Eye for Film

Eye for Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Amber Wilkinson, Anton Bitel, Donald Munro, Jennie Kermode, Keith H. Brown, Stephen Carty
Rating Title/Year Author
() Anton Bitel Unfolding in spaces shared with Atom Egoyan, Yorgos Lanthimos, Aki Kaurismäki and Charlie Kaufman, A Family nonetheless finds an unsettling absurdity that is all its own. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel On the one hand, a parable of corporate greed and exploitation, and of society's treatment of the disabled or "deficient", and on the other a story of the way we all reinvent ourselves precisely through story EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel Santilli finds his own clock-based rhythm, as aching as it is absurd, for these melancholic motifs, making Saul at Night a moving mystery that... will continue occupying the rooms of your mind in both waking and sleeping hours. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel It is a colourful story of low-level organised crime and 'professional' duplicity, with Mexico City for its stage - and it shows (or does it?) that sometimes the best actors are the least professional. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel We know this worm will eventually turn, although few will predict the very particular form Tao's vengeance will take as he restores peace to a drowsy, often lonely city where everyone is walled in close together. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel avoids the trap of hyperbolic pathos or grandiose emoting, instead carefully and sensitively observing all the nuances (guilt, recrimination, regret) that are part of living (with) grief. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
Some Beasts (2015) Anton Bitel ...a chiller of displaced domesticity, as these visitors - fish out of water and entirely out of their league in the absence of a servant to do all the heavy lifting - have their most toxic hypocrisies slowly exposed to the elements. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
() Anton Bitel Frida may, as Marius suggests, "want to be that mysterious girl who no one understands", she may even be - whisper it - a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but her wild-child behaviour exposes suffocating conformity and narrow horizons in small-town Norway. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas (2018) Jennie Kermode Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles is also worth watching in its own right and one hopes that it will draw more attention to this important piece of cinematic history. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/5 () Jennie Kermode Both actors are intense in their different ways, embodying different kinds of tragedy without letting their characters be reduced to just that. The result is a potent little film that's troubling when it ought to be but always humane. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
4.5/5 () Jennie Kermode Walking across a flat field framed by mountains, Ashmina looks, for a moment, tall and proud, but the camera passes her by. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
2/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Jennie Kermode Overall, this feels like a sequel made for the sake of it with little by way of inspiration. It provides a neat conclusion to the larger story but is liable to leave fans of the original feeling short-changed. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
3.5/5 The Disappearance of My Mother (2019) Jennie Kermode To say that it's an intimate portrait would probably be putting it mildly. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
5/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Jennie Kermode Sometimes real life narratives are every bit as fantastic as the stories we tell. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 Brian Banks (2018) Jennie Kermode What had the potential to be a really strong film ultimately comes across as a better-than-average-looking TV movie of the week. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 Angels Are Made of Light (2018) Jennie Kermode Despite all the struggles they face and the fact that this may be only a temporary peace, the children featured here inspire a sense of hope. [James] Longley teases out their worries but also makes us aware of their driving will. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Children of the Sea (Kaijû no kodomo) (2019) Jennie Kermode It's an astounding piece of work and one that will stay with you for a long time. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4.5/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Jennie Kermode Jojo Rabbit is clever, charming, laugh-out-loud funny and deeply humane. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
2/5 Invasion Planet Earth (2019) Jennie Kermode Shooting for the stars should always be commended but Cox falls short, leaving us stuck in a cloud. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Jennie Kermode Though it's not as gripping nor, ultimately, as powerful as it might have been, Hotel Mumbai is not exploitative in the ways many had feared and tells its story well enough to satisfy most viewers. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3/5 Redoubt (2018) Jennie Kermode The trouble with this film, at least from a cinematic perspective, is that it doesn't really grip. It's alluring, it's beguiling, but like Diana herself, it has no intention of going any further. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
3.5/5 The In-Between (2019) Jennie Kermode Full of smart observations and incidental humour, The In-Between will really make you feel as if you're along for the ride. It won't take you anywhere in particular but it may change your mind about where you want to be. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
() Anton Bitel a localised crime drama, a tale of a difficult yet loving father-son relationship, an exploration of escapism's price, and a social realist anatomisation of a community which, for all its sunny skies and harbour views, is limited in its prospects. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2019
Dreamland (2019) Anton Bitel an elegiac portrait (with Malickian colourings) as much of today's America as yesteryear's, in a land where every dream comes with a cost, and every story is built on tragedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
