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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Waiting for Anya (2020) Robbie Collin It's the kind of film that's good news for anyone with a book report due on the source, but can't be recommended under any other circumstances. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2020
4/5 First Love (2019) Robbie Collin Imagine if the David Ayer of Street Kings and End of Watch had shot the first half of a gangster movie, then thrown his megaphone to Spaced-age Edgar Wright. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2020
2/5 Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Robbie Collin Children encountering the faux-ET format for the first time may enjoy it well enough, but signs of life, extra or otherwise, are low to nil. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
The New World (2005) Catherine Shoard All [Malick's] trademarks are present and correct: the swaying grass, the gurgling rivers, the trees, the birds, the internal monologues. They all fit. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Caché (2005) Catherine Shoard Austrian sadist Michael Haneke's most mainstream film to date is this exquisitely calibrated and jittery thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Rumor Has It ... (2005) Catherine Shoard Rumour had it that this was rubbish, and so it is. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Frozen (2005) Catherine Shoard Not, at first glance, the sexiest pitch, so thumbs up to first-time director Juliet McKoen for making this fairly gripping. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Casanova (2005) Zadie Smith Casanova is a silly film. Half Carry On, half Shakespearean comedy, everyone in it is perfectly nice and should reassemble to make a great Twelfth Night. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) Zadie Smith In terms of historical content, the film is neither quite honest nor quite true. That's a shame, because it's a great film. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
Munich (2005) Zadie Smith Eric Bana gives a performance that deserves something more serious than an Oscar. It's a sublimely convincing portrayal of a man who is travelling far from who he is in order to defend who he is. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/5 EMMA. (2020) Tim Robey This Emma is pleasant enough in passing, and nothing if not scenically lush. I just couldn't get on with its Emma at all. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2020
2/5 Dolittle (2020) Robbie Collin The chaotic cutting and framing of almost every scene suggests an enormous amount of Downey Jr's dialogue was re-recorded after the shoot: tellingly, the actor is rarely facing the camera while speaking, and often isn't even on screen. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
2/5 Underwater (2020) Tim Robey As viewers of this dreck, we could teach the earth's crust a few things about being deeply bored. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2020
3/5 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Tim Robey This whole film is a femme-fatale meet-and-greet which detoxifies the recent spree of male-dominated skulkings around Gotham City. It has gangster's moll energy where the molls take over. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2020
4/5 Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (2020) Amy Jones Instead, what director Lana Wilson has created is a portrait of someone who is still intensely alone and vulnerable, despite being one of the most successful artists in the world. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
3/5 Queen & Slim (2019) Robbie Collin Their characters are only loosely sketched, which suits both Kaluuya's watchful, reticent performance - reminiscent of his star-making work in Get Out - and Turner-Smith's lack of experience. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
3/5 Richard Jewell (2019) Tim Robey Richard Jewell is pointed and compelling - so much so that it needn't underline its themes as thickly as it does. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 The Rhythm Section (2020) Tim Robey The film's momentum comes in fits and spurts, as if its foot keeps slipping on the accelerator. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2/5 The Turning (2020) Robbie Collin The plot doesn't allow for an ebb and flow of tension, but instead serves up a steady parade of clunks and whoos and creepy dolls that quickly becomes tedious. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
2/5 The Grudge (2020) Tim Robey This new reboot (of sorts) sidles up like the return of a lingering bad smell, reminding you that there's something nasty behind the wardrobe you really ought to sort out. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Water (1985) Patrick Gibbs As an attempt at mad-cap political satire, Dick Clement's Water is really surprisingly wet considering it boasts such useful people in the cast. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Edith and Marcel (1983) Patrick Gibbs Fairly factual. I dare say, but rather embarrassing to this spectator. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2020
Amadeus (1984) Patrick Gibbs What starts as an absorbing study of historical characters and situations ends as just another elaborate and over-long Hollywood style costume-piece. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
4/5 Waves (2019) Robbie Collin Waves isn't merely a film about teenagers, it's virtually a teenager in film form. It's also the kind of cinema that keeps you young. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Tim Robey Jordan... has steel and energy in his part, and... Foxx... gives a beautifully modulated, unflashy and quietly moving performance, easily his best in at least a decade. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Robbie Collin A quarter-century on from its inception, Bad Boys has become something which would have once seemed inconceivable: quite sweet. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
5/5 The Tiger Who Came to Tea (2019) Anita Singh Child actor Clara Ross was a lovely, natural Sophie. The rest of the cast, including Tamsin Greig and Benedict Cumberbatch, were understated. Even the Robbie Williams song was pleasingly restrained. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
2/5 () Anita Singh I watched this one alone with the lights off, willing myself to be frightened. No such luck: I found myself idly admiring Adam's radiators and wondering about his heating bills. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
3/5 A Christmas Carol (2018) Anita Singh This was clearly aiming to be more than a predictable period drama. Hurrah for that, because what is the point in remaking something unless you're going to bring something different to the table? EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2019
4/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Robbie Collin Call it The Spy Who Doved Me: a body swap comedy pushed to unusually daft extremes, even by the standards of the form. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Robbie Collin The Gentlemen is a mid-life-crisis movie, and I don't mean that as a criticism: it's keen to give its beloved old guard the last laugh in a fast-changing world. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2019
0/5 Cats (2019) Tim Robey Finding any high point in Cats, though, takes some serious scratching. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
3/5 () Michael Hogan It was a neat and jolly enough premise but sadly, the ideas were superior to their execution. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Robbie Collin The Rise of Skywalker completes a saga no one sane screenwriter would have dreamt up from scratch, but does so with such pluck and showmanship that the result feels strangely precious. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
4/5 A Christmas Carol (2018) Michael Hogan It's ultimately an ambitious, brutal take on Dickens's familiar ghost story. Yes, it's a little hammy, but it's also haunting and hallucinatory. Just don't expect to sleep well on Christmas Eve. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2019
3/5 Citizen K (2019) Tim Robey The film strays off-target at times and doesn't give the horrors of Siberia enough consideration. But it's an interesting thematic grab-bag... EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 The Kingmaker (2019) Robbie Collin While the film starts in wry fly-on-the-wall mode, it morphs into something weightier and surreally unsettling - Louis Theroux to Luis Buñuel in 60 minutes flat. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
4/5 () Anita Singh Bit by bit, the film meticulously built the case for the defence, as her lawyers set out to explain how a housewife with no history of violence could commit such a horrific act. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
5/5 () Anita Singh The drama achieved two important things: providing a truthful portrayal of the condition, and reminding people caring for those with dementia that they are not alone. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Robbie Collin It doesn't click, particularly for Johnson, whose proven flair for physical comedy doesn't extend to an amusing and/or accurate Danny DeVito impression. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Tim Robey Bombshell is a bright, watchable film on a subject that ought to make us squirm. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Tim Robey The icing on the cake of [LaBeouf's] indie redemption phase. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
5/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Robbie Collin It took Norton two decades to get Motherless Brooklyn made, and the result is a film that's wondrously out of time: one in which the hero isn't out to save the world, just understand it. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Tim Robey The unremarkable nature of this story becomes its strength, but the modest, well-acted virtues of the piece could have resonated profoundly with a little more detail. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
2/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Tim Robey A flimsy, effortful project that simply has no footing either as fact or convincing fiction. It's in freefall from the word go. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Tim Robey While she ruthlessly exposes the unexpiated atrocities in Australia's past, Kent has smartly pillaged all the old horseback conventions to do her bidding. But she's halfway stuck within them, too. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
2/5 The Two Popes (2019) Tim Robey An exercise in bonding through mutual exculpation, it's worryingly close to being great PR. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Tim Robey If it's a crime to enjoy Stewart, in a fluorescent pink jockey ensemble, hopping on a horse to chase some chauvinist dinosaurs down, cuff me this second. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3/5 1917 (2019) Robbie Collin Let there be no doubt that everyone involved with 1917 gave their all to the exercise. But its ultimate status as an exercise is, likewise, without doubt. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Little Women (2019) Tim Robey The hard work Gerwig has put in strikes deepening chords with the material as it goes. In tune with the March sisterhood, her film gradually figures out what it yearns to be. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019