The Digital Fix

The Digital Fix is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alistair Ryder, Becky Kukla, Emily Maskell, Lewis Knight , Steven Sheehan
Rating Title/Year Author
8/10 Human Nature (2019) Steven Sheehan A compelling documentary that asks us to question the essence of what it means to be human. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
4/10 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Alistair Ryder It's easy to understand why Motherless Brooklyn was a passion project for Norton, but it's unlikely any viewer will be as enthusiastic about watching it as he was about trying to make it for the last 20 years. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
8/10 The Street (2019) Steven Sheehan The Street can only be viewed with a heavy heart, and it's a painful reminder of how little autonomy people have in the face of such wealthy resources. EDIT
Posted Dec 2, 2019
8/10 Knives Out (2019) Steven Sheehan It's a film filled with feints, bobs and weaves designed to throw you off the scent, earning every minute spent up onscreen. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2019
Last Christmas (2019) Becky Kukla An utterly transparent third act plot twist and the seemingly incidental use of George Michael's music turn Last Christmas from pleasant enough to utterly empty. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2019
7/10 The Irishman (2019) Alistair Ryder On a first viewing, I was surprised by how cold I felt towards it, as it never manages to find equal balance between familiar Scorsese crime riffs and something far weightier. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2019
7/10 Monos (2019) Alistair Ryder There are a number of reasons to seek out Monos - but the more you think about it afterwards, the more you'll wish it had something deeper to say below the surface. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
6/10 The Aeronauts (2019) Alistair Ryder The Aeronauts only takes off when it relishes in disaster movie tropes - and comes crashing down to earth whenever it tries to do anything more. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
3/10 Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Alistair Ryder At once a formulaic crowdpleaser and something far more insidious, repeatedly and problematically conflating the subject of body positivity with the need to lose weight. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/10 The Addams Family (2019) Alistair Ryder It's one of the most cynically made, indifferently written and performed studio films I've seen in quite some time. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2019
7/10 () Becky Kukla A cult-western fairy-tale which will either capture audiences with its absurdities or have them walking out of the cinema. Either way, you won't forget it in a hurry. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
9/10 Instinct (2019) Becky Kukla Absorbing psycho-sexual debut feature from a highly talented director. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
9/10 Honey Boy (2019) Becky Kukla A deeply personal exploration into masculinity, addiction and the price of childhood fame - Honey Boy is a must see. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
8/10 Uncut Gems (2019) Alistair Ryder The finest film yet from the Safdie Brothers, and one that rewards any audiences who remain after the audacious, abrasive opening. Well, "rewards" might not be the best word for it - you'll definitely need a stiff drink and a sit down afterwards. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
5/10 The Two Popes (2019) Alistair Ryder The Two Popes is consistently jarring, attempting to make the audience view both cardinals as fun, and more down to earth, than assumed, even as their values are repeatedly shown to be questionable at best, abhorrent at worst. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
9/10 Knives Out (2019) Alistair Ryder More so than The Last Jedi, Knives Out firmly establishes Johnson as one of the most reliable filmmakers working in the mainstream today, subverting the expectations of popcorn entertainment without detracting from the simple pleasures. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
6/10 Gemini Man (2019) Alistair Ryder If you like the silliness of 90s action movies, then you will almost definitely be a gemini fan. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
7/10 American Woman (2018) Alistair Ryder American Woman is a great star vehicle for Sienna Miller - but the strength of her performance leaves everything else in her shadow, waiting for a moment to shine. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
10/10 Marriage Story (2019) Alistair Ryder The best film of Noah Baumbach's career, and very likely to be the last truly perfect film of this decade. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Emily Maskell Ask Dr. Ruth is instantly and continuously charming which is all down to Westheimer herself. A documentary that, above all, is an ode to this inspiring woman, a trailblazer and an activist who deserves this recognition. EDIT
Posted Oct 7, 2019
5/10 Just Mercy (2019) Alistair Ryder A big screen depiction of how this injustice got miraculously overturned needs to be told via more than just a generic procedural. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
8/10 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Alistair Ryder The Personal History of David Copperfield may seem like an unnecessary literary adaptation from a director trying to prove his serious side, but rest assured, this as much of a fast paced comedy as Iannucci's previous work. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
8/10 Hail Satan? (2019) Alistair Ryder Hail Satan? is an entertaining, insightful look at how the strongest defenders of society's liberal order are the people you'd least expect. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
7/10 Good Boys (2019) Alistair Ryder As was the case with Superbad, calling it a gross out comedy proves to be detrimental to the far more compelling examination of the dynamics surrounding young male friendship. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
8/10 Transit (2018) Alistair Ryder Transit is prescient without being preachy, updating a bleak noir story to the populist authoritarian resurgence and creating something truly uncomfortable. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
