The Mail on Sunday (UK)

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 () Deborah Ross This took us right to the dark heart of money and power. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2019
2/5 The Party's Just Beginning (2018) Matthew Bond The bottom line is that this under-developed project wouldn't be getting a release without Gillan's name. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
2/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Matthew Bond But just when... director Noah Hawley is beginning to say some quite interesting things about the damaging hormonal high potentially produced by space travel, the film falls apart... and descends into near-endless melodramatic tedium. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Matthew Bond It's hampered by our familiarity with the cancer story and by the frustratingly under-explained revelation that this is not the first time their marriage has been tested by terrible events. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Matthew Bond Too long and occasionally self-indulgent Motherless Brooklyn may be, but it's also beautifully cast and very good indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 () Deborah Ross There is no right way to do the wrong thing, essentially, but I do hope that, at the very least, this programme did get some people thinking. It's time. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Matthew Bond This is two old blokes sitting around discussing the many problems facing the modern Catholic Church, and it's absolutely fabulous, with nomination-grabbingly good performances from Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Matthew Bond Banks's screenplay could have done with a final comic polish but it does have one or two good moments. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
3/5 Knives Out (2019) Matthew Bond [A] film that, while always likeable and easy watching, is never quite as clever or as funny as it thinks. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
2/5 Them That Follow (2019) Matthew Bond It may feature Olivia Colman, but if all the snakes don't have you seeking the exit, then what happens on a kitchen table will. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 () Matthew Bond The killing of black teenagers by other black teenagers is one of the great tragedies of city life, and it's powerfully explored here by writer-director Andrew Onwubolu. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Matthew Bond It's a cracking true story that takes a little while to get going but director Kasi Lemmons leavens the mix with music and spiritual visions, while Erivo delivers the sort of defiant, non-people-pleasing performance that could secure award nominations. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 21 Bridges (2019) Matthew Bond [I]t lacks the substance to make it a real must-see, carelessly giving too much away in a violent early scene in which a cocaine robbery goes horribly wrong and leaves seven of New York's finest dead. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Matthew Bond So, not a disaster, but certainly not great either. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
2/5 Little Monsters (2019) Matthew Bond It's very funny at times, but somehow doesn't quite justify a trip to the cinema. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Matthew Bond This is an important film, which is sometimes hard to watch - but it does tie itself in narrative knots. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 Marriage Story (2019) Matthew Bond It is funny, but goodness it feels over-long and presents a very American version of divorce that may not chime with audiences over here. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Matthew Bond There are one or two fine moments here, but the film never quite matches motoring velocity with human emotion. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
2/5 Last Christmas (2019) Matthew Bond Well, all I can say is that all that talent doesn't quite come together, as they all, no doubt, imagined and hoped. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
1/5 () Deborah Ross Ant Middleton And Liam Payne: Straight Talking was set in Namibia, but it could have been Hampshire, as all Payne was required to do was carry a tree branch to the camp I don't think they actually slept in EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
3/5 Driven (2018) Matthew Bond Well-acted and well-made by British director Nick Hamm, although with familiar elements. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Matthew Bond Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth help deliver an intriguing, intelligent and realistically unresolved drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Matthew Bond State-of-the-art visual effects have some dodgy moments, particularly early on, and the story-telling gets a bit confused. But the last hour is spectacular and gripping, albeit slightly lacking in emotional punch. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 The Good Liar (2019) Matthew Bond Both Mirren and particularly McKellen should have known better, having been caught up in similar plot-twists before. Maddening. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Matthew Bond Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Matthew Bond The ol' goodfellas have still got it. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Matthew Bond With female self-image at the heart of this slow and only sporadically funny film, the whole thing... might have been much better if it had been written and directed by a woman, rather than Paul Downs Colaizzo. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 After the Wedding (2019) Matthew Bond Even Dynasty wouldn't have attempted the sort of daft plot twists on show here. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Matthew Bond On and on [Loach] goes here, piling on the misery, one wretched setback after another, until - well before the end - the average cinema-goer is likely to think 'that's quite enough.' EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Matthew Bond So while Doctor Sleep has an undeniable watchability, it also has an impact that it hasn't really earned. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
1/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Matthew Bond It's difficult to know who is more indulged here, Matthew McConaughey, who plays the title character, or director and art-house favourite Harmony Korine, who has assembled a starry cast despite not having made a decent film for years. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 The Addams Family (2019) Matthew Bond Jokes fall horribly flat and the story proves decidedly thin... EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Black and Blue (2019) Matthew Bond There's no doubt this grittily urban police thriller is often more style than substance, but equally there's no doubt it packs a proper punch too, tapping into the widely held belief that American police departments are racist. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matthew Bond For while there's a certain pleasure in recognising some of the iconography of the first two films... it's disappointing to find that Cameron and his writing team have effectively written the same story all over again. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 () Deborah Ross Made me laugh and laugh and laugh. And laugh. It shouldn't have. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
1/5 () Deborah Ross Plain baffling... I can't imagine any of them needed the money, or a free holiday in Devon that was the opposite of swish. So why would she invade her own privacy like this? Deeply baffling, like I said. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Matthew Bond Slightly overcooked but very sweet. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Matthew Bond If you really loved the 2009 original, by all means add another star to the above rating, while the rest of us ponder why on earth Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin reunited for this little-awaited sequel? EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
3/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Matthew Bond There are some nice visual gags along the familiar stop-motion way, and accompanying adults will enjoy spotting the classic sci-fi film references, but there's still a frustrating sense of anticlimax. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Matthew Bond Pushing what's acceptable, particularly in a PG film, to the limit, this is a strong sequel, but definitely not for the very young. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Matthew Bond Official Secrets is a film that provides a powerful reminder that there is nothing new about either of these wretchedly miserable situations. EDIT
Posted Oct 20, 2019
2/5 Farming (2018) Matthew Bond Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who writes, directs and experienced such 'farming' first-hand, delivers a searing account of the racism these youngsters encountered, before getting horribly bogged down in an over-extended skinhead drama... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Matthew Bond A convoluted film that is funny but never quite nails its target. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Matthew Bond Early on, it's difficult to get past the fact that, for a cartoon story set in China, all the young characters have semi-Westernised features and talk with American accents. But slowly the strange magic of this box-office hit begins to shine through... EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Matthew Bond It's good, but it's Zellweger that's great. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Matthew Bond Phoenix, an actor capable of overcooking a performance, gets it spot-on, delivering a tour de force. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Matthew Bond But for me - despite decent performances from the likes of Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs - it crosses the line where too many truly horrible deaths are served up in unflinching detail as entertainment. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
1/5 () Matthew Bond This is film-making by numbers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Matthew Bond With a supporting cast that includes Bill Camp and Vera Farmiga, it's clearly well intentioned but never quite delivers. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Matthew Bond Weaving's spirited performance and a game cameo from Andie MacDowell help leaven the bloody, tongue-in-cheek carnage. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019