Simran Hans

Simran Hans
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 82% The Aeronauts (2019) Inspired by real events, the film is at its best when it leans into the action-adventure genre; director Tom Harper smartly uses camera-shake and closeups to immerse the audience in the weather's volatility. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 43% After the Wedding (2019) The Sad Rich White People Movie is one of my favourite genres, and indeed the white people in this English-language remake of Danish film-maker's Susanne Bier's 2006 tearjerker are very sad and very rich. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 88% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) There's a note of truth in Bell's finely tuned performance as a character whose insecurities have calcified over the years, hardening her to genuine goodwill, which she frequently misreads as pity. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
4/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) The new material is fresher and considerably more fun. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) It's not unfunny watching McConaughey smoke a joint from between Isla Fisher's toes, but some viewers may find themselves less enamoured of Moondog than the film is. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
3/5 95% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) There's perhaps an over-reliance on voiceover by way of letters and emails, though the film's unvarnished formal directness is a good thing, given the sensitive material. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
2/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) As a sequel, it's baldly opportunistic, grab-bagging contemporary political issues (reproductive justice; undocumented migrants) in a transparent attempt to justify its cultural relevance. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 100% Chained for Life (2019) [A] wonky, charming satire... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 88% American Woman (2019) Miller's finely tuned performance manages to be tough and sparky and just world-weary enough, without slipping into one-size-fits-all inspirational "survivor" cliche. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
1/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Never mind the silly science or that Smith's face is shoddily de-aged with digital technology to enable him to play Junior: it's simply hard to buy the actor as a weepy 23-year-old virgin. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 71% The King (2019) The battle scenes have a crunchy, tactile feel, all swords slicing chainmail, but there's something standard-issue slick about the rest of the proceedings. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 82% Abominable (2019) The central relationship here is not dissimilar to the one in How to Train Your Dragon, (also produced by DreamWorks Animation) but that's not necessarily a bad thing. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 50% Farming (2019) Enitan's trauma is revelled in but for what? Few new truths are learned here. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 75% Hotel Mumbai (2019) There is something queasy about mining such fresh real-life trauma for popcorn entertainment. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
3/5 78% Skin (2019) Bell is magnetic in the role, and there's real chemistry between him and Macdonald, but the film's formal glossiness and frequent overhead shots create distance between the viewer and the hate crimes on display. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) There is an elegance to the premise - an otherwise straightforward cat-and-mouse chase around a gothic mansion - and a satisfying clip to the rewardingly gory action. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2019
2/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) There is no sense of pace or mystery, but rather an evident need to get through Tartt's dense plotting in the two-and-a-half-hour run time. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
2/5 76% Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Bjørkaas Thedin's debut performance is striking in its restraint, but the film's thriller mode and social commentary B-plot never quite cohere. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) It's lighthearted stuff and mostly benign too, save its unashamedly effusive stance on the monarchy. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 99% Honeyland (2019) [A] gripping, Sundance-winning documentary. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is a classically made film about capital - sexual, social and financial. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
2/5 39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) There is something odd about the way the film condemns bloodshed while revelling in trigger-happy violence. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
2/5 83% Crawl (2019) Crawl benefits from its economical 87-minute runtime, but as a genre piece it's perhaps more skin than muscle. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
3/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2019
4/5 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Though she takes her subjects seriously, Lane allows herself to be led by her sense of humour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2019
3/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) Dern brings a hungry, manic energy to Albert... while Stewart's performance is typically interiorised and exacting. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
2/5 79% Good Boys (2019) One joke can't sustain the entire movie. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 94% Transit (2019) [A] tightly coiled thriller... - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Goofily charming and a rare, age-appropriate children's film in which the adults are silly and the kids, especially the girls, are smart. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Sometimes there is pleasure to be found in brainless action, but the extended video game-style finale left me furious and fatigued. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
2/5 79% Photograph (2019) This bland, sombre love story from the director of The Lunchbox (2013) lacks that film's flavour. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
3/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Much funnier and flappier than it needs to be. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
4/5 100% The Chambermaid (La camarista) (2019) This is brilliantly confident film-making. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
4/5 98% Varda by Agnès (2019) Varda's tone remains generously intimate, friendly and unpretentious. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
2/5 71% Gwen (2019) There comes a point at which the suffering the characters endure undermines their power instead of reinforcing it. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
3/5 48% Tell It to the Bees (2019) The flirty tension between the two feels quietly credible, the camera occasionally shuddering with desire. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2019
4/5 43% The Wedding Guest (2019) More than anything, this wiry thriller works as a homage to the neo-noir genre. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2019
2/5 83% Midsommar (2019) As the film sways drunkenly towards its inevitable conclusion, Aster fails to conjure a sense of dread or even tension - essential qualities of the horror genre. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
2/5 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Debicki is wonderful as Woolf, a wry and solemn observer, but the rest of the film is all too literal. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 80% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Variously gorgeous, ethereal, artful and tacky, both Anne's film and Gonzalez's are sustained by a throbbing sexual energy, aided by French electronic act M83's twinkling, club‑inspired score. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 50% Ibiza: The Silent Movie (2019) Julien Temple's documentary links the island's long history to its modern clubbing reputation. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
68% Stockholm (2019) From its gaudy 70s costuming to its goofy, wobbling tone, everything about this film feels uncomfortably broad. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
2/5 57% Brightburn (2019) As an antihero with an oedipal complex, neither Brandon nor Dunn is sufficiently creepy or conflicted to launch a new franchise. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 63% Child's Play (2019) This playful reboot of the 1988 horror comedy relaunches the Chucky series, gently twisting its central conceit to reflect more contemporary anxieties. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
3/5 69% The Flood (2019) This drama notes the casual indignity with which the government treats displaced people. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
80% A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle) (2019) A nimble romantic comedy with a puckish sense of humour regarding crushes, fantasies and romantic affairs. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
1/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The ugly visual effects are outdone only by the sound design, which is relentlessly loud and thunderingly tedious. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 54% Ma (2019) Those who enjoy Blumhouse productions for their unabashed silliness will be pleased to discover a sticky slice of schlock, with both household appliances and prosthetic genitals given their genre moments. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 71% The Etruscan Smile (Rory's Way) (2019) I'd have happily watched Cox flirt with Rosanna Arquette's museum curator for 90 minutes; her game attempts to parrot his Gaelic and a tentative kiss while gardening, knee-deep in soil, are strangely charming. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
3/5 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) It's all too vague to function effectively as either a commentary on the build-up to the Great War or as the story of a woman looking to find her place in a city predicated on rigid, gender-determined hierarchies. - Observer (UK) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2019