7/10 Animals (2019) Becky Kukla Animals is honest, funny and highly relatable. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
3/10 Stuber (2019) Alistair Ryder Stuber is a lazy, unfunny attempt at a high concept action comedy, that will leave you wishing you'd stayed at home to watch Collateral instead. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
9/10 Don't Look Now (1973) Becky Kukla The film plays the long game, and it's a game worth waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
7/10 Our Time (2018) Alistair Ryder Our Time doesn't completely justify its three hour length, but it feels like a necessary catharsis for Carlos Reygadas. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
9/10 Support the Girls (2018) Becky Kukla It may have an airtight script and outstanding ensemble cast, but Support the Girls is all Regina Hall giving the performance of a lifetime. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/10 Late Night (2019) Alistair Ryder Late Night frequently pulls it punches, compromising its material in order to become a crowdpleaser, and missing every chance to make a meaningful statement on the male dominated world of comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
8/10 Thunder Road (2018) Becky Kukla An intimate and tender portrait of grief, Thunder Road will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced the bizarre emotional roller-coaster of losing someone close to them. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
5/10 XY Chelsea (2019) Becky Kukla XY Chelsea gives a well rounded recap of Manning's life so far but it doesn't go any further than surface level. Manning is captivating but also aloof, and sadly the documentary just isn't as engaging as it should be. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
7/10 Zombi Child (2019) Alistair Ryder The spectres of colonialism and cultural appropriation are both lurking under the surface of Bonello's unusual foray into art-horror, which takes the very concept of the living dead back to its mythological roots in Haiti. EDIT
Posted May 25, 2019
9/10 Parasite (2019) Alistair Ryder To say more about Parasite and spoil its secrets would be to ruin the fun, but rest assured, as Bong's class satire is one of his finest films to date. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
8/10 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Alistair Ryder There is something quietly (and very surprisingly) moving about Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and how it depicts two men out of time, caught in a transitional period between two cinematic eras to which they don't belong. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
6/10 Ferrante Fever (2017) Becky Kukla It may not give much insight in Ferrante's life, but this documentary is a joyful and gentle celebration of a genius. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/10 Where Hands Touch (2018) Becky Kukla In a disappointing turn from Asante, an important and vital narrative is lost in a bizarre and over-dramatic love story. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
8/10 Madeline's Madeline (2018) Becky Kukla Bold, brave and bizarre - Madeline's Madeline is a truly unconventional indie gem with a star performance at its heart. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
9/10 Pájaros de verano (2018) Becky Kukla A deftly executed epic that expertly subverts the stereotypical crime family story, with phenomenal results. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
4/10 Young Ahmed (2019) Alistair Ryder Young Ahmed is nowhere near as problematic as it could have been - but it's nowhere near as dramatically engaging either. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
5/10 A Hidden Life (2019) Alistair Ryder As you can expect with Malick, there are moments of transcendental beauty - but at nearly three hours long, it can be a slog sitting through a one note character study just to find them. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
8/10 The Lighthouse (2019) Alistair Ryder There is nothing as unnerving as the most striking sequences in The Witch - in fact, for the more adventurous genre audiences out there, this unpredictable ride could constitute the year's most unlikely crowd pleaser. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2019
8/10 Little Joe (2019) Alistair Ryder It may be hard to look past the problematic allegory, but Little Joe is a fantastic sci-fi throwback that made me long for more of the paranoia fuelled films like the high watermarks of the genre's past. EDIT
Posted May 18, 2019
7/10 Sorry We Missed You (2019) Alistair Ryder A haunting, urgent film that needs to be engaged with despite its faults, in order to change workers' rights for the better. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
6/10 Bacurau (2019) Alistair Ryder It's exciting in the moment, but can't help but feel like a let down when thinking it over afterwards. The film's mystique is eventually revealed to be nothing more than a cover for what is a midnight movie through and through. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
4/10 The Dead Don't Die (2019) Alistair Ryder The Dead Don't Die is a resounding disappointment; a failure as a social commentary, an insufferable mess as a comedy, and an irritating scare-free chore as a B-movie throwback. Jim Jarmusch will never make a film worse than this. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/10 Woman at War (2018) Alistair Ryder By depicting a destructive activist as the only person willing to make a difference, there is a creeping sense of unease that this film could ideologically play into the hands of those who choose to do nothing about the crisis we face. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
6/10 The Unicorn Store (2017) Becky Kukla The glitter onscreen dazzles more than the actual film, but Unicorn Store is a solid depiction of the trials of adulthood and finding joy in the places you least expect. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
6/10 Styx (2018) Becky Kukla A foreboding drama which attempts to scrutinise Western bureaucracy and attitudes towards refugees and, for the most part, succeeds. EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019