One Room With A View

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 Beirut (2018) Jack Blackwell Not much that you haven't seen before, from the war-torn Middle Eastern city setting to exchanges illuminated by headlights, but it's still worth a look thanks to the intelligence and political clout of Gilroy's script combined with Hamm's star power. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
3/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Rory Steabler The motor-giant-as-scrappy-underdog story may not play well outside of a certain Top Gear set... However, Le Mans '66 runs on a fine-tuned engine of technical filmmaking that supercharges its moments of high-speed thrills. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2019
4/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Carmen Paddock It will never reach the original's iconic status, but its maturity, assuredness, and stellar performances are worth celebrating. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Louise Burrell While there definitely isn't a need for a third instalment, it's good fun to see the group back together this one time. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
1/5 () Rory Steabler Meaninglessness has inspired some fine art, but it is merely self-indulgent in documentary form. EDIT
Posted Oct 22, 2019
2/5 Judy & Punch (2019) Carmen Paddock Despite an intriguing premise and a fantastical, colourful revisioning of the early modern English countryside, Judy & Punch fails to explore its ideas or characters meaningfully. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 () Carmen Paddock Fanny Lye Deliver'd is too uneven to fully embrace either folk horror or historical drama; that said, its beautiful cinematography, uncompromising nastiness, and excellent performances make it one to seek out. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
5/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Carmen Paddock A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood reinforces [Marielle] Heller's status as one of the most polished, humane directors working today. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
3/5 Gemini Man (2019) Dan Sareen [Ang] Lee's film is perhaps one of the most important advocates for making the trip to see a film at the cinema... It just seems a shame that a team of writers couldn't cobble together something worthy of this technological landmark. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Lingua Franca (2019) Rory Steabler Lingua Franca could be an absolutely crushing film, with its atmosphere of anxiety and its characters trapped in cycles. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 () Carmen Paddock Calm With Horses is uncompromisingly ugly and quietly heartbreaking, a meticulous picture of a family at war with the world and a man at war with himself. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 Honey Boy (2019) Carmen Paddock Raw, uncompromising, and yet wholly non-judgemental, Honey Boy is a cinematic memoir for the ages. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 For the Birds (2018) Carmen Paddock Its kind lens is a necessary antidote to the shame and vitriol that often accompanies television's depictions of hoarders, granting all parties dignity. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Jack Blackwell The Laundromat has no idea what story it wants to tell, nor how sincerely it wants to tell it, and isn't half as much fun to watch as it clearly was to make. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 The Painted Bird (2019) Jack Blackwell Absolutely not for everyone, and very hard to outright recommend, The Painted Bird is a searing work of art that can be just as rewarding as it is harrowing. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 () Jack Blackwell For the most part, you'll be perfectly entertained by Greed, and when it's on, it's very funny. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 Uncut Gems (2019) Jack Blackwell With Uncut Gems, the Safdies are operating on another level entirely, making a film that is, quite simply, a force of nature. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 () Jack Blackwell Set in 1981 but never feeling all that far away from the deeply damaging attitudes still held in male-dominated institutions today, Moffie can be a tough watch, but its glimmers of romance and genuinely moving friendship keep it very worthwhile. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 () Jack Blackwell Informative and moving and thoroughly entertaining, Rocks should by all rights be a breakout hit with its immensely likeable cast and propulsive, involving story. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 () Jack Blackwell Larrain is incapable of making an entirely uninteresting film, and Ema's sounds and visuals are top-notch. Yet, even so, you need a decent script to back your style up, a crucial ingredient that Ema too often lacks. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
4/5 Ordinary Love (2019) Jack Blackwell Everything is completely believable, the relationship and the home clearly lived in, and it's this that gives Ordinary Love its quiet, but sometimes overwhelming, power. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
5/5 The Irishman (2019) Jack Blackwell An absolute must-see at the cinema, that The Irishman, with all its expense and soulful ambition, exists at all is a gift from the movie gods. And don't worry, you get used to the de-aging almost immediately. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Rare Beasts (2019) Carmen Paddock Stylistically bold and politically astute, Rare Beasts is a promising debut whose lack of coherence does not hamper its clarity of purpose. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 The Two Popes (2019) Jack Blackwell The Two Popes is handsomely shot, and the recreations of the Vatican are majestic, but this doesn't stop it from being rather boring, and its joviality translates to too few funny jokes. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
25 Premature (2019) Carmen Paddock Premature lives up to its title, in the sense that its honesty and impact are lost in half-baked delivery and an unsubtle script which kill its emotional vulnerability after the first act. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Carmen Paddock Jojo Rabbit may not bring the bite of [Taika] Waititi's finest projects, but its heart is golden. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Jack Blackwell There's a lot of potential to The Aeronauts, and somewhere there exists a really great version of this film. Yet, what should be a rollicking good time at the pictures is instead an aggravatingly schlonky trudge. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