Echo (2018) Anton Bitel The disparate vignettes of Echo are held together by strange rhymes and resonances, so that social, generational, economic and political conversations and contradictions are juxtaposed between, and sometimes even within, individual scenes. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2019
3.5/5 Promare (2019) Jennie Kermode Promare is in your face like an early morning TV programme for three-year-olds. It demands a certain amount of energy and staying power but if you're a dedicated fan of this kind of animé, you'll find it a treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
4.5/5 Loro (2018) Jennie Kermode A masterful piece of work no less accomplished because it signifies nothing, Loro is likely to be the most sumptuous look into the abyss you'll ever encounter. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
2.5/5 Abominable (2019) Jennie Kermode There are plenty of worse ways to pass an hour and a half of viewing time -- you're just unlikely to want to do it twice. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Who Will Write Our History (2018) Jennie Kermode Though it goes to very dark places, Grossman's film emerges as a story of triumph, a testament to the value and power of archive work, and a tale full of hope. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 Give Me Liberty (2019) Jennie Kermode As sharp as it is blunt, Give Me Liberty is a bravura piece of filmmaking. Although it's not always successful, it delivers a swift kick to an industry that has sidelined characters like these for far too long. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4.5/5 Weathering With You (2019) Jennie Kermode [Makoto] Shinkai has crafted something with real resonance which will have lasting import, come hail or storm. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2019
4/5 The Other Lamb (2019) Amber Wilkinson Szumowska fills her film with turbulence, from the physical maelstrom of a waterfall seen at the start of the film to the often macabre visions experienced by Selah... EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2019
() Anton Bitel the more allegorical the film becomes, the more the viewer is inclined to suspect that Syversen is targeting not just Christianity (in its different forms and factions), but any rigid belief system or community bubble. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 Overwhelm the Sky (2018) Jennie Kermode Overwhelm The Sky is wildly ambitious and brave and imperfect. Films like this don't come along too often, so you might want to give it a try. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 ANYA (2019) Jennie Kermode Anya is a smart little film which will leave you wondering what surprises might still be in store for us in the real world. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 The Hottest August (2019) Jennie Kermode The film is beautifully lensed by Derek Howard, capturing distinct qualities in natural light, in the quantity of water in the air, which speak to its subject. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4.5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Jennie Kermode It's a love song to Glasgow like practically everything made there, but it's a film that people will fall in love with all over the world. EDIT
Posted Nov 18, 2019
4.5/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Jennie Kermode It's a film that will inspire people to read more of her work but, perhaps more importantly, it's a film that will inspire people to write. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
4/5 Missing Link (2019) Jennie Kermode What really makes the film is the delightful stop-motion animation by Laika studios, which adds a great deal to characters and action sequences alike. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
1.5/5 Mister America (2019) Jennie Kermode There's no additional wit here, no insider perspective and no investment in character. Most of what we're presented with was improvised and that's what it looks like -- a small group of not particularly charismatic actors winging it. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
4.5/5 Marona's Fantastic Tale (L'Extraordinaire voyage de Marona) (2019) Jennie Kermode Beautifully realised, this should be your film of choice if you want to persuade someone to adopt a puppy. It will make you want to take home every dog you meet for at least the next week. It's a little bit of magic. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3.5/5 Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Jennie Kermode Tying the paper's innovations and its ultimate decline to the displacement of authoritative journalism by clickbait, Landsman has created a fluffy, playful tease of a film with a dark heart. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 () Jennie Kermode The film is melancholy, contemplative, much more directly in touch with the emotional landscape than most documentary works. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 () Jennie Kermode If you have an interest in the topic of education or if you're worried that mainstream schooling isn't working for your kids, it's well worth a look. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4/5 Pa-go (2019) Jennie Kermode A complex and troubling thriller marked by moments of surprising sweetness, Height Of The Wave explores the persistence of trauma with intelligence and acuity. It's a story that will haunt you. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/5 Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019) Jennie Kermode Warm and revitalising, Feast Of The Seven Fishes is the perfect Christmas treat. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
4.5/5 Aniara (2018) Jennie Kermode Although little of this is new, it's delivered with poise and grace, aided by finely tuned performances. Interpersonal dynamics are explored with a light touch but it takes only the slightest deviation to reveal great gulfs of darkness. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4.5/5 Love, Antosha (2019) Jennie Kermode This is the kind of remembrance most actors could only dream of. It's also tremendous fun to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
2.5/5 Little Joe (2019) Jennie Kermode Little Joe is a terrible waste of potential. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3.5/5 () Jennie Kermode Chèche Lavi feels like a portrait of a dying civilisation -- one riven by failed systems, no longer cognisant of what they were for. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019