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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The King of Staten Island (2020) Will Gompertz The King of Staten Island is more than a run-of-the-mill genre movie. It is a brutally honest, first-person account of what can happen to a family when tragedy strikes. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2020
3/5 Pandora's Box (1929) Tom Dawson Pandora's Box is a richly atmospheric work, and Pabst is equally at home in Berlin high society or in London's impoverished East End, where Lulu encounters Jack the Ripper. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2020
4/5 Hearts and Minds (1974) Matthew Leyland Though you could accuse the film of being heavy-handed... it's impossible not to feel its punch to the gut. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2020
5/5 Da 5 Bloods (2020) Caryn James The film's very existence is bracing. It is a condemnation of the past, a call for change, and a rich work of art worth watching over and over again. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2020
3/5 The Hunt (2020) Caryn James The Hunt is a smart satire that uses genre tropes to explore volatile social issues. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2020
2/5 The Invisible Man (2020) Nicholas Barber Move along: there's nothing to see here. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2020
2/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Nicholas Barber However popular the film becomes, though, I doubt that anyone will adore it as much as it evidently adores itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) Anna Smith Russell Brand is, for once, well cast in the role of vague, vain singer Aldous, who's also the object of obsession for a waiter and aspiring musician in the Hawaiian resort. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
5/5 1917 (2019) Caryn James Director Sam Mendes [personalizes] the experience through two young British soldiers sent on a harrowing, high-stakes, night-long mission, he creates a film that is tense, exhilarating and profoundly moving. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
2/5 Cats (2019) Nicholas Barber Cats isn't the cat-astrophe that everyone either feared or hoped for back in July, but it isn't a triumphant vindication of Hooper's vision, either. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Nicholas Barber All The Rise of Skywalker does is wrap up everything a second time, answering the same questions and revisiting the same themes. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) Caryn James Without sacrificing any of the story's period charm or authenticity, [Gerwig] adds a contemporary feel that can appeal to the book's devoted fans and its sceptics alike. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Caryn James Bombshell won't be the last #MeToo film, but it speaks astutely to this moment. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
1/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Nicholas Barber Rather than having a story, the film has a string of rote action sequences, and each of these sequences goes the same way. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
The Apollo (2019) Caryn James Williams does a terrific job of layering decades of iconic music through the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
5/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Caryn James Queen & Slim taps into a current of social outrage and depicts it with vehemence, sympathy and two true artists' visions melded into one. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 Frozen II (2019) Nicholas Barber When your story relies on snow statues coming to life at convenient moments and acting out arguments that took place 30 years earlier, that's probably a sign that your screenplay could do with another two or three drafts. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
1/5 Last Christmas (2019) Nicholas Barber What did George Michael do to deserve this? EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Nicholas Barber Credible in its characterisation, rich in mythological detail, and touchingly sincere in its treatment of alcoholism and trauma, the film is impressive in all sorts of ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Nicholas Barber This franchise needs to be terminated. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Caryn James Until then, though, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil swoops you along with ease. Like so many Disney films, it is a commercial calculation with a just a splash of magic. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Nicholas Barber Waititi's riposte seems to be that, actually, it is vital that we laugh at Nazis - and Jojo Rabbit ensures that we do just that. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Nicholas Barber Eggers balances its nightmarish grimness with humour in the bleak tradition of a British kitchen-sink sitcom, a Beckett play, and the aforementioned Withnail and I. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Caryn James Scorsese knows his audience and reputation so well that the film constantly plays with, and defies, expectations. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Caryn James With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Knives Out (2019) Caryn James Best to remember that those old movies Johnson embraces were really not that great, and to bring lowered expectations to his entertaining but scattershot update. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Caryn James The film is delightful fun, even though the plot is obvious almost to the point of stupidity, and there are few surprises for the well-known characters, some of whom are handed unnecessary subplots to give everyone some screen time. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Caryn James John Crowley's adaptation of Donna Tartt's novel is beautifully photographed and eloquently told, but too emotionally muted for its own good. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Caryn James What's missing, and what makes this adaptation an enjoyable romp rather than a great film, is Dickens's narrative pull. Iannucci is better at shaping scenes than he is at telling a story, so the film is a bit up and down. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Nicholas Barber The topic deserves a more substantial, more searching film than this jeu d'esprit - and Oldman and Banderas definitely deserve to be in that film. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Nicholas Barber Slightly too fond of its dour mood and its fey leading man, this diary of a wimpy king is recommended principally to people who want to watch Chalamet lounging around being sad, often while he's got off his top off. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Joker (2019) Nicholas Barber However unusual its grungy 70s styling may be, Joker is ultimately nothing but a flimsy, two-hour supervillain origin movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Nicholas Barber Ad Astra is enjoyable as a two-fisted action movie and as a hard sci-fi rumination. But, weighed down as it is by emotional baggage, it doesn't quite get to the stars. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Caryn James But if the new Lion King is not as seamless as the earlier versions, it is full of adventure and is just as sweetly engaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Nicholas Barber Of course, he has baddies to fight and innocent bystanders to save, but this is the lightest and silliest of Marvel's films, which is what makes it so enjoyable, but also, ultimately, what makes it so forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 Yesterday (2019) Caryn James Danny Boyle's apparently simple style actually relies on a complicated balance of sweetness, naturalness, and big, bright settings. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Nicholas Barber It's a smaller, less moving, and mercifully, less traumatising entertainment than the last one, less satisfying in its plotting and less provocative in its themes. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Caryn James It's hard to be engaged when the characters themselves seem so detached. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
Parasite (2019) Emma Jones The social commentary is almost as powerful as the plot itself. EDIT
Posted May 26, 2019
3/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Nicholas Barber It is essentially a goofy, good-natured hang-out comedy. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Frankie (2019) Emma Jones Frankie is proof that you can put brilliant actors in a beautiful setting and a film can still come out muddled. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 Bacurau (2019) Nicholas Barber Some bits definitely work better than others, but there is definitely no wilder film. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Nicholas Barber But unless you view Pain and Glory through a filter of deep affection for Almodóvar, you will see it as minor work: not painful, but not glorious, either. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 Atlantics (2019) Nicholas Barber Dreamy yet sensual, fantastical yet rooted in uncomfortable facts, Diop's beguiling film may even have reinvented a genre. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
3/5 Les misérables (2019) Nicholas Barber Ly's debut is certainly impressive. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Nicholas Barber Silly and arch as The Dead Don't Die may be, its vein of fatalism is touching and even profound. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Caryn James A female buddy film in the guise of a high-school partying movie, Booksmart is endlessly funny and outrageous, yet always grounded by its realistic central relationship. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
2/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Nicholas Barber There may even be something daring and anarchic about a film which stubbornly refuses to make any sense whatsoever. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
3/5 Long Shot (2019) Caryn James The least you can expect from a romantic comedy is that old-timey quality: it leaves you smiling. Sometimes that is enough. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Nicholas Barber [I]t is slick and affectionate enough for its three-hour running time to pass quickly. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019