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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 () Sarah Ward Sullivan's approach is bold, ambitious and primed to make an impact; however it's Houbolt and Queere's performances that ensures the film hits home. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 Aquaman (2018) Sarah Ward With Aquaman, the character, being one of the rare highlights of Justice League, it's reassuring to see Aquaman, the movie, build upon the half-human, half-Atlantean's momentum. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/5 Normandie nue (2018) Sarah Ward While the film's template and clichés are always evident, it still radiates the charm inherent in its various components EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Sarah Ward Heft and depth go far in this eighth franchise instalment. In the ring and on the screen, you can't connect without both. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/5 Journey's End (2017) Sarah Ward A sober, grim and powerful war story. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
4/5 First Man (2018) Sarah Ward Painted in shades of melancholy and shouted through silence, it's as much a space movie as it is a psychological drama about grief, and it's an extraordinary effort thanks to its chosen approach. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
2/5 In Like Flynn (2018) Sarah Ward Mulcahy may be aiming for a boisterous good time like the Flynn-starring classic Captain Blood, but the flat, template-like raucousness of the Pirates of the Caribbean series oft proves more fitting. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
2.5/5 The Seagull (2018) Sarah Ward As emotionally heaving and handsomely staged as it all is - and, crucially, never beholden to stage conventions - the end result often feels like a box-ticking exercise in meeting the requisite marks. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
1.5/5 Night School (2018) Sarah Ward Generic, messy, flat, over-extended and all-too-earnest, running for nearly two hours with sentiment and silliness where its scant narrative should be EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 Venom (2018) Sarah Ward Takes what it has, runs with it and bounces around within its parameters to mostly engaging effect. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3/5 Alpha (2018) Sarah Ward When Alpha hews close to its core focus, it howls with heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
3.5/4 Overlord (2018) Sarah Ward While Overlord's premise screams B-movie and the feature knows it, [director Julius] Avery doesn't handle the narrative in a simple and senseless manner. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 Maleficent (2014) Sarah Ward Maleficent looks the part in an effort pleasant to watch, but is, of course, unlikely to replace its predecessor as the version of record. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 The House With a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Sarah Ward Truly haunted by languishing in derivation and mediocrity. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/5 The Predator (2018) Sarah Ward An '80s-style B-movie, and it wants to look and feel like one. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
3/5 The Merger (2018) Sarah Ward A by-the-numbers affair brightened up by palatable packaging and palpable passion - and with ample charm in its crowd-pleasing vibe and its cause. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2018
2.5/5 The Meg (2018) Sarah Ward When The Meg is fun, self-aware and proud to be both, it has an engaging comic spark. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 Mandy (2018) Sarah Ward Rarely have a movie and its star felt as perfectly matched as this violent tale of abduction, destruction and revenge, and the man tasked with traversing its lurid depths. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) Sarah Ward Weaves its threads together in an astute, empathetic and impassioned manner, all while remaining cognisant that nothing within the film exists in a vacuum. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
4/5 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Sarah Ward Filled with the kind of visual and technical mastery that most features are lucky to display in one scene, let alone in set-piece after set-piece after set-piece, all while conjuring an authentic, edge-of-your seat emotional reaction. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (2018) Sarah Ward This follow-up is many things, and often chaotically tries to combine them all at once. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
Beast (2017) Sarah Ward This tale of beasts and beauty claws through appearances, expectations, and the fine line between inviting and troubling - and victim and attacker - on a plethora of levels. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Madeline's Madeline (2018) Sarah Ward Inimitable and immersive... builds slowly in command and confidence until its full force is felt. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
Skyscraper (2018) Sarah Ward Even the film's hulking hero and its willingness to lean into its overblown nature can't keep this blockbuster alight, as much as Johnson, particularly, tries. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2018
2.5/5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Sarah Ward All growl and no bite, and all spectacle with little substance, Fallen Kingdom instead succeeds where most modern franchise instalments place too much of their focus: as a placeholder for the next movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2018
3/5 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Sarah Ward A jovial jaunt with long-beloved figures, as opposed to a future-thinking continuation. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
