Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
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 78% 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
5/5 100% 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 72% 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 45% 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 33% 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 79% 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 82% 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 95% 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 38% 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 27% 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
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) Not superbad - but not that good either. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Love it or loathe it, it's worth appreciating how rare it now is to have an original movie produced on such a lavish scale. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) With a trippy animated sequence and an irresistibly silly song about poo, there really is something for all the family. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) K-Stew [Kristen Stewart] rocks in a gender-fluid literary-hoax drama that's strange and fascinating. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 18% Playmobil: The Movie (2019) [Playmobil: The Movie] is a fun but bumpy ride. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 43% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) This is the kind of sentimental dramedy that leaves no emotional trigger unpulled. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) A unique real-life story that still hits many comfortingly familiar beats. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 79% Photograph (2019) Photograph finds new ways to tell a familiar fairy tale. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 72% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Pretty much nothing about this hectic, candy-coloured animated sequel made any sense at all. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 85% Animals (2019) Holliday Grainger shines in a funny and feral take on female friendship. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 33% The Current War (2019) Unlike its battling protagonists, The Current War is not out to set the world alight. Still, it looks ever so handsome and the wallpaper deserves special mention. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
4/5 80% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) [Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love] is an elegiac romance that casts new light on a legend. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/5 69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) There are hints of what this might have been: a Life Of Brian for kiddies. Instead, it's more like a mediocre Carry On movie where every punchline is poo, rather than sex. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 53% The Lion King (2019) There are thrilling set pieces and the stripped-down mythic storytelling is still punchy, but lacks the emotional knockout of the 1994 original. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
100% Only You (2018) A grown-up, low-budget British romantic drama about infertility might not get your pulses racing but this is one of 2019's hidden gems. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 84% The Brink (2019) While [Alison] Klayman is clearly no fan, she rarely challenges [Steve] Bannon on camera, possibly realising it's a waste of time. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
4/5 54% The Dead Don't Die (2019) With [Jim] Jarmusch and [Bill] Murray both in their late sixties, this ultimately stands as an older man's jaded existential statement -- one that invites you to stare into the nihilistic void and at least enjoy the funny side. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2019
2/5 41% Vita & Virginia (2019) Only existing fans of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West are likely to be drawn to this stiff recounting of the writers' 1920s Sapphic affair. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
83% Midsommar (2019) Ambitious and sprawling, there are the bones of a richer movie in here if only they'd reduced the 147-minute run time. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Think Scooby Doo on a Eurotrip, without the dog. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 91% Support the Girls (2018) In other hands this would have been a tear-inducing chick-flick in the early-1990s, Julia Roberts mould. Instead, it's a brilliantly textured, slice of modern life that is unfortunately being mis-sold as a Girls Trip-type studio comedy. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 63% Yesterday (2019) A film to make you cry, laugh and leave with a song in your heart, it's an uneven watch but by the time the credits rolled all my troubles seemed so far away. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2/5 68% Stockholm (2019) [Ethan] Hawke and his Easy Rider moustache are clearly having a wild old time and their gonzo enthusiasm just about powers this otherwise inert drama over the county line. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) That this story's riddled with silly plot holes isn't make or break but, less forgivably, Brightburn is slow and often boring. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
5/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Pixar is notorious for reducing parents to puddles. Its movies are built from the pain of loss all explored here with tremendous sophistication. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
3/5 87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2019) Despite its frustrations, Sometimes Always Never is a pleasingly eccentric offering that will delight some. And it's guaranteed to improve your word scores. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 93% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) Never mind that the [Rolling Thunder] Revue was a financial flop, [Martin] Scorsese's documentary smartly captures an era where commerce was, like, totally uncool, man. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
5/5 87% Diego Maradona (2019) Director Asif Kapadia adopts his signature style, rejecting talking heads to create an immersive viewing experience drawn from more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 80% Late Night (2019) Funny, yet unlike Thompson's awesome hair, not quite sharp enough. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
91% Gloria Bell (2019) Stunningly acted and sensitively detailed, it's a modest story of a normal, middle-aged life told with compelling honesty. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) A missable culmination to the 20-year X-Men franchise thus far. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
2/5 54% Ma (2019) Great concept, shame about the execution. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is a dull, cliché-riddled mess. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Confidently assured, snappy and hilarious, Booksmart is destined to become a classic. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
4/5 94% My Days of Mercy (2017) Contrived yet interesting and undeniably erotic, it's a queer story in both senses. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 96% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Mesmerically shot by cinematographer David Gallego, this sprawling, surrealist-tinged moral fable explores the erosion of community values in the pursuit of a fast, dirty buck. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) The John Wick movies stand apart due to their bone-crunchingly 'real' punch-ups and breath-stopping choreography. - Metro (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
3/5 66% Wine Country (2019) Despite having only one character trait apiece, the cast each slip into their semi-fictionalised roles as comfortably as a trusty longline cardigan. If only there were a bit of edge on show. - Times (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019