4/5 Luce (2019) Jack Blackwell Luce may be flawed and sometimes ridiculous, but you are always desperate to see what's around the next corner in this compelling story. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Jack Blackwell It might not be all that special from scene to scene, but when Judy focuses most tightly on its star, it shines. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
4/5 () Alex Goldstein Our Ladies is at its strongest when it leaves storytelling in the hands of its young, talented cast. It is unflinching and non-judgemental about the girls' fully embraced sexuality, unsentimental about poverty and unimpressed by wealth. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Jack Blackwell Joker is an effectively disquieting character study featuring a great Joaquin Phoenix performance that doesn't actually court any of the controversy it's received. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea (2019) Alex Goldstein The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea is painful viewing, but the note of hope that it holds makes it nigh unmissable. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
2/5 Hope Gap (2019) Alex Goldstein It's a muddled film; a painful little knot with moments of keen observation linked awkwardly together by a fumbled, too on-the-nose script, and oddly flat tone. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Carmen Paddock The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a clear labour of love, a testament to the city that brutally shapes its unfailingly gentle inhabitants. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
The Unknown Saint (2019) Alex Goldstein The Unknown Saint is a film that really enjoys itself; it strips down to basics but finds room for plenty of wry observational humour, moments of warmth and a dash of contemplation. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/5 The Lighthouse (2019) Jack Blackwell The Lighthouse is utterly unlike anything else you could see this year, a resounding crash of myth and grime that absolutely has to be seen to be believed. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Maggie (2018) Alex Goldstein The shift from offbeat to bonkers can be glorious. For Maggie, an erratic structure mirrors the film's examination of truth, perception and trust -- but unfortunately in a way that comes across as more haphazard than inspired. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 Just Mercy (2019) Jack Blackwell You might see it all coming, but Just Mercy will break and lift your heart regardless. [Destin Daniel] Cretton's steady, unshowy direction lets his story and actors speak for themselves, making for one of the better 'Oscar Bait' titles of the year. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Lucky Grandma (2019) Alex Goldstein Ultimately, Lucky Grandma is as paradoxical and irrepressible as its main character. It dons the garb of a dark comedy drama over a gangster's swagger, layering on the complexity deliberately -- with mixed, but highly engaging, results. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 Harriet (2019) Jack Blackwell If any true-life figure deserves the superhero movie treatment, it's Harriet Tubman, and [Cynthia] Erivo more than does her story justice. It's just a shame that the script and style can't always keep up. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
4/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Alex Goldstein As public discourse skews ever more vicious, it's refreshing to watch the razor-sharp mind behind The Thick of It and The Death of Stalin tackle still depressingly timely issues of poverty and inequality with a distinctly compassionate tone. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Phil W. Bayles In adapting it for the screen, [John] Crowley seems to have viewed the novel through the same adoring eyes with which Theo gazes upon the painting. But in the process, he has robbed the story of all its marks of life. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 The Report (2019) Jack Blackwell Though the journalistic thriller is often a genre that's too dry to really entertain, The Report avoids such pitfalls with powerful performances, a punchy script, and an admirable courage in its bipartisan convictions. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Ready or Not (2019) Alex Goldstein Ready or Not takes great pleasure in setting up and paying off obvious gags and gore, then switching things up with a sharp take that keeps things creepy and intelligent throughout. EDIT
Posted Sep 30, 2019
2/5 Zombi Child (2019) Jack Blackwell The music is a highlight of the film, as are [Bertrand] Bonello's crisp yet off-kilter visuals... Yet, it's all in service of a repetitive and confusing story that feels much, much longer than it is. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 Clemency (2019) Jack Blackwell [Alfre] Woodard's performance is powerful without being showy or melodramatic, using her natural severity to sell both the inhumane strength and piercing regret in Bernadine's soul. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2019
5/5 Monos (2019) Jack Blackwell It's tense, exciting, and affecting, as well as a true ensemble piece that does justice to all its players, ending with the perfect amount of ambiguity. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Carmen Paddock Hustlers approaches an often-sensationalised topic with smarts, letting its women navigate the big and little politics of their robberies authentically. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) B. P. Flanagan From the delivery of the visuals, to the operatic strings, to the ultimate motivations driving the characters, it's one of the year's richest blockbusters, but there's little here that can be called [James] Gray's own. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2019
2/5 () Tom Bond Spy thrillers are one genre where it's very easy to have too much of a good thing. They're powered by secrets and twists, but Saturday Fiction is burdened with too much of the former at the start, and too much of the latter by the end. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2019