2/5 Deadpool 2 (2018) Sarah Ward When Deadpool 2 is boasting about great it is and claiming it's different, it's a slog. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
3/5 Midnight Oil 1984 (2018) Sarah Ward Perhaps it's Argall's efforts to weave in as much as possible that ultimately holds the documentary back rather than thrusts it forward; there are several movies that could be made, from several angles, from his wealth of materials. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
2/5 Alpha Gateway (2018) Sarah Ward Less resembles a new take on its concept, and more a compilation of previously seen ideas. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
2.5/5 Last Flag Flying (2017) Sarah Ward While primarily a slow, sombre affair by necessity, the film often draws its narrative out - and can't always find the balance between its dramatic, contemplative and occasionally comedic tones. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Sarah Ward Like any culmination of a long-running series, there's purpose and emotion as this blockbuster intertwines its many strands, provides a gripping payoff and paves - as always - another path forward. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
3/5 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) Sarah Ward As a title, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society might be a mouthful, but it couldn't suit this warm, nostalgic post-war drama better. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
1.5/5 Super Troopers 2 (2018) Sarah Ward There's a difference between moulding past glories into something similar and simply being content to even make a follow-up. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2/5 Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Sarah Ward Gleeful in a vapid soap opera-meets-gratuitous slasher flick way, favouring superficial thrills and gags over inventiveness, subversion or depth. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
2.5/5 Rampage (2018) Sarah Ward It's the rollicking barrage its title intimates, yet amounts to merely passable entertainment; a minor critter in its habitat, rather than a behemoth. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2018
1.5.5 Ready Player One (2018) Sarah Ward With its narrative slight and familiar, and its sense of drama and threat muted, it relies upon its roster of recognisable properties - and the affection everyone has for them, especially off-screen - to provide interest. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
3.5/5 Love, Simon (2018) Sarah Ward Love, Simon is filled with love and recognition as it takes the high school rom-com template into new Hollywood territory, and it charms in the process. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
3/5 Blockers (2018) Sarah Ward Served up with equal portions of humour and heart, what sets Blockers apart is its perspective. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2018
2.5/5 Tomb Raider (2018) Sarah Ward In a feature that's primarily a formulaic reboot, rendering Lara Craft as flesh and blood instead of a cartoonish fantasy makes a difference. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2018
4/5 Menashe (2017) Sarah Ward [Boasts] an observational approach, naturalistic appearance, fly-on-the-wall feel and authentic air. EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2018
2/5 Den of Thieves (2018) Sarah Ward The end result is a mess of elements that overstay their welcome, and a central caper that loses momentum. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2018
4.5/5 Jane (2017) Sarah Ward As moving and enthralling as it is informative and even astonishing. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2018
3.5/5 I, Tonya (2017) Sarah Ward As an exploration of class and societal culpability, I, Tonya proves as smart as the questions it poses. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2018
3/5 The Final Year (2017) Sarah Ward Presents rather than probes, letting its subjects and the contrast between them and today's state of affairs do the talking. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2018
3/5 Mary and The Witch's Flower (2017) Sarah Ward Predictable though Mary's flight path may be, she soars through gorgeously, intricately realised territory. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
2/5 Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018) Sarah Ward If the series' second effort felt like a placeholder for more to come, The Death Cure concludes the saga with little more than a box-ticking exercise. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2018
3/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Sarah Ward Moving on from previous glories to start anew furnishes greater moments for the characters than the story, but it adds to a movie that's thoughtful, emotional and contemplative. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2017
Justice League (2017) Sarah Ward It still achieves its two aims - improving upon Batman v Superman, and leaving viewers intrigued for future Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg outings - but does so in a thoroughly choppy and dull fashion. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2017
4/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Sarah Ward An ode to embracing the glorious ridiculousness of caped crusaders... a hammer throwing, fist-smashing good time. EDIT
Posted Nov 7, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Sarah Ward Bright and shiny, the end result may be, but it's a by-the-numbers outing with less energy and momentum than its set piece-filled 141-minute running time needs. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2017