London Evening Standard

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Rating Title/Year Author
2/5 The Kitchen (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Moss, somehow, retains her dignity but McCarthy and Haddish are made to look like amateurs. I'm a fan of both women. Get me outta this kitchen. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
2/5 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Come the apocalypse, Rambo will almost certainly still be spilling blood. "The war inside never ends!" And neither does this bloody franchise. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Panic and self-doubt are at the heart of [the] movie... EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
4/5 Hustlers (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It's meant as a compliment when strong females are called ballsy, but it would be truer to say that J-Lo's extraordinary creation is vagina-y. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
5/5 For Sama (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan You leave understanding why for Al-Kateab the past is something she wants to live with every day. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
3/5 Downton Abbey (2019) David Sexton It is in the end a reassurance machine, showing us that a clear-cut class system can only be even more treasured by those at the bottom than those at the top. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
4/5 Rojo (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Embrace this little masterpiece before it disappears. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
3/5 Seberg (2019) David Sexton Unfortunately, the film built around [Stewart's] performance is a dud, heavy-handed in its script and awkwardly sententious about the cause of Black Power. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 The King (2019) David Sexton [A] thoroughly enjoyable film. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
3/5 The Laundromat (2019) David Sexton This scrappy, episodic movie ends with Streep stripping off her disguise to harangue us on what it means that democracy's checks and balances have failed so badly. But then this whole film is an indignant lecture. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton Ridiculous! Yet it's strangely revealing how little enhancement cinema needs, how powerful such minimalism can be in revealing human perplexity. It's probably not one for Netflix, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
4/5 It: Chapter Two (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan It Chapter Two isn't better than Chapter One. It's certainly not scarier. Here's the thing, though: when it counts, it's every bit as thrilling. EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
5/5 Joker (2019) David Sexton Nobody who sees this new film will ever need any other version. EDIT
Posted Aug 31, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Demetrios Matheou While more modest in scale, this might be the most humane addition to the genre since The Shawshank Redemption. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
5/5 The Souvenir (2019) David Sexton The absolute specificity of this story makes it universal too. It's the best British film for a long time. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton It's an absolute masterclass in how to make an historical film. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) David Sexton Marriage Story is a fearsome cautionary tale, long and painfully detailed, a divorce horror story to put alongside Kramer vs. Kramer. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
3/5 Ad Astra (2019) David Sexton Gravity, Interstellar or even First Man this is not, despite the contributions of cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema and composer Max Richter. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Untouchable (2019) William Moore [T]his documentary is more than a portrait of one monstrous man. It's a polemic against the complicit silence that accompanied years of alleged sexual misconduct, abuse and bullying. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 L'homme fidèle (2018) Demetrios Matheou The result plays like a short story - deftly detailed, efficient, full of telling vignettes, perfectly formed. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
3/5 Crawl (2019) Demetrios Matheou Aja gleefully embraces the imperative of every horror film - that the dispensable characters have to die horribly so that we understand completely the consequences for the protagonists. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) Alastair McKay Some optimism is required to allow for the possibility that the chaos of Woodstock offered a template for anything, but, if you inhale deeply, the film just about achieves this microcosmic ambition. EDIT
Posted Aug 19, 2019
4/5 Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Y]ou simply can't look away. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
4/5 Good Boys (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Here's a beautifully acted, non-lascivious film about sex, drugs and peer pressure. Repeat after me: every good boy deserves fanfare. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan [F]or a movie so clearly doubling as product placement, it's also fun, a cartoon (bookended by live-action sequences) which allows talented actors to riff on unexpected themes. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Let Bruce's wisdom into your life. You don't have to be blind to the flaws of this film to view it as a ray of sunshine. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
2/5 The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan A strong contender for most ridiculous tearjerker of the year, starring Kevin Costner as a golden retriever. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Evening Standard Staff Their comic material is all cut from much the same cloth and lacks variety: their viewpoint is middle-aged; their "attitude" is strenuously confrontational. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
7 Days in Hell (2015) Toby Earle Some might not be ready for more tennis humour after Wimbledon 2Day's madcap take on furry-ball thwacking, yet it's worth enduring one more rally for this loopy sports comedy. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2019
3/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Whether grimly injecting herself with the virus, bantering with Hobbs or hanging onto a truck like a thrilled kid on a roundabout, Hattie is dynamite. I took a 10-year-old boy to the screening and she was his favourite character. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
3/5 Animals (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Something, alas, has happened to Unsworth's original vision; it's become slighter and more one-sided. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 Holiday (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Some metaphors are a little obvious but still, by the end you feel you know this waif through and through. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
4/5 () David Sexton A fascinating watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Footage of Marianne on her deathbed, listening to a tender message from Cohen, leaves one all of a pleasant ache. The pair were haplessly toxic. Warm and sexy, they were also united by their love of words to the end. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 The Chambermaid (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan This wry, delicately austere debut from Mexican theatre director Lila Avilés goes one step further. To quote a famous TV sitcom line: "I don't speak maid." With Avilés's help, we're taught a new language. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
2/5 The Current War (2017) David Sexton So now the film deserves to be considered in its own right, all taint removed. And? It's still a turkey. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 The Great Hack (2019) Lucy Hunter Johnston [T]he show is worth watching to make you re-evaluate the use of data and the willingness of the powerful to corrupt. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
4/5 The Edge (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan This film makes us appreciate the revolution that's taken place in English cricket. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
Inside the Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year (2019) Alistair McKay Facebook exists in the margins of insinuation. The same thing is going on with this film. It is, to a large extent, a PR job. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
4/5 Only You (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan All hail a lacerating romance that somehow gets us in the mood for love. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan Proudly retro and coyly innocent, it's the perfect movie for a tweeny sleepover. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
4/5 The Lion King (2019) David Sexton This Lion King just has more of everything visually, compared to the 1994 animation. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
8 Days: To the Moon and Back (2015) Samuel Fishwick Lovingly recreated portraits - all factually accurate - breathe new life into the first Moon landing story a week before its 50th anniversary. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Psychopath with Piers Morgan (2019) David Sexton So Morgan succeeds in displaying a textbook psychopath. To what end, though? EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Matthew Norman This mischievous film never tires of teasing the conventions and traditions of the genre. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
5/5 Midsommar (2019) Charlotte O'Sullivan [Midsommar's] the feel-mad movie of the decade. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
3/5 Vita & Virginia (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The makers of this biographical romance clearly adore Virginia Woolf and want viewers to engage with her personality, sexuality and lightning-bright words. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2019
Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (2019) Susannah Butter Her quick, original brain has made her a success on panel shows including 8 out of 10 Cats and Your Face or Mine, and it's good to see her having more time to run with jokes. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
5/5 In Fabric (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan The script never flags. Ben Wheatley's credited as a producer and his presence is felt. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019
4/5 Support the Girls (2018) Charlotte O'Sullivan Bujalski uses the past to make sense of the present... and the future. EDIT
Posted Jul 1, 2019