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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Richard Jordan This is laudable stuff: clever sci-fi that's chock-full of big ideas and human drama, painted on a huge canvas with every artistic department firing on all cylinders. Never mind to the stars -- get thee to a cinema. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Duncan Bowles Rambo's fifth entry tries more than ever to focus on emotional relationships to fuel the narrative, so when the time comes to exact vengeance the payoff feels visceral and cathartic. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Mark Harrison It's a rare film that has the power to make you laugh, cry, and laugh again as deftly as this does. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
2.5/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Don Kaye I didn't find the hardcore violence disturbing per se, but rather jarring in the way it takes on an almost comic book tone after the more elegiac effect the movie was striving for. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3.5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Don Kaye With that strong performance from Pitt, and its constant visual inventiveness in portraying a realistic yet unknowable future, Ad Astra deserves a spot at the grown-ups' sci-fi table. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
4.5/5 Promare (2019) Daniel Kurland This is notably Trigger's first feature film, and it's easily the most beautiful thing that they've done. There are probably at least a dozen moments where my hand was over my mouth in awe. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) Tony Sokol The documentary fills in a lot of gaps, without getting caught up in glossy dramatics and leaves the snippets of sound to cover the omissions. After watching the documentary, the audience wants to feel the way Miles sounds. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Louisa Mellor Soothing, fragrant and practically weightless, it's a cup of chamomile tea. One destined to make Abbey-sized piles of cash. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) David Crow Hustlers is a classic crime parable where audiences are invited to cheer on the misdeeds of the "wrong" side of the law, which is made especially easy in Scafaria's hands. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 The Lighthouse (2019) David Crow The two stormy performances by Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson that are so touched by madness that the cracks in their unblinking stares, and crusty whiskers, cast an unreality all their own. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Rosie Fletcher It's a pacey, if episodic, romp that never drags despite its epic runtime and feels true to the spirit of the book, while not sticking religiously to the letter of the text. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
2.5/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Don Kaye It's a genuine shame that It Chapter Two doesn't quite connect in the same way Chapter One did, but perhaps half a masterpiece is better than none at all. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
3/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Mark Harrison Although there's little in it that elevates it above the direct-to-DVD shelves where this fare languishes nowadays, Butler and Nolte heave it onto the big screen with sheer gusto. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Patrick Sproull Aja tempers his well-crafted action with a puckish sense of humour, but never allows it to edge towards facetious. His priority here is clearly to give you as many waterlogged thrills as possible and Crawl delivers an exhilarating shock to the system. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
5/5 Steven Universe: The Movie (2019) Shamus Kelley Steven Universe: The Movie is what the world needs right now. Everyone should see this. After viewing it you can't help but feel love not only yourself but for others as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
4/5 Batman: Hush (2019) Jim Dandy Batman: Hush pares down the cast significantly, ditches the red herrings, actually seeds its twist (which is changed significantly from the comic), and builds on the shared continuity of the animated feature universe to actually end up fairly solid. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
2.5/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Don Kaye Even though the third entry in this steadfastly mediocre trilogy opens on this thoughtful note, it's not long before disaster strikes. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Official Secrets (2019) Kayti Burt Official Secrets is a desperate and effective plea to modern audiences to better hold our most powerful institutions accountable before it's too late. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Mark Harrison Almodóvar is the master craftsman here, but ultimately, the film is carried high on Banderas' shoulders. Even if you already know him outside of his more comic Hollywood work, he's on stunning dramatic form here as the frazzled artist. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
3.5/5 Ready or Not (2019) David Crow It's when the movie revels in this gruesome giddiness, as opposed to commenting directly on privilege, that Ready or Not makes a far better investment in becoming a budding cult classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Don Kaye The confused messaging seems to have left the leading lady bewildered. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) Joe Matar It would've been depressing for these characters to go through a lazy rehash of past adventures, so I'm far happier that Vasquez took this opportunity to evolve Invader Zim. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Rosie Fletcher What makes this work so well is the central performances -- all three kids are completely adorable and despite some bad judgments and misunderstandings, they really are all good boys. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
Light of My Life (2019) Don Kaye There's a quiet sense of grace and humanity that shines through in Light of My Life, even if the story that Casey Affleck is telling takes a little too long to get to a place we've been before. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
