Amber Wilkinson

Amber Wilkinson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society
Location: Edinburgh

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 69% The Other Lamb (2019) Szumowska fills her film with turbulence, from the physical maelstrom of a waterfall seen at the start of the film to the often macabre visions experienced by Selah... - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
No Score Yet Sunless Shadows (2019) It's a tough subject, but Oskouei approaches it with care, capturing the girls through quiet observation and then giving them a more overt voice in moments when they are alone and in charge of a camera. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) This is a mainstream consideration of Garland's life but Zellweger brings fine art to its more broad brush moments. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4.5/5 93% The Endless Trench (La trinchera infinita) (2019) The Endless Trench marries its effective prison drama element to a relationship drama, artfully highlighting the impact of hiding out, not just on those forced to do it but on their loved ones. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 63% While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) (2019) The deeper into the film we get, and the closer the realities of the war become to Unamuno, the more Amenábar and his co-writer Alejandro Hernández lean into the melodrama. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lynn + Lucy (2019) Scrimshaw captures Lynn's warring emotions perfectly. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Gray's film is so visually stunning in places, you'll wish that Roy would pipe down a bit and let you enjoy it. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 100% The Go-Between (1970) Both Losey and Pinter are less interested in the romance itself than in the way its illicit nature exposes the class divide. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 80% Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) (1961) Even though the physical violence is kept to a minimum, Losey uses the sound of a riot to help feed the mounting oppression, mirroring the psychological turmoil within Bannion himself. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) The story moves like treacle, with the action bogged down and emotions bottled up. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 100% Mosul (2019) [E]mbedded Iraqi journalist Ali Maula acts as our guide and his musings on the situation in his homeland give this film an editorial and contextual anchor that will help viewers less familiar with the day-to-day socio-politics of Iraq. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 14% Night Hunter (Nomis) (2019) You're going to want to break out your crime cliche bingo card early, lest you miss the full house. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) This is the J-Lo show though and she hustles the film away from the others, running a watttage of 80 per cent old school diva and 20 per cent Jenny From The Block that adds up to 100 per cent magnificence. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
58% The Moneychanger (Así habló el cambista) (2019) An enjoyably offbeat period character study wrapped in a thriller and laced with bone-dry humour that charts the rise of a conscience-free money launderer during the 1970s Uruguayan military dictatorship. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
100% Mother (Madre) (2019) [Sorogoyen] demonstrates a masterful control of the emotional rhythms that ebb and flow throughout the film to unsettling and potent effect as he scrutinises the long-term aftermath of a mother's loss of a child. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
50% The Barefoot Emperor (2019) There's a sense that Brosens and Woodworth are... trying too hard to wring the situational laughs out of their audience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 100% The Load (Teret) (2019) Glavonic, who has a background in documentary, has crafted a moody and broody piece, built less on onscreen incident than the oppressive atmosphere and offscreen imaginings. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Princess Emmy (Prinzessin Emmy) (2019) The main source of tension here is between the two girls and their one-upmanship is well handled but even older child audiences are likely to find the general lack of any sort of danger a bit of a turn off. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 87% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2019) While content is important, it is context that is king in a documentary, and this film could do with a lot more of it to orient viewers, especially those who don't have a full working knowledge of the American South. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) The film is at its strongest when it's exploring the nature of manipulation and who, exactly, is manipulating whom. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 100% The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) When the moment of violence arrives, abruptly, at the half-way point, it does so in flurry of handheld camerawork, striking sound design and stark symbolism. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) Time and place hold both no and every meaning in Christian Petzold's latest film. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
