Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/5 100% 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
84% 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 80% 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 87% 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 75% 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 25% 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
76% 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+ 71% 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+ 100% 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+ 96% 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 78% 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 79% 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 88% 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 80% 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 47% 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 22% 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 94% 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 85% 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 92% Atlantics (Atlantique) (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
5/5 100% 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 53% 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
5/5 97% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2019) It's as if Marianne and Héloïse's story lives in the finite window of a neverending golden hour, shining only for them. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 83% L'Animale (2018) Using a wide range of bold influences while carving its own way, Mückstein's latest film is invigorating and admirable. - CineVue EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
31% Chicuarotes (2019) These kids lack the sensitivity of Y Tu Mamá También or the conviction of Amores Perros, and fail to bring much heart to their own story. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) First-time director Olivia Wilde carves a note-perfect millennial portrait rife with specificity. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4/5 95% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Pain and Glory is less electric than Almódovar's earlier and more impassioned melodramas, but no less colourful. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
4/5 68% Little Joe (2019) A stimulating and cerebral study of the indiscernible root of genuine emotion. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
83% And Then We Danced (2019) The softness of a first romance feels strong - at once through sharp bodies and honey-sweet desire. - Sight and Sound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
5/5 94% The Lighthouse (2019) Claustrophobic cacophony reigns supreme - the rest of this year's titles will have to furiously paddle to try and compete. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
4/5 75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) An unambiguous and affecting look at the dull strain of today's gig economy. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
86% Zombi Child (2019) Bonello's electrifying folklore gets under your skin, with the audacious and cunning mystique of a magician who always has one more trick prepared. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Regal showmanship fuels Rocketman's mission, propelling the rousing, heartfelt musical to gleeful heights. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
86% Deerskin (Le daim) (2019) An immaculate, taut portrait of pathetic navel-gazing masculinity. - Little White Lies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 55% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Spotty suburban absurdity overtakes any sense of violent fear. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 91% Beats (2019) In its earsplitting appetite, Beats tears through the feeble noise of the status quo. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) An embarrassment to the heist genre, an insult to all existing comedies, a disgrace to feminism. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
5/5 88% Madeline's Madeline (2018) With her third feature film, Josephine Decker is cementing herself as an irreplaceable voice in contemporary independent filmmaking. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
4/5 99% Amazing Grace (2019) Amazing Grace beams with raw talent. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Although Knock Down the House ticks a lot of familiar boxes, the authentic ambition is unrivalled. - Culture Whisper EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
3/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) The dissonant comedy makes entertainment out of anxiety, but loses momentum because of it. - Empire Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019