon's stiflingly expository screenplay... moonlights as the undergraduate lecture David Starkey would give after a partial lobotomy. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Shyamalan is incredibly gifted. He's also suffering from delusions of grandeur. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2019
3/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan I loved watching it. It's fantastically enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2019
Kissinger (2011) Alastair McKay Ferguson does not do for his subject what David Frost did for Nixon, but it's fascinating in its way. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2019
3/5 The Front Runner (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The film, initially zippy (mostly thanks to J K Simmons as Hart's seen-it-all spin doctor), soon turns into a self-righteous mess. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
4/5 Colette (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan In the wrong films Knightley is a pretty girl with a small bag of tricks. In the right ones she's formidable. Crucially here, she also cuts it as a wordsmith. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
5/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Matthew Norman A film that plasters a soppy rictus across one's face from first frame to last belongs to its leads. Their beguilingly natural performances betray no hint of the monumental effort required for these perfect recreations. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2019
5/5 RBG (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Her determination and self-belief are inspiring. She's convinced she still has much to offer. Only a cruel fool would disagree. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Matthew Norman From the introductory shot, gliding through the clouds on that parrot-handled brolly, Blunt takes staggeringly self-assured charge. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Colman, always brilliant, has never seemed more divine. If she's not nominated for an Oscar, I will cry. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 Bumblebee (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan A frustrating joy ride. It'd be twice as good if it was half as long. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
2/5 Welcome to Marwen (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's hard to convey the oppressive ickiness of a biopic with such good intentions... EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
5/5 Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (2018) Bruce Dessau Now that they are bona fide superstars with an acclaimed HBO sitcom under their belt, their mock modesty feels funnier than ever. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private (2018) Susannah Butter Even if you aren't a superfan, this is a compelling portrait of a man in the public eye and the changing nature of celebrity. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 Jim Jeffries: This Is Me Now (2018) Bruce Dessau Jefferies was as gleefully gobby as ever. There was definitely something more benign about him in places though. He was at his most persuasive when he relaxed and told extended stories about his life. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Alastair McKay This is a religious experience. But although the lasting influence of the singer's Catholicism is acknowledged, the creed here is the liberating promise of rock 'n' roll, of freedom and joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Miami Vice (2006) Derek Malcolm A deadly serious, stylishly noirish, but fundamentally insubstantial thriller. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
3/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The truth is, you can afford to miss Lowery's portrait of the (con) artist as an old man. Paradoxically, if you see it, you won't feel your time has been wasted. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
3/5 White Boy Rick (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan When you ask yourself: "What's so special about Rick?" The answer is: not much. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
4/5 Care (2016) Alastair McKay It's an unrelenting piece of drama, a battle with bureaucracy in which there is no particularly cheerful outcome. But for anyone who has dealt with the health service and questions of care for the elderly, it will ring true. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018