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Rating Title/Year Author
() Amber Wilkinson It's a tough subject, but Oskouei approaches it with care, capturing the girls through quiet observation and then giving them a more overt voice in moments when they are alone and in charge of a camera. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
The Captain (2019) Wendy Ide A corny but enjoyable disaster flick which makes up for what it lacks in polished CGI with a rattling pace and plenty of bracingly authentic scenes of screaming passenger panic. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019) Tim Grierson The resourceful heroines adeptly cycle through wardrobes and disguises, which makes it all the more unfortunate that this sometimes lively action-comedy is forced to dress up as just another studio blockbuster. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Frozen II (2019) Tim Grierson An air of wistfulness imbues the proceedings, building to a resonant climax that's hard to resist, despite some legitimate reservations about this uneven sequel. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Dark Waters (2019) Fionnuala Halligan A consistently strong, tight legal drama which brings to mind the very best of its kind... EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
The Garden Left Behind (2019) Allan Hunter Distinguished by a cast in which the trans characters are played by trans actors, the film effectively uses the trials of an individual life to illuminate the prejudices faced by a wider community. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
() Allan Hunter There are some intriguing ideas running throughout, but the execution tends towards the haphazard and unpersuasive. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
Wings Over Everest (1934) Sarah Ward Subtlety isn't the boilerplate script's strong point but this China-Japan co-production still finds enough excitement in its tensely shot high-altitude antics, as well as in weighty performances... EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
() Sarah Ward As writer/director Frelle Petersen stares lovingly at his backdrop and sees majesty in its grassy expanse, he explores both its beauty and its tedium. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
Sacrifice (2018) Sarah Ward Sacrifice casts a darkly alluring spell when it's in patient, ruminative mode, and remains just as absorbing when its climax delivers grim confrontations and probing revelations. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
Love Actually (2003) Allan Hunter A polished, fluid production with impeccable technical credits and a winning soundtrack, Love Actually is the very definition of entertainment and is guaranteed to bring joy to the world this Christmas. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
() Sarah Ward This is a film that's overdone and noticeably flat in tandem, as well as increasingly ludicrous. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
() Sarah Ward An involving and affecting debut feature that's shot with expressive naturalism and anchored by impressive acrobat-turned-actor Virginia Apicella. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
() Sarah Ward A mostly entertaining comedy that's upbeat and candid, but also struggles with mixed messages. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
() Sarah Ward This warts-and-all comedy aims for perceptive laughs about the messiness of life and love, but remains too broad to inspire more than a few smiles and nods. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Doctor Sleep (2019) Tim Grierson This somber, often absorbing follow-up to "The Shining" only occasionally mines the rich thematic terrain at the story's core. It's a just-good-enough sequel that doesn't entirely live up to its potential. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
Better Days (2019) John Berra Better Days may slide into somewhat hollow artfulness, but it's hard not to be moved by its genuine concerns. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
() Sarah Ward A gripping crime thriller that also makes a sharp political statement, Just 6.5 paints a bleak picture of Iranian law enforcement's attempts to deal with the country's flourishing narcotics trade. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
() Allan Hunter A coming of age drama told with such charm and sensitivity that it registers high on the likeability scale. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
Muscle (2019) Allan Hunter An intriguing exploration of conflicting notions of masculinity and what it takes to be a real man. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Tim Grierson Unlike this film's sleek killing machines, 'Dark Fate' is creaky and sometimes clumsy, and yet it ultimately succeeds by delivering sufficient thrills while also offering just enough emotional depth. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
() Lisa Nesselson A gut-wrenching cri de coeur about the ways rural life and agricultural methods have changed over the past 40 years. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
The Addams Family (2019) Tim Grierson Never satisfyingly kooky, spooky or ooky, the new animated "Addams Family" film transports Charles Addams' lovably macabre clan into the 21st century, resulting in an undistinguished children's comedy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Tim Grierson "Mistress of Evil" has its heart in the right place, but good intentions can't overcome a nagging blockbuster familiarity. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
Black and Blue (2019) Tim Grierson This taut, disposable chase thriller has its share of cheesy plot twists and cardboard supporting characters, but for the most part the film follows the lead of its no-nonsense star Naomie Harris. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
() Fionnuala Halligan There's an appetite in the UK for a homegrown film like Blue Story, and it certainly hits a topical nerve. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
() Demetrios Matheou Combining a vivid, empathetic approach to his working-class characters and milieu, a good eye and a thriller master's ability to unsettle, Blake offers up a short, sharp jab to the national conscience. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
() Fionnuala Halligan Authentic, pastoral, feminist, and very violent, this story about the liberation of Puritan housewife Fanny Lye (a superb Maxine Peake) slowly burns up the screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Savage (2019) Allan Hunter There is a good deal of promise and ambition on display here, but Kelly never entirely pulls off what feels like his attempt at a Maori excursion into Scorsese territory. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
() Allan Hunter The setting of Lagos and the exploration of queer Nigeria lend a fresh relevance to material that might otherwise feel old hat. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Earthquake Bird (2019) Fionnuala Halligan Everyone here appears to be revelling in the opportunities Earthquake Bird brings to hit up our memories of everything from Fatal Attraction to Single White Female. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
Pink Wall (2019) Sarah Ward A deeply felt, acutely observed feature. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
() Allan Hunter Director Taghi Amirani's forensic focus and expert storytelling create a vital docu/drama with the potential to reach far beyond history buffs and conspiracy theorists. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
() Sarah Ward With Perfect 10, Scottish writer/director Eva Riley turns a plucky and compassionate coming-of-age tale into a memorable feature debut, all while unearthing a shining talent in fellow first-timer Frankie Box. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Nocturnal (2019) Allan Hunter Biancheri elevates a slight, potentially familiar tale with her soulful sensibility and eye for location. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Fionnuala Halligan Caton-Jones offers a terrific soundtrack and some solid performances from a largely unknown, female cast. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
() Nikki Baughan Framing a coming-of-age narrative within the claustrophobic confines of its windswept coastal locale, and playing with both genre convention and audience expectation, Make Up is a visceral piece of regional filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
() Wendy Ide The film deftly blends fiction and documentary elements into a portrait of an immigrant community which shares some of the innocence and optimism of the kids at the heart of the picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Fabuleuses (2019) Allan Hunter The film has its gentler, fonder moments, but is neither outrageous enough to qualify as a raucous comedy nor serious enough to really get under the skin of characters who need more depth to feel entirely authentic. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
() Allan Hunter An ambitious, solidly crafted first feature from writer/director Randa Chahoud. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
White Riot (2019) Demetrios Matheou [A] highly engaging and suddenly very relevant documentary... EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
() Sarah Ward Steeped in the struggles of everyday workers in a rapidly changing society, this weighty debut finds its own way to interrogate a wide-ranging subject... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
Motherland (2019) Wendy Ide An impressive feature debut which explores ideas of cultural identity and legacy. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
() Jason Bechervaise [A] refreshing, mysterious and engrossing feature... EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
() Wendy Ide An odd and not always successful tonal mix of mannered artificiality and authenticity. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
() Wendy Ide The approach is a blunt weapon wielded blindly, which fails to connect with its target. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
John Denver Trending (2019) Allan Hunter The escalating consequences work as both an involving melodrama and a possible educational resource. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
() Wendy Ide A delicate little wisp of a romance which plays out in fragile moments and shared glances. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
() Allan Hunter Tehrani reveals telling details of a justice system that favours men and has exchanges that seem designed to speak to the bigger picture. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Cave (2019) Wendy Ide Like the cave rescue itself, the film isn't the disaster it easily could have been. But it's far from achieving an equivalent triumph. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019