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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Titane (2021) Nicholas Barber The storytelling is lucid and propulsive, so you are always clear on what's happening, even if you aren't clear on why. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2021
4/5 The French Dispatch (2021) Nicholas Barber One thing's for sure: there is nothing quite like The French Dispatch - except Anderson's other films, of course. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2021
5/5 Benedetta (2021) Nicholas Barber Benedetta is a substantial, sophisticated, yet briskly paced and always highly entertaining drama, which balances quiet scenes of shrewd backroom politicking with lurid scenes of wild religious madness. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2021
3/5 Annette (2021) Nicholas Barber Annette is sure to be divisive, but it's a curio that demands to be seen. It's not as if you get to watch surreal, avant-garde rock operas very often. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2021
5/5 Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) Caryn James Summer of Soul illuminates the role music and fashion play in our lives; how they reflect change and nudge it along in an endless cycle. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2021
4/5 Black Widow (2021) Caryn James Maybe it's no surprise that the film is entertaining and full of action. It is unexpected, though, that Black Widow may be the least Avenger-like movie in the series so far. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2021
4/5 Luca (2021) Nicholas Barber Watching it is like relaxing in the sunshine. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 Cruella (2021) Caryn James Beavan's costumes are dazzling throughout, including Cruella's glittering red dress at the Baroness's gala. But when the costumes overwhelm the characters and story, there's something hollow at the film's centre. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
5/5 Minari (2020) Nicholas Barber Sensitively written and acted, beautifully shot, and with a charming, sparingly used score, Minari is so engaging that it's easy to forget how radical it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2021
4/5 Saint Frances (2019) Will Gompertz Saint Frances is smart and original and anti-sensationalist. It is also a very good film, which speaks to you but never shouts. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
4/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Caryn James [A] vibrant, perceptive film. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Nicholas Barber In its old-fashioned, uncynical way, WW84 is one of the most enjoyable blockbusters to be released since 1984. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
4/5 News of the World (2020) Caryn James Like The Searchers without the racist hero, True Grit without the wisecracks, and thoroughly engaging in its own right. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Nicholas Barber The story may have links with today's reality, but it never feels real. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
5/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Caryn James Wolfe finds the right balance between letting Wilson's trademark monologues flow and shooting them in a cinematic way. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
A Call to Spy (2019) Caryn James Telling her story on screen, along with those of other undersung heroines, is a more dynamic living tribute than any building could be. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2020
4/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Nicholas Barber It's the ripped-from-the-headlines relevance that makes it so fascinating, and it's the boiling rage at current politics that makes it so bracing. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
2/5 Rebecca (2020) Caryn James The film sleepwalks through scenes meant to be tense. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
4/5 Soul (2020) Nicholas Barber It doesn't hit its target, but its target is the key to life, the universe, and all that jazz. You can't aim much higher than that. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2020
4/5 On the Rocks (2020) Caryn James Each scene is compact and feels lived in, without any urgent narrative drive. That elegant surface makes it seem like a trifle, but there are layers beneath. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
4/5 Nomadland (2020) Caryn James McDormand's commanding, deeply empathetic performance holds the film together. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
5/5 Ammonite (2020) Caryn James The contained, potent performance is one of Winslet's best. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
3/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Nicholas Barber As unbalanced as it might be, One Night in Miami is a well-acted history lesson and a sincere tribute to the men, their friendship, and their inspiring cultural importance. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2020
3/5 Mulan (2020) Nicholas Barber It's best enjoyed if you're expecting a solid tween movie rather than a monumental cinematic landmark. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2020
5/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Nicholas Barber [I]t seems completely sincere in its concern about ageing, illness, pain, regret, and the connections we make to art and other people. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Will Gompertz It won't leave you shaken, but your mind will be stirred. And that has to be worth a trip to the cinema. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Care (2016) Scott Bryan I think it's something that's profoundly personal. It makes you think about the situation and how you would react if you were in that circumstance. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Brexit (2019) Scott Bryan The insider elements going along through the campaign are what's really beneficial. You get insight on stuff you've not heard that much on Brexit. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Fyre (2019) Scott Bryan It is astounding. It builds every 10 minutes in terms of its ludicrousness. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Great Hack (2019) Scott Bryan I think the problem about this documentary is that it makes so many different sweeping generalisations. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Scott Bryan There is so much great footage, it could have been done just the other week, because everyone looks exactly the same. Every festival today has some sort of debt to Woodstock in some way. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
American Factory (2019) Scott Bryan This documentary speaks to everyone - those on the factory floor and the CEO ... It shows both sides and lets you make up your own mind. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019) Scott Bryan It's distinctively a Judith Kerr book and distinctively British, and that is part of its strength. It's an instant classic. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
The Trip to Greece (2020) Scott Bryan I know the whole point of this comedy series is to not have that much in the way of plot, but it doesn't feel like it's going anywhere. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
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