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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 Farming (2018) Tom Shone The writer and director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, is drawing on his life here, and his account of the hero's agonies is commendably intense, but its lack of subtlety blunts the film's force. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Abominable (2019) Tom Shone [T]hough the plot sticks to trite contours, Jill Culton's film is a good bet for young children. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Edward Porter Focused on Moore's leadership of a ragged film-making troupe, it even shares a bit of The Greatest Showman's hokiness. Yet Murphy makes a fine impresario and the film lives up to his energy. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2019
3/5 The King (2019) Edward Porter Still, viewed as its own thing - a slick, solemn movie that tries to be a medieval version of The Godfather - it's not bad. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 The Day Shall Come (2019) Tom Shone With his puppyish, soulful eyes, newcomer Davis unlocks poignancy in his beleaguered sidewalk revolutionary, but the role needed an ebullient wild card, high on his own humbug - a Sacha Baron Cohen or a Tracy Morgan - to really make it fly. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
2/5 Gemini Man (2019) Tom Shone It isn't bad, especially, just spooky and weird: a perfect clone of a dumb American action movie. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
3/5 Judy (2019) Tom Shone Goold's film is entirely mediocre, so her Garland is, in every sense, the only show in town. You can't look away. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Tom Shone Phillips does everything except have someone holding up a placard reading "It's time to take the Joker seriously." EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Tom Shone Streep's character is sidelined and the film wanders into aimless sketches vaguely concerned with the Panama Papers and rich people behaving badly. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
3/5 Ready or Not (2019) Tom Shone Directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, the film does nothing fresh with its scenes of tension and violence, but they're pretty entertaining, and some of the added touches of black comedy are excellent. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 Hitsville: The Making of Motown (2019) Edward Porter The Motown story is hardly new territory, but this documentary tells it with big-screen flair, good archive footage and top-tier interviewees. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 The Last Tree (2019) Edward Porter Shola Amoo's movie has its share of TV-drama roughness - in, for instance, the shouting matches between Femi and his mother - but it's enriched by Amoo's expressionistic storytelling and by a trip Femi takes to Nigeria to explore his roots. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Tom Shone The result is tasteless in the extreme, The Poseidon Adventure with jihadists, rearranging the randomness of real-life atrocity to suit the needs of a thriller, where the dabs of characterisation feel woefully beside the point. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
2/5 The Goldfinch (2019) Tom Shone Taking in Tartt's 784-page narrative via this 2 1/2-hour movie can feel at times like listening to someone tell you their entire life story while waiting for the bus - you may find yourself praying the B16 from Bexleyheath isn't later than usual... EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Tom Shone [A] softly observed comedy of familial errors that should appeal to anyone whose family ever sat on a lie, which is to say nearly everybody. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Tom Shone The good news is that this rip in the plausibility continuum, like the rip in Roy's spacesuit, is not fatal. For that we can thank Pitt, whose magisterial, moody presence has always cried out for stellar accompaniment. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Jonathan Dean Indeed, kinks are ironed out so quickly that a cynic might suggest this script was originally planned for TV, around its ad breaks. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 For Sama (2019) Tom Shone Full of images of death - blood-smeared corridors, bodies limp as rag dolls - For Sama is nonetheless a film hungry for life. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2/5 Phoenix (Føniks) (2018) Edward Porter A Norwegian drama about a 14-year-old girl with a depressed, unreliable mother, Camilla Strom Henriksen's film finds a fair bit of flavour in its gloomy atmosphere, but the plot misfires. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Le choc du futur (2019) Edward Porter It's a slender tale, but it has an airy French coolness that suits the electronic tunes that fill the soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Edward Porter Lopez thrives in her best role in years: a mother hen with glittering plumage. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Honeyland (2019) Edward Porter You might wonder whether the footage has been too neatly edited (the lighting is quite often honey-toned), but the tale is convincing all the same. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Extra Ordinary (2019) Katy Hayes A standout Irish film, special in its pure daftness; it's hard to resist falling under its quirky spell. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Rapid Response (2019) Edward Porter [T]his is a tale that may as well be told. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes pailletées) (2019) Edward Porter Some may think its abundance of whooping, mincing, bitching and dancing contains too much caricature, but the energy and bawdiness that accompany this merriment liven up the formulaic plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 Rojo (2018) Edward Porter [I]t may be a bit dry for viewers not invested in its topics, but the pompous, panicked lawyer is well drawn and Naishtat finds ripe ways to depict a society turning ominous. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
3/5 Lejos de La Habana (2014) Edward Porter The film might be too long for children who like a bit more brashness - and talk - in their cartoons, but it's likeable in its own way. EDIT
Posted Sep 7, 2019
2/5 Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Tom Shone This feels awfully like Alien: The Mansplaining. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) Tom Shone [E]xquisite, unforgettable. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
1/5 A Million Little Pieces (2018) Jonathan Dean When Billy Bob Thornton turns up as a gangster in a onesie, he's not the one overacting. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
2/5 The Informer (2020) Olly Richards A talented cast, including Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen and Common, can't do much with ludicrous plotting that repeatedly stretches both credibility and patience, and dialogue so hard-boiled, it has turned chewy and flavourless. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 The Mustang (2019) Olly Richards For all the drugs and violence, at heart it's a straightforward yarn about a boy and his horse. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 () Olly Richards Peter Webber's film doesn't dig as deep as it might, but its welcoming, loose mood fits its subject. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
3/5 Mrs. Lowry & Son (2019) Olly Richards With quieter work from Spall and a simplicity of direction that works in its favour, Adrian Noble's film is a sweet and funny tale about enjoying what you have, not resenting what you don't. EDIT
Posted Sep 2, 2019
4/5 Dolor y gloria (2019) Edward Porter An ideal leisurely movie for a late-summer evening. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Tom Shone Scodelario emerges as a scrappy, valiant presence who keeps her wits about her and all her toes intact. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Tom Shone Atmospheric, beautifully designed, with a charming storybook quality, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the kind of horror you hope teenagers would be into, rather than the latest slasher flick or bit of torture porn. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Never Grow Old (2019) Katy Hayes It's a perfectly serviceable trail-wagon, and no wheels come off, but it's a frontier film that breaks no frontiers of its own. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
2/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Edward Porter Albert, played by Laura Dern (in some scenes doing a deliberately outrageous English accent), frets about being sidelined. As far as the film's treatment of her is concerned, she has a point. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Leto (2018) Edward Porter The unreal musical sequences in which crowds burst into renditions of Psycho Killer and The Passenger are fun, yet the film seems a bit too pleased with itself for coming up with something Danny Boyle might have tried 20 years ago. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Edward Porter In its action scenes - quicksand, caverns, booby traps and the rest - it's lively but rarely original: it's happy to appeal to viewers who haven't seen this stuff many times before. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Transit (2018) Edward Porter Petzold's classic European arthouse movie is faintly exasperating but also bewitching. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
3/5 Good Boys (2019) Tom Shone Good Boys is pretty good fun if you have spent the past few years since Superbad hankering for a version of it set in junior school. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Tom Shone [I]n Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, [Brad Pitt] propels every scene he's in into another league. It's the best performance by a movie star you'll see in 2019. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Notorious (1946) Tom Shone There are more obviously Hitchcockian films, like the big Technicolor masterpieces he made in the 1950s - Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo - but nothing quite matches the sense of danger Hitchcock found in his stars in Notorious. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Tom Shone Blinded by the Light is a musical upstaged by its music. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
1/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Edward Porter I struggle with schmaltzy canine films, but this one is baffling. Do any dog owners want to think of their pets as souls in torment? EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
2/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Edward Porter [A]n extended ad with no satirical cheek and no desire to entertain anyone beyond the younger end of the child market. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/5 Gaza (2019) Edward Porter The heartstring-tugging is trite at times, and though the film-makers aren't naive about Hamas, it's a shame the movie doesn't say more about politics. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019
4/5 Stones Have Laws (2018) Edward Porter Stones Have Laws is a painstakingly reverent picture of a Maroon community in Suriname. EDIT
Posted Aug 13, 2019