Little White Lies

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Hannah Woodhead Hart and Johnson raise a few laughs. That's about it. EDIT
Posted Dec 12, 2019
3/5 Pink Wall (2019) Max Copeman This is an honest close-up of a failing relationship with a universal ring to it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Exorcist III (1990) Anton Bitel Watching The Exorcist III is a frustrating experience, with both cuts of the film - one a victim of studio tampering, the other imperfectly restored - pointing to the better version of themselves that, like Karras, remains hidden within. EDIT
Posted Dec 9, 2019
3/5 System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) Millicent Thomas Crafted with heaps of heart, well worth seeking out. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2019
3/5 The Cave (2019) Matt Turner Manipulations in post-production slightly undermine material that is already dramatic enough. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2019
4/5 Honey Boy (2019) Hannah Woodhead As candid an exploration of stardom as they come. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) Josh Slater-Williams A lingering, heart-breaking epic of great subtlety, specificity and ultimately universal power. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
Spetters (1980) Anton Bitel in these young men's stories, as they become caught up in a collision of older and newer values, you can also see the painful emergence of the Dutch nation from its own Calvinist, homophobic, colonialist past. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Adam Woodward Fascinating though it is to see Norton continue Caro's work in scrutinising the legacy of one of Gotham's most influential and controversial figures, Norton's anti-capitalist message is undermined by his film's sentimental tendencies. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 The Street (2019) Maria Nae An intimate and original exploration of an oft neglected topic. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2019
3/5 Shooting the Mafia (2019) David Jenkins Initially feels like something a bit different for the director, but the subject matter is fascinating. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Hitch Hike to Hell (1977) Anton Bitel the direction here is unflashy and workaday, even pedestrian, and much of the dialogue... comes across as over-earnest and stilted. Nonetheless, like its antihero, it conceals beneath its blandly wholesome exterior some shocking transgressions. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 The Nightingale (2018) Elena Lazic A fearless, breathtaking masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 Atlantics (2019) David Jenkins A tonal balancing act, perfectly executed. An absolute peach of a debut feature. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) David Jenkins The plot whips along at such a pace you can feel the wind in your face, but it is also so tight that you never feel the need to even once glance back. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2019
5/5 Little Women (2019) David Jenkins The film works because Gerwig manages to re-emphasise some new aspect of the profound connection between these characters in every new scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Promare (2019) Kambole Campbell As delightful as it is demented. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 The Two Popes (2019) Charles Bramesco Theological knots that refuse to untangle. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Cold Sweat (Araghe Sard) (2018) Maria Nae Challenging food for thought. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 () Glenn Heath Jr. A remarkably nimble meditation on performance and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
2/5 Ophelia (2018) Maria Nae A confused melodrama more fitting for a retelling of Twilight in the woods than of the greatest play ever written. EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
4/5 Heimat is a Space in Time (2019) Matt Turner A serous, summative work. An ambitious formal achievement. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 Greener Grass (2019) Sophie Monks Kaufman A hypnotic watch, yet hard to pin down. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 Tommy (1975) B. P. Flanagan Can't get it out of my head, for better and worse. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
4/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Sophie Monks Kaufman Leaves a pleasurable shudder running through your body. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2019
The Golem (1920) Anton Bitel Reconstructing medieval Prague with painted, angular, heavily stylised sets in a Berlin studio, Der Golem would, with The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from the same year, introduce German Expressionism as the nightmarish, neurotic mode of horror cinema EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
1/5 21 Bridges (2019) David Jenkins More like 21 plot holes. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4/5 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Matt Turner A daft, dazzling exercise in reflexivity, albeit a somewhat familiar one. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
3/5 The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Michael Leader The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil pulls off its familiar twists and turns with style and verve. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
1/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Charles Bramesco If we've got to have mediocre studio blockbusters, might as well bring a little diversity to the roster of people making them. But we'd all be much better off if feminism just got a new talent agent and started taking more worthy jobs. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 Klaus (2019) Kambole Campbell Its very construction inspires hope, that there's new life to be found in a dying method. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) David Jenkins It's a satisfying, occasionally exhilarating film, but one which is naggingly risk-averse, and also maybe one which doesn't bother itself too much with the interior lives of its characters. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Anton Bitel Miss Caroline makes for a kickass heroine & really ought to be the protagonist. Sadly, this is all about Dave, with the other characters, not to mention the armies of walking dead, feeling like mere foils to our main man's arc from kidult to carer. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
2/5 Frozen II (2019) David Jenkins The only surprising thing about this film is how complex and contrived it is. It's nearly impossible to follow what's happening, and what motivates the characters to take action. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Matthew Thrift It's a film of devastating cumulative power, even-handed and empathetic in its approach to two characters whose relationship has broken down, but who still want the best for their child and each other. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
1/5 Last Christmas (2019) Adam Woodward Like Kate, Last Christmas is unequivocal in its appreciation of Michael, but it fundamentally misunderstands the daring individualism and self-deprecating wit that underpinned his best work. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/5 Driven (2018) David Jenkins Hamm and writer Colin Bateman are far too soft on everyone involved, presenting the two "heroes" as misguided innocents ensnared in a web of street crime and FBI corruption. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Lou Thomas An important and interesting documentary about tumultuous times, then, but one that slightly suffers for being a touch too dry and over-friendly towards its subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Midway (2019) Adam Woodward The success of Midway ultimately rests with the director's decision to provide a more balanced version of events. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Luce (2019) Glenn Heath Jr. A convincing and confidant example of sustained menace. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 A Dog Called Money (2019) David Jenkins This film is like a fusty album explainer, and it's really not that much fun. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
2/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Hannah Woodhead Too uninspired to even warrant a 'deflated' pun. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Adam Woodward A new American classic. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
2/5 Earthquake Bird (2019) Josh Slater-Williams Earthquake Bored. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Anton Bitel It's no The Shining, but maybe that is just another way of saying that it is something different. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
An American Werewolf in London (1981) Anton Bitel David's writhing discomfort in his own skin marks not just the monstrous metamorphosis in and of genre, but also that deep sense of estrangement experienced by any well-meaning if gauche tourist tripping up on local lore and mores. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
2/5 After the Wedding (2019) Caitlin Quinlan A limp and forgettable narrative gives us little to hold on to. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Philip Concannon Not Ozon's most assured piece of storytelling, but a hard film to shake. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Matthew Thrift A film that, while returning to the founding, chase-picture premise of the franchise, appears to have been algorithmically conceived and directed by an AI filmmaking-chip that somehow made it out of the Skynet lab back in 1991. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Chained for Life (2018) Josh Slater-Williams A sharp movie about moviemaking, with welcome surreal touches that are best left unspoiled. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019