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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 () Suzi Feay Distance lends enchantment and so forth, and the warmth displayed by its original cast and crew members as they reminisce is enough to burn away cynicism. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 () Suzi Feay There are many theories about the fate of art dealer-turned-felon Michel Cohen. Film-maker Vanessa Engle has managed to run him to ground... but in many ways he's the least interesting interviewee and his story is best told by others. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 The Kitchen (2019) Nigel Andrews This gangland thriller is fearless drivel and therefore obdurately enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 The Farewell (2019) Nigel Andrews The film could have had wit, attitude, poignancy, style - or any single one of the four. Instead it slithers along, shallow and soapy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Nigel Andrews Psychological platitude, Oedipal cliché and holistic commonplace about love and humanity can't be hidden by attractive clutter and kinetic action, even in space. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
5/5 () Suzi Feay This is a showcase of absolutely brilliant jobs. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Cunningham 3D (2019) Apollinaire Scherr The alternately delightful and harrowing Cunningham homes in on the most urgent period in Merce Cunningham's dance-making career, which spanned seven decades. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Nigel Andrews Downton Abbey, on large screen as on small, is an elegiac delirium about an age of consenting feudalism. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Nigel Andrews This harrowing film restores our responsiveness. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Nigel Andrews Fancy a northern Macedonian film about beekeeping? "You will, Oscar, you will," I am tempted to say. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Midnight Cowboy (1969) Nigel Andrews For a street opera with incongruous inspirations and mix-and-match aspirations, Midnight Cowboy is startlingly accomplished. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 Hustlers (2019) Nigel Andrews Director Lorene Scafaria evidently thought that low-grade sex and crime could be done as high-class Sturm und Drang. It can't. Unless you're Martin Scorsese in a purple streak. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Murphy has marked herself as one to watch for sprightly direction and storytelling that doesn't feel the need to spell out every plot progression. And Scanlen has confirmed her status as one of the most promising young actors on either side of the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham Sometimes words are inadequate or miss the point entirely, the sequence seems to suggest. Maybe that's the case with Ema. Best just to experience it and submit to its strange, intoxicating rhythms. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 () Raphael Abraham Becomes a starchy military procedural with a cavalcade of handsome cabs and handlebar moustaches. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Nigel Andrews It's a movie that whenever all else fails (regularly here) sends for the digital effects team. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Nigel Andrews Shiny shrimps? More leftover prawn-flavoured fortune cookie containing trite motto. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Rapid Response (2019) Nigel Andrews The film's content is interesting; its conclusion - that we're all safer thanks to these doctors and their advances in field treatment - is warily optimistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 Rojo (2018) Nigel Andrews Mad? Possibly. Watchable? Definitely. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Mustang (2019) Nigel Andrews Terse and elegiac at best, The Mustang is a dude Western from the Horse Whisperer school. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 () Raphael Abraham With more restraint this could have been a masterpiece; as it is, it's one only for arthouse connoisseurs with very strong stomachs. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) Raphael Abraham Soderbergh keeps things loose and uses much fourth-wall breaking and comic digression to avoid a didactic tone, and in a country-hopping series of vignettes we see the vicious cycle of money laundering exposed and satirised. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Raphael Abraham The King has one treat up its sleeve: in a deliciously fruity turn as the vain and venomous dauphin, Robert Pattinson savours each French syllable as if it were an exquisite mouthful of dauphinoise. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Raphael Abraham Like the best of the New Hollywood classics it references, this is a film that exhilarates and unsettles while having something to say about today. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Raphael Abraham Baumbach never tries to reconcile the messy vicissitudes of human relations, and so he draws us in deeper. Nor is does he take shortcuts for emotional effect. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) Raphael Abraham It's like a movie giddily launched by a young Steven Spielberg before an older Terrence Malick wrests the controls and plots a new course for Planet Portentous. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Untouchable (2019) Suzi Feay Ursula Macfarlane's sombre film is largely composed of lengthy interviews, many of them gruelling, interspersed with archive stills and a bare minimum of film clips. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 The Souvenir (2019) Danny Leigh The sense of real life rerun is vivid. Hogg keeps you in the palm of her hand as few film-makers could. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Danny Leigh Noble delivers what is really theatre on screen, clingfilmed sandwiches rustling from the stalls. But Spall and Redgrave excel and the art endures. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Seahorse (2019) Danny Leigh Finlay is alive both to the humdrum and astonishing. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Danny Leigh An opening title card coyly quotes Mark Twain: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." As the credits roll two fanciful hours later, you will know the feeling. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Bait (2019) Danny Leigh The film keeps you on your toes, sidestepping into unexpected places. Politically and cinematically, Jenkin is too much of an original to box himself in. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Danny Leigh Rather than a glorified DVD extra in which talking heads amble through on-set yarns, Phillippe creates a true companion to the Ridley Scott classic, with its own visual identity and jittery atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
3/5 () Danny Leigh Webber feels less interested in the wider narrative than he is in the microcosmic lives of his subjects, but there is untold drama in their stories, and the music is a cause for celebration. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 () Suzi Feay What do we know about Prince Albert? EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Nigel Andrews Pain and Glory wants to be 8 1/2 but seemed to me about six-and-a-quarter. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Nigel Andrews Way to go! Is membership of this group still open? EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Nigel Andrews Outside: that is the weather. Inside: it is the swishy, corrugated, murder-eyed mega-lizards, CGI'd so skilfully they look more real than the real. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Nigel Andrews The plot, thunderously eventful, is no less thunderously predictable. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 American Factory (2019) Suzi Feay In the end it becomes clear that one side will conquer in a battle between two extremes, and merely putting up a sign saying "Marching Forward to be World Leading Automotive Glass Provider" won't fix rumbles of dissent. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Nigel Andrews It is Tarantino's best, bravest and most confrontationally impudent movie since Pulp Fiction. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Nigel Andrews Americans must stay in life-long touch with their inner kids. Nothing demonstrates better than their comedies of growing up that the US is no country for old men. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Leto (2018) Nigel Andrews A blaze of black-and-white with amped-up sound. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
2/5 Transit (2018) Nigel Andrews Atmospherically the film resembles Camus's The Plague without Camus: stasis and rumination in a sun-bleached Mediterranean port. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Nigel Andrews Moner has charm and energy as Dora. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
5/5 () Suzi Feay When Bridges Collapse asks sobering questions about the structures we thunder over without a second thought. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
4/5 Gaza (2019) Nigel Andrews The film's dynamo is in its details. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Nigel Andrews The film keeps threatening to overcook its fairytale optimism and undercook its characters' nourishing reality. But fidelity of time and place just about hold out. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 Notorious (1946) Nigel Andrews It's completely hypnotic: from the twisting strands of a plot defying us fully to trust anyone, to those Hitchcock specials, the shots and scenes where the camera too is a lethal conspiracist. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Stones Have Laws (2018) Nigel Andrews It renders truth and history into a vernacular at once free and formalised, jubilant and ironic. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019