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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 () Christopher Stevens This was one of the year's more pointless documentaries. If you aren't interested in salivating over tacky tat sported by the blandly anonymous super-rich, there was nothing else to see here. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Brian Viner But with fond memories of Four Lions and a healthy respect for Morris's savage irreverence, I expected to laugh like a drain. Instead, it was just an occasional gurgle. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2019
2/5 () Christopher Stevens [Andrew Graham-Dixon] fury kept this investigation bubbling, but at 90 minutes it was overlong. The chief characters were too sordid to hold our interest for more than an hour and we were kept waiting too long for the final chapter. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
3/5 () Christopher Stevens Best-known as a team captain on the long-running Have I Got News For You, [Ian] Hislop was making a one-off foray into a subject whose history he clearly knew well. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
3/5 Good Posture (2019) Brian Viner Despite the title, it contains little to make you sit up straight. But it's worth seeing, and whether you do or not, look out for the beguiling Van Patten. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 () Brian Viner [Y]ou don't need to be an Elvis fan to be dazzled by his extraordinary charisma and sexual magnetism, then arguably at their peak. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
2/5 () Christopher Stevens With a lot of repetition and some long tracking shots of historians in sweat-stained khaki, these bare bones were stretched out to fill an hour-long documentary. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
2/5 () Brian Viner Nothing to look forward to. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 Skin (2018) Brian Viner Jamie Bell gives a pulsating performance in Skin as an American neo-Nazi who renounces all notions of white supremacy, to the vengeful fury of his former associates. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Brian Viner Great music, like great cinema, is truly life-enhancing. This documentary... offers us a memorable double-whammy of both. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Brian Viner It's silly, offensive and extremely violent, but with a certain style and swagger, if you like this sort of thing. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
2/5 Ready or Not (2019) Brian Viner Think the Addams family, only less appealing. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Brian Viner The Goldfinch, while not short of virtues, is ultimately an exercise in pretty laboured storytelling. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 () Claudia Connell Unseen footage in this captivating documentary revealed Churchill's acting talents left a lot to be desired. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
4/5 () Claudia Connell Gary [Usher's] boundless enthusiasm and hard work left me rooting for him and his team. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
5/5 () Claudia Connell Told through dramatisation, the testimony of experts and surviving prisoners, the documentary was thought-provoking and compelling, and left viewers full of admiration at the risks [Rudolf] Vrba and [Wetzler] Wetzler had taken to tell their story. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
4/5 () Claudia Connell With that lot of backstabbers, who needs political dramas like House Of Cards? EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Brian Viner Unfortunately, writer Andrea Berloff, who has the successful hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton (2015) on her credits, and here makes her directorial debut, rather lets down her classy cast. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Brian Viner For Sama is a gripping Arabic-language film about the Syrian civil war, set in the beleaguered city of Aleppo, and containing the single most extraordinary image I've seen in documentary cinema if not ever, then certainly all year. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Brian Viner Lopez is terrific, and while I can't claim to be an expert, it's hard to imagine even a professional pole-dancer looking more at ease astride a pole. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Brian Viner There's absolutely no point seeing it if you don't already know who all these people are. If you do, how can you possibly resist? EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
4/5 An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) Kate Muir Polanski has made, at the age of 86, an absolutely terrific picture. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
The Laundromat (2019) Kate Muir Also, the scenery-chewing performance by Gary Oldman as a German conman, yelling in a cod-Teutonic accent at the camera, might be the most annoying turn I've seen in the cinema all year. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Kate Muir Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, is another funny, beautifully-observed film about family relationships, focusing on a couple trying to get divorced. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 () Kate Muir It's quirky, with a whip-smart script, and pulled off the double-whammy of making me, and everyone around me, laugh and then cry. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Kate Muir They do not disguise their debt to Martin Scorsese in a film that has clear echoes of The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, yet Joker is also thrillingly original, with an extraordinary performance by Phoenix at its dark heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Kate Muir It's a fun outing, but no old-fashioned queer cliché is left unturned, and despite the fact the story is based on the real-life Shiny Shrimps, it often feels like this film is years behind the times. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Kate Muir Every polite sentence is a metaphor for something worse, and the magnificent plains of Argentina make the human action seem disturbingly small. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Kate Muir And as the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock once said: 'The length of a film should be directly related to endurance of the human bladder' - and It: Chapter Two just goes too far. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) Brian Viner Joker is a thunderously powerful character study of a man with a mental illness, and a ferocious indictment of a society that doesn't treat the mentally ill with the same compassion it shows to, say, cancer sufferers. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
2/5 Untouchable (2019) Christopher Stevens This documentary (overlong at 90 minutes) appeared unaware of how shallow the movie world looks from the outside, how self-serving and narcissistic. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) Brian Viner I loved Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach's funny, painful analysis of divorce, American-style. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Brian Viner There's plenty of baffling science but the film throbs with energy and empathy, thanks mostly to Pitt's powerful performance as a loyal spaceman and conflicted son. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 The Truth (2019) Brian Viner Writer-director Hiro-kazu Kore-ada's bittersweet comedy... is a little laboured in parts and far from the rousing curtain-raiser we sometimes get here in Venice, but it's a treat to see 75-year-old Deneuve giving such a playful performance. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Brian Viner It's tough to watch, which of course is no criticism; done properly, films like this always are. But it suffers unnecessarily from a dearth of characterisation. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
2/5 Astérix : le secret de la potion magique (2018) Brian Viner There's no subtlety in Asterix: The Secret Of The Magic Potion (PG) , a somewhat lumpen animation based on the French comic stories which are 60 years old this year. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
3/5 The Souvenir (2019) Brian Viner Joanna Hogg's achingly middle-class films aren't everybody's cup of decaffeinated Earl Grey, indeed they aren't really mine, but I can appreciate their quiet intensity. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
The Informer (2020) Brian Viner That's an admirably multinational team behind a film that feels not just distinctly American but carries that particular whiff of New York City underbelly, of sweat and pretzels and acrid steam rising from subway gratings. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Brian Viner The film, by illustrious theatre director Adrian Noble, making a rare foray into cinema, never really attempts to smudge its origins as a radio play. This somehow both enables and disables the narrative, making it at times almost laughably ponderous. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 Judy (2019) Brian Viner When [Zellweger] sings The Trolley Song, you'd swear you were watching documentary footage. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Stevens Much more digestible than a lecture from an art historian. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2019
2/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Kate Muir [T]he director André Øvredal reveals too much, and the ghoulish atmosphere just drains away. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Kate Muir The film will appeal to longtime fans of his, but it also stands alone as a memoir of a poverty-stricken, sun-drenched Catholic childhood, reflected upon by a man whose powers are waning. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Kate Muir Here, however, what could be a stupid screamfest is more convincing thanks to Scodelario, who seesaws realistically between fear and ferocity. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Kate Muir Where is this leading? Will the next Banning film be Vegan Has Fallen? EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Stevens The anecdotes in this lightweight documentary were a bit hit-and-miss. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4/5 () Christopher Stevens To explain the historical context, compile the fragmented accounts of the survivors, assess the long-term damage and pay tribute to the dead required a delicate balance. As a result, the documentary sometimes felt piecemeal, but never superficial. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Brian Viner A sort of Crocodile Dundee for kids. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Brian Viner [A] crude, frequently offensive, but sometimes uproariously funny pre-teen version of Superbad. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
2/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Brian Viner Well, it's not that good and yes, it is clearly an attempt to emulate the success of The Lego Movie, its sequel and spin-offs, not just as movies but as powerful merchandising weapons. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019