Total Film

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Matt Maytum After a slow build-up, once Captain Marvel starts to grasp her powers and untangle her past, the film soars, delivering in terms of epic action and emotional resonance. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Jordan Farley What The Kid Who Would be King lacks in fantasy machinations, it makes up for in thoughtful themes. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
2/5 The Beast (1975) Total Film Staff Seemingly intended as a Buñuelian farce, the pitiful animal effects and erotic scenes instead provoke derision. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
3/5 Instant Family (2018) Jamie Graham It's no Parenthood. It's tonally messy. But Instant Family's made with excellent intentions and chunks of it work. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Neil Smith Boy Erased is achingly, even excessively sincere, not least in its determination not to demonise its protagonist's well-meaning but deluded parents. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Jamie Graham This is a rare remake of worth - droll, sleek and not content to settle for being Taken 4. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
4/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Neil Smith [I]t's when the film is at its simplest that it proves most irresistible. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Matt Maytum Impressive VFX and bursts of action can't mask the fact that this is a tonally confused start for a sci-fi franchise hopeful, made up of scrap parts you've seen put to better use elsewhere. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Kevin Harley Awards-bait or not, Green Book plays as a deftly disarming film about friendship and unity in divisive times: calculated, perhaps, but calculated from a kind, sincere place. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Matthew Leyland If not quite unforgettable, The Lego Movie 2 leaves the memory of a good time. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2019
4/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Kate Stables Grant injects a mix of charmer and rotter into Jack's hustling, but it's McCarthy's prickly, vulnerable and bravely egotistical Lee who seals the film's deal. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Neil Smith Another beautifully played, gorgeously photographed snapshot of the African-American experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Matt Maytum This is clearly one 'for the fans', but those fans might have had their hearts set on a more rousing conclusion. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2019
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Neil Smith Three formidable females form a deliciously entertaining triangle in an audacious frock opera. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2019
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Matt Glasby Gently joyous, from soup to nuts. Take your grandparents and they'll enjoy it as much as you. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/5 Event Horizon (1997) Total Film Staff Whether all the mind games, blood 'n' guts and loud bangs scare you or not depends on your tolerance of gore and horror, but director Paul Anderson keeps the picture stealthy and dark, aided by a crashing score from Mark Kamen. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Jane Crowther A sweet, evocative throwback that delivers all the feels - in the most delightful way. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Matthew Leyland It feels like a step in the right direction for the DCEU. What's more, its hero's former 'joke character' status is kept well at bay. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2018
4/5 Bumblebee (2018) Kevin Harley Knight and Hodson have salvaged something agreeable from an otherwise badly dented series. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2018
5/5 The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Jamie Graham Neither too clever for its own good nor simply a nostalgia-trip pastiche aimed only at chin-strumming cinephiles, it is, in a word, fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 Silent Light (2007) Jamie Graham The sound of silence... Indulging in few words and even fewer edits, Carlos Reygadas lets his luminous images do the talking as he ponders the human condition and more. Some viewers will cry with boredom; true believers will shed tears of pain and joy. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Matt Maytum Forget the quantum physics and dimension-hopping: the most impossible thing to believe here is that Spider-Man feels exciting and new again. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Rafael Motamayor The best Scottish musical zombie Christmas high school comedy you'll ever see. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Kate Stables Ronan is the monarch of the lens in this feisty, feminist royal biopic, which favours queenly clashes over battlefield action. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 Real Steel (2011) Jamie Graham With its tale of redemption, reconnection and triumphant underdogs interwoven with seamless effects boasting a palpable physicality, Real Steel does nothing new but does it well. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
3/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Matt Maytum If it doesn't always work as a whole, there are some great individual moments. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
