Independent (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Ellen E Jones Disappointingly, this hour-long show, recorded in Chicago, never quite gets around to life in Uganda itself, instead covering Handler's relationship with her gay housemate and fondness for dogs. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) Clarisse Loughrey If anything, The Lion King uses nostalgia as a springboard for experimentation, finding new ways to tell old stories, while reminding us what makes those stories feel truly timeless in the first place. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (2017) Alexandra Pollard That subject matter doesn't exactly scream "stand-up special", but out of his devastating loss, Oswalt managed to craft something funny and profound. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It feels comfortably like the end of a chapter, the beginning of a new one, an epilogue, and a palate cleanser all at once. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 In Fabric (2018) Clarisse Loughrey In Fabric feels like [Peter] Strickland at his most free and playful. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Clarisse Loughrey A remarkably compassionate portrait of American womanhood that inspires hope without denying reality. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's a chocolate egg of a film: sweet and satisfying enough to distract you from the fact it's completely hollow inside. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Clarisse Loughrey At the very least, it achieves the baseline desire of a horror reboot: it's fun, it's scary, and it doesn't trample all over a legacy. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/5 Brightburn (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Despite its simplicity, Brightburn's premise is filled with potential, but it struggles to find anything meaningful to say. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Clarisse Loughrey It's strange and distressing at times, even a little punishing to audiences, but it's filled with ideas, images, and feelings that will stay with you long after the credits roll. And it's worth every second. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
1/5 The Queen's Corgi (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Something deeply unpleasant, and in no way suitable for children. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
4/5 () Clarisse Loughrey A careful, studied portrait of one of the most incendiary topics of modern politics. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
Jurassic Park III (2001) Anthony Quinn Imagine my surprise, then, to find that Jurassic Park III not only beats the first JP and its sequel The Lost World into a cocked pith helmet, but also manages to be a perfectly enjoyable monster movie in its own right. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2019
The Cutting Edge (1992) Sheila Johnston The only thing that would have made this palatable in a mildly camp sort of way would have been the skating sequences. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
The Way of the Gun (2000) Anthony Quinn Anyone expecting the devious subtlety of Suspects will be hugely disappointed by this. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
5/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Geoffrey Macnab It takes some kind of genius for the Pixar animators to give such a searing emotional charge to a story in which one of the main characters is a single use plastic spork retrieved from the trash. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Geoffrey Macnab An enjoyable romp, which doesn't take itself seriously at all. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) Clémence Michallon Dylan is such a cipher that it's hard (if not practically impossible) to get a reading on him most of the time... But in front of Scorsese's camera, Dylan, now 78, is strikingly candid. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Late Night (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Mindy Kaling makes vicious observations about the inanity, narcissism and corruption of the mainstream US media at the same time as she celebrates the professionalism of many of those who work within it. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Adam White Gloria Bell is somewhat exhausting - both unbearably intimate and at a constant remove - but it is endlessly pulled back into focus by Moore. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
Dirty God (2019) Geoffrey Macnab In a frank but sensitive way, [Sacha] Polak delves into areas that most other filmmakers would be far too timid to go near. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Geoffrey Macnab This is a young adult drama as much as it is a sci-fi film but doesn't have anything very fresh to say about the trauma of adolescence as experienced by mutant superheroes. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Ma (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Enjoyably creepy revenge thriller. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The entire film has the feel of Hanna-Barbera animation. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Immortal Beloved (1994) Kevin Jackson Kitsch, yes, but weirdly transporting. And the score is wonderful. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Eden Valley (1994) Kevin Jackson The first half-hour or so is muddy going, but the humane interest of the narrative gradually comes into sync with the morose style. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
Little Women (1994) Kevin Jackson By and large it's immensely well done. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
I.Q. (1994) Kevin Jackson In the last analysis, it's just not clever enough. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Geoffrey Macnab Wilde is a visually inventive director, who keeps the tempo here so brisk that we hardly notice how glib the storytelling sometimes becomes. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3/5 The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Geoffrey Macnab It's full of zest, wit and charm even if its storyline is a bit of a dog's dinner. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
4/5 Aladdin (2019) Geoffrey Macnab A rip-roaring, old-fashioned matinee-style spectacle that turns out far better than we had any right to expect. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) (2018) Clarisse Loughrey The result feels a little empty. The humour relies almost entirely on the contrast between the film's dark themes and humdrum British life, as everyone negotiates life-and-death matters with steadfast politeness. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
5/5 () Geoffrey Macnab Sorry We Missed You captures brilliantly the alienation and existential anguish that its main characters feel. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The kind of indulgent and self-absorbed film that only a director with such a glittering career behind him would be allowed to get away with. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 Rocketman (2019) Geoffrey Macnab [Director Dexter] Fletcher films even the darkest scenes in a very flamboyant fashion and manages to leaven matters with some ironic humour. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Geoffrey Macnab At times, the action is so relentless it risks becoming monotonous. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
2/5 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Geoffrey Macnab This is Jarmusch at his most low key. He has a tremendous cast, many of whom have worked with him before, but he doesn't do much with them. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 High Life (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Veteran French director Claire Denis' first English-language film is a fascinating mixture of highbrow and B-movie elements. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Geoffrey Macnab Amazing Grace is as uplifting a film as you will see all year. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
1/5 The Hustle (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The timing here always seems slightly off. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2019
3/5 Wine Country (2019) Ed Power The Netflix film's heart is ultimately in the right place and it has the courage to be positive. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The result is a pleasant but flimsy romantic comedy, ultimately undermined by its own wafer-thin premise. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
2/5 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Clarisse Loughrey Extremely Wicked certainly doesn't glamourise [Ted] Bundy, but it does somewhat sanitise him. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2019
2/5 Long Shot (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The disappointment is that the filmmakers settle for goofy and often surprisingly crude farce rather than trying to skewer the Washington elite. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Geoffrey Macnab The film develops into a period version of a rites of passage story about youngsters on the verge of adulthood - a sort of Edwardian American Graffiti. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Geoffrey Macnab In spite of the absurdity of the plot and the flimsiness of the concept, there are enough bloodcurdling moments here to make you cower, jump or hide beneath your seat at least once or twice. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
5/5 Eighth Grade (2018) Clarisse Loughrey [Director Bo] Burnham may have crafted a simple story about the most ordinary of teenage girls, but it speaks with the emotions of a true cinematic epic. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
2/5 Bel Canto (2018) Geoffrey Macnab In Bel Canto, the tension is barely there to start with. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
Street Fighter (1994) Sheila Johnston As for Jean-Claude, it's a tough stretch for him to play a figurine from an arcade game but, why, he almost manages to be convincing. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019
Don Juan DeMarco (1995) Sheila Johnston The film has its slow patches, and its fragile illusion probably doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. But, mostly, it dances on a very fine knife's edge between charm and absurdity, an irresistible paean to the art of kiss-kiss. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2019