3.5/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Don Kaye Moner's Dora may even bring a tear or two to parents' eyes, as they nostalgically recall watching the original show over and over and over again... EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) David Crow Leaning heavily into its 1968 setting, Scary Stories coyly dips its toe into a nostalgic stew of simpler times while also implicitly embracing the true horror of that America. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 The Kitchen (2019) Delia Harrington While women's rage is a potent source of renewable energy, banking on the wish fulfillment of the era of female anger isn't enough to make a worthwhile film. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) David Crow It is an infinitely sweet indie that wears its Mark Twain inspiration on its sleeve just as readily as the cardboard box that makes up the wrestling gear. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 First Man (2018) Simon Reynolds In the end, Chazelle manages to fashion First Man into a gripping account of one of mankind's greatest achievements. The only slight frustration is the stoic-to-a-fault central character. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 The Mercy (2018) Simon Reynolds What's great about The Mercy is how it manages to surprise, both in the story it's telling and how Marsh gradually shifts the tone. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 Blockers (2018) Simon Reynolds Nevertheless, at a brisk 102 minutes, which flies by thanks to the bulk of the action being set around a single night, a solid gag rate and immensely likeable cast, this is a funny and surprisingly moving treat. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 Tully (2018) Simon Reynolds Despite its trouble sticking the landing, it houses a phenomenally good movie star performance from Theron. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019) Simon Reynolds Charming and full of laughs and warmheartedness, Blinded By The Light is an absolute joy from start to finish. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
5/5 Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Joe Matar Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling is a revival that, at least to this casual fan's eye, recaptures everything that made the original series what it was. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Patrick Sproull It's a thriller that might work for some people and the premise is abounding in potential, but ultimately, The Red Sea Diving Resort just isn't worth the visit. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Lou Thomas Tarantino has created a storming hangout movie for the ages: changing times captured remarkably by a film in love with cinema itself. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4.5/5 Luce (2019) David Crow The give-and-take between Harrison and Spencer is not dissimilar to the potential violence populating the space between a drill sergeant and an unconvinced recruit. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Richard Jordan It's a proper, unashamed action blockbuster that more than lives up to its brilliantly bonkers Japanese title Wild Speed: Super Combo, and it has a much bigger sense of humour than previous outings, too. Put simply, it's a hell of a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Animals (2019) Rob Leane It will make you laugh and possibly cry, leaving you with a desire to call your own best mate and sort your life out a bit. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3.5/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Don Kaye The most surprising thing about Hobbs & Shaw, which is directed efficiently by David Leitch, is that this is also the franchise's first all-out comedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 () Simon Brew The edgier parts of the gig, and the moments that showcase just how refined Rock's delivery is, are where he talks about matters of race. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 () Mark Harrison Writers Jessica Swale, Giles Pilbrow and Caroline Norris keep up a relentless gag rate and the performers rise to it admirably. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 The Intruder (2019) Patrick Sproull There is gargantuan amounts of fun to be had with The Intruder if you're a fan of agreeably silly thrillers, and, frankly, Dennis Quaid's awards-worthy scenery-chewing is worth the price of admission alone. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble (2017) Wesley Mead Ryan is incredibly nimble and adept, delivering undoubtedly improvised material like it'd been honed for months. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
2.5/5 The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Don Kaye By the time The Art of Self-Defense settles into its cool down, we're still not sure whether Stearns wants us to laugh or cringe. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3.5/5 Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein (2019) Natalie Zutter The main benefit of its brevity is that you can fit in multiple viewings without breaking a sweat-something wholeheartedly recommended. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015) Wesley Mead The casual, conversational manner in which Kirkman delivers them is the perfect through-line for the material. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Mark Harrison It's tough to imagine anyone giving this a five-star rating. But then movies aren't ride-shares, and in its domain of old-fashioned three-star action comedy flicks, it absolutely dominates the field. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Christina P: Mother Inferior (2017) Wesley Mead At turns sharply observed and wonderfully filthy, it's pleasingly un-PC, but Christina P never feels like she's being graphic for the sake of it - the pregnancy and birthing sequences are uproarious. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Richard Jordan This new Lion King is still enjoyable -- especially for those who are new to the story -- and its staggering visual achievements should rightly be celebrated. But for anyone who's seen and loved the original animation, it inevitably suffers by comparison. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019