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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Clarisse Loughrey One Night in Miami... allows us to see these men beyond how history has written them - as figures of pure action and ideology - and as something more relatably human. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Baby Done (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Disarmingly funny, emotionally truthful. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Clarisse Loughrey A blistering satire of global capitalism and India's caste system. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 Happy Birthday Mr Bean (2021) Sean O'Grady The Beanfeast was all about Bean, and therefore Atkinson, which is fair enough. He deserves it. For Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, Bean, Johnny English, Maigret and much else. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
4/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Clarisse Loughrey [A] smart, incisive film. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/5 Stardust (2020) Clarisse Loughrey The actor-musician, so magnetic in last year's EMMA., is convincing as a tortured glam rocker - just not the one who ever sang about Major Tom's interplanetary adventures. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
3/5 Robin's Wish (2020) Clarisse Loughrey There's little sense of the depth of Williams's legacy here, or what the world lost beyond a husband, a friend, and a colleague. Perhaps that pain is enough. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
4/5 Pandemonium (2020) Ed Cumming Pandemonium is a valiant effort at the tightrope act of exploiting the humour of the predicament without making light of it. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2021
3/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Kirby and Burstyn complement each other beautifully. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
3/5 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Rodriguez's film has a simple nobility to it that does a lot to overcome the slapdash CGI and cheap sets. It's always easier to embrace something when it's made with sincerity and heart. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse (2020) Adam White Roald & Beatrix is gentle, handsome and well-acted family viewing, yet substantial Christmas-driven obliviousness is needed to overlook the factual sourness of its hero. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
1/5 Death to 2020 (2020) Ed Cumming You feel for Grant, not given a single decent line, and several that make you want to slide under the sofa. The credits list 18 writers. How many of them did it take to come up with the idea that Joe Biden is old? EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Clarisse Loughrey The Midnight Sky looks beautiful... But once the stakes are established, the film struggles to fill the rest of its time. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
4/5 Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain's Children (2020) Ed Cumming The country should be proud of [Marcus Rashford's] work, and embarrassed that it's necessary. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Levee is a force that pummels through the film... Davis burns through the pageantry. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
5/5 David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It would have been a miraculous celebration of neighbourly love even if it hadn't been released in the middle of a pandemic. But, in these circumstances, that sense of temporary relief feels intoxicating. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
The Joy Luck Club (1993) Adam Mars-Jones Highly contrived and emotionally manipulative, but still undramatic. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2020
4/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Wonder Woman 1984 is a piece of hopeful, uncynical filmmaking. And it's ambitious enough to make up for its minor flaws - a little awkward CGI here, some clunky exposition there. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 Dreamland (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's fascinating to watch an actor like Robbie, who so consciously uses beauty as a tool to define the way her characters drift through the world. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
3/5 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Happy Death Day 2U, more importantly, never loses sight of its secret weapon: Rothe, who rolls with every punch this film throws at her. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 Resistance (2020) Clarisse Loughrey The film is lazily manipulative here, as the sounds of an angelic children's choir are contrasted with scenes of brutal executions. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 Proxima (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Alice Winocour's Proxima is a poignant tribute to a mother's resilience. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's a delight for fans to see how immersive this world actually feels. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Clarisse Loughrey Although it remains largely faithful to the original, there's a fresh source of vitality to be found in Gyllenhaal's presence. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Pavarotti (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The film offers such a rich array of archival footage, interviews, and candid photography that it's no struggle to put together a picture of the kind of man Pavarotti was. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 The Front Runner (2018) Clarisse Loughrey The Front Runner's timidity extends even to the portrayal of Hart himself... the film instead allows him to recede into the background, leaving Jackman and his trademark charisma with very little to do. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 Five Feet Apart (2019) Clarisse Loughrey There's a sincerity here that undoes many of its excesses, thanks largely to the grounded chemistry of its leads. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 Stuber (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Ultimately, Stuber wants to explore our own notions of masculinity.... Which would all be well and good, maybe, if Stuber was actually funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
3/5 I'm Your Woman (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It's insightful and considered enough to act as a powerful rebuke to the male cinematic fantasy, though its flaws are as illuminating as its strengths. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
4/5 The Prom (2020) Clarisse Loughrey Welcome to the glitzy, winsome, wonderfully ridiculous world of Ryan Murphy's The Prom. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 Trial by Fire (2018) Clarisse Loughrey Trial by Fire... forces Willingham through a kind of poetic transformation. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 The Kissing Booth 2 (2020) Clarisse Loughrey To The Kissing Booth 2's credit, it's not as aggressively problematic as its predecessor. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 Wasp Network (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Director Olivier Assayas offers a political thriller that's rich in detail, but primarily invested in human cost. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 The Delivered (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Fanny Lye Deliver'd bristles with the promise brought on by a new era, even if its approach feels busy and overworked. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 Family Romance, LLC (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Family Romance, LLC feels too casual to satisfactorily delve into the topic of identity in the modern world, but it does offer up a few intriguing vignettes. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It's exactly as silly and outlandish as it needs to be, while still paying sincere respect to one of Europe's great cultural quirks. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 The Old Guard (2020) Clarisse Loughrey None of this would work without someone like Gina Prince-Bythewood behind the lens. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 SCOOB! (2020) Clarisse Loughrey For a modern reboot, SCOOB! feels instantly dated. And its only contribution to the Scooby-Doo mythos is a thuddingly lame backstory to how he got his name. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 Saint Frances (2019) Clarisse Loughrey [Kelly] O'Sullivan's screenplay, much like her performance, is sweet without ever turning sickly. Alex Thompson's direction, in turn, carefully matches her tone. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
2/5 The Way Back (2020) Clarisse Loughrey For all the film's contrivances, Affleck still draws us into the lost soul at its centre. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 Clemency (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Clemency is proof of just how effortlessly [Woodard] can lead a film. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Feldstein's charms are brilliantly weaponised here. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
3/5 Young Ahmed (2019) Clarisse Loughrey [Filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne] are clear-sighted and righteous in their approach. EDIT
Posted Dec 8, 2020
4/5 Om det Oändliga (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It's the great procession of humanity - mercy and defeat and callousness all included. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 Black Beauty (2020) Clarisse Loughrey To those whose bedroom walls were never adorned with photographs of wild, galloping herds, Black Beauty reads as pretty, but emotionally vacant. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It's hard to figure out quite where Christmas on the Square is headed in any given moment, despite the film borrowing liberally from festive classics. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
2/5 Jungleland (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Here is a world of seedy gangsters and flame-hearted girls, with a plot that slowly unravels with each increasingly implausible turn. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 Falling (2020) Clarisse Loughrey The journey is brutal, the destination turns out to be a dead-end - but credit goes to Mortensen for still making the effort seem worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 Happiest Season (2020) Clarisse Loughrey It's the performances, each funny and grounded in their own way, that make Happiest Season feel like such a gift. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020
3/5 Possessor: Uncut (2020) Adam White An entertaining techno thriller... led by actors whose mere presence does the leg work whenever Cronenberg's script falters. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2020