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Rating Title/Year Author
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 () 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 () 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 () 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
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