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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Bride of Chucky (1998) Xan Brooks Bride of Chucky strings together a series of humorous asides and knee-jerk shock tactics. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 Just the Ticket (1999) Xan Brooks [Director Richard] Wenk's debut has a certain baggy energy, but it finally has too little to say, and spends too long saying it. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 Croupier (1998) Xan Brooks Script and direction play safe throughout. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Venus Beauty Institute (1999) Xan Brooks Director Tonie Marshall maps out the drama with soul and delicacy. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
2/5 Celebrity (1998) Xan Brooks Unfortunately in Celebrity, Woody Allen's line of attack is compromised by his being at least half in love with the very glitterati he sets out to savage. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
5/5 Touch of Evil (1958) Xan Brooks Citizen Kane may be the more weighty, rounded work, but Touch of Evil is a heap more fun. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Cruel Intentions (1999) Xan Brooks The abruptly moralising ending bumps this down a notch or two. Until then Cruel Intentions makes for smart and nasty entertainment: disservice with a smile. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Peele combines B-movie tropes with elements of paranoid conspiracy thrillers in an unsettling and very original fashion. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
4/5 The White Crow (2018) Geoffrey Macnab One of the fascinations of the film, elegantly scripted by playwright David Hare, is the mixture of storytelling styles. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
3/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Triple Frontier makes a decent stab at looking beyond the usual ambitions of the genre. There's thought behind all this gun-toting. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
2/5 Under the Silver Lake (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Under the Silver Lake has brilliant scenes but it also feels derivative and increasingly self-indulgent. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Geoffrey Macnab [Lucas Hedges] brings a double-edged quality to his role as the recovering addict. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 () Jack Shepherd Either way, Comic Relief still does its best to get those important donations, and they will come in their droves. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
3/5 Fisherman's Friends (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Fisherman's Friends is a formulaic but thoroughly amiable and upbeat British comedy with a flavour of Ealing Studios and The Full Monty about it. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 Ray & Liz (2018) Geoffrey Macnab [A] virtuoso debut feature. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 Border (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Beneath her layers of make-up and prosthetics, [Eva] Melander gives a fine and moving performance as the customs officer with the unlikely powers. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Captain Marvel is enjoyable enough as popcorn entertainment. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 The Hole in the Ground (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Kerslake gives an intriguing performance as the mother. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
1/5 Serenity (2019) Patrick Smith It's a sweaty collection of neo-noir motifs, with a twist so seismically stupid that you're not only left with whiplash but months of intense physiotherapy. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4/5 Fighting With My Family (2019) Geoffrey Macnab It is far more gripping than its subject matter might suggest. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 The Aftermath (2019) Geoffrey Macnab A very well-mannered melodrama. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 () Sean O'Grady All of the discussions led by Azhar about the affair's impact are balanced and measured - except at the end of the film, when things get a bit heated. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 () Sean O'Grady Channel 4 scores a remarkable achievement, and one immensely in the public interest, with this unprecedented access to life inside a British women's refuge. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
3/5 Old Boys (2018) Clarisse Loughrey Although Old Boys finds nothing new to say in revamping a classic, it at least swerves the most obvious pitfalls of the genre to deliver a romcom that's both sweet and satisfying. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
3/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Director [Mimi] Leder deserves credit for making a technical and abstruse court case so involving. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 Capernaum (2018) Geoffrey Macnab [Director Nadine] Labaki elicits an astonishing performance from her young lead. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2/5 Cold Pursuit (2019) Geoffrey Macnab As the body count rises, so may the audience's feeling of indifference. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 () Roisin O'Connor There is an enormous sense of appreciation for how candid all of the interview subjects are, and an understanding that they do so because they have all realised, however recently, quite how essential it is that we have this conversation. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
4/5 Piercing (2018) Geoffrey Macnab The result is a film that is far more accessible and entertaining than its storyline would lead you to expect. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Cornish is a witty and inventive director but the basic conceit here never really works. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Ejiofor manages to maintain dramatic interest even if we all know in advance just how the film will end. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
3/5 A Private War (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Pike gives a thoroughly convincing performance as Colvin... As drama, though, it is two-dimensional. The filmmakers are so focused on Colvin that they don't seem to notice anything else. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Geoffrey Macnab [Director Joanna] Hogg's latest feature, The Souvenir... is exceptional. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2019
4/5 Light of my life (2018) Geoffrey Macnab A fine film... intimate, beautifully crafted and with a slow-burning intensity hat you don't find in most sci-fi dramas of this nature. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2019
4/5 All Is True (2018) Alexandra Pollard For Branagh's part, despite that initially offputting prosthetic, as Shakespeare he delivers every nuance. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Ed Cumming Along with Space Jam and Hoop Dreams, it joins the roster of passable net-flicks. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Geoffrey Macnab A problem here is that almost all the characters are victims. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Clarisse Loughrey The LEGO Movie 2 is the doomed progeny of a celebrated genius -- brilliant, but slightly stunted by the knowledge they will never live up to their predecessor. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
3/5 Boy Erased (2018) Geoffrey Macnab It has some strong elements, most notably Hedges' deeply layered and very subtle portrayal of the tormented Jared... It is a pity, though, that Boy Erased doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Beale Street may seem a little arch at times, but it is also magical filmmaking which looks for, and finds, beauty in the most unlikely places. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
4/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Ed Power The message -that the art world is venal and two-faced, populated by the over-sexed, and grotesquely insecure - lands like a sledgehammer through a windscreen. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
2/5 Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Geoffrey Macnab It's a very curious and contradictory affair: a dystopian sci-fi movie based on a Japanese manga series that is brutal one moment and plays like Disney's Pinocchio the next. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
5/5 Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Geoffrey Macnab The screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty is well structured, witty and poignant. The funniest moments tend to be the most painful or humiliating ones. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The richness and detail of the imagery in the latest DreamWorks animated feature sadly is not matched by the storytelling or characterisation. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Green Book (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Ali and Mortensen make a tremendously engaging odd couple. Both give such nuanced and well-observed performances that most audiences will swallow the sentimental moralising as easily as Tony digests his hot dogs. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2019
4/5 Vice (2018) Geoffrey Macnab It's a skilled piece of comic acting which has the unlikely effect of making Cheney buffoonish as well as sinister... But McKay is quick to remind us what happened on Cheney's watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 Destroyer (2018) Geoffrey Macnab The film may be flawed and uneven but it provides a platform for its ever-versatile star to give one of her strongest and least characteristic performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
3/5 The Mule (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Eastwood's performance is very enjoyable in a mischievous, Grampa Simpson-like way. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Never Been Kissed (1999) Anthony Quinn Never Been Kissed does very little to distinguish itself from the umpteen other high-school comedies we've seen this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019
5/5 A Year of British Murder (2019) Sean O'Grady There are silences, tears, seasonal scenes that place a gentle chronology on the cases - it's a fine piece of documentary-making. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2019