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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 () Peter Bradshaw [An] intriguing and sometimes hilarious documentary... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Peter Bradshaw This is a film with thrilling ambition and reach. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 How to Build a Girl (2019) Peter Bradshaw What a thoroughly likeable and funny film. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
5/5 () Peter Bradshaw This film is such a rush of vitality. It rocks. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Peter Bradshaw And although there are some slightly stereotypical weepie moments, the film has a strong sense of emotional purpose and Manville and Neeson - perhaps especially Manville - bring conviction and force. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 () Peter Bradshaw The problem of parsing Ned Kelly's story is at the centre of this film. To watch it, you have to brace for impact. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 () Harry Windsor Guerra has tweaked the novel's Beckettian coda, and the film's final shot provides a full stop that is, in 2019, appropriately apocalyptic. The barbarians are us, and the wait is over. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
4/5 Clemency (2019) Benjamin Lee Clemency's end credits arrive with relief, not because we're unengaged but because, unlike Bernadine, we're finally allowed to breathe. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3/5 The Two Popes (2019) Peter Bradshaw An enjoyable double-act - but not an infallible one. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Lucy in the Sky (2019) Peter Bradshaw How to end this story and reclaim its leading player without simply writing off Lucy as a pathetic clinical case? The film doesn't quite solve this problem, but it's an amusing, disquieting footnote to the triumphant story of space travel. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Peter Bradshaw Whatever its flaws, it is a substantial and distinctive drama, unlike anything around in the cinema right now, although obviously like a lot of the gumshoe movies of yesteryear. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 Midnight Cowboy (1969) Peter Bradshaw Schlesinger's camera discovers everywhere something rarely glimpsed in Hollywood movies - poverty. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Mike McCahill Profoundly moving and unignorable, whether as proof of Assad's barbarism, or the unfailing ability of this world - and its most engaged cinema - to break your heart and sear your soul. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 The Flower (La flor) (2016) Phil Hoad You will no doubt bail out at some point - but that's part of the deal. Llinás has done enough to make sure we come back. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
2/5 Nomis (2018) Leslie Felperin This is such twaddle it becomes kind of fun, except that there's an uncomfortable feeling - as with many vigilante movies - that the film is revelling in the sexual violence and covering itself with the fig leaf of justice-seeking. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
1/5 () Peter Bradshaw A deafening misfire, like the most unbearable, unwatchable daytime TV soap filled with the most awful self-conscious hamminess, parodic emoting and pointless shouting-at-each-other acting. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 () Peter Bradshaw Winterbottom chucks everything up to and including the kitchen sink into this movie: sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Le choc du futur (2019) Phil Hoad Ana's artistic journey is pure boilerplate; the same misunderstood game-changer schtick Hollywood routinely serves up from the likes of Step Up upwards. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Cath Clarke Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Harriet (2019) Peter Bradshaw History, heroism and leadership are the stuff of Kasi Lemmons' rousing and heartfelt film about the life and times of Harriet Tubman, the Spartacus of the American south. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Cath Clarke I found the seductively Scandinavian Instagramable interiors and freakishly good-looking blond leads increasingly distracting. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Benjamin Lee My idea of Sandler and what he represents quickly faded once the film began. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 Midsommar: The Director's Cut (2019) Peter Bradshaw None of the flaws of this longer version come close to diminishing the effect of Pugh's sustained, mature and modulated work. Nor do they weaken the case for hers as the finest performance of the year so far... EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
High School Musical 2 (2007) Richard Smith [High School Musical 2] is a movie with a strong political message: the pursuit of happiness comes not through competition but through harmony and cooperation. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Peter Bradshaw There's something amiably Quixotic about this recklessly dangerous flight, something innocent, and the vistas of the 19th-century London landscape are really quite something. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
4/5 Push (2018) Oliver Wainwright [A] thought-provoking documentary... EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
2/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Peter Bradshaw Great-looking, handsomely produced but tiringly acted and inert... EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Peter Bradshaw It is at all times ridiculous - but, I have to admit, quite enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 Bad Education (2019) Benjamin Lee The film's real ace is a never-better Jackman, following up an underrated turn in last year's The Front Runner with another difficult and inscrutable protagonist. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Benjamin Lee What Waititi thinks is shockingly audacious is in fact frustratingly timid, he opts for a gentle prod when maybe a punch would do. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Benjamin Lee It's neither a rousing success nor an embarrassing failure, falling somewhere in between, closer to admirable attempt. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Benjamin Lee While Hanks avoids attempting to awkwardly replicate Rogers' voice - although he does nail his cadence - he focuses on exuding the same bewitching, patient curiosity that Rogers had in the people he met. EDIT
Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Benjamin Lee Blessed with one of the most memorable entrances in recent cinema history, Lopez slinks through Hustlers with a deceptive ease, as in control of the film as her character is of her situation. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Benjamin Lee Working from his own original script, Johnson has much fun pulling the strings as well as the rug from underneath us time and time again. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 The Friend (2019) Benjamin Lee Try reading the article instead. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 () Benjamin Lee Winslet is miscast, Sarandon is coasting, Neill is sleepwalking and Wasikowska, an extremely talented yet recently underused actor, is stuck playing the sort of role she should have grown out of by now. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
1/5 () Charles Bramesco If this film does lift up Marie Curie, it does so for a two-dimensional Marie Curie of its own creation. Everything that should make her a richer character is fake. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 Just Mercy (2019) Benjamin Lee Just Mercy is a straightforward, no-frills drama that does have an undeniably emotive effect. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 () Benjamin Lee There's nothing here you won't have seen before or can't see coming but still, Military Wives is a film that's hard to entirely resist, like a song that you'll hum along to even if you forget the tune straight after. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 Waves (2019) Benjamin Lee There are two films here: one is frightening and poignant and the other tender but slight. The first one will haunt me even if the second will fade. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 Hope Gap (2019) Benjamin Lee Nicholson fails to give his film the specificity and emotional depth required to make it seem necessary. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 Honey Boy (2019) Benjamin Lee The director Alma Har'el does play with time and reality throughout but there remains a genuine heart to LaBeouf's script, the clear-eyed work of a man at pains trying to figure out how delving into his past might help fix his present. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Benjamin Lee It's a story that remains as witty and resilient as its main character and its charms, like David's, remain impossible to resist. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 () Leslie Felperin Even without looking at the credits, it's easy to surmise that this was originally a stage play, given the small ensemble cast, limited use of locations, knowing use of repetition and gotcha plot twist. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 Lejos de La Habana (2014) Cath Clarke Giraud and Szabo have nailed the formula with lovely buzzy bug vocals and a wonderfully inventive soundscape. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
2/5 Rapid Response (2019) Leslie Felperin The anonymous, off-the-peg score of backing music and flat editing... make this a bit of a slog. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Ne Zha (2019) Cath Clarke I enjoyed the jolt of strangeness delivered by this world of demons stalking the Earth. But the action is hit-and-miss. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
3/5 Sprinter (2018) Cath Clarke Sprinter is a movie that leaves virtually no sporting cliche unbothered, yet it's rooted in a naturalistic, emotional family drama reflecting the specific pleasures and perils of life in Jamaica. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
2/5 () Phil Hoad Farmer himself is so indomitable - even a bout of stomach flu barely causes him to break stride - that he isn't that compelling a subject. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
The Big Meeting (2019) Peter Bradshaw [A] rich, heartfelt and intimate tribute to the Durham Miners' gala, the trade union festival of brass band music, speeches and outdoor conviviality which has been held almost annually since 1871. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019