Urban Cinefile

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Rating Title/Year Author
Blinded by the Light (2019) Louise Keller Posters of David Beckham in Bend it Like Beckham are exchanged for those of Bruce Springsteen in Gurinder Chadha's Blinded by the Light, a likeable but derivative coming of age story about dreams, anger and building bridges. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Judy (2019) Louise Keller Renee Zellweger's electric performance lingers as surely as the overwhelming sadness that permeates throughout this bio-pic. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
Gemini Man (2019) Louise Keller Assassins, clones and spectacular locations are the key ingredients of Gemini Man, a 3D action packed sci-fi thriller from Ang Lee that delivers on action but is short on thrills. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
Joker (2019) Louise Keller Edgy and darkly disturbing, Joker takes flight on the wings of a sensational performance by Joaquin Phoenix. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Ad Astra (2019) Louise Keller The relationship between father and son is the nucleus of this potent drama in which the vast scale of the universe juxtaposes the intangible complexities of the heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2018) Andrew L. Urban Clever filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Louise Keller At once artfully cinematic and thoroughly commercial, The Nightingale reaffirms Jennifer Kent's post-The Babadook credentials as a natural born filmmaker. Her storytelling is as acute as her sense of visualisation and her cast delivers for her in spades. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Late Night (2019) Louise Keller Late Night is smart, sassy and funny. Just like its leading lady, Emma Thompson, who devours the role of late-night TV host and spits out crackle and pop. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Palm Beach (2019) Louise Keller Rachel Ward's film is exactly what you expect: a good-hearted get-together of old friends and family when resentments flair, flailing relationships are revealed and secrets demand to be heard. But it aches for some grit. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Louise Keller In the company of fading, heavy-drinking TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his wild-card stunt-double buddy Cliff Booth (Pitt), the film is blackly funny and ignites a splashy, violent ending, soaked in Tarantino-esque bravura. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2019
The Lion King (2019) Louise Keller Technically brilliant with its hyperreal visuals, there is something mawkish about Jon Favreau's remake of The Lion King. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Andrew L. Urban They are still a river of great songs, nostalgia notwithstanding, and The Beatles can only be forgotten in a parallel universe of Richard Curtis' imagination, as in Yesterday. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Louise Keller It is original and audacious, but the film never soars as I had hoped - one idea is stretched to the limit. Although, what's not to like when hearing 15 of the Beatles' best? EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Tolkien (2019) Louise Keller Tolkien is indeed a treasure. I was stimulated, moved and enthralled. EDIT
Posted Jun 3, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Louise Keller Jessie Buckley is astonishing in this satisfying and emotionally rich drama in which a young rebel throws caution to the wind to pursue her dream to become a country star in Nashville. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Andrew L. Urban Red Joan is a film for grown ups with an appreciation of cinema and an openness to explore human nature in all sorts of compromising circumstances. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Red Joan (2018) Louise Keller Ideals, secrets, love and betrayal are the themes of this superb British spy thriller in which a physics graduate risks everything 'to change the world'. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Rocketman (2019) Louise Keller Camouflaged under appropriately diminishing hair, flamboyant spectacles and outrageous costumes, Taron Egerton's superb lead performance offers Rocketman every chance to soar but the film is a mixed bag. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Louise Keller Visually striking with choreographed action that is as deadly as it is dazzling, John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum is inventive, creative and hits every mark within its sublime production design.... Keanu is at the top of his game... EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
The Hustle (2019) Louise Keller The South of France looks fabulous - as do the Jimmy Choo stilettos that Anne Hathaway wears. The music bounces happily like a French farce. So far so good. But the film is a disappointment: a mix of contrivance, tawdry humour and patchy performances. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Long Shot (2019) Louise Keller The unlikely romantic pairing of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogan successfully offers giggles in quirky situations, although messages about gender politics, role playing, racism and satire are less successful. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Louise Keller A high-octane spectacular filled with surprises, twists and action sequences that are pure mayhem. The film's conceit is as large as its scale. EDIT
Posted Apr 27, 2019
Celeste (2018) Louise Keller The lush Queensland rainforest is the star of this episodic Australian melodrama whose mood lingers but our interest wanes, amid secrets, longing and regrets. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2019
Gloria Bell (2018) Louise Keller The English language remake of Chilean writer director Sebastian Lelio's 2013 film hit Gloria loses nothing in translation. It's wonderful! EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Louise Keller Fresh and fabulous, this blast of a superhero adventure ticks all the boxes. It is funny, cool and the narrative flies on the wings of a good script and excellent direction. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
