Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 93% 1917 (2019) Mendes captures the immediacy of the trenches, the mechanical nature of war but also the vulnerable circumstances that can save or lose a life in a fraction of a second. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 80% The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Gillan painstakingly injects good intentions into despair - understanding that pain is multifaceted, and the need to laugh is key to staying afloat. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
4/5 53% Charlie's Angels (2019) What could have been a watery rehash is a fresh, exciting update on an attractive story that previously got lost in its own glamour. Do not underestimate these women. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 79% Judy & Punch (2019) The assured fairytale is smart and entertaining, but does often seem like a blown-up short. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) Here is a charming, mellow Christmas rom-com, but also a hamper of razor-sharp observations on modern-day dysfunction, both introspective and societal, symptomatic of 2019 Britain. It's impossible to stay frosty against it. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Brewer brings his material to life with bold enthusiasm, and finds a joyous team to help him honour one of the greats. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/5 25% Countdown (2019) The topical nightmare has potential to get under your skin, but relies too much on familiar jump scares and easy violence. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 53% Wounds (2019) Wounds is plagued by the vast emptiness that motivates its leading man. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) For those who know the broad strokes of the events, who are familiar with the potential of the director and his eyewatering cast - this often feels like the tip of a very big, very solid, very rich iceberg. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
4/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a film of vignettes, of cartoonish coincidences that link arms and stroll down promenades together. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
5/5 97% The Irishman (2019) The Irishman is vivid and immense, as if no movie had actually been so completely accomplished until now. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 100% Babyteeth (2019) Babyteeth is like a rush of blood to the head, a violent, passionate lurch into young adulthood. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
2/5 91% El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Most emotional moments are indulgent and inconclusive, adding unnecessary layers of fan service to an already complete product. - NME EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
4/5 73% The Aeronauts (2019) With two trustworthy stars and one world-changing balloon, The Aeronauts finds more than enough fuel to lift the world's spirits. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Beauty pours out of The Last Black Man in San Francisco and it asks to be felt with every sense. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 71% The King (2019) The marriage of fan service and historical tribute erects an impressive monument of a film in The King. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
95% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems isn't just a sadistic portrait of mistakes and punishment. There's a curiosity to dig deeper behind all that glitters; deep inside the gem, far under the skin. - Cinema Scope EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
C+ 26% Gemini Man (2019) A baffling product born from a bizarre idea. - indieWire EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 96% The Last Tree (2019) The coming-of-age template is taken to an audacious place - Amoo's introspective portrait of a conflicted boy is 
ripe with tangible frustration and poetry that colours the picture with striking empathy. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 97% Marriage Story (2019) It feels like Marriage Story could hold the key to the most intimate and complex humanity in the faintest of heartbeats. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
3/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) It's rare to see such immense impulse given the time and space of Lucy in the Sky - an illogical, unsettled and entertaining picture. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
85% Waves (2019) Shults is a master of his own tension, enforcing endpoints and breakdowns when needed, draining the colour when it becomes too bright. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 83% How to Build a Girl (2019) There are many moments of sweetness and unquestionable chemistry between Feldstein and Allen. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy bypasses a chronological checklist of events in favour of a more evocative introspection. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
2/5 69% Joker (2019) In Joker there's no finesse, no nuance between the delusion of one narcissist and the hypnosis of an infected society ready to burn itself to the ground in the name of power. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Wooden performances make empathy impossible, and the scattershot narrative loses all the riches of the source material. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) No one is here to educate on or avenge for the horrors of the past - it's too silly for that, but it's crystal-clear that Waititi is laughing on the right side of history. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers focuses the women of the strip club, but the fire roars loud enough to transcend this world and wake up a viewer in any other situation that could feel any similar floodlit rage. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
C+ 75% Proxima (2019) Proxima tells a story so unseen it feels like an anomaly: a space movie that spends most of its time on Earth, and a space movie about a woman. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B+ 95% Rocks (2019) "Rocks" is more interested in painting a truthful, colorful portrait of modern London girlhood than in scripting another melodrama. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
A+ 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Matthew Rhys delivers a transformative performance, one that begins with stony bitterness and gives way to an emotionally naked revelation without ever losing an ounce of gravitas. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
B 77% The Friend (2019) While the story's ending might not transcend this family's fate, "The Friend" lets its audience believe in their future-through the tears, with each other. - The Playlist EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 80% Good Boys (2019) This is a pre-teen movie that embraces its childishness at every turn. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) For fans of the Boss, it's a treat, and for those less familiar it offers a thorough and harmless insight into the fandom - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Broomfield's approach feels more intrusive than reflective, reducing the private story to public gossip. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
2/5 49% Tell It to the Bees (2019) Watery romance that has no real feeling to cling to. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) When you're trying to mine emotion from a dried-up rock, you'll be left choking on your own dust long after the sheen of mechanical innovation has worn off. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 70% Mari (2018) Embracing grief as an incommunicable sensation and finding the means to work through it, the film fights hard to tell a familiar story with a unique passion. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) What transpires is a complex, wisened contemplation of a simple existence lived for a greater purpose - Pixar's most soulful film in years. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Hemsworth and Thompson's charisma soothes the viewing experience, but what remains after the credits have rolled is... not very much. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) There are low moments, flat moments and unconvincing moments - but Gloria deserves to be protected at all costs. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Entertaining but overbaked jazzy comedy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 93% Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Ask Dr. Ruth prioritises the admiration of an inspirational figure, rather than a probing of the mind that cared for so many. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
3/5 86% Animals (2019) The narrative's mission is less to get from A to B, instead to relish the snapshots of sisterhood, at once idyllic and hellish, that audiences will undoubtedly recognise. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019
2/5 54% Ma (2019) The lack of logic and, in some instances, dignity, prevents the film from really committing to its hellish promises. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
2/5 86% The Nightingale (2019) The Nightingale is not a film of subtext or suggestions - the harrowing facts are depicted with cruel proximity - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 99% The Farewell (2019) Lulu Wang successfully marries comedic talent with sensitive writing to universalise her experience. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 95% Atlantics (2019) There's enough in Diop's confident style to make a viewing of Atlantics crucial homework to keep tabs on one of the most exciting filmmakers emerging today. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2019
5/5 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) The director's fiercely intelligent voice is unmistakable in Parasite, but the playfulness keeps an audience irretrievably invested. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
4/5 58% Matthias and Maxime (2019) Matthias et Maxime cherishes the feelings Dolan has always mastered, but his tumultuous underbelly is softer, more mature. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019