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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 () Carol Midgley Tom Mangold's pin-sharp, revelatory documentary had all the elements of a classic scoop. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2020
4/5 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Amber Wilkinson Whether or not you're a fan of Swift at the start of the film, you're likely to be by the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
5/5 Cloak and Dagger (1946) Kevin Maher There are some nifty thriller tropes, including a high-tech camera pen and a sexy Nazi agent played by Marjorie Hoshelle, but the film finds its heart in the delicately played romance between Jesper and a traumatised resistance fighter, Gina. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 () Kevin Maher Paw Patrol is, of course, excruciating, but also harmless. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 Present.Perfect. (2019) Kevin Maher Yet mostly these are the compassionate, optimistic voices of the marginalised (no preening YouTube stars here) that speak of the need to connect in an alienated world. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 No Fathers in Kashmir (2019) Kevin Maher It's a film of awful line-readings, badly edited conversations (too many gaps) and, a first for me, a character who even struggles to convince while saying these two words: "Absolutely not." EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
1/5 The Grudge (2020) Kevin Maher We shouldn't have to put up with the barrel-scraping inadequacies of "creak, creak, creak, screamy face!" any more. So don't. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 Everything: The Real Thing Story (2019) Ed Potton While Sheridan's film can be formulaic, it's an invaluable document of a different era of racial intolerance. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Kevin Maher Still, the film ultimately lives or dies on the strength of its central performance. And in Patel's hands it's a thing of beauty. You've got to love him. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 The Turning (2020) Ed Potton The elements are familiar - jump scares, creaking doors, mutilated dolls, tailor's dummies, reflections in mirrors and windows - but they are combined with skill. The hairs on my arms rose at least twice. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
All of Me (1984) Geoff Brown At first the film is content to play the situation for raucous laughs, trading on the embarrassment of two sexes sharing the same body. But, once the parties start experiencing finer feelings, the film finally becomes too awkward for comfort. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Water (1985) Geoff Brown A comedy with the zing of its title. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Edith and Marcel (1983) Geoff Brown !t is hard not to fee! a sneaking affection for this preposterous film; in a hard, cynical age, Lelouch seems one of the few remaining directors who believe passionately in the kindling spirit of romance. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Amadeus (1984) Geoff Brown Tom HuIce's brattish Mozart builds in strength and sensitivity as the film proceeds; F. Murray Abraham's Salieri impresses immediately. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 () Carol Midgley With no narration, no music and only snippets of local interest on-screen, such as the Waikato bunny-jumping competition and where the 2016 earthquake had destroyed the railroad, it had a druggily soporific effect. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Kevin Maher Cineastes, film nerds and feminists alike will be gripped by this documentary portrait of Alice Guy-Blaché. Who? That's the point. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 Being There (1979) Ed Potton Gently directed by Hal Ashby, this satire of a ruling class in which nobody knows anything is almost plausible, and certainly topical. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 Midnight Traveler (2019) Ed Potton Shot entirely on iPhones, the Afghan director's charming and moving documentary charts his three-year flight with his young family from Tajikistan, where they had failed to find asylum, 3,500 miles to the west. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 Weathering With You (2019) Ed Potton Shinkai... has created another world to lose yourself in. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
5/5 Waves (2019) Kevin Maher The film oozes cinematic style (every shot has a point, every camera movement an intention), while Shults's screenplay dives deep and tackles essential themes - parenting, forgiveness and the release of death. It's beautiful work. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Kevin Maher [I]t's never less than engrossing. Even with the schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Kevin Maher [A] triumph. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 Bombshell (2019) Kevin Maher [A] timely satirical takedown that finds black humour and absurdist comedy in the subject of workplace sexual harassment while never losing sight of its devastating repercussions. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 () James Jackson This was the kind of enjoyable, quantum-science-for-dummies programme populated by the species of professor who revels in finding hyper-complex maths equations "beautiful" and "elegant". EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2020
2/5 The Runaways (2019) Kevin Maher A frustrating, frequently baffling hodgepodge of moods, tones, influences and acting styles, The Runaways is a no-budget British indie that has epic ambitions and self-defeating formal ineptitude. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 El topo (1971) Ed Potton It's tempting to say they don't make films like this any more, but I'm not sure anyone has ever made them like Jodorowsky. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 Seberg (2019) Kevin Maher [T]he film... is fantastically flat. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 Lullaby (2018) Kevin Maher It could have been a thriller. It could have been The Hand that Rocks the Cradle 2. But Borleteau's script is too sophisticated for that... EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Kevin Maher When relief finally comes, it's heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
() Victoria Segal A blood bank of anecdote, enough to leave you sated. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Line of Duty (2019) Ed Potton Yet you find yourself rooting for this cliché-soaked throwback. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2020
4/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Kevin Maher Better just to sit back and let the f***ery flow. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2020
4/5 () Carol Midgley The documentary kept a respectful distance, and while it touched on Beckett's casual approach to sexual fidelity, Dunbar said it felt like prying and retreated. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
() Victoria Segal It could be ponderous - the scenes where Adam and his girlfriend explored his new derelict home were an endless parade of ceilings and doorknobs, Homes Under the Hammer horror. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
A Christmas Carol (2018) Victoria Segal [Steven] Knight's inventions, while florid, did create a psychological truth behind Scrooge's conduct, a reason for his transformation beyond the magic of Christmas. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
() Victoria Segal Mark Gatiss's adaptation of MR James's tale Martin's Close looked perfect on paper... but it wasn't quite strong enough to hatch out in your brain at 3am. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019) Hugo Rifkind There were a lot of new bits, but every beloved beat was there. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
5/5 () Carol Midgley It was a terrible story told sparingly, eloquently and with such realistic dialogue and camerawork that at times it felt like a documentary. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Ed Potton Geek and hero make for a decent enough odd couple; geek and pigeon are often a hoot. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) Kevin Maher [Saoirse Ronan] is the linchpin of the drama and gives the performance of the movie. Ronan, who has already snagged a Golden Globe nomination for the film and is a dead cert for an Oscar nod, is on impossibly sharp form here. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 () James Jackson The grand unveiling of the ghost, held back until the end (in the classic fashion), was rather less memorable than a fruity performance from the living. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2019
4/5 A Christmas Carol (2018) Carol Midgley This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
5/5 Top Hat (1935) Kevin Maher In short, perfection. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 The Courier (2019) Ed Potton Save for the game Kurylenko, it should be bed without supper for everyone involved here. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
1/5 Cats (2019) Kevin Maher It's deliberate doggerel. It's nonsense rhymes. And, for a movie audience accustomed to traits and arcs upon which they can hang their interest, it's deeply boring. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Kevin Maher Just a shame, then, that [Rey's] story should have so little emotional resonance, and that the Skywalker saga, with its 42 years of cinematic tradition, should end on such a charmless whimper. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 () Carol Midgley In its denouement, which you could see coming for quite some time, it simply proved what Christie fans know: the queen of crime is not easily emulated. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
4/5 Booksmart (2019) Kevin Maher ...witty, raucous, perfectly played and eventually packs an emotional wallop. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019) Camilla Long It provided a bog-standard portrait of yet another sweaty tyrant, reinforcing the one rule of life: never trust anyone who likes Rolls-Royces. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
() Camilla Long I found it slow and not interesting or well observed enough, and there comes a point in your life when you have to admit you don't enjoy watching old women wet themselves on the box. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019