3.5/5 87% Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) (2018) As an anti-hero Veijo is up there, thanks in no small part to Onnismaa's performance, which brings a sorrowfulness to the character that inspires our sympathy even as his actions become increasingly deadly. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 99% For Sama (2019) Al-Kateab and Watt capture not just the horror of war but the vibrancy of those attempting to carry on their lives as best they can against its backdrop. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 79% Photograph (2019) Siddiqui is winning in the [central] role, while his scenes with Jaffar bring a sparky energy to the screen that is a welcome contrast to the film's largely quiet tone. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 100% The Father (Bashtata) (2019) Grozeva and Valchanov allow a gentle absurdity to flow through the film, largely stemming from the sorts of white lies and unspoken fears that often crop up in parent/child relationships. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet My Hindu Friend (2015) Dafoe certainly dedicates himself to the material and the shadowy cinematography from Mauro Pinheiro Jr emphasises every cheek and bone hollow of its sick central character, but the project as a whole is too self-absorbed to be absorbing for anyone else. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 74% Yomeddine (2019) Road trips, of course, always contain a fair number of familiar stopping points and sign posts and this is no different ... But Shawky allows his characters to sit firmly in the driving seat - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 70% Making Noise Quietly (2019) We make allowances for the lack of conversational padding in theatre but in the more naturalistic setting of cinema some of this is too hard and fast - especially in the final third. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 69% The Command (Kursk) (2019) It's all perfectly watchable but hampered by cliche and a feeling of a filmmaking team treading so carefully they struggle to leave a mark. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
4/5 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) The film is held together less by the tale than by tensions. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Carmilla (2019) Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other' but though the end result is well turned out in terms of look and performance, it could use a little less corseting and a lot more bite. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3.5/5 57% Strange But True (2019) If the action loses some of its enjoyably cool composition, it still grips until the last. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 100% Bulbul Can Sing (2018) "A river must be herself," someone says and yet the adults here want to channel their children in into their own image - at almost any cost. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Zero Impunity (2019) Western documentary regulars may feel as though they are in familiar territory at the start of the film, which begins by focusing on Syria - but soon the violence considered will come a lot closer to home. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4/5 100% Advocate (2019) The very nature of Tsemel's passion for her projects makes this a compelling watch. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
3.5/5 86% Oleg (2019) Ogrodnik - so impressive in 2017's Silent Night - is magnetic again here as minor criminal Andrzej, flipping between aggression and comradeship with the ease of the click of a TV remote. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
4.5/5 96% Thunder Road (2018) From the beginning, Cummings gives his character, and us, a full emotional workout. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2.5/5 50% Sick, Sick, Sick (Sem seu sangue) (2019) Alice Furtado... takes a dreamy approach to obsession that, while it might have worked in the short form of filmmaking she is more used to, struggles to sustain the 100-minute runtime. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 97% The Proposal (2019) This builds into a compelling combination of personal film essay and tense drama as Magid's audacious plan comes to fruition. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 97% Booksmart (2019) It's funny because, beneath the humour, is a the ring of truth as loud as a school bell. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 57% Aladdin (2019) If I had a magic lamp and three wishes, after the whole ending war and famine stuff, I'd use one to wish that Disney think long and hard about these live-action remakes. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Fletcher and his star Taron Egerton fling themselves flamboyantly into John's life, riffing on events, giving them a surreal spin but always keeping how John is feeling about each moment front and centre. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 100% Litigante (2019) Lolli has a looseness to his direction that adds to the vérité feel and he has a knack for capturing the natural moments children can create that often pass unnoticed. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 92% The Unknown Saint (Le miracle du saint inconnu) (2019) The situation is ripe with ridiculousness, but Aljem shows a lot of restraint. His scenes are shot in a spare way, with minimal clutter and he's happy to wait for a joke to pay off. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) While not particularly visually inventive, the director has a keen eye for the casually absurd, so that every setting he puts his characters in comes with just the right amount of daftness. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) The noir element is lightened considerably by the film's other big debt - to the antics of Warner Brothers' cartoons past - with the characters frequently finding themselves in enjoyably absurd situations. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
4/5 100% 17 Blocks (2019) There's a searing honesty and immediacy about the footage. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3.5/5 100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion) (1995) Generally, this film engages more intellectually with emotion than Kore-eda's later more heartfelt work. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
3/5 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) As an introduction to the world of sound in the cinema, this film ticks the boxes but it doesn't quite make the waves it promises. - Eye for Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019