5/5 Widows (2018) Kate Stables A heist movie with serious bite, Widows is both brilliantly tense and strikingly relevant. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 The Hate U Give (2018) Neil Smith An all-too-familiar story is told with empathy and vigour in a film arguing for tolerance, activism and change. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 Pitch Black (2000) Total Film Staff But, much like cult pulper Assault On Precinct 13, this supersedes its derivative B-movie roots to emerge as a craftily crafted and stylishly shot outer-spacer. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
3/5 Venom (2018) Jamie Graham Fleischer made a better comedy-horror with Zombieland, but Venom's a decent buddy actioner. You might even laugh your head off... EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
4/5 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) James Mottram Bags of fun. Goddard and his cast have a riot in a thriller that dances to its own beat. EDIT
Posted Sep 28, 2018
3/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Josh Winning An engaging new direction for Eli Roth, who offsets the odd tonal hiccup with plenty of ghoulish delights. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Matt Maytum Paul Feig makes a slight gear change for a slick thriller that's best enjoyed with a martini in hand. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
5/5 Mandy (2018) Jamie Graham Cage loses it in a bloody, druggy, superbly crafted revenge thriller. Astonishing. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
4/5 First Man (2018) James Mottram Gosling and especially Foy are out of this world. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2018
3/5 Halloween (2018) Matt Maytum The latest Halloween instalment is fun while it lasts, but unlike its predecessor, it's not a classic for the ages. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
4/5 A Star Is Born (2018) James Mottram Superb. Gaga and Cooper deliver Oscar-worthy turns in a remake that hits the high notes. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 The Predator (2018) Matthew Leyland What Black's movie really has going for it is pace. It starts with a crash, followed swiftly by a bang and vast swathes of wallop. The relentlessness doesn't allow you any time to catch a yawn, but it's also not too conducive to tension or suspense. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2018
2/5 The Nun (2018) Kevin Harley The Nun lacks the confidence to let the location and mood speak, let alone whisper for themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
4/5 Upgrade (2018) Jamie Graham Whannell flaunts his influences while still making a movie good enough to stand tall on its own considerable merits. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
2/5 The Canyons (2013) Jane Crowther On paper, the ingredients for an intriguing combo of life-art crossover, artistic schadenfreude and nihilist gloss. But lord, it's cheap and weak. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 Mud (2013) Jane Crowther With a lack of sentimentality, the appealingly naturalistic performances of the two boys and a slow-burn build-up to an explosive finale, it's a charming, redolent and unexpected pastoral that both intrigues and moves. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
2/5 Holy Rollers (2010) Jane Crowther We have seen this all before; from Jesse Eisenberg's trademark jitters and speedy speech to the inevitable tragic story arc and the morphing of smalltime dabbler to swaggering kingpin, undone by over-confidence. Oy vey. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 The Kids Are All Right (2010) Jane Crowther It is Bening who sears as a likeable jumble of contradictions... It's a masterclass - and reason enough to buy your ticket. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 The Switch (2010) Jane Crowther While Aniston gets stuck playing an undercooked neurotic cipher, Bateman knocks it out of the park with his physical clowning and easy-breezy bonding scenes with newcomer Thomas Robinson. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 The Rebound (2009) Jane Crowther The Rebound does nothing new but does it, for the most part, well. Zeta-Jones and Bartha have sweet chemistry together and it's refreshing to see her portray uncertainty with elements of frumpiness and doggedness. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 Nanny McPhee Returns (2010) Jane Crowther Though cute, sweet and rammed with enchanted animals, McPhee falls a smidgeon short of the original's charm with a plodding pace... But like McPhee herself, it's hard not to like this cinematic hug - warts and all. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
3/5 The Meg (2018) Jordan Farley Living up to its billing as the most ridiculous film of the summer, The Meg is one to laugh at rather than with. Instantly forgettable, but undeniably fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2018
5/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Jamie Graham McQuarrie brings grace and grit, and Cruise brings it, period. This quick-witted, fleet-footed franchise shows no sign of flagging. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/5 Four Corners (2013) Simon Kinnear This milieu deserves a City Of God; Gabriels slickly shot, well-meaning but facile attempt to explain an entire society's hardships feels closer to Paul Haggis Crash. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018