Sight and Sound

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Rating Title/Year Author
Loro (2018) Henry K. Miller By keeping Berlusconi in the wings, Sorrentino builds up the mystique of 'lui, lui' while also showing it to be a convenient excuse. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
5 Hellboy (2019) Kim Newman A film this crowded has to have some pleasures, but they mostly come in incidental details of art direction, mythological footnote or British character acting. EDIT
Posted Apr 13, 2019
Shazam! (2019) Kim Newman Drawing from a wealth of material with more supporting Marvels and hangers-on than can be accommodated in one film, Shazam! picks and mixes with confidence. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Wild Rose (2018) Nikki Baughan It is no sombre lecture; with Buckley giving a breathtaking, force-of-nature performance, it becomes an uplifting tale about the benefits of reshaping your dreams to fit your circumstances. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
Happy as Lazzaro (2018) Erika Balsom In the wide, green eyes of actor Adriano Tardiolo, Rohrwacher finds a gaze that sheds all cynicism, a guileless anchor for her devastating exploration of the false promise of progress and the elusive possibility of collective happiness. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2019
His Master's Voice (Az ur hangja) (2018) Anton Bitel Though these mediated distractions, we - like Péter - must try to find our small place and significance in a sometimes indecipherable universe of otherness. The results are rich and strange, interweaving schlubby humour with astronomical awe. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
6 Breve historia del planeta verde (2019) Paul O'Callaghan Brief Story is one of the weaker Teddy winners of recent years - but it's hard to begrudge this playfully inventive, big-hearted little film its moment in the spotlight. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
Girl (2018) Hannah McGill This film makes a gentle point of the fact that transitioning isn't trouble-free even if most of the people around you are broadly sympathetic to the undertaking. EDIT
Posted Apr 3, 2019
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Graham Fuller Haggardly embodied by Dafoe, Vincent is an ingenuous, socially alienated figure aghast at the suffering he must endure. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Dumbo (2019) Alex Dudok de Wit While Dumbo has the premise of a Burton movie - an outsider cast adrift in a carnivalesque world - it hardly feels like one, with the director's signature visual style subsumed into a world of sunset hues and glassy CG veneers. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
Us (2019) Leigh Singer Peele is both cinephile enough to reflect those that came before him, and sufficiently smart and savvy to create his own unique mythology. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2019
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) Kambole Campbell The film feels lived-in in a way that not many biopics do, forgoing both the gloss and poverty porn that often comes with Western films about Africa. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
5 () Leigh Singer Charitably, one could consider this a comment on America's abandonment of citizens suffering from mental health issues. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2019
Captain Marvel (2019) Kim Newman Given the unholy mess of Carol's continuity, the film's multi-authored script makes a fair fist of delivering fragments of backstory as recovered memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
Ray & Liz (2018) Ben Nicholson The film acts like a reworking of the static images of Billingham's photography book Ray's a Laugh - but this is a deeper and more enriching exploration of the people, their circumstance and Billingham's own relationship to both. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
Alien (1979) Philip Strick This gorgeous, leisurely horror film expresses a spectacularly British xenophobia, a parenthetical nightmare of invasion envisioned between an awakening (at the start of the film) and a return to sleep (at its close). EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2019
Capernaum (2018) Kate Stables Capernaum's odyssey, in which Zain battles the hazards of shantytowns, souks, prisons and betrayals with wily, angry energy, paints him as a resourceful figure fighting impossible odds rather than the passive child victim of charity adverts. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Kate Stables Bryan Singer's trite, tidy but powerfully soundtracked biopic of Freddie Mercury's fantastic journey from immigrant baggage handler to rock god renders the outsize ride of his life with surprising mundanity. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2019
4 Green Book (2018) Nick Pinkerton While Green Book is one of the lesser films to bear the Farrelly imprimatur, it can be appreciated for its role in revealing so nakedly the rules of the prestige picture sweepstakes. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2019
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Ella Kemp The juxtaposition of cause and effects (death and music) skips any kind of emotional reasoning, in favour of an all-out glorious performance of cacophonous entertainment. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2019
5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Alex Dudok de Wit The Lego Movie 2 has serious points to make about human relationships but undermines them by always reverting to a stance of cheeky self-awareness. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) Catherine Wheatley Above all, Mektoub is a terrific study of the fine art of flirting: of girls and girls, and girls and boys (but never, it seems, boys and boys) and the shifts in power that occur between them as they drink, dance, smile and shrug. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) Giovanni Marchini Camia It's a remarkable feat on Lapid's part that Synonyms doesn't succumb under the weight of its overt symbolism. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
Bait (2019) Ian Mantgani A creeping, original British work that feels pounded into existence by hand, or possibly belched up by the angry sea. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Répertoire des villes disparues (2019) Geoff Andrew A genuinely intriguing and for the most part rewarding study of the effects of an unexpected death on a small, remote, inward-looking rural community. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
