Sight and Sound
"It's a highly persuasive portrait of family life, replete with intimacies, special alliances, tensions, resentments and reconciliations, but also a revealing study of how that may reflect developments in the wider world."
Son of Saul (2015)
"It has sometimes been suggested that there's little more to be said, in cinematic terms, [about the Holocaust].... The single-minded power and visceral immediacy of Nemes's achievement, rightly acclaimed and awarded, prove otherwise."
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
"Carré weaves from her ensemble amnesi-apocalypse a reflection of the human condition as philosophically compelling as it is emotionally intelligent, while celebrating our species' tenacious resilience..."
Sueñan Los Androides (2014)
Prisoner X (2015)
"Cuarón co-wrote his father Alfonso's Gravity, and if the direction in Desierto is skilful more than truly inspired, he more than proves his ability to ratchet up the tension for a breathless survival drama of his own."
The Club (El Club) (2016)
"This is a superhero film which opens and closes with funerals and requires the world's finest detective and an avatar of truth and justice to batter each other (and everyone else) senseless for two-and-a-half hours."
Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017)
"Zhao Liang's Behemoth is many things all at once: an observational documentary, an experimental ethnography, an existential essay. More simply, it's a portrait of modern-day China built from the blood and sweat of its proletariat class."
"Though fellow fatalists Woody Allen (when in Dostoevskian mode) and Todd Solondz occupy similar territory, the arrival of Kaufman's stop-motion drama Anomalisa reiterates the uniqueness of [Kaufman's] surreally skewed metaphysical inquiries."
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The Lesson (2015)
Eldorado XXI (2016)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
The Commune (Kollektivet) (2015)
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
A Quiet Passion (2017)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)
A Bigger Splash (2016)
Rams (Hrútar) (2016)
"To find another film whose straightforward, almost homespun simplicity masks a director in truly confident control of his material you'd probably have to go back to David Lynch's The Straight Story."
"So intricately textured, well observed and meticulously researched are the incidents these two encounter... that the film seems to combine the best pleasures of historical romp, road movie and western. "
The Assassin (2015)
Hard to be a God (2015)
The Revenant (2015)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Forbidden Room (2015)
"Like the best revenge flicks, I Spit On Your Grave 3: Vengeance Is Mine foregrounds then interrogates its own fantasy, before punishing us with whatever moral conclusion we choose to draw... This is without question the best of the series."
The Vatican Tapes (2015)
"this action thriller never stops moving (except when Olga Kurylenko's kickass heroine Alex has her leg literally caught in a vice), racing through its series of genre routines in the hope that speed alone can cover over any cracks."
Lazer Team (2016)
"a smart(ish) film about dumb people (something to which the spelling of the title cunningly alludes), deconstructing - before ultimately revalidating - the ensemble heroics currently so beloved of the Marvel mainstream."
"There are frequent close-ups that showcase Jennifer Lawrence's extraordinary expressiveness; like Katniss for the rebels, Lawrence is the film's figurehead, not only its protagonist but also bearing the entire burden of representing its narrative."
"...may ultimately feel abstract to the point of emptiness, but it is an aesthete's wet nightmare. Like Tarsem Singh's The Cell, or Christopher Nolan's Inception reimagined by Andrei Tarkovsky, III's vision is beautifully, headily captivating."
The Rotten Link (2015)
"This little village of the damned and the dead is like the mythic Macondo of Gabriel García Márquez's writings - an allegorical zone where the human condition plays itself out as dark, transgressive fable. "
Landmine Goes Click (2015)
"Charming and weird enough to get away with its rough edges, it can along the way seem a bit meandering, especially in its focus on Tim's Save the Whales fixation, but in the end every (narrative) hook on this Curtain fits neatly into place."