Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Times (UK), Metro (UK)

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 78% Pink Wall (2019) This is a promising directorial debut from Weekend actor Tom Cullen, even if his intense, intimate low-budget drama often feels like an extended acting exercise. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 96% The Kingmaker (2019) While the film never manages an Act Of Killing-type confrontation, [Lauren] Greenfield injects a canny contemporary Trumpian relevance to her timely, engrossing portrait of dynastic power-grabbing. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
2/5 67% Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Stay in and play Monopoly instead. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 97% Ordinary Love (2020) Ordinary Love runs the risk of being almost too 'ordinary'. However, watching these two great actors bend their immense talents to playing unremarkable people creates something quietly extraordinary. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 93% Honey Boy (2019) The script is compellingly raw, coruscatingly emotional, darkly humorous and edgily tender. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) [Natalie] Portman has a great track record of playing women under extreme psychological pressure and this turn is equally Oscar-worthy. Unfortunately, the film supporting her, over-directed by TV's Noah Hawley, isn't of the same calibre. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 68% Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (2019) Next stop, the Beavis and Butthead Reboot? - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 52% Charlie's Angels (2019) But while this girl-power action flick happily bashes you over the head with its feminist credentials, elsewhere it keeps missing the mark. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Writer-director Rian Johnson brilliantly keeps the game afoot. Edited with dash and panache, his ingenious plotting keeps you pretty much hooked throughout a playful 130 minutes. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 60% Ophelia (2019) Richly coloured and interestingly flawed, director Claire McCarthy's melodrama is an increasingly bonkers watch, anchored by [Daisy] Ridley's magnetic turn as the passionately conflicted Ophelia. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Props to Disney for spending six years ensuring that Frozen 2 isn't a mere cash-in, but an artistically finer film. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 92% Blue Story (2019) Rapman [Andrew Onwubolu] offers no solutions to these terrifying real-world problems. He's got a message but he doesn't preach it. His film is unsentimental and powerfully authentic - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
3/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) the reason to see this is [Lupita] Nyong'o. A kind of zombie-killing version of Julie Andrews in a sunny yellow dress, the US star proves you can defeat anything with a positive attitude and some 'Tay Tay on your uke-y' - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 100% 2040 (2019) A self-declared exercise in 'fact-based dreaming' 2040 has a certain naive optimism but couldn't we all do with a dose of that right now? - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
1/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's built on a concept so creepy and wrong that I fear George Michael's spirit is in for a very un-merry Christmas. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) Ironically, for a story about men creating outside the box, it's pretty formulaic. But there's a glorious, old-fashioned sense of nostalgia about this hunk of Americana that suggests director James Mangold grew up on the Herbie movies. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 96% The Irishman (2019) [Al Pacino's] on Godfather-worthy form here as loose cannon union boss Jimmy Hoffa, in what, amazingly, is his [Martin] Scorsese debut. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 90% Luce (2019) Based on JC Lee's play, the script can be airless and contrived but you'll certainly be chewing the themes over long after the credits roll. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 72% The Aeronauts (2019) Breathtaking balloon heroics make this movie one you need to catch on the big screen. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 96% Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Midge Costin's marvellous documentary opens our eyes to a subtle art typically dismissed as the boring 'loo break' category of movie awards ceremonies. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 44% After the Wedding (2019) The plot's soap opera twists should jerk tears but director Bart Freundlich leaves you high and dry, as if too classy to admit his own film's silliness. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 85% Sorry We Missed You (2020) At times the polemic overpowers the authenticity of the drama but the wonderfully unaffected performances largely save the day. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) Indulgent, non-judgmental fun. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
5/5 93% Monos (2019) Monos is bound to be a fixture on many critics' Top 10 films of 2019 lists. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) [Linda] Hamilton is hands down incredible as a grey-haired, muscle-hardened, gun-crazed alcoholic who's seen the future and wants to shoot it in the face. However, she's in a different film to everyone else. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 97% Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Any Aardman movie is a true labour of claymation love. Even if, story-wise, this stop-motion sequel may induce a pressing desire to count sheep, rather than watch them -- at least in adults. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 83% Official Secrets (2019) [Katharine] Gun's principled stand against the scary forces of corruption is inspiring but it's the recent proroguing of parliament that bestows an urgent relevance on the rather dry script. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Terrifyingly volatile, fiercely powerful yet emotionally fragile, there's never been a Disney character quite like Maleficent and [Angelina] Jolie imbues her creation with a melancholic grandeur. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
3/5 53% Farming (2019) A remarkable true-life tale that's sickeningly painful to witness. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
2/5 65% The Day Shall Come (2019) Draggingly directed by [Chris] Morris himself, it feels like he's shooting fish in a barrel yet somehow still missing. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) Consciously channelling classics such as Taxi Driver and The King Of Comedy, it's a visually striking, breathtakingly dangerous reflection of our broken times wherein a deluded loner finally finds himself empowered and noticed when he picks up a gun. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 100% Hitsville: The Making Of Motown (2019) Definitive and a wall-to-wall joy, it's probably the finest feel-good music documentary of all time. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger knocks it over the rainbow with her Hollywood comeback. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 94% Sea of Shadows (2019) An impressive film. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) A visceral ensemble thriller shot with breathlessly sustained suspense and an authentic sense of place, Hotel Mumbai marks director Anthony Maras and cinematographer Nick Remy Matthews, both in their feature debuts, as talents to watch. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
2/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the starry ensemble here recalls his earlier film, Traffic, but the pace of this polemic is draggy, even at 96 minutes, and all the meta-tricksiness is tiresome. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) All three leads are strong and the script crackles with stirring girl-power lines from writer-turned-director Andrea Berloff. Still, her attempt to mix shockingly dark, gritty violence with bouncy comedy leaves a bitter aftertaste. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Director James Gray is a master craftsman known for intense, character-driven dramas. The zero-gravity fights are amazing but it's the contours and flickers of Pitt's face that make the most impact. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) A delicate allegory about the impact of modern agriculture. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) There are a few hilariously under-sketched twists but, all in all, it's a bravura feat of storytelling akin to a Georgian-era Avengers: Infinity War. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
5/5 99% For Sama (2019) One of the most remarkable and affecting war docs of all time. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 73% The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) (2019) Yes, the journey is predictable, the humour penile and the characters within the team embarrassingly one-dimensional. However, you end up caring about them thanks to the endearing cast. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 50% The Informer (2020) Less acceptable is that it's a good hour before The Informer kicks into gear as a gripping prison break thriller, by which time, if you're streaming it, you'll have switched off or snoozed off. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
5/5 90% The Souvenir (2019) Poetic, fascinating and enigmatic, it's a remarkable showcase for two peerless leads. Possibly the finest film of this year and there's part two to come next summer. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) [A Million Little Pieces] is a furiously acted, artfully directed yet ultimately reductive rehab story. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Proof, once again, that a creaky floorboard, judiciously used, is worth more than any expensive digital trickery. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 83% Crawl (2019) There hasn't been a decent croc movie since 1999's Lake Placid and this is just the latest to lack, ahem, bite. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Forget Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, this is what a true love letter to cinema looks like. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Sure, we're encouraged to empathise over the physical and mental toll it takes on both the agents and their families. But in contradiction to that, we're apparently not meant to blink twice at the film's truly monster body count. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
2/5 28% UglyDolls (2019) Positive messaging about celebrating our unique imperfections and seeking your own truth has never felt more urgent to children in the age of Instagram. Pity, then, that this toothless and derivative marketing exercise doesn't practise what it preaches. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019