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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Fyre (2019) Steve Newall It's a gloriously watchable, often barely believable, documentary. You've simply got to see it. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
3/5 I Lost My Body (2019) Liam Maguren On one hand, the bog-standard love story amuses but never resonates. Fortunately, the other hand fights rats, dodges traffic, and does all sorts of insane things you've never witnessed in a film. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson Where it feels a little egotistical at times, it's also extremely self-reflective, giving a compassionate look at the tangled intricacies that accrue over a marriage. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
4/5 Knives Out (2019) Liam Maguren "[Craig] sprinkles all 11 herbs and spices onto his Kentucky-fried accent, and while it may prove a bit much for some, it cleverly anchors the film's tone: very humorous, a bit preposterous, but always consistent." EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) Aaron Yap There's a strain of knowing wistfulness threaded throughout Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, a 210-minute crime colossus that, for all intents and purposes, accomplishes the cumulative emotional high of a swan song. EDIT
Posted Nov 24, 2019
2/5 Lady and the Tramp (2019) Liam Maguren Seeing two photo-realistic canines lock lips? Well... it ain't romantic, to say the least. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 Klaus (2019) Liam Maguren The Christmas film of the decade. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
2/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Daniel Rutledge Everyone's trying their best, but the over-the-top cheesiness and painful predictability almost ruin the whole thing. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) Adam Fresco An accessible, intelligent tragedy of a reluctant young monarch, thrown into a world of savage politics and brutal battle. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
3/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Steve Newall Look, now that we're six films into a series that had become a run of disappointments, this is probably the best Terminator film we were going to get. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Steve Newall Honestly, days after watching it, it makes me happy just thinking about it-this is the epitome of a crowd-pleaser. EDIT
Posted Oct 30, 2019
4/5 Tell Me Who I Am (2019) Liam Maguren An incredibly moving experience that men, in particular, should witness and absorb. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4/5 El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) Steve Newall It's evident how much of a journey the character's taken, and how Paul's portrayal has evolved along the way, from troubled protracted adolescent to deeply traumatised adult. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
3/5 The Forest of Love (2019) Daniel Rutledge "Has the weird, punk kind of energy many of [Sion Sono's] movies have. But this is a fairly grueling watch that may be too nasty and too long for its own good." EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
5/5 Hustlers (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson Recognises that under capitalism, working-class single mothers will always be the ultimate hustlers. But it's also so much fun! EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Amanda Jane Robinson If you want to watch a rejected loner with a history of trauma and a conflicted relationship with their mother make the world burn for how they were treated, try Carrie. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Adam Fresco Simply recounting the book's plot isn't enough to engage. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019) Tony Stamp Story-wise it ain't much, but that's fine... it's all just an excuse to watch celebrities squirm, and on that front B2F:TM doesn't disappoint. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Steve Newall Not only is Pitt tremendously watchable and utterly convincing as McBride, but likely the most traditionally masculine hero you're going to see in a film that takes a strong point of view about the follies of traditionally masculine heroes. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Midsommar (2019) Aaron Yap Enhanced by some pointedly weird and gorgeous production design, Midsommar's meandering descent into crazy town makes for a deftly disturbing viewing experience for at least two-thirds. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Steve Newall Good Boys is what you want from this sort of comedy (if not much more). EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Aaron Yap Between Stallone mumbling stuff like "I'm full of rage" and "Death is coming" in a perennially granite scowl, shit gets ridiculously barbaric. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) Steve Newall More voyeuristic than revealing-and deeply tragic, of course. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Steve Newall Amazing performance. Amazing setting. Amazing footage. Amazing Grace puts you right in the room with Aretha Franklin... EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Aaron Yap Lulu Wang's semi-autobiographical indie charmer The Farewell cuts deep and close to home. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 () Steve Newall The film brings us intimately into their orbit as they share their stories and showcase collective chemistry some 40 years after the band's formation-and the results show that's exactly as it should be. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 2040 (2019) Liam Maguren 2040 might just shift your world for the better. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Daniel Rutledge It's a particularly pleasurable groove that for some fans will make for Tarantino's most beloved work to date. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson Its portrayal of working class struggle is resonant without being didactic, and its hopeful to watch these characters find ways to survive, and sometimes even thrive, in this tough old world. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Late Night (2019) Adam Fresco Often funny, with top-tier supporting cast, it's a surprisingly old-fashioned comedy of manners. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
2/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Daniel Rutledge There was magic in this franchise for a while, but its gas tank of goodwill is slowly being drained and Hobbs & Shaw pushes it dangerously close to empty. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 Booksmart (2019) Katie Parker Warm, gentle and self-consciously woke, Booksmart isn't taking any chances with its comedy-and as such could hardly be considered ground-breaking or radical. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Liam Maguren Thrilling moments become more tense thanks to the photorealism, and when the Lions vs. Hyena climax kicks in, they go wild with it. It's kinda awesome. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 Crawl (2019) Aaron Yap You want big alligators attacking people? You'll definitely get big alligators attacking the sh-t out of people. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Ophelia (2018) Steve Newall Daisy Ridley brings Ophelia to life here, raising the (ok, probably unlikely) prospect of Shakespeare fandom now being torn into opposing camps as happened to Star Wars in the wake of The Last Jedi... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
3/5 Stuber (2019) Daniel Rutledge The best thing about Stuber is the two leads, Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
4/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Liam Maguren Some may write off Far From Home as 'just another superhero film', but doing so would overlook its mightily impressive ability to address immediate, real-world concerns in a palpable way for general audiences. EDIT
Posted Jul 2, 2019
5/5 Parasite (2019) Steve Newall Bong has crafted a modern classic... a gripping, frequently funny and often nerve-wracking film... EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2019
3/5 Yesterday (2019) Liam Maguren Boyle's hyper-speed direction assures you move on before you can question any of this thoroughly. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2019
3/5 Anna (2019) Katie Parker To describe the plot in much more detail would take away that rare and wonderful thing that so many action films sorely lack: fun. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
3/5 Child's Play (2019) Aaron Yap Call it Charlie Brooker's Small Soldiers. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/5 Little Woods (2018) Amanda Jane Robinson Visually striking. Comparisons to Debra Granik's Winter's Bone and Leave No Trace are fitting... EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
3/5 Beats (2019) Tony Stamp Beats is entertaining enough, but like many Netflix offerings can feel inconsequential. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
4/5 Toy Story 4 (2019) Adam Fresco Josh Cooley's direction keeps the pace sprightly and the voice cast and animators knock it out the park... EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/5 Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018) Matt Glasby A Golden Dream may sometimes feel like a promo film, or a very, very good DVD extra, but it really knows its audience. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
1/5 Men in Black: International (2019) Liam Maguren Imagine a Taika Waititi-less Thor: Ragnarok rewritten by the guys who penned Transformers: The Last Knight. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/5 Dark Phoenix (2019) Tony Stamp It's a bummer, a once-mighty franchise going out not with a bang, but a shrug. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 I Am Mother (2019) Steve Newall There's plenty to recommend in this streaming sci-fi thriller-tense, keeping the viewer curious, and a notch above most straight-to-Netflix fare. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
4/5 Sometimes Always Never (2018) Adam Fresco In Nighy, the witty script leaps to life, in a tour-de-force of darkly downbeat comedic timing... EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2019
3/5 Tolkien (2019) Matt Glasby Tolkien may not be 100 per cent accurate, but it is convincing and compelling... EDIT
Posted May 29, 2019