7 I Was at Home, But (Ich war zuhause, aber) (2019) Jessica Kiang It is calmly, radically mystifying, the kind of film through which there appear to run seams of subterranean logic, but follow any one and you'll only find yourself dangling off its edges. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
6 Mr. Jones (2019) Nick James A tad procedural and even more melodramatic but the urgent power of what we see helps one to ignore the mechanism. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Light of my life (2018) Ella Kemp The story of Caleb and Rag survives as one of thoughtful loyalty between a parent and their child - aware of the outside world, determined to love beyond it. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
Earth (Erde) (2019) Giovanni Marchini Camia Rendered abstract by the extreme distance, the landscapes assume an organic appearance, so that the machines appear to be lacerating the Earth's skin, while the grim colour of the devastated land and polluted sky evoke nothing less than a cancer. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2019
The Kindness of Strangers (2019) Jessica Kiang These improbable characters weave through one another's lives in maddeningly coincidental, sometimes unintentionally amusing ways which are neither magical nor realistic enough to earn the term 'magical realism'. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
6 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Nick Pinkerton Jenkins's film is a compendium of marvellous moments, lovingly observed vignettes of black working-class life, but the unvarying tempo with which they are laid out for the viewer eventually creates a certain monotony EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Vom Lokführer, der die Liebe suchte... (2018) Anton Bitel This absurdist scenario plays out with such breezy wit and wide-eyed charm that it overcomes any potential for creepy sleaze - and the rigorous lack of dialogue engenders a titty Tati for cinematic trainspotters. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Morosaga (1977) Anton Bitel a self-consciously Chabrolian peek through the curtains into the vacuity of Reykjavik's suburban bourgeoisie, leading inevitably to the murder of the title... EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Viata nu iarta (1960) Anton Bitel The film's grimly realised conclusion is that even buried history has a tendency to repeat itself, and that power struggles offer little room for heroism. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The Case of Barnabás Kos (Prípad Barnabá Kos) (1964) Anton Bitel ...the absurdly one-note results satirise the entire Soviet structure by showing what happens when all the power is suddenly given to a very small, barely functioning cog in the (political) machine. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Four White Shirts (Cetri balti krekli) (1967) Anton Bitel Kalniņ appears to predict the ban on his own film by depicting in it a songwriter who shares the director's surname and whose figurative lyrics get him in trouble with the prudish, pop-hating authorities, terrified of anything modern or equivocal. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
O Clube dos Canibais (2018) Anton Bitel Guto Parente's darkly funny class satire offsets oppression with revolution, and keeps showing the blood, vomit and cum that bespatter and sully these characters' immaculate-seeming lifestyles. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Abrakadabra (2018) Anton Bitel the Onettis' extraordinary evocation of an era of Italian thriller filmmaking (including Luciano's wonderful score) that now seems like a dream is one to savour. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
() Anton Bitel both heady multi-dimensional sci-fi and a self-conscious discourse on originality and alteration. "I'm not stealing sketches," Leena insists to Devin, "I'm appropriating art." Here, the difference is everything, and integrity is always up for grabs. EDIT
Posted Feb 7, 2019
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) Mark Kermode Agatha Christy this ain't, but it is weirdly wonderful. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2019
Monos (2019) Jordan Hoffman Monos has the best and weirdest gag about gummy bears I've ever seen in a feature film. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
After the Wedding (2019) Jordan Hoffman The surprises are among the few pleasures in this ultimately forgettable, small film. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
4 Late Night (2019) Jordan Hoffman Late Night's issues aren't just old jokes, it's old scenarios. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Burning (2018) Tony Rayns Burning is primarily about the novelistic imagination, but Jongsu's story also coalesces the mood of uncertainty that has been visible in the Korean left during the ultra-rightwing presidencies of Lee Myungbak and Park Geunhye. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Simran Hans The vulnerability, and indeed, the sincerity on display in LaBeouf's screenplay is genuinely moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Ian Christie Jackson's project seems to me truly phantasmagoric, in Walter Benjamin's terms. A 'strange meeting', to invoke Wilfred Owen's unforgettable image, with archival ghosts in our digital midday. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
The Mule (2018) Violet Lucca It's rare for a film about a Mexican drug cartel and the impossibility of the American Dream to be either disarming or funny, but Clint Eastwood has blessedly delivered one that is consistently both. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
Stan & Ollie (2018) Pamela Hutchinson This glimpse of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's final days as a double act is the most bittersweet of comedies, underplayed at every turn, but then, like the boys themselves, unexpectedly light on its feet. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
A New Leaf (1971) Ryan Gilbey A New Leaf that represents the more miraculous achievement in wresting from domestic torment a plausibly happy ending. Or rather, an ending that is realistic about the compromises required to be happy. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2019
5 In Fabric (2018) Abbey Bender In Fabric's approach to its victims, combined with its aesthetic, renders everything a bit frigid. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019