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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 () Priya Elan It is the documentary equivalent of walking through the after-spray of a luxury perfume, a souped up version of Through the Keyhole. Which is a shame, partly because we are living in a golden age of fashion documentaries. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Peter Bradshaw For 91 tiring minutes, director Ben Berman sort of tells a story that is sort of interesting but maybe not really, padding the film with selfie footage of his own chaotic production problems. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 The Report (2019) Peter Bradshaw The Report is a cool, dry look at the facts. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 Little Monsters (2019) Peter Bradshaw This is well-worked territory for horror and horror-comedy, but Forsythe makes it work. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) Leslie Felperin Like so many of the genre that hail from Seoul and its suburbs, this one punches well above its weight with an inventive reworking of well-worn plot tropes and slick production values. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Frozen II (2019) Peter Bradshaw It's an entertaining revival, though a thaw is beginning to set in. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 Someone, Somewhere (2019) Cath Clarke Much like the process of psychotherapy itself, patience is required for results while watching this modestly entertaining slow-burn Parisian romance from Cédric Klapisch, who pulls off a neat trick by bumping the meet-cute to the end of the film. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Gabriel (2018) Cath Clarke Regalla's soulful performance is the main reason to watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
1/5 () Leslie Felperin The sprinkling of casually amoral violence and mild misogyny are just the CBD gummies on the rancid cake of stupid that is this waste of hard drive memory. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2019
3/5 Charlie's Angels (2019) Benjamin Lee It's better than it could have been while also not being quite good enough to warrant any further instalments. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Benjamin Lee Lady and the Tramp works well enough on its own simple terms as watchable, competently made home viewing. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 () Jordan Hoffman This is one of those curious examples of the movie about the movie is more dramatic and more gripping than the movie itself. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 () Andrew Pulver Busby was clearly someone who didn't want to give much away: other than noting his occasional ruthless streak, this film, decent though it is, doesn't really get past the public image. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Meeting Gorbachev (2018) Peter Bradshaw Despite the film's obvious interest, it is a bit conceited and stately, a little like Wim Wenders' movie about Pope Francis, though without the sycophancy. Or almost. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Let It Snow (2019) Benjamin Lee A film as festive as it is familiar - and also surprisingly hard to resist. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Driven (2018) Peter Bradshaw Screenwriter and novelist Colin Bateman has here scripted a flashy but watchable true-crime thriller in the style of American Made (2017) or Blow (2001). EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 2040 (2019) Peter Bradshaw Often there is something likable and practical about what Gameau is proposing. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 Arctic Dogs (2019) Leslie Felperin There are some wry, self-referential jokes and the animators are good at facial expressions and powdery, polar landscape textures. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 The Good Liar (2019) Peter Bradshaw This movie rattles along with terrific energy and dash and the flashback sequences show that it's actually far more daring and ambitious that you might expect. It's a great duel between McKellen and Mirren. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 () Leslie Felperin The whole thing is horribly nihilistic and cheerful all at once. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 A Dog Called Money (2019) Cath Clarke Here's a disappointingly uninsightful documentary about the making of PJ Harvey's reportage-style 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 () Stuart Jeffries Hall's thesis was that the red menace was all sizzle and no steak. Rather, unprecedented US affluence produced anxiety - all those tail-finned Cadillacs and over-sized barbecues might disappear just as quickly as they had appeared. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Klaus (2019) Mike McCahill An old-school, PG-rated animation, encompassing some digital wizardry, but generally clinging to a nostalgic, hand-drawn look, with a late-blooming Christmas theme. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
4/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Peter Bradshaw A cracking debut feature from Irish writer-directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 Luce (2019) Peter Bradshaw Luce feels theatrical in the wrong way: muddled and contrived. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 Midway (2019) Cath Clarke A big, long, loud, boring history lesson, it's a movie that opens a distance between yesterday's fights and today's. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
2/5 Last Christmas (2019) Benjamin Lee Sort of digestible in a half-watching-while-drunk-on-eggnog kind of way but this really is a clunky, charmless disappointment. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Cath Clarke It's a film with charm and sweetness but a twinge of anxiety, a little gravitational pull to darker places. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 Holiday in the Wild (2019) Stuart Heritage It's cheesy, it's stupid, but it's also really quite charming. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/5 Earthquake Bird (2019) Peter Bradshaw An intriguing, if sometimes redundant, psychological noir... EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 Célébration (2018) Peter Bradshaw Most fashion documentaries are pretty sycophantic. Not this one. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
1/5 After the Wedding (2019) Peter Bradshaw The mystery has been dialled down, the treacle dialled up, and what we are left with is basically Eat Pray Love 2. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Tales from the Lodge (2019) Leslie Felperin There's something primally satisfying about the episodic structure, a narrative pattern that after all goes back to Chaucer. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Peter Bradshaw Despite some big moments, this seems cumbersome and unnecessary: a dimming of the original. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) Peter Bradshaw If it feels like a feelgood in-house promotional video for Hollywood technicians ... well, they've got an awful lot to feel good about. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
3/5 () Peter Bradshaw This is a well-made film, an adroit debunking of militarism, perhaps. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Leonardo: The Works (0000) Andrew Pulver As gallery films go, this is pretty monumental. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
Ravenous (1999) Philip French Ravenous is a stupid black comedy set in the same place and the same year but more a Western version of Night of the Living Dead. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
1/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Peter Bradshaw Korine achieves a Zen state of unfunny with this pointless non-comedy... EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
5/5 Hoop Dreams (1994) Peter Bradshaw Perhaps James's biggest achievement is his unshowy emphasis on the poetry of basketball itself: the jump shot, the slam-dunk, ecstatic physical expressions of pure transcendental success. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
1/5 Rattlesnake (2019) Benjamin Lee Ejogo is an undeniably talented actor who has delivered strong turns in genre fare before, but she's adrift here, stuck with a character devoid of specificity and personality. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 Black and Blue (2019) Benjamin Lee Noble intentions are up against dog-eared cliches and frustratingly, it's a battle that too often leads to us, the audience, losing. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 The Addams Family (2019) Cath Clarke This uncreepy and decidedly unkooky film is a letdown. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
2/5 Saand Ki Aankh (2019) Mike McCahill This feels like a waste of rich narrative possibilities, as mechanically feelgood as those two dozen Britflicks that have cast Dames Dench, Smith et al as old dears who shoot from the lip. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 Western Stars (2019) Cath Clarke I have to admit to not being 100% sold on the cowboy-inflected songs, which feature quite a bit of dime-store sentimentality. But Springsteen is undoubtedly magnetic, his voice a honeyed growl. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
3/5 Grâce à Dieu (2018) Peter Bradshaw Ozon has made a decent and valuable film, though it often seems like the drama part of a docudrama: some of the scenes feel like respectful re-enactments that could have gone into a documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Chained for Life (2018) Leslie Felperin This low-budget film written and directed by Aaron Schimberg is almost every kind of strange, and yet it has an amiable warmth and an inexhaustible reserve of originality that make it compelling as hell. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/5 Countdown (2019) Benjamin Lee Rather than screaming for them to go the other way, you'll be urging them to accept fate and die instead. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/5 Connect (2019) Leslie Felperin Working with sketchy characters who are little more than clusters of symptoms, the actors seem to be flailing to breathe life into the material. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
3/5 () Phil Hoad The opportunistic genre-welding holds together thanks to vivid performances. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019