Little White Lies

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Hannah Woodhead A featherweight film with a lot of heart but not much staying power. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) Manuela Lazic A wake-up call to the cold, hard reality of racism. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2019
() David Jenkins It is a film which follows its own instincts and is happy to retain (and proudly display) a few ragged edges, and it's all the more interesting for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Double Lives (2018) David Jenkins It's maybe not going to sit near the top of the director's canon, but it's a nice addition to it. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Roxanne Sancto Not necessary but more than welcome. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 () Kambole Campbell A gorgeous, glacial exploration of lives permanently changed by war. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Hannah Woodhead Gemini Man is a classic tale of good versus evil that fully embraces its silly science and exuberant lead. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 American Woman (2018) David Jenkins Eventually can't decide what type of film it is, but all the more interesting for it. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Toys Are Not for Children (1972) Anton Bitel a shrill melodrama in which a disturbed young woman's psychological hang-ups see her repeatedly reliving childhood traumas in more adult contexts. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Adam Woodward It's a strange film that's never short of surprises, but as with Morris' best work, this subject might have been better served by a TV mockumentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Adam Woodward Flickery black-and-white footage of The Temptations and a group of session musicians recording 'My Girl' is nothing short of electrifying - just one of many astonishing archive scenes that will stay with you. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
1/5 Normal (2019) David Jenkins Moralistic and lacking in any clear insight. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971) Anton Bitel a brutal, bludgeoning film, utterly misanthropic in its outlook, and all the better for its refusal to compromise in exposing human nature at its ugly, imitable worst. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
Zeroville (2019) Lillian Crawford This filth grates all the more because the film is so unbearably smug. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
1/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Adam Woodward If you are going to mine human suffering for cheap thrills, the least you could do is make it entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Elena Lazic No-fat fun and a great new scream queen in Samara Weaving. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Anton Bitel Rambo's one-man war is an ugly brand of extra-judicial fantasy, where nameless goons are trapped and slaughtered in gorily grotesque ways, one after the other. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Carol Grant Goes softly-softly on the Big Themes, but packs an emotional wallop. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Honeyland (2019) Lillian Crawford Brief and to the point, Honeyland proves more meditative than its premise suggests. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Hannah Woodhead It's gritty and grimy, but surprisingly funny too, and cinematography superstar Ari Wegner does an excellent job in providing a real sense of the unforgiving landscape. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Lucy in the Sky (2019) Hannah Woodhead It's not that Lucy in the Sky is boring - quite the opposite, in fact - yet it does feel like a story that would have been told much better by a female director, or at the very least, a female writer. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
() Charles Bramesco McCreadie learns the hard way that some things can't be bought; the catharsis of that particular lesson amounts to its own kind of entertainment, less outright uproarious than satisfying. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
Harriet (2019) Katie Goh It's a disappointing and formulaic portrait. Erivo - and Harriet Tubman - deserve a better vehicle. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) Anton Bitel a film destined to be a footnote in Craven's career - but footnotes can often provide real, demythologising insight into both filmmakers and the fickle industry that they serve. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 The Flower (La flor) (2016) Matthew Thrift An endlessly playful and playfully endless riot. Wildly, staggeringly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Hannah Woodhead Somehow, Mangold has made a two and half hour movie out of this rather dry-sounding source material, and most pleasingly, it's entertaining even to someone with absolutely no skin in the racing game. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) David Jenkins Must be seen to be believed. Waad Al-Kateab is your new hero. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Hannah Woodhead It's a bruising, desperate anxiety attack of a film that rips the rug out from under you when you least expect it. And, because it really cannot be said enough: Adam Sandler is on the form of his life. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Charles Bramesco Murphy summons the live-wire energy that once made him the biggest name in stand-up and guaranteed money in the bank for studio comedy vehicles. It's good to have him back. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
Weathering With You (2019) Kambole Campbell Grandiose technical flourishes emphasise the film's emotional peaks with a perfect mixture of CG and digital rendering, boasting sweeping vistas in tandem with Hodoka's bleeding-heart narration. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Bad Education (2019) Hannah Woodhead It's a story about the lengths people will go to for self-preservation, deliciously mean and as funny as it is outrageous. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
How to Build a Girl (2019) Katie Goh Despite narrative flaws, it's hard not to find Giedroyc's film charming - a bit like looking back at old school photos of yourself. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Color Out of Space (2010) Kambole Campbell The impressive craft offers up a world that's disconcerting to behold, even if the time spent in it feels a little stretched. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Hannah Woodhead There are brief flashes of something worthwhile - one late scene feels genuinely daring in light of the film's otherwise jovial tone, but it takes so long to get there, it's almost completely lost. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
1/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Adam Woodward Cinematic taxidermy. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 () Ed Gibbs Rarely, if ever, have we seen state-sponsored pomp and ceremony on such a breath-taking scale. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hannah Woodhead Heller brings her usual wit and playfulness to proceedings, side-stepping mawkish sentimentality in favour of matter-of-fact pragmatism. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
The Truth (2019) Charles Bramesco Foreign auteurs often go astray as they make their way to the West, and it's a relief that Kore-eda's approach to delicate family dynamics spans the language barrier, though hardly a surprise. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Proxima (2019) Katie Goh Green is at a career-best as the stoic Sarah, simultaneously determined and on the edge of breaking. So often hamming it up in Tim Burton roles, you forget just how exceptionally subtle she can be. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
Waves (2019) Hannah Woodhead It's a demanding, energetic (and perhaps even a little sprawling) creature, but unmistakably tender. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
() Tom Bond Vaughan-Lawlor is the real star, with his sweet, sympathetic and loving performance the heart of the film. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
() David Jenkins Though not without its niggles, this is a notable first feature from Murphy, who exudes a supreme confidence in her deployment of crisp visuals and the lightly bifurcated manner in which she unfurls this eccentric yarn. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
() David Jenkins Aside from the fact that this is Andersson's most nakedly moving film to date, there's still much fun to be had from guessing how he's physically able to create these magical moments. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Anton Bitel Slick, self-indulgent, never-ending. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The Painted Bird (2019) David Jenkins It's tough to amply describe the film's relentlessly brutal pleasures, but those who have seen films like Andrei Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood, Robert Bresson's Mouchette or Elem Klimov's Come and See might have an idea of the grim terrain we're on here. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
The King (2019) Stephanie Watts Henry V has been interpreted in different ways regarding its stance on war, and The King does well to grapple with the question of whether violence is a necessity. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 () Ed Gibbs The Oscar-winning documentarian is back, firing on all cylinders and reconnecting with his political muse. The result is easily his best documentary in years. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) David Jenkins The Laundromat is a fun ride while you're on it, but is probably a lesser entry into the director's esteemed personal canon. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
() David Jenkins Cannily combines dense political intrigue with an oblique but welcome touch of classic Hollywood romanticism. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
() David Jenkins Completely fresh and challenging, a coolly abstract vision of the modern family that pays subtle lip service to the film noir tradition. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019