Little (2019) Louise Keller A fun twist on the body switch premise, Little is big on laughs and delivers a whopping good time. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
The Aftermath (2019) Louise Keller Cinematic and romantic, the film combines honour with personal dilemma, punctuated by the essence of the horrors of the war and its aftermath. It feels a little like a Mills and Boon tale... EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
The Chaperone (2018) Louise Keller Secrets, surprises, love and longing are part of this delightful coming of age story that delivers a glorious twist. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Us (2019) Louise Keller In an audacious conceit, director Jordan Peele has concocted a humdinger of a tale that is intense, scary, funny and thought provoking in equal measures. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
The Happy Prince (2018) Louise Keller In the role of his career and his directing debut, Rupert Everett shines brightly as the troubled literary genius, Oscar Wilde during his final years. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Galveston (2018) Louise Keller There's a sadness that permeates throughout this gritty tale about a hitman heading for Galveston in search of redemption. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2019
Destroyer (2018) Louise Keller Damaged LAPD detective in search of redemption is the theme of this gritty thriller in which Nicole Kidman strips her physical veneer in what is certainly the most unglamorous role of her career. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Swimming With Men (2018) Louise Keller Like The Full Monty and Calendar Girls, the protagonists of this gentle British comedy are unlikely heroes, especially in the context of baring flesh. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Andrew L. Urban It's a demanding and challenging film, confronting as it takes us so close to an inhuman, amoral hate we cannot comprehend. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Hotel Mumbai (2018) Louise Keller The imagery is intense, brutal and disturbing. Volker Bertelmann's percussive heavy score is powerful, adding effectively to the build up of tension and fear. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Pimped (2018) Louise Keller Sex, murder and dark secrets are the ingredients of David Barker's psychological thriller that starts with promise but spirals into no-man's land when credibility becomes stretched. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
Pimp (2018) Louise Keller Sex, murder and dark secrets are the key ingredients of the tale that begins when Sarah (Ella Scott Lynch) meets Lewis (Benedict Samuel) for a potential night of passion. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Louise Keller A new kick-ass heroine, a cat called Goose and Samuel L. Jackson as a young Nick Fury are the best things about this spectacular action-packed adventure from the Marvel cinematic universe. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Greta (2018) Louise Keller A cracker of a psychological thriller that is both creepy and scary. Don't watch this film alone! EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
The Guilty (2018) Andrew L. Urban With limited images but telling sounds and dialogue, The Guilty creates a unique movie inside each of our heads. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
The Guilty (2018) Louise Keller Conceptually simple, yet emotionally complex, this gripping morality tale will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Todos lo saben (2018) Louise Keller A wedding, a kidnapping and a secret that everybody knows is the focus of this involving film by Asghar Farhadi in which the characters form part of an intricate jigsaw puzzle. It sings with authenticity. EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2019
Sometimes Always Never (2018) Louise Keller Don't lose sight of what you already have when searching for the elusive dream is the moral of this drama that explores the complex relationship between father and son EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Louise Keller Casting is perfect: Coogan and Hardy are wonderful. It's warm, funny and poignant. Take a tissue - you may need it! EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Cold Pursuit (2019) Louise Keller True to its Norwegian filmic origins, Hans Petter Moland's remake of his 2014 thriller Kraftidioten is blackly funny, overtly violent and filled with a snow plow of quirky elements. And it has Liam Neeson. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
The Mule (2018) Louise Keller There is a mischievous slant and plenty of heart in this fish out of water tale in which Clint Eastwood plays an elderly war veteran who inadvertently becomes a drug mule. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2019
Arctic (2018) Andrew L. Urban I guess most survivor thrillers are kinda torture porn and Arctic is one in which the torture is dealt out by nature. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Arctic (2018) Louise Keller A harrowing tale of survival, Arctic relies on visuals of crisp white snow and vast landscapes to lure us into the reality in which Mads Mikkelsen's pilot is stranded. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Glass (2019) Louise Keller You've got to hand it to M.Night Shyamalan for sheer chutzpah but ultimately the grand scale concept dissipates in a puff of its own self-importance. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019
Ben Is Back (2018) Louise Keller In one of her best performances, Roberts' emotional journey can be gauged by watching her beautiful, expressive face - often shown in tight close up. She displays concern, relief, revulsion, dismay, pity, regret, fear, determination, desperation and love. EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2019