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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 The Knight Before Christmas (2019) Sarah Cartland Romantic, witty and sincere, with an occasional sharpness to offset the festive syrup. Their bread dough kneading scene is very sweet, like Ghost for Nigella fans. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Sarah Cartland Agincourt excepted (the battle is superb), this is a rather conventional epic. Pattinson adds quirky humour to a film that's otherwise quite po-faced. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
4/5 Vivarium (2020) Sarah Cartland A highly enjoyable if unsubtle satire on suburbia and parenthood, its dark humour and nightmarish horror delivered with a blithely gleeful wink (and hopefully in an organic veg box). EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2019
2.5/5 Last Christmas (2019) Sarah Cartland The film looks terrific, though the bravely bananas twist doesn't work. Michelle Yeoh is fantastic - Santa the Christmas shop boss is the tart lemon in a festive citrus fruit bowl. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 Klaus (2019) Sarah Cartland Gorgeous to look at, clever and funny, with a sometimes dark wit that's suitable for all ages. A Christmas classic in the making. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 Mickey and the Bear (2019) Sarah Cartland Morrone and Dale are superb; their relationship, too close in some ways and too distant in others, is perfectly judged in every scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 A Reindeer's Journey (2019) Sarah Cartland Part informative documentary, part anthropomorphic family film, this story about the first year in a reindeer calf's life is captivating and beautiful. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
3/5 The Good Liar (2019) Sarah Cartland A solid and entertaining thriller with a bonkers last stand. Mirren and McKellen are on great form. EDIT
Posted Nov 9, 2019
4/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Sarah Cartland A period drama about the weather really is peak British filmmaking. And this is a gorgeous and exhilarating journey, up, up and away. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
4.5/5 Monos (2019) Sarah Cartland The unsentimental Monos is by turns almost hypnotically somnolent and edge-of-your-seat gripping. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3/5 Buckout Road (2017) Sarah Cartland An uneven horror thriller, but if you can get past the (probably budget-related) clunky elements, there's a lot of fun to be had - especially from twins Derek 'n' Erik, who are a hoot. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
3.5/5 The Beach Bum (2019) Sarah Cartland This is a good-natured, bouncy movie, filled with good-natured, bouncy people, all existing in their own bubbles, where no one seems to need to go to work. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2019
3/5 The Addams Family (2019) Sarah Cartland Morticia is strangely subdued, her quips now as musty as their mansion. This is Wednesday's film though, and it does perk up as she deadpans her way around home and school, fighting conformity on both sides. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Sarah Cartland Thrilling and great fun - the three women make a hugely watchable trio. Arnie is mournfully funny, Linda Hamilton is superb: Sarah is battle-weary and paranoid, even though they are indeed out to get her. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2019
4/5 Zombieland (2009) Sarah Cartland Witty, tart, and sometimes touching, with a great cast and suitably disgusting, blood-drooling zombies. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
4/5 Jojo Rabbit (2019) Sarah Cartland Occasionally it misses the spot but on the whole this is a bitingly funny film, its satire and slapstick blunt and bold. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Little Monsters (2019) Sarah Cartland You'll enjoy "Little Monsters" much more if you succumb to its slow-moving rhythm rather than willing both children and zombies to hurry up. And Lupita Nyong'o is superb. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Sarah Cartland Full-on family fun, with some fabulous nods to the greats of sci fi TV and film - though the funniest segments mostly involve Shaun and his flockmates rather than Lu-La the alien. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2019
3.5/5 Judy (2019) Sarah Cartland Zellweger is superb: self-destructive yet self-aware, her eyes all-knowing. When she takes the stage her voice veers between authentically spine-tingling and heartbreakingly croaky. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Abominable (2019) Sarah Cartland A familiar tale, beautifully told. Who wouldn't be delighted by Everest the yeti -- the friendliest, fluffiest mythical monster you could ever hope to meet. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
4/5 Harpoon (2019) Sarah Cartland Behind Harpoon's magnificent surface heartlessness there is much to chew on. EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Sarah Cartland Its message of autonomy and risk-taking is infused with a sense of magic as Zak, Tyler and Eleanor drift through the stultifyingly hot river-ways of the American South. And rather than leave its characters enervated it says that anything is possible. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 Joker (2019) Sarah Cartland Gritty and grubby, garish and loud, violent and depressing, Joker is a blunt instrument of a movie - though it is a good movie. Phoenix is superb, Arthur Fleck's downward spiral inverted into an ascent to antihero status as Gotham seethes then explodes. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
5/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Sarah Cartland This is definitely a comment rather than a question, but the fictional film director's Q&A in Almodvar's delicious movie is the most glorious I've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
2.5/5 Don't Let Go (2019) Sarah Cartland A rather turgid thriller about changing timelines, which should, given its subject matter, be a lot more thrilling than it is. Luckily the performances are terrific, with Storm Reid a believably thoughtful, resilient and resourceful heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2019
4.5/5 Local Hero (1983) Sarah Cartland Forsyth both inverts expectations and runs with them in this story about the sea, the sky, and a dreamily weird village of straight-talking locals. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
5/5 Ad Astra (2019) Sarah Cartland Roy McBride's internal conflicts as he dismantles the heroic carapace built around his dad show us Pitt at his best. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
3/5 Blink of an Eye (2019) Sarah Cartland Waltrip is warmly engaging though we only scratch the surface of what caused his losing streak, and the accident's aftermath. The most candid interviewees stand out: straight-talking publicist Brooke Hondros, Dale Earnhardt Jnr, Waltrip's ex-wife Buffy. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Sarah Cartland Sumptuous to look at, unwittingly honest about the society it promotes, if you loved the TV series this is a pleasant if lengthy diversion. If you're a republican (the British not the American kind) you may find yourself snorting popcorn out of your nose. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 Rapid Response (2019) Sarah Cartland Shocking statistics, spectacular crashes and talking heads make up this film about the development of US motor racing safety. It's initially fascinating and sometimes jaws-dropping, though it's also repetitive and overlong. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 Freaks (2018) Sarah Cartland A neat little sci fi thriller, heavy on allegory but satisfyingly self-contained - answering all the questions it sets up. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
3/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Sarah Cartland While it settles into its own rhythm for the first two hours, it certainly doesn't whizz by. The casting is perfect and I enjoyed the jump scares, but overall it's not very frightening, or involving. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
4/5 The Witches (1990) Sarah Cartland Chock-full of gleeful nastiness, The Witches also retains a clear focus on its young audience, often with a mouse-view of the world. EDIT
Posted Sep 1, 2019
4.5/5 Bait (2019) Sarah Cartland Shocking, sad and bitingly funny, as well as strikingly beautiful - casting a vintage net over a contemporary issue that isn't going away. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Falling Inn Love (2019) Sarah Cartland To B&B or not to B&B, that is the question! Delightful, sincere froth that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
2/5 Princess Emmy (2019) Sarah Cartland As a one-off watch for its target audience of younger children, it does just fine. Ruby Barnhill's fresh-voiced and very un-regal delivery does at least give Emmy some get up and go. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3.5/5 Olympus Has Fallen (2013) Sarah Cartland Moving through the tropes as methodically as Banning through the rooms and corridors of the wrecked White House, this is well-paced and never boring. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
4/5 Angel Has Fallen (2019) Sarah Cartland Cracking fun - with just enough earnestness about war to make us feel less bad about seeing so many people killed to prevent it, but not so much that we come out feeling we've been at a CND rally. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 Aniara (2018) Sarah Cartland It's terrifying precisely because it looks current rather than space age. We see ourselves reflected more clearly, and don't have the luxury of thinking that a futuristic setting means we have time to spare. Oh and the ending is a belter. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
4.5/5 Notorious (1946) Sarah Cartland Sometimes bleakly humorous, frequently unbearably tense. Bergman and Grant spark off each other perfectly. (4K restoration) EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) Sarah Cartland It's gorgeous and funny and sometimes hilarious, though often uncomfortably so. Shadows of "real" Hollywood are everywhere. There's a lot going on, so much so I nearly forgot about Tarantino's weird obsession with women snoring. EDIT
Posted Aug 18, 2019
4.5/5 Hail Satan? (2019) Sarah Cartland Stirring in both senses, Penny Lane's documentary is an authentic and witty call to arms against an increasingly corrupt and oppressive State. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3.5/5 Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America (2019) Sarah Cartland In a world where we're now so used to the therapeutic language of hope and healing that it can feel meaningless, the participants' generosity of spirit, thoughtfulness and humour shines. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Sarah Cartland A blend of gritty social commentary on racism and class in Thatcher's Britain, utterly sincere song and dance numbers and clear parallels with the present day. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's an exuberant, exhilarating joy. EDIT
Posted Aug 12, 2019
3.5/5 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) Sarah Cartland An absolute hoot. The voice cast is excellent, particularly the terrific Leslie Jones as the exuberantly misguided, utterly unscrupulous Zeta. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2019
2.5/5 Charming (2018) Sarah Cartland It's trying to be feminist but I'm not sure decrying the young heroine for wanting to be paid commensurate with her (exceptional) skills is the way to go. Still, some of the songs are good, and Sia is excellent as a particularly ineffective Oracle. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 Benjamin (2018) Sarah Cartland A hilariously awkward tale of looking for love in the wrong places. Amstell is skilled at teasing out the comedy to be found in emotion, while reining in that found in the media world. They're weird, but they're real. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Sarah Cartland Playmobil: The Movie lacks the bite of the sharper-edged Lego films, though this is still a colourful, engaging adventure for young children. While it may not be original, it's bouncy, entertaining and often funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 The Nightingale (2018) Sarah Cartland Excellent performances lift this study of grief, pain and powerlessness that's never exploitative but is utterly brutal: murder becomes almost mundane, and repeated assaults (combined with a long running time) can numb as much as enrage. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
2.5/5 Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa (2018) Sarah Cartland A bright and breezy adventure that bounces briskly to a close after 85 minutes. Heavily utilising the Renaissance man's inventions, it's otherwise neither groundbreaking nor sophisticated; though cheeringly success is based on science, teamwork and tech. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2019