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Rating Title/Year Author
Jennifer's Body (2009) Mark Kermode Not without its problems, but it is an enjoyable romp. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/5 Dumbo (2019) Nicholas Barber If Burton ever knew what kind of film he wanted to make, that's something else which was forgotten. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Caryn James The film takes an unexpected, spectacular stylistic turn. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Caryn James Captain Marvel may be good enough to satisfy the series' built-in audience, but might disappoint anyone expecting more. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Caryn James The Aftermath arrives as a mildly engaging trifle that might have worked better as a miniseries. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Emma Jones Joanna Hogg has form in discovering talent. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 Mr. Jones (2019) Emma Jones The flat denial of an eyewitness account of famine makes one wonder about the Twitterstorm it would provoke in this age. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2019
3/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Nicholas Barber The Lego Movie seemed to be an outpouring of sublime genius. Its sequel seems to be the product of hard labour. It ends up feeling like the forced corporate cash-in that the original cartoon could well have been, but wasn't. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) Almar Haflidason Despite a few tweaks to Oscar Wilde's frighteningly witty play, director and writer Anthony Asquith serves up a truly delightful screen version of "The Importance of Being Earnest." EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/5 Girl (2018) Nicholas Barber One of the most agonisingly well-observed films about being an adolescent that I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 Vice (2018) Nicholas Barber You have to admit that this cynical and methodically researched film isn't pulling any punches. EDIT
Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Nicholas Barber Destroyer is still a pulpy crime movie rather than a profound tragedy... But the unsentimental yet sympathetic way it treats its heroine is oddly touching. And it leaves you with the question of who the destroyer of the title is. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Nicholas Barber A lively, colourful and big-hearted musical, it may lack a spark of originality, but it's better than most children's films. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Nicholas Barber It looks suspiciously like the producers didn't have the budget for crowd scenes, perhaps because they had spent so much on hairspray. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2018
3/5 Silent Light (2007) Kate Lloyd The spectacle of watching these strange blonde-haired characters set against the lush backdrop of Mexico is both startling and engaging. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2018
2/5 Green Book (2018) Caryn James Mortensen and Ali are a joy to watch, but Green Book is just a warm bath of clichés. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2018
4/5 At Eternity's Gate (2018) Caryn James Willem Dafoe's magnificent performance captures every bit of the artist's complexity in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
Bleed for This (2016) Mark Kermode A solid, but unremarkable drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2018
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Nicholas Barber An unfocused, overwhelming and ultimately numbing sprawl that seems to drag on forever. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Caryn James At its best it confirms Jenkins as one of the most talented filmmakers working today. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
2/5 Deception (2008) Catherine Chambers The difference between a decent thriller and Deception is that a good thriller at least tries to keep you guessing with a few twists and turns. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
Malice (1993) Almar Haflidason Malice is a polished Hollywood thriller with good pacing and plenty of slick plot devices. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Nicholas Barber The film just about deserves the review that was given to the group's most memorable single, and which is quoted halfway through: it's "perfectly adequate". EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2018
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Nicholas Barber Stan & Ollie is a film you watch with a lump in your throat, but with a smile on your face. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
4/5 High Life (2018) Caryn James The isolated setting allows her to focus on the essence of human behaviour, on the themes of love, guilt and desire that have propelled her long and stunning career, and that her newest lead actor make so captivating. EDIT
Posted Oct 19, 2018
My Bloody Valentine (2009) Mark Kermode It is absolutely nuts and bolts. It does what it says in the packet. EDIT
Posted Oct 17, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Caryn James High drama is handled by the characters with equanimity, as Cuarón creates glorious, complex images that may, without context, sound precious, but in the film play as realistic details. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Nicholas Barber Venom is obviously the victim of some brutal editing, and the derivative, sketchily plotted B-movie that's left is as scrappy and hurried as a trailer. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 Vox Lux (2018) Caryn James Vox Lux comes to share Celeste's vapidity rather than reflect it, but it says a lot about Corbet's possibilities that even in the film's most frustrating moments, his daring and imagination shine through. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
4/5 Peterloo (2018) Caryn James Peterloo is purest Mike Leigh in the best sense. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2018
2/5 Suspiria (2018) Nicholas Barber I expected to be peering at the screen between splayed fingers, but instead I was peering at my watch. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
3/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Nicholas Barber Gaga is appealing, open and down-to-earth in her first major role. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Nicholas Barber Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is a filthy, violent and outrageous period comedy that drips with bad language and worse behaviour, and will appal anyone who is expecting a more conventional royal drama. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 First Man (2018) Nicholas Barber And yet, as restrained as First Man is, this riveting, exhaustively researched and utterly believable film manages to shake you, take your breath away and even pull a few tears from your eyes. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 Another Life (2001) Jane Crowther Though elegantly filmed, incandescent and dreamlike, it is the subtle and compelling performances by Moran, Gruffud, and Little which really make this historical postscript fizz with scorching sensuality. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
4/5 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Caryn James Wu and Golding play their characters so naturally that the film stays grounded in reality even at its most candy-coloured and fanciful. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2018
3/5 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Nicholas Barber But it's the cheerful fun of the flashbacks which make it bearable to the rest of us. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2018
3/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Nicholas Barber Can you enjoy his knockabout adventures? Definitely. But can you care about them? Impossible. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/5 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Caryn James Thankfully, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is as engaging as ever. He almost single-handedly saves this sequel, which is genial enough but not nearly as much fun as the original. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
4/5 Sorry to Bother You (2018) Caryn James Riley shrewdly balances the serious and the comic in a timely film that manages to be both fierce and hugely entertaining. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2018
3/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Nicholas Barber Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is good old-fashioned summer entertainment, and it does a cunning job of setting up the next instalment. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
2/5 Ocean's 8 (2018) Caryn James It also turns out that [Gary Ross's] style, or lack of it, is the uneven Ocean's major liability. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2018
BlacKkKlansman (2018) Emma Jones This could well be a commercial success. It's a blockbuster of an American film and it was much needed... EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
4/5 Whitney (2018) Nicholas Barber But perhaps by shining some light into this intergenerational darkness, Macdonald's film will help other suffering children, even in the homes of the rich and extremely famous. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
3/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Nicholas Barber But no one need worry about Solo: A Star Wars Story upsetting the apple cart, or indeed the landspeeder: it does exactly what you might predict a prequel featuring Harrison Ford's iconic space-scoundrel would do. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Rafiki (2018) Nicholas Barber The story's simplicity and directness are a big part of its charm. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Nicholas Barber Undoubtedly a bold and stimulating film which no one but Denmark's notorious provocateur-auteur could have made. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 Ash Is Purest White (2018) Nicholas Barber Few film-makers are as observant or as poetic as Jia is about the passing of time. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Nicholas Barber A six-part TV series might have done the concept more justice. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Nicholas Barber Still, with its rich story, its weighty themes, and the beautiful acting of its charismatic stars (and real-life spouses), Cruz and Bardem, it's the classiest soap opera around. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2018