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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 76 Days (2020) Robbie Collin The result is less of an exposé than a straightforward video-diary, in which doctors and nurses are shown battling against a virus they aren't even sure how to contain, let alone treat. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
3/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Tim Robey It's inspired work in the rather dogged circumstances. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2021
4/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Tim Robey On all fronts, as the doc argues more than once, this episode is one of the most dishonourable moments in the FBI's history. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 The Dig (2021) Robbie Collin The line it draws between the earthy and the ethereal stays with you: it's a well-timed double dose of consolation and escape. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2021
1/5 Vanguard (2020) Tim Robey It's all atrocious. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021
4/5 Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special (2020) Anthony Brett Carey is spectacular. She wafts through the special mirage, crooning wistfully beneath the Northern Lights and demonstrating a masterclass in stiff line readings. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
4/5 The White Tiger (2021) Robbie Collin It's a punchy, propulsive watch, blown along by snappy editing and a hip-hop-driven soundtrack that stresses that there's still much fun to be had when hefty themes of inequality and geopolitics are being tackled. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2021
4/5 Mayor (2020) Tim Robey In its gently ironic way, the film depicts an urban centre keen to be treated, and run, as a genuine place to live, a town like any other. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Robbie Collin This is entirely Kirby's film, and the actress draws us surely but unforcedly inside Martha's mental state, until we're right in there with her, looking out at the world as if through misted glass. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
2/5 We Can Be Heroes (2020) Tim Robey I didn't get a migraine, but there are stronger recommendations. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
4/5 Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) Robbie Collin Less a snapshot of life on America's fringes than a bleary napkin doodle, Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets blurs the lines between fiction and fact to aptly intoxicating effect. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
1/5 Blithe Spirit (2020) Robbie Collin Stevens does his best with the material he's given, while Fisher's Irene Dunne-like spontaneity even in the most belaboured skits makes you howl with anguish that she hasn't been handed a better script. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2021
3/5 The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart (2020) Ed Power The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart was a solid documentary about the falsetto-fuelled siblings, but suffered slightly from a misleading title. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020) Anita Singh It wasn't a film about the identity of DB Cooper, but about the power of myth, the unreliability of memory and our desperation to believe in something. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
4/5 Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Anita Singh Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge. brought home the horror with a dramatic urgency. David France's grimly compelling film was a docu-thriller, with heart-stopping moments as activists spirited people out of the country in clandestine operations. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2020
2/5 Death to 2020 (2020) Chris Bennion Brooker, once, would have satirised a show like this. A TV comedy creating its script out of other people's Twitter jokes? Now there's an episode of Black Mirror. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
3/5 Let Him Go (2020) Tim Robey Raising it to a must-see, [Lane] gets the scope to build a character who's at once fretful and dead set, clinging on to what she loves, and fully prepared to fight. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980) Martin Chilton The film also has stunning car chases, choreographed like the dancing in a musical, as the Blues Brothers are pursued throughout Chicago, at one point even tearing through a shopping mall. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
3/5 Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Robbie Collin Director Patty Jenkins has followed that original film... with something much longer, cornier and wobblier, but which is energised with a streak of pure movie-star enchantment that recalls the sparkly-eyed uplift of the Christopher Reeve Superman films. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2020
3/5 Songbird (2020) Robbie Collin An enjoyably tactless jolt of trash-cinema bravado. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 Dreamland (2019) Tim Robey The film has misunderstood the appeal of its cinematic pedigree by overthinking it, melding Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands into a static blur jammed on pause. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
2/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Robbie Collin Even as someone liable to shed a tear over all Space Dad stories, up to and including Button Moon, I was left almost completely unmoved. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2020
3/5 A Christmas Carol (2020) Robbie Collin Immersive rather than absorbing, it's a film that makes you pine for the theatre, where this kind of offbeat treatment tends to land with fewer bumps. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan (2020) Robbie Collin Temple has set out to burnish MacGowan's legend with this film, and he does. But for all the gory details on show, the man himself remains only partially revealed. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 Falling (2020) Tim Robey In someone else's hands, it could have been an exercise in chest-beating macho sentiment. But in Mortensen's, it has a sad, surprising delicacy. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
4/5 The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (1990) Robbie Collin Redemption may have eluded Michael Corleone, but his third film was more fortunate. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
2/5 The Prom (2020) Robbie Collin It made me yearn for the effervescent choreography and tolerable acting of Adam Shankman's Hairspray, an average but peppy crowd-pleaser which looks like Singin' in the Rain next to this thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2020
4/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Robbie Collin Grey areas have never looked so dazzlingly and queasily neon-bright. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 The Hunt (2020) Robbie Collin If Hollywood really is an elite liberal bubble, Damon Lindelof might just be the prick it needs. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 Misbehaviour (2020) Tim Robey Caught in a tug-of-war between these two inimical angles, the film never blows up with the anarchic fury you're hoping for - it's polite and balanced to a dithering degree. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 And Then We Danced (2019) Tim Robey Even when it's treating us more than strictly surprising us, it's shot through with luscious visual texture. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 The Platform (2019) Robbie Collin It's anything but a balanced diet, but there's much to chew on regardless. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 Togo (2019) Tim Robey Even fans of Dafoe's ever-more-Hemingway-esque career trajectory will find a lot to relish. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
2/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Robbie Collin It's impossible to shake the sense that the film exists primarily to tick itself off the studio's own to-do list. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 Crip Camp (2020) Robbie Collin Crip Camp is the kind of documentary whose name circulates in must-watch lists for months: it's an inspiring true story, accessibly told. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
4/5 The Perfect Candidate (2019) Robbie Collin The Perfect Candidate's plot grips and amuses, but it's the colour that draws you in - that and the dextrous central performance from al-Zahrani... EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 Disneynature: Elephant (2020) Robbie Collin Elephant is set in a world without poachers, developers or tourists: the picture it paints is beautiful and educative, but doesn't feel quite complete. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2020
3/5 Sweet Song (2019) Tim Robey A discomfiting character study - and excellent vehicle for Viard - stuck with an ending it can't really handle. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/5 Four Kids and It (2019) Robbie Collin Even at a time when new family entertainment will always be gratefully received, it doesn't feel too much to wish for that films for children - sorry, kids - should be built a bit more rigorously than this. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
3/5 Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020) Robbie Collin For a seemingly innocuous project, there's substance here for adults to unpack with younger viewers, which is a boon. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
1/5 Iron Mask (2019) Robbie Collin I wouldn't say you have to have seen the first instalment to enjoy it: in fact, an unfamiliarity with the general concept of cinema would probably help, if anything. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/5 Who You Think I Am (2019) Tim Robey There's a kind of illicit thrill about watching Binoche dive so committedly into this woman's damage, drugged by the dopamine hits she gets from the little green light of Alex's active status. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/5 Selah and the Spades (2019) Tim Robey It has a woozy, suggestive grip, dangling some questions, answering others. It isn't slick. It's singular - and Poe is clearly a name to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
4/5 Moffie (2019) Tim Robey It does such a thought-through, empathetic, and powerful job of exploring homophobia as part of a root-and-branch mentality in South Africa's white patriarchal psyche. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
2/5 Astronaut (2019) Robbie Collin For a film about the joy and value of expanding your horizons, whatever your age, its outlook is irksomely blinkered. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
5/5 Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Robbie Collin As funny and tender as it is troubling... EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
2/5 Capone (2020) Tim Robey Dropping its leash on a star who needs one, the film mistakes decrepitude for drama, and the closest it gets to mid-scene narrative suspense is wondering whether Al Capone has just let himself go with a number one or two. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 The High Note (2020) Tim Robey You know what? This thing is sweetly affable even at its silliest. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
2/5 A Rainy Day in New York (2019) Tim Robey Even the basics here - changing your mind about love in the rain - feel mishandled, the insights fortune-cookie-ish. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020
3/5 Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) Tim Robey Sometimes it just takes one actor to elevate a film from innocuous, take-it-or-leave it fare into something winningly tender - and if your first film's needing that kind of lift-off, you could hardly do much better than Monica